Over the last couple months I have been so frustrated with my weight and have decided that my stupid scale can take a freaking hike!!!!! I have focused on so many different things over this year and have found my mojo so why am I letting the scale get me down? I don’t know. I think in my head I tell myself that if I am thinner I will be faster and run stronger, but that is a load of bullshit! Am I right?! I keep trying to remind myself that I am a marathoner.
Many people can’t run a 5K without stopping and I can run circles around all those skinny bitches. No offense to you skinny runners, I truly love you! I just get frustrated because sometimes I let my weight get to me and compare myself to others instead of staying my own lane. I’m not a huge girl, but I do get disappointed when I can’t fit into something I see on a clothing rack or think of my pace time and how much it might be faster if I wasn’t carrying an extra 15 lbs. around. I have gained more muscle and definition this last yea than I ever thought was possible, I am learning how to fuel my body for optimal performance and finding out what makes my body function better.
Runners are like books, you can’t judge them by their covers. Runners come in all shapes and sizes. They look different but are all still runners. Tina Muir shared a great article a while back about this very thing. Comparison is the thief of joy and I hate comparing myself to others how are thinner and faster. I might not be at my “ideal” weight, but what’s the definition of ideal?
My thighs are my trouble spot. They have always been the area of my body that I have tried to change. I am always like wow, I’ve got big legs. But the thing is my legs are pretty powerful. My legs have helped me run marathons, see places I could not have imagined, help me break through walls I didn’t know I could and so much more.
Okay, I will stop ranting! Here’s why I am ditching my scale:
I am fabulous! My scale has yet to tell me how completely fabulous I am.
I am strong! My muscles are big and the scale doesn’t have eyes.
I am healthy! I eat lots of nutritious food and am active. Enough said.
Body image is a powerful thing and in this day and age it’s easy to get down on yourself. The thing about running is that no two runners look alike. Runners come in all shapes and sizes. I think runners are like books because you can’t judge a runner by what they look like. Runners can cross the finish line first or be at the back of the pack but still be a runner. Just because a person is thin doesn’t mean she has put in the work like you have. As a runner we need to be more than thin to cross the finish line, we have to be strong.
Today I am linking up with Amanda over at Running with Spoons for Thinking Out Loud. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Head over to her blog to find out.
p.s. How cute is that graphic? My sister sent me that a while back. She gets me and is my soulmate. Who needs a scale if you could have tacos? #byefelicia
Have you ever struggled with body image?
Do you think how you look at yourself affects your athletic ability?