You Can, We Will!

Fitness looks different on everybody. There is no “one size” fits all with health and fitness.  That is what I love the most about it! Fitness is a never ending journey, one we should decide we want to travel because we love ourselves and want to be our best.  Fitness has many meanings; those meanings depend on individual goals. It is not just about looking good or losing weight. It is so common for people to think that but it is really about so much more than a number on a scale.  Health and Fitness is a feeling, a lifestyle, a journey to enjoy. It is a state of mind not just a “nice looking” body.  Since we all have different bodies, we will naturally have different goals, timeframes, starting places and destinations. Destinations can also change along the way, we are so dynamic. 

I live in a totally different body now than I did when I decided that I wanted to embark on my own personal (fitness) journey, four years ago. I put the word fitness in parenthesis because it has turned out to be so much more than just about fitness it has impacted every part of me. Sometimes I don’t even recognize myself. My journey consisted of gaining weight, not losing. I am much healthier and confident now, in my new body and my new mind. I have learned to love and embrace things about my body that I hated before. I have literally grown as a person. My views have shifted; I am addicted to feeling strong. What started as just going to the gym sometimes has completely reshaped me, I have learned so much about myself, I have met some great people who have motivated me and helped me on my journey. My goal is for every woman to feel the strength that comes with not giving up on yourself.  This goes to show again that Fitness doesn’t simply mean to lose weight or fit any particular societal norm; it is about individual needs and goals. When we feel good about ourselves we can make better decisions for ourselves.

We have been trained as a society that women should look a certain way to be accepted. Who made this up? And why have we been listening to this garbage? This is NOT true.  We all want to look our best, BUT we can’t look our absolute best until we feel good about ourselves. This is a personal journey. These stereotypes that lump us all into groups depending on certain characteristics need to be unlearned and unvalued. We tend to think we are supposed to fit into a certain category and when we fall short that can become very overwhelming. This is not real life this is made up stereotypes and we need to stop comparing ourselves and our goals to others. We are individuals.  Let’s break this cycle of stereotypes. Let’s set our own individual goals. Let’s come together as women to help each other, not compare our goals or progress to others that weren’t made for us. We need to lift each other up in encouragement, love, and motivation.  Let’s empower each other to reach our individual goals; none are too big or too small

OK, but how, you ask? Goal setting is hard.  It’s so easy to get discouraged, believe me I know all too well. Like most other things in life there will be struggles, there will be failures and you will have bad days. The only rule is NEVER GIVE UP!  New Year, new you, let’s go…. let’s set some goals and not give up on them this time! Goal setting has to be realistic. Set small goals that can be accomplished in a certain, realistic time frame. Instead of I want to lose one hundred pounds in three months, the first goal might instead be to lose 10 pounds in two months. If you have never run before setting a goal to run a marathon is too large, instead a goal might be to run around the block, then two blocks, then one mile. Setting too large of goals to soon can frustrate us and make us want to give up if we fail.  Failure is a part of learning and growing. Small attainable goals celebrate progress along the journey.  Once we accomplish one goal we set another, it’s a constant state of becoming our best selves, on our own terms! 

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To become a(n) (list specific activity) ___________________________ in or by doing ______________________________ by (date) ________________.

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