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2010 July 5
by Jess

Today started out with a nice 26 mile bike ride with the Husband. I realize this seems counter intuitive, but I really zone out on the bike when I’m not pushing my pace. I never really seem to zone out on runs the way I did when I was a kid.

I thought a lot about a post-it note I saw on Operation Beautiful.


I proceeded to write my first note, to myself and put it on my bathroom mirror.


Back before all the cool kids were pedaling away at Soul-Cycle or burning their bums into perfect shape at The Bar Method studio, they were sweating it out at Crunch.


When I first moved to NYC I remember walking by the Crunch gym near Union Square (in its old location) and wishing I was cool enough to work there. Their slogan “No Judgements” was plastered all over their ads.

Have you ever read their philosophy? Here’s the part that gets me:

There are no judgements here – No too much or not enough. No glares of disapproval. Here we keep open minds. We are nurturers. We seek only to encourage, empower and entertain. There is no one type. There is no one reason. There is no one way…..

What if I replaced all self judgement with this philosophy? Sometimes the only person we’re judging is ourselves.

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  1. July 5, 2010

    I seem to zone out on the bike as well, unless I am in a spin class or teaching. Fun times with the hubby……no room for judgement. :)

  2. July 5, 2010

    I do believe that half the time we think we’re being judged by others, it’s only because we’re judging ourselves. If we could just let go of that, we would realize that no one else is judging us because they’re too worried about themselves!

  3. July 5, 2010

    There’s a no judgment gym by where I live too. I find the philosophy weird because I feel like all gyms should be non judgmental! Since when was it okay to judge?

  4. July 5, 2010

    i love your note!! so glad you’re doing this…it will truly help someone, you know that :) you’re awesome and i try to live a life free from judging others, even though i know my own choices can and are harshly judged at times.


  5. Madeline - Greens and Jeans permalink
    July 5, 2010

    I am definitely my own worst critic and I know that no one judges me more harshly than I do! I feel so much better when I can let that negative energy go!

  6. July 5, 2010

    Great message.
    I need to work on this myself. I’m sure we all do. If we can’t appreciate and love ourselves, who can?!

  7. Erica permalink
    July 5, 2010

    I remember seeing and liking those signs at Crunch, too….but I felt like putting “No Judgments” on posters didn’t actually mean the environment actually felt non-judgmental. My old gym in Boston, Healthworks, had a fantastic feeling — lots of grad students, moms, and others working out in sports bras and doing hip hop feeling totally comfortable no matter how they (um, we) looked. I loved it and haven’t found that kind of energy at a gym since (including Crunch, unfortunately). I’d love to hear your take if you’ve been to Crunch and had a different experience! (I didn’t have any bad experiences there — just felt like “No Judgments” was no more than a slogan.)

  8. July 5, 2010

    Love the note! Judgment seems to be a hard mindset for young women to avoid and such an important reminder.

  9. July 6, 2010

    Great message! We are so hard on ourselves sometimes…and others.

  10. July 6, 2010

    Love the note. It’s sad that not all gyms can be “judgement free”. I’m definitely my own worst critic – I need to work on this.

  11. July 6, 2010

    How about a note that says CELEBRATE YOURSELF :)

  12. July 6, 2010

    After checking my outfit 5x before leaving the house today, it’s good to remember that the only person really looking is me–so move on! Self-judgment is such a time-waster! I love this. And the notion that we are meant to encourage, empower, and entertain OURSELVES.

  13. July 6, 2010

    I love that. I never realized it was their slogan, which is awesome since so many people fear the gym for that reason to begin with. Stay cool in this heat!

  14. July 6, 2010

    I don’t mean to judge, but that bike ride sounds amazing!! Nice work, what a perf way to start a day.

    You know, little sayings here and there really add up to influencing people. I’m glad you shared that quote with us, it’s so important to be confident in yourself.

    Hope you had a terrific 4th!

  15. July 6, 2010

    I LOVE Operation Beautiful’s website! I also love your take on it and think your “don’t judge yourself” sticky is a wonderful message. Something I need to remind myself of more often. Great pics :)

  16. July 6, 2010

    I agree! I overthink EVERYTHING, and I bet when it comes down too it I am the only person judging me. Great post, and I need to hang up a note like that for myself! :)

  17. July 6, 2010

    Love this post! What a great philosophy and one I should adopt for myself as I can often be my own worst enemy. It is terrible how we can so easily allow our own self doubts and judgments sabotage our dreams or personal growth. I think the affirmation note is such a great reminder!

  18. July 6, 2010

    What a beautiful philosophy. I think we can all take something away after reading that. I know I did :)

  19. July 6, 2010

    I love your blog.. did you know that? :)

    I completely agree, we judge ourselves so harshly sometimes. We have to change that mindset.

  20. July 6, 2010

    Love your post-it & love that philosophy!!!! Going to have to share! Thank you!

  21. July 6, 2010

    Love this, thanks for the great idea!

  22. July 6, 2010

    Oh my goodness- I LOVE your blog!! & this post was PERFECT to read today. That is an awesome philosophy…what a great thing to read everyday :)

  23. July 7, 2010

    love that philosophy!

  24. Jenna permalink
    July 8, 2010

    Great philosophy!

  25. July 15, 2010

    Great information, I just bookmarked you.

    Sent via Blackberry

  26. May 29, 2011

    Love it!

    And some cool kids are still holding strong at Crunch ;) Hehe

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