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LILSPARKIE85 SparkPoints: (40,614)
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6/29/13 10:07 A

I don't yet think of myself as fit, but I know I am fitter. I started realizing this just this week when my regular workouts started getting a little easier. I felt so proud!

ROSEWCI SparkPoints: (110,311)
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6/29/13 5:15 A

I don't really remember when I started thinking of myself as being fit. But I do remember being 230 lbs & only being able to walk for 5 minutes outdoors when I first began a fitness program. So, I've come along way since then! Now I'm walking/running for 90 minutes, I've done several 5K's, I bike, kayak, spin...I've done pilates, zumba, drums alive, step aerobics, & kettlebells. So, I consider myself fit even though I'm still overweight! I'm getting there...!!!

ROXIGIRL SparkPoints: (90,104)
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6/29/13 3:01 A

Being fit is a great feeling however it is very easy to loose your fitness. Couple of years ago due to snow and Xmas holidays we had to cancel our running sessions for about two weeks. It took me sometime to recover after this break. Usually when i run - it feels easy, first few runs were hard.

The only advice i can give is try not to compare yourself to anyone else. Set you own goals and take it slow. As long you are doing something - you will be improving your fitness.

REBCCA SparkPoints: (416,118)
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6/28/13 8:47 P

When I could climb the steep hills on 21 mile bike ride and go dancing the same night.

QUIXOTIA SparkPoints: (775)
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6/28/13 5:25 P

It's so difficult sometimes. I think that self-perception is one of my biggest hurdles. Kudos to those of you who have slain that dragon!

TIG123GER SparkPoints: (77,547)
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6/26/13 1:04 P

Haven't yet.

NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
6/26/13 9:37 A

I thought of myself as fit before I actually was fit. Basically within a week of joining the gym. This led me to embarrass myself a lot emoticon and may even have contributed to an injury or two but overall it was for the best -- it gave me the courage to try things I wouldn't have tried otherwise. I did get cut down to size a lot. I still do. Just yesterday I was at the city track (first time) and there were some pull up bars and a bunch of super fit guys doing stuff on them and I was all "that's my thing, I'm going to do some too" and I went over, jumped up, and ... couldn't reach the bars because they were too high. emoticon Of course then my adrenaline / embarrassment hormone kicked in and I jumped higher than I've ever jumped before and managed to do my thing and felt GREAT afterwards but the point is I never would have tried if I didn't think of myself as fit. Even though I don't LOOK like I'm fit. I'm a fit person in a not-so-fit person's body maybe.

Edited by: NAUSIKAA at: 6/26/2013 (09:38)
THENEWROSE Posts: 1,410
6/25/13 10:17 A

Still working on that one. :)

6/25/13 8:27 A

when i could walk10K steps a day without a sweat

COFFEEQUEEEN SparkPoints: (17,057)
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6/25/13 3:57 A

I had to leave behind the "fit or not fit" attitude and realize there's all different levels of fitness for everyone. We all have our strengths and weaknesses. Even those in the best of shape have off days. Your only competition should be yourself. I just try to be a little better, harder, tougher than last week. Sometimes I disappoint myself, but sometimes a surprise myself and that's when I feel like an athlete.

That and I listen to whatever music gets me pumped. emoticon


Edited by: COFFEEQUEEEN at: 6/25/2013 (03:59)
QUIXOTIA SparkPoints: (775)
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6/24/13 9:49 P

Part of my struggle to integrate regular exercise into my life is not thinking of myself as "the kind of person who can do x, y, or z thing," and so avoiding many activities as a result of that mind game I'm playing with myself. For example, I'm going on a challenging long hike with friends this weekend but keep almost canceling because I feel scared that I can't do it (even though every other time I've done a similar trip I've been ok). In the last five years or so (since I started working desk jobs basically) I've become so inactive and have really started to think about myself as a person who "can't" get fit. I feel like I have so far to go (about 30 pounds to lose to get to a healthy body weight, but the scale just keeps creeping upwards). I think a huge part of the problem is that I can't envision myself being fit, because it's been so long since I have been, and so I end up doing things that a not-fit person would do all the time (vegging out in front of the computer for hours on end, for weeks on end), and it has resulted in me becoming that person.

So I'm wondering, those of you who have overcome those mental obstacles, do you have any tips to share about how you did it, or when the revelation happened for you that you ARE the kind of person who is fit and active and healthy?

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