Fit Bit: The Pain Fades

by tinareale on August 1, 2012


Ever climbed a tough hike?

Your pores pour out sweat all the way up.

Your feet ache in ways you never thought possible.

Your muscles want to stop moving.

You contemplate turning around and heading back early for a refreshing, hot shower followed up with a relaxing dinner and time on the couch.

Then you think about reaching the top. The cool breeze. The amazing photographs you can take. The panoramic views of beauty that go on for miles and miles.

You consider how great that moment will feel and you keep on pushing.

Then, you reach the top. All else fades away. That sweat doesn’t feel so gross anymore. Your muscles want to stand with confidence so you can take it all in. You suddenly find yourself in no rush to go back.

That’s what your goals are like. A mountain that you climb one step at a time. It can get ugly. It can get exhausting. It can feel like you will never make it. But if you turn around, give up, and go back to start – deep down you know you will regret it.

So keep on climbing, because reaching the top…achieving that dream…is so worth it. Everything else just fades away and all that matters is you did it. And it feels FANTASTIC.

Your Turn – Name a time accomplishing something made all the hard work worth it. Remember how it felt and trust that you can do the same again.

WEEK 1 BEST BODY BOOTCAMP WINNER = ERIN Y!!!!! Look for an email from me!


1 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table August 1, 2012 at 7:26 am

Immediately what came to mind here was Tough Mudder. I did it the first year it came to ATL. They didn’t mark the course correctly, and what was supposed to be a 10 mile race became a 14 mile race. It was cold, I was soaked in ice water and caked with mud. I wanted to die – I ran the last couple of miles while everyone one else walked ONLY because I couldn’t stand the thought of being on the course any longer. It took me about 24 hours to appreciate it, but now it’s a badge of honor I wouldn’t trade for anything. What a lesson in MENTAL strength. :)

Great post, Tina!

2 tinareale August 2, 2012 at 8:42 am

I can only imagine how TOUGH that was! Love that you kept up the effort through it. Even if it was from wanting to be done, it’s still so impressive!

3 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List August 1, 2012 at 7:53 am

natural childbirth!! totally hard. totally worth it. will repeat for sure.

4 tinareale August 2, 2012 at 8:43 am

How did I know you were going to say that one? ;) You’re a stronger woman than I in that area!

5 fithungrymama August 1, 2012 at 8:02 am

Wow! This reminds me of when I first started my weightloss journey several years ago. I was 60lbs overweight and I couldn’t even walk around the block without losing my breath. But, I kept at it because I knew it would be worth it at the end. Now I can walk and run for miles, hike steep mountains, press 400lbs with my legs, and complete several Beachbody programs. I know some tough challenges lie ahead, but Im not going to let my fears or screaming muscles stop me because my health is worth the sweat and tears!

Thank you for this post!

6 tinareale August 2, 2012 at 8:44 am

That progress is so awesome!

7 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers August 1, 2012 at 8:04 am

So true! It applies to so many things.

8 brooke @B & the boy! August 1, 2012 at 8:06 am

honestly, I just finished the Ultimate Reset (21 day cleanse), and I feel wonderful. Giving up coffee for three weeks, limited exercising, eating on a schedule were all worth it. The weight loss was good, but what I have done is grown in my understanding of how to fuel my body. Who knew I had the strength of will to keep going even when all I wanted was to revert back to my old ways?

9 Alex @ therunwithin August 1, 2012 at 8:15 am

This is so wonderful to think about. I always get lost in the minor feats of the day rather than those amazing things I have accomplished along the way. I am still proud I put myself in inpatient last year, it saved my life and let me be who I am today.

10 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey August 1, 2012 at 8:32 am

Disney half marathon. I can still remember what my body felt like at Miles 9-11, and how it felt to cross that finish line.

11 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat August 1, 2012 at 8:35 am

Getting through my Master’s program was incredibly stressful but worth every minute now that I have a job I love.

12 Jess August 1, 2012 at 9:23 am

I am SO channeling this entire post during my next heavy-duty long run for marathon training next Tuesday (16 miles baby!!)!! I love how you describe the feeling during AND after that push…that pain does fade, but the memory lasts forever…in the best possible way.

13 Sarah @ Blonde Bostonian August 1, 2012 at 9:28 am

I love this! I remember one year specifically from all my years competing in equestrian competitions. I had just bought my horse and we spent every single day of that year preparing. When the summer was over, we were grand champion for the whole season in our division. Standing up at the awards ceremony and winning our big ribbon was the icing on the cake. All that hard work paid off.

14 jobo August 1, 2012 at 9:30 am

I LOVE these posts, Tina! These are awesome!! I think today is even a good example for me. I ran, third day in a row (which is obviously tough!) after running 7 yesterday (higher than I’ve gone in awhile) and my legs felt so dead. But then I pushed through and felt better as we went and didn’t quit. That feeling afteR? the best!

15 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef August 1, 2012 at 9:43 am

definitely my first marathon in 2008. i’ve run others since then, but the first was just so darn hard. it was hilly and kinda cold and like nothing i’ve ever done before…. but so worth it!

16 Katie @wishandwhimsy August 1, 2012 at 9:48 am

Very inspirational and written so beautifully. Our goals are our journeys. It’s more than simply accomplishing a task…the process of obtaining the goal defines you, stretches you, and grows you. This accomplishment carries you to your next goal.

17 Cat @sugaraddictanonymous August 1, 2012 at 9:51 am

That picture of the hike is so amazing. I hope to get a similar one on Friday when we do our rock scramble! Going to try to make it to the top this time! Should be a blast, and probably the hardest thing I have ever done!

18 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More August 1, 2012 at 11:07 am

When I first started reading this, my initial thought was the hike from the BLEND retreat – ha! Anyway, I think I’m in the middle of this climb as we speak. I’m in my mid-20s, I’m trying to figure out what I’m doing with my life, I’m trying to figure out how to switch careers, I’m trying to make a rather large cross country (maybe starting with 1/2 cross country) move. I know in the end it will be worth it, but right now I’m still pushing through the hard stuff.

19 Lisa August 1, 2012 at 11:10 am

I have some things coming up that I know will be so tough to overcome! A big one for me now if overcoming remnants of my disordered eating issues and the true balance of exercice and food in regards to my health. It seems so simple, but its hard when its a disease.
These posts are so awesome Tina, love them!

20 tinareale August 2, 2012 at 8:47 am

It definitely is a challenge to change those ways. Just remember how much more fulfilled and joyful you will be with balance and let that keep pushing you forward.

21 Heather (Where's the Beach) August 1, 2012 at 11:40 am

Such a great post. I find running to give you that same feeling. It’s not easy. Sometimes it can flat out suck. But that sense of accomplishment when you’re done is priceless.

22 Katie @ Goober Nut's Life August 1, 2012 at 11:33 pm

I know what you mean!! It’s especially hard for me to keep going during a long run, but afterwards? Wow! There’s just no feeling like it. :D

23 lindsay August 1, 2012 at 1:26 pm

the pain totally fades, a feeling of JOY, accomplishment, and Confidence erupts! love it!

24 Heather @ Better With Veggies August 1, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Ironman. Lots of work, L-O-N-G day, but immensely rewarding & I was ready for another immediately! Well, we took a year off between, but #2 is on the books! This is what I think about when I feel like a wuss, I know I can do anything with enough work. :)

25 Molly Ritterbeck August 1, 2012 at 3:37 pm

When I would train so hard for competitions in gymnastics and finally the score would show….talk about tears of joy only me and my coach understood!

26 [email protected] August 1, 2012 at 4:34 pm

I couldn’t agree more!! I LOVE the climb though–as well as the top. It’s all about enjoying the journey for me now. :)

27 Kerry @ Half Healthy, Half Nuts August 1, 2012 at 4:42 pm

My very first race (in 2006) – the now defunct Minnie Marathon 15K at Disney World. The most I had ever run before I signed up for this race was a 10K, so 9.3 miles seemed really daunting. But I set my goal, signed myself up and vowed that I would do whatever it took to train enough to cross that finish line. And I did! I’ve done umpteen half marathons since, but I’ve never felt so much accomplishment from another race than this one. Aw, memories!

28 Laura @ Mommy Run Fast August 1, 2012 at 10:16 pm

My first (and only so far) marathon- I definitely wanted to quit in those last few miles, but that’s what made it one of my most (if not the most) rewarding physical accomplishments!

29 STUFT Mama August 2, 2012 at 1:43 am

Marathons. Hands down, everytime I finish a race I want to cry with joy. :) Love this post lady!

30 Doris @ vanillacocoberry August 2, 2012 at 8:11 am

Tina – just wanted to drop in to say that your stories about BE have helped me more than you will ever now. Just: THANKS!
its a lifelong path as you very well know with constant ups and downs .. sigh

31 tinareale August 2, 2012 at 8:48 am

Always ups and downs, but the point is to keep going and trust/love/believe in yourself. Progress not perfection. :)

32 Leonor @FoodFaithFitness August 2, 2012 at 10:53 am

Sometimes just getting out for a run or getting to the gym is tough, when I just want to sleep! It’s all worth it though.

33 Kim @ Redefining Kim August 2, 2012 at 2:42 pm

For me, that moment was when I crossed the finish line at the 2011 Susan G. Komen 3 Day for a Cure Walk in Atlanta. I had spent nearly a year training, walked 60 miles in 3 days, and was physically and mentally drained. The last few steps were pure torture – I was tired, my back was tight, there was a blister on my foot, and the sun was beating down. Then I saw my daughter standing at the finish line, and when I crossed she toddled over to me (she was 18 months at the time) and said “Yea, Mommy”. Yeah, the pain was gone.

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