After the zillion ouch moments I finally began working out. The first few days were a test of all my will power and determination. I struggled to drag myself to the gym each day after work even as every cell in my body protested.
With every new exercise regime I was put on, my body would be sore for days. For instance, the days I worked out my legs, I walked like I had a limp. The days I did abs, it was worse. The muscles in my tummy and sides hurt so much, it was challenging to even laugh.
Just when I thought I’d give up (I mean it was not worth the pain), I realised that as the muscles in my body got used to being exercised, it actually got easier. I realised that the secret was to keep at it, no matter what, and then your mind and body get used to it.
All my initial misgivings about the people at the gym and the crazy workouts I was subjected to, began to fade as I began enjoying my exercise. Besides, after every work out I’d come out more refreshed and confident.
In fact, this happiness began to reflect on my face (the fact that I sweated it out and my skin got clearer may have a minor role to play here). But in general too I became more chirpy. Friends thought I was in love, while my mother thought I was finally ready to meet the ‘nice boys’ she was picking out for me. But no, I was just enjoying the moment.
After three weeks of work out I realised that my purpose of joining the gym, which was to shed the kilos, was a long-term goal. But the present goal was to enjoy my work outs. I realised that my mindset was gradually switching from weight loss to fitness. I was gymming not primarily to lose weight anymore but to maintain my fitness level.
In the end, I realised that I didn’t gym anymore to please my parents or look nice. It was all about setting aside some time for myself. This is the real reason for the glow and happiness, not my 2 kilo weight loss. That is just a bonus.
(The writer is determined to fight the flab. Readers can inspire her at email@example.com)
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