I went to Spin class for the first time last night in ages…..and now I remember why it’s been ages LOL. Don’t get me wrong I loved having my boss as my instructor and get the class going with the “woos” and the “come on pedal people”, but I’m just not a Spinner!
So as I sat there riding to no where I began scanning the gym. And something clicked in my head…..
I was pedaling away when I noticed a rather large, robust man hop on a treadmill. He began walking and pushing buttons to set his program and with in seconds he was in a full on run….and he great form. Part way through his warm up a very petite very in shape woman hopped on next to him, proceeded to set up her program and started jogging then running. The man was going to town at a very quick pace/speed I’m gonna put it out there and say he was running at around 6 to 7 speed. The woman came and went, 2 others jumped on and ran next to him-finished and he was still going. I was so jealous.
When I began my journey all I wanted to do was run a 9 minute mile, actually I just wanted to be able to run in general. My whole life I had never been a runner, even as a kid, I absolutely hated it every time I ran. I used every excuse, I have bad knees, ankles, thumbs LOL you name it I got out of it. But as my weight began to drop I knew I needed to try it. It took me 6 months to be able to run a 9 minute mile (this was not running everyday either). And once I saw that 9 minutes I stopped running. The hubby always tell me to go for a run and I say yea I think I will and when I get back I don’t feel liberated at all. Not to mention that in the weight loss blogging world there’s so much talk about running your first 5k or 1/2 marathon or triathlon…..well I don’t wanna and I want to stop feeling like I have to do it just to get readers to visit/read my blog!
Sometimes in life we just have to come to the realization that even though we think we might want to do something or become something we just aren’t meant to. As I sat there watching that man run his heart out, and enjoy it, I briefly thought I’d love to do that….but why? The thing is we always want what we can’t have or can’t do, I need to be happy with what I do have and what I can do! For example I’m awesome at Zumba and Kick Boxing, and I’m awesome at teaching them! In the same token there’s someone in my family who will tell you she’s not good at Zumba at all, she LOVES spin and she’s run in several 5k’s…..and you know what? That’s great! That’s her, that’s her fitness level, that’s what she likes to do.
I guess where I’m trying to go with all of this is, find what YOU like to do. Do what drives you to be healthy and fit. Don’t worry about how far and long the girl on the treadmill next to you is running, hop on for your time and finish when you finish. You’ll never succeed with weight loss and becoming healthy if you spend all of your time living up to someone else’s fitness standards/levels.
As they say on the Jersey Shore….DO YOU!!!
Healthy Wishes, Tera
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