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Am I doing this thing backwards?

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

This morning I came upon a Spark Poll question that I've seen before: Would you exercise if you didn't have to?


I lost weight so I could run -- not the other way around. I WANT to be fit and active. I WANT to run.

If I could be a skinny slug, would that make me happy?

Running has been my goal -- not the means to get to a goal.

When I was overweight, my greatest sorrow was that I couldn't be active without discomfort. Yeah, I wasn't happy with the way I looked, but how I felt was far more important to me.

I wouldn't think of announcing that my BMI is 22. However, I'm happy to tell anyone that I can and do run a 5k before work most days.

Have I got this whole thing backwards?
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    Kept thinking about this while I was in the gym...
    How did you KNOW you wanted to run? I mean in order for it to motivate you to lose weight you had to know it was worth it, I think? Did you run before you got overweight? I only had a healthy weight for very short periods of my life so I don't have that kind of memory to motivate me... I think. Though my memories of dancing do form part of my motivation to try to lose weight and thus help heal my sore feet.
    1391 days ago
    I don't think you've got it backwards but I think everyone is different and the reasons to lose weight or to exercise can differ per individual.

    Some people want to lose weight to look better. Others want to restore their health. Others want to be able to run a marathon.
    Of course it seems that many want to lose weight without making the effort that is required, such as exercise and really change what and how they eat.
    Personally I would be VERY happy if I had a healthy BMI and I might like to announce it once I get there! :) I'd be happy though because it would mean that what I did, worked. And that I CAN maybe (hopefully) dance again and do things I now cannot do.

    My guess is that if one's motive to lose weight is to be able to run / exercise, that is a a very good motivation to keep going. It may offer a stronger reason than 'just' to look better.

    1391 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/31/2014 3:48:20 AM
    Nah, I would not run if I didn´t have to, for the moment I can´t do it but hope for it in the future. What I want to do with better fitness is to be able to dance and maybe do skip-rope...(is that the right workd?) I have always found running really boring....
    1716 days ago
    WE have it right!
    To move is to be fully alive.
    I get sooooooooo cranky if I can't move it, move it!
    1876 days ago
    Agree with John!

    You have got it right! One of the reasons you are a "Spark-inspiration"

    (Sparks-piration sounds like really bad BO!))

    1890 days ago
  • FLOB13
    I feel good after I workout, when I don't I feel blah! and it stays with me all day.
    WTG on the running emoticon
    1894 days ago
  • MISSLISA1973
    Being active is also one of my motivations. It is depressing to me to be lie around and be sluggish all day. I want to get up and play!
    1894 days ago
    I have to admit I wouldn't exercise if I didn't have to. I tried jogging and my back has been hurting for a couple weeks now - I hate it. I wish I was like you and enjoyed running. I'm SO IMPRESSED with how much you run and how low your BMI is. Keep it up. You are doing AWESOME !
    1896 days ago
    You are right where God wants you to be Aurlie!
    1896 days ago
    you're doing it right.
    1897 days ago
    I exercise because it feels so good to me.. It's good for my muscles and my body to keep me going and my blood flowing to my brain to keep me living a healthy life.

    It is a emoticon thing to emoticon EXERCISE for sure... emoticon .

    Be Encouraged. emoticon
    1898 days ago
  • KITT52
    you have found like most of us exercises makes us feel better, it gives us a better life...if that is backward so be it.....do what makes you feel good...

    Have a feel good healthy dayy
    1898 days ago
    I think you have it right. I exercise, because I enjoy it and how I feel afterward.
    1898 days ago
    That got me thinking. If I really didn't have to exercise, would I?
    If you had asked me that a year ago I would've said "Not even no, but h$!! n0"!
    If you would ask me today I would say "Absolutely".
    I have come to really look forward to my time spent exercising. It makes my body feel good. And I wouldn't change that now, even if I could.
    How cool is that???
    emoticon emoticon emoticon

    1898 days ago
    Hmm, I would probably not exercise if I did not have to... but the reason I am exercising is that I want to be able too.... meaning that I want to be able to move, and dance and jump and do stuff with my body that has to be maintained so I have to do exercie to be able to exercise. The poll should maybe be "do you want to live without consequences to your actions..?"
    1898 days ago
    I didn't exercise much at first, and I'm still not a runner, but I do things I don't have too. Heck, I don't have to do any of this.
    1898 days ago
    You do not have it backwards. You are doing awesome. emoticon
    1899 days ago
    Apparently someone thinks you have it backwards. I'm not one of those folks, tho.
    1899 days ago
    If you've got it backwards...then so do the rest of us!!
    1899 days ago
    I LOVE it!! I'm with you, as you know. I now maintain my 60 pound weight loss because I can move, run, walk, bend, turn, twist, squat, hike, swim, bike, dance, play with my granddaughter on the floor, clean my house, clean my pool, weed my garden, and live, live, LIVE! That's what you are doing, Aurlie! Hurray for you, hurray for your thoughts, and hurray for fitness and health.
    (I secretly love it when I over hear my husband telling someone that I just ran a certain distance. He's not saying "I have a thin wife", he's saying "I have a fit and active wife".
    I'm so proud of you for achieving your running goals!!!!!
    1899 days ago
    Tonight I am tired so skinny slug sounds good. emoticon But I agree I thank the Lord everyday that I can move and be active. I pray that when I am old I will be able to move and have the flexibility for a good life. WTG on your running.
    1899 days ago
    You definitely have it right. A primary motivator for me to shed pounds is to improve my time. How wonderful that you do 5k before work. emoticon emoticon
    1899 days ago
    Well, I think you are in a small minority! I think most people would be happy to continue their sedentary ways; I'm Sparkfriends with folks who balk at being SORE after a workout! I mean...really? Being sore is practically a way of life for me now, and I only WISH I was kidding.

    I am working up to running a 5K with a Women's group, and having the time of my life. I can't wait until I can run 3 miles every day, just like YOU!

    I also have to "edit" to congratulate you on your BMI. That is an awesome accomplishment and you should be proud!
    1899 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/9/2013 6:23:17 PM
    like you, i need to lose weight so i can move. i don't want to run for fun, i just want to be able to walk aroung my house. some of the poll questions are just to make you think.
    1899 days ago
    No you haven't got it backwards. you did it right. After many years Spark is running out of poll questions to ask so they came up with a lame one this time.

    As usual my dear you hit the nail right on the head.

    Much Love

    1899 days ago
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