you sexy beast, you

You know the feeling you get when you make a new change to your appearance? It may be something small like a new haircut but, holy crap… you walk out of that salon like you are owning a runway. Work it. You’re a whole new person regardless of the dirty, oily, slicked down hair you tried to hide when you ran inside just an hour earlier. It’s all a distant memory. You don’t even know who that person was, but it sure as hell wasn’t youjoggingdog

I’m like that with running clothes. For some reason, when I pull on new clothes and head out, I feel legit. I’m no longer a 5k racer drawing attention because I’m making an awkward and squinty duck face due to sweat dripping into my eyes and not being able to breathe. People are staring at me and whispering because I’m a pro. They are so impressed they can’t look away. I can win marathons, triathlons, shit… maybe I could take on Usain Bolt in the next Olympics. The clothes make me confident, motivated, and when I put them on I’m convinced I look like I’ve lost 10 pounds. Who doesn’t want to look 10 pounds lighter? Viva la compression pants.

Or, maybe you actually have lost 10 pounds before. The first time you walk by a mirror and catch a glimpse of yourself at a new angle is like meeting a stranger. You stop. Lift your shirt up to see a little better. Suck in. Flex your arms. Twist around to see your glutes. Well, hello you sexy bitch. Should you try to find a modeling agency? Make a foray into porn? You know you would be successful at either because your confidence is renewed and you’re ready to share your gift with the world. You sexy beast, you.

Happiness and confidence… they are just a state of mind, people. Own it and get on with your bad self.

(PS- I’m not ashamed to admit I’m the lunatic in all of these examples)


55 thoughts on “you sexy beast, you

  1. itsathought2 says:

    Yes! It really is a state of mind. Act like you own the room and you will start to feel differently and people will react to you differently.

    There is a story that I think Shirley McLaine told on a talk show years ago about how she walked down Rodeo Blvd two times. Once she walked down feeling and acting like herself.-‘I’m a famous actress.’ She was immediately recognized and stopped.

    The second time she walked down as someone else. She acted like she was not a famous actress and no one stopped her.

    There are all kinds of signals we give that we aren’t even aware of giving when we feel a certain way. Its so important!

  2. Marissa Bergen says:

    I used to go to a gym and I always wore the most pathetic oldest clothes I could possibly find. I didn’t even know gym fashion was a thing. Oh well…I’m a sexy beast anyway…right??

  3. Nancy says:

    Bravo! Women need to be more positive about how they look no matter what they are wearing. It’s all about self confidence, I agree, and nothing boosts your confidence level like a new outfit or an extra coat of mascara. 😊

    • Blair (The Shameful Sheep) says:

      100% agree about women and being more positive. In this culture, it’s hard not to be hard on yourself. Clothes, mascara, whatever it is (even if it’s just a material object) I think you should treat yourself and add some pep in your step 🙂

  4. carolineturriff says:

    I am so with you on this post – when I see myself in the mirror at the gym in my tiny shorts and bra top I think f***k you’re hot why aren’t you having sex? I practically want to f***k myself! Then I think “well I can’t actually have a man to stay the night as they might bump into the multiple miniature serial killers in a) my laundry basket, b) my box of Tampax, c) my deep freeze. I found at least a hundred little green ones in there – which my cleaner claimed was a packet of frozen peas….

  5. KatieComeBack says:

    Nice workout clothes do help (and who doesn’t want cute clothes?) But the closest I get to this feeling is AFTER the workout is done. I wish I could bottle that and make it last all day!

  6. Gail Kaufman says:

    Getting a new do or slipping into something flattering is a great pick-me-up and can even be empowering. I have a favorite jacket I always wear on interviews and important meetings because it instills such self-confidence.

  7. kerricross4 says:

    I’m always proud of being a lunatic, so I shall call you friend. But I will NOT go jogging with you. I will ride my horsie next to you and let her jog while I laugh at you. That’s as far as my hand extends in friendship.

  8. Prashant Mudgal says:

    The title reminded me of an incident that a colleague of mine recounted. She was called by her son’s teacher at school to attend some parent teacher meet and the teacher told the friend of mine that your son said “my father is a sexy beast because my mom calls him a sexy beast” . The teacher and my friend shared a great laugh !

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