I never liked to work out as a kid. I knew that I needed to because I would always try my mom’s Kathy Smith videos. But as soon as I started to sweat, or my brothers started to tease me, I would quit. I also hated that my face would turn bright red when I exercised. So embarrassing. I started on the track team in 7th grade but quit because there was too much running (go figure). I really didn’t have a grasp on the meaning of determination, discipline, or hard work. I don’t think I thought I was fat, though…not really.
Finally, I have it – the determination, the discipline, the capacity for hard work. I finally feel like I’m on the right track to health!
Yet, I haven’t reached my goal. I’ve been on a “plateau” for a few months now. I’m at the weight I was when I graduated high school, yet my BMI still says I’m “overweight” even after all I’ve done. That humility I was talking about before is hard to keep up when I feel like I’ve worked so hard and deserve to make more progress than I have made.
Do you ever feel like that? Do these feelings make you want to quit? Is it just too hard sometimes? I sometimes think so.
But then, I reflect on how far I’ve come! I’ve come a long way! If you had asked me a year ago if I thought I could run 6 mph and maintain it for several minutes, and even think it’s slow, I would have laughed at you. If you had asked me six months ago to hold a plank for thirty seconds, I would have crumbled after ten. Even with how difficult it is to maintain fitness, it is totally worth it. Fitness has been the key to my motivation and success. It feels amazing!
What is stopping you?
This is from the Weight-Control Information Network (WIN) website:
- Why should I be physically active?
- What is standing in my way?
- What can I do to break through my roadblocks?
- What’s next?
- Additional Resources
You know that physical activity is good for you. So what is stopping you from getting out there and getting at it? Maybe you think that working out is boring, joining a gym is costly, or doing one more thing during your busy day is impossible. Physical activity can be part of your daily life. This booklet can help you get moving by offering ideas to beat your roadblocks to getting active. In addition, you will read comments from people who have done it. Maybe their stories will inspire you.