Health and Motivation

On Monday, I ran into a colleague at boxing. I didn’t know her terribly well, but it was exciting to have someone I know at the workout with me. We took a photo afterwards (I still need to get this from her), which is the only photo I have of me in my awesome boxing gloves.

Today, I ran into her at work and we started talking about health and exercise and boxing. Coming into this conversation, I was feeling a little unmotivated. I definitely didn’t pay any attention to what I was eating on my birthday (had three different kinds of cake and also flan that day. Probably that’s 1500 calories of just cake!)  I didn’t care what I was eating the next day either- it was my birthday party. Whenever I take a day (or two) “off” like that, it’s always hard to get started again, and this time wasn’t any different. I gained a half a pound over the weekend that I haven’t lost yet. August is almost over too, and I had hoped to make slightly more progress.

Talking to my colleague, though, was inspiring! She shared how hard the boxing workout had been for her and her own experiences with health, exercise, and weight. She had a similar story- a scary number on the scale prompted her to start being healthier. The similarities end there though, because now she runs marathons! That is especially impressive to me, because I hate running. Partly it’s hard and it’s boring- but partly I bet it’s an artifact of my younger days in gym class when I was super chubby and out of shape. I told my colleague how impressive I found it, which she sort of shrugged off saying she also hated running and it took about a year and a half before she found it fun.

This didn’t necessarily make me want to start running, but it does make me inspired to keep going with my health goals! Keep boxing, maybe even work out on the side, and keep eating healthy.

I am going to continue my 1500 calories a day (+500 on boxing days) for at least the next month as well. It’s not necessarily the best diet plan, but it’s one that works for me. I love being healthy- the feeling I have after my boxing workout is incredible. The feeling I have when I see the scale after a successful week of eating is incredible. Knowing that I am fit and active is a feeling that I haven’t experienced that much in my life and I’m really enjoying it. I want to be healthy so that I can feel good about myself and my body.

Find your own motivation to do whatever it is you want to do. It’s not always easy, but it is always worth it!

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