Wednesday, February 13, 2013

That Time I Learned How to Roundhouse Kick Fools in the Liver // Jen S.


So, this whole fitness/be healthy/lose weight thing can be hard.  Like really hard.  It’s something that I’ve learned over my nearly 28 years of life that requires hard work, but most importantly dedication.  It’s not something you can focus on during the work week and forget about during the weekend.  It’s not something you can do during the cool months (or warm months depending on if you live in a freezer in the winter type of climate or oven in the summer type of climate).  It’s not something you can do during the slow months.  Or when your kids are in school.  BUT, it IS something you can do when you only want to have fun.

Yes, you read that correctly.  Fitness/being healthy/weight lose CAN be something to do when you only want to have fun.  In fact, I encourage that you only do it when you want to have fun.  “Now how the eff does that work, crazy?”, you ask… It's simple, really.  DO SOMETHING THAT YOU ENJOY!

Hate running? You’re not alone. DO NOT RUN.

Hate swimming? You’re not alone. DO NOT SWIM.

Hate going to the gym and sitting on the elliptical? You’re not alone.  DO NOT DO THAT.

Find something you LOVE.  Something that challenges you.  Something that inspires you.  Something that you feel good doing.

Want to know how I started losing weight?  I was 220lbs (5’8”).  23 years old.  And I started boxing.

Boxing.

Yes, the kind were you punch the punching bag kind of boxing.  And you know what?  I freaking LOVED it.  It was hard as hell.  And it hurt.  But it didn’t matter, because I felt so empowered.  So inspired.  And I had so much fun doing it.

From there, after I lost a little bit of weight, I started training for a half marathon, and that’s where the running came in for me.  But something I’ve learned about myself, I HATE RUNNING unless I’m training for a race.  I could not go out and just run for a mile or 3 unless I had a goal to work towards.  And “losing weight” wasn’t a big enough goal for me.  I need a tangible, measurable goal that has a timeline.  Hence…training for races.

I digress…

So, I had to quit boxing because it was interfering with my training.  I proceeded to do 4 half marathons in a year, so I could not keep up with running 20+ miles a week and boxing 3 days a week.  I just didn’t have the time.  Ever since I quit it, I longed to have it back.

Wanting to try something a little new to me, I picked up a  Groupon last week for 20 Kickboxing classes.  And OH EM GEE, it was one of the best things I’ve done recently.  It gives me such a rush.  So much confidence.  And as the title states…I learned how to roundhouse kick fools in the liver.  Don’t mess.

The point is, FIND SOMETHING YOU LOVE!  Yoga, dancing, boxing, running, swimming, cycling, weight lifting, pilates, zumba…  We are lucky to live in a society where it’s common, normal, and encouraged for women to go out there and take back themselves!  It wasn’t like that for our mom and her mom.  And maybe it wasn’t like that when you were growing up.  But it’s like that now.  Today.  I encourage you to find your fitness passion!  Find your groove.  However silly or ridiculous you might think it is, find it.  If you love it, DO IT!

What’s your fitness passion?  What challenges you?  What empowers you?



11 comments:

  1. Great post!! And FOUR marathons in a year, wowza!!

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  2. Love this .. I have been toying with taking up boxing

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    1. KayLynn...you should give it a try. Worth thing that could happen is you try something you end up not liking. Best thing? You could fall in love with a beautiful art! - Jen S.

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  3. I love boxing too... but my love for running didnt come until after months of hating it!!! haha... I had to perservere through the begining and then the love of running came... I never thought I would miss running or crave it, but now I do... it was an aquired taste for me, but now I love it!

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    1. Ha! Melissa, I'm with you on running. I hated it at first. And still hate it at the beginning of every training plan, but eventually like it again! - Jen S.

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  4. This is such an awesome, inspiring, motivational post! Thank you!! CrossFit is what empowers and challenges me, but not as much doing it at home as it does when I am able to actually go to a CrossFit box to workout there. It allows you to feed off of the accountability and energy of others and doing it at home doesn't provide that unfortunately. Thanks again for this post!!

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    1. Suzanne! I am so glad you loved this post! And so happy you found your fitness passion! Keep it up!!! - Jen S.

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  5. This is exactly how I feel. I hate running, but i did C25K cuz everyone else was and got super skinny. I don't really like Jillian- I don't take kindly to repetition over and over again. Someone turned me on to Crossfit, a little part of my soul died out of fear, I went to my first class and I am HOOKED. Thank you so much for reminding us it doesn't have to be torture to workout and lose weight. It should be fun otherwise you won't stick with it!!

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    1. Whitney - I've so been there. Do things because everyone else is doing it. Then you start seeing results because you were super disciplined even when you ahted it, so you feel like you need to stick with it. Of course that is ONE option. But it sounds like for you, Crossfit is SO MUCH MORE FUN! I vote for fun. Every time! - Jen S.

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  6. Jen S you are amaze-balls! This was just the post I needed to see today (a little behing on the blog :) ). You inspire me so much and I now know I have to find something I love, not just something I HAVE to do in order to get fit. New goal-try something different once a week until I am in love. No more forcing myself to do hot yoga-that shit sucks. Thanks Jen!!!

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