The Struggles of Working Out

There are two types of people in this world, people who love working out and then the rest of us. I’ll be honest, one of the main reasons I run marathons is so that I can eat like a marathoner. Do you know what you get to eat when you run marathons? EVERYTHING. YOU LITERALLY GET TO EAT ALL THE FOOD. Alright, that’s not true (kind of...) but in all seriousness, I spent decades self conscious, stressed out about my weight. I was obsessed with looking a certain way and I was fixated on this body that I didn’t have. Then my brother passed away and I actually fell apart. I gained over 75 pounds and truly I lost myself. I was miserable, overweight, and desperate to feel good about myself so I decided to change my life. I overhauled my diet and started showing up at the gym 5 days a week. It took an entire year to lose the weight and two years later, I started running. Running taught me the difference between strong skinny and I have to say, feeling strong wins every, single, time.

Even though I run marathons on the regular, working out is still a struggle! I’m the weirdo in the corner of a fitness class cussing and crying. But even though I struggle through my workouts, I love watching people who are good at it because they're the ones who push you through when you want to crawl into the fetal position and die. I thought it would be fun to shine a different kind of light on working out. So if you find working out a struggle like I do, these are our struggles...

Early morning wake up calls.

The Struggles of Working Out @KellyKKRoberts

Getting out of bed.

The Struggles of Working Out @KellyKKRoberts

Trying to get out the door.

The Struggles of Working Out @KellyKKRoberts

Motivating yourself to workout when you’re just not in the mood.

The Struggles of Working Out @KellyKKRoberts

Busy mornings at the gym that force you to get ready for work...at work.

The Struggles of Working Out @KellyKKRoberts

Bathroom issues during a workout. (Hell hath no fury like a runner who has to 💩.)

Not being able to drink because you have to get up early to workout.

The Struggles of Working Out @KellyKKRoberts

Fighting the urge to treat yourself after your workout with a cheeseburger.

The Struggles of Working Out @KellyKKRoberts

Pain. Injuries. Pain. Sore muscles. Pain. (Should I keep going?)

The Struggles of Working Out @KellyKKRoberts

Not being able to do the simplest exercises with the lightest weights.

The Struggles of Working Out @KellyKKRoberts
The Struggles of Working Out @KellyKKRoberts
The Struggles of Working Out @KellyKKRoberts

Fighting the urge to just pass out in the middle of a workout.  

The Struggles of Working Out @KellyKKRoberts

Paying tons of money for a gym membership that you never go to...

The Struggles of Working Out @KellyKKRoberts

Trying to go for a run when you travel but getting lost.

The Struggles of Working Out @KellyKKRoberts

Rain. Snow. Heat. Wind. (Basically having to workout in any of the four seasons…)

The Struggles of Working Out @KellyKKRoberts

Any time you have to get on a dreadmill.

The Struggles of Working Out @KellyKKRoberts

And any self inflicted hell that has to do with your core muscles.

The Struggles of Working Out @KellyKKRoberts

Working out may not be easy but the moment you do the thing that you once thought was impossible, you realize that every single struggle was worth it.

The Struggles of Working Out @KellyKKRoberts

Pain really is only temporary. Working out is only a struggle when you’re just getting started! Don’t give up, run towards that sh*t! And if you need some motivation, just remember that you're not on that struggle bus alone. I'm right there with you.

Until next time, #RunSelfieRepeat.

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Kelly Roberts

It all started when a silly joke made headlines back in 2014 when I took selfies with hot guys “hottie hunting” my way through the New York City Half Marathon. But ironically enough, I haven't always been a runner. As the self-proclaimed former President of the "I f*cking hate running club", I spent most of my life finding ways to avoid physical activity. Growing up, I missed over 70 days of PE my senior year. Working out was something I thought I had to suffer through in order to lose weight. 

Then, in 2009, my younger brother passed away unexpectedly and struggling to manage my grief, I gained more than 75 pounds. With the weight gain came a new fight to regain my sense of self and learn to love the body I saw when I looked in the mirror. Then one Thanksgiving morning, drowning in grief and self doubt, I decided to go for a run. I didn't make it half way down my street before I had to stop to walk but for some reason, struggling forward made more sense than getting back into bed. It turns out that running is a lot like grief, neither ever really get easier, you just get stronger. 

Over time, I realized that while some people are in fact born runners, others are made. I created this blog Run, Selfie, Repeat and my new podcast by the same name with the hopes to inspire others to say yes to themselves while making them laugh hysterically because laughing, in my opinion, is the solution to everything. 

Named by Women's Running as one of twenty women who are changing the sport of running and by Competitor Magazine as one of 12 Influential and inspiring runners under 30, my mission is to inspire others to get embrace a healthy lifestyle and pursue the strongest version of themselves possible.