Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Inspiring Others

I've had some really cool experiences lately.  And it's all pretty much happened on Facebook. 

I love to scroll down my news feed and see what people are up to.  I like to read about vacation plans, fun days in the park, interesting meals, funny things kids say, questions about different situaitons, links posted to funny videos, links to serious news stories. 

Lately, I've been noticing something cool.

Linda ran her first 5K distance.

Heather is doing regular workouts and plans to run a 5K in September.

Jessica is on week 2 of Couch to 5K.

Lety mentions that she and Krista are heading to the gym together.

Sarina just got home from a walk.

Lauren went out and ran 10 miles.

Mia is doing precor, strength training, turbo fire.

Tonya did her 2nd half-marathon.

Emily was off doing a Ragnar relay for the second time.

Beth shares her runs, walks, fitness routines, and deals on fitness equipment.

I see status updates about "Jillian kicking my butt" and "heading out for Zumba."  I see updates about people feeling better, stronger, healthier.  I see people sharing ideas for produce based meals.  I see all these people getting support and encouragement for these healthy choices.

It's pretty amazing.

I'm not trying to take any kind of credit for the choices people are making in regards to their health.  It does warm my heart whenever someone says that I have inspired them to start their own journey towards healthier living.

Lately, as I expected would happen, I haven't been as motivated as I've been in the past.  I can give lots of excuses- work has been insane, Christy has a stress fracture, I did a half marathon and need a break.  I haven't been going to the gym as often as I'd like.  I haven't been eating the way I prefer to eat.  My choices have been lazy lately.

But did you see what Linda and Lety and Emily and Lauren and Sarina and Heather and Krista and Mia have done?  If they can do it...

There is something really cool that happens when I read those status updates.

People who have said that I inspired them end up inspiring me.

I asked a question on Facebook yesterday, wondering what it is that inspires people to get started and to keep going.

Lety finds inspiration in other people sharing what they are doing and sharing their successes.

Emily focuses on how far she's come, all that she has accomplished.

Beth enjoys having found something she lvoes doing- running. 

Linda is making her efforts and progress public on Facebook so that she is held accountable to succeed and keep going.  She sees people in her family on an unhealthy path and doesn't want to go there herself.

Nan wants her to conquer the serious health issues she's facing.

Jessica wants to feel like her old self- to be able to be physically active and not exhaust herself.

Bg Kahuna wanted to avoid turning into a 400 lb waterbed with a head.

Chrissy works in health education and knows the value of healthy living- and the risks of unhealthy living.

If you need inspiration- look for it.  It's there.  It's inside of you... and it just might be in your Facebook news feed or in some tweets. 



-Emmie said...

It's amazing to think of how far our encouragement can spread, and how it comes back around when we need it. As someone recently told me, the people we inspire is always more than we can realize.

Mrs4444 said...

You're absolutely right--WE need only look for motivation. I will look for some right after I get back from vacation :)