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Leave The Gym Resolutioners Alone

Leave The Gym Resolutioners Alone

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We’ve all seen them. There could be one next to you right now on the treadmill holding on for dear life and hiking up a level 15 incline. You may have spotted one inquisitively eying a BOSU ball, wondering what manner of cruel and unusual punishment a semi-circle could possibly deliver. They’re the Resolutioners who have taken your gym by storm this January to get started on their weight loss and fitness goals, and they haven’t received the warmest of welcomes.

I used to be a Resolutioner. In fact, I can say with confidence that “losing weight” or “eating better” was probably my staple resolution from the year 2003 through 2011. When it comes to my New Year’s resolutions, it was probably only surpassed in frequency by “This year I’m going to have a boyfriend,” or “This year I’m committing to not being so quiet and weird.”

I never stuck to it. I’d show up to the gym in January side-by-side with the men who were put on diets by their wives and the women who want to feel more comfortable in a bathing suit this summer, and for about two weeks, I’d dutifully serve my time on the cardio equipment and hit the mat to do all my crunches. But then one day something would always come up. A tiring, stressful day. The start of my period. A meal that completely undermined every health goal ever set forth by anyone. I’d skip a day or two, and pretty soon I’d stop showing at the gym altogether, becoming the stereotypical person who starts the new year with lofty weight loss goals and abandons them when the going gets rough.

Eventually, I did accomplish the goal I set in my weight loss resolutions each year, but that journey didn’t begin January 1st. Not even close. It was between August 2011 and October 2012 that I lost 120 pounds. I didn’t realize that August was the beginning of something until after I succeeded. You see, after trying and failing to lose weight so many times, you begin every new attempt at being healthier with a measured skepticism, because you know when you don’t have the best track record. I know how hard it is to get started and keep going — and I also know how the start of a new year is empowering — so while I understand why most of us assume (sometimes rightly) that the Resolutioners are embarking on a fool’s errand, I think we could we have a better attitude about it.

This year especially, I’ve noticed that everyone’s really mad at the Resolutioners. I’ve seen a lot of Facebook posts and tweets being posted live from the gym that say things like,

ugh gym is so crowded from these ny resolutioners

can’t wait til the gym gets back to normal after the resolutioners give up

bet there’s gonna be a lot of people at the gym this month…

There was a time when I would have gladly joined these naysayers, grabbed a kettlebell, and rousted these posers from their respective fitness equipment. I know it’s inconvenient circling the gym parking lot for a space, and believe me, I completely relate to the horrible inconvenience of someone using your favorite exercise bike, but what does it say about us that instead of being (even quietly) supportive, we’re jaded on behalf of the Resolutioners who haven’t given up yet?

As someone who has done it several times before, I know how it goes. Many of the people crowding your gym in January will not be there come February or March, but could we extend a disinfectant wipe of peace here? We want people to get healthy, fit, thin, whatever just as long as it doesn’t inconvenience us when one of the newbies uses the hip abductor machine for ten minutes while one of us regulars is impatiently tapping our foot nearby. The “new year, new me” routine has become a bad cliche, but we should be able to put aside our disdain and acknowledge that even if someone doesn’t succeed on their first try, thinking about their health, fitness, and eating habits is an admirable thing–regardless of what time of the year it happens.

Maybe some of the Resolutioners are doing it for the wrong reasons. Maybe they’re not as motivated as you are all 365 days of the year. Maybe one of them really is systematically trying to ruin your workout experience by hogging all your favorite things. All of that could be true, but all of us regular (and less regular than we’d like to admit) gym-goers should make the choice to be supportive anyway. No eyerolls, no snarky tweets about the guy who couldn’t figure out the stepper, and no wishes that the Resolutioners fail just so you don’t have to deal with them in your shared space anymore. We should all be hoping the Resolutioners become regulars because that means they succeeded.

My advice? Leave the Resolutioners alone and focus on you.

This article is also featured on Huffington Post.


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Katie Hoffman

Katie Hoffman is a writer living in the suburbs of Chicago. She enjoys leftovers, lunges, and laughs.

372 Comments

  1. rossmurray1 January 14, 2015

    The main reason I don’t go to the gym is because I would have to START going to the gym. Those very words, “hip abductor,” fill me with terror.

    1. Katie January 15, 2015

      Oh the starting is the worst part. If only you could start in the middle of an already established fitness regimen, life would be grand.

      1. Katie January 16, 2015

        Normal leg function of your legs for 1-3 days after use.

  2. mrsjamesbarry January 14, 2015

    No regulars in the restaurants and bars were rude to all the christmas, happy, drinkers who abandoned the gym for a few weeks, so the gym people should be nice to all the people who come to the gym in January!

    1. Katie January 15, 2015

      Ha!!!!! Love it! Great point!

  3. Nicole January 14, 2015

    This is precisely why the resolutioners fail! No support, no love, no encouragement – why not make friends with newbies and call them up when you don’t see them so they feel it’s worth it to stick to it
    #fatgirlshownnolove

    1. Katie January 15, 2015

      And what I think a lot of people don’t realize is that being the new person at the gym is seriously traumatic. There’s equipment you’re not familiar with and no shortage of super fit people doing box jumps and up down planks. It’s intense.

      1. Mell Odee January 16, 2015

        Agree with this one — “being the new person at the gym is seriously traumatic.” And kind of intimidating, too, when i see all the sexy, abs-rocking human beings around me. sigh…

      2. Katie January 16, 2015

        Just remember they didn’t always look that way. Everyone starts somewhere!

      3. dayspringacres January 17, 2015

        I can so relate to this. I use the treadmill and the bike because they are the only things I know how to make work and look sorry of classy even as I jiggle my way through. But i surreptitiously watch the man using the large ball (I don’t know the name) or the half-ball thing, or the weird torture devices. All the instructions in the world don’t amount to a hill of beans if I can’t look classy while I figure out out. If there is a chance I will look foolish, I won’t even try.

      4. sunflaring January 21, 2015

        Its okay– it doesn’t matter! Your goals are more important than their judgement.

    2. thyristor December 25, 2016

      No, I don’t agree. Resolutioners don’t fail due to a lack of encouragement. They fail because people who are prepared to make a lifestyle change generally do NOT wait until January 1st to do so. And let’s face it — waiting until the holiday feastings are over isn’t an earmark of firm resolve.

      Don’t get me wrong. I do believe that we should be encouraging toward newbies, including the January crowd. Let’s not delude ourselves into thinking that this encouragement will help them stick around, though. Maybe in a few rare cases, but most of the time, the problems are deeper than that.

  4. Nicole January 14, 2015

    thank you! Thanks for writing out a great blog!!

  5. The Cutter January 14, 2015

    It’s just annoying that my workout becomes more difficult thanks to their presence.

    1. Katie January 15, 2015

      Oh buck up. Sharing is caring. 🙂

      1. sunflaring January 21, 2015

        Excuse you! Their workout will be way more difficult than yours if you are this rude. 🙂

      2. thyristor December 25, 2016

        The Cutter is not being rude. Cutter’s just saying that his workouts become more difficult due to the crowed. That’s reality, not rudeness.

        Of course, if he were to express this annoyance directly toward the beginners, that would be rude.

  6. prudencevwhittaker January 14, 2015

    I’m still working on my NY resolutions from two years ago. When I accomplish them then I will move on to new ones.

    1. Katie January 15, 2015

      Good on you. Get it! 🙂

  7. hashtagmama January 14, 2015

    My continual resolution is to get on track with weight-loss and healthy eating. It’s like unfinished business. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Katie January 15, 2015

      I have faith in you! I know it’s not easy.

      1. hashtagmama January 15, 2015

        Thank you! It’s not easy when working in a office that is fast paced and routinely eats fast food! I’m trying!
        Great article 🙂

  8. beadstork January 14, 2015

    I completely agree. Tolerance and a positive attitude! That can be nothing but good.

    1. Katie January 15, 2015

      Agreed! Good vibes only, especially in the arena of weight loss, fitness, and body image.

  9. suddenlysonder January 15, 2015

    I’m one of these Resolutioners and even though no one’s been rude to me yet in the gym, they haven’t been welcoming either, so I agree with you, just give us a break because we’re at least trying

    1. Katie January 15, 2015

      Good for you! I wish you all the best. I haven’t seen any confrontational meanness. It’s been the sideways glances behind someone’s back. The eyeroll when a Resolutioner gets a machine before a proud Regular. And the social media shade? O the social media shade! Sweat and let sweat, people.

  10. firebrandnotes January 15, 2015

    Good stuff – with so much health-related sadness/addiction in the world, isn’t January the best time of year when everyone has another go at ‘doing better’ with food and exercise?

    1. Katie January 16, 2015

      I think we should be encouraging of anyone who decides to take a closer look at their eating habits and exercise at any time of the year. The resolution might be a cliche, but I don’t think that means no good can come of it.

  11. kylie January 15, 2015

    Great piece, couldn’t have said it better myself. We all have to start somewhere 🙂 And I started there….a number of times 😛 before I found my own rhythm.

    1. Katie January 16, 2015

      Good for you! I agree completely.

  12. snakesinthegrass2014 January 15, 2015

    Well done! Rally good stuff, and I raise my wine glass with a hearty “Solidarity!”

    1. Katie January 16, 2015

      Thanks! To solidarity!

  13. segmation January 15, 2015

    The only thing that will work is having your mind ready to do anything like going in the gym. If you think going to the gym is a bad thing, it won’t work. But if you have a good mind set and good reasoning then you will go. You also will feel so great and healthy. Good piece. Looking foward to seeing how the rest of 2015 goes for you, I hope well. Keep blogging!

    1. Katie January 16, 2015

      Thanks! I agree. Having the right mindset about it all is the key.

  14. Mark January 15, 2015

    Hey Katie,
    Just stumbled on your post there and decided to read it cause it’s a topic that’s been on my mind over the last 2 weeks. I’m not going to lie, I used to be one of those “Resolution Haters.” I despised the fact they would take up equipment I wanted to use, and I think I despised the fact that most were not “hardcore” enough. I thought the gym was only for those who wanted to really train hard and do crazy intense workouts. Well things have changed!

    Eight years in the industry + 7 more years just working out and more mature today than yesterday I’ve learned to respect and help the resolutioners. What I’ve realized is that most people quit because they see no changes and have no guidance. I think the perception is that if you go to the gym your body will change, but it’s far more complex than that. I’ve decided to help change that and I think all us fitness buffs (professionals and non-professionals alike) should extend a helping hand to the New Years resolutioners. Maybe doing so will help them stay just a little longer. If we keep helping them maybe one day they’ll eventually turn it into a lifestyle!

    Just my two cents 🙂 Great blog!

    1. Katie January 16, 2015

      Mark,
      That’s wonderful! So glad to hear it! It’s so easy to walk around the gym picking out people who aren’t “at your level,” but what purpose does it serve? Everyone has their own goals, and I think we should all be supportive and respectful of the fact that just seeing someone at the gym means they’re making an effort, and that’s an awesome thing.

  15. Malinda January 15, 2015

    I really enjoyed reading this post;)

  16. Cathy H. January 15, 2015

    Not feeling comfortable at the gym was a big reason I stopped going. Now I have a workout routine at home but I think having a support community would be nice. New people might be less likely to fail if they felt like someone believed in them.

    1. Katie January 16, 2015

      I’m so sorry to hear that. Working out at home can be great, but no one should ever feel exiled from the gym. For what it’s worth, I believe you can go in there and kick just as much ass as anyone else who has been going there regularly. 🙂

    2. Alexandria Nicol February 10, 2015

      I’m sorry you didn’t feel supported at the gym. It is the regulars that should be the most supportive because they know better than anyone how hard it is to stick with it!

  17. RawKate January 15, 2015

    Good point. If only some of the eye rollers remembered the moment they first stepped into the gym or somewhere else that was out of their comfort zone. Good read.

    1. Katie January 16, 2015

      Exactly! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  18. homeboundlaine January 16, 2015

    Oops, I’m embarrassed to admit that I can relate with the FB posts/tweets you quoted. But not in a gym setting, but in the library! It was exactly how I felt during midterms and finals week when I’d be hard-pressed to find a seat (never mind a free outlet for my laptop) in the lib. I guess that makes me sound arrogant. also, a nerd. :))

    1. Katie January 16, 2015

      Oh hold up, no one said anything about the library. In college, I had that experience, too. Everyone comes out of the woodwork during finals. Can I girl get a study carrel?

    1. Katie January 16, 2015

      Thanks! Sometimes you just need to find what works best for you. 🙂

    2. Lizzy_Leblanc January 17, 2015

      Me too, Tess!! Home gym all the way. Privacy, no judgment, and no commute!

      1. Tess January 17, 2015

        Exactly and free too 😉

  19. davrson January 16, 2015

    Having previously had a pretty good gym regimen, I’m not totally out of the habit and really struggling to get back in to it. So where do I fit in?! Any tips?

    1. Katie January 16, 2015

      I have totally been here, and I’m here a lot more often now that I’m trying to write a book, work, and stay on track with my exercise. The best advice I could give would to be to just show up the at the gym and do something. Even if it’s not a full 30 minutes. Even if your heart rate doesn’t get as high as usual. Showing up is half the battle, and once you get back into that routine, you’ll be closer to getting back to where you were.

  20. Anne January 16, 2015

    Great post. Making change is hard enough without getting the feeling you’re not welcome

  21. NicoLite Великий January 16, 2015

    Maybe we could start a gym noob support group movement, AA style. Whenever you don’t feel like going to the gym (unless you are really ill) you call up your sponsor

    1. Katie January 16, 2015

      Yes! Actually, I saw a Weight Watchers commercial the other day, and I think they’re starting to offer something similar to that.

  22. KaSonndra Leigh January 16, 2015

    Exactly the point I made in an article I wrote about resolutions. You need to focus on what you need and avoid the comparison trap. There’s nothing worse than trying to keep up with the Jones, or Agent Carters in this case, and then failing because the wrong expectations were set. Just go with the flow, keep a positive frame of mind and reward yourself when you take baby steps toward your New Year’s wishes. Thx for sharing!

  23. Kirsty Karlsson January 16, 2015

    Same reason we shun queues. It’s disturbing to find that we’re all so … human and not particularly special or unique 😉

  24. therealmanonthestreet January 16, 2015

    I agree for the most part. My gym pet peeves are people who are there for Jaw Day, and people who use machines and benches as either resting or reading areas.

  25. The Editor January 16, 2015

    I think this is an excellent post. The world is already full of cynics and criticisms, we dont need any more negativity in this world. Let us learn to praise and celebrate rather than discourage.

  26. tvgirl74 January 16, 2015

    Very funny blog and inspiring too .. I relate to everything your saying there

  27. maryhelenc January 16, 2015

    Agreed! I was once a resolutioner & worked out @ home for 10 months because of it. I started at a gym in October & was welcomed with open arms. I remember being afraid of the gym, so I try to be nice to them, as I remember being in their shoes.

  28. Brown Road Chronicles January 16, 2015

    January is such a bad time to start. Its a cold and depressing time. Start in the summer when you can not only work out at a gym, but be outside hiking or biking or whatever.Success happens when you get to that point where you actually start to see some results. Then you are motivated to keep it up. Seems like summer time would a better time to start a resolution.

  29. Marijana Bojić January 16, 2015

    Great thoughts there! I was on that resolutioners road myself probably more than I actually remember. And not only around New Year’s. Had ups and downs and skinny periods and fat periods and I-will-never-be-happy-in-my-skin-again periods. And people who get to that period (or are on their way getting there) need support, not complaining. I wish that people had these resolutions throught the year, not only in December/January. Because no matter how many times you fail, the only thing that counts is if you got up afterwards!

  30. eloisesedibles January 16, 2015

    I couldn’t stop reading your blog…. I was with you 100% of the whole way through! Amazing post! Love it to bits 🙂 Thank you for sharing x

  31. Jasmine Wallace January 16, 2015

    The app “Pact” pays you to meet your goals. You should try it out 🙂 And too many people think going to the gym is enough but “abs are made in the kitchen”. I used to eat junk and work out, then wonder why I looked the same.

  32. fos2014 January 16, 2015

    Love this! Starting is definitely the worst part! Congrats on the 120 pound loss! That is incredible.

  33. brirpac January 16, 2015

    Very well said. Having undergone many a resolution on the weight loss spectrum myself I get this. I’m on trial two of losing weight since I had my son and it is NOT any easier.
    Be nice people:) Or at least let me huff and puff my way through my fifteen minute cardio in peace.

    1. Katie January 16, 2015

      Agreed. It’s never easy, and I can only imagine how difficult it can be to work in time for the gym with a son! Keep your head held high, girl, and good luck!

  34. HiramFoodie January 16, 2015

    I definitely prefer working out from home!

    1. Katie January 16, 2015

      Nothing wrong with that, but don’t let anyone run you out of the gym!

      1. LuxeLife January 16, 2015

        Very true!
        I guess it’s more of my short-attention span.
        I don’t feel like I’m getting a focused workout like I would from following a video.

  35. aaronj9710 January 16, 2015

    The newbies don’t bother me, I love seeing people trying to be healthy. Nice read. My new years resolution, to actually try to speak with regulars and support new friends. I tend to ignore everyone, which is not really the point of going to the any gym.

    1. Katie January 16, 2015

      Oh, I’m a notorious gym ignorer. It’s not for any philosophical reason, I just get in the zone, and I’m usually too out of breath to be much of a conversationalist anyway.

      1. aaronj9710 January 16, 2015

        Im a zoner also during work by design . At most I can socialize before or after my regimens. While doing sets, or cardio… my work is all timed. So unless the place on fire…is strictly business. So for my resolution, I really want to say “hi” and “bye” to the same people I have seen in the gym for YEARS… I least try to smile from time to time. The one exception will be when the resolutioner are “taking a break” on the machine on my work plan, I will be happy to induce myself … politely of course!

  36. tjwrites January 16, 2015

    Hahaha!! Love this article! I too am one of those jaded gym goers who would get annoyed by the resolutioners! Nice to give it another perspective.

    1. Katie January 16, 2015

      They can be a pain (especially when one of them picks the treadmill right next to yours when there are other ones available!!!!!!), but I think they need the good vibes more than the negativity.

      1. tjwrites January 16, 2015

        I agree!! Reluctantly of course!!

  37. carmelo215 January 16, 2015

    Reblogged this on Carmelo's thoughts and commented:
    I think every body has a method of losing weight. But this article is inspiring since I’m trying to lose weight myself. Hopefully I can reach that goal and get back to a healthy weight.

    1. Katie January 16, 2015

      Thanks for the reblog, and good luck to you!

      1. carmelo215 January 16, 2015

        Thanks just getting started hoping i get people to follow.

  38. emilyneitzel January 16, 2015

    This is refreshing to hear. Everyone starts somewhere, and judgement doesn’t help anyone get where they’re trying to go.

  39. renofailure January 16, 2015

    You just described why I work out at home! Great post!

    1. Katie January 16, 2015

      Working out at home is great, but don’t let anyone keep you away from the gym. You have every right to be there, too!

  40. allyssadear January 16, 2015

    I just wrote a post about the same thing. Its a shame people have to be so negative! definitely a good read!!

  41. huberstephanie953 January 16, 2015

    Thanks for this. I am one of those resolutioners. I have some of the best support pushing me to keep going, but it can be really discouraging when those regulars give out looks of distain and impatience. I just plug in my headphones and focus on pushing myself and ignoring them. Same in the swimming lanes.

  42. jeddacp January 16, 2015

    i guess i could at least give them props for starting… even if some of they may end up not finishing…

  43. her0wnwords January 16, 2015

    Hahaha… Not only have I found this post enlightening, I’ve also found it equally entertaining!
    x

  44. Lynda Faye January 16, 2015

    This also true. When i finally decided i was fed up it wasnt on a Monday or for the new year, it was when it was about me. Thanks for sharing.

  45. Life As Luke Knows It January 16, 2015

    I really enjoyed this post! My fiancé has made this resolution and the last thing Resolutioners need is to be made to feel unwelcome! I go with her and join her workouts to help her feel more comfortable in the gym. Im lucky enough to have made my resolution back in August, losing 30 pounds (13.5kg) since. When the regulars are in such great shape and they look visibly annoyed at your presence, it adds to the already existing self consciousness of the people trying to make a change for the better. 🙂 Keep posts like this coming! A great read!

  46. shauntemaria January 16, 2015

    How did you get your own blog link blue when you reblogged this? I’m so confused and apparently don’t know what I’m doing lol

  47. howtobejillian January 16, 2015

    Thank you for being so kind to us that are trying to get back on track. Great job losing 120 pounds!

  48. room4six January 16, 2015

    Maybe this could apply to all aspects of our lives. Maybe we could be nicer and more patient and supportive with people in general. Just a thought….

  49. mixedtinofbiscuits January 16, 2015

    Great post. I have written a very similar and relevent post on my page http://www.mixedtinofbiscuits.wordpress.com as a frequent new years fitness resolutioner myself in the past, I felt inspired to put in my two cents on the topic based on my personal experiences and the observed experiences of others. Please check it out and comment with your thoughts. 🙂

  50. mixedtinofbiscuits January 16, 2015

    Reblogged this on mixedtinofbiscuits and commented:
    Another very relevant post for this time of year about fitness resolutions from a different blogger. Worth a read!

  51. snehamuralidharan January 16, 2015

    Hey katie,

    Such an open post..im a new blogger just stumbled on your post and wanted to just say that im one of the new year resolutioners too….lol….i am determined..but loosing weight is not motto..staying healthy is….

  52. Strawberry Fields Forever January 17, 2015

    Reblogged this on slaratta's Blog and commented:
    Love this! So true as well. Coming from someone who has also made this resolution every time New Years comes around, it’s difficult and often times I’ll make the same excuses. You’ll go to the gym everyday for a few weeks (or maybe like one week) you eat super healthy and then BAM; you’re right back to laying on the couch watching Netflix and eating pizza. (Which is totally fine to indulge in once in awhile!;) ) And now that I do take trips to the gym often, I love seeing people there regularly, and I love seeing progress amongst others. Mostly try to focus on yourself though because you can’t constantly be surrounding yourself with negativity and statements such as “I wish I had her/his body” or even making comments on how you’re “better” than someone else either. Focus on being healthy, and excercising for YOU, and everyone else will be doing the same as well. And if you do know someone who has been hitting the gym hard and you see results, don’t hesitate to tell them! Feedback is one of the greatest achievements when it comes to working out. When you begin to realize others are noticing your hard work, you begin to want to work even harder. Keep up the great work everyone!:)

  53. malalamala January 17, 2015

    It’s better to make friends with the newbies, help them and encourage them to keep on going.
    I must say though that starting on January 1st is nothing I recommend anyone. Start when your ambition is high and you’re not doing it only because it’s a new year. Like you said, starting in August changed you. Maybe because there was no one who glared at you and thought you were just another dude going to the gym for a month. Starting after Christmas is also the worst since we all usually eat a lot and we’re heavier, used to having days off work (or school) and it’s tough to start a new habit when at the same time going back to reality. -Malena

  54. Bowrag January 17, 2015

    Hopefully a few of them will “stick”. You never know.

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  56. MorganKate January 17, 2015

    My motto is to always support those who try no matter the context. To try and step out of your comfort zone no matter the field is scary and requires alot of courage.

  57. Lizzy_Leblanc January 17, 2015

    Or if you are someone who is really that annoyed by people, get home gym equipment. That’s what my family did (for reasons other than resolutioners).

  58. taity80 January 17, 2015

    This hit how I feel exactly. I was the same. Start at the gym with the best intentions until some excuse popped up and I would go with less frequency until I stopped amd started eating cap and gaining wait again. New year resolutions are rubbish. I’m glad people are getting to the gym and trying because some of these will stick at it. I for one started my resolution last summer and have been doing great. I fell of the wagon for a while at Xmas but so what. I’ve been back hammering it at the gym for a few weeks now and still going strong… For now…. oh look cakes 🙂

  59. bellefit2014 January 17, 2015

    Wonderful article!! The anti-resolutioners need to consider the topic in a two-fold manner:
    1. YOU NEED THE RESOLUTIONERS. These new members bring in a huge sum of money to the fitness community which includes the gyms these complainers attend. Without their membership, there is little money to repair or replace equipment. The limited number of iron-pumping participants are not able to fund the gym for an entire year (unless you go to one of those pump iron or die type gyms). To keep the gym in the condition you’ve grown accustom to, you need these new members to help fund it.
    2. YOU SEE A PROBLEM. I SEE POTENTIAL. The toughest part of any workout program is taking the first step. As approached by Vince Lombardi Jr, How many workout programs or diets does it take to get to the level of overall health and wellness you desire? Just One: The one you understand, believe in, internalize, commit to, and stick with. New Year’s Resolutions are a starting point, but rather than cultivating the potential and helping mold it into a success story, it’s easier to push them out of the gym and tout their failures. Not everyone is going to have the drive to push through the struggle of beginning a lifestyle change, but we should applaud those who succeed in doing so. Contrary to some beliefs, a gym membership should not be like getting hazed while pledging some Greek fraternity. Resolution haters need to alter their attitude. Welcome the newcomers and encourage their continued drive for success in health and fitness!

  60. lesliews January 17, 2015

    I really liked the different perspective of this article. I am a regular gym goer for the most part (well I definitely skip many many days… lets be honest everyone does). I have heard many people complaining about how crowded the gym is including myself so this kinda puts it in perspective again because we were all in that awkward situation and I still am sometimes. Just the other day I went to my first yoga class which was extremely out of my comfort zone! Everyone should see all the other people who are really fit as motivation and use their bad attitude of ny resolutioners as even more motivation. I am still in college and go to a huge university. The gym is huge and people are everywhere. No one says hi or talks to you because they all have their headphones booming music. I relate to this but at the same time it just baffles me how hard it is to connect with people because everyone doesn’t know how to socialize unless it is through text. No one has the courage to talk to a stranger! I love running for the reason that complete strangers will help you push through the toughest challenges in your life so I highly suggest anyone who wants to change their lifestyle to sign up for a short race and then slowly make it to the big 26 miles… Your body and mind is stronger then you could ever imagine!

  61. Anthony January 17, 2015

    I appreciate you standing up for “resolutioners.” Some will fail, but some people will meet their goals.
    While reading your post, you mentioned resolving not to be so weird–even though I don’t know you, I suspect you’re not weird enough to really warrant a change. Perhaps, for the sake of your writing career, you really wouldn’t want to lose this “weirdness” you think you have.

  62. mitchteemley January 17, 2015

    Home gym equipment–gotta justify buying it, so I work out! ;>)

  63. Taking Back Choice January 17, 2015

    I manage a health facility and completely agree. If only 1 person sticks with it, it’s worth it.

  64. Jason January 17, 2015

    I have no problem with the Resolutioners. Just establish yourself as a regular and they should fall in line and give you respect. Yes it gets busy but if you work in with people you can get your work out done in time, and they will get to know you. The only people I have a problem with are the ones that post on social media that they have some resolution, as if expecting a reward without actually having made progress.

  65. healthyhappynessa January 17, 2015

    Great POST! I completely agree. Leave them alone and focus on yourself. I may refernece this post in my next blog!

  66. dayspringacres January 17, 2015

    Yes, I am one of those. This its the third time in one year. I give up quickly, and realize the errors of my ways. This time, my health is the drill sergeant, harping on me. It is no longer what I WANT, rather it is my health forcing me to do this “or else!” Or else I will hobble around in terrible pain.

  67. theduffboy January 17, 2015

    Reblogged this on Duffboy and commented:
    Roll out the disinfectant wipes of peace.

  68. HIP two BE FIT January 17, 2015

    This is great! Its never easy to get started, especially in an un-welcoming gym! Someday those 22 yr old gym rats will get jobs and get fat…then the roles will be reversed. Ha! Oh yea i forgot, we’re focusing on ourselves!!

  69. savingsanely January 17, 2015

    Congrats on your success and on seeing things with a positive and supportive spin! We need more people to think that way!

  70. Kristina King, Miss Central Square Apple Festival 2015 January 17, 2015

    Reblogged this on Miss Central Square Apple Festival 2015, Kristina King and commented:
    This is so true, and I’ve considered writing something similar many times. Why judge people who are trying to get fit and healthy? Why do anything to discourage wellness?

    Health is a function of the community as well as a function of the individual, and it is so important to support each other in our various pursuits of fitness and happiness.

    To all the “resolutioners:” you have my support and best wishes.

  71. beautifulyou16 January 17, 2015

    I really enjoy reading your page i was wondering if you could sorta mentor me and teach me some tricks to being a successful blogger its something that i have a really bug passion for but i feel like there is alot i dont know.

  72. 03alwi January 18, 2015

    Making resolutions is not the issue. Understanding that despite your good intentions you will let yourself down along the way is vital. Understanding that it is a journey and not a quick fix is paramount. Failure is temporary and if you feel like ” ow my god I have eaten what I shouldn’t have and that’s the end of the world” then you will revert to your old habits. However if you pick yourself up again and again you will succeed eventually whether you finally get your grit in August or September, it does not matter. You did start is January and the agreggate result is what matters. If you would have started in August and got to your goal that would be weight lost fast which equals weight gained back fast too.

    I say make your gym resolutions just as a business man would make a business plan, or a traveller would make a travel plan, but know that somewhere along the way things may not go according to plan. Our entire lives as human beings are defined by a zig zag and not a straight line. So why not our gym resolutions?

  73. gregorysd January 18, 2015

    Agreed! I am a regular and I keep telling my “kind” to be supportive! We’ve all started somewhere! Great article!

  74. caerisarmour January 18, 2015

    This completely hits the nail on the head – every gym regular was once a first time, intimidated gym goer. It’s about time all remembered that and extended some encouragement!

  75. fairybossmother January 18, 2015

    I’m with you on this one. Give people making changes a break!

  76. Learnomics January 18, 2015

    Like the post and the quote on the paper is close to my heart.!! 🙂

  77. expressiveponderer January 18, 2015

    Excellant points but I have something to add- Those resolutioners are making the gym lots of money and more money means better equipment and facilities right?

  78. Bella January 18, 2015

    Hi there! Awesome blog.
    I wish the regulars got off their high horses and showed a bit of compassion instead of taking to social media to b&@ch. Healthy lifestyle does not, unfortunately, come easy to everyone and an appropriate reaction from a health propagandist should be: “awesome, every little helps”. Aren’t healthy people supposed to be happier and ergo, nicer? And whatever extra motivation that people scrape up due to it being the start of the year/week is probably rooted in anthropology. And who has authority to refute that science? Doubt it comes with the right of passage in the form of 25 burpees. P.S. I am a devout gym rat myself, so I won’t accept no flack from Resolutionist-haters, either.

  79. 52milespermonth January 18, 2015

    Great post. Ive tried to become more understanding of the resolutioner. We were all there at some point too. And as you mentioned, my journey also began in August. Who knows why- isn’t the hottest month of summer, and the end of bathing suit seasons, a little late to join the game?! It worked for me. If anything, it worked better than previous january goals.

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  81. Cole January 18, 2015

    Great post! I used to be a hard-core gym rat and loathe the ‘resolutioners’ but I have now seen both sides of the fence in my own personal fitness journey, it’s much easier not to pass judgment once you’ve been there.

  82. writerspilecki January 18, 2015

    I try to be supportive of the yoga newbies, since I have only been at it seven or eight months myself. Some keep coming, some do not.

  83. overthehills1999 January 18, 2015

    Ha! Just done an article that might serve as motivation on my blog. theyoungponderer.com. Hope it might give some of you resolutioners a boost. Check it out.

    Harry.

  84. KimberlyJune January 18, 2015

    Reblogged this on Creating Kimberly June and commented:
    Yes, the gym being crowded in January is frustrating, but at least they are trying! Focus on you and stop bragging that you are a year round gym-goer, and encourage the the newbies so maybe they will become year round gym-goers as well 🙂

  85. kassirolin January 18, 2015

    Reblogged this on dieting sucks… but so does being fat and commented:
    Very good point. I think it serves as a good reminder to not pass judgement and focus on yourself. You can’t compare your journey to any one else’s, so be happy that there are so many more people working out right now!

  86. madamecloud January 18, 2015

    Going to the gym in january is the worst! Not just for regulars but for newbies. Regulars are annoyed, all the equipment are taken up, people buzzing around. What I have found from my experience is that people do help others out, you just have to ask! We were all newbies once, so we know exactly how you feel. The main thing is if your committed nothing is going to stand in the way of your progress.

    1. Katie January 22, 2015

      Agreed! Instead of treating the newbies like a temporary annoyance, we should think of them as the latest inductees of a really cool club.

  87. twentyfirstcenturymomma January 19, 2015

    Your post reminds of a deja vu I had. When someone says gym to me. The first thing comes to mind is ‘Time’. And from there its an equation of: ‘Time + Meal Plan and Workout plan + acheivement time line + commitment + dedication = workout.

    Like they say its all in the mind. But 20mins to 30 mins workout 5 times a day can make a differance. Has anyone tried waist training 😀

    Owh yes, feel free to visit me at http://www.twentyfirstcenturymomma.wordpress.com

    1. Katie January 22, 2015

      I think waist training is INSANE. I’ve never tried it, but I can’t imagine it’s good for your body in the long run. Making the time to work out is hard, but even if you can spare 15 minutes to get moving, it’s worth it. I was amazed by how much it lessened my stress and improved my mood, not to mention sleeping better, too!

  88. thaseenakthar January 19, 2015

    Shes got a good point, people should be more motivating towards others, hopefully the reaolutioners dont all give up by january….

    1. Katie January 22, 2015

      And if they do fail, maybe they just weren’t doing it for the right reasons or maybe they weren’t ready.

      1. thaseenakthar January 22, 2015

        true i understand but, we have to understand where there coming form, if more people try and make and effort for the revolutionars and give that extra motivations, who knows? they may last longer….

  89. littlemisspink96 January 19, 2015

    Reblogged this on Muk and commented:
    Love this article! So true, every word. Really appreciate a wonderful and insightful read such as this.

    1. Katie January 22, 2015

      Thanks for the reblog!

  90. monahula January 19, 2015

    It all happens in your head, if you just set up a goal and believe in it , and believe in yourself , automatically your body will respond to your brain and do whatever it takes to lose weight.
    I really appreciate what you did . Bravo !

    1. Katie January 22, 2015

      That is so true. It really is all in your head. If you’re committed to doing it for you, nothing will get in your way.

  91. ruguoblog January 19, 2015

    Ruguo apprends life as a game which means fitness as a resolution is senseless when not actually taking action. The first day is the hardest, not because of the weight but because of the travelling time.

  92. patlaake January 19, 2015

    I think it’s more rude to post or tweet about someone at the gym than it is to occupy a piece of equipment for a few extra minutes.

    1. Katie January 22, 2015

      I agree. And to be honest, I’ve seen worse equipment-hogging behavior the other 11 months out of the year!

  93. sunshineshine12 January 19, 2015

    Go to the gym..focus .. Get into a routine.. Don’t let the lofty exercisers bother you!! Love the write up:)) related to it alright!! Zumba classes are more my style..

    1. Katie January 22, 2015

      Good for you! I did a Zumba class once and left it considerably more embarrassed than I’d entered…

      1. sunshineshine12 January 23, 2015

        Oh yes! One has to find what works … There has to be some fun or interest in it to motivate u to go again;)

  94. Huffygirl January 19, 2015

    Funny – I just got home from the gym where I was bemoaning the Janucisers (as I call them) who took all the parking spots, all the lockers, and all the best machines. I was stuck next to one of them on the next elliptical who was yacking away on her cell phone the whole time, despite the sign posted almost directly in front of her prohibiting cell phone conversations in the exercise area. Why do we hate them so, instead of embracing them as fellow exercisers, compatriots in the battle for health and fitness? I don’t have all the answers, but I think part of it is that we know it’s not worth it to make friends with them because most of them will not last. I’ve been going to my gym day in and out for 15 years, and then these interlopers come in and disrupt my routine and take my stuff, but don’t stay around to support me as a fellow long-haul exerciser. Anyway, congratulations on your weight loss success and being Freshly Pressed.

  95. thomasmcphoto January 19, 2015

    I agree, leave the resolutioners alone. Heck leave thd gym for the next 2 months and become creative with your workouts!

    1. Katie January 22, 2015

      Exactly!! If you’re that devastated about someone taking your machine, it’s probably time to switch it up, anyway!

  96. missamyable January 19, 2015

    How can u write so good?! Incredible…
    Love the topics u write about, can relate to tatally everything!
    Keep on writing xx

  97. dachsdesign January 19, 2015

    I just got a crosstrainer at home instead 😀

  98. Natalie January 19, 2015

    I actually enjoy seeing new people at the gym. Its a good reminder that I’m doing well and coming frequently enough to notice newcomers haha 🙂 But also, I often learn new lifts and exercises from newcomers. I see people all the time doing things I haven’t tried and get to add new things to my routine.

    1. Katie January 22, 2015

      HA!! That’s a great way to look at it. I’m a total gym watcher, too. Some of the most effective body exercises I know, I learned from subtly watching other people in the mirror.

  99. aug13df January 19, 2015

    I eat really heathy i don’t eat wheat

  100. Amy Rafferty Slagle January 19, 2015

    I see this all the time as well. I am of the other camp–the one that is so proud of them, yet secretly feels a ping of sadness knowing they will most likely quit within a month or two.

  101. clarecng January 19, 2015

    Reblogged this on my life of passion and commented:
    Here’s to all of you who decided to hit the gym January 1st. I hope you stick to it 🙂 And for all of those who have been at the gym since last year, cut the newbies a break.

  102. Mr Brick's World January 19, 2015

    That’s my new excuse of why I don’t go to Gym. Thanks for the new excuse and congrats on being Freshly Pressed.

  103. oh2bhuman January 19, 2015

    Excellent post. I am getting back into the gym and determined to be fit at 53

  104. Evelyn So January 19, 2015

    New Year health and fitness resolutions do not work. The pressure, the “clean slate” mentality (which probably last till 3rd week of Jan), the likely multi-faceted ambitious goals (“I will have no-sugar, no-alcohol, no-everything AND work out 1 hour every single day)….how can that be enjoyable, right? Agree with you – and totally have proven that myself – the right time is not bound by the calendar, and the right way should not be dictated by a programme that ones does not enjoy. In fact, who cares about programmes; just start moving and good things will happen 🙂

  105. Succesful Offshoring January 19, 2015

    you can do anything even without equipment. you have your own body weight and the world to conquer or swim… hehe

  106. sdorsay (itrainthereforeieat) January 19, 2015

    Nice! I love the resolutioners, actually, and I really want them to succeed. Sure, it gets a little crowded, but isn’t that a small price to pay for more people improving their health?

  107. avannonymous January 19, 2015

    I’ve learned over the years that, for me, NY resolutions are a bad idea. It’s like the term is plagued with impending failure. So I just started eating better a few weeks ago and walking in the park every day. No specific goal, not weighing my self EVER. Just doing it.

  108. where we are January 19, 2015

    Exactly. We should all be more supportive of people who are trying to make healthy changes in their lives. And yes, many will “fall off” and stop coming, but that’s part of the process. It takes many tries to build healthy habits.

  109. weenapradhan January 19, 2015

    Reblogged this on mythoughtlane and commented:
    There are also the Monday to Wednesday resolutioners , so the serious gymmers have the gym to themselves for the rest of the week. Anyways the committed ones will always work through the most crowded of the spaces.

  110. zlite January 19, 2015

    First of all, congratulations on your body accomplishments thus far. Second, I agree one the point that its better to be somewhat supportive. On the other hand it does get annoying how crowded it gets as you pointed out. To me, its not he resolution that annoys me though. Its the fact that the person could have started at any point in their year to get their butts to the gym, but they somehow decide this new year they are going to completely change their life. Its possible, but its usually an annoying cycle that doesnt really keep people there. Thats the cynic in me. The better side of me wishes someone would ask me a question so I could help.

  111. yashika194 January 20, 2015

    Katie,
    Ever since I stopped swimming at the national level, this has been my unfinished resolution. I end up not going to the gym from the very beginning of the year and then end up admiring the toned abs of others around me.
    Thanks for sharing!

  112. mresoortacnrep January 20, 2015

    If start going to the gym is hard? #1 Make a plan #2 Dont start with 4 or 5 days, just 2 or 3 days for 1,5 hour. #3 Hook up with a budy #4 Reward yourself after you hit a goal.

  113. Pami Mandair January 20, 2015

    Such a great post! And so very true! I’ve seen many fb and twitter posts these past few weeks really grumbling about their gym being crowded with resolutioners, what crazy times we live in when people find discomfort in other peoples determination and longing to improve their health!

  114. Lean Mean Leesa January 20, 2015

    I love this. We are 20 days in to January and I am one of the resolutioners. And I haven’t been back to the gym because I’m too tired or on my period or ate a bad meal so today is a waste. But I want to get back and I’m going to show those regulars that I’m here to stay!

  115. JS January 21, 2015

    This story made me laugh because I am a resolutioner with not much success thus far.

  116. erikscecil January 21, 2015

    Nice write up… Some if us rather stay at home and do the in door exercise, all I did was have a girl friend next door who I am accountable to. She has been a real pain in the ass but I am glad it is working out.

  117. victoriablake92 January 21, 2015

    Absolutely great reading! I am a repeat offender of being a resolutioner at the gym. The cold glares of the regulars as you try, and often fail to work out how to use the offending machines are definitely a motivation killer! I’m hoping my resolution lasts past January this year!

  118. sarenasjournal January 21, 2015

    This is great! I love the motivation. It’s hard enough to get up and go the gym, But when others feel like they are being glared at or judged the entire time they are there? Like why even go them.
    Lets build a fitness community one step at a time. 🙂

    1. Katie January 22, 2015

      I agree completely! Let’s all be sweaty, miserable, and sore together.

    1. Katie January 22, 2015

      I wish you all the best!

  119. rlsilverman30 January 22, 2015

    There are few of these types at my gym but I would be silently supportive if there were. Good for feeling the compassion.

    1. Katie January 22, 2015

      It may have been a while, but I try to remember that I was once the uncomfortable new face at the gym. It’s not easy.

  120. klmorgan41 January 22, 2015

    Thanks for sticking up for the redolutioners! And I have to say, best line of the say with “… could we extend a disinfectant wipe of peace here”. Should be pronted on T-Shirts and worn to the gym in January!

    1. Katie February 4, 2015

      Agreed! Maybe even year-round!

  121. i8there4irun January 22, 2015

    Very well said. This coming from someone that has had similar views from both sides of the treadmill. Would make sticking with it easier when others aren’t so snotty.

  122. El Lenjel January 23, 2015

    Just had to extent compliments to this line in particular “but could we extend a disinfectant wipe of peace here?”. Just loved the line. As a writer I hope to have one of those gems in each piece I write. This one was too good to pass without sharing in it’s tickly mind treat, word dork high factor. 🙂

  123. emweddle January 23, 2015

    Reblogged this on Blooming Amongst Adversity and commented:
    I am totally guilty of this! I was just saying this exact thing to my husband yesterday and I’ve only been going to the gym about 4 weeks. Since when have I become a gym snob?

    So I am going to change my perspective and attitude. I really do applaud people for taking charge of their health and acting on it. It says a lot about their character.

    To everyone new to the gym…I wish you all the success in the world.

  124. weightsngrub January 23, 2015

    Couldn’t agree more, for some reason people seem to forget what its like to be a newbie. If more people were more supportive in the gym maybe more people would stick with it

  125. mentalnote8 January 23, 2015

    Agreed. It’s nerve racking starting a new workout and even more getting to know the gym. Fellow health seekers should be excited and welcoming of new comers. The more the merrier!

    1. Katie February 4, 2015

      I totally agree. The more people there, the less people who might notice my bad form when I’m doing planks.

  126. theheartslove January 24, 2015

    always break my resolutions so I stopped making them. I dont have to be disappointed.

  127. sarenasjournal January 25, 2015

    Hey katie!
    I previously commented on your blog and after thinking about it I was curious if I could use an excerpt from your blog for a new post on mine. Of course I will give you the credit from your quote…
    Let me know! My site is http://sarenasjournal.com/ I’m not posting till I get your OK!

    1. Katie February 4, 2015

      Hi there! Sorry I took a while to get back to you. If you’d still like to, you can totally use any excerpt you’d like with credit.

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  129. brandon2770 January 25, 2015

    I love this. We should all be proud of those who are making a real effort.

  130. Rachel Ann January 25, 2015

    Everyone starts somewhere. I’ve totally been on both sides of this. It makes me smile to be in class with all these newbies and think I was there too, you’re awesome, keep it up! Dance the sweat off and keep going. Thanks for this post! Great thoughts.

    1. Katie February 4, 2015

      I totally agree! Being new, especially somewhere as intimidating as the gym, is never easy.

  131. jennyclouds January 26, 2015

    Very on point. Everyone is at a different point in their health journey and we all need to be respectful of that. We all have to start somewhere.

  132. jennyclouds January 26, 2015

    If they can’t figure out the stepper, instead of making fun of them, maybe give them some pointers! 😀 Am I right?

  133. valeriestephenson January 26, 2015

    Reblogged this on Work in Progress and commented:
    Although I’ve still not ventured out the gym, I’m a Resolutioner and I’ve not given up my goals yet… Leave us alone! If they’re still going after 26 days, congratulations to them.

  134. chowitt86 January 27, 2015

    Great post – the new year gym goers actually do the regulars a favour. What may be seen as them hoggin equipment and people waiting around on things like a bike or treadmill. Well these people should use that as an excuse to get out their comfort zone and try something new giving the newbies a chance. After all we all started somewhere

  135. leighbroady January 27, 2015

    I couldn’t agree more with you! It takes courage to go after anything you want/desire or set your mind to. Our society is SO quick to turn on people and tear them down instead of support, celebrate and reach out. Great post!

  136. dicluttered January 28, 2015

    My advice to the Resolutioners is this : Hire a Personal Trainer! We are the best gym investment you can make, and watch the regulars envy your progress as you stick to the NY resolution you made. NAd actually SUCCEED!!!

  137. amrutasomalwar1 January 28, 2015

    Hahahaha i absolutely agree to this lovely piece written 🙂

  138. Ilmee January 28, 2015

    Great ! Do it! 🙂

  139. hautedishblog January 28, 2015

    I love this! My husband is a personal trainer so right now is his “busy time”. I feel great for the people that are trying! And who knows..they may stick to it 🙂

  140. AHS January 28, 2015

    Very well written and compelling article, thank you Katie!

  141. M.H January 28, 2015

    Awesome post!

  142. Ashleigh January 29, 2015

    I am terriable with the whole “get healthy, lose weight resolution”. I’m really attempting to slowly become healthy. The weight gain from quitting smoking isn’t offering me much encouragement though. But I managed to quit smoking. Wine some and lose some I guess.

  143. Liz January 29, 2015

    I was one of those resolutioners last year, so I can say from experience that we do notice, even if you don’t say anything directly to us. I know it sucks for the first few weeks of the year, but the people who make these types of comments have no idea the kind of impact they are making on that person, and I think we would all do better to realize that people are humans too.

  144. todaydayone January 29, 2015

    I hate to say it but I find at times I am one of the Revolutioner nay sayers. I think what irks me the most is not that they are new to the gym, it’s that they don’t try to assimilate. Trying not to get distracted in spin class because a new person thinks it’s totally acceptable to chit chat, or text, or take a phone call, can in turn make me take a wrong turn down the healthy road. That is assuming I can find parking in that now jam packed lot.

    1. Katie February 4, 2015

      Yeah, it can be kind of tough when new people aren’t respectful (not wiping off their machine, not putting things back where the found it, etc.), but I think most of them get into the swing of things pretty quickly.

  145. angelisdiaz January 30, 2015

    We should all be encouraging them because at some point in time, a LOT of us were there. They’ve decided to change their lives, the same way we have!! 🙂

  146. paolakrysthal29 January 30, 2015

    We don’t need any more negativity in this world , we should all support others and stop making fun of them.

  147. Mandy January 30, 2015

    2015 resolutions ! Haha

  148. Chandré January 31, 2015

    I’ve actually made resolutions this year. I just want to live better. Bottom line, loved reading this

  149. brundy711 February 3, 2015

    I worked out at snap for 3 months and it was a great experience for the most part but now I take advantage of in home workouts. 🙂

  150. twaldron2014 February 5, 2015

    This was just great. I wrote about the same subject (resolutions and why they are fraught with difficulties) and just posted it yesterday. Congratulations on your own accomplishments.

  151. angelisdiaz February 6, 2015

    This is GREAT! We need to encourage one another, HEALTHY is beautiful!

  152. 35mommy February 6, 2015

    I’ll admit that I’ve been guilty of teasing the resolutioners. But when I think about it, I think it is not so much the “serious” resolutioners but the others… You know, the ones with the full face of makeup, perfectly coiffed hair, and too much perfume who spend more time chatting on their phones than on the gym equipment. The REAL resolutioners, however, I am proud of. I think – Good For You, and silently root them on, hoping to see them day after day.

  153. Burcu Naz February 9, 2015

    Love it! I used to make a “lose weight” New Years resolution too… now every year my resolution is to be a better, me and the best that I can be.

  154. Alexandria Nicol February 10, 2015

    Amen! Everyone started out as a resolutioner of sorts. If there was more support then maybe people would actually stick to it.

  155. jennay305 February 14, 2015

    Hey Katie, great article and amazing job on the weight loss. The gym is daunting for anyone jumping back into a workout routine and it’s tough doing it alone. Did you ever contemplate hiring a personal trainer? Although the cost is more that a gym membership, the accountability and results pay off 🙂

  156. TanyaaSmith February 16, 2015

    I love this, everybody is climbing their own mountain in the gym! Support and encouragement go along way! X

  157. c&jactive February 18, 2015

    I completely agree with what your saying here. I found the January gym crowds tough, but I do think its great how people are embracing fitness this year. Just hope they keep it up. I have a blog which aims to inspire people to take up fitness. You may find it an interesting read https://candjactive.wordpress.com/

  158. Building The Confidence February 25, 2015

    I love this! Its so true. Being a little lost at the gym, it isn’t fun to see people smirking at your struggle as you try to get a hand in things. Luckily, a nice lady helped me today as I was messing with one of the machines. Everyone has to start somewhere and I love how this post acknowledges that!

    Building The Confidence

  159. axarionx February 25, 2015

    I want to start going to the gym im just scared and out of shape

  160. Ko March 4, 2015

    Great for you that you decided to go with your choice to enter the world of fitness! I am glad that you got over the initial hump of ‘starting.’ Thinking about doing something isn’t enough. Keep up the good work!

  161. martafrant March 5, 2015

    your story is great. I’m convinced, when it comes to new habits or resolutions, the main point is to stay the course for 30 days. It’s a critical period. If you coped with it completely, it’s you habit forever

  162. Mike Flanigan March 5, 2015

    The fact is we were all resolutioners at one point or another (even if it wasn’t january) We all have to start somewhere and although 90% or more of the resolutioners will drop out, there will be a few who make it. That’s what it’s all about.

  163. mireillesjourneytohealth March 14, 2015

    Yeah, I agree. While it’s frustrating dealing with the crowd, it’s neat seeing so many people trying to better their lives.

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  165. swoleyertle March 25, 2015

    I think it’s very gym dependent too! If you find yourself going to a gym where people are in tanktops doing bicep curls and being generally very vain, you’re gonna have a bad time (if you are already self-conscious about going). Find a gym with people doing it for the right reasons (think a crossfit box vs. a ‘globo gym’), and you will be surrounded by people willing and ready to offer a helping hand. Alternatively you can just say ‘F*** it!’ and do your own thing, most people aren’t even paying attention to what someone else is doing at the gym…

  166. charmbutterfly19 April 8, 2015

    I couldn’t agree more! I am a proud resolutioner and I am hanging in there and it’s April! HOORAHH!

  167. counse13 May 12, 2015

    people need to form fitness habits. It takes 21 days to form a habit. Force yourself to work out for 21 days, and you’ll make it something you crave to do every day.

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