I know people who are unhappy. I know people who don’t feel good about their bodies. I know people who don’t feel like working out is worth it–like they’re not worth it. I know people who are disappointed in themselves.
I know these people pretty well. Because I used to be one of them.
I rediscovered my love of running in 2009. And it took a little work, but I feel happy and hopeful about life. I feel good (most days) about my body. I know exercising is worth it because I think long-term. I am proud of myself and my accomplishments.
I wish I could just help everyone figure these things out! I want everyone to be happy and healthy. This is my Christmas wish!
Unfortunately, everyone has to figure it out for themselves. Something has to light a fire in them. For me, it was an injury and a simple comment about my weight. You have to keep adding fuel to the fire, though, so it will grow. My reasons for leading a healthy lifestyle have changed over the past three years. I think this is how I keep myself going.
It isn’t hard to exercise and make healthy eating choices after you get used to it. It becomes a habit after just a few weeks! Sure, some days you fall off the wagon; but the next day, you jump back on. Is any of this making sense?
YOU are worth it. YOU are worth little extra money it costs for nutritious foods. YOU are worth the time it takes to walk, run, swim or do a Jillian Michaels DVD.
I wish I could shout that from the rooftops to everyone who doubts their ability or doesn’t have the desire or drive to make a lifestyle change. But I know, they’ve got to want it. So, everybody: Want it! Okay?
Awesome! I love it!!! I feel crummy about my body too sometimes because I’ve put on some weight, but when I run, then I feel beautiful again. I wish everyone could feel that way; I live near a lot of people who don’t take care of themselves and I want to get a bullhorn and yell to all that it is possible to be healthy, fit, and happy in their bodies! 🙂
love this post!!! It took me a long time to get to that place where I realized I was worth it to, but like you said, YOU have to be the one to want it 🙂
Since I started running in 2010, it is hard to remember my old, sedentary lifestyle. Even though I have not reached my weight/fitness goals, I am making steady forward progress, and I have gotten pretty good at shutting up the fat girl who still shouts at me in my head.
I often feel guilty about taking time away from my kids to exercise, but I have to remind myself that it makes me a better mom, it makes me a better example, and that yes, I am WORTH it and I DESERVE it!!!
I think your blog is better than shouting from the rooftop because you reach more people! Keep it up 🙂