I love myself more than I hate the exercise.
This was said today in a conversation I was having with a young lady named Alexis. She has a very inspiring story that would encourage almost anyone to get off their butt and get moving. You see, Alexis used to weight well over 300 pounds. She’s 28 years old and has struggled with her weight for most of her life. About a year ago, Alexis joined the Y (where I work) so that she could start the journey to losing weight and getting healthy. Everyday, she comes in to train with a personal trainer, take a class, swim, walk the track or just do her own workout. She has made significant progress and even ran (and walked a little) the Hot Chocolate 5K this past November.
She’s a very shy, reserved and meek girl and I always enjoy talking with her. But today was different. Our conversation was bold, and every time I asked her a question, she answered with a confidence I’d never seen. Alexis seems to be truly coming into her own and finding who she is despite her weight. So in the middle of our conversation, she says something so profound…
Alexis: So why do you workout?
Me: I have so many different reasons, but mainly because diabetes, heart disease, cancer…all kinds of stuff runs in my family and I want to beat the odds. I don’t want to be sick and end up dying from something that can be prevented. And I love the way it makes me feel. I always feel great after I workout or run.
Me: Why do YOU workout? What keeps you going?
Alexis: ‘Cause I have nephews and I want to see them grow up.
Me: That’s cool. That’s a great reason to stay healthy. What keeps you going during your workouts? I know sometimes I just want to quit!
Alexis: *pauses for a moment* I keep going ’cause I love myself more than I hate the exercise.
After she said that, she smiled so big. She was beaming, and so was I. It was almost like she finally heard in her own ears what she’d only said in her head. It’s amazing and truly a testament to how changing your mind will change your life. Alexis has had to overcome obstacles I can’t even fathom. She still has a long way to go but she’s lost a significant amount of weight and is gaining her health, confidence and life back. Alexis believes that SHE is important enough not to give up on herself.
Now THAT is some inspiration.
Do you have a mantra that keeps you going through your workout? What keeps you from stopping?