I have been thinking long and hard about where this sudden jolt of motivation came from but I am having a hard time saying for sure. It hit me last night like a ton of bricks. I started reflecting on the last two weeks and the small changes I’ve been making in the pursuit of a healthier lifestyle. Then I started setting goals in my mind, imagining where I could be a month, two months, six months from now. I remembered how amazing it used to feel to conquer fitness goals and to slip into size 4 dresses effortlessly. I remembered how fun it was to get dressed, to feel cute, and most of all to be proud of my body and what it could do.
I vowed to myself last night that I would work out this morning. I have been taking longer walks over the last couple of weeks and while that’s a great start, I suddenly became really inspired to do a tougher workout. Then I remembered running. I taught myself to run four years ago (after I had reached my weight loss goal on Weight Watchers) and the effects on my body were amazing – my metabolism sky-rocketed, my weight loss efforts became a lot easier, and I actually had visible muscles in my thighs! I gave up running about a year and a half ago when I was faced with some pretty significant health challenges but now that those are mostly under control and my desire to get back into shape is stronger than ever, I decided now was the time.
I pulled out my old copy of the B.C. Sport Council of Medicine’s The Beginning Runner’s Handbook: The Proven 13-week Walk/Run program. It’s the same program I used last time I taught myself to run and I had a ton of success with it. Not too long ago, my husband moved our TV from the bedroom to the basement (in front of the treadmill that we rarely use). So this morning, I kept a promise to myself, laced up my old Nikes (which I really missed by the way), and hopped on. Forty minutes later (after an episode of E-talk and the sports highlights on SportsNet), I was done and feeling amazing.
And after just one single forty-minute workout, I am starting to remember why I was so successful in the past. The feeling that a good workout gives you is incredible. I don’t know how I had forgotten all those amazing feelings whilst sitting on the couch over the last year or so (especially when too many times on the couch result in such terrible, cruddy feelings). As my face turned beat red and sweat developed in places that it hadn’t in months, I became determined. Inspired. Motivated. Excited.
I am going to do this, I thought as I chugged away. I am going to welcome fitness back into my life. I am going to get fit, be strong, and most importantly, feel amazing.
It truly blows my mind to realize how one simple workout – how simply pushing your body that little bit harder – can overtake your body with feel-good endorphins. Hell, nevermind feel-good, feel-fantastic endorphins.
It probably helps that the sun is shining and it finally feels like spring today (even after last night’s blizzard). But I hope I can hold on to this wonderful feeling – I hope I can bottle up this motivation, inspiration, and determination and continue to keep these promises to myself. If I can, I know I will meet all the goals I have set for myself, and will soon have my healthy body and mind back.
I can’t wait! 🙂