Just signing up to the gym was one of the biggest challenges that I've ever faced. I've always been bigger than I care to admit, and after years of having issues with my weight and health, getting over that first hurdle and entering the unfamiliar surroundings of my local sports centre was really hard for me to do. The only way to describe it was that I felt like an outsider, a fraud, and that I didn't belong. I've never had much confidence and I found myself constantly comparing myself to other people, so the thought running on a treadmill next to some girl who looks like she just stepped out of a fitness magazine really wasn't my idea of fun! Over the years Ive tried diets, Ive tried fitness dvd's and at home cardio machines but I was missing the drive that I needed to actually put the work in. Once I got passed the initial fear of entering unfamiliar territory it provided the motivation i really needed to be able to push myself.
Clothes shopping has always been an eventful experience to say the least. You know that excited happy feeling you get when you see something you really like, and you pick it up and go to try it on? That feeling lasts about 0.5 seconds for me. I would initially love the item, then I would begin to scrutinise it, checking the fit, picking it up in around four different sizes and trying to imagine squeezing myself into it. Most of the time I would never even make it as far as the changing rooms before 'nope, that would look absolutely hideous on me'. And that's my mood ruined for the rest of the day. This became so much worse after my daughter was born. Trying to dress my 'new body' that I was so unfamiliar with was a horrible experience. Nothing looked the same, things I'de worn and liked before I got pregnant looked nothing like they did before and my confidence took a huge knock. I didn't even feel like me anymore! I felt so uncomfortable in my own skin I just didn't know what to do! So attempting to shop for cheap workout clothes once I'de decided to make the change was an absolute nightmare.
When it came to choosing my gym clothing for the gym I very quickly noticed that with quality came a very hefty price tag, and anything that cost a little less was either so uncomfortable or just looked terrible! But I couldn't help but wonder, why spend to much money on a piece of material that you on really wear to sweat in and that you don't really want people to see you wearing? Thats when I came across a fitness/sportswear brand named big red apparel. Not only do I find their clothing to be durable, comfortable and easy to wear, it's one of the best priced companies I've found that have everything I need, be it gym shorts, gym leggings, vests or hoodies - I can get it all in one place. They look great and they really do cater for everyone and everything! Finding cheap workout clothes was essential to me as Being a new mother, I don't really have a lot of money to spend on them. Big red apparel is ideal for me as not only are the products a fantastic price, they also offer free shipping when you order from their website, no minimum order!
The best way to tell that I'm loosing weight and my hard work is finally paying off? My clothing is finally starting to look good on me! Everything fits better, I can wear things that I thought I would never be able to, and my cheap work out clothes that I hated putting on at first, look good enough now that I find myself wearing them every day! I've found that as my confidence has grown through seeing these changes happening with my body, it's getting easier and easier to push myself that little bit harder every day. Going to the gym is no longer scary, it's exciting. It's a part of my daily routine that I actually look forward to.