Exercise the Quirky Way

January 5, 2008 at 5:38 pm Leave a comment

My lifestyle change began when I started Weight Watchers in September 2002 with a group of coworkers. But, right from the get-go, I knew I couldn’t just limit my focus to eating. I had to include exercise as well. The Weight Watchers Points System that I was following encouraged exercise and even granted additional points for the amount of exercise done, but it was never a strong emphasis.

I started exercising by working out to video tapes in the storage room at my work.  I’ve chosen some unconventional routes on my journey.  One of them was bringing in my own TV and VCR to the storage room at my place of employment and working out there during the day – without asking permission! I just did it. In hindsight, I probably should have asked first. In fact, if you decide to try this yourself, I’d be remiss if I didn’t advise you to ask first. There are potential worker’s compensation issues involved as well as other concerns. But, in my case, it didn’t even occur to me to ask. I figured I was bringing in my own equipment, I was doing it during my lunch hour, so what harm could there be? Ignorance truly was bliss because I just plowed ahead with what I needed to do instead of being stopped before I got started.

One of my keys to success has been exercising at a time and in a manner that works for me. At the time I began my lifestyle change, I was married to a man who was not interested in making the changes I was making. While he wasn’t outwardly discouraging, he would subtly attempt to sabotage my efforts to eat better and exercise. So, I knew if I was going to stick with it, I had to exercise during my work day, rather than at home in the morning or evening. I also knew that if I treated exercise like it was part of my job, I would be more inclined to do it regularly. After all, I wouldn’t not show up for work unless I was very sick. So, if I was there at work, I had no excuse not to show up to exercise.

Quirkiness, while often charming, can be challenging if you’re the quirky girl. When I started exercising in the storage room, I was treated a bit like a zoo animal by my coworkers. I would change my clothes and head down to the room to begin my workout. It was situated at the back of a very busy department on the first floor of the company I worked at. That meant I had to walk past all those employees in my exercise clothes with all of them knowing I was going into the storage room to work out. Some of them needed to retrieve items from the room while I was in there. They not only saw me looking less than stellar in Spandex, but they also saw me huffing and puffing through the routine. It was often embarrassing, but I refused to let that keep me from doing it.

It was also embarrassing when folks would line up outside the door and watch me work out. They didn’t need anything in the storage room; they just wanted to see the show. I joked with them that I should be charging admission. That got a good laugh, and eventually folks lost interest.

And I continued doing my quirky thing, dropping pounds and gaining muscle the whole way.

Tips for You to Get Sassy, Sexy & Shapely

  • Customize the plan for you. Don’t feel you have to restrict yourself to one way of doing things. Any plan you consider, for both eating and exercise, can be modified to your tastes, interests, time constraints and more. Make it your own, and you will be able to do it forever.
  • Resist peer pressure. Even well intended friends can put pressure on you to do what they’re doing. Unfortunately, what they’re doing may not be what you need or want to do. It’s okay to say “no” and follow your own path.
  • Don’t be afraid of embarrassment. At first, I was embarrassed about having people watch me work out. But, I survived the gawking. Even better, the more I stuck with it and treated it like it was no big deal, the less people were interested. After just a few weeks, they moved on to other things, and I was able to focus on my goals.

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