Energy, confidence, and enthusiasm can often be found in unexpected ways

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I finally bought myself some new workout clothes to wear to my circuit training classes. They are well-fitting, stylish, colorful and attractive. I feel like a million bucks in them even though I don’t have what one would call an “athlete’s body” by any stretch of the imagination. They replace the baggy, worn-out, over-sized, out-dated and faded togs I’ve been using for years and I do mean years. I hated the way I looked in the old clothes but didn’t think I had the body to “pull off” these tight fitting, spandexy clothes that everyone seems to be wearing at the gym.

But in an effort to pump up the volume on my fitness routine, I went to a large sporting goods store that carries a big selection of workout clothes and began to try things on. While some things were too small or didn’t look good, I managed to find two tops and two bottoms that I felt pretty comfortable with. In fact, those stretchy pants and tops that I have long feared actually made me look pretty good because they hold everything in! And they were surprisingly comfortable.

When I donned them for my next class, I felt energized and excited (I’m usually dragging myself in and thinking up/finding excuses not to go). I couldn’t believe how much better I looked and felt in comparison to the dumpy clothes I was wearing before. I swear I even worked out harder because of those new threads. I now look forward to donning them each time I go to class.

Morales of the story:
1. Change is hard. But sometimes changing things on the outside leads to unexpected and positive changes on the inside.
2. Putting a little time and effort into your appearance can change your whole outlook and attitude.
3. Energy, confidence, and enthusiasm can often be found in unexpected ways/places.


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