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I Like How It Feels

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Yesterday in BodyPump they played this…

for one of our sets. I know I’m about a year behind but the song struck a cord with me while working out.

‘Cause I Like How it Feels.

That’s the lyric. It’s so simple. So Naive. So, well… cheesy. But when I think about it, isn’t it the reason for just about everything we do?

When I chose to get off the couch and go for a run it’s because…

I like how it feels.

When I feed my family good, healthy food…

I like how it feels.

When I zip up the pair of jeans that wouldn’t fit me in high school…

I like how it feels.

When I cross the finish line of an event…

I like how it feels.

When I take care of me

I like how it feels.

So many people ask me how I stay motivated. Well, you guessed it…

I like how it feels.

I never really thought about it this way before. I like how it feels to achieve goals. I like how it feels to cross a finish line. I like how it feels to be able to keep up with my boys. I like how it feels to wear a bathing suit on the beach. I like how it feels when I eat healthy. I like how it feels to treat myself with kindness.

There are times when I don’t want to wake up early to workout or get my butt off the couch for a run, but then I remember how it makes me feel. There are times I think by eating THAT (cake, chips, cookie, whatever) I’ll feel good, better, fulfilled. In the moment I think I’m going to like how it feels but I never do. No, I like how it feels when I take care of me, making healthy choices, eating lighter, moving more, etc. So, next time –oh and there will be a next time– I’m facing a case of mindless munching or a funk induced binge, I’m going to remind myself…

I like how it feels.

Not now but later. THAT feeling –the one when I reach a goal, cross a finish line, play with my boys, wear a bathing suit, eat healthy and love myself– far out weighs the one I get from drowning my sorrows in a bag of chips.

It just does.



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Discussion

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    Kelly

    July 25, 2012

    I like this post! A lot! This is just what I needed to read today. I need to remember how good it feels to eat something good for my body or to workout. Thanks for the reminder today, I really needed it:)

    Reinado

    July 26, 2012

    Well you’re right about this song being cheesy LOL!!! But I also know what you mean. I think it’s not the endorphines’ high anymore. It’s something else after a good workout. Or may I say, after your regular, scheduled workout. To be on a strike for years. To be this active person, and prove it to yourself day after day, month after month, year after year. One just…likes it.

    Sophie

    July 26, 2012

    Cheesy? Yes. Awesome? … Also yes!

    You dug to the depth of the meaning of it and that’s why you liked it…

    Is it embarrassing to admit that you like the song… just because?

    Haha great post. Thanks!

    A

    July 26, 2012

    So awesome. Thanks!

    KarenJ

    July 26, 2012

    So true Roni! I was a Weight Watcher leader for 20 years and they used to teach us what they called “peeling the onion.” It’s getting at the real goal or motivation for losing weight. When you peel away the jean size, the number on the scale, the being able to walk without breathing hard or play with your kids, it all comes down to feeling good about yourself. It is, and always has been the main motivator for doing what I do. Love the way you put it!

    roni

    July 26, 2012

    Sophie – I have a soft spot fo cheesy pop. I like it too. lol

    nancy

    July 26, 2012

    I do like how it feels when I walk each day.
    I am also talking myself into the state of mind that knows after a few bites you really don’t taste what you are eating. I am working on this because Saturday I had two brats instead of one at the festival.
    These words are inspiring–thank you for sharing!!

    Kate D

    July 26, 2012

    This is exactly what I tell people when they ask me how, and WHY I get up at 5 every morning to work out- I like how it feels! I know my day will be better if I start it off with something that makes me feel proud and accomplished.

    Patrick

    July 26, 2012

    With each decision we make this should be part of our thought process. Sometimes it is not as simple as just reminding ourselves I like how it feels… If you we say it when being drawn in by that hot fudge sundae, we may have to say it again and again and a hundred times before it triggers action to step away. Say it as many times as needed to enjoy the reward of I like how it feels (to have made the right choice).

    Dang, now I want ice cream… I like how it feels, I like how it feels!

    Coco

    July 26, 2012

    This post really resonates for me. It didn’t take me long to figure out that I like how it feels when I exercise, but I thought I’d never remember that I don’t like how it feels to plow through a package of Oreos before the damage was done. I’ve finally gotten to a point where I am able to think that far ahead when I find myself staring into the pantry.

    Patty

    July 26, 2012

    I’m glad you wrote this because right now I’m in a holding pattern and my next workout is pretty much unknown at this time. The only thing I will be able to control in the next few weeks is what I eat, so I will hang on to that until I’m feeling better. It just makes sense. Great post!

    Amy

    July 26, 2012

    Thanks so much for this! Great Post! Really needed to hear this today! You are the best! Thanks! :)

    Mindy

    July 26, 2012

    Thanks for this, it was just what I needed to read and watch this morning. I, too, like how it feels! Now off to close my office door so I can do some quick resistance training :) Then some work then some writing…Good motivation!

    Oh, and I want to be Enrique Iglesias!

    Just what I needed to hear today. I’m in an emotional indifference where all of this stuff is concerned right now.

    Melissa

    July 26, 2012

    Love it!

    Roz@weightingfor50

    July 26, 2012

    Really like this post Roni. I WAS going to be really cheesy and say “I like how I felt when I read it” but that would just be nauseating! :)

    I needed to read this today! I like how this “post” made me feel! Thanks Roni!!!

    Man In My Shadow

    July 26, 2012

    It is a GREAT feeling to see the successful results of your hard work. I agree with you Roni, I LIKE HOW IT FEELS!

    Greg Kuhn

    July 26, 2012

    Amen, Roni! If quantum physics tells us one thing about weight loss (and anything else we want to accomplish), how we feel about what we do is even more important than what we are actually doing. Thanks for posting this.

    Lori

    July 27, 2012

    Ah..this song is our tricep track in my weight class. And I keep telling myself I like how it feels during those tri push ups and it helps get me thru it. I didn’t know who sang it! And yes, I like how working out and being healthy feels!!!

    Sandra

    July 31, 2012

    Hi, Roni! Great post! This happened to me today. In January (’12), I committed to getting healthy and for the first time in 15+ years, it seems to have stuck (longer than a couple months). I am now going into my 8th month (just realizing that makes me tear up) of staying focused…MOST of the time. I have had the “luxury” of being unemployed for the last 19 months and I knew (8 months ago) that if I didn’t take advantage of the time I was given, I would end up morbidly obese with diabetes and heart disease. Well, that was 30 pounds ago. I have logged over 250 miles on my Nike+ (most of which I ran, which is still something I don’t know if I can really believe). In 2 weeks, I begin a new job teaching in the Bronx, which is 40 minutes away (at least) and I have been fretting over how to get in my workout time because getting up in the morning just seemed impossible. I decided to start today and try to get up at the time I would need to in order to make it to work on time… and I DID IT! I was up a little before 5 am and had my 3 miles in by 6 (yes, I lollygagged a bit at first; 5 am comes hard that first day). And, reading this post right after was the perfect confirmation that I am doing the right thing by my body and my mind because as hard as it was and I as much as I would have liked to stay in bed, I like how it feels to call myself a runner. I like how it feels when I can, too, wear a bathing suit for the first time in over a decade and not feel self-conscious or like I need to cover up. I know I still have a ways to go, but my body is so much stronger and taut now and I love it. Most of all, I like how it feels to have accepted myself, which has been the advice I have been reading from you all along. Thank you so much for sharing all your thoughts, your fears, your failures and your triumphs. There is always at least one person (but probably many more) who connect with it and see themselves and know that we’re not alone. Thanks again!