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I love me... who do you love?

GoGo_JoJo
GoGo_JoJoModerator
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I hope this comes across as its intended!

It hit me towards the end of mile 3 of just a 4 mile run tonight...

I like me... nope... I love me. I love how fit I now am, I love the fact that I was only (ha!) doing a 4 mile v a 10k to look after myself and my body. I was grinning like an idiot, just like W5R3.

I love that I'm more careful of what I eat (in spite of the 2 portions of gorgeous pavlova with friends at lunch!), that I drink more water, that I just DO more and the more I do, the more capable I am.

I love the fact I'm more aware of my mental health and react proactively when things do slump.

Maybe I'm just growing up finally (I do hope not) but I think I finally understand that we do indeed need to love and care for ourselves to the best of our ability to fully enjoy life to the fullest.

So come on... who do you love? 😁❀

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Berksrover
BerksroverGraduate10

I totally get where you are coming from GoGo_JoJo and I am glad you brought this up, my sense of well being has gone through the roof since starting C25K and at the same time eating more healthily, so I don't mind admitting it I love me too!

GoGo_JoJo
GoGo_JoJoModerator
in reply to Berksrover

Fantastic! So glad to hear it!! β€βœŠπŸ‘πŸ˜

Yep. I love me too! Your post really resonated with me and you put it into words better than I could.

GoGo_JoJo
GoGo_JoJoModerator
in reply to AnnieW55

For some reason we feel we ought not say it. It feels big-headed or egotistic but actually I think we really need to say it and feel it. πŸ‘β€πŸ˜

Jay66UK
Jay66UKGraduate10

Agree. I feel fantastic compared to before running. And knowing that I have runs coming up makes me modify my eating and drinking a lot.

I’ve also made positive connections with loads of people I’ve never met - and am never likely to meet - and that has had an added benefit to my mental health.

My fitness is very much work in progress but I’m loving the change.

GoGo_JoJo
GoGo_JoJoModerator
in reply to Jay66UK

We're all a constant work in progress, just now we see we're the artist and really can see the work coming together now! πŸ‘β€πŸ˜

Jay66UK
Jay66UKGraduate10
in reply to GoGo_JoJo

Just a shame I got the surrealist training! πŸ€ͺ

GoGo_JoJo
GoGo_JoJoModerator
in reply to Jay66UK

There are so many forms of art, but all are beautiful to those who can appreciate it 😘

Sadie-runs
Sadie-runsGraduate10
in reply to Jay66UK

You make me laugh!

Jay66UK
Jay66UKGraduate10
in reply to Sadie-runs

That sadly is very much the effect I have on women 🀣

Goforitmama
GoforitmamaGraduate10

I'm getting there, definitely improved since I started back at running, but still have a little way to go. Definitely more confident and have been working on my inner smile, but the rut of depression feels hard to get out of some days.

GoGo_JoJo
GoGo_JoJoModerator
in reply to Goforitmama

It can be such a deep pit but I lovethat expression "inner smile". ❀ I hope you let the world see it too. πŸ˜‰ It really is hard to feel down with a smile on your face (trust me, I've been there... you feel silly but you end up laughing)

πŸ‘πŸ˜

Goforitmama
GoforitmamaGraduate10
in reply to GoGo_JoJo

Thankyou, It will pass.

Jay66UK
Jay66UKGraduate10
in reply to Goforitmama

😒

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator

I love me too.... and all you lot.. for becoming who you really are... awesome and amazing! :) x

GoGo_JoJo
GoGo_JoJoModerator
in reply to Oldfloss

πŸ‘β€πŸ˜ and we love you too 😘

BrianUK
BrianUKGraduate10

I’m learning to love me too. Feels weird writing that though. I have a wee bit to go before the finished article emerges. On the other hand I have noticed that I do smile a lot more nowadays and it’s amazing the number of people who smile back. Probably think I’m nuts. 😳

GoGo_JoJo
GoGo_JoJoModerator
in reply to BrianUK

That's wonderful! Smile, and the world smiles back at you πŸ‘β€πŸ˜

misswobble
misswobbleGraduate10

Smiling is good for you ☺😊

I love that I can run Yeeeeeeeeeeeha

Just a few years back I couldn't envisage where I am now fitness wise

GoGo_JoJo
GoGo_JoJoModerator
in reply to misswobble

It's the best exercise for your face! 🀣🀣 It's incredible that small changes can create such big ripples πŸ‘β€πŸ˜

sarah65
sarah65Graduate10

Brilliant post and makes us reflect on how far we’ve come. Since I started C25K in January I’ve improved my confidence and body image and feel that after years of yo-yo dieting I’ve finally settled on healthy eating and running. I remember posting not long after I started about having a bad run after a previous day of bingeing on junk food and IannodaTruffe simply responded β€œYou are what you eat. Now I’ve heard that millions of times before but coming from him, in the context of running better, well it really made me think about the psychology of over- eating/body image etc.

I’m now over a stone lighter (and more importantly am developing a much better attitude to food). Running stopped me being ashamed of my body. I became impressed with what this imperfect body can do and started to love it.

I look at myself now in the mirror, in my running kit and and feel proud.

Berksrover
BerksroverGraduate10
in reply to sarah65

Isn't it wonderful to hear stories like yours sarah65 and in reality it is such a simple thing to do, doesn't need to cost the earth (unless you turn into a running shopaholic Jay66UK πŸ˜‰) and the benefits go way beyond being able to run a bit. Go us, we are brilliant!

sarah65
sarah65Graduate10
in reply to Berksrover

Thank you! Never thought I’d be falling in love with running shoes!

Jay66UK
Jay66UKGraduate10
in reply to sarah65

Bravo πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

GoGo_JoJo
GoGo_JoJoModerator
in reply to sarah65

That's wonderful! That's how we need to see ourselves, our bodies are pretty impressive when looked after. πŸ‘β€πŸ˜πŸ’ͺ

Berksrover
BerksroverGraduate10

I generally stay away from home for a few days every week with work and running gear is first thing in the suitcase, those that know me, would never have believed it!

sarah65
sarah65Graduate10
in reply to Berksrover

Isn’t it great? 😁

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10

I have naturally high levels of serotonin and high self esteem (probably linked) so running sends me through the stratosphere.

GoGo_JoJo
GoGo_JoJoModerator
in reply to FlickM3

πŸ‘πŸ€£β€πŸ˜πŸš€πŸš€πŸš€β˜„β˜„β˜„

Gosh that's a lucky draw, love it!

FlickM3
FlickM3Graduate10
in reply to GoGo_JoJo

I've never had depression and I'm never bored so i am extremely lucky :)

ju-ju-
ju-ju-Administrator

What a lovely post.... I have always been rubbish at doing relaxing stuff. Even if I go for a swim I have to do a mile , I am always pushing all the time. So I try every 6 weeks to have a massage as its just bliss and helps me relax. So on Saturday I am booked in for an Indian Head massage... I am sooo excited!! Thanks for posting this and reminding us all :)

GoGo_JoJo
GoGo_JoJoModerator
in reply to ju-ju-

Oh yes. Massage is just lovely. Perfect way to treat your body, mind and spirit πŸ‘β€πŸ˜

UnfitNoMore
UnfitNoMoreModerator

Reading that... I love you!

Inspirational stuff right there, almost makes me look forward to my first injury.

I love the guys who say β€œyou can” and loath the guys who say β€œyou can’t” because they never have.

GoGo_JoJo
GoGo_JoJoModerator
in reply to UnfitNoMore

Bless you πŸ€— Everything has something to teach, learning those lessons almost makes the bad stuff bearable!!

You're going to love this journey πŸ‘πŸ˜β€

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