Monday, September 19, 2016

I work out because I refuse to give up!

As many of you know, I participate in challenge groups almost every month.  They help keep me on track.

Last night my coach challenged us to post an inspiration quote, and fill in the blank:

"I work out because______________"

Thinking about it, I knew I needed more than a Facebook post to answer this..

It's simple.  I work out because I refuse to give up.

But it's also more complicated than that.

I get told by well meaning friends all I'm perfect just the way I am.  Body Positiveity is the thing right now.  And I get that.  And some are going so far as to say trying to lose weight is anti-body-positive and all.

But that doesn't take in consideration other factors.  I have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, colon cancer and diabetes in my family.  Heck, my father's entire family is medicated for diabetes.   I know that losing weight will help with the whole trying to fend of diabetes for some time.

I'm working out for my health.  And to make my health better.

In the last few years, I've started running.  And man, do I love me a race!  But I'm a slooooow runner.

My previous goal was to run the Disney Princess half marathon.  I've found some other race to start working towards
My new goal races:  the Disney Star Wars Dark Side half, and the Niagara Falls International Half Marathon!

To that end, I've been using a Couch to 5K program (gotta start somewhere) and an indoor workout.  This month it's Focus T25.  So I get to spend my mornings with Shaun T.

I know that my alternating the running with a solid cardio and body sculpting program I'll get better results.  When I'm done with Shaun T I might go on to 21 Day Fix, or maybe back to the TurboFire/ChaLean Extreme Hybrid that I used before.  But what I know is I'll always have a plan.  I'll always be working toward something.  Toward wearing a smaller pant size.  Towards being able to walk upstairs without huffing and puffing.  Towards a 12 minute mile.

I work out because I refuse to give up.

I refuse to give up on my goal races.
I refuse to give up on my health.
I refuse to give up on me.

1 comment:

Amy said...

I hear ya! I am all about body positivity, but I disagree that weight loss goes against that. The whole point of the BoPo movement is to accept and love your self as you are, true - it's that kind of self love and acceptance that helps keep you motivated toward your personal goals. It's also about not judging others for choices they make for THEIR bodies. Sadly, that judgment still happens. It's about making choices based on what's best for you and not based on what others expect. I've struggled with that for ages now but have finally realized I NEED to do something and not let that movement keep me from taking action.
I face the same health challenges....high cholesterol, diabetes, etc. Plus I just feel like crap. AND I want to be able to shop off the rack in Target. I hate Torrid and they're expensive. Those are my reasons and they don't make me a victim of the diet culture.
As long as you're not torturing your self to fit another's ideal (doesn't sound like you are) then you're on the right track!

Go get your goals, girl! :)