Finding Inspiration

by Elena on August 28, 2011 in Fitness

One week ago I was on my Iron Girl adrenaline high. I was feeling invincible and craving protein after my all out effort through the lake, the hills, and the path toward the finish line. Talk about finding inspiration.  Inspiration was everywhere.

Today I sit patiently, waiting for my body, my elbow to get the message after having had minor surgery, that it is go time again. The inspiration that I had one week ago, has found a home somewhere else, making room for an impatient and stir crazy me.  I do not recover well….I feel like a caged animal wanting things to heal faster…so that I can get back to my routine. I became cranky soon after (right away) my surgery much to the chagrin of my mom who was here helping, Rocket who would have turned the world upside to help me had I let him, and Principessa whose over the top energy…was too much to handle without a good workout.

So I did what I thought would help…I went out onto our sunny post-hurricane porch, with a stack of magazines, ready to find inspiration. I thought that since I could not workout, now would be a good time to read things like Self or Fitness…..with articles that would inspire, motivate,  and help me mentally get back on track prior to being given the “okey dokey” from my doc later this week.

Finding Inspiration in Magazines

The end result of my afternoon reading sojourn was a giggle.  Because according to these two magazines, all I had to do was follow their directions and I could…..

  • “Go from Heavy to Hot!”
  • “Do what you love and get paid for it!”
  • “Look great naked”
  • Get “All Day Energy in One Easy Step”
  • “Cheat, drink, & still shrink”

Well geez, if I had know that life could be that easy I would have signed on the dotted line a long time ago. Who needs inspiration when you can follow some simple recipes and achieve amazing results in no time flat.

The articles inside the magazines were filled with a balance of feeling good…be yourself, be happy, laugh a lot, love a lot, blah blah blah.  To be fair, they highlighted the stories of real people, with real experiences…and so yes….fine….maybe just maybe, if I follow the workouts I can learn the “#1 way to Erase 8 Pounds.” or get “Flat Abs Now.”

But um…..if it were really that easy, do we REALLY think that TWO magazines, in the SAME month, would spend so many pages and so much time devoted to these things?

It is not that easy.

Maybe it could be that easy….maybe if….
….I had a trainer. As in, I want someone each day that will run me through the workouts like they do on the Biggest Loser. Someone who will yell at me and push me until I want to throw up from the effort.

….I had a personal chef who will make all of these wonderful low calorie, high fiber, good for me meals each day.  Also, if that chef could fit in my pocket and be there when I am craving something sweet…so that they could whisper “no, no no…don’t do it!”  in my ear.

But instead, I am here. In my reality.

Knowing that I have a half marathon in five weeks that is ready to kick me to the curb if I am not ready.  Knowing that I have worked hard, and an proud of all that I have done….but that I have more to do. Knowing that “I am Enough” but still want more.  Knowing that I cannot wait until Friday when the doctor gives me the thumbs up to get back on my bike or into the pool.

So thank you Self and Fitness magazines for bestowing your wisdom, your tricks, your tips, and your attempts to be inspiring…..but I have my own story, my own truths, my own inspiration.  And if I need inspiration from somewhere else, I know just a “few” blogs or people on twitter that have their own stories.

Ooh—now there is an idea for a great Self or Fitness magazine article…”Stories of Inspiration from Across the Blogosphere.” —that is one article that I would gladly read.  :)




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Frelle August 28, 2011 at 6:14 pm

im glad you let us into your world today as you searched for inspiration and found it INSIDE yourself :) Loved this: ” I have my own story, my own truths, my own inspiration. And if I need inspiration from somewhere else, I know just a “few” blogs or people on twitter that have their own stories.”

Megan @mnmspecial August 28, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Wishing you a quick and amazing recovery. I know exactly what that caged feeling is like. I have been dying to lift my baby since my surgery. I begged to hold him, but lifting is still a no. Thank goodness for mothers.

I would love to read an article featuring inspirational stories from the blogosphere. Great idea!

Holly August 28, 2011 at 8:16 pm

You are such an inspiration. Truly. I only hope to be more like you.

Krista August 28, 2011 at 9:19 pm

AMEN! Knowing where to find inspiration or motivation is half the battle sometimes. Since finding the “blog world” I have been so moved by smart, strong, inspirational women who share their lives on a blog.

Alison@Mama Wants This August 28, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Hope you recover soon, Elena!

Magazines are all well and good for some fun reading, but you’re right, we have inspiration all around us in the wonderful blogosphere, we need not look further!

Mama Track August 28, 2011 at 10:07 pm

I have such a love/hate relationship with magazines. Certainly, the ideal they promote is unattainable. And I’m tired of looking at the airbrushed/photoshopped models. It’s not healthy for anyone.

Good for you for looking for inspiration elsewhere.

Kimberly August 29, 2011 at 2:15 am

I have found so much inspiration in the blog world, it’s amazing!

pauline campos August 29, 2011 at 4:37 am

love this. it made me giggle because I can relate. And? I’d totally be with you to pitch the idea to the magazines. Real stories would be nice to read. thanks for sharing!

Toni August 29, 2011 at 8:56 am

Hope that elbow heals quickly and perfectly!

Your “magazine report” was hilarious and so true! And I agree a trainer and a chef would make this journey to fit and healthy easier!

Good Luck on your 1/2 marathon!

Katrina - @craftsbykatie August 29, 2011 at 11:47 am

Your magazine report made me giggle. If only it were that easy, huh? Good luck with your recovery. I know you’re going to rock that half marathon.

kia August 29, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Ha ha! PREACH! I am glad you are in good spirits are you are patient and recover. It is hilarious to read you have a 1/2 in 5 weeks… mine in like in 6 weeks. I hope you don’t think think I am stalking you from Colorado. Be well beautiful.

Megan August 29, 2011 at 12:59 pm

I love that your finding your inspiration inside you… I know how hard it can be when you wanna go go go but your body says no no no… Can’t wait to hear more of your inspiration

Shelley (@momma_oz) August 29, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Love this post :) Hope healing is quick for you too :) BIG HUGS!

Lena - @elenka29 August 29, 2011 at 3:44 pm

OMG! You made me laugh a big time. I am with you on the magazines – too funny. Best wishes to recover fast. Have a great patient week

Jack@TheJackB August 30, 2011 at 6:20 pm

I wish you a refuah shleimah. I know that stir crazy feeling better than I would like to.

Elena August 30, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Thank you Jack. Truly.

Steph @fitmomtraining August 31, 2011 at 2:54 pm

I think we’re soul sisters in the recovery mode. I don’t do well at it in the least. I mope and then “test” myself. I’ve learned (the hard way) that rest and time really are the best ways to get healthier faster. I will be reminding myself of this hourly when I’m too pregnant to run and waiting for the post-partum OK from my docs to hit the pavement again.

angela August 31, 2011 at 10:46 pm

I stopped buying those magazines, because I felt like they kept saying the same thing. And none of them came with the mini-chef to tell me to stop with the chocolate 😉

I hope you’re feeling better soon. And I have a half marathon coming up soon, too (October 16). Let’s keep each other motivated :)

For ourselves.


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