‘Fitness‘ and ‘Me‘ – two completely unrelated words in my life….until now. Today being my spotlight day on Kristy’s Blog Hop and my first post as part of the hop, I thought it was time to put my fitness story (if you can call it that) out there. In all honesty, I
was am nervous to talk about it here today, for the first time.
I have loathed working out my whole life. It was so boring and sweaty and made me feel close to death. High school came – the high achiever in me sat at my desk always working for that ‘A’. College came – freshman
15 45, in my case. Something is wrong. Hi hormones! Thanks for dancing to your own tunes!
It was the fall of 2014 (I sound like a novelist) when I stepped out for a walk with my friend. We had barely gone half a mile and I was huffing and puffing already. Omg! I am 25 and I can’t even walk half a mile. 911
WHAT TO DO?
That was the day I knew something had to change. Did I decide to become an athlete overnight? No!!! All I wanted was to have a fitness level commensurate to a 25 year old (Spoiler Alert: still work in progress).
THE JOURNEY THUS FAR:
Since we bloggers LOVE social media, I thought it was apt to go social media style. Apologies if all the pics take forever to pop up.
The first step was the hardest! Actually lacing up and going for a run.
Of course, I clicked this pic before starting my run #Priorities
The workout doesn’t count until it’s publicized right? #FirstInstagramPost
It never gets easier, but all I had to do was keep trying.
My only goal at this point was to get 10,000 steps each day. Whether I walked or jogged or ran them. Just get it done!
The first time ever when I understood what all the fuss with running was about. #Serenity
With tiny successes came bigger accomplishments, making it all worth it. Hard work finally pays off.
Can I use the words "CRUSHED MY FREAKING WORKOUT TODAY"....After a longgg and harddd run - physically and mentally challenging, I guess the universe wanted to gift me with this beauty!!!! PS: Ran a whole 3.2 miles today. First time ever in this lifetime (and previous ones too) 😀 #amidreaming #runnershigh #firsttime #asseenonmyrun #babysteps #healthierme #keeppushing #igotthis #nature lovers
Some weeks were a slumber. I just didn’t feel the motivation to do any more.
Random Thought: It’s funny how I spend more time nowadays reading running blogs than actually running! 🙂
— Madhuri (@pondernwonder) June 20, 2016
When the Universe finally calls out to you:
There were days I used to get out and run, just to see such lovely views and take pics to post on Instagram.
Somedays, no matter how much I tried, motivation didn’t come from within, it came from around. It worked!
Yesterday, on my jog, I was huffing and puffing and was almost on the verge of giving up. That's when a stranger, a lady with her young son in the park looked at me and said, "You inspire me! I wish I could run like you one day". I looked at her for few seconds and was wondering if she was really talking to me or someone behind me. Although I looked like a tomato who must have run a marathon, I had barely run 2 miles with few breaks in the middle. Her few kind words pepped up my motivation to complete my 4.0 mile run! And lo and behold, faster than any of my previous runs. In the wake of humanity being questioned, sometimes, it's one word of kindness and love that's all needed, to reinstate your faith in humanity! #faithinhumanity #loveexists #digdeeper #loveall #kindness https://pondernwonder.com/2016/06/05/one-word/
Somedays, running was used to celebrate life’s other accomplishments.
Celebrated my 3 year work anniversary with a 3.5 mile run across campus this AM! A mile for the food it puts on my plate. A mile for the wisdom it puts in my intellect. A mile for the passion it ignites in my heart. That extra 0.5 for the extra miles ahead! #puntotallyintended #gratitude #johnshopkins #notyetfired #icandoit #babysteps #runtowardsyourdreams #celebratethelittlethingsinlife #smilealways
"Unlock your true potential" was my positive affirmation this morning as I got ready to run a 11K race by @charmcityrun . It was definitely beyond doubt the hardest thing I've ever done. I was right at the end of the runners batallion as I finished. But, I couldn't have asked for a better way for it to all go! Don't you love days that are so picture perfect that you wonder 'Did that actually happen?'. Well, turns out it did.... And yes, I couldn't have done it without these two cartoons with me. After a couple of mentally rough weeks, having these two by my side was all that was needed to reverse the lull. It's such days that make you realize and pay gratitude for all the loved and special ones you have around you. Cherish every person, every moment and every thought that makes your life slightly better. #remembering911 #neverforget #lovedonesmatter #runtoremember #charmcityrun #mizunorunning
And before long, I realized I was hooked to being fit!! I guess, that’s what you call good addiction.
— Madhuri (@pondernwonder) August 13, 2016
WHAT LIES AHEAD:
If it was scary to put my story out there, it feels even more scary to publicly talk about the journey ahead. Some dude on the internet told me to conquer my fears and let go of my mental limits and push harder…or something on those lines. So, Philly Love Run 2017 (#firsthalfmarathon) it is!! How I plan to tackle it? With loads of inspiration from within and around, definitely need some consistent running, and of course, coffee. Until then, miles to go (pun totally intended).
With some coffee (read as gallon) and inspiration , I think I can conquer it all!! Thanks Lauren (@breathedeeplyandsmile ) for this amazing birthday present!!! Just the right dose of motivation I need, as I tip toe to the starting line of #loverunphilly2017 #firsthalfmarathon #itstooearlytobenervous #momentumjewelry #sharethespark #motivatewrap #inspiration #motivation #yougotthis #nevergiveup #coffee #thrivemarketfind #coffeeislife #alwayscaffeinated #coffeegram
Am I the fittest person I know? Haha. No ways. But, I do know that this has been the fittest I have been in my whole life (and previous lifetimes included). Hey…It’s weird that it no longer feels weird to have both ‘fitness’ and ‘me’ in the same sentence! 🙂
Thank you so much for stopping by this baby blog! A special shout out to Kristy for bringing us all together in this hop. Do check out posts from my other blog hoppers. You are in for tons of knowledge, inspiration and fun for the next two weeks!