Let Them See You Sweat

posted by Momo Fali on February 9, 2012

I went to the gym this morning to get weighed and measured by my trainer. Let me just say that I am the type of person who gets easily thrown off of the fitness course when I don’t see results.

Although I have made a serious commitment (mentally and financially) to getting healthy now that I’ve reached middle-age, I was still afraid that a lack of weight loss would interfere with my motivation. It doesn’t take a lot for me to throw up my hands and say, “Well, I tried! Let’s go get a beer.”

For the past six weeks I have been working out five or six days a week; thirty minutes of intense weight training and thirty minutes of cardio, every time I go. I haven’t felt this good in years. But, back to those results that could send me straight to a plate of nachos…

The scale? Well, it wasn’t pretty. I have only lost a few pounds and have a lot more to go. Like fifty more. Yeah, if that doesn’t make you want to eat a bag of M&M’s, I don’t know what will.

However, I have lost seven inches. SEVEN INCHES. Three of those were off of my waist. I’ll take that news all day long! *puts M&M’s back on the store shelf*

It’s a small success, but it’s enough to keep me motivated. I’m going to keep on keepin’ on. It’s part of my new, “If I’m able, I will” mentality.

And, for my friends who say they can’t go to the gym because they don’t look good enough, or it’s too intimidating; I say, “Pffft!” This is a picture of me after my workout on Tuesday. I didn’t pour water all over myself; that’s sweat, and lots of it. If I can go to the gym looking like this, so can you.

Though, you may want to invest in some activewear with wicking fabric first. Just sayin’.


  • UP


    Sweating is good!


  • Lisa @ Oh Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy

    I’m so with you. I just try to avoid the mirror and keep on going. I was always fearful of the gym because of how heavy I am but really there are all types there and even the buffest guys haven’t raised an eyebrow and my huffing and puffing. As long as I don’t get in their way of course.

  • Heather

    You should be SO PROUD OF YOURSELF! Look at you girlie! That is AWESOME. Sometimes it’s not the number on the scale that is really the motivation, it’s the feeling and the inches and the fact that you can finally feel like you’re accomplishing something! I am proud of you! 🙂

  • Melisa

    Cool tie-dyed shirt!

    Oh wait…

  • Liz

    Good goin and keep at it! And diggin the Hawaii t-shirt. Where’s you get it? Doesn’t it feel awesome after a workout and seeing all that sweat on your t-shirt? That’s how I gauge how hard I’ve worked out. You’ll also notice that when you get into better shape you won’t sweat as much…that’s when you’ll need to ramp it up.

  • Ms Life

    My mother would not be happy with you at all!! You look slim already and you still want to lose more weight? :)) I am Zambian and back there in order for people to know that you have a good life, you have to be on the heavy side.

    I have always been skinny no matter what I eat, and believe me I eat whatever comes my way. It was therefore a shock to me when I moved to the US and everyone was saying how ‘good’ I looked because I am thin. Trust me, noone back home is happy with me especially my mother who is always asking whether I have now put on weight. This is more expected now because I got married. In fact, during my farewell one of my aunts made an impassioned prayer that I put on weight!

    Cultures are really different. On a more serious note, good work out and congrats on the weight loss.

  • Rhea

    You go, girl! Bring on the sweat!! Nice work!

  • Sarah

    I’ve been trying too and the pounds are not changing much. However, as I sad on the edge of “let’s have some M&Ms” myself, I noticed my pants fitting differently, so am thinking there might be some improvement after all. Good job to you!

  • MidLyfeMama

    Three inches off your waist is NOT A SMALL THING. It is THREE INCHES. This many ________________________________, give or take a dash or two. That is a pant size. ROCK ON.

  • AlisonH

    Muscle weighs more than fat but takes up less space. Go Momo!

  • meleah rebeccah

    Good for YOU!! And hoooray on the 7 inches. That is totally bad-ass!

  • Leanne

    I am sitting here in my chair tonight thinking I’m getting fatter and then I see sweaty you. Sigh. I guess I should go find a gym…

  • Paige from Ohio

    Wow!!! GREAT JOB!!! Sweating is good for mind, body and soul!!! Keep up the good work.

  • Elizabeth

    That is awesome! Keep it up.

  • Liz

    [hangs head in shame]

  • Millicent

    girl–7 inches is AWESOME!!!!!!!
    I’m on a big weight loss/get healthy journey and it’s been SO hard. I lost 8 inches last month and I know how great it feels, so be proud of yourself!!!!
    Oh, and gross picture.

  • BEAN

    Woman! Very awesome!! I’m proud of you!

  • Amanda

    Congrats! Keep up the good work!

  • Middle State

    Me, too! Six days a week of something: running, weight training, boot camp, ice skating, walking, whatever. I refuse to let the trainer weigh or measure me. I figure if my clothes fit better, if that damn muffin top shrinks to oblivion, I’ll be happy no matter what the numbers say.

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