Category Archives: Take Charge Fitness
I’ve put a lot of thought into deciding what it really is about this endeavor of losing weight and getting fit that I want to focus on. Can I really be an athlete? Is that my ambition?
When you hear/read the word athlete—what do you envision?My first inclination is to think of the Olympics or of professional or collegiate sports. That is a pretty elite group and let me assure you that my ambitions are not so deluded as to believe that I could ascend to the level of these elite athletes. However, I think there is room in the definition of the term athlete for the ordinary human being to push past barriers (real or imagined) and accomplish amazing things—athletic things.
One definition I have read is that an athlete is a person trained or gifted in exercises or contests involving physical agility, stamina, or strength; a participant in a sport, exercise, or games requiring physical skill—a person who has a natural aptitude for physical activities. Over the next several months I will be training and setting up opportunities to prove to myself that I can improve my physical agility, stamina, and strength and return to a position where I can participate in sports and tap into my natural athletic aptitude. Even at my current weight, I know deep down that I have a natural aptitude for athletic things.
So, yes. I consider myself an athlete. Or, at the very least an athlete in training. One of the explanations of ambition that I really like is: “an earnest desire for some type of achievement or distinction, and the willingness to strive for its attainment.” YES! I have athletic ambition! Please join me as I push past barriers to reach my athletic ambitions.
These four words instantly instill fear and anxiety in any girl who has ever struggled with her weight and simultaneously has the need to wear a work uniform, a team t-shirt, etc. where the advertised size is “one size fits all.” My response to this is usually a very skeptical “We’ll see,” complete with eye roll and a deep sigh—all the while running 80 excuses to leave the situation through my anxiety ridden brain. 🙂
Why then, have I fallen into the “one size fits all” fitness trap? For some reason I have taken myself down a path that has provided me with many days and night of feeling like a failure by trying to force myself into a particular work out program or routine that has worked for someone else and just doesn’t seem to fit the bill for me. Don’t get me wrong. I think probably any program out there could work for any person as long as the two are in synch.
What I am learning is that I am the expert on me (novel thought, I know 😉 ). I know what feels right. I know what my physical capabilities are. I know what my limitations are. I know what the right fit is for my temperament and personality in the current moment. If I’m honest, temperament and personality play into this equation a whole lot more than I would have thought.
And guess what? It is OK to try something and decide you don’t like it or it isn’t working for you right now. You can keep trying programs on for the right fit, just like you can try on different sizes and styles of clothing to make sure you find what fits and flatters you best.
I’ve been in a pattern for a while now of beating myself up for not meeting my own expectations and it just dawned on me that I don’t have to do what everyone else is doing or what I think I “should” be doing based on my view of the external world. I’m smart enough to take the tools given to me and design what will be best for me. After all, I know me better than anyone else in the world.
It just gets better from here!