Every year, thousands of optimistic people flock to gyms everywhere, hoping to get in shape for the new year. I, for one, have never really bought into this. However, with double knee surgery looming in the distance, I have been completely charging it in the gym, realizing that these are my last few months for a while with two completely working legs.
As much as I enjoy my me-time, it’s not all rainbows and butterflies.
Here are some things I hate about the gym.
1. The before and after
This is what I look like before I work out:
Cute, right? Okay, maybe not that cute…but still.
THIS is what I look like when I’m done:
It’s not a good look for me.
2. Dudes checking me out
Just saying. It happens. One look at my derriere in those spandex and it’s all over.
3. Boys who think girls can’t lift weights
Clearly they’ve never heard of Jillian Michaels.
When I transplanted from the cold New England weather to the thick, humid air of southern Maryland, something began to happen that had never happened to me before: I began to sweat. And not like a “ladies glisten” kind of way, like a 300-pound-man-trying-to-run-a-marathon kind of way. It’s disgusting. But then I remember…
Or at least that’s what I tell myself.
5. Seeing people I know
Okay, so at school that one’s kind of hard to avoid. But still, seeing ex boyfriends and my Senior Project advisor on treadmills never fails to send me running in the other direction. At home, people I haven’t seen in ages: “Oh hi, haven’t seen you in a few years, let me just sweat all over you!”