BEWARE: This is a long post!
I realized recently that I rarely post about health and fitness which is weird because it has always been a huge part of my life. I think it was always easier to talk about just fashion because for the 6 months I have been totally slacking off in the health area and I felt like I wasn’t authentic if I posted.
First off let me start by saying in high school I was very fit. I worked out every day and truly loved it! As I got into the first year of college I found myself thinking less about working out and more about all of the good places on Campus Corner to eat and drink. While I was still active at times the first couple of years of college I rarely found the time to get down a workout routine.
By the Jr. & Sr. year (2 years ago) I had finally gotten back into a workout groove. I was eating better (thanks to my Gallbladder and Russell) and I was consistently working out and doing BBG.
Since then I have gone through stages where I eat ok and work out – usually leading up to a big trip – then fall off the wagon and have to start all over again. I have always been competitive and loved to play sports and built muscle quickly but the last few months when I was working out and doing BBG but results weren’t coming I started to give up. That only got worse after we came back from our beach trip because at that point I made up excuses for why I couldn’t start…
You know the drill… not enough time, I have a headache, this is more important, I’m to hungry to eat healthy… blah blah.
I have never seen myself as fat and part of that is because I still can play sports and workout as hard as ever, but with all of my stomach issues, I know that the inside of my body and the outside could use some work.
Life as a woman can be so hard especially with social media. There are so many gorgeous girls with bodies we see as “perfect” that sometimes you forget that your body is different and that is OK! I realized early on that I have more of the athletic build when it comes to my legs (I take after my dad) they are strong but that mixed with having a big butt they will always look bigger in a pair of cutoffs so I needed to make peace with that.
I have a shorter torso so there are times when I feel like everything is making me look bigger than I feel.
I have been thinking about it for a while but I have decided it is time to get back to feeling 100% confident in everything I do from the workouts I am doing to even clothes and swimsuits I wear. So I am going to take a hard turn and dedicate the next month to restarting the journey.
Russ will be leaving on military orders for the next five or so weeks so I am going to use it as an opportunity to get back in the groove. This time though I am going to pair healthy & clean eating with my workouts for maybe the first time ever and I am so excited to be reminded of what my body can do.
If you have made it to here THANK YOU for sticking around! I am telling you all of this because some of you might be on the same path as me and seeing the same struggles so if this helps even one of you it is worth being honest about my journey. I also have such a competitive drive that selfishly I NEED the accountability and pressure to really stick to it this time!
I’d love to know what tips you have for clean eating and where are on your health and fitness journey!