If you're new around here, then you may not know that I kind of enjoy being in the gym. Do I enjoy waking up at 4:30 in the morning (on days when I have to work 7a to 7p) sleepily getting dressed and driving in the dark while eating a banana just so I have time to make it to the gym befor 5:30? Not exactly. Do I enjoy nearly killing myself five days a week? I wouldn't say it in those words.
So what do I mean when I say I enjoy the gym/working out? I enjoy the feeling of accomplishment. I enjoy feeling my muscles get stronger. I enjoy doing more this week than I did last week. I enjoy watching my body change (for the better) week by week. I guess you can say we have a love-hate relationship, me and the gym (unlike me and cardio which is a strictly hate-hate relationship). I don't necessarily enjoy the act of going to the gym, but I sure as hell enjoy the results.
I think the problem with a lot of women (and men) (really just a lot of people in general) is that they have this mentality about the gym - that working out it punishment. We have to go to the gym and repent - for being lazy over the weekend, for eating those four donuts when someone brought them to the office. This mentality is so wrong in so many ways. First, we shouldn't think of food as the enemy. Second, we shouldn't think of the gym as punishment.
The gym is a place where you go to enhance your body and food is the fuel you need to get it there.
With the new year (yeah I know we're already a month into it) there are a lot of people who resolve to "get in better shape" or "change their lifestyle" but neither of these things can happen without the proper attitude. So if you're one of those people who hates the gym but thinks you "have to go" because you ate that donut, do yourself a favor and QUIT thinking that way. (No I'm not saying eat as many donuts as you want and then skip the gym) but don't punish yourself.
I'm not saying it's easy, or that it even comes naturally to me. I'm not saying I don't eat donuts or other crap (because I do). It take time, and energy, to train your mind to not hate the gym. But I promise that once you do, you'll open up so many doors for yourself and your body.