I’ve often said that the easiest way to make me do something is to say that I couldn’t do it. Maybe it’s the oldest child in me, or maybe it’s the fact that I don’t like to be underestimated. As much as I have changed throughout my life, if one thing has stayed the same, it’s that if I’m going to do something, I’m going to do it well.
From a fitness standpoint, I’ve gotten to the point where I’m capable of doing things I never would have thought I was capable of doing myself. I was never an athlete. But everything changed when I discovered that I could run a few miles and not die (yes, this seriously was a fear of mine back in high school, as I was forced to run around that dang track in gym class … one of my closest friends from high school, Jenny, and I have actually laughed about how we never, EVER would have thought that we, the miserable 12-minute milers would become a fitness instructor – me – and a marathoner – she).
As a fitness instructor, I come across people from all different backgrounds, and all different fitness levels. But the one point I always try to get across to all of them is that you are capable of accomplishing anything you set out to. The fact is, you can’t expect it to happen overnight. There is a reason athletes train for months, even when they are not actively competing – because it takes time to gain the strength, endurance, or cardio capacity that they will need to win.
The saying goes that athletes are not born (well, at least not most of them), but are made. So don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t. Because you have the power to accomplish anything you set your mind to. And it feels dang good to prove your doubters wrong.