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I'm Not A Superhero, You Know

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Here's a topic that we haven't covered in a little while. Seeing as I have had so many new SparkFriends jump on my blog bandwagon lately, I thought it important to repeat this message for them. For you longtimers...it's always a good reminder.

It would be great if I was some exercise superhero who always did everything perfectly and had an undying fire for training, which I could use to spread motivation to the masses. Perhaps some of you see me that way...who knows?

The truth is...and it's important for everyone to know...I'm just some girl in Indiana who decided to take control of her life and change things. Do you think I started this journey wanting to be a triathlete? HAHAHA! NO!

I started by running for 10 seconds. Doing C25K. Running a little more. Deciding to build in some consistency and make sure I do my runs 3 times a week. Then, signing up for races. When injury came (as it always will for any serious runner...another little lesson I learned), I watched a YouTube video on swimming. I don't know about you, but I'm not seeing a fitness titan anywhere in here yet.

Got in the pool, copied the YouTube video. Did it over and over and over and over and over and over again...the entire month of August. Got on my bike and shakily road 2 miles - first time in 20 years on a bike. Scary as hell. Too scared to turn...had to stop the bike, manually turn the entire thing, then keep pedaling on the straightaways. But....kept riding. Again and again. And, admittedly, not as much as I've run and swim. Still my weakest discipline. Work in progress.

When you see me post blogs about a breakthrough mile swim or finishing my first half marathon, those are huge victories for me. Yes...they deserve to be celebrated because I've worked hard to achieve those things. But...also keep in mind that I'm still very overweight. I still have quite a lot of work to do. I have built a LOT of endurance in the 7-8 months I've been seriously training, but I have so far to go.

None of us is perfect. But, when it comes to self-motivation...I can tell you with full honesty that I've got that one in the bag. And the key is this: just keep doing what you're doing. And don't stop. That's it.

Last night was an awful night, guys. My sleep was not good. Emotional upheaval all around me. I woke up later than I wanted to and I did NOT want to do anything. This is nothing new. This happened to me quite frequently in the spring and summer when I was scheduled for morning training runs. If you remember, I still did them. And, likewise, today...I got my butt out of bed and I went to the Y and got in that pool.

When I run, I can tell you now that even though I've finished a half marathon, I absolutely question everything I love about running EVERY SINGLE TIME I run...for the first two miles. It takes TWO MILES for me to even WANT to be running. You have to hang in there. You have to get past that first bit of pain.

With swimming, and particularly this morning, even though it is my sanctuary, my heaven on earth...I still sometimes just don't want to do it. This is where consistency in training is so key. On the days like today when my thoughts are dark and I'm not loving being in the pool...my body does what it knows to do...automatically. On these days, it takes at least 20 lengths of the pool for me to even have a small fraction of a desire to be in the water. TWENTY LENGTHS!

What I'm saying is...do what you have to do. Get through the crappy workouts, even if it feels like a waste of time. You'll always be glad you did. I promise.

And, in the end...the ultimate goal (whatever that may be for you....for me, it's certain special races that I can only dream of doing somdeday at this point) will make all of these mundane training days worth it.

People ask me how I stick to my training schedule. That's it. I plan things out ahead of time (at hours I know I'll be available to work out....almost always when my kids are still sleeping) and...I just do it. Again and again and again.

It's not always exciting. It's not glamorous. It's not even fun sometimes. Sometimes it sucks. And that's reality, folks.

You either want it or you don't.

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SPARKABELLA13 12/12/2012 2:02PM

    Excellent blog! YOU are amazing!

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SUSANELAINE1956 12/12/2012 1:53PM

    Great blog and encouragement. I may have to read this one a few times.

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LJOYCE55 12/12/2012 12:42PM

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 12/12/2012 12:35PM

    Thanks for the reminders! :)

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FIRECOM 12/12/2012 11:55AM

    Well, I think that you are a super hero. It is all state of mind and the state you are in is incredible. Thanks for your great posts, as usual.

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GALINAZ 12/12/2012 11:55AM

    Thanks for the bike reminder, mine has been sitting in the garage ignored, time to get it out and start the journey

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PACKERMANN 12/12/2012 10:44AM

    I got myself on the exercise bike this morning by saying "just do it". that Nike tag-line is starting to make more & more sense every day! thanks for the words of wisdom!!

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WHOVIAN3 12/12/2012 9:30AM

    I liked how you talked about riding your bike!! That is one of my goals to do soon. I do not even have a bike...but soon I will! And Like you I will be terrified of doing it. Have not been on one in since i was maybe 16,and I am now 35!

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MBEEMOM 12/12/2012 9:11AM

    Great blog post! When you look back at the end the day, you are glad you didn't listen to the inner voice holding you back and listened to the other inner voice that encouraged you to get up and get going. You keep on listening to that encouraging inner voice you super hero you! It is hard but remember, it is the hard that makes you!

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LUV2RUN72 12/12/2012 9:05AM

    You have expressed beautifully exactly how I feel. Very nicely written indeed. emoticon

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AJB121299 12/12/2012 8:55AM

    Nice

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CAROLCRC 12/12/2012 8:38AM

    The first mile is always the hardest! Then things just fall into place.

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RICKISMOM1 12/12/2012 8:17AM

    Nice blog. I think, though, that we need some underlying reason why we want to exercise or whatever. Keeping THAT motivation in mind (for me, it's being able to hopefully someday DANCE at my grandchildren's weddings)is what keeps me going when I really don't feel like entering that cold pool......

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MUSOLF6 12/12/2012 8:13AM

    emoticon you are real inspiration and you always motivate me to do better

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3G1RLS4ME 12/12/2012 7:05AM

    Great food for thought thanks

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HOPEFILL 12/12/2012 6:55AM

    So well said!

And thank you - I'll keep this kick in the pants handy for the [many] days I start thinking about skipping my morning workout.

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SHANNONY84 12/12/2012 2:07AM

    I needed that! Thank you.

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BLUEJEAN99 12/12/2012 1:51AM

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PCASEY7 12/11/2012 10:59PM

    Great blog!

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JAMER123 12/11/2012 10:09PM

    emoticon for good reminders. emoticon blog.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 12/11/2012 8:33PM

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PATRICIAANN46 12/11/2012 7:45PM

  You give such wonderful advice............straight from the heart and based on actual experience........ emoticon

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KIPPER15 12/11/2012 7:41PM

    thank you for a great motivating blog. emoticon

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NEWCHINELO 12/11/2012 5:55PM

    YES persistence is the key.

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KARRENLYNN 12/11/2012 5:33PM

    Well said! There usually isn't any magic bullet to success. You choose a goal, a plan, and decide to pursue it no matter what. Cumulative persistence and consistency.

Either you want it or you don't - Well said!

Have a happy and healthy holiday!

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SANDICANE 12/11/2012 4:41PM

    Your blog really makes me think about the exercise I've been doing...Thanks for the thought-provoking words.


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PRINCESSAMY 12/11/2012 2:31PM

    That was very motivating!

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MOMMY445 12/11/2012 1:31PM

    what a fabulous blog! thanks for sharing! have a wonderful day!

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AMARILYNH 12/11/2012 12:33PM

    I beg to disagree - you ARE a superhero! Perfect, no. But super and a hero? Oh YES!! emoticon

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SJKENT1 12/11/2012 11:49AM

    That's the key isn't it? Do it anyway... step by step, minute by minute, moving forward sometimes leaps and bounds and sometimes inch by inch. But there we are.. moving forward.

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FAVORITEAUNT84 12/11/2012 11:26AM

    Thank you so much for sharing!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 12/11/2012 11:10AM

    I need to hear that. I haven't been to the pool since 11/4 and haven't really exercised. I just don't feel like it.

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PATTISTAMPS 12/11/2012 11:08AM

    You are still MY superhero... because you keep on keepin' on. When you miss that class it does not make you skip the next 3. When you are injured you look for a way to stay fit. You let the bad things happen and get past them (as best as you can, which all any of us can do). You are giving your girls a great example, which is the best of all. Rock on, Leah!

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VOLLEYGIRL77 12/11/2012 11:04AM

    Great blog! emoticon

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SANDYLH1 12/11/2012 10:56AM

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LIVELYGIRL2 12/11/2012 10:52AM

  Oh Leah, we get what your saying, .... sometimes things happen to keep us awake with our mind turning, or rather do cleaning toilets, than exercise.... our beds are wooing us to remain there

( reminds me of when I was a kid/ and they had these cloth harness things/ so one could allow a baby to be safe on an adult bed ).Anyhow, it does most certainly to be holding me to the mattress ....

So what, you will have weight to loose and all the issues you mentioned.

You make yourself so it. So, often you are ahead of the game.... because how many times do we merely think about doing the proper thing, and dream of a change, it either gets filed in our thoughts or list, or never gets that far.

Kinda like the classic movie, Back to the Future, when he looks at a photo, and it begins disappearing, because he has to be there for such and such to occur.

Ya, one can explain, how it happened.... Baby steps, but now it's a WONDERFUL habit.... an automatic response.

And look at the dozens of beniefits......I know you are being challenged because of your personal life. We don't even want to think, how it would go without this outlet.

So, event though some things are a major pain for you right now; you are blessed, because not everyone grows and gets better. They get bitter instead.

So, I hope in some small way, we can give back to you, for the way you have done for us. emoticon emoticon

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DNRAE1 12/11/2012 10:32AM

    Yup, sometimes it's just plain "almost impossible" to get up off the tush and get it going! Thank you for a great blog. Wouldn't it be wonderful if it was easy, but being healthy and fit means WORK, whether you like it or not! Try and make it Fun Work....(that last bit is for me) lol I am really adverse to hard work, so I have to make it Lots of fun!!!! emoticon
Great blog!

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SHOAPIE 12/11/2012 10:29AM

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GOOSIEMOON 12/11/2012 9:41AM

    Thanks so much for sharing your experiences honestly. I too, have built fitness and a regular exercise schedule in the past two years. I am still overweight and still here on SP maintaining a 60+ lb. loss and I agree with you 100%. It's still not easy - pixie dust and butterflies every day. Sometimes, I just don't WANT to lift weights, or walk, or do HIIT. But I have reframed my thinking to be "I get to make this choice every day to do something good for me. To maintain the muscles that I worked hard to get and that work hard burning calories for me every hour."

You said it better than I ever could. Thanks for that.

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TERRIJ7 12/11/2012 9:37AM

    What?...Wait--you're NOT a superhero? You might not have the leotard, Leah, but you do give us all something to look up to. I love the down-to-earth, sometimes gut-wrenching honesty of your blogs. You are a woman, a mother, a wife (for now) who has many of the same issues and problems as everyone else and you have made significant improvements in your life and health simply by making the decision to do so--and sticking to your plan. You might not have super powers, but I think you deserve the leotard--in Spark colors, with a big S on the front!



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DJSHIP46 12/11/2012 9:18AM

    You may still be a work in progress, but you are definitely one of my sheros!!!

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NEWMOM20121 12/11/2012 8:56AM

    Great blog


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WALLINMW 12/11/2012 8:36AM

  Fantastic blog!

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FARIS71 12/11/2012 8:20AM

    Gosh that is good. It's the little decisions to do it anyway every day that make the difference.

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MIMIDOT 12/11/2012 8:03AM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing. You are sooo right! Just do it!

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