- It makes me feel strong and powerful.
- It makes me more confident that I’d have a fighting chance if being chased by a bad guy. Um….too much Law & Order: SVU?
- I am not really all that athletic, yet running is the one (and only) thing I’ve found in my life that I feel I’m somewhat good at. It definitely gives me a boost of confidence…and I now realize how important it is for kids (and later, adults) to find a sport/activity that they truly love and enjoy.
- It helps me sleep better and more soundly.
- It helps me “stay on track” with my eating (see below).
- If something is bothering me, it ALWAYS seems less important after a run.
Yesterday, I had my longest run since May of 2009 – 6 miles!
After not being able to run for so long, it truly makes me appreciate having it back in my life. I know not all people like to run or get the same thing out of it, but I do think it is SO important for all of us to find something we LOVE, that makes us feel good about ourselves. For some, this could be running. For others, it might be group fitness classes. Some people I know are very avid walkers, year round. One of my friends is an excellent scrapbooker and makes all of her own cards and invitiations. I know others who love to swim, or dance, or horseback ride. And I really love that every person is different.
As I mentioned above, my eating has always “been better” when I’ve been able to run. What I mean by that, of course, is that I binge and purge less, if at all. I can’t quite figure out why that is, exactly….maybe the fact that running boosts my self-esteem, therefore I’m not as tempted to turn to food for comfort? Whatever it is, it is so important in my recovery. And I hope and pray I’m able to continue to run, for that reason alone.
What about you? Do you have something you do that increases your confidence?
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