I love surrounding myself with people who are infectious with character and personality, I have personally grown and continue to reap many benefits of having these inspiring people around to challenge me in new and different ways. Today I would like to introduce a woman of inspiration and energy. She is a guest writer for Habitude Fitness and someone I often refer to as a “beautiful butterfly.” I have seen her go from a shy, fairly fit, barely confident (in the fitness world) gal, who transformed over the year into an outgoing, strong, beautifully confident woman. I watched her complete her first sprint triathlon last summer and it was inspiring. She is one of the many incredible people I get to call a friend, and I asked her to write about anything under the sun. Graciously she accepted the offer. Introducing Moriah:
Working out is a privilege
When I’m having a bad day at work, I always seem to suffer an insatiable craving for chocolate. Or cupcakes. Or some other junk food. It’s like I feel I deserve something as a reward for having the willpower to smile patiently at a co-worker when he’s driving me crazy, or pitch-in even if someone else isn’t pulling her load. I’d even reward myself by skipping my workout that night. But I’ve come to realize I was thinking about it all wrong.
One thing I’ve learned from Cassie is that working out, rather than being a chore that requires more willpower, can be its own reward. Getting to see familiar faces in class, people giving me high-fives for doing insane numbers of push-ups, that feeling of calm I get after a really hard workout, knowing I’m doing something really good for my body … those are all really great rewards if you can train yourself to see them that way.
My favorite motivational quote comes (naturally) from Cassie. We were dragging ourselves up a “mountain” in the cycling room after an already tough strength workout. “Dig dig dig!” Cassie yelled in encouragement. My legs felt like lead. I felt like quitting. Then came the words that have forever changed how I see fitness: “Working out is a privilege, you guys!”
I thought of people who, due to medical reasons or other life circumstances, don’t have the ability to workout like I do. I thought of how devastated I’d be if I could never run again, or go to a fitness class that kicks my butt and leaves me sore. I realized it’s true; working out is a privilege. And I got a burst of energy to climb that mountain.
So now, when I’m having a really tough day at the office, I can usually get myself to think about working out later and forestall the looming cookie craving. I’m not all the way there yet, but I’m making progress. As long as my boss doesn’t need me to work late and miss Cassie’s class …
How do you reward yourself after a tough day?
Thank you Moriah for your spirit and kind affirming words! You and all the people like you are exactly why this is so much fun! This is what’s truly inspiring. It is indeed a privilege…
Your Trainer and Friend,
Cassie and Moriah