navigating social media & fitness

I never thought I would be the type of person to get mad at something that someone posted on social media, but I did.  It wasn’t that I was irate and upset with this person for what they said, it was more that I was upset with their stupidity.  The post in question came as a response to something I posted on my instagram.  Now I know there are many things that could be far worse that a person could say, but it just hit me the wrong way.  I posted the below picture a couple of days ago:

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It was a seemingly normal picture where I recounted my tales and gym woes of running four miles and then biking for a bit.  And then someone who I don’t know and doesn’t follow me commented “not enough!”.  This just hit me the wrong way.  Who is to say that burning 416 calories in a workout is not enough.  Is he my coach?  No.  Is he me?  No.  Does he know what I did, what I’ve been through, what my goals are?  No.  If his comment had really perturbed me, I would have gone out and worked out more and achieved what I thought would be “enough”, but that’s not the point.  The point is that everyone’s fitness journey is individual.  I post the pictures I post to hold myself accountable and to motivate others.  I do workouts that I find challenging and others might not. I do it for me and to challenge myself.

Also, calorie burn is VERY unique to individuals and their body types.  For instance, a 100lb woman is not going to burn as many calories in an hour of working out at a 200 lb woman.  That’s why it is so important not to compare yourself to others.  Everyone gets where they want to go at different times in different ways.  Our bodies are all unique and what works for one person isn’t necessarily going to work for the next.  Just be aware when you’re on social media of this.  You can have all the envy in the world for some other girl’s abs, but those abs will never be your abs because you are you and she is she.  Try to be the best version of you.

Be mindful of what you are saying to others and the advice you give.  I find support rather than criticism (constructive or otherwise) works best on these platforms.  It takes a lot of guts to post some of this stuff out there for the world to see.  So be kind and be supportive.  It will get everyone a lot farther.

-sj

you can’t make me.

I lacked any and all motivation to go to the gym today.  I was sore from yesterday’s arms and abs workout and I just wanted to be a bum and not move.  I felt grumbly and just wanted to be a curmudgeon and lounge in my own laziness.  So naturally, I laced up my shoes and headed out the door.

Anytime I really don’t feel like going to the gym, I have some of my best workouts.  I had been hitting it pretty hard this past week, so I was planning on easing my way through today’s workout and just kind of calling it a day once I felt satisfied.  My body had other plans.  I hopped on the treadmill and started warming up, just to get my heart rate going.  All of the sudden, my legs started feeling really good.  And I just kept going.  And going.  And, for no reason, going.  I was energizer bunny-ing this run and I had no complaints.

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Because the world is cruel and unusual, I did that 2 mile workout twice for a total of 4 miles plus an extra .2 for cooldown.  What motivated today’s run?  Eminem’s Lose Yourself.  I lost myself in his dulcet tones for 4 and almost a quarter miles.  Why?  Who knows.  Does anyone else do this?  Between this run and my last Nicki Minaj fueled romp, I’m seeing a real trend as of late.  Because I guarentee the rest of you are not like me, I put together an 00’s inspired playlist full of some of my favorite running tunes to get y’all motivated.

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I hope you enjoy it.  Finding good songs to run to can be a challenge, but the right stuff can motivate the heck out of me.  Do you have any favorite songs to run to?

-sj