How often to you rededicate yourself to a healthy life?
What “gators” are you wrestling with right now?
I have ALWAYS looked at exercising as a WEIGHT LOSS tool. (it is, I get that).
The SummerShapeUp was started because
- I wanted to lose weight.
- I wanted to get to a certain number on the scale.
- I want to get into the jeans I wore two years ago on my birthday.
- I even dropped my calorie intake down to 1,500 calories and tracked on my iphone.
None of the reasons I had when I started the SummerShapeUp were because I wanted to feel good about exercise, or that it adds to my life, or that I ENJOYED it. It was all about getting ‘thin’…and fit…but mainly thin. (I know, I know, just being honest)
When thinking about Tricia’s post, I knew that my ‘gator’ is not wanting to exercise, because I feel like I HAVE to….to lose weight. That’s has been my sole motivator. Exercise and I have to re-work ourselves.
What if I went to the gym:
- because it made me feel good
- I WANTED to work out because I didn’t see it as a HAVE to, instead a LOVE to
- I look hot in my ass pants
- my arms are starting to show definition
- it’s good for my heart, soul, mind
Much of the journey to balance in our lives with food/exercise/faith is finding the place where we just live with what we want. Some days it’s yoga, some days it’s HIIT, some days it’s a workout class, some days it’s under a blanket sleeping. Instead of thinking of exercise as a weight loss tool, I am on a mission to wrangle my ‘gator’ by re-working exercise as a means to find balance, increasing my mood and re-shaping my body.
Obsessing about losing weight has gotten me to where I am right now. 30lbs heavier than I want to be….for two years. Life is more than working out to lose weight, eating to count calories, and restricting yourself…this is what I am learning.
So, Tricia, thanks for writing your post. I am off to re-wire my brain on the treadmill, because I like the way my ass feels when it’s tight and the way my heart pounds when I push myself.
How do you view exercise? What motivates you to workout? Have you struggled with exercise?