Like many things in our lives, it’s so much easier when you have the right support to walk you through.
Today, I ran to the beach and back – in total it’s about a 6 mile run. I ran fiercely today – it wasn’t a struggle at all. I took no breaks. I felt like the music carried me easily through to finish back home in fairly record time. This may seem silly to those athletic friends of mine who do a 6 mile run at lunch on a regular basis, but for me, this was finally finding my stride. My comfort zone.
It’s taken me a long time to get back here.
I met a great work-out group via MeetUp a couple of years ago — Sabertooth Fitness — and I continue to participate in those classes regularly. I train with Pete Neumann privately, once a week and I’ve started taking a yoga class at Goorus. Yoga is something I’ve NEVER been interested in at all, since I’m NOT a fan of the practice. But I found this YIN class that works for me and it has added a whole other level of mind and body care that I hadn’t even considered.
One of the best things I joined, which is free, was Kasey’s Walking Group which is just a facebook page of people committed to walking or running every day during the summer months and posting a picture or any update of your “moving” that day. You go for a walk or a run, post a selfie, and watch others post their pics as well. It’s like a great big support group across the country motivating you to just go for a 10 minute walk if it’s all you can do that day.
This morning, on my way back from my run I stopped and while taking my selfie to post, I realized all this support, all this encouraging, has walked me through a very difficult time in my life. Since February 2018 life has pretty much been a bitch! It really has! So many things have happened – some real good: like my book being published — but mostly a lot of bad stuff. Truth be told, all of them stressful, anxiety driven and very disappointing.
And yet, I’ve stayed on point working out, walking, running and have found myself dealing with each situation with calm and even joy (I know, it sounds weird, but I swear it!). Today it hit me: all these groups and “new” friends I’ve met where our common goals have been to stay fit – all that support and encouragement – has helped me get through so many obstacles these past few months unscathed. It’s been incredible. And today I realized it – lightbulb moment!
For some people I think it may be hard to ask for help. But for me, I didn’t even realize I needed help. All this time, as I walked through some minefields these past months, I’d been supported by the camaraderie of friends in a class, or getting to a work-out, or meeting my trainer or just having to post on the group page. All of these interactions motivated me to get out of the “minefield” situation I was in – take a break, maybe talk about it or not, but return with a fresh new perspective. And today, that just all came together and made so much sense, I had to share it!
My point is we should find ways to put the right people around us so we’re always in a nurturing supportive environment. I know that sounds easy. And yes, it seems logical. But when we’re “in” a bad situation, the last thing we want to do is join a work-out group or post something on a page. But, if you can push yourself to join a group on Facebook or Meetup — to just get out of your head for a bit – it really could help you get through things easier. If only to give you a break from dealing with whatever “IT” is. You may also be helping others by possibly being that “support” for someone else, even if you don’t realize it. And yes, depending on the support environment you choose to create, you could also enjoy the side benefit of having that bikini beach body you’ve always wanted! 🙂
Clearly, today, was a good day for me.