Last week I participated in the Fit Approach and Skirt Sports #REALwomenmove Challenge. The intent behind the #REALwomenmove Challenge was to show women that being fit is something everyone can do regardless of size, shape or activity level.
I'm still in the process of recapping what each of the challenge questions meant to me.
Day 4 asked the question-- who do you move for?
My first response to this question is slightly selfish. I move, first and foremost, for me.
You might be thinking, "This is a challenge with the purpose of inspiring others, and here she is saying she moves for herself? That's weird."
It may seem that way at first, but for those of you know know me well or have known me for a very long time, you know that I struggle with anxiety. I won't go into all the details of my battle with anxiety in this post. What I do what to cover is how much physical activity, specifically in the form of running, has helped me. So many people want a quick fix for their aliments. There's a pill for everything, right? Been there. Done that. And I personally don't want to live in a haze or be reliant on a drug in order to function every day.
I choose running instead. Running calms me in a way that is unexplainable unless you experience it. Running reminds me that my body is strong. That I am healthy despite what my mind tells me sometimes. Out of necessity, long distance running has taught me how to fuel my body with the right stuff. To eat natural whole foods. That I don't need to be reliant on sugar and caffeine, and that quite frankly, I function significantly better without both. Running has taught me that there are no boundaries to what I am capable of. That my fears, while they seem real at the time, are pretty irrational. Running has taught me that I can't control everything and that sometimes letting go is the best thing I can do.
So yes, it's ok for me-- and anyone else for that matter, to choose themselves first. If you don't take care of yourself, then how could you possibly help those around you?
I also move to inspire others. I have been amazed how many people have told me over the past few years that I have inspired them in some way with my running. How cool is that? :) I am just a normal person, living a relatively normal life-- but my actions are impacting others for the better. There's really no better feeling than helping someone else.
If you are someone who has said those words to me-- I want you to know that it's you I think about when it gets hard and I want to quit.
There is always someone watching. And with how wide our reach is now with social media, you really never know whose life you might touch.
The picture at the top of this post is my parents. My mom did her first 5K last fall! And her and my dad walk pretty regularly now. It's so neat to see the impact I have had on them as they strive for a healthier lifestyle. Hopefully we can all do a race together soon!
So tell me-- who do you move for? Who is your biggest cheerleader, you inspiration, you rock? Feel free to leave a comment below :)