Last week, Kristen and I had the honor of being interviewed by the Health Editor for the News Journal. Our article, “Grab Family & Friends to Spice up Workouts” turned out amazing – with a super cute picture to go along with it.
I must admit, when I first received the email asking if I would be willing to be interviewed I was a little nervous. Ok, scratch “a little”…. I was “a lot” nervous. Yes, I love running and all things fitness related – but let’s be honest – I am not a size 2 and I probably never will be. I don’t have a six pack. I have some fat on my triceps that shakes when I wave. Basically, I am not, nor will I ever be, a fitness model. You get the idea. Who am I to be talking about working out….? In rushes the wave of negative self-talk.
I walked over to a co-workers office and disclosed that the Health Editor wanted to interview me and how I was apprehensive. She replies with what I expected to be the typical response, “Don’t be nervous, you will be fine.” Now, how many times in life have we all heard this same or similar phrase? “Don’t worry honey. You will be fine. Don’t be stressed. No need to worry about this, everything will turn out ok.” And the list could go on forever. The topic of conversation changed, and then I went back to office and got on with my day.
A few hours later, my coworker reappears in my office with a Post-it note. She simply takes this note, and presses it to the lower portion of my computer screen and says, “I was thinking more about your situation and I thought you needed a little more encouragement.” On this note, written with her perfect penmanship, is the following phrase:
“You are strong. You are dedicated. You should be proud of all that you have accomplished.”
Then I started to think…. You know, she is absolutely right. Yes, I am not perfect. I don’t run sub 20 minute 5ks. I haven’t qualified for the Boston marathon. I don’t have a six pack, or a four pack, or anything that even resembles abs…. BUT – I have run 7 marathons, who knows how many half marathons (over 25 I am guessing?! I should start keeping track!), several ten milers, and numerous 5Ks and 10Ks. Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings I get up at 4:20 AM to teach classes at the YMCA; and every Sunday I deliver two classes at the Y back to back. And trust me, I bring it. I have had in-shape men tell me they almost threw up in my classes. I am certified to teach BodyPump and BodyFlow – and working on some more certifications in the not so distant future. While I am not the fastest runner, I always finish the race, no matter what the distance. All these things should count for something!
So what should I be nervous about? If there is something in life I have learned – it’s that “Haters are always going to hate”. Don’t let negative self-talk bring you down! You should be proud of all that you have accomplished! Whether it’s running your first 5K, or heck, even lacing up those shoes to go on a walk – take pride in your accomplishments. Write down your accomplishments, and when you start doubting yourself, remember how far you have come. One step/workout/run/marathon at a time. So go out there and DOMINATE!
#HateOnHaters #ByeFelicia #AintNobodyGotTimeForThat
So what is your proudest fitness accomplishment? How do you rise above negative self-talk? What would your sticky note say about you?