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Inspired by others

As I was driving to the store the other day I saw a cute older couple on a walk, then I passed by a middle aged man running hard, face beat red and sweat saturating his t-shirt and then two moms pushing their little ones in jogging strollers as they gabbed all the while. Strangely, each situation made me smile. Seeing each individual taking charge of his/her health in an active way was inspiring to me.

When I was training for a half marathon in the beginning of the year, I would have those days where I’d rather be thrown into a pit of hungry bears than go on a run. Staying focused and keeping motivated would be really hard at times, especially if I was extra tired from work or had other things I’d rather do. Then I would see one of these inspiring “roadside runners” or a guy carrying his yoga mat and it would kick me back into reality. You love this! You need this! Get out there and stop your whining! Who has ever felt bad after an good workout?

Have you ever experienced this? When you decide you’re going to hit the couch rather than lace up those tennis shoes and hit the road {or the gym, or your yoga mat, etc.}? We all do it. Often times our powerful mind overrules our innate desire to be active. {We see this same thing with our sugar cravings, etc.}

I like to use these roadside runners as a reminder of my own desire to be healthy, strong and active and as inspiration when I’m less than inspired on my own. In turn, when I’m out for a jog or a walk with the hubs I like to pray that each person that sees me/us will also feel inspired to get out and be active in their own favorite way.

Now, I definitely don’t believe that exercise weighs more than a nourishing, REAL food diet on the scale that is wellness. However, I do know that being active is important and it just flat out makes you feel good {all that endorphine business!}.

What inspires you to be healthy? How can you create more of that inspiration in your life and in turn, others lives? Let me know and who knows, maybe you’ll be the inspiration that helps someone toward their ultimate wellness!

Shine Bright all!

By | 2014-06-27T17:50:58+00:00 November 8th, 2012|Fitness, Health|5 Comments

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  1. Celiac and Allergy Adventures November 8, 2012 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    I was very sick as a kid with asthma and eczema so being active was never really possible. In a sense, it’s my past and my past-self that inspire me to be healthy. I can never take for granted my ability to be active, fit and healthy now. I want to feed myself foods that fuel my body, I want to run since I never good and I want to be able to do a huge variety of things that at one time, I was unable to do.

    • Justine November 8, 2012 at 7:45 pm - Reply

      That is beautiful! And exactly what I’m talking about! Thank you Amanda for the inspiration!

  2. Mackinzie Taylor November 8, 2012 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    Lots of things…I look around and see so many people who are older than I am who didn’t take care of themselves and now they’re paying the price. That inspires me, because I don’t want to pay the price later. I love how I feel when I sweat, eat healthy and do something good for my body. I want to live a long lasting life. I want to have energy for my children one day hopefully. What inspires me is knowing that what I am doing will give me the most satisfying results that I could ever imagine.

    • Justine November 8, 2012 at 7:55 pm - Reply

      Amen! Thanks Kinz. I am inspired by some of the same things. As a society, we have been programmed to believe that disease and sickness is inevitable…just part of life. But that is not true and we can do something about it by taking charge of our health, by feeding our body the foods that allow us to heal, to grow, to fight the nastiness in our air, etc. “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” -Hippocrates

  3. Megan November 8, 2012 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    When I am in the car and see runners I always wonder “hm how far have they been running”, “are they judging me for driving right now and not running”, “oh wait i already ran today”, and “i have never thought some one driving was lazy” queue green light. Any time I think about skipping the gym I grab my bag and head down, I don’t even leave room for the decision. Habits are hard to break!

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