Many people in my neighborhood have gotten accustomed to seeing the old, fat lady trying to run. While out on a run this morning, a tall, skinny lady was out watering her plants. She politely waved to me, and I waved back. She then yelled,
YOU GO GIRL!
Old, fat lady (me), “Thank you.”
Skinny Lady (SL), “I’m a runner too!”
Me, “I’m trying to be one.”
SL, “You’re out here, you’re doing it, you ARE A RUNNER!”
Lifestyle changes such as changing your eating habits and taking up a new sport are difficult. It may take months or even years before we become experienced and proficient at our new lifestyle. In the meantime, we often feel as if we’re not really a ________ (fill in the blank) yet. We’re new at it, we’re struggling, we feel like we’re not there yet.
I was reminded today that if you’re doing it consistently, you are. If you’re pumping iron regularly and consistently, regardless of how much, you’re a weight lifter. If you’re out riding your bicycle, you’re a cyclist. If you’re out running again and again and again, you’re a runner. If you’re making and drinking juices regularly, you’re a juicer. If you’re sitting on the couch thinking about doing some of these things, you’re still a couch potato.
I could go on and on with examples. The bottom line is, you are. If you don’t like what you are now, decide now to change that. Once you start your new lifestyle, remember that regardless of how long you’ve been at it or how proficient you are, YOU ARE!