For most of my life I’ve been active and always enjoyed working out, but like so many others, somewhere along the way I let all of the hurdles in life prevent me from living my life to the fullest. 3 years ago I found myself having gained over 35 pounds and eating/drinking an incredibly unhealthy diet.
There were so many moments over the last several years that lead to my aha moment, but it was a year ago (end of last summer) that my true “aha moment” really sank in and I decided it was time to take some action. I remember getting ready to golf, and I went to put on some golf attire and my pants/shirt (which were already the largest sized clothing I have ever owned) wouldn’t fit. I sat there starting at myself in the mirror for a little while before I told my boyfriend that I just didn’t want to go… I skipped out that day, in fact I had skipped out on a lot of things that summer because I was uncomfortable. Activities like golf, hiking, running, and snowboarding were painfully uncomfortable. I realized then that I was letting life pass me by because I wasn’t willing to make positive changes in my life.
Fast forward to today; I haven’t lost a zillion pounds, I’m not super model thin, and I never will be. But what I learned in the last year is monumental. The best thing I learned? That health isn’t based on a pant size, or fitting into a tiny bikini… Health starts from the inside- what I’m putting into my body, and loving and respecting myself. Health is doing things that bring you joy. Up until the last year, my fitness goals always revolved around looking a certain way (yea, I’m talking to you abs!) and my vision boards always included bikinis that I insisted I needed to fit into by “next summer.”
More than my attitude adjustment, I learned that my journey is about what I am capable of doing. I’ve been an avid snowboarder for almost a decade but the previous 2 years have been so difficult that one could hardly say it was enjoyable. Being able to snowboard and do all the other amazing activities I’ve done all my life require strength and body conditioning. That is my why, and that is what continues to fuel my aha moment.
Since January 2016 I’ve completed 29 hikes, I’ve ran over 6 miles at a time (something I hadn’t done in about 4 years), and I take advantage of my body’s abilities as often as possible, always pushing my limits. There is so much beauty in strength, both outer and inner. And I’m thankful to be a part of the Sweat Pink community, surrounded by women who are strong, intelligent and beautiful!