Sometimes using common sense and following a few simple rules can be your best form of self defense. Let’s face it, the best case scenario is not finding yourself in a sticky situation in the first place.
Some of these are common mistakes we may make without even thinking or warnings we’ve heard before that we’ve become more relaxed about. So, here are a few women’s safety reminders to help us play it smart and safe!
You may have been where I was last week – getting your mat ready for an intense yoga workout, mentally prepping for the 70 minutes of deep twists and grueling poses you’re about to hold and hydrating one last time before sweating through your clothes in the 90+ degree room… and you see HIM heading your way…
…the stinky dude.
You know… that guy that smells like he hasn’t bathed – probably because he didn’t have time after smoking eight packs of cigarrets and rolling around in rancid meat… and that’s just my take on his odor before the aforementioned intense yoga workout in the 90+ degree room.
Dang it! I got stuck next to that guy last week. This isn’t fair!
Mentally Checking Out
I almost did it. I almost mentally checked out before one of the best workouts (in my favorite class!) of the week.
I almost did it…
But, despite the fog of stink that started form around me, I started to think:
Am I really going to let the stinky guy ruin my workout? Am I going to let him be the deciding factor in which bathing suit I choose this summer? Is a bad smell worth straying from my goals?
When I thought about it that way – it seemed pretty silly.
Pretty Hard Work requires accepting challenges. So, I decided to accept the challenge of doing my best and getting the most from my yoga-kickboxing fusion class that night and to not let some stinky dude ruin it for me… he and his natural perfume weren’t worth it!
I turned my head towards my friend to the right of me (who had thankfully just put on some China Gel!), took a deep breath and set my intention for a great workout for the night – and I had one!
Get Over It
Get over it – really!
Whether it’s a stinky dude in class, a rainy day when you were supposed to run outside or any other deviation from your plan – get over it.
These kinds of things will happen – but getting and staying fit requires you to find a way to either get around the issue (like running inside, or moving your mat away from the stinky dude) or deal with it head on (grab a rain parka, or take a deep breath of your friend’s eucalyptus-infused gel).
Don’t let obstacles become bigger than your goal.
If humor helps… just picture me in a downward facing dog with a plume of hot, stinky guy-odor surrounding me… if I could get through that, you can accept the challenge of any obstacle that comes your way!
Remember, if it were easy, everyone would be doing it. This is Pretty Hard Work – and you’re doing it!
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