Everyone starts on their fitness journey for different reasons. Mine began for a more vain reason than health reasons.
Growing up I was never petite. I’ve always been on the bigger size of average. From the age of 3 until I graduated high school, I was a serious dancer. So I have always been somewhat fit.
I became sadly aware that I was biggerish when I went to by my first pair of boots, I think I was 13. My mum and I probably went to half a dozen stores in hopes of finding a pair. Unfortunately, no boots would zip up over my calves. Talk about a blow to a fragile self esteem. To this day, I still have insecurities with my lower body.
In high school, I began to pay a lot more attention to the number on the scale.
I wasn’t small or big, but my means of managing my weight was fair from healthy.
I didn’t have the tools or knowledge. So initially, I just tried to keep the number on the scale from getting too high by eatting less. This ended up actually making me gain more because I’d go periods without eating, then I would follow it up with a huge binge.
After having baby taj, I decided to educate myself on how to become healthier and how to learn to love the body I have. I’m still working on the loving part. My initially goal was to be skinny, not necessarily fit. I just wanted to look like a regular 20ish year old, and not like I’ve had a baby. That may sound silly, but that was why I started.
as I have watched my body progress, I’ve learnt that being strong and fit is so much more satisfying than being stick thin.
Before, running a mile was a struggle. Now I can run 7 miles on a long cardio day! Talk about improvement.
I love seeing my body transform, and how it is performing now I’m treating it with the respect it deserves ! I can only imagine what my body will be able to do as I continue to work on fueling it with better things and less french fries !