Exercise and Me – My Struggles

Following on from last week’s post with me opening up about my self-confidence I thought it would be a good time to finally face up to my issue with exercise and tell you all why I struggle so much.

I think my issues really stem from my lack of confidence in myself, which I talked about in my post last week.

Girl running on beach

Having always been a ‘larger than life’ person my weight is something I really do struggle with and have struggled with for a really long time. I have PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) and weight gain is just one of the list of pretty horrific symptoms of the condition. If you guys have been following me for a while, you will know that I am following the Slimming World plan. I have currently lost 3 stone 8 pounds.

I am really pleased with my weight loss so far. Keeping the motivation to keep going to group each week is something that I am really proud of. The ‘diet’ part of losing weight and getting fitter and healthier isn’t the part I struggle with. Exercise is what I really do struggle with.

Fear, embarrassment, judgement – all the thoughts that go through my head when I think of stepping foot in the gym. I have a gym membership to a fantastic gym near to where I live, but I hardly ever use it. I make plans every week to go and to go swimming but I find myself making excuses not to go. They are excuses and not reasons. I need to get out of this mindset of making excuses to stop myself going to the gym.

Pink Kettlebells

There is no real reason for me not to go to the gym or do some form of exercise. I have built it up in my head to be such a huge thing and now feel like I have a real issue with it. I know deep down that once I walk through the door and do my first class I will feel different. Getting myself out of this mindset is the key for me to want to go to the gym. I want to enjoy exercise like I used to. I know this will really help in my whole journey of losing weight and getting fitter.

Do you struggle with confidence when it come to exercise and going to the gym? Do you have any top tips on how I can get over this mindset? I would love it if you left me a comment and let me know.

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