Thursday, June 19, 2008

We now return to our regular posts

About a week ago i joined the gym. I have thrown myself into a work out program with the force of a wrecking ball. Two hours a day i train. I am determined to train hard every day of the week.

I have known this day was coming for quite some time. I've talked about it to my husband and to a few friends, yet, the reaction to my new drive has been met with an assumption that i was a little taken back by.

You see, i recognise the fact that i have the upper body of Pamela Anderson and the butt of Roseanne Bar but i'm happy with that. I don't feel a need to loose weight. I do feel the need to get my body toned up for an overseas trip in which i will have to keep up with my mother. (which has generally been difficult since i was about 5) She has energy reserves that she keeps in her purse. On more than one occasion, i've wondered if my mother is really a robot. Or maybe the energiser bunny in disguise. So before i go on this trip, i wanted to be sure i am fit enough to go shopping with her. This means training.

Yet, at every turn, i am asked how much weight i want to loose. There is an assumption that the only reason i am training is to drop a dress size. I can't decide if the reason for this assumption is because people honestly view me as "THAT" big, or the idea of a woman in the gym has to mean she is there to work off the kilos. Either way, i think i'm a bit offended.


Kaisa said...

I too have been on the receiving line of that. It's when they start the "you look great you really should continue" that I quit I can't handle any more of it, I'm fat or I look great but not great enough. Seriously more I can handle by that point. I hope you have better luck an tolerance then I have had.

Litigious Mind said...

I find it interesting that people ask you how much weight you want to lose. Maybe some people have to set a quantified amount in order to motivate themselves to go to the gym every day, who knows. But it seems healthier for the long term to try to make exercise a routine part of your life, rather than doing it until you reach a certain point... I've always figured that if you make exercise a routine you'll lose as much as you're supposed to lose.