Many people have called me an “inspiration” online. I am always extremely flattered and surprised by it as I still so clearly remember being a chubby college kid who on many nights sneaked to the vending machine on her dorm floor every 20 minutes to get yet another packet of Grandma’s Homestyle Soft Peanut Butter Cookies. It’s incredible how vivid that memory is for me – eating them made me feel so good yet so horrible right afterwards. I am so glad that I finally quit the drug that totally messes with my mental well-being – sugar*. It’s just a shame that it took me 15 years to get there!
As a new year has just started I am extremely grateful that I have learned to NOT diet – diets ALWAYS fail and in return make you feel like a total looser. Been there, done that. Year after year after year. Instead now I have arrived in the point in my life where I know what foods I cannot moderate (I guess it’s ok if you overdo it with broccoli, but if we’re talking cookies then that totally messes with my digestion and in turn my mood) and keeping away from them means that my cravings are no longer in charge of my life – I am.
For years and years I thought that the key was in moderation – that surely a little bit of everything is ok? But when I finally saw the light, it hit me bright – my brain is unable to moderate sugar intake and instead of constantly fighting with it, I need to just stop eating sugar. I guess it’s kind of like being in AA – you know that there isn’t anything wrong about a little glass of wine but you also know that it just does not work for you, so you totally abstain.
I truly hope that everyone at one time in their life learns to know their body so well that they know what works for them and what doesn’t. Once that breakthrough happens, life and food and health and fitness is no longer a struggle.
So where do I find MY inspiration? I find it in women who have looked at their life and said: “Fuck it! I am going to be in charge of my life and my health!”
Women like Colleen at Bee Fit who went from being obese to running ultra-marathons in 3 years.
Women like Jess at Wellness Warrior who freaking cured herself of cancer through holistic nutrition and alternative treatments.
Women like Muireann at Bangs and a Bun who overcame depression with the help of running, coached several groups of women to run their first half marathons and who continues to inspire women to look at fitness much differently than it’s usually sold to them. (Also, her Bangs Goes Rap videos are some of the funniest stuff I have seen in a long time.)
Women like Kaisa at Mum on the Run who has 3 little kids and a brand new business but still makes time to run (and she does it freaking fast!) AND to lead fitness classes for women in her hometown.
Women like Bari at Life, Laugh, Run, Breathe who has lost an incredible amount of weight and just keeps running and running and running even though through her body likes to hold on to weight and doesn’t easily let go of it (oh I so know what that body feels like!).
Women like Dawn at The Moiderer who has overcome a very difficult childhood and a loss of her first child but ran the London Marathon last year and continues to shrink in size and help others through her new cognitive hypnotherapy business.
Women like Kat at Run Mummy Run who has two little boys (even younger than mine) but keeps challenging herself with new fitness goals and ran the Edinburgh Marathon last year in super quick time.
I could go on and on and on… My blog- & twitter world is full of women who inspire me :)
*Sugar also messes with my running, I’ll write about that at some other time.