I don’t mean to brag, but in the last 10 months I have:
- Lost 36 pounds
- Taken yoga classes regularly
- Gone to Bar Method a handful of times
- Started walking-jogging AND run in a 5K
- And today, went to my first CrossFit class
I. Am. Awesome. (Please don’t stop reading here.)
Did that intro piss you off? Did I annoy you? Do I sound like some self-obsessed 20-something?
As women in our 40s/50s, why can’t we brag about our success? Why can’t we be happy and celebrate the successes of ourselves and others?
Is it just me or are many of us always looking at what we didn’t do? What we haven’t accomplished? What others have done that is so far from where we are?
Here’s the actual narrative in my head that I’m trying to change:
- Lost 36 pounds…but I just can’t lose the last 10 pounds. I guess I’ll be overweight forever.
- Taken yoga classes regularly…but only once a week, not often enough to really learn and get skilled
- Bar Method / CrossFit… but only once a week, not often enough to really get strong and fit
- Started walking-jogging AND run in a 5K… but I run a slow 11-12 minute mile and can’t motivate to run more than once a week or longer than 3 miles
I need to stop before the “but.” No “buts.” I did all those things; I don’t need to qualify that they’re not enough.
If you asked me a year ago whether I would do any of the things on the list, let alone all of them, I would have said – highly unlikely.
Yet here I am. I am in this for the long haul (I hope).
Each new thing I tackle gets easier. The best outcome of all — I have less fear and reservations about trying something new.
It’s so cliché, but the first step is truly the hardest. It just turns out that there are many first steps.
Unrelated to weight loss and exercise/fitness, lessons I’ve learned from these experiences are:
- Doing something new won’t kill you, it won’t even hurt you (much)
- Your fear and embarrassment is not evident to everyone else, only you
- Strength begets strength – both inner strength and outer
- Focus on the step in front of you and the steps down the road get easier, really
So, I’ll end with – I am awesome. So are you. Baby steps turn into big steps and months/years from now, we’re up and running.