Fitness is not..

While I’m the first person to encourage you to continue you on your fit journey, I would also be the last one to prompt you to let it control you. Keep it in perspective. It might be difficult to get used to at first, but you should want to keep living this way because it makes you happy. Read on to learn how to recognize when something isn’t right, so you can make adjustments.

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Fitness should be fun. If it’s not fun, then you’re doing it wrong. Have you freshened up your gym routine? There are so many great ways to break a sweat. Do some research or ask a friend *hint hint* No excuses! Moreover, it’s supposed to make you feel good! It may hurt for a little while, leave a bruise, or make it difficult to walk or brush your hair for a few days, but that feeling after is something you can’t get anywhere else.

Fitness is not a chore. It’s a natural way of living and should not add stress. In fact, it’s a stress-relieving lifestyle! Nourishing your body, exercising, and being active most of the day are all meant to make you feel good and happy.

Fitness is 100% a part of my life; however, that doesn’t mean I can’t take a day off from the gym once in a while, eat a treat here and there, or decide to just watch movies all day while painting my nails, and cuddling with my puppies or hubby. It allows me to live a more exciting, fulfilling, meaningful life. Additionally, my fitness level allows me to do just about everything I want. I’m not held back by my inability to keep up. My lungs feel great. My muscles are limber. My heart has stamina.

Fitness is also not a goal weight. That number does not define you nor dictate your worth or beauty. For that matter, it’s not about getting abs or being skinny. You can achieve these things, but what happens when you do? Will living fit not no longer serve you? Well, of course it will, so don’t feel like you need to keep lowering that goal weight or be discouraged when you’re not noticing the aesthetic changes in your body. I can’t stress enough how much more rewarding those inner changes can be.

Fitness is being a healthy, active, life-loving lifestyle. It’s not a destination, it is a journey that never ends. I also impart that it is often a balancing act. Sometimes we get it one way and other times it’s different. Nevertheless, it’s the same path.

Fitness is about loving your body for what it can do while simultaneously for what it looks like. If this is hard for you to do, which is was for me in the beginning, try just appreciating your efforts. Recognize how good it feels to be in your body and it will become easier to love that reflection staring at you.

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Fitness is not always what society would deem “skinny and beautiful,” but that’s okay. It’s more than okay. It’s amazing. We get to say whether or not we’re beautiful and that is so powerful.

Fitness is about being the best you that you can be. It’s confidence. It’s sexy! It’s healthy ๐Ÿ™‚

You are you. And the you that you are now is the only person who is going to make you who you will be next, so give yourself some credit when you’re feeling low.

As we move into the summer months please keep that in mind. Perhaps you’re not where you want to be at this time of the year, but it’s okay. You’re here now because this is where you need to be and I promise you, if you’re open to the message, you will learn something from this.

Love the moment and live your life without hesitation and with an open heart.

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May Selfie Contest

It’s so awesome and easy to win some Fit Girl gear!

Here’s how to win!

  1. ย Find an old photo of yourself and and then take recent photo. Put them side by side and upload it to the official FitGirlLifestyle facebook page, to your personal wall, or to Instagram! *Make sure to tag me in it if you don’t post it on my page.
  2. Describe what your journey has been like; the ups and downs. The more honest the better.
  3. Share with a friend so they can win too!

THE PRIZE!

  • FitGirlLifestyle gear!
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Alternative Highs

Hey there my lovelies! How have all of you been?

I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve wrote here last. School has been moving so fast, but I’m keeping up. I have been so busy maintaining my grades, packing for the move to San Diego, nursing my husband back to health after his surgery, and of course dealing with life’s daily bumps. It all seems to be going okay now though! Finals are next week, most of our stuff is moved, hubby is back on his feet, and I even got to give myself a manicure! Bare nails no more! I always joke that you know how busy my life has been by how neglected my nails are lol. Now, if only these crazy San Diego fires could be out I’d have so much stress lifted! Stay safe SD!

Alright, well I wanted to chat about adjusting to mishaps and road blocks while along the fitness journey. I mentioned earlier how I have been dealing with life’s bumps along the way and that is no joke. A few months ago I began to notice some pain in my inner right ankle. At first it was very severe and I could not put any pressure on it whatsoever. Ever since then the pain has been intermittent. I was finally able to meet with an orthopedic surgeon and he determined that I have perfect bone structure, but my posterior tibial tendon developed tendonitis, which is inflammation. It can be so painful at times, even if I don’t workout. I was sent home with some physical therapy exercises and relief that my pain was diagnosed! I had an answer! It was a good day and I was happy…

Then, it hit me. I think I pretty much blurred out the part when my doctor said, “no heavy lifting, including deadlifts, squats, lunges, and especially no running or jumping!” I felt so sad! Basically all of my favorite things had been taken away from me for the next 6-8 weeks. That’s a looooong time! All the things that give me such a rush and make me feel like a boss are all of limits. Deadlifts and squats make me feel strong. Running is my therapy and gives me such a high.

My tendonitis hasn’t stopped me from going to the gym altogether though. I still go. I still lift, but I’m mindful of it. I do the exercises I can and I go as heavy as my muscles will handle. I can’t run, but I cycle. As fast as I can go while turning up the resistance. It’s been filling the void so far. I have yoga to give me focus and balance and to stretch my sore achy muscles.

I leave the gym sweaty and smiling and that’s all that matters.

I get it in.

What I’m trying to say is that things are going to happen. How you view it will determine how you go about it. It can happen to you or it just happens. It can be a setback or it can be an opportunity to fuel that motivation further. Nothing can really hold you back unless you let it.

At the end of the day you will have either made progress or made excuses. That goes for just about anything in your life. You work towards a goal or let it stray away from you. It’s your choice.

What are you gonna do?

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