Today I ran a 24:11 5km time trial in my new running group. That’s almost an 8 min/mile pace. OMG! SO amazing!
I wouldn’t have been able to enjoy and/or even do this yesterday..cause yesterday I hated exercise!!!
What I am getting at is that exercise and me have had a pretty bad realtionship in the past couple of months. I have seen exercise as the following for so long:
- weight loss mechanism
- punishment for over-eating
- preventative measure for planned over-eating
- because the whole blog world is working out
In my convo with Christie yesterday this is what she helped me through:
Christie: What do you mean you are really struggling with exercise?
Me: I make a huge plan and then don’t do it. I wake up, ignore it, stress out about it, then either eat my anxiety/disappointment or guilt myself into doing it.
Christie: So what would happen if you took away the rules that exist in your head about exercise and being fit?
Christie: I would encourage you to think of a mantra for when you have these thoughts that you must exercise in a way that is punishing or to lose weight. When the thoughts of calories or pushing through or whatever, I gently say my mantra. It is about moving in a way that brings me joy, whatever that is.
I developed this mantra: ‘Moving In My Faith’
I hit the pavement today during my running group. Encouraged a woman who was doubting herself to push herself. I pushed myself. I had no music, instead I had my mantra, my faith and my body. What was amazing is that I wanted to run. I wanted to prove to myself and my body that I could. Normally I would have zoned out, would have stopped running at a certain point. But my body just kept telling me to go. So I went. I listened and HONOURED! It opened my eyes to some pretty major stuff in my head…but it really opened my eyes to how POWERFUL I am.
What mantra would you create? Do you use?
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