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Monday, December 3, 2007

The day after the Marathon

My sister-in-law Megan posted this and then talked of her marathon experience. I love the idea that people can push themselves beyond what they find they are capable.

The fact of the matter is a work out is just that - work. No one in their right mind sweats and smiles at the same time. When someone tells me they don't work out because they hate to exercise I think, "What's your point? What does hating it have to do with doing it? Do you think hating gives you special permission to get out of jail free? NO!!

As a mother we would never use that excuse "I am sorry baby, I hate changing diapers", or "I am sorry family I hate to feed you". We do things we don't like every day and we do them for the pay off that comes later, i.e. lack of diaper rash and a call from CPS, or having malnourished children.

Add exercise to your must do list and not just a stroll. Sweat, breathe hard, make yourself uncomfortable. The reality check is that I hate to exercise too, but I love being able to not pull a shirt out of the rolls on my back.

I quote the Young Women's General Presidency once again..."We can do hard things" So ladies if you will excuse me, I have a work-out to get to, anyone care to join me?

9 comments:

Rebecca said...

I would join you, but I am sick. I'll enjoy your workout by proxy! Hopefully in a few days I'll be back there again. I only went once last week, it was THAT time and I was feeling extra yucky, realized I was coming down with the nastiness that's been around.

And yes, if you're smiling it's not working! :D

Tara said...

It's always hard to pull myself out of bed and there are mornings it feels like I won't make it to the end of our running route, but I'm ALWAYS glad I did it!

Lucy said...

I loved the video. It's been awhile since I've been that sore. Good reminder about work being work.

Katrine said...

Kristen told me to visit your blog. This is just what I need! I find myself needing to lose 30 pounds. Weight has never been an issue for me. So, I am at a lost where to start. I will be looking to you for inspiration!

Michal said...

thanks once again for taking away another excuse to stay home from the gym. i have been reaching my goals lately of actually getting out to exercise 5 days a week, in large part because i am using your tips to talk myself into it each morning! thank you thank you.

Camille McInelly said...

I am always so inspired when I read your blog. You have amazing insights and I just love them. Thanks for sharing.

mindyluwho said...

It's been hit and miss for me at the gym lately, and when I do go, I do the minimum just maybe breaking a small sweat...alright, already, you've made a good point, tomorrow I sweat!

Trixie said...

Too bad about your computer crash. Hope you are up and running (literally and figuratively) soon. Then you'll be able to read this message :)

marlajayne said...

I love this video and can so identify with it! After my first marathon that I sort of jogged and walked for the Leukemia Society (Team-in-Training), I was mostly tired. However, the next morning it was a different story. I could hardly believe how stiff and slow I was. However, since about 40 people had gone as a group from Myrtle Beach, SC to Anchorage, we had great fun comparing "war stories" on the way home. A marathon is so grueling on a person's body,and for the last several years, I've been satisfied with doing half-marathons only. It's still somewhat of a feat, and yet I have plenty of energy for other activities.

By the way, I just have to add this last little comment. When we were training for the Anchorage marathon, one of our motivational speakers told us that although we'd be tired and sore the next day, we'd be as good as new after a warm bath and a good night's sleep or two. However, she reminded us, the people we were jogging and running for (the leukemia patients) wouldn't be so lucky in just a couple of days like we would. I often think of that when I'm feeling too lazy or tied to lace up my shoes and head out the door.