A couple weeks ago I brought my friend Kristen with me to a show in the city. We decided to save ourselves the hassle of driving for this one and picked up the L at a stop not far from her house; on the L ride home we were talking about the gym and fitness. It’s important to note at NO point were we talking about our weight or a NEED to go to the gym to lose weight. Contrary, we were actually talking about how much we ENJOY going to the gym, doing yoga, etc.
The L was pretty empty with only a few people on it and while we were talking, we weren’t talking that loud. Shortly before one of the stops, a girl sitting near us got up so she could get off at the next stop. She looked at us and said “may I ask you how old you are?” I replied with my age and she said “You know you don’t need to lose weight, right? You’re way to young to be worrying about such things.” At this point I was extremely confused. I looked at Kristen who looked just as confused and I looked back to the girl and said “I’m well aware that I don’t need to lose weight” and she said “it’s only what you’ve been talking about for the last half hour…” and she got off the train.
Kristen and I looked at each other again in confusion. Aside from the fact that we hadn’t even been on the train for fifteen, maybe twenty minutes, we didn’t talk about the gym the whole time and like I said, never ONCE mentioned our weight in the conversation. But the whole interaction got me thinking – does going to the gym or talking about going to the gym mean we’re always looking to lose weight? Am I so wrapped up in my enjoyment of fitness and surrounding myself with people who feel the same way that I forget others don’t? Have I forgotten that there are people out there who don’t go to the gym, who don’t ENJOY exercise the way I do, and who strictly see it as a place that people go solely to lose weight? Are we forgetting the ever so important factor of maintenance? Was this girl just out of her mind?
I may never know the answers to these questions but it was definitely an interesting interaction that I felt worth sharing. With that said, I’ve been busy this week, so let’s take a look at that fitness I love so much… 😉
40 mins elliptical
10 mins walk
4 mile run
Strength – chest/triceps/shoulders/abs
3 mile run
Strength – legs
15 mins yoga – TIU yoga
2 mile run
Strength – back/biceps/abs
Did anyone else notice what happened Wednesday? I DID YOGA! It was only a 15 minute practice but it was a good stepping stone to get back into the habit of practicing and to work towards my goal.
How were your workouts this week?
Are you someone who enjoys going to the gym?