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just joined the gym but embarrassed and worried about it.

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DizzyHoneyBee Sun 31-Mar-13 15:46:19

I just went for a swim and did 32 lengths, admittedly it took me 40 minutes but I did it. Anyway, while I was there I saw a special offer for the gym which is £30 a month and includes all the exercise classes, swimming and use of the gym plus a gym induction so I signed up.
I must lose weight, I really need to lose 7 stone.I look a mess and have been having problems with my ankle and knee joints. I can't believe I let it get that bad to be honest.
What should I expect to happen at the gym induction? I've never even been in a gym before let alone joined one. I just hope that nobody there will be judgmental of my size and point and stare.

emark Wed 03-Apr-13 16:48:31

`Thanks, hope it goes well for you dizzyhoneybee, are you using a diet plan as well? I am looselyusing mfp to track vital stats with healthier eating but not precise calorie counting!
I will use the weights when i am brave enough to book my 6 empower sessions with a personal trainer which are free with gym package

dizzyhoneybee Wed 03-Apr-13 21:33:07

I'm just trying to be sensible. I just had a stir fry with minimal oil, but then I felt hungry so I popped some corn. I had it plain with no salt or sugar so I guess it was not that bad, I had a third of it not all of it so feeling good about that.
That's good that you get 6 sessions, I joined the local gym which is what would have been local authority run if they still did such a thing.

emark Sun 07-Apr-13 17:47:24

great gym session today did 1k on treadmill in 9mins and beat fastest times on rowing machine and bike!!
also 5 yr old dd swam a width unaided for first time grin

ellentullo Tue 09-Apr-13 20:46:10

my running club friend has a tshirt with a picture of a larger person running which says "no matter how slow you are going you are lapping everyone on the couch". In general, anyone who likes exercise is chuffed when other people want to join in, whatever their size/aspirations/fitnes

emark Tue 09-Apr-13 22:29:07

an excellent slogan, it is hard to push yourself to do any exercise if you don't have the 'look'
i always feel so much better afterwards thoughsmile

Talkinpeace Sun 14-Apr-13 19:40:19

classes are great at gyms because you can hide in the middle and say hello to anybody who looks friendly.

have a walk on the treadmill a bit and watch other people's technique on the more complicated kit

and if you see somebody like me doing complicated stuff, remember that I do not wear my glasses in the gym so have NO IDEA what other people are doing wink

emark Sun 14-Apr-13 20:29:26

decided to use treadmill at gym to start couch to 5k today, really surprised to get more sweaty than brisk walking 2k for 20minsshock
then did 2k on rowing machine and a relaxing family swim session.
only eaten chicken salad and turkey and veg today but scales are 1.5 kg heavier than yesterday angry

pregnantpause Mon 15-Apr-13 20:12:03

Emark- I'm starting couch to 5 tomorrow. well done on your workout and commitment so fargrin

ReluctantlyBeingYoniMassaged Mon 15-Apr-13 20:13:46

Don't worry, anyone! I have been going to the gym for five weeks. I weigh over 25 stone and I feel so much better. There are all sorts of people there- a couple even bigger than me.

emark Mon 15-Apr-13 20:22:05

i will be doing my second session c25k and other gym and swim tomorrow, feeling rather excited, have also logged into mfp today hope to lose 6kg by 24 th maygrin

gybegirl Mon 15-Apr-13 20:24:31

My DH (who is no spring chicken) is a fitness freak and could kick the cardiovascular asses of pretty much everyone I know. He is 100% supportive of overweight people in the gym. So should you see anyone looking at you there, you can almost be certain it's in a 'good on you' kind of way!

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