Motivation- the fuel for your fitness

What motivates you to exercise and eat right?

I have two reasons: to look smokin’ hot for bikini season and run a faster half marathon.

Let’s start with the bikini.  Yes, I agree, this reasoning does come across as a bit shallow but let me explain.  I have Treacher Collins Syndrome, a craniofacial anomaly characteristically noticeable by underdeveloped cheekbones, a recessed jaw, small chin, and malformed ears.  I’ve grown quite accustomed to being the recipient of prolonged gazes and double-takes.  Through the years, I learned to ignore these ignorant glances and go about my business as usual.  Though countless surgeries have improved my facial bone structure, I still feel the burn of curious eyes on occasion.  This usually happens when I leave the house with my hair pulled up in a ponytail revealing my malformed ears and hearing aid.

In my youth, I was a state, regional, and national champion gymnast.  It was then I began to equate my physical strength with being comfortable in my own skin.  Gymnastics earned me respect.  Any trepidation onlookers might have had about my appearance disappeared when I stepped onto the floor exercise to perform my routine.  My facial features may have made me recognizable, but other gymnasts and coaches remembered me for my athletic ability.

gymnastics days - 9 years old

gymnastics days – 9 years old

Today, I find the motivation to lace up each morning because, if I’m going to be noticed anyways, I still want my athletic figure to be the cause and not my facial features.  My running highs truly do lead to sexy thighs…and six pack abs, toned shoulders, buff biceps…

I also push myself in my workouts and calorie consumption because I want to improve my half marathon finishing times.  I clocked my fastest 13.1 mile event at 2 hours and 8 minutes.  That’s an average of a 9.53 minute mile, which is definitely fast for me.  My two prior half marathons clocked in at 2:31 and 2:24.  By training with faster, longer runs, I hope to continue to run half marathons around that 2:08 mark.  If I can break 2:00 just once, I’ll be elated; though I am naturally competitive. I’m not sure only once will be satisfying enough.

I noticed that when I lose even the slightest bit of weight, my ability to run faster increases.  When I eat cleaner, my energy rises.  Even though I love greasy foods, sugary goodies, and huge bowls of pasta, I continue to count my calories so that I can maximize my running potential.

1st Marathon- 2013

1st Marathon- 2013

Some people, I’m sure, characterize my devotion to running as borderline lunacy.  I don’t, but then again I’ve always been overly dedicated to my passions.  I don’t find time to exercise; I make time.  I’ll wake up early for a run if I know I’m going to be busy all day long.  And now that I religiously enter my food intake into a calorie counting app, I intentionally run longer and harder when I know I’ll be indulging that night.

Lunatic?  No.  Motivated?  Absolutely.

Find your why and let it guide you to results.  When you reach your goal, find a new motivator.  It’s as simple as that.

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3 Responses to Motivation- the fuel for your fitness

  1. Andrea says:

    Congrats on your 2:08 half marathon! You can definitely break two hours!

  2. My sister and I were at the WDW marathon weekend in 2013. That was her first Marathon too!

    • 365krisbits says:

      Will you be at any of the Disney races this year? I’m already signed up for Wine and Dine in November and the Dopey Challenge in January.

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