Stay Motivated

These past two months I have received so much love from people whether it is on my Instagram direct messages or comments, Snapchat messages, twitter, or text messages. Thank you to everyone who has reached out to me, all the likes on instagram, and also thank YOU for taking time out of your day to read my blog entries. It makes me feel so happy when someone tells me that I motivate them or inspire them to get up and work out/run. That alone keeps me motivated and helps push me harder each and everyday. 

photo by Vanessa M.

I have to be honest, when I first started posting about my new fitness journey on Instagram, I was scared of what people would say or think about me. I didn't want to be judged. This was something new and very different than what I was used to and didn't feel comfortable enough with myself. I was very insecure to say the least. Some comments were said to me that made me feel very self conscious about my decision of sharing on Instagram like "we get it you run" or "all you post about is running, no one cares!". I seriously wanted to go back and delete every picture I had posted about my journey and never post anything else again. However, I realized that posting pictures was helping me stay motivated because I can look back at them and see how far I had come along, sorta like a diary. So when people, including people whom I don't even know, started reaching out and telling me that I inspire/motivate them, it really meant so much to me because it made me feel like I was actually doing a lot more than just helping myself out, but also helping out those who were reading about my journey.

Some of the questions I get asked often are "What made you want to start running?", "How did you get started?", "How do you stay motivated?", and "Do you eat clean as well or just run?". I wanted to take the time to answer these four questions on my blog for those who are wondering and would like to know these things about me.

1. "What made you want to start running?" - Well, what really made me start running was that I was not happy with myself. I was not happy with how I looked, how I felt, how my clothes fit me. I pretty much hated myself. I saw pictures of myself and did not like the way I looked. I had been going to the gym prior to running for maybe about 3 years but absolutely hated it and it was really boring to me. I also must have not been doing ANYTHING right because I never saw change in myself. So I decided to give running a shot. Prior to running though, you guessed it, I also HATED running. The idea of running alone got me tired and lazy, but I pushed myself and told myself that I would NOT give up this time. I wanted to see change and in order to see change, I had to change. 

2. "How did you get started?" - I started running with Nike Run Club (NRC) and training with Nike Training Club (NTC). I first heard about these two Nike clubs at a Nike private shopping party I got invited to by my friend Riana. I decided to give them a shot because they were free so I had nothing to lose. I'm not even going to lie, at first, IT WAS TOUGH! At my first NTC, it was a Santa Monca beach work out with Nike Trainers Joni and Ryan. I sat out most of the work out because I legit felt like I was going to pass out. I preferred sitting out than passing out in front of everyone. As far as my first NRC, it was a Ready, Set, Go Run at Niketown in Beverly Hills. I couldn't even run half a mile without stopping (my longest run so far is 14 miles). Form? Stride? What did that even mean? I had no idea that even existed. As time passed, I started pushing myself to do more and more and also received a lot of help from NRC coaches Blue and Sally. I then started hearing about a run club called Blacklist LA where a large group of people would run together for the love of art and the city of Los Angeles. I have to be honest though, it really took my friend Becca a lot of convincing to get me out to a blacklist run and now, I love going to every Blacklist LA run. They are not only my friends but also like family to me. It's always easier when you have so many people supporting you.

3. "How do you stay motivated?" - There are quite a few things that keep me motivated. One of the main things that keeps me motivated now is that I finally started seeing results of all the hard work I have been putting in. I haven't really noticed results on myself physically, but when I compare pictures of six months ago to now, I see a big difference in myself. Also with my jeans, none of them fit me anymore, which is one of the main reasons why I am always in leggings (lol).  Another thing that keeps me motivated are my friends that I run/work out with. They always help push me to be a better version of myself. When I feel like I am ready to give up, I can always count on them to give me that extra push to finish strong. Lastly, I mentioned this earlier, but I am motivated by everyone that tells me that I motivate/inspire them. It helps me realize that I am not only making a difference in myself, but also impacting others. No way I am letting myself or others down.

4. "Do you eat clean as well or just run?" - This is the toughest one to answer because to be honest, it's really embarrassing to admit, but it has been really hard for me to eat clean. I love food, so it's hard for me to change my eating habits. I know a lot of it is mental, but it's something that I still haven't mastered. However, I used to eat out a lot before and I have cut back on that tremendously. I've also cut back on junk food, so I feel like that has also helped me lose weight. 

So next time anyone tries to put you down for posting your journey or sharing it, brush it off and keep DOING YOU! At the end of the day, you're doing this for yourself and not to please anyone. It's not going to be easy, but you will get better. It's going to take a lot in you to push hard everyday and get out there, but I promise you, it is all going to be worth it. If I can do this, you can too! We can do this and stay motivated together!

Join me at NTC, NRC, and BlacklistLA runs. Click the links below to find more info regarding these clubs.

NTC/NRC - nike.com/LA / IG: @niketraining @nikerunning

Blacklist LA - Blacklistla.city / IG: @blacklistla

(If you have any questions you'd like for me to answer, feel free to leave a comment below!)

xo, Diana Karen