I see the looks some of the little gym rats and aerobic bunnies give her. They are judgmental and not appearing to be kind. I think I would be naive to think that this woman doesn't see all these looks either. But she comes to the gym...she keeps coming back. And, I can see that her hard work is starting to pay off.
I've always been athletic - dancing when I was little and then playing sports from middle school on, and now I'm insane enough to run marathons. I can honestly say that that is easy compared to what I know this woman is doing. I can see that she is really trying to change her lifestyle, and to be honest, once you are in a workout pattern, its "easy" to stick to it - adding a mile or two to your longest run isn't near as hard as getting on that treadmill for the very first time. That first time its hard and no matter your size, its defeating to not be able to do what you think you should.
So to the woman who I don't know - who is truly working hard and facing so many more obstacles than just the workout itself, I salute you. You're working a lot harder than most people who go to the gym every day.