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My Fitness Journey

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…

  1. I couldn’t do a single pushup.
  2. Pullups were out of the question.
  3. I didn’t even know what a deadlift was.
  4. I had no idea women could do ring dips.
  5. I thought cardio meant running on a treadmill for an hour.
  6. I couldn’t even run halfway down our quarter-mile long driveway.
  7. I was addicted to sweets.
  8. I could barely hold a 15 second plank.
  9. I didn’t know what double unders were, and thought jumping rope was for kids.
  10. 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…

  1. I can do 20 pushups. Sometimes I do 100 pushups total in a given workout.
  2. I can do 7 strict ring pullups.
  3. I do deadlifts all the time, and lifting 1.5x my bodyweight is no problem.
  4. I can do 5 ring dips.
  5. I really enjoy high intensity interval training, kickboxing, and other non-conventional cardio training.
  6. I regularly do advanced HIIT workouts without modification.
  7. A pint of ice cream is more than enough.
  8. The other day I held a 2.5 minute plank.
  9. I’ve mastered double unders, and have made jumping rope a regular part of my routine.
  10. 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…

  1. 30 Pushups
  2. 10 Strict Ring Pullups
  3. 2x Bodyweight Deadlift
  4. 10 Ring Dips
  5. Improve kickboxing skills so that I can do multiple 3 minute rounds without sacrificing form.
  6. Jump rope or run for an hour straight.
  7. Discover new healthy recipes that I enjoy.
  8. Hold a 3 minute plank
  9. Work on achieving a 10 second freestanding handstand.
  10. 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!

 

 

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