Starting in 4th grade, I started wearing Umbros. Usually navy or black. That’s what we all wore for soccer / field hockey / lacrosse.
In college, I started going to the gym regularly. I still wore my Umbros and paired them with old t-shirts. I didn’t really care what I looked like when I went to the gym per se. I just wanted to work out but I also did not want to draw attention to myself.
After college, I noticed that all the women in the gym wore capris, usually black. It took me a while to embrace the capri. I thought that they drew more attention to my legs than shorts because of their silhouette. There were also the women at the gym wearing super bright colors and form fitting clothes. I would look at them and think, “That could never be me.”
Capris are now a staple in my workout wardrobe, usually black and sometimes gray. Always muted colors.
Last week, I put on my capris and tank top and headed out to the gym. As I stepped on the elliptical, I looked over at the mirror and stopped in my tracks. I didn’t realize that I was wearing electric blue capris. Yikes.
You see, I’ve been so used to working out in the basement gym of my condo. Very few of my neighbors use this gym so I usually don’t think twice about what I wear. I forgot that I was headed out to a real gym that would be packed with people.
As I looked at myself in the mirror, I started to feel embarrassed. I was drawing way too much attention to myself and I kind of wanted to shrink down to a tiny little ball and disappear. I kept thinking how the blue accentuated my curves and really wasn’t all that flattering on me.
I looked again and made myself stop. And then I laughed. Who cares what color my capris are?
OK, I may not be as confident as that quote suggests but I’m working on it.
P.S. Thank you all for your kind comments, tweets and texts. After lying in bed sick for the past 3-4 days, I’m starting to feel more human again. I’m itching to move and workout but promise to rest some more and take it easy.
What color are your workout clothes? Do you think flashy clothes and sneakers = a more confident person?
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