My aha moment came rather recently. It was odd that it took me so long to have it, considering how active I have been for most of my life, but better late than never, right?
I have always been a bit hit or miss when it came to my health and fitness – one month I would be in the gym every day and eating clean, the next month I would be doing just my regular active hobbies and eating pizza and drinking wine. I live for hiking, snowboarding, golfing, biking… really anything that allows me to be outside and active at the same time. Even though I spend a ton of time doing these things and consider them part of my regular lifestyle, I could never push myself to the next level or clean my diet up.
There has always been a little tickle in the back of my mind that I want to run a marathon. I don’t particularly love running, I’m not particularly fast or gifted at it, and I don’t have many friends who enjoy running. I just have this urge to push my limits and do something that not everyone is willing to do. The problem was, I was waiting for someone to give me permission or to push my tush out the door. I needed someone to say they’re here to support me, or someone to volunteer to run it with me, or some other affirmation that I should put my effort into it.
One day, about seven moths ago, after I had quit my job and was just beginning my days as a stay-at-home-wife, I had cleaned the house, finished all of the errands, made pasta from scratch, and was sitting on my couch waiting for my husband to come home. I thought to myself, “Is this going to be my life? Cooking and cleaning and waiting for my husband to come home?” Just then I realized that I had received this incredible gift from my husband – the time and freedom to do the things that I had always dreamed of doing, while also being able to take care of us. And now I was going to sit around and wait for someone to tell me what to do with my time?
The next day I started a running program to train for a 10k. I finished that and started the program to train for a half marathon. I completed that and am now training for a full marathon. I realized that I’m the only person who can do what I need to do for myself. Training for a marathon has snowballed into so much more. I rarely waste my time watching TV anymore. I eat to fuel my running (which ultimately means I eat much better). My energy levels are so much higher, I’m more productive, my body composition is better, and I now know that I am capable of anything I decide to do. Making that one small choice has changed my outlook.
For anyone who is waiting for extra time, or more money, or a partner, or whatever else you’re waiting for, just STOP. You have the power and resources within yourself to forge ahead. If there is something you imagine doing nagging at you, whether it’s a 5k race or an ultramarathon, just start.