If a tree falls in the woods and there is nobody around to hear it, does it make a sound? If I join a gym, then never go, does it make any difference? These two questions are essentially the same question, and the scientific answer is no. It doesn’t make a sound. It doesn’t make a difference.
It seems like it would though, right?
I was tempted, in order to support my argument, to do a ‘before and after’. A photo of me before I signed up, and another one a few hours later, after I had parted with my membership fee; a few pounds lighter… or a few euro at least. I could have posed for the first sullen-faced in a tight, flesh-toned onesie, while nursing a particularly bad hangover. For the second, I would put on a bra, some make-up and something black and flattering. I’d smile toothily to prove how much happier I was about my body, and my life in general.
“How did you do it Thelma?”
“I joined the gym”
If only it were that easy.
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