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Purpose driven fitness

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

On February 18th I will (should) be giving a presentation. It is my opportunity to tell my story and share those things that really made a difference in my journey. I'm really thankful for the opportunity as well as I am also a little blown away as to how quickly things came together after a period of going back and forth and one hang up after another. The presentation is an opportunity for the folks at the gym to meet me and be introduced to the couch to 5k program.

The presentation consists of four concepts that I believe made the difference in my life and empowered me to continue on instead of gaining it all back like the number of "false starts. In my life previously.

Those concepts are:
1) Purpose driven fitness
2) Building your emotional economy
3) Having a right relationship with the scale
4) Recovery from set backs

The first of this four part series is Purpose driven fitness.

When I first started going to a gym, like so many others, I went to fix a problem. I went because there was/is something wrong with me. I didn't like how I felt, I didn't like how much I weighed, and I certainly didn't like how I looked. The whole basis for me going was negative. Exercise was a necessary evil in the process of trying to fix me. It was the necessary "medicine", if you will, that I needed to take to get better. It has its uses and once I'm better, it's no longer a part of my daily life. After all, I only take a laxative to fix a problem, not because I like it and intend on making it part of my daily life ... Icky :(

That all changed the day my trainer challenged me to train for a 5k. I was hesitant and remained non-committal and I was on the fence about it to the frustration of my trainer. In the process of my run/walking, I got up to around 4.5 miles within a few weeks of the event. I told my trainer what I was doing "on the side". She was mildly surprised since I never really gave her a straight answer on whether or not I was going to do the race and she proceeded to ask me again and this time made the million dollar suggestion.... Why not do the 10k instead?

I had a choice to make.

I could

A) not do it all because I hate competition.
B) stay "safe" and do the 5k since I knew I could do the distance.
C) really venture out of my comfort zone, take a risk, and do the 10k

Somewhere in my timid soul something rose up to take on the challenge of the unknown and I elected to do the 10k. That's a tall order for a 330 lb guy. Race morning I was just as nervous as I was marathon morning or the morning of my 70.3. Courage is courage no matter the distance. When I crossed the line and got my finishers ribbon, something happened to me. The game changed.

I found purpose driven fitness. Running is only one of the doors that leads to this magic place. You know you've found it when what you do let's you discover all that's RIGHT with you rather than being something you do to fix what's wrong with you. That day I discovered that Robert has inner strength. Everytime I binged, stepped on the scale, or felt my belly bulge over the top of my pants, I was reminded of my weakness.

Not this time.

I walked away from that race feeling strong, capable, epic. I had done something I've never done before and I loved how that made me feel. It completely changed my exercise paradigm. I had discovered purpose driven fitness. I found an activity that made me dig deep and enabled me to see how capable I was and brought a sense of accomplishment. Everytime I sat down to eat or I went to workout, it was with the idea of I'm working toward experiencing that again. It was no longer working out because Robert is fat or any number of hateful things I could conjure up about myself. Rather, it was all about doing what I needed to do to experience that sense of personal victory all over again.

My point is that having a sense of purpose driven fitness kept me anchored whereas the other times it was fairly easy to drop my fitness routine. I found that niche that gave me a sense of personal empowerment. Find your niche in fitness and it will anchor you. Maybe the camaraderie of a group fitness class will bring a sense of community, maybe it's the peace and solitude of a trail run or hike. Perhaps it can be found in a group ride or testing your limits in the weight room. Whatever it is for you, a sense of empowerment in purpose driven fitness will give you staying power because it isn't just something to do to fix what's wrong with you but it's that special activity that reminds you of all that is RIGHT about you.

Find that activity that brings out your best and you will have one of the keys to long term success.

Follow after what makes you feel strong, you never know where your passion will take you.

I never thought 4 years ago that a local 10k would have been the spring board to such a great adventure for me leading up to becoming a running coach and starting a couch to 5k class.

My goal? To help another person just like me find their purpose driven fitness and start a fitness adventure of their own.


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MSDONNAK 4/15/2014 7:18PM

    I'v been reading a few articles about self esteem. One particular article I read mentioned having a mindset of exercising because you love your body and what it can do not because you hate your body. I have been guilty of the wrong mindset & practicing self-hate & self - sabotage. But that article & this particular blog topic are helping me tremendously. The advice & guidance given here are just what I prayed for - emoticon purpose driven fitness! I'm gonna emoticon around my own front door..!

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MAY_MAY007 2/4/2014 10:28AM

    Thank YOu so much!!!! I needed to read this! I'm just recovering from pneumonia and it has been so hard getting back to my work out plan! Couch to 5K is on my agenda for today!

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KOMTRIA 1/31/2014 6:22AM

  This is exactly what I needed to read. I have been struggling getting back to exercising and haven't been motivated by all the intellectual reasons, it's good for me, it will make me stronger, more flexible, help with loosing the weight. Now I am going to shift to find my purpose driven exercise. Thanks,

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RUNNER4LIFE08 1/29/2014 8:57AM

    Very emoticon Robert! Thank you for posting!

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DLDMIL 1/27/2014 5:02PM

    Congratulations. What a great story, thanks for sharing.

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PACKERMANN 1/27/2014 12:31PM

    wow...never thought of it that way.
thanks for the inspiration!

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JIBBIE49 1/27/2014 10:30AM

    emoticon great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail.

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CELIAMINER 1/27/2014 8:15AM

    Robert, you are such an inspiration! Onekidsmom pointed me to your blog series; I subscribed so I won't miss any. One of the best parts of your journey is that you share the downs as well as the ups, and we can see that you're human like the rest of us, not just a rah-rah cheerleader or one of those lucky few who can drop the pounds and get fit easily.

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LIVELYGIRL2 1/26/2014 10:38PM

  Robert, I have several friends that big health problems and haven't started yet. Can I share this with them?

One doesn't have computer access, and the other isn't proactive yet.

It's so sad that their doctors have given up on them. They are younger than I by about 8 years.

They both have diabetes.

One is willing for me to call her and give her an incentive ( bead ), that goes on a bracelet, every two weeks, when she gets out of the hospital. Both of their health keeps sliding, and are prematurely aging. Some of it can be improved, other things not.

I can't tell you how much you have inspired so many of us. I look forward to reading any material or things you share. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 1/26/2014 9:02PM

  YOU are such an inspiration to all of us!!!!! I emoticon your story and have NO DOUBT that you will change a lot of the lives that you touch. I wish you the emoticon

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JOANNHUNT 1/26/2014 8:35PM

    AWESOME. YOU CAN DO IT. BELIEVE.

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MIMIDOT 1/26/2014 8:07PM

    Great job! Thanks for sharing.

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JSEATTLE 1/26/2014 6:43PM

  How great of you to share your strength and you knowledge with others beyond SparkPeople. Yours is a tremendous story of ups and downs and we can all relate to you in more than one way!

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    emoticon You will bring the house down. Go get them champ.

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TIHAITIEN 1/26/2014 3:58PM

    Congratulations and well done. You keep inspiring us everyday.

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NONNAOF2 1/26/2014 3:43PM

  You have a good strong inner core driving you! Congratulations! :-)

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MWWENSIN 1/26/2014 3:18PM

    Great Blog. Great Motivation. You'll do well.

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WOOFERCOALBOY 1/26/2014 2:40PM

    Bravo!

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DIANNEMT 1/26/2014 2:28PM

    I love the explanation. I had started "dieting" and exercising to fit into a mother of the bride dress. But I started to feel better and look better and then ran a 5K. I'm still not a "runner" but I loved that feeling of power!! So--I keep working out!

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GARDENCHRIS 1/26/2014 1:35PM

    good thoughts...... I have to think about this more ....... good thing huh?

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LCRUMLEY81 1/26/2014 12:59PM

  Great Read

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SUSIEMT 1/26/2014 12:46PM

    Good job! I know when they hear your story and see the change in you who could not be encouraged to try it themselves! Make sure you have a before picture with you.

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CICELY360 1/26/2014 12:25PM

  good blog

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ZUMBAOBSESSED 1/26/2014 12:19PM

    good luck in your presentation. You are so right. You have to find your passion to find success. Every time I talk to friends, family or people here on spark that want to lose weight, I tell them how important it is to find something they enjoy doing.

Not sure if I told you, but I am attempting a couch to 5k myself. I went out a few times and did pretty good. My knees held out. My asthma held out. Both of which I was concerned about. I did, however, have some pain on the outside of my one foot. The pain didn't start until a few hours after I was done. Not sure what's going on there. Maybe you have some insight, Doc. Also, any advice you can give me regarding the program, I'd appreciate it. I tried to download the program on my computer, but it brought in a ton of pop ups and so I deleted the download. I am now just using the program here on spark that is similar. The rookie 5k training program. Hope the weather is not so bitter up there now and that your coffee is staying hot in the morning!

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SHERYLP461 1/26/2014 11:36AM

    Your goal is awesome, I love the concept of paying it forwrd. I know you will be a great influence and inspiration to someone who needs it.

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BOILHAM 1/26/2014 10:53AM

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LINDAKAY228 1/26/2014 10:05AM

    You are doing so awesome! I love how you discovered running, which then led to other things. I know the presentation is going to be awe-inspiring!

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IDICEM 1/26/2014 9:02AM

  Congrats on finding your purpose-driven fitness. Enjoy the adventure!

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JERICHO1991 1/26/2014 8:37AM

    Congratulations on finding a healthy passion. Thanks for sharing.

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