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Why Am I Afraid to Join the Y?

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Last week I took advantage of a promotional our local YMCA is offering during their anniversary month of September. I had a free membership for a week and LOVED it! Each class was fun and I felt amazing after working out. I tried classes that I knew would be challenging but wanted to check them out "just because". The pool, the equipment, and most importantly the people were wonderful.

So why am I so hesitant to join? In the early 90s I joined a gym and it was traumatic. I don't want to go into details but trust me, they should have never been in business (but they still are!). I know the fitness industry has changed in the past twenty years. I had a week long positive experience at the Y. So, why am I letting the past hold me back?

I just need to jump in feet first, deep end of the pool! I can do it! I want to be braver. I think I'm a scaredy cat!

Every experience is a new one and I should let it happen on it's own, without worrying about the past, about things that I can't change. When you are grossly obese the world can be cruel. It can mess with your mind even when you get older, wiser, braver.

I had to get some of that out. Ramble a bit. Let my scary thoughts out. They lose most of their power in the daylight.

Okay. I'm ready to join the Y....I think, mostly I think I can. I want to be brave. I will be brave.

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    Do it afraid, courage will follow.
    2019 days ago
    Cool - hope this time it's a wonderful experience!
    2019 days ago
    I hope you do find the courage to go for it!! Maybe a continued good experience here could help lay to rest the bad experiences of the past.
    I've started trying to do stuff that scares me, and I find it helps a lot to think about what the people on Spark would say if they could see me. It's powerful to know you have good people rooting for you!!
    2020 days ago
    I went through this as well. Found a different pool that was closer and more convenient. I strongly urge you to enjoy this treat for yourself. You won't regret it. And if you are shy about not looking your best in a swimsuit, I found out that NO ONE CARES, so get over it. Just have fun.
    2020 days ago
    I can relate to how you feel, I had a bad experience with my first gym. I joined the Y down in Colorado Springs after they had a zero joining fee promotion going on, and I loved it.

    I think the Y is one of the most understanding "gyms' out there. Good luck, I hope you join and you can feel great about not only conquering your fear but be able to continue enjoying the atmosphere your Y brings you.

    2020 days ago
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