Those of you who’ve been hanging out here for a while know that I’ve had an on and off habit of posting little tidbits that I find inspiring. Sometimes it comes with a bit of snark, often with a healthy bit of self-reflection.
Erika of A Heart More Focused, the talented woman responsible for my blog redesign, and overall a really lovely lady, recently started #aHeartFitFriday.
What is a heart fit Friday?
You can check out her launch post here to get it straight from the source, but a heart fit Friday isn’t just about reducing the size of your posterior, or squeezing into a pair of skinny jeans, it’s about being healthy.
And right now, I could really use that. And, you know, a smaller booty.
Since my early 20′s, I’ve had various strange health issues, varying from frequent migraines, to nausea that made my tiny apartment feel like I was on a whale watching expedition in the midst of a hurricane.
Except there weren’t any cool whales swimming by to make the pukey feels even slightly worth it.
I was doing much better for quite some time, but recently I can feel my body sliding back on to that ship. It’s not a good feeling, ya’ll.
It’s one thing to ignore your body and your health when your single and 21 and fairly invincible (wait, we weren’t invincible?!). But when there is an adorable little person depending on you, it’s an entirely different thing. I was probably at my healthiest when I was pregnant, because I knew every choice I made wasn’t just a choice for me.
I need to get back to a place where I treat my body as well as I’d treat someone else’s.
So, I decided that I would join Erika in her efforts to be healthier and fit. She is posting every Friday, so while the focus of my Friday posts may not always be about how I’ve succeeded (or failed) in my efforts, it will be included.
And this is the big post.
Because this is the one where I get to put on my big girl pants and give you the numbers. And a photo.
One. Public accountability.
I have a kinda crazy schedule. I have a day job, a toddler, a newly released novel, a house to clean, a family to cook for…I know plenty of women who have it even tougher in the busy department, but suffice it to say that I am busy enough to easily excuse myself from things like exercise and making smart food choices.
Two. I kinda hate when I try to find fitness inspiration and all I see is skinny girls. Sorry skinny girls. I promise, I’m not a “weightist”. It’s just a bit deflating when I’m excited about the pound I lost, only to hear you complain about how your thighs almost touch.
I don’t hate you. Really. But in this case, you just make me want to go eat a bowl of chips and try to remember if my thighs ever weren’t on speaking terms. (We’re a friendly bunch in this body.)
And I’m sure that I’m not the only woman who feels this way. So if sharing the numbers will make another woman participating feel encouraged, like she can do this too, then its worth it.
Plus, Erika set the example. (Thank you, Erika.)
Weight: 183 lb
And yes, that is a fairly recent picture. Before I chopped all my hair off. With an especially dirty mirror.
And I may have posted it in a rather small size.
Hey, baby steps. I have an aversion to being in front of the camera. I’m still getting over that whole soul-stealing thing.
Plans for how I’ll get myself to a happy place with my health will follow, and hopefully progress reports.
Or at least hilarious tales of how winded I get after 2 minutes on the exercise bike, or how I manage to injure myself trying to walk the dog and the kid at the same time.
Oh, the stories I shall tell.
If you’d like to join Erika, myself, and many others for #aHeartFitFriday, please check out Erika’s post. You don’t have to blog about it, or post photos or measurements. It’s just about supporting each other. Do you have any special fitness goals you’d like to reach?