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[personal profile] turps
To update on the gym situation. I went to the induction yesterday and everything went very well.

Not that it got to a good start as we weren't booked on the system, but one of the men who worked in the gym was there and happy to give us the tour and work on our goals and memberships.

In all that took around 3 hours, and he was great. He did have some extreme views about nutrition and how often that could help when medicine can't. But, at the same time, he admitted that the views were extreme, and kept saying we had to research everything and not take his -- or anyone's -- word as gospel.

He made me feel really relaxed and worked out a programme for both me and James based on what he thought we could manage. Mine includes the recumbent bike, the treadmill, and leg strength work on the weight machines. When he was showing us the equipment he said he could tell I'd relaxed because when I was on the bike I was smiling, and I was. No one was looking, no one gave a damn that I was sitting there and doing exercise in a gym. It was just good and achievable and I felt a foot taller when leaving.

Then later we called into the local gym I'm going to be using -- the induction was done at the bigger one the next town over -- and I gave my workout a try. I also checked out where the lockers were, the changing room situation, doing those little things that had been worrying me, like starting machines off on my own.

Then this morning I walked down on my own and spent a good hour doing my own thing. And again, no one was laughing or looking and I just got on with things. I even tried out the arm weight machines and felt comfortable and happy as I moved to each new thing. I bought myself a water bottle but must remember a small towel next time because I had to keep wiping the seats off with the edge of my t-shirt which really wasn't a good look.

But I did it, and am chuffed at myself.

Thank you to everyone who gave advice and encouragement in my last post. Yesterday was the first time I'd ever stepped foot in a gym, and it was hard and scary. But today it wasn't at all, and I'd have never have got to that point without all of your help.

Oh, and this is the outfit I went with in the end. Modelled just after I'd left the blood donation place.

Date: 2017-08-11 05:52 pm (UTC)
dine: (awesome - odditycollector)
From: [personal profile] dine
yay you! it's so great you went, and felt comfortable and happy using the facility. what a great step!

Date: 2017-08-11 07:32 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] spasticat
It's good when the gym staff are friendly despite their weird views on nutrition versus meds. ;) The outfit looks perfect and comfy!!!

Date: 2017-08-12 12:06 pm (UTC)
spasticat: (Default)
From: [personal profile] spasticat
I read this one guy on Twitter who thinks cleanses are the way to good health. NO THANK YOU!

Yay for comfy! That's the key to gym clothes. I made the mistake of buying leggings that keep rolling down. I really need to get rid of them.

Date: 2017-08-11 07:50 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] anotherslashfan
I'm so happy to see that you had a great gym experience. Go you!

Date: 2017-08-11 10:17 pm (UTC)
eglantiere: (Default)
From: [personal profile] eglantiere
yay! i'm so glad you've enjoyed it and had fun. first time gymmers, unite! and this a super cute sporty outfit.

Date: 2017-08-12 04:35 am (UTC)
frausorge: (Default)
From: [personal profile] frausorge
That's great, I'm glad the staff person was helpful and all of that is part of the toolset available to you now.

Date: 2017-08-12 05:08 am (UTC)
brandywine28: (trickc)
From: [personal profile] brandywine28
Cute!! Honestly, leggings and a big t-shirt is, like, THE quintessential outfit. You can get away with wearing it pretty much anywhere if you do it with enough sass. :)

I'm glad your first time there was fun and non-intimidating!


Date: 2017-08-12 01:35 pm (UTC)
raynedanser: made by lj user 750virago (stock - heart)
From: [personal profile] raynedanser
Hurray for you! And it sounds like you are in fantastic hands there. That's the right attitude staff should have as well.

Date: 2017-08-12 06:53 pm (UTC)
raynedanser: (Default)
From: [personal profile] raynedanser
Oh I'd need that! I think that's what scares me the most - knowing what to do when and how.

Date: 2017-08-12 06:40 pm (UTC)
sperrywink: (yoga side triangle)
From: [personal profile] sperrywink
Oh good news! Going to a gym is a mental hurdle, and a lot does depend on the atmosphere. I'm glad this is a good one for you.

Date: 2017-08-12 08:28 pm (UTC)
chalcopyrite: Two little folded-paper boats in the rain (Default)
From: [personal profile] chalcopyrite
You're awesome! And that's a great outfit! Probably best you decided against the latex catsuit. :D

I am so glad to hear it went so well! I am also side-eyeing the hell out of induction guy, but as long as he admits his weird nutrition views are not gospel, he may get away with it. *coughHaveYouTriedYogacough*

In short: YAY YOU! *\o/*

Date: 2017-08-12 08:59 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] halfeatenmoon
hey! I don't know if you remember me but we used to talk back in bandom years ago and I just stumbled on your journal again. I hope it's ok if I add you?

This all sounds like great news about gym-going. :) I really like going to gyms, and I generally find them pretty friendly places. I used to have a lot of reluctance to talk to people who were into weights, especially, thinking they would judge me for my relative weakness, but most weightlifters I've met turned out to be big nerds whose topic of nerdery is the best way to position your feet in order to maximise your deadlift or whatever.

Date: 2017-08-12 09:06 pm (UTC)
pensnest: Old Spice Man on horse (on a horse)
From: [personal profile] pensnest
Splendid! I'm so glad you had a good experience, and have got started and right on into it on your own. I've always enjoyed doing weight training, and it's something where you can really see your progress. \o/

Also, you're looking really good.

Date: 2017-08-12 10:10 pm (UTC)
ephemera: celtic knotwork style sitting fox (Default)
From: [personal profile] ephemera
So proud of you, lady!

*mwah*

Date: 2017-08-13 05:29 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lucifuge5
Aaah, hearing this makes me SO happy, T.! All the high fives and kudos to you for not letting the gym anxiety stop you. #See?Itoldyouyouareabadassbabe ;)

Date: 2017-08-13 05:32 pm (UTC)
turlough: The Girl (Grace Jeanette) yay!ing from car window, Art is the Weapon video, Sept 2010 ((mcr) yay!)
From: [personal profile] turlough
I'm glad to hear your first gym experiences has gone so well! They sound remarkably like my own even though mine are from physiotherapist gyms but maybe they're not as different as I've sometimes feared.

I love your outfit! The striped shirt is so bright and festive.

Date: 2017-08-14 07:16 pm (UTC)
rikes: butterfly (Default)
From: [personal profile] rikes
Yay, sounds like you're off to a good start! *\o/*

Date: 2017-08-20 02:56 pm (UTC)
cold_clarity: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cold_clarity
that's a lovely workout outfit! i totally feel you on having a tough time figuring out what to wear to the gym; i almost never have "real" workout clothes, so a lot of my gym-cloths are just improvised outfits cobbled together from things i don't wear regularly anymore.

but, outfit aside, i'm glad you had such a positive experience! going to the gym can be totally intimidating, no matter how many times you've done it before. especially if it's a gym with a certain kind of atmosphere. it's awesome that the people at your gym made it feel like a safe space!

congrats congrats on giving something scary a try! you're awesome.
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