Tonight I was chatting with a friend about motivation to exercise (she is pregnant and still given'er at the gym - can I hear a "woot woot"), and I think neither one of us actually wanted to come out and say it but we do it to inspire and we use that positive energy for ourselves, to drive us! Does that make sense? At first when I was working out the idea of motivating others, to motivate myself, I thought it made me sound full of myself, or full of pride... But that's not the case. I am fueling myself on the positive energy that I put out! And others are also benefiting. Either way it's a win-win. I keep going full tilt knowing that people are looking to me as an inspiration, but it's not stressful because I can go full tilt knowing everyone has my back with their love and support. Sheesh this is confusing, does it make sense to you?
Here is an example of when I was pregnant how I was driven by everyone's compliments: complete strangers would come up to me and give me sincere props for working out at the gym being massively pregnant, this made me feel good, so I would go back the next time. (I'm kind of an endorphin junky as well but anyway...) My close friends would "oohh and aaahh" at my strength and stamina, so I kind of used that as fuel/positive energy to get me through the tough stuff, knowing that I was also setting an example that "if I can do it, so can you!" But it's the feedback that felt really good, because fellow gym-bums would tell me how I inspired them to do more. Probably some type of positive feedback loop stuff (out of my realm of phych knowledge).
So back to appreciation, I want to show you a picture of what I keep in my kitchen in my most used cupboard (spices and tea)... These are little messages of inspiration that friends and family have given me over the last little while. (Not included are obviously all the emails and msg from family and friends),,, I should print them though!
Official chip time: 42:39.7
Category place: 4/72
Gender place: 9/203
Swim time: 7:45
T1 (first transition, swim to bike): 1:13
T2 (second, bike to run): 0:51
So please keep sending me your love because sometimes I need it! Some days I don't want to train, but knowing that I've got all of you sending your positive energy and motivation, it is what inspires me to push out of my "comfort zone" and go full tilt. I am blessed to have the opportunity to train, I have an amazing husband who takes care of the kids, so when I leave the house with either my bike, running shoes or bathing suit (or all of the above) I work hard knowing that my time is precious! I appreciate so much what everyone has done so far! And I hope in turn I can motivate you, through my journey (mom of 4, returning to work after being home for 5 years with the kids) and my story!