Blogging is Cheaper Than Therapy.
I blogged last week for therapy and shared how sharing my fitness journey is hard sometimes because I still get hurt by backhanded compliments that make me feel like I’m not losing weight fast enough or that I’m not enough in some way to be ok talking to you about my wellness journey or to give advice to someone else.
I’ve allowed myself to hear the noises in my own head. My inner fat girl, inner mean girl that says, you can’t get dressed to go work out because you have to run to the store tonight so you can take your rolls to the gym but your rolls aren’t allowed in the grocery store. Workout when you get home. And then I never workout at home. When I let the voices in my head keep me from my own wellness – the voices have won. Don’t negotiate with the voices. Silence them. Be stronger than them. Get moving.
There are women out there, like me, sharing their stories. Making me feel NOT alone. They are back of the pack slow runners like I am and there are women faster and slower than me. The fact is THEY ARE DOING IT.
One of the women in a fitness support group on facebook asked yesterday about how to get over feeling self conscious about running in public. She was afraid to run, except in secluded places, because people might see her running.
My response was pretty witty so allow me to share:
Don’t you know how self-absorbed everyone else is? I’m kidding. Kind of!
So many of us feel the same – that is why we’re all here. Just think…. if someone else sees YOU doing it and says “hey, I can too” you CHANGED THAT PERSON’S LIFE! I like to believe that me running, me sharing pictures of me being curvy at events is going to help someone else be motivated to be healthier for them, their kid, their spouse…. And maybe that’s me being conceited, whatever, when I quit caring what others thought of me and thought that maybe my changes would help someone else – my whole mindset changed.
BE THE CHANGE. Start with you.
I’m not perfect. I judge myself. I think about how I must look showing up to the kids events all sweaty still from a workout or running the bleachers at their practices trying to get the weight off, while other moms play candy crush and gossip. But I KEEP DOING IT! Embarrassing myself or not – I can not give up. I can not stop trying to get healthier for me, the kids, DOC and our future.
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Jill at Running with Curves is fearlessly, bravely sharing her story and working to help other women on their fitness journey. It isn’t about losing weight – it’s about finding and owning your own health.
and Julie at Fit Mom Revolution is a mom who has been through the yo yo dieting. She learned to stop beating herself up and letting herself love herself enough to get healthy and is out there helping other women do the same. With Love Your Body Challenges she’s helping women to change how they look at themselves!
Go. Be Awesome. Sparkle on.
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