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You’ll understand when…

13 Jun

I had a conversation yesterday (one of many like it) that got a little under my skin. I wasn’t going to write about it, mainly because of how frequently I have a similar conversation with various people. Then I saw this blog. Now, The Matt Walsh Blog has very little to do with mine and yet the idea is similar.

“You’ll understand when you’re older.” or “Just wait until you have kids.” or “Well you only work three days a week”. Never mind that those three days are 13 hour shifts (sometimes longer) and fall on weekends. Never mind that I haven’t had kids but I have had two reconstructive surgeries and multiple injuries. Never mind that there are an absurd amount of overweight and obese people my age and younger.

But every time I start to get worked up about it I realize… it isn’t me. They can’t really believe that I’m only in shape because I’m younger than them or don’t have kids or… insert excuse here. But people who aren’t ready to change or are trying to face past decisions have a need to rationalize. It’s human. We all do it. I do it! Because while I am in relatively good shape, it’s still not the shape I want to be in. I’m not to a maintenance stage yet but I’m also not currently putting in the work I’d need to improve. Sometimes I catch myself making excuses in my head “well, they don’t have…” but the reality is, that’s on me.

WE HAVE TO STOP. Making excuses by taking away others’ accomplishments doesn’t help anyone. We need to start saying “how did you do it with kids?” or “how did you come back from that injury?”. We need to learn from the people we want to be like, not make excuses why we can’t do the same thing.

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Weighing in on Planet Fitness

29 Apr

Planet Fitness is at it again… this week they asked a pregnant woman to either put on an over-sized shirt or leave due to her baby bump showing. The gym claims it is due to a no mid-drift policy that is up to manager’s discretion. See the story: ABCnews. I might be able to accept that it was a clear cut violation of the dress code because there was some of her baby bump showing (I think that’s ridiculous but I could accept it); however, she had worn the same tank top multiple times in the past.

Earlier this month a Muslim woman was asked to leave because of her head covering, New York News. And another woman states she was asked to leave because she was “too toned”. Planet Fitness states all of these women were in violation of their dress code.

The Planet Fitness mission statement claims they “are here to provide a unique environment in which anyone – and [they] mean anyone – can be comfortable. A diverse, Judgement Free Zone® where a lasting, active lifestyle can be built.” However from their commercials insulting body builders to their “Gymtimidation” commercial which both depict body builders and fit women as stupid and mindless, they are anything but accepting of everyone.

What baffles me is even with their “Lunk Alarm” and pizza days sabotaging their own members, they continue to grow at a rapid rate.

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I didn’t know staying hydrated made people a “lunk”

What do you think? Have you worked out at a Planet Fitness or know someone who does? Do you support their decisions in these cases?