Saturday, March 6, 2010
Because I'm Worth It
I workout in grubby clothes. Clothes that I don't mind sweating in. Clothes I wouldn't wear out in public- aside from the gym (which is a private gym). Old, stretched out and shrunk up thin cotton t-shirts. Sweat pants that I've cut off to just below the knees. Old, too big (thank heavens), stretched out maternity yoga pants that I have to roll at the waist band to make them stay on. My shoes are a semi-investment. I usually only ever buy shoes at Payless or Target. I can't remember when or where I bought the sneakers I was wearing a year ago. The shoes I have now came from an actual shoe store that sells actual brands. I forget what brand mine are- but I sunk $50 into them. Which, for me, is a lot of money. But for sneakers- that's the lowest priced shoe I coud find. The only thing, besides those shoes, that I have purchased for working out- socks. I have good socks. With my new Healthier Me goals, with my healthy choices now being a priority... I feel like I'm ready to put my money where my mouth is! I've been working out in clothes that are big and baggy and old and used up. And I think that's an indicator of how I've felt about working out and being healthy. It's the same with food. Part of why I eat crappy snacks or meals- it's cheaper. I look for convenience, sales, cutting corners to save time and money. With a little effort, I'm proving the opposite to be just as true. I can eat lunch for $2 a day. Much cheaper than a fast food meal for $5- $6. Shopping at Trdaer Joe's so I am set with snacks and healthy choices- much cheaper than hitting the vending machine for hot chocolate and donuts every day. So maybe... maybe I deserve some "good" workout clothes. My first step? Shoes. I am putting effort and money into good running shoes. This weekend, I am going to The Running Company and will put my feet in their capable hands and come out with new running shoes that are exactly right for my weight, my feet, my gait, my pace. I'm not quite ready to give up on my cut off sweats and stretched out superhero t-shirts. They are comfortable and I do like having a Superman S on my chest or the Hulk- I feel a bit stronger. But when I see the workout section at Target, I won't scoot past at full speed. I'll start considering the sale racks. At the very least, I think I'm ready for a good sports bra instead of old cotton camis. It's time to get serious. Because I'm worth it.