After Thanksgiving, and a string of crappy weeks in the fall, I decided to climb back onto the wagon with a BANG, and challenge myself to finish 2017 stronger than ever!
I started a “35 days of gainz” challenge on social media, and invited my Anytime Fitness members to join me, (as well as my coworkers and friends and anybody else who was feeling inspired) to try to attempt to complete one work out a day, every day, until the very end of the year.
It could be as little as taking a quick walk around the block with your dog, or a full on, metabolic “burn-down-the-house” kind of workout! Either way, I was committing to making sure that my body was up, moving around, being active, every single day…till the new year.
It has been an amazing, but challenging feat, but as I write this I am proud to say that I have already done my workout for day 22, of 35. (With 13 days left to go!) I have lost 7 pounds, but the greatest part of all, is that I feel BACK in action!! My slump that I fell into is ancient history, and I love feeling active, and alive again! #FitnessMagic!
LOSING weight between Thanksgiving and Christmas??
Im feeling myself.
Im walking taller.
Ive got my bounce back in my step.
Im feeling strong, and confident once more, trusting this darn process, and chasing after my best self.
And then it happened.
One of my amazing Team Mates posted a VERY sweet shout out to me on our gym Facebook page, and within seconds, some random dude (not even a member) had posted this comment.
I quickly hid it so that no one could see it, and think that this was how anyone at our gyms behaves or treats people. (Because its 1,000% NOT!)
Now I’d be lying if I said it didn’t bother me. For the first few seconds it literally stung my face as I read it, but I let it dissolve and I just shook my head, because unfortunately this is the kind of thing that happens to us big girls (and dudes!)
All. The. Time.
You CAN NOT POSSIBLY assume to know what kind of journey someone is on, just by looking at them. In fact, one of the MOST wild things I have learned on my fitness journey, is that no matter what size you are, (whether you’re starting out 200lbs overweight like me, or you’re looking like the most fit person in the gym, cutting weight for a bodybuilding show) we all struggle with the very same exact body image issues, fears and doubts in our minds.
The reason I decided to share this here on my blog, is because I want you guys to know that we CANNOT be derailed by ANYTHING or ANYONE.
This could have triggered me, and set me on a downward spiral for weeks if I had allowed it to plant a seed in my heart, and let that old voice start to speak to me again.
Instead, I TOLD myself the TRUTH:
*I have just worked out 22 days in a row!
*I’ve lost over hundred pounds, and and am working on at least 80 more to lose! While getting stronger and faster every damn day.
*I’m actually the CLUB MANAGER of one of the best Anytime Fitness locations in the whole country, on the baddest ass team of people, (who LOST IT when they saw this comment…let me tell you) who have my back and wont EVER let me quit!
*I have the most wonderful, loving husband who has loved me even before I could love myself. We have a beautiful, active family! I am richly blessed!
*I REPRESENT SO MANY OF MY BEAUTIFUL MEMBERS. I can NOT allow one ignorant comment to wilt my resolve. My people are counting on me to show them that we are strong enough to withstand any road block, even fat shaming!
We are NOT what others THINK we are.
Do NOT listen to the voices of fear and doubt.
SPEAK truth to yourself instead.
Raise your forks with me, to 2018!!!!
Its going to be a HELL of a year!!!
Amazing as always!! I feel sorry for that person because they don’t understand the struggle and how real it is for one, and for two because he doesn’t know what an awesome, amazing, beautiful, and inspiring person you are!! Keep up the good work and don’t ever give up, we need you to show us the way!! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
love love love. I’m glad you shared this…((hugs))
Love you to death! What an inspiration you are to us all, you are correct we all have our personal battles no matter our size!
Awwwwww!! Thank you Melinda!!! 😍🙏🏼💜💜💜💜💜