If it's not been obvious in the past, I have a love/hate relationship with running.
I love how I feel after a long run - accomplished, fit, energized. I love how it has made me stronger. I love how I lose weight from my hips, where I could never lose it any other way before I started running.
But I hate running too. I hate how I feel DURING a run. I hate the self-conscious feeling I get about my "form." I hate living in a neighborhood I can't run through, causing me to have to drive somewhere just to put on my shoes and run for a distance.
I am a member of a Facebook group with a bunch of women who are rock stars. No, serious rock stars. Some have lost 50+ lbs, some have just started working out but are kicking butt. Some are pregnant and still doing full CrossFit workouts! Same love/hate. I LOVE the motivation & inspiration. I hate myself for not getting up and doing more, for making excuses and for not making my health a priority.
As some of the girls are starting to use running as their cardio workout, I'm remembering the highs I used to have. The first time I ran 20 minutes without walking. The first time I ran 5, 6, 8 miles. My first half marathon. I remember the achievement, the feeling of accomplishment, the feeling of pride.
These are the things I need to keep me going. No pant size or body fat percentage is going to keep me motivated. Food tastes better, regardless of how many times I read the "nothing tastes as good as skinny feels" crap on Pinterest. Because guess what? Food.Tastes.Good. Good food AND bad food, it tastes GOOD.
I need these stories of accomplishment.
It even helps me to read back through my OWN blog and remember how amazing it feels to finish a long run, to eat clean for 3 months straight (oh my gosh my body is DYING for healthy food!) and to feel GOOD about myself.
And I need to get back to a place where I am making time, carving out a particular time for me to work out. I haven't worked out when that will be yet. I am NOT a morning person, but I am willing to attempt to get up early enough to go to the gym before work. It's worth a try to get back to where I was, where I want to be again!
Apparently I have all the drive in the world - but no get up and GO!
How do you, especially moms (both SAHM, working & everything in between) prioritize your health with your family in mind?