Genetics smiled on me when I was born. Both my parents are and have been thin and are very athletic people and I was blessed with their body types but unfortunately, not their love of exercise. I told myself that exercise just wasn’t “my thing” and somebody had to be on the sidelines cheering everyone else on. I made the signs, woke up early, and supported my family and friends through various races and triathlons. I jokingly referred to myself as “skinny fat” because while I was thin I was definitely not healthy.
But life has a funny way of introducing events in our lives that wake us up and allow us to see things from a whole new perspective. A year and a half ago my husband agreed to do a 5k scavenger hunt at Disney with a co-worker over our anniversary weekend. I was upset about the loss of our time and I asked him why he wouldn’t do the race with me and he answered honestly and said, “I didn’t even think about it. You haven’t run a day in your life and have said in the past you have no intention to.” While the words hurt they were the truth and that was the turning point for me. I asked my sister-in-law, who is an avid runner, to train and partner with me in the race. That was a year and a half ago and since then I have since competed in 4 obstacle course mud races, various 5k’s, a 15k, and one half-marathon. I am currently training for my first triathlon and along the way I have learned that it isn’t easy. You have to make a conscious effort everyday to get up and train because it is always easier to say I’ll start tomorrow. One way I motivate myself to get going is through reading quotes and using other people’s stories as my inspiration. So I am including a list of some of my favorite motivational quotes to help you on your journey.
. “Fear is probably the thing that limits performance more than anything-the fear of not doing well, of what people will say. You’ve got to acknowledge those fears, then release them” –Mark Allen
2. “There is an advantage in the wisdom won from pain.” –Aeschvlus
3. “When a man says ‘I cannot’, he has made a suggestion to himself. He has weakened his power of accomplishing that which otherwise would have been accomplished.” –Muhammad Ali
4. “If you are always allowed to stop training whenever you feel discomfort, you will find it too easy to give yourself permission to quit.” –Jet Li
5. “Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” –Wayne Dyer
6. “It’s always too early to quit.” –Norman Vincent Peale
7. “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” –Tony Robbins
8. “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we catch excellence.” –Vince Lombardi
9. Physical fitness can neither be achieved by wishful thinking nor outright purchase.” –Joseph Pilates
10. “What fits your busy schedule better, exercising one hour a day or being dead 24 hours a day?” –Randy Glasbergen
11. “Pain is weakness leaving the body.” –Tera Childs
12. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” –Wayne Gretzky
13. “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” –Mahatma Gandhi
14. “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” –Lou Holtz
15. “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” –Michael Jordan
Getting healthy and exercising has its many rewards and benefits but it does take a conscious effort to keep at it and not stop. To keep myself going, I post different quotes and goals around the house in places I see everyday. For example, for my upcoming triathlon, I posted the fastest times from the previous year’s winners on the mirror in my bathroom so I can see it everyday and know what I am working towards. Other good spots include the front and back door, the refrigerator, a vision board, and the underside of the visor in your car. Feel free to contribute any quotes or methods you use to motivate yourself everyday.
jenbeach21 (author) from Orlando, FL on August 06, 2013:
Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on August 05, 2013:
Awesome quotes full of motivation, thanks!
jenbeach21 (author) from Orlando, FL on April 24, 2013:
Thanks twoseven! Good luck with the half marathoon!
twoseven from Madison, Wisconsin on April 23, 2013:
Great quotes! I will keep them in mind as I am training for my sixth half marathon right now. Good luck on your tri!
jenbeach21 (author) from Orlando, FL on April 23, 2013:
Thanks for sharing your story with me Denise. I am getting ready for my first triathlon in 2 weeks as I ended up sick last October the day before the other one I signed up for.
I wish you luck as you continue your journey!
Denise Handlon from North Carolina on April 23, 2013:
I found your story of your journey towards fitness intriguing. I applaud you! It isn't easy to make a lasting change from a pattern that is already part of our 'groove'. So, kudos to you.
I've had two 'moves toward fitness'. One was over a year ago when I had to 'get moving'. At the end of the summer I prepared for my first 5 K and did so successfully. I even wrote a hub about it, including a video my friend taped. All fell to the wayside when I twisted my ankle and shortly after, started a very stressful job on the midnight shift.
After a year of steadily regaining weight and then some, I hit the wall. The Dr scale read: 178! I had NEVER been so heavy in my entire life, including when I was pregnant x 2. I decided that was the line in the sand. I spent the rest of the week contemplating my game plan and started back to the gym January 14.
I have lost 13 pounds so far and my doctor was absolutely thrilled with my 'numbers'. I've a long way to go, but I don't feel 'right' now when I don't exercise. I'm taking classes to break up the floor work, and love it.
This August I will be participating in my first Triathlon with my sister and her friend. I'm proud to say "not bad for a gal pushing 60" I know I have a ways to go, but I'm encouraged by my progress and looking forward to reaching my goal.
Best to you...keep up the good work. UP/I/U and sharing.
jenbeach21 (author) from Orlando, FL on February 10, 2013:
Thank you vocal coach for the kind words!
Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on February 08, 2013:
I like #10. Of course everyone of these quotes are motivating. Enjoyed reading your story and congratulations on your accomplishments. Wonderful! Now I'm eager to read more articles by you :) Thanks!
jenbeach21 (author) from Orlando, FL on January 24, 2013:
Thanks for the comments CrisSp, tillsontitan, and vibesites. I appreciate the kind words and you taking the time to read through the quotes!
vibesites from United States on January 24, 2013:
You know what, this hub hits me as I'm into exercising and being healthy. Excellent choice of inspiring quotes and needless to say they will keep me moving! Thanks...
Up, awesome and shared. I also follow you as well. :)
Mary Craig from New York on January 23, 2013:
Wow...what a gathering of great quotes...you may not be motivational but you are inspirational! Congrats on your turn around. I used to be active and exercise, loved roller blading, but somewhere along the line got lazy...this hub makes me want to move!
Voted up, useful and interesting.
CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on January 23, 2013:
I love this one: “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” –Lou Holtz
I'd say I'm also blessed with good metabolism and physical structure. Just turned 45 and my jeans (size 2) from 10 years ago still fits me. Big savings from buying new clothes, eh? But then again, I have to take care of it or else...well, because even though I like to move around and I enjoy works that involve some physical activities, I'd admit, I still need to be motivated from time to time.
And, this one is a great motivational hub!
Voted up and sharing. Thanks.
jenbeach21 (author) from Orlando, FL on October 30, 2012:
Thanks for the comment missimagination!
miss1magination on October 30, 2012:
Hi Jen, I call myself shinny fat as well others think I m healthy but I m working on it:) thanks for the awesome quotes. I like No: 12. voted up
jenbeach21 (author) from Orlando, FL on October 08, 2012:
Thanks Sunshine. I hope so also because not too long ago, I was the couch potato sitting on the sidelines!
Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on October 08, 2012:
An awesome motivational hub! I hope it inspires many couch potatoes to do more than they actually think they could.
jenbeach21 (author) from Orlando, FL on September 20, 2012:
Thank you Millionaire Tips. They do help motivate me to get going.
Shasta Matova from USA on September 20, 2012:
I think it is wonderful that you were able to make such a big change in your life. These are truly motivational quotes. I am going to have to post some around my house as well. Voted up.
jenbeach21 (author) from Orlando, FL on September 18, 2012:
Thanks Alecia! It is so hard to get going sometimes but well worth it in the end.
Alecia Murphy from Wilmington, North Carolina on September 18, 2012:
These are some great quotes, Jen! I have a hard time sometimes exercising but the end result reminds me why it is good to push through the pain.
jenbeach21 (author) from Orlando, FL on September 09, 2012:
Thanks for the comments KDuBarry03, FreezeFrame34, and MelChi. Pain does have a way if teaching us about who we really are.
Melanie Chisnall from Cape Town, South Africa on September 08, 2012:
I love the phrase, "Pain is weakness leaving the body."
I enjoyed reading these quotes, thanks! Voted up - interesting - useful.
FreezeFrame34 from Charleston SC on September 08, 2012:
Inspiring and motivating! Love the quotes!
Mary Hyatt from Florida on September 08, 2012:
I enjoyed reading your inspirational Hub. I admire you for what you have done. I have a daughter who runs every morning for about 3 miles and says she is addicted to running. She loves to run.
I voted this Hub UP, etc. and will share.
KDuBarry03 on September 08, 2012:
There are always many lessons to learn from whilst in pain. Thanks for the inspirational quotes, Jen!
jenbeach21 (author) from Orlando, FL on September 08, 2012:
Thanks for the comment Jools99. There are some days meant for sitting on butts and some meant for other things:)
Jools Hogg from North-East UK on September 08, 2012:
These quotes should inspire us all! ( though I am sitting on my butt as I read them) :o)
jenbeach21 (author) from Orlando, FL on September 07, 2012:
Thanks Om. As someone who used to do yoga regularly, I totally understand.
Om Paramapoonya on September 07, 2012:
Nice hub. My favorite is Tera Childs' quote: “Pain is weakness leaving the body.” I'll keep that in mind next time I'm in my Ashtanga class!
jenbeach21 (author) from Orlando, FL on August 31, 2012:
Nithya Venkat from Dubai on August 31, 2012:
Great quotes, I think this is all we need to get up and start exercising.