As life is constantly evolving and propelling us forward, so must my blog change and go with the flow of my own life. For many many years I have been incredibly passionate about fitness. There have been numerous times in my blogging “career” that I wanted to focus my writing on living a healthy and active lifestyle, but I allowed fear to keep me from pursuing that desire. I feared there were far too many excellent fitness bloggers and influencers out there that I’d be competing against. I feared I wasn’t fit enough, unique enough or inspiring enough. I feared failure, as so many of us do. I allowed fear to direct me.
Lately, the more I feel the pull towards this shift, the more I hear the message that there is room for everyone to succeed. I keep coming across that message as well as the fact that we are all the right amount of “enough” to be successful in our own right. As strong as fear is, I know these messages are true. So, in my constant effort to not allow fear to be the boss of me, here I am. Here, I am following my dream to share my health and fitness goals, tips, mistakes, triumphs and motivation with you.
I grew up an active child. I ran track, danced, tumbled and was just constantly on the move. I enjoyed physical activities and was a healthy kid and adolescent. In my teenage years I allowed society’s and high school’s pressures of being “perfect” to overwhelm me and I developed an eating disorder and a completely warped self-image. It wasn’t until college that I learned what being fit was really all about. An excellent health teacher (as well as some diligent research) taught me the importance of a healthy mind, body and spirit. It took time, patience and lots of work to help heal my mind, body and spirit (hell, it’s still constant work), but I did learn to focus on so much more than a number on a scale.
In college, I picked up a second job at a local gym and learned to train new members on the equipment and helped them set up a fitness plan. I LOVED helping and teaching people who were new to working out and using gym equipment. I also became a group fitness class junkie and was soon approached about training to become an instructor. In a few months I was leading my own classes… talk about empowering. Less than a year later, I graduated college and had to quit my job in order to move to Tennessee and begin my career as an elementary school teacher. However, this was not the end of my fitness journey.
Over the next 10 years, my health and fitness goals had lots of ups and downs. I taught dance classes for 6 years, coached gymnastics for two, taught children’s yoga and movement for two years, had a couple of gym memberships, completed every Shaun T exercise program (multiple times) and became a runner. I’ve run 5k’s, 10’s, Warrior Dash’s, Spartan races and even a Disney Half-Marathon. I worked out through two pregnancies and learned just how strong my body is. However, my fitness journey wasn’t all success and roses.
I learned the hard way that being fit is a lot more than exercising a lot. After years of battling anxiety and depression, I learned the importance of a healthy and balanced diet, of a good night’s sleep and how to truly take care of my mental health. Both of my pregnancies brought on hypertension and rounds and rounds of medication. Once again, I suffered with anxiety and post partum depression. Focusing on my physical, mental and spiritual fitness was beyond difficult, but it’s what saved me. Now, just a couple of months post partum wih our son, I’m learning the best ways to heal and take care of my hernia and diasticis recti (abdominal separation). I’ve had downfalls, backslides and even a few injures. There’s been hard times, but after every fall, I not only learned that I could get up again, but that I could come back even stronger…perhaps even a little wiser.
As I take my blog in a slightly new direction (don’t worry, there will still lots of traveling and anxiety), I hope to begin inspiring and helping you reach new fitness goals. Whether you’re aiming to tone up, become healthier or quiet your noisy mind, I want to help you. I will be sharing more of my personal health and fitness journey via the blog and my new instagram account @Official_Positively_Fit and would be so thrilled for you to follow along and join me on this journey. I’ll be posting my struggles, victories, tips, tricks and more, BUT I also want to hear from you. As you join this little “positive” family, don’t hesitate to share your own stories and helpful pointers.
I am so pumped to start this journey and to have you along for the ride!!!