HOW I WENT FROM CHUBBY MATHLETE TO SPORTS CAPTAIN IN HIGH SCHOOL

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When I was 16 l decided to join my high school’s cross country running team. I was TERRIBLE at running but I wanted to get better at it and stay in shape between my other sport seasons.
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My first running practice was one of the worst experiences of my entire life. I thought I was going to die. I was THE slowest one on my team. I cannot describe to you how excruciatingly embarrassing this was for me. I came home in tears SOBBING because I was so ashamed in front of the popular kids on the team.
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But, I had committed to doing it. So I stuck with it and forced myself to go to practice every damn day.
Even when I was embarrassed. Even when I was sore.
Even when I was tired or on my time of the month.
Even when it was cold and there were snow flurries out in New Hampshire.
Even when I came in DEAD LAST in my first three races of the season.
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I just kept going. I kept showing up to practice, listening to my coach, and pushing myself to get a little better each time. He had a quote: **Doesn’t matter if you’re the lion or gazelle, when the sun comes up you better be running.** I still think of this every day.
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Eventually it paid off... I started getting faster, I started actually enjoying practice, and I started to beat my race times. I felt like I was flying.
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My senior year I got selected to be one of the jv team CAPTAINS. 👏🏽
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Later I went on to run a half marathon.
And then a mini triathlon.
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Bottom line is we all start somewhere. If you really commit to something FOLLOW THE FUCK through with it and don’t be in the 99% of people who bitch and quit. Keep showing up, even when it’s hard. Learn from your failures. Trust in your coaches / trainers - you hired them for a reason, so listen to them.
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If this chubby, Indian Mathlete could become her high school’s cross country team captain (in an all white town in rural New Hampshire).... imagine what you can do if you with your life if you just commit and follow through. #liftwithdee
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Double tap if you resonate with this ❤️
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PS I have HUGE life news I’ve been dying to share with you which I will be discussing in great detail in tomorrow’s post. You don’t want to miss this. 🔥
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