Pounding away on the treadmill a few days ago, it really hit me how my relationship with exercise has changed. For the better.
18 months ago, you couldn’t pay me to go inside a gym. It so was not on my radar. The thought of being hot and sweaty was so off-putting. Not to mention the havoc it would wreak on my hair. My pride and joy and my shield. Always looking like I’d just walked out of a salon. No way sir-ry, I could give you good money NOT to talk to me about going anywhere near a gym.
Then came along a wedding. And a wedding dress. And the fittings and that all-consuming attention to the amount of back fat I had. Before I knew it, I was a fully paid up member of David Lloyd with a personal trainer to boot. Every bride wants to look their best and I was no different. I dropped nearly 2 dress sizes before the wedding. So much so my dressmaker was fuming. She ended up having to remove the zip from the dress and insert laces.
Wedding done and dusted and laying on the beaches of Malaysia, the weight crept on again. Arghh! One to many Nasi Lemaks! On return to London, I decided to continue at the gym simply because I was paying for it every month. Not because I had any particular desire to go. But when I cut off my long tresses and shift happened in my head and I realised I was free to run and sweat to my heart’s content. LIGHT BULB MOMENT & ATTITUDE CHANGE. Before ,I was too worried about my hair and how I looked. I would restrict any exercise to the basics and did as little as possible to discourage sweat. A frizzy barnet wasn’t really my preferred look.
Now with my short hair, I actively encourage sweat, because I know I can wash it in 5 minutes myself. If I’m not soaking wet by the time my work out is finished, I’m actually disappointed. Before all attempt at exercise was purely for vanity. ‘I need to look hot in that dress.’ Again another attitude shift has happened. Now I exercise for pleasure and health benefits. Instead of being overly concerned about weight loss or anything vanity related, I’m more bothered about getting my heart beating and pumping hard. My goal is for exercise to be an integral part of my life and to reap the benefits of a healthier lifestyle and enjoy the by-products, mainly keeping trim.
The saddest part of this ramble is that this attitude change is simply down to me cutting off my long relaxed tresses! I am amazed at the difference this has made.
Another thing that has helped me in my exercise journey is the amazing Spikes & Heels website. INSPIRATIONAL. #that is all.
Whats’s your relationship with exercise?