Dan Harris of Ten Percent Happier makes the case for examining our motivations when it comes to exercise.
I can relate to this all too well. After hiding my scale bc it never is healthy to use it (for me), I make sure to focus on health and strength and longevity when I work out. I run and lift for my mental health first, and bonus physical benefits that will keep me able to care for my kids for as long as possible. As a single mom with little additional support, this is crucial.
My motivation is two-fold: I want to age well, which means being the best I can be given my circumstances, and not be a burden to my children.
This is great. I know that feeling really well: I need to get outside and walk around! I can't go for a good walk indoors, although I've improvised at a big hotel I was stuck at while it was raining outside (I can kind of get lost in an audiobook during times like these).
Sounds like you and your bike have become very good friends! Did you see biking taking on such an important role?
Thanks for the mention Kristi! I run to alleviate anxiety and clear the mental webs; physical benefits are a side benefit. I agree, getting outside is so much better.
My fitness is motivated by my desire for health and to age well. I guess I am fortunate in this regard because I can do it as a 'normie'. My addiction was wine, not dieting, so I do know what it feels like not to be a 'normie'.
My exercise hang up is different - I live in a mountain town (where it sounds like you would fit in perfectly Kristi!) and my family and friends are constantly hanging off of some mountain. They are on their skis, bikes, ropes or boots...you name it. I am not like that. I would rather read and write. I have spent the last 27 years thinking I'm not good enough because I'm not outside doing all the things like everyone around me. It's only recently (I'm 57) that I am becoming more ok with my own style of exercising and being outside.
Sorry, I know this is off topic but you asked about exercise and also I love the pic of you in Moab! And it made me think "oh my new friend is just like my other friends and family!!" but I mean that in the best possible way.
Also, I know there is a shadow part of me that wants to BE that outdoor fitness amazing uber person, I greatly admire it.