From Frugivore — You’ve made some time to get to the gym and get your work out on, but once you get inside your ‘go get ‘em’ attitude turns to one of anxiety, shame or even jealousy once you spot them. The person with the body you wish you had. Just seeing them working out, looking all good and ‘perfect’ makes you want to run and hide.

Sure you don’t think you’re some hideous swamp monster, but you have to admit that you’re a bit envious of this other person’s body and wish you could do more than wish you looked like them.

All of a sudden the wind is knocked out of your workout sail and you feel a bit inadequate working out next to them.

It may not happen often, but surely at some point it has happened to all of us … body envy. That jealous, inadequate feeling when you see some one in the gym (or anywhere) who has the body type you feel like you’re struggling to, or never will, achieve.

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  • Shirl

    I envy the body I had at 20.

  • Chrissy

    I have envy when I see women my same size or bigger with no stretch marks.

  • everytime i see janet jackson #bodyenvy

    my yoga instructor she’s so damn strong and so tiny #bodyenvy

  • Candy 1

    I admire other women for having great bodies, but do not envy them because I know that it takes hard work to have a great body. I like my body. It could use some improvement, but that’s why I’m constantly working to make it better. I’m a runner, and I work out 6 days per week, and I’m giving vegetarianism a second run (I tried it for a while, and it didn’t work for me and made me feel sick, but I think I know where I went wrong with my nutrition). I’m a work in progress…

    • D

      Go you for trying vegetarianism again! I’ve been seriously considering starting to move raw vegan (I’m an omnivore), but it’s a bit extreme. Partly because I see a lot of people so energized, dropping excess weight, and their skin much clearer on it. And I know that, at the very least, it would up my energy count. One thing I don’t like is I am not a particular fan of cheese and hear there is a withdrawal period after quitting it. One thing I definitely recommend whether or not you choose to be a vegan is green juices or smoothies to supplement your diet/consumption of vegetables and to try and get in your 6 servings a day of greens and different color vegetables/fruits, that’s one thing I’m trying. Also, I have been researching alternate protein sources and I find that chia seeds, hemp seeds, and maybe flax might be very good for supplementing protein and omega 3’s as well as dark green vegetables and varieties of beans. But, chia seeds (which are great for running) have been dilating my pupils and it’s freaking me out. I am eating sardines lately to supplement my omega 3 intake. I’m one of those people that is pro almond and anti unfermented soy and dairy, too. So there’s that. Let’s just say this topic’s been on my mind lately :)

    • Candy 1

      I was already drinking fruit smoothies as a meat eater, but now I’ll probably incorporate more vegetables. I am a fruit and nut lover, so after my second serving of fruit, I tend to not want any more all day.

  • D

    Yes, and it’s not good. I envy the way other women look. I agree with Candy 1 that it takes a lot of work and that is something that I think. Sometimes I do something crappy like thinking badly of a really (particularly conventionally) good looking and fit woman, even one that is dressed a bit skimpy. Then I remind myself how much work she puts in to look that good and, if men are flocking to her, the kind of positivity and serenity she probably has cultivated that makes her someone men want to be around. And that I don’t know her :) Comparing myself to other women just takes the focus off improving myself. This is why I either use the treadmill when it’s less packed or exercise tape or take classes like yoga or spin where there is some solidarity between women/you won’t be judged.