It’s all about perspective

I started going to the gym 1 year ago this month. When I first joined, I was working 2 part-time food service jobs and felt like I was in a rut and needed to just move. I know I needed to lose weight, but I wasn’t at a place where I felt ready to lose it. I just wanted to be active. However, January came around-and I was finally at a place where I felt emotionally ready and dedicated to start my weight loss. I joined weight watchers, had a personal trainer session to learn about what weight exercises to do, and worked out on a more regular basis.

I had to FORCE myself to go to the gym. I used every motivation strategy in the book. However, today as I was at the gym-I realized I was having fun, and I was excited to be there. I realized somehow, I learned to look forward to go to the gym. The gym is my me time, it is a place where I can put on my headphones, rock out to some good upbeat music, and do something specifically for me and only me. I am alone, in my own thoughts, or not. I can either reflect on something important, focus on a funny memory, think about what I’m going to do in the weekend, or just drown myself in my music and my workout rhythm.

I realized, if you say you hate going to the gym, and that you have to force yourself to go to the gym-then it’s not going to be a pleasant time. However, if you start saying I like going, I have fun, this will be good for me (even if it is a lie at first), eventually, you’ll wake up and realize-wow this is actually fun. It’s all about perspective.

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About Well Behaved

Hello Blog World! My name is Lauren, I'm 26 and work at the University of Delaware as a Prevention Specialist. My area of focus is prevention of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking. I started undergrad with an idea of what I wanted to do-and I ended up doing something entirely different. I became very passionate about the advocacy for victims of sexual assault, ipv, and stalking as well as prevention and education around this topic. Well Behaved comes from one of my favorite quotes "Well behaved women rarely make history" by Laura Thatcher. The women who have made history have broken numerous societal rules, traditions, and norms. While I don't necessarily aim to make it in the history books, I aim to make a difference and step outside the box. This blog will include random musings, reflections on my weight loss journey, things that piss me off in the media, thoughts on current events, etc. I welcome new friends!
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