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Old 06-29-2018, 12:04 AM   #1
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Default Quit the gym because of the mirrors

I was really proud of myself because I was losing weight exercising at home and eating differently but I wanted to step up my exercise so I got a gym membership. I tried really really hard to make it work. I even loved how much stronger I was getting but the mirrors just were devestating. Looking at myself in those floor to ceiling mirrors just ate away and ate away until I had to quit. Now I feel like a failure because I quit and looking at myself to put on face cream or anything it just feels so much worse than before.

Has anyone been through this? I feel so alone in this.
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Old 06-30-2018, 02:31 PM   #2
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Kudos to you for being brave enough to step into a gym - it's not something I could do. You gave it a go and you should feel proud of yourself for that. You shouldn't feel defeated just because you weren't comfortable with all the mirrors.

I get my exercise by getting up earlier for work and going for a walk or a jog where I know there will be few people around, due to both the location and time of day. This may be giving into the BDD, but I don't need all the additional emotional anguish and don't see why I should put myself through it when there are alternatives. Just because the gym wasn't for you doesn't mean you have "failed" - you just need to find a way of exercising that better suits you.
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I completely understand. I have a diagnosis of ED & body dysmorphia, and I do yoga off and on, and I canít even consider the idea of doing it in a studio. To me, that is just not even an option. Big mirrors?!? Tight clothing and everyone else wearing tight clothing?!? A teacher possibly touching me to correct my positions?!? Oh my word forget it. So I do it at home with videos. I donít have any advice, just saying that I understand what youíre going through. Same thing with having to go shopping and trying on clothes with that mirrors *cringe*
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I hate those multi-reflecting mirror palaces for self-absorbed muscle maniacs. Some community sports centers have gyms attached with few mirrors, maybe somewhat ill equipped, but usually cheap. Perhaps you could find one in your neighborhood.
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Sorry but gyms are tough places. Theyve got nice equipment to help you lose weight and then make you feel stronger and more confident. But aside from those work-out machines, are the other things I don't like:
Looks from strangers. I was always targetted by men at gyms, obviously they were being nice and sociable but I'm not a sociable person, I keep to myself and dont have any stories to share with people. I always feel exposed in gyms. There are times when someone is staring when I'm in there, and it puts me off.

I lost heart in the gym when I got "told off" by member of the gym staff team for not using the treads properly. I lost my confidence and never returned.

I don't like gyms anymore and don't care about losing weight just to please crowds of men looking for a woman. Im not interested in what people think of me. I don't eat much stuff, I can only live on chocolate and biscuits, nothing else. I haven't gained much eight at all but don't want to go back to the gym ever again. They're worse than nightclubs.
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