Filled To the Brim With Focus and Motivation
If you live in the Northeast I am sure you have been weighed down by this insane heat. Hopefully everyone has read one of the many posts I’ve seen this week on hydration. If not, just Google it up or go to this past post on hydration to remind yourself how important hydration is before and after a workout.
Now, with that public service announcement done this post is going to take a drastic turn. I have an ax to grind and I’ve wondered if I should write about it. It occurred to me yesterday that this blog is a great place to share this story as it has a good ending.
First let me give some background, a Readers Digest and 40,000 ft. view to set up my story. When I was growing up I was not necessarily the nicest kid all the time. As I got older and into my high school and college years I changed a lot, from know-it-all to a more well-rounded human being. I sometimes think “Why did my group of friends make fun of that kid? Why did my group of friends think they were so superior”? It makes me angry just thinking about it.
Fast forward and I have certainly evolved as a human being having learned a lot from reflecting on those growing years. There has been a part of me that always knew karma was a bitch and one day I would have to deal with someone treating me with disrespect on a ongoing basis. Well, it has happened.
No names, no details. This is all you need to know. A person that I see on a daily basis has recently started to say things like- “what happened to you, you got fat” and “what, do you eat cake on your commute home every day”? The first few times I shrugged it off. The next couple times it started to piss me off. I am now at the point where I harness these feelings when things are said and use it.
The funny thing about the comments is that I am pretty much at my marathon weight. My clothes all fit the same and there is really no difference in my appearance (other than I am growing my hair long and it is out of control now). So why does this person say these things? Are they jealous? Maybe they are not happy with themselves? Whatever the reason, I thank them for saying those things as I have found my new motivation.
Prior to this I’ve been working out, running shorter races and building a foundation for summer training. But now! But now there is a whole new level of motivation. I rejoined a gym near my office and am working out during lunch, which by the way is awesome to get done during the day. I am having a Rocky training montage moment where the music is playing and my training ramps up to an insane crescendo.
Focus. I am filled to the brim right now with it. Thank you person for saying those things- just in case you are reading this. As untrue, and let’s be honest, inappropriate as the comments are it is serving as pure 100% motivation.
The lesson? Karma is a bitch and when something happens to you that is a negative that could possibly get you down- chew it up, spit it out and use it to stoke your fire.
Has anyone said inappropriate things that you used as motivation? Is it ever appropriate to tell someone that they “got fat”? How do you focus yourself on hitting personal goals?