I’ve had a lot of people ask if I have “before and after” photos from my #100fitdays challenge, but I don’t. I did this totally for stress relief, me time and for fun. I know I look different. People are kind enough to tell me that (kiss kiss! love you!) and I know for sure that I FEEL different! I feel more in control of my health and my happiness. My clothes definitely fit better. I’m more confident BUT I didn’t see anything change on the scale. My number has been the same for a long time. That’s totally fine with me (it’s not like I cut back on the pizza and beer), but I realized that I do have this underlying wonder of IS THIS EVEN WORKING?? Some days I only work out for 10 minutes. Is that really making a difference?
News Flash! YEP! IT IS! I went for a run outside on Sunday for the first time in a long time. The first 5 minutes of every run are kind of miserable if you ask me. My legs are like “do what?” I can’t pick which song to listen to. I’m already wondering how much longer till I’m done. I think my left shoe is tied tighter than my right shoe. Welcome to my head…
But as 5 minutes turned to 6 minutes and 6 minutes turned to 20 minutes, I realized that I felt awesome! Every hill that used to make pause for a quick walk was totally doable. There was a bounce in my step. I ran farther than I have in a long time. I felt like I could breath so much easier. I realized that these small workouts every day had really made me stronger! (happy dance happy dance dance dance dance!) So here I am on this glorious sunny day with my guns out:
Also, let’s not lie. There was definitely still walking involved. I took a nice 10 minute intermission from my run to walk though the double black diamond part of my neighborhood. Talk about booty burn! It was nice to take a break and mix it up a little. PS – there is this old dude (no offense buddy) who totally lapped me up this hill. He’s my hero. Then it was back to running for the last 10 minutes home! I even sprinted the last 50 yards and I forgot how fun that was! It feels like flying!
The moral of this story is my fitness journey is about EFFORT. I have to make a conscious effort every day to work out, to feel better as a person, to keep it up. In turn, I’m a better mom, a better wife, a better friend…a better person. We have a choice every day to make it a great one. So high five (where’s my word press high five emoticon???) to everyone who’s making today great, who’s focused on being a good person, inside and out!