MEGA, Matching and Money

MEGA, Matching and Money

This past week I have finally stopped procrastinating.

Instead of letting my anxiety rule when I think ‘It is too hard, don’t bother, people will just laugh, you can’t do it’ I’ve decided to think ‘Who cares? You’ve got this!’

Who cares if people laugh when I rock up to the gym with my thunder thighs and bubble butt? Isn’t that what the gym was originally created for? I mean waaaay back. Back when they were about losing weight and getting fit, and not about looking the part, or having a like-worthy status update.

There are three things that have put me in the fitness frame of mind. In no particular order they are:

My sister

My weirdo little sister, who is able to turn on that ‘I’m going to the gym’ switch and absolutely smash it. I envy that. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – My sister is my body guard. She makes me feel safe and protected. I can almost see a mini Hannah in my head, flipping my anxiety the bird and telling it to bugger off or she’ll throw a chair at it (that’s her version of flipping a table – trust me, i’ve experienced it in our teen years.)

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Yeah, we match, we’re kind of awesome like that. Go get the same shirt and match us too. We could be like a club. Hey, we could have a motto…something like ‘K-Mart shirts are life, we rock our activewear, you can rock it too, go buy one if you dare!’ oh yeah, this is happening. #thejoysofKmart

 

She put up with me procrastinating, whinging, and cowering from exercise, and even though we had a fair few sister-fights (Sister-fights: A petty argument that makes you vow never to never speak to your sister again, but sees you laughing at something your parents or husbands have done by the end of the day) she was waiting with open arms when I said I was ready and never said ‘I told you so’.

 

MEGA (Mums Exercise Group Australia)

A quick run down of what MEGA is all about from the Facebook page of the Canberra branch ‘Mums Exercise Group Australia (Canberra)‘ –

Mums Exercise Group Australia (MEGA) is a volunteer group, run by mums for mums, grand mums and mums to be.

We aim to motivate, support and encourage each other to get healthy and socially connected to their community. -MEGA Canberra.

I still remember the first post I ever made to the Canberra MEGA page. It honestly changed me, and the way I look at exercise. I still absolutely love Aqua, and you can bet your bottom dollar that I’m there as much as possible, still rocking the one piece and the pasty legs.

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Aqua Aerobics is one of my favourite MEGA events. It’s full of like-minded people and run by awesome mummas.

 

Recently a spin-off group was made for those of us in MEGA who wished to attempt (and crush!) the C25K challenge. The C25K challenge is a running program (in the form of a nifty little app) designed to get you from couch potato -only running when you’ve run out of snacks and you need to get back before the ad break ends and you miss out seeing who got the rose, to running 5 kilometres for fun – yes, apparently some people find running fun, who knew?

Ah trusty old MEGA, giving me the courage, once again, to try something new. The support is something that you have to experience to understand. I’m so grateful that I found them and if you’re an Australian mum wanting to check it out you can do so here: MEGA Mums

Activewear

I feel almost guilty about this one. Not guilty enough to leave it off though!

There is nothing that gets me in the mood to workout like workout gear, and the more weight I lose the more range I get to choose from (don’t even get me started on that – Why aren’t comfortable, fashionable workout clothes made more affordable and available in larger sizes? It’s almost like they think all bigger people have just given up and won’t need it! I can’t, I just can’t. I’ll rage. Back to what I was saying!)

I wore proper, fitted workout gear – I mean bright, happy, colourful, show your rolls, second skin style, stretchy, leave nothing to the imagination workout gear – to the gym for three days and I documented my findings.

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I had to return the bigger size! #winning #lettingitallhangout

Working out if I can workout in workout wear

Day one:

I walked in, with a fairly convincing, completely fake sense of confidence. Ready to look others in the eye (actually I would avoid all gazes), and stand tall (ish).

What a let down. No one else was there. We had the place to ourselves. I got to experience working out in activewear though, that was great! So cool, and easy to move in.

Day two:

OK, there were a couple of people, it was time to be brave. I braced myself for the inevitable stares and whispers. I almost put my hands up to protect myself. I slowly looked up, anxiety at an all time high, and then it hit!

NOT ONE SINGLE DAMN PERSON GAVE TWO HOOTS ABOUT WHAT I WAS WEARING!

Wait, that’s a lie – I did. What an idiot. What a stupid amount of wasted energy put into feeling afraid of something that I didn’t need to be afraid of – #anxietyisridiculous am I right?

Day three:

No one else cared about what I was wearing, I didn’t care about what I was wearing. I cared that I had made it there, I cared that I felt great because I was wearing a whopping FIVE sizes smaller than I would have six months ago, I cared that I was getting healthy and I was comfortable doing it. I even looked at myself in the mirror while I was pounding away on the treadmill and I though ‘Hey, not bad you!’

Unfortunately I may now need to organise some sort of fundraising event to back my activewear addiction. Sorry husband, love your guts, thanks for understanding my crazy obsessions!

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Now taking donations in the form of cash, card, and clothes.

 

Things are looking great for the future. My anxiety is sitting low – as is the length of my leg hair thanks to my obsession with the 3/4 gym pants I have. My head feels quite clear. I’m energised, trying new things, and ready for more.

I’m a sister loving, lycra wearing, MEGA mum and I’m proud to admit it.

And you know what?

I’m proud of myself.

 

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I’d be so inexplicably grateful and I’d most probably squeal with excitement, like most grown women would, right?

 

16 thoughts on “MEGA, Matching and Money

  1. First of all, congratulations. And it’s a great thing that you have a sister who is there for you. And you are absolutely correct when you say that it’s a waste of time worrying about something that was nothing. Losing weight is all about being healthy. Because of that, who cares what others think? Besides, if there is someone who did think of something, then show that person off. LOL! In the end, you are doing this for yourself.

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    1. Thank you! I’m very lucky to have her 😊

      I am definitely doing t for myself, but years of being talked about and laughed at have made it a hard process unfortunately.

      It’s great that things are getting easier, but they shouldn’t have been hard in the first place. We should be supportive of people trying to better their lives, not judgemental of them when they aren’t at the end goal yet.

      I’m sure as hell going to show them all 😊

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  2. I remember a joke about gym. A comedian says to a fit person, “What are you doing here? You’re done!” Hahaha…

    Anyway, you are right. Back in the day, people go to the gym to get fit. Now most people who go to the gym are already fit, they just have to maintain their “success.” I used to go to the gym but the high monthly fee did me it so yeah, I just work out at home now.

    Good on you, that you’ve finally beaten proscrastination. Just keep at it, you’re doing a great job.

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    1. Haha love it!

      The fees are ridiculous aren’t they 🙁 it makes it so unrealistic for some families. I’m grateful that my sister gifted me my membership otherwise I would not be going!

      Thank you for the support x

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  3. I’m happy for you! Keep doing it! I have a confession to make, last year, during the last quarter, I started doing home workouts then later decided I’d try going to the gym. I went to the gym thrice and never came back. It was December, I stopped working out, it’s time to eat, lol! I know I shouldn’t be doing that but I did. So I gained weight and just got back to doing it all over again. I can relate to the feeling of being judged at the gym, when it was my first day there, I knew some eyes were looking at me.

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    1. Oh girl I’ve been there! I didn’t finally get my butt into gear until months after I joined and then it was like a switch flicked and it was time.

      It’s so much easier said than done but we need to ignore the eyes and know that we’ve got this! Haters back off!

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  4. When we have support, it seems like we are capable of doing everything. I am so happy that your sister supports you and that you found a wonderful community.
    Happy New Year!

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  5. Honestly girl, you should be SO PROUD OF YOURSELF. I know what you mean, I get the same judge-y looks whenever I go to the gym. People now become so conscious and they sometimes look down on people who just started working out / going to the gym BUT YOU ARE THERE. I’m glad you have people around you that help you always keep on going. They’re the most important people you’ve got. 🙂 Keep on going and I wish you the best!

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    1. Thank you!! It’s tough isn’t it? Anytime I see someone at the gym, no matter their size, I think it’s awesome that they made it in! I’m literally laying here procrastinating about getting up and heading off – your comment has just given me the push I need! Thank you 😊

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  6. I started going to the gym one year ago. In the beginning, it was really hard to motivate me after a long working day, to get off the couch and do something. Now I can say, I am addicted to it. Without going four times a week, I am feeling not fulfilled. For myself, I actually found out, that doing something active, can be very relaxing and a good way to leave everything behind.

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