Tell me if you've heard this joke before: “So, a fat girl goes into a nutrition store…”
I used to have anxiety in the weight-room portion of the gym. Free weights, barbells, kettlebells and hard-bodied, iron-pumping men… I didn't fit in.
Thankfully, I got over that a long time ago, and more and more women are becoming staples in that part of the gym (just look at Girls Get Strong – holla!)
I had the familiar trepidation though today when I ventured here:
I was sent some protein powder and vitamin packs to review, but seeing as I'm following a Paleo lifestyle (the protein had oats in it) and am already under a strict dietary supplement program under supervision of my doctor, I went to GNC to exchange the products.
I honestly had never stepped foot in a GNC before. I had the stereotype of muscle men and lots of protein powder. Instead what I got was a light, bright store and a friendly woman who helped me track down some Ostrim Meat Snacks (Turkey are my fave), probiotics, and Vitamin D (part of my doctors program).
Can I tell you how much I love Ostrim Meat Sticks? I knew MizFit has loved them long time (ha!) but seeing as I can't eat beef, I hadn't tried them. They now have turkey ones and they are so good. Like a chewy jerky but very lean and tasty without being greasy. I now have a load of them in my snack drawer at work to satisfy any hunger needs if I'm stuck and need a relatively paleo-friendly snack. Something else tried that isn't exactly paleo-friendly? These “gimme” nutritionally enhanced candies. They're like crispy M&Ms but with vitamins. They're super tasty but I'm going to stick to my sugar-free, swallow-hard supplements. My husband is joyfully enjoying the remainder of the gimme candies. I can imagine kids would gobble them down as well.
Anyway, seeing as I'm under doctors orders for supplements to correct some nutritional deficiencies, I'm really glad that I've gotten over my irrational fear of GNC. Now I won't have to scramble last minute when I try to re-order my supplements the day before I run out of them. I can just pop into the store and pick them up in a jiffy.
Where are some places you've had the “I don't fit in there” (irrational) fears? Please tell me I'm not the only one with these!
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