Although this happened many years ago, I believe my true inspiration for Fit Approach came from what I call my Fitness Aha Moment–that moment when I realized that I was no longer able to binge on Doritos and mint chocolate chip ice cream without suffering the consequences. I realized that if I wanted to be healthy it was entirely up to me. I needed to treat my body the way I wanted my body to treat me.
I had just returned to school after my year abroad in Italy, and when I looked in the full-length mirror in my new apartment, I didn’t like what I saw. I had spent pretty much an entire year avoiding mirrors and avoiding the way that I felt. In Italy, it was easy to avoid the fact that I was getting fat and out of shape. We didn’t have a full-length mirror in the dorms, and I sort of unconsciously avoided any I encountered along the way, or would make excuses and think to myself that mirror must be slightly distorted. I didn’t actually look like that. And even though being unhealthy was also affecting my mood, I always found excuses for that too: hormones, language challenges, culture shock, loneliness, or whatever else I could come up with.
When I was looking in that mirror, all of a sudden it was like I was staring back at a stranger. My stomach, which had always been flat and firm, was soft and protruding over the sides of my jeans–ugh, do I have muffin top?! I turned around and examined my butt and there was almost no separation from my thighs–ack, thunder thighs?! Anxiety began to set in. Followed by depression. For months, I blamed culture shock for my emotional distress.
Riiiiight. I might as well have started to speak to everyone in Italian and pretend I had forgotten English. Who was I kidding?
After a few months of hiding myself and brooding, I decided it was time to do something about it. I would not allow myself to self destruct. I just couldn’t. I was an athlete! I was not a couch potato!
So I started running. Every single day. And once I got started, I realized I really didn’t want to stop. My legs had been aching to get out and feel the road beneath them, my body had been dying to sweat, and my mind had been begging me for inspiration. And the more I ran, the farther I could go and the higher I was able to climb.
With every hill, challenge, and race, I realized my true calling in life was to share that feeling with others. To help someone make their climb to the top.
Fit Approach is all about being your best self. We believe living a fit life is a reward, not a burden. We believe in reaching the top, and then finding a higher peak to reach for.
Make the climb with us–and never look back.
This post originally appeared on June 21, 2011.