1. You check yourself out in the mirror
GASP. WTF moment. You can’t believe how big your thighs have gotten since last summer. Something NEEDS to be done and it needs to be done now.
2. You cry a little bit inside
“How did I let this happen? This is so unfair.” But, you quickly pull it together and draw up a plan of action.
3. Building motivation
The solution is simple. It’s gym time, baby. Things are about to get serious. You've got this picture pinned to your wall, work desk, cell - you name it.
4. But you can’t help but think…
...that watching Netflix in bed sounds SO much better. It’s never too late to start, right? Tomorrow makes more sense.
5. Hmm. But that's hardly an excuse
Why keep procrastinating? There will always be less than perfect days. Start now.
6. What to wear?
It’s been almost a year since you last went to the gym so you gotta look good. Hey, perfection ain't easy...
7. There’s no way you're going bare-faced either…
Sans makeup? Nah. You’d rather save people the horror.
8. You talk yourself down
But what if the makeup clogs your pores? The blackheads, the blemishes? No thanks. You'll take it off, but the mascara's gotta stay.
9. You’re feeling pretty tired now
And you haven't even left the house! You felt pumped, but suddenly started feeling sleepy. Yawn. Maybe tomorrow? Give up.
10. Three hours later…
You've made it! But the whole place seems foreign and you feel out of place.
11. So you run - to the locker rooms
Deep breaths. YOU CAN DO THIS. YOU CAN DO THIS.
12. Your first port of call...
The treadmill. Everyone knows how to run, right? Running is easy peasy.
13. But wait, NOT before you take a gym selfie
Hey, a shameless selfie never hurt anybody. It's like you were never even there unless you blast it on Instagram.
14. How do you work this thing again?
Finally, you turn the machine on and 10 minutes into it you realize how embarrassingly unfit you are. Wow. Just wow.
15. People watching
Then you start noticing your surroundings. There are HOT men everywhere. Intimidating is not even the word.
16. And you can't help but daydream
“I’d totally hook up with him. Whoa. Did he just smile at me?” But then, you panic, trip and slam down the EMERGENCY button.
This is the last time we're coming here...
17. Red-faced and wheezing, you look for an escape
You’re so OVER THIS. Not sure what next, you decide to do some strength training. Squats and lunges are pretty basic. “Am I doing this right? Please don't judge me."
18. It’s time for a break…
With stretching! Reach down and touch your toes. OUCH.
19. Err, why is he looking at me?
Is there something on my face? Do I have a sweat stain? Please. Stop. Staring. #gymperv
20. You notice all the other girls working out
And can’t help but think how much hotter they are. Wah.
21. OK. Enough is enough. What’s the time?
You’ve only been at the gym for forty-five minutes, but agree that you’ve done pretty well considering. You're outta here.
22. You’re feeling pretty damn good
So you tell your friends how sore you are and what a great session you had. Oh for the love of BULL SHIT.
23. You need food!
You reward yourself with a big fat cookie. Gotta refuel!
24. But guilt always prevails
Why? WHY did I eat that? Don't worry - tomorrow is a new day!
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