When most people start talking about their interest in working out, oftentimes the reason is: I need or want to lose weight. Growing up, what I remember most is my extended family always commenting on my weight. I was never overweight, in fact at times I was underweight, but being called Skinny-Minnie and Boney-Maroney got old quick. I don’t think they even knew how much it affected me. I had never really thought about my weight until others pointed it out to me.
One day, a few years ago, someone said to me, “wow, it’s nice to see you’ve gained weight for once.” That really hurt me and I let it bother me for a while. Finally this past year it hit me: I had spent a majority of my life trying to micromanage something that is so hard to perfectly control, all for other people.
All of this got me thinking. My long hateful relationship with my body has been fueled by other’s perceptions of my body weight. When was the last time you worked out with the intention of just feeling good? When was the last time you worked out and didn’t focus on how you looked to others and instead focused on how you feel and look to YOURSELF? We all have our own body image struggles fueled by society’s perceptions of what is beautiful, what the right weight is, how we should be living every single part of our lives and it needs to stop. You are more than just a number on the scale. You are more than the calories you burn (let your Apple Watch and Fitbit motivate you for goals and not define or discourage your workouts). You are your own kind of beautiful and there’s no perfect shape or size. The next time you workout do yourself a favor and do it for that adrenaline rush, that burst of life as blood pumps through your veins.
When I started spinning with VIBE I had a long history of checking the scale and pinching at my stomach. I can proudly say I’ve come a long way, only checking my scale once a month, just as a check in and I don’t even remember the last time I got caught up staring at my body in the mirror thinking about what I could change. I’m not crazy toned and my metabolism is slowing down, but my heart is healthy, my chronic pain is under control, and I’m alive. If losing weight is important to you or prescribed by your doctor, VIBE is ready to support your goals, but it should be a goal for you and no one else. This is your VIBE Journey. Make sure you make every class yours. Here’s to being happy, strong, and healthy for YOU and loving your body for everything it is.