When I am not student teaching, in class, or exercising myself, I am typically
stalking reading healthy living blogs, reading articles on the fitness page of Reddit, finding new workout tips on Bodybuilding.com, or obsessively looking at fitness Instagrams. In my little bubble of the world, everyone exercises and eats the way I eat. Then, in the outside world, I tell someone that I ONLY ran 9 miles and they look at me like I'm insane.
To me, 9 miles feels like I am slacking compared to what some of the other bloggers out there are running each week. I sometimes feel as though I am failing as a person who claims to be big into fitness. I feel as though the fact that I haven't gotten to 200 pounds for my deadlift makes me weak, when a lot of people can't even pick half that up off the ground.
According to the statistics, 47% of people are either not exercising or doing less than 90 minutes per week. I am in the above average category of fitness. And yet, I still get down on myself for not doing enough. It's easy to feel like I am the slacker when all I do is read about people who do even more than me!
When I get upset with myself that I quit my long run early, I need to remember that I still did a long run and that most people would be impressed about that. When I feel angry that I can't bench more than 90 pounds and that girl on Instagram can bench twice that, I need to remember that most people I know in real life tell me all of the time how awesome I am for being dedicated enough to wake up at 4:30am to lift those 90 pounds.
We need to be proud of our accomplishments, no matter what they are.