fitness, yoga

The Fat Woman in Your Fitness Class

On Monday, I talked about why it is important to respect my body as it is right now and the various ways I honor my body, including exercising because it’s fun (versus exercising to burn calories or in an effort to lose weight).

When it comes to working out, my philosophy is simple: play not punishment.

If exercise feels like work, I’m not going to keep doing it. If I’m only doing it in an effort to cancel out calories I ate (or feel I have to work out in order to earn calories), I’m not going to keep doing it.

On the flip side, if exercise is fun, I’m more likely to stick with it. If I liberate myself from feeling like I “have” to work out, I’m more likely to stick with it. If I give myself permission to skip a workout guilt-free, I’m more likely to show up at the gym the next time.

Play. Not punishment.

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During dinner last night with my husband (yup, still weird to say), I was talking about my new monthly feature over at Fatventure Mag. My first column is up today and the entire focus of the column will be on finding body positive fitness classes or, as it may turn out in some cases, being a fat woman in a not-body positive fitness class.

Our officiant is a yoga instructor, he’s been practicing for, like, forty years and studied in India back in the 1970s and Husband suggested I try out one of his classes for the column. Discussing it made me realize how much I miss yoga.

There used to be a time when I had a weekly practice. I could flex and bend with the best of them. But then yoga stopped being fun and my practice began feeling like a burden. And, so, I walked away from my mat. Oh, I’ve done one-off classes here and there over the years, but nothing like the frequency I had years ago.

But talking it over made me remember all of the positive benefits that came with a regular practice and I think I might be in a place again to visit my mat again. Now that the wedding is over and my brain is not so full of ALL THE THINGS, my goal is try to find a new studio. I’ve moved in the years since and there are several within walking distance of our house which seem like good places to start. So hopefully there will be a return to yoga here on the blog and in the meantime, be sure to check out my first Fatventure Mag column!

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4 thoughts on “The Fat Woman in Your Fitness Class”

    1. I do! Not as often as I used to, because it stopped being fun, but one of my goals for fall is to introduce running back into my fitness routine. I’m registered for the Christmas Story 5K in December so I need to start training and getting ready for that

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