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.
Getting out of bed.
Trying to get out the door.
Motivating yourself to workout when you’re just not in the mood.
Busy mornings at the gym that force you to get ready for work...at work.
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.
Fighting the urge to treat yourself after your workout with a cheeseburger.
Pain. Injuries. Pain. Sore muscles. Pain. (Should I keep going?)
Not being able to do the simplest exercises with the lightest weights.
Fighting the urge to just pass out in the middle of a workout.
Paying tons of money for a gym membership that you never go to...
Trying to go for a run when you travel but getting lost.
Rain. Snow. Heat. Wind. (Basically having to workout in any of the four seasons…)
Any time you have to get on a dreadmill.
And any self inflicted hell that has to do with your core muscles.
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.
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.