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Welcome to the inside of my brain. Here, I share experiences, tips, tricks and fun things I've learned during my weight loss journey. 

  • Gail Ballin

Suck it up.

It's 5:25 am and I'm in the spin room setting my bike up for my ride. I've been taking this early morning class with the most of the same folks for the last few years. It's so early in the morning that it's not often that we strike up conversation but on that particular day, we did.

We were talking about how hard it is to get up and out of bed to exercise when it's cold out or when we feel the aches and pains of life. We discussed how much more challenging it is when you're not motivated or have a ton of work to do. Someone also mentioned that it's challenging when there's a lot going on in life or when she feels stressed. Sometimes it's challenging to get in the right head space because it's too cold outside or we just don't feel like doing it. If we wanted to, we could come up with a million different reasons why we don't want to do it.

But sometimes you just have to suck it up.

We are all over 40. We all have different body types and athletic abilities. We all have our aches and pains. No matter the excuse (and we can all come up with them) we all suck it up and show up to class because of the way it makes us feel both physically and emotionally.

It makes us stronger, healthier, leaner. Exercise clears our minds and helps reduce stress, anxiety and depression. It makes us sweat and pant and work muscles in our bodies that we never realized we had, and you know what? It feels amazing.

Our instructor must have overheard the conversation because during class she said "I know my body can do it, but my mind tries to talk me out of it. I don't listen, I just keep going."

If you want to lose weight you have to move. So suck it up, buttercup. Get those sneakers on and get going.

If I can do it, you can do it!

Get up and go.

No excuses. .

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