My story is a little bit different from a lot of fitness bloggers I’ve read. I don’t have a huge weight loss story. I’m not recovering from a disease. I’m just an ordinary person who went from not very fit to achieving many fitness goals I never thought possible. My journey started when I was a teen, and like many girls at that age, I was very insecure about my body. I thought that to be pretty you had to be skinny. Looking back I see just how toxic that line of thinking is, and I’m so grateful for how far I’ve come.
When I started exercising, I tried lots of different workouts on YouTube, most of which I couldn’t do without pausing multiple times for rest. I couldn’t do a single pushup, let alone a pullup. After about a year and a half of doing mostly cardio and pilates type workouts, I stumbled across the concept of strength training. I watched videos of women like Lauren Fisher (CrossFit) and Kelli (FitnessBlender) who talked about how fitness is about what your body can do, not how it looks. That was a totally foreign concept to me, and one that drastically changed my fitness goals. I gradually began to shift my mindset away from the number on the scale and found joy and inspiration as I set and achieved goals. I finally felt strong and fit. I began to see that the only limitation to a person’s fitness is what they believe (or doubt) they can do. The sky really is the limit.
Below I’ve created a list of some things I couldn’t do when I started my fitness journey, followed by what I have achieved so far, and finally, what I hope to achieve in the future
When it all began…
- I couldn’t do a single pushup.
- Pullups were out of the question.
- I didn’t even know what a deadlift was.
- I had no idea women could do ring dips.
- I thought cardio meant running on a treadmill for an hour.
- I couldn’t even run halfway down our quarter-mile long driveway.
- I was addicted to sweets.
- I could barely hold a 15 second plank.
- I didn’t know what double unders were, and thought jumping rope was for kids.
- I thought fitness was about being skinny.
This is one of the videos that helped change my perspective on fitness:
What I can do now…
- I can do 20 pushups. Sometimes I do 100 pushups total in a given workout.
- I can do 7 strict ring pullups.
- I do deadlifts all the time, and lifting 1.5x my bodyweight is no problem.
- I can do 5 ring dips.
- I really enjoy high intensity interval training, kickboxing, and other non-conventional cardio training.
- I regularly do advanced HIIT workouts without modification.
- A pint of ice cream is more than enough.
- The other day I held a 2.5 minute plank.
- I’ve mastered double unders, and have made jumping rope a regular part of my routine.
- I’ve gained muscle and lost fat, but I don’t really care about the number on the scale anymore. I’m super excited about setting and achieving goals.
My goals for the near future…
- 30 Pushups
- 10 Strict Ring Pullups
- 2x Bodyweight Deadlift
- 10 Ring Dips
- Improve kickboxing skills so that I can do multiple 3 minute rounds without sacrificing form.
- Jump rope or run for an hour straight.
- Discover new healthy recipes that I enjoy.
- Hold a 3 minute plank
- Work on achieving a 10 second freestanding handstand.
- Help others learn to love their body for what it can do, not how it looks.
Thanks for reading 🙂 I hope I’ve inspired and/or encouraged you in some way. What are some fitness or health goals you would like to reach in the near future? Comment below!