Are you ready for a shot of inspiration?
Last summer I shined a spotlight on my superstar client, Kris Atkins. Click here to read her interview about how her life radically changed once she committed to loving herself up with some major self-care including infusing her days with more nutrient-rich foods, joyful movement and mindfulness.
Well, Kris is back in the spotlight today after just finishing her very first half marathon! Woo-hoo, way to go, Kris!
Knowing how challenging it is to make exercise a priority, I invited her to share how she transformed from a sofa slug to a trail gazelle. If she can do it, so can you!
You went from occasionally exercising to making joyful movement part of your daily ritual. What triggered this change?
I was looking at a picture of myself and didn't see the person I wanted to be. I not only wanted to lose weight, but also be healthier. But I could not get myself to actually do anything about it--lots of excuses. That is when Renee came into my life.
Renee encouraged me and held me accountable for prioritizing exercise. She helped me realize I was not doing anybody any good by not taking care of myself.
I examined my activities and quit those that were draining. This freed up time and energy to start running again, which I had not done since college.
How do you stay motivated, especially on those days you don't feel like getting out of bed or your to-do list is a mile long?
I set ambitious running goals for myself--first a 5K, then a 10K, then a half marathon. I find training plans online and schedule my exercise on my calendar.
Exercise is the first thing on my to-do list. It is my time, something I do for myself. I love the peace and clarity I feel as I run outside on the trail. And seeing the results in the mirror is very motivating.
How have you benefited from your new exercise routine?
I've lost 22 pounds and feel healthier, stronger and sexier.
I discovered I can take time for myself and the rest of my world will be just fine! In fact, I started delegating chores to my family that I used to think I had to do.
The unexpected benefits have been how my running has affected my family. My husband is now exercising regularly. My sons tell me they are proud of me and together we've completed a 5K race. It seems like just yesterday that they were riding their bikes next to me as I was huffing and puffing to finish just 3 miles!
It's nice to have my family cheering me on instead of me always being the cheerleader. Their support means the world to me.
First a massage, and then another half marathon!