Too Jiggly to Get Jiggy With It? Never!


I read a story about a significant barrier to exercise – embarrassment. I’ve been with Green Mountain so long, I’d forgotten the horror of what it used to be like to ponder going to the local gym that advertises via extreme “hard bodies”. I recall going to a chain fitness studio that is really into promoting the hard-body image – and found it filled with mostly those over 60, so go figure.

I can also recall dealing with “trainers” at the gym – ie guys that benchpress more than their IQ and considers anyone who can’t a sub-person – that dispense “nutritional” and “lifestyle” advice like a soda pop machine – with about as much substance behind their recommendations as is in a can of diet soda!

Have you ever not stretched because you didn’t want to look stupid, or worse, didn’t want to bend in a way that might make your derriere a target of eyes and arrows? I have – but not any more. Is it (my) advancing age, or have I fundamentally changed the way I think about my health – I just don’t care how I look to other people. I’m gonna do what I gotta do, and that’s that!

Whatever you do – don’t let embarrassment stop you from a healthier lifestyle! If it’s become a barrier though, consider a plus-size fitness studio or DVD’s. Kelly Bliss makes excellent fitness routines for use in your own home, and she also has a Plus-Sized Yellow Pages to find size-friendly businesses of all kinds. Remember, you get there whether it’s over the top, underneath or around the sides! Make the journey work for you!

Credits: Photograph by George Sakkestad

3 responses to “Too Jiggly to Get Jiggy With It? Never!”

  1. Kathy says:

    My niece (25) and I (52) used to work out together at the local Gym 24. When I wanted to stretch, I just stretched where I was standing. She was so self conscious, that she wouldn’t stretch and ended up sore most days. I think it is age—I was like that at her age. Now, I wouldn’t care if someone saw my butt crack poking out of my sweats when I was sitting cross-legged on the floor!

    A counselor friend of mine recently told me that part of maturing & growing is learning to see ourselves from outside ourselves—in order to be objective about our life. He told me that if someone saw me right now in my quest to eat intutively and lose weight, they would see a “nice, middle-aged woman working on resolving some long-standing issues in order to become more healthy.” When I look at myself that way, it takes a lot of the angst out of my life, and gives me a more balanced perspective. Although I’m unsure, treading in unknown territory, trying hard to change old habits, etc.—in order words, really working at this—pulling back and seeing myself from outside just lets me know that this isn’t WW III, as my friend says. I’m working on it, I’m getting better, and I’ll continue in the future to get better as I work on it–not need to freak out or be overly dramatic about it.

    I say the above because NOBODY REALLY CARES WHAT’S JIGGLING ON YOU. So jiggly away and have fun doin’ it!!

  2. Gina says:

    Kathy –

    You “crack” me up!!! I actually laughed out loud! And I do totally agree with you – but from the outside view, I’d say you’re someone that is “completely comfortable with who she is, and there’s nothing hotter than that!”

    A red-hot hottie – that’s you!

    Best, and thanks for your comment –


  3. Kathy says:

    What a sweet thing to say Gina! Hugs and kissses, my dear!

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