The other day I was talking with a group of people who are very close to me whom I recently challenged to run a 5K with me this summer. About 1/2 accepted the challenge and I was asking one of them how the training was going and asked, “So tomorrow you will probably go run 20 minutes or so?” And one of the friends who didn’t accept the challenged piped up and exclaimed, “Run for 20 minutes?! That sounds so weird. Who would just get up and run for TWENTY MINUTES and be excited about it?!! I can barely fathom running a mile let alone TWENTY MINUTES!!!”
This exclamation startled me. Not only because my mind’s eye took me immediately back to high school when I would have said, or probably did say, the exact same thing…. but because just the day before this conversation I had run for 40 minutes (4 miles) and loved every minute of it!
So many voices claiming this or that about heath and fitness- and might I add stereo types- dominate this world of ours. But here is what matters- YOU and YOUR THOUGHTS ALONE.
Do you secretly wish you could run 10, 20, 30, or holy cow, how about 40 minutes and love it? I am willing to bet that most women I know do. I know I did. There was a time I didn’t ever think it was possible because of my self proclaimed inability to do such things because of my “genetics” amidst other excuses….. PAHAHAHAHAAAA. Such naivety and lack of confidence.
Let me make one thing clear to anyone who is reading this- runner or not-
You have a power inside you that only you can unleash. It is there. You can do, achieve, change, learn anything you want. But YOU have to choose it.
Start by realizing and believing our bodies are incredible. Ask any doctor, nutritionist, physical therapist, athletic/weight-loss trainer and they will agree. Just realize that it starts one step at a time. Next time you go out there and run or simply walk, just think, “Everyone has to start somewhere and I am starting today!”- and for the record, you will be moving a lot faster than everyone else who is not out there too!
I said that to myself for 2 years and here I am. I was recently described by a friend as “an avid runner.” WHAT?! Me? The “chubby girl,” the most un-athletic person in my family while I was at home? Wow. When did that happen? One step at a time. I have also been motivated to change my eating habits and shed some of that “baggage” or extra 35-40 lbs I have slowly gained and grown accustomed to over the last 15 years. I started with the same thought, “Everyone has to start somewhere, and I am starting today.”
I did some research, talked to many doctors and friends who have had successes and I am proud to say that as of today I have lost 20 lbs and 29 inches of “baggage” in the last 4 months without a gym membership or special supplements- just good eating and exercising right. It can be done people. YOU will make it happen.
Unleash your inner power and self-love that is there. Find the time- you know it’s there, get an iPod of some kind and load your favorite upbeat motivational songs for your workouts/runs/walks (I promise you music helps more than you think), buy some GOOD new shoes to save your knees, and get started. Before you know it you will be writing motivational articles for others!