Global Sports Bra Squad Run + Challenges

Global #SportsBraSquad Run

This past weekend I participated in the Global Sports Bra Squad Run. While a group of women did host a run here in town, I unfortunately woke up just a little bit too late to make it. However, I participated on my own and shared it on my Instagram story. So many of us have so many bad things to say about our bodies, myself included. I am often guilty about looking at myself in the mirror and getting upset about how much weight I’ve gained, or how fat I think I look, or how I hate how my thighs touch, etc. etc. etc. Well, I’ve been working on being more positive about my body and encouraging others to as well. Let’s start celebrating the things our bodies can do instead of what it looks like.Sports Bra squad run

Yes, I have gained some pounds over the past few years. It has negatively impacted my running and looking in the mirror can be frustrating. It reminds me of all I’ve been through in the past year. But it’s now and I’m making changes. I get my butt out of bed on Tuesday and Thursday morning to go to weight training. I run 3 times a week and I climb a few times a week as well. On weekends I spend time hiking or playing sports. I am physically active and should be celebrating more the fact that I am capable. My body has gotten me through a lot and is always there to support me.

If you are not happy with how your body looks, that’s ok! But think about the ways you are strong, or how you are working to get stronger. Celebrate the improvements that you have made as you have work toward your goals, or reevaluate your goals if you aren’t making the progress you want.

My Challenge to YOU

Get Rid of the Scale

Stop stepping on the scale. The scale is a horrible measure of your health. If anything, take measurements of you waist, arms, hips, and legs. This will really show you the progress you are making. Remember, muscle weighs more than fat!

Rethink your Goals

Instead of making goals to lose weight, consider making goals for how far you want to run, how heavy you want to lift, or what activity you want to participate in. Focusing on your looks instead of your performance can really affect what you think about yourself. Whereas, making goals around accomplishments can get your body in shape and feel great when you meet that goal.

Speak Positively

This is something I have SUCH a hard time with. It’s so easy to just think “Ugh, I hate my stomach.” We all have things we don’t like. Instead try to think of 3 things you do like (and they don’t have to just be about your body!). Think of something you did well at work, or a good deed for the day. Remembering the positive about you will get you in a better mindset for being kind to yourself.

You are a badass woman. You deserve kindness to yourself. Keep working hard and remember to celebrate what your body CAN do, not what it looks like. And if you want to run in a sports bra, run in a freaking sports bra! Forget the haters. You ARE killing it and you ARE amazing.

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29 Replies to “Global Sports Bra Squad Run + Challenges”

  1. Sydney Power says:

    I have really worked on not using the scale, sure it is sometimes nice to know but I am concentrating on how I feel

    1. Absolutely! Consuming ourselves with a number doesn’t make us happier. Keep up the good work! 🙂

  2. YES!! I got rid of the scale years ago and learned how to trust my body and love it!! seriously, so much easier to be positive!

    1. Definitely! You aren’t consumed with a number, just being able to DO the things you want your body to do. That is better than any number. You go girl!

  3. Kristine Circenis says:

    For me, I have needed to learn to speak more kindly to and about myself. It hasn’t been so easy or comfortable, but I’ve already seen a boost in my self-esteem and productivity (I think) because of it!

    1. Absolutely! We would never talk to our friends the way we do ourselves sometimes, so it’s not ok. So glad that you’ve seen a boost in self-esteem and productivity. I think it can really make a difference. I’ve notice the same too.

  4. You go girl! I definitely need to be more kind to myself too. It’s easy to tell ourselves what we don’t like about ourselves but not as easy to celebrate our good things.

    1. Absolutely! But we are capable of so much and just need to be reminded of that sometimes 🙂

  5. Audrey Knizek says:

    I love the mentality of realizing how capable your body is instead of focusing on the scale!

    1. I think it’s helped my self-esteem so much! I’m glad you like the idea! 🙂

  6. Running has been a goal of mine for a long time- this post may have inspired me to finally give it a go! 😉

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

    1. Running is a great workout! If you need some tips for starting up, let me know! 🙂

  7. YES! We get to wake up each morning and think, “Wow, I have a healthy and beautiful body, and I GET to workout!” Love this girl.

    1. Definitely! We are so strong and capable of so much, we have to celebrate that!! Thanks, glad you enjoyed 🙂

  8. It’s also good to have little reminders around to help you remember WHY you want to reach your goal. I love putting post-it notes in my closet, on the mirror, in the car, cabinets… wherever I will see them! They can be for goals that have to do with losing weight. Or, even goals to get to another level in your job! xx

    1. Definitely! That’s such a great idea. I like writing things in my calendar too to keep me motivated!

  9. Ashley Vickney says:

    Love how positive this is! I need to learn how to be a little nicer to my body, and getting rid of the scale has definitely done that!

    1. Thanks! Definitely, we all can be nicer. You are capable of so much, and a number doesn’t tell the whole story! Keep it up!

  10. YASSS girl! You go girl. Speaking positively is something I need to work on.

    1. cassiearenz1 says:

      I think it’s all something we need to work on. Something I do that helps is whenever something pops into my head that’s mean, I counteract with 3 things I like about myself.

    2. Thanks girl! 🙂 I think it’s something we can all work on a little more. Something I do is say 3 positive things about myself when something negative pops in my head. We can’t always change the thoughts that come to us, but we can not dwell on it!

  11. You go girl! I really need to get back into running again, I don’t do it as much during the week! Positive self-talk is so important!!

    Kristen | http://www.sophisticatedgal.com

    1. It can be hard with busy schedules. I have found that getting up a little bit earlier and getting my workout in has made it much more likely that I do it! and yes, we can all use a little bit more kindness to ourselves! 🙂

  12. Ash Neverson says:

    Love this! I need to surely rethink my goals and think more positively in regards to my workout and body goals!
    Ash | http://www.theashtreejournal.com

    1. Yeah, it can definitely be helpful in reaching your goals! You’ve got it girl 🙂

  13. Great job participating in the Global Sports Bra Squad Run! Your positivity is amazing!

    xo,
    Stephanie
    Diary of a Debutante
    http://www.thediaryofadebutante.com

    1. Thanks so much for the sweet words 🙂

  14. Olivia Coleman says:

    Great post! I love your idea of goal-setting. I want to feel stronger too! Not necessarily 20 pounds lighter.

    1. Thanks so much! Yeah, I think it’s important that the weight on the scaled doesn’t influence your goals for what you want to do! Keep up the good work at that personal trainer! 🙂

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