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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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WILSON1926 12/11/2012 8:02AM

    Thanks for a great blog.....You have come a long way and you are a hero to many, I'm sure, just by your drive and persistance.

I'm so proud of you
Have a great day
Michael

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SCHNEBL 12/11/2012 7:58AM

    Fabulous! Just what I needed to hear this morning!

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KATHIC2 12/11/2012 7:35AM

  Very inspiring! You got it going on!

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JANEMARIE77 12/11/2012 7:16AM

    one step at a time each in our own way

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CHRISTINASP 12/11/2012 6:48AM

    Of course you are a superhero.

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SANDYCRANE 12/11/2012 6:48AM

    You are right, a lot of this training isn't fun. What one needs to do to lose weight and get in shape is not a lot of fun, that is why everyone wants an easy and quick fix. I love reading your blogs, they help me with my reality checks. Keep up the good work with your training.


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BESSHAILE 12/11/2012 6:35AM

    yeah - welcome to life. It's lived by putting one foot in front of the other.

You'll still always be the future Jillian Michaels to me.

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SUSANK16 12/11/2012 6:00AM

  nicely written

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TRYINGHARD54 12/11/2012 5:42AM

    great blog...

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DIXIECAP79 12/11/2012 5:15AM

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LRSILVER 12/11/2012 4:38AM

    Thank you for sharing your success. You are so inspiring. Great blog!:)
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NCSUE0514 12/11/2012 4:22AM

    You rock!

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AMANDACOETZER 12/11/2012 3:56AM

    I needed that today!

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RUNNERRACHEL 12/11/2012 3:31AM

    You're right! I feel the same at the beginning of the run. For people who tell me they don't like running my response is "you haven't done it long enough, keep doing it until you love it"

For me, running was something I challenged myself to do. Love came much later. At first it was just consistency. And there are times I find excuses but its not giving into them that makes a difference

Thanks for keeping it real

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DALID414 12/11/2012 1:25AM

    Thanks for the push

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JUNEAU2010 12/10/2012 11:17PM

    I love this reminder! I need it. Now I just need to ACT on it!

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COCK-ROBIN 12/10/2012 9:27PM

    You are great, and are a hero.

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SLIMLEAF 12/10/2012 6:58PM

    congratulations on making it to the pool this morning.

I failed to do so. I find it so hard to kick myself out of the house at themoment.

However, I took a longer lunchbreak (we have flexitime and I've got hours in credit) and walked to the leisure centre and swam for half an hour, then walked the mile back to work again.

Other days, I've simply failed to stick to my schedule, but like you say, at least I've GOT a schedule. I'm working at sticking to it more.

Best wishes.

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CINDHOLM 12/10/2012 5:23PM

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LINDAK25 12/10/2012 5:20PM

    So true. When you decide you're in control and you know the desired result, then it's up to you to make the choice. Simple. Not easy, just simple.
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LUNADRAGON 12/10/2012 4:44PM

    Thank you, I needed to read this right now. Deborah

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NITELITE72 12/10/2012 4:15PM

    Thank you for posting this! Today you helped me realize that I am capable of doing anything...I just need to DO IT!!!

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REGILIEH 12/10/2012 3:45PM

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MOM-MOM8 12/10/2012 3:05PM

    emoticon honesty and reminder for all of us. emoticon emoticon

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ROSES4ME1 12/10/2012 2:45PM

    Another great message. Love the part about not wanting to run unil you are at least 2 miles in. Same for me. I question my sanity every time I run and my mind doesn't stop the negative chatter for the first couple of miles. Since I can still only run about 5 miles, this is more than half my run but the last part is worth it!

You are so motivational because you are SO REAL. Thanks.

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LYNSEY723 12/10/2012 2:41PM

    I am having such a hard time this month - I wish I could wake up to you saying these words to me!! You are doing so great - you are a superhero to me!

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/10/2012 2:24PM

    Terrific blog. Thanks!

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NILLAPEPSI 12/10/2012 2:19PM

    Thank you for always being honest with us. Thank you for the good, the bad & the ugly. Thank you for inspiring us. emoticon

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CM_GARDNER78 12/10/2012 1:59PM

    Awesome!! Total truth. It reflects something I was pondering myself the other day...that's why setting a hard-core goal for yourself is so good! Then you have that to lean on as well on those days you just don't feel like it! :-/

(((HUGS)))

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FITFOODIE806 12/10/2012 1:38PM

    Yes! Such an amazing blog. I was told once to schedule workouts like you schedule anything else in your life. You don't give up on work meetings. You don't flake on a drink with a friend, etc. Workouts are priority too!
(And I also hate the entire first mile. And sometimes the last too. ha!)

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WANNABFIT34 12/10/2012 1:28PM

    Very good point, I find myself in this category with people at work etc they are always looking at "what is your secret?" my secret is I have to work hard, I have to plan, I have good days and bad days. Yes I have lost 80lbs but it is not magic. Like you I didn't start out to be a triathlete but I have successfully done 3 triathlons and even placed 2nd in Athena category in 2 of them. I love reading your blogs you remind me of the fire that got me to where I am now. You will be great at anything you set your mind to. Keep it up and superhero or not keep blogging because you inspire people to take that first step.

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PHOENIX1949 12/10/2012 1:21PM

    emoticon I was waffling on my exercise with excuse of extra pain due to weather system that moved through. Now, going to put on some good music and exercise!

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ASHPATCH11 12/10/2012 1:07PM

    Great blog you are doing amazing! You metioned you do most of your worksouts when the kids are sleeping I am the same way but I am finding I am cutting more and more sleep out...how many hours do you sleep on average a night?


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NKOUAMI26 12/10/2012 12:50PM

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KJELLYBEAN15 12/10/2012 12:45PM

    Thank you for the amazing post. I too started running for mere seconds. Still barely beyond that but I am still a work in progress and the more I attempt it - the further I get.

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KEIPONY 12/10/2012 12:41PM

    Well said! You've done great and are an inspiration!

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LIZALOT 12/10/2012 12:31PM

    I agree with others - you are a superhero, for me at least!! I need your motivation. I also need to plan.


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HALEYSPRINGER 12/10/2012 11:54AM

    Just wow! I wish I could accomplish all of what you have! You must be so proud of yourself!

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LINDAKAY228 12/10/2012 11:43AM

    Being a superhero doesn't mean things come easy, but that the superhero plans and works to overcome the mental and physical blocks. So that still makes you a superhero!

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OLIVIANIGHT 12/10/2012 11:38AM

    Well you're a superhero to me, so there : p

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LISA_SUMNER08 12/10/2012 11:33AM

    Wow! Thanks for sharing! I always thought once you got to the point where you are doing it on a regular basis it would be more motivating bc you want to. I didn't realize you still have to fight with yourself to get started. That's cool though! I can do this!

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ASTRA58 12/10/2012 11:31AM

    You may not be a superhero, but you are inspiring me to just get out and do it. I also hate it, usually until I'm done swimming or lifting weights or doing a cardio class. But after I'm done, I love it.

Keep up the great work!

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GOTTAPLAN4U 12/10/2012 11:30AM

  Why is it that exercise often presents that push-back but eating unhealthy comes so easily? Something is wrong in the universe:)

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ISABELLE31 12/10/2012 11:23AM

    Whether or not you see yourself as a superhero, you ARE very inspiring and motivating. As I always say on your blogs, I love your honesty. You don't proclaim to be perfect, or to have all the answers, or to just LOVE to exercise. The fact that you're so willing to put your thoughts, feelings and experiences out there for us to read, and to let us know how you handle it all in hopes of overcoming---that's inspiring. So, sure, maybe not a superhero, but you ARE pretty darn awesome, and don't you forget it!

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GOING-STRONG 12/10/2012 11:20AM

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SCRAPPINPOLLY 12/10/2012 11:17AM

    Loved this post today! You said what I was thinking!

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HFAYE81 12/10/2012 11:16AM

    That's why we love you!!! You ARE a superhero...in terms of being so inspirational. You're just a regular woman who strives for greatness...you show us that it's possible for us too. emoticon emoticon

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