Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A New Person

This has been the first season I've watched of The Biggest Loser, and I am OBSESSED.

I'm beyond inspired by the contestants' motivation and their journey to not only lose weight, but to evolve into their best selves inside and out. It's amazing to see what has brought them all to their original weight and then watch each episode and see how they're challenging their own fears. Losing weight for them creates a belief that they're worth it and that they CAN do it.

I can highly relate to this feeling to my longest training run for my first half marathon. I used to be dying after running 2.5 miles at a high 9 minute pace. I slowly become faster, not too much faster, but after my 11 mile run, I felt confident and proud of what I did and the person I had become. I stopped waiting for other people to want to run with me. I stopped eating just to eat, but learned what I'm putting in my body is fuel. I would ask myself, how can I maximize each meal? I've become a different person, and I know that was the day I changed - the day I set out to run that 11 miles for the first time.

Some people may think eating a salad is "being healthy" or "being good", but I see it as what my natural body needs to be its best. It doesn't phase me to have the best body in the room. I DO care about having the strength to run for 2 hours. I care about not giving my body more food than it needs. I care about taking care of it. I'm still learning, and I'm constantly challenging myself internally and externally.

This whole self reflection actually started after watching 2 minutes of Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition. I was crying after 30 seconds. One time I called Justin crying after a contestant was voted off The Biggest Loser because I was so proud of him and beyond sad to see him go. I'm pretty sure it was one of those cries when you have a hard time breathing. Can you tell I'm highly emotional? (Side note - working out has helped with that too! Now I feel more in control as opposed to out of control with my life, and have learned that I chose how I want to feel.)

Anywho, I'm off to continue watching Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition, but I wanted to share the link via Hulu in case you want to watch too! PS - you can also watch The Biggest Loser on Hulu too with limited commercials ;)