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My Wakeup (A-HA) Moment…Who am I?!

Hello all!! 

I know I’ve been MIA lately but life has just been getting the best of me.  I thought today I would post my SweatPink A-HA moment.  This was originally posted on the FitApproach website for the Sweat Pink Ambassador Spotlight.  It was a scary thing to do to put my story out there but I’m glad that I did now 🙂

Here is my story below…enjoy!

Fitness, for me, started out in a very unhealthy way.  When I was 18, I allowed a boyfriend to make me feel unattractive and unimportant.  I allowed this to happen for 5 years.  Why?  I wish I could say!  I was young, impressionable…who knows why?

In those 5 years, I started working out off and on in a frantic and unhealthy way, in hopes that I would be skinny enough for him (I was a size 5 at that point which is a healthy size for me…I’m 5’ 6”).  I starved myself some days and purged others until I was a size 1 (which turns out, still wasn’t skinny enough).  Family members started voicing concern over how I was looking (at 5’6”, a size 1 did not look the greatest).

It took five years for me to figure out that it wasn’t me that had something wrong…it was him!  I was fine just the way I was!  A part of me always knew this, but when someone constantly tells you that you need to be skinnier, it starts to skew your thinking.  Eventually with the help of a great friend, I got up enough nerve to just leave.  And that is what I did…I waited till he left for work, packed up everything and left!  It was scary but I haven’t looked back.

I also deal with ADD/OCD/Anxiety so I seem to always be flipping from one thing to another.  Needless to say, my habits didn’t get much better after that, at least not until after I had my second child.  After my son, I was in a serious funk.  My anxiety was off the charts and I couldn’t stop it.

One day, while on Facebook, I saw a post from a girl I had went to high school with and she was talking about running.  I wasn’t really friends with this girl in school and was of course a little scared (social anxiety at its best) to contact her.  I did it anyway!  I sent her a message about maybe running with her one day and I haven’t looked back since.  I was at a point in my life where I just needed something.  Anything to keep the constant thoughts and worries running through my head from running rampant and taking over.  I was also wanting something to help me get back in shape….to lose that “baby weight”.  She replied back that she would be happy to take me on a run with her.  I went….we ran…we chatted…and I fell in love with running and the camaraderie that comes with it!  I had found it!  My thing!  My escape!  My sanity!

Since then, I’ve had a few setbacks (some surgeries…okay…3 surgeries to be exact).  They all “benched” me for a few months each.  I haven’t let that get me down too much though, and I’ve also gained a new perspective on fitness, food, health, etc.  I’ve learned what works for me and what doesn’t.  I’ve learned about a whole world of foods out there that are healthy and taste amazing.  I’ve learned that I have a choice in how I feel and look and what I put into my body.  I’ve learned more about fitness and the benefits of cross-training.  And I’ve met some amazing people on my health/fitness/blogger journey.

In the end, running is still my first love.  I wish I had learned to love it sooner.  But for now, I will just enjoy my time with it now and in the future for as long as I can.  I won’t say that I’ve completely stopped being that girl who looks down on herself.  I am my own worst enemy and it’s something that I fight with everyday but deep down in my heart, I know that what my mind is saying is wrong.  I am a healthy, strong, beautiful woman!  I’m a mom who is trying to instill all the right healthy habits in my kids!  I’m not afraid to work and train hard!  I am not afraid to sweat…I do NOT consider it gross or unattractive!  It’s a badge of honor showing the hard work I put in!

It’s ME!!  And I SWEAT PINK!

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I found out last week that I was picked to join an amazing group of people called Sweat Pink Ambassadors…and I’m super excited to say the least.  Some of you might know what a Sweat Pink Ambassador is, but for those that don’t, let me tell you a little bit about the program.

SPA (Sweat Pink Ambassador) is a part of the website Fit Approach.  Fit Approach is a health & fitness community that is filled with a wide-range of supportive people sharing their love for health and fitness and their experiences with it.  There is a great link on their page that is a Q & A page!!  Go check it out here!

It was founded by two strong women (Jamie Walker & Alyse Mason Brill).  Their mission statement is amazing…Check it out!

Mission

We believe that kicking ass is best done in pretty shoes. We’ve learned that real women sweat, and sweat hard. We know that assertiveness, strength, and ambition are the ultimate feminine qualities. We concede that sometimes it takes hours to get ready, but we’re also no strangers to just rolling out of bed and going. We’re convinced that we run faster in pink shoelaces. We believe in pushing ourselves, and we believe in giving ourselves a break, too. We’re all about the rush of endorphins and the thrill of the challenge. We’re all for looking  great and feeling even better. We’re committed to finding our best fit, and making it stick.

                    How do we get there? We climb. We journey. We balance. We reward.

So now you know about Fit Approach but what about SPA?  Well, the Sweat Pink Movement is the brain child of Jamie & Alyse.  It’s a place where “tough and girly come together”.  It’s sharing your healthy accomplishments with others.  It’s living a healthy lifestyle and enjoying it.  It’s being positive and pushing through.  It’s supporting and empowering others to want to live a healthy life.  It’s wearing pink and still kicking ass!

As an ambassador, I hope to inspire others to live healthy and stay active.  I hope to introduce others to something new (an exercise, a recipe, information regarding a product, an inspirational saying…whatever it may be).  I hope to instill the same passion for health & fitness in others that I have.  I hope to support others in their strive for their best.  I hope to push myself to be strong!  I just hope to be the best I can be!  And I will do it SWEATING PINK!!!

So, here’s the question?  Do you have it in you to be an SPA?  If the answer is yes…then go and check out the program and fill out the application!  Hope to see some of you there!