Each week I push myself to get out of bed at the butt-crack of dawn when my alarm goes off at 4:20 am. Most mornings it is a struggle and some of those mornings I know that the people who are waiting for me need an encouraging smile to help them push through to getting up themselves and getting those hardcore workouts and runs done. Some mornings it is a quiet ride to the gym with my Hubs for a weight training session. This morning’s wake-up call was no different, 5:15 Shockwave class with 6 strong ladies made that alarm totally worth it!
Training runs and cross-training workouts are so very important and I know that if I attempted to get my runs and workouts in after work in the afternoons, in most instances, I would skip it. So I push myself to get there and get it done before the sun comes up! I try to include a diverse routine that will not leave me bored and unmotivated and to surround myself with other like-minded ‘Goal Getters” that are out there to push each other to the finish!
But recently I’ve heard some “fat shaming” about not fitting into those skinny little jeans. I mean, let’s face it, we all want to fit into that perfect pair of jeans that we have hung onto for years that just continue to sit in the drawer awaiting our next attempt to squeeze into them, right!?! I know that I have at least 2 pair of my “old” favorites that I just cannot seem to part with. BUT working each day towards a goal doesn’t mean that it will happen overnight and spending all those hours working out just isn’t realistic to me. We all have different bodies, different genes, and different motivation for why we do what we do. For me, it’s not about getting that skinny little body, (it’s nice mind you) shapely yes, but it’s just not what I am really after. I want to be strong, powerful, build my endurance and an inspiration to those that thought they couldn’t because they had a little “meat” on their bones.
Each workout I know that I am pushing myself and my muscles and some days I may take it a little easy because my body tells me that I need to. I also know that injuring myself to simply lift that extra pound is not worth sitting on the sidelines waiting for an injury to heal enough to get back in there and work. Some days though, I know that my body is perfectly capable and my mind is telling me to stop, just like in running and choosing to not hit the snooze button on that alarm. These ladies pictured above inspired me today because when they walked in (sleep walked it seemed for a couple *giggle*) they never let the time on the clock or the darkness of the hour stop them from giving me 100% for 45 minutes of their day and to me that INSPIRES ME!
So the next time you are thinking of cheating yourself out of a workout that you know you could legitimately do and need to do, remember, there are others out there struggling just as you are with the same desire to hit the snooze button. Just remember, the early bird gets the training DONE!