Just do it. Then do it again.
Friday, May 11, 2012
I am tired.
I am sore.
I am sweaty.
I am smelly.
I am beautifully disgusting and I feel amazing right about now.
I just finished my workout. I did 40 minutes on the treadmill. Mostly walking, but I challenged myself to do a minute of 5 MPH running rather than a minute of 4 MPH jogging. I made it to that minute and then I kept running for another one. That's TWO minutes of running. Me. Of all people. I did it. I ran. What helped keep me going? My 17 motivational posters I made (see previous blog). I had them shuffling on a slideshow while I was on the treadmill. All of the pics were really inspiring, but some of them got to me more today than others. I know they're hard to see in that other blog, so here are some of today's favorites:
"Just do it. Then do it again."
"Running is a pain in the ass, but it sure gives me a nice one!"
"If you stop now, you'll regret it in a month when you're still at the same weight."
"Your legs are not giving out. Your head is giving out. Keep going."
"A mile a day keeps the pounds away."
"Thought about stopping. Then ran harder."
"Now punch that laziness in the face and have a great day."
"As long as you're sweating, you're still alive."
"Shut up. Work hard. Be patient."
"Good things don't come to those who wait. Good things come to those who work their asses off and never give up."
"You want results? Then train like it."
"You will regret eating that cookie. You will not regret running that mile."
"If you still look good when you're done, NO, darling, you're doing it wrong."
"I would rather be covered in SWEAT at the gym than covered with CLOTHES at the beach."
"Yes, I know your legs and your abs hurt, and I know you're tired, but the next time you stand in front of a mirror, you won't even think about the pain."
There must be a hundred more of them and I'm sure I'll make other collages, but I just kept reading those over and over. And I made it through. And then I didn't stop. I did strength training for the first time ever today. I did a 10 minute beginner workout video I found on SP and then I did a basic workout plan. My muscles were burning and I had to take several beaks, but I pushed myself through and I got it done. And now here I am, munching on an apple, waiting for my tilapia to bake, listening to my dad talk about how bad I smell. How funny is it that I'm taking that as a compliment right now? If I can stick with this, I'm going to see amazing results. I took pictures today to compare to my first day's pics about a month ago. There are small changes. Nothing major or even very obvious, but I can see a little difference. Not when I look in the mirror, but when I compare the pics side by side. One day, I'm going to have a before and after photo that inspires other people.