A few weeks ago, my friend and fellow fitness instructor Vanessa asked me if I would walk in a Lululemon fashion show at our local store, showcasing some of their new fall pieces. I readily agreed – and then spent the next week regretting my choices.
At the time of agreeing to walk in this Lululemon fashion show, I owned two pieces of Lululemon, both of which were gifted to me. The tank was a size 10 and infinitely too big. The other item was a pair of socks. I loved the look of Lululemon and I like their mission. I’ve printed out their goal-setting sheets more times than I can count. In our community, Lululemon is involved and present. That’s my kind of brand.
Except, Lululemon felt untouchable.
Speaking frankly, Lululemon doesn’t sell clothing above a size 12. Perhaps it makes me hypocritical, but I understood the CEO’s “why” when this fact was criticized in the media last year – they focus on one portion of an audience, their “niche.” The marketing side of my brain gets the strategy, even if I don’t agree with it. A few years ago, I wore sizes they didn’t sell, so I didn’t bother to visit their stores. I continued to stay out of Lululemon, even long after I fit into the single digit sizes, because the mind? It likes to play tricks.
The day of the show, I spent a lot of time thinking up excuses not to go. Fashion shows? Lululemon? So many things, so far out of my comfort zone. Except, I told Vanessa I would and when I commit to something, I follow through. At least half of life is showing up. When I arrived, the girls poured me a glass of wine and handed me my outfit:
I put on those leggings and I got it. I got why people love Lululemon. Most comfortable, flattering leggings I’ve ever owned. And that sweater! It’s s so cozy – perfect for running errands before or after barre class. It was finally cool enough to wear it two weekends ago and I practically snatched it off the hanger when I realized that.
It wasn’t just how cute my outfit was that made the night a success, however. It wasn’t even walking a runway.
It was overcoming a mental block.
The deeper I get into this whole fitness thing, the more I fall in love with the people I meet, and their stories. It’s common for someone who has lost a lot of weight or undergone major body changes to struggle with self-confidence. I know I do. Just yesterday someone complimented my arms and called them “goals” on Facebook. I replied with a “you’re funny, they’re not that toned in person.” But you know what? They ARE that toned and I should have just accepted the compliment.
I ended up buying my Lululemon outfit, and then some.
I didn’t buy it just because those leggings fit like a dream or the sweater is cozy or the bag holds all my crap and then some on a day-to-day basis. I bought it because of the stories I hear from the women – and even a few men – I work with in the studio, in The Gym, and in the fitness community. I get it. I get their struggles. I get it, but I also know there’s a lot of good to come. I also bought it for my own self-confidence. There’s something to be said about feeling good about yourself.
My biggest goal as a fitness professional is to help people reach their goals, but my biggest passion is helping them reach their full potential, potential that may very well have nothing to do with how long they can plank, how fast they can run a mile, or how much they can bench press. I’ll probably never train an Olympic athlete, but if I can help a few people realize their potential and see their value through sharing my story and love of fitness, then I’ll consider myself a success.
A success wearing really great leggings.