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There is a lot going on in my life right now. Which is true of basically everyone. And as much as I feel like a lot of things are falling apart, a lot of things also seem to be coming together. So to focus on the good... 1) I am pleased to say that I was chosen as a RAM ambassador this year which means that I will be repping the race series and Fleet Feet at various expos.
2) I've been picking up lots of shifts over at Coop. All this running around has me somewhat exhausted but I am gaining valuable and awesome experience. I work in Downsize which is a program for folks who have lots of weight they want to lose. I have a few regulars who are awesome and strong and have beautiful form. In the past week we've also had some newbies: one woman who has never worked out before and a 62 year old woman who doesn't need to lose weight but wants to. They both require lots of attention and modifications but they are both trying so hard and I respect them so much for joining the program. This all means that I need to look up some more modifications of course, but it's pretty darn cool. I only began my fitness journey a few years ago but it's easy to forget how it feels when you start. It's hard. It hurts. It's somewhat embarrassing. But that all goes away so fast.
If you had asked me a few years ago where I'd be in a few years this would not have been the answer but I'm so glad it is.
People tell you not to focus on a number when you are trying to lose weight, but that's easier said then done. However I will say this: they are right. I set a goal marathon weight as I figured it would be nice to run with less weight on me and it'd be cool to have less weight on me when I do pull ups. Five months ahead of schedule I hit that target. So now what? Mentally I say well cool let me try to maintain or lose five more pounds but when does that mentality stop? I'm 100% happy with how I look now and don't actually need to lose five more. I started this post two days ago and lost my train of thought but moral of the story is that setting a goal weight is nice but also terrible because there is no end point and what does a weight number tell you? It's not a measure of strength, or how many pull ups or push ups you can do, or how fast you can run. It's not a measure of you as a person or how much good you do in the world. It's not a measure of how much you love yourself or even how much you like yourself. It's just a number.
Be more than a number.