“When In Doubt, Tell The Truth”

I ran across an inspiring article on Yahoo’s “Shine” page.

The article is titled “The Fitness Truth Will Set You Free” by Fitbottomedgirls.com. 

The link to the article is: 

 http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/health/the-fitness-truth-will-set-you-free-2596068/

After someone questioning her enthusiasm for fitness, she started to list her “Truths” that help break the stereotype that women only workout to fit into the next smaller size.  She words it best by saying,

“Apparently, for some, wanting to be fit requires an explanation. Occasionally, we have to explain why we do what we do. We have to, in some ways, stand up for our fitness.”

These are the following “Truths” that were my favorite from her list (follow the link above for the full list):

                “I’m not sweating whether or not you approve of how I look. I’m sweating to the beats.”

                “I want to feel fit. I could care less if I fit into your version of beautiful, cool, whatever.”

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this one:

“Skinny is not a compliment. Call me healthy. Never assume my challenges and goals are set by some weak objectification.”

This has, of course, inspired me to think of my own list.

So…Drum roll please….

My Fitness Truths (inspired by Fitbottomedgirls.com fabulous blog)…

  • If it wasn’t for fibromyalgia, I probably would have completely given up on getting healthy and fit. 

 

  • Before I started to keep a fitness routine at 265 lbs I sometimes ate two dinners (hiding one from my husband), I no longer fit into booths at restaurants, I drank 3-4 Diet Cokes a day, and avoided old friends because I didn’t want them see what I looked like.

 

  • I don’t keep such a disciplined fitness routine because I’m terrified of being over-weight again, but because I’m terrified if I don’t keep moving, Fibromyalgia will destroy me.

 

  • I sweat like a pig (where did this expression come from anyway?) and I get really irritated by women who are afraid to sweat.  

 

  • There is a difference between being “fibro” sore and “sore” from working out.  Yeah, it still hurts, but it’s a pain that comes with a feeling of accomplishment, and can chase away some of the nasty fibro pain.  I wish more fibro people would try to exercise, even when they’re in pain.  So many fibro people ask me how I workout even when I’m hurting, and I tell them I’m working out BECAUSE I’m hurting.

 

  •  I don’t have patience for people who say they can’t afford to workout in one of my Zumba classes when they eat fast food every day.  If it’s because you’re afraid or nervous, just tell me, I’ve been there!

 

  • If it weren’t for my support system of friends and family I would probably give up on my fitness routines.

 

  • People assume after I lost all the weight that I may be conceited, or over-confident.  It’s the complete opposite.  It takes a long time to get used to a brand new person.  Every day I’m getting a little more comfortable with my “healthy” self, but some days I have an impulse to gain all my weight back, because the person was so “familiar.”  Weight loss does interesting things to your way of thinking.  Next time you meet someone going through a weight loss battle, remember it’s changing their minds just as much as it’s changing their bodies.

 

  • When I started getting “fit” my answer was that I never wanted to be “skinny” I just wanted to look like I could kick someone’s ass.  I still stick to this.

 

Thank you Fitbottomedgirl.com for the inspiration!

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Christiana Sayyah
    Nov 16, 2011 @ 01:51:38

    I so SO SO TOTALLY agree with you! Especially on the “skinny” comments. JUST TODAY I saw on old friend from school and they said: “You’re so Skinny!” I understand what they mean, but it is SUPER frustrating if you start to analyze that word. I will NEVER be “skinny” but I am fit. That’s a compliment I can totally handle. I have curves and I always will, but I like them 😉 Wish I had a little more in the chest region like I used to, lol, but overall I’m pleased. My problems are my stomach and arms. I carry so much weight in my arms…when I gain a lb or two back it shows so much there. My stomach is the same way, but not as extreme.

    I constantly feel like people are judging me now that I’ve lost weight. I would never want to go back to the way I was, but I love food, damnit. I don’t want to be on a diet for the rest of my life. That’s my battle right now. I hate how my weight fluctuates, but I don’t want to go hardcore on a strict diet ENOUGH to overcome that issue.

    Sorry to vent on your blog, lol, but all this crap has been on my mind for a while now.

    You are very very right on the mindset change that comes along with weightloss. I really think you and I should start a support group for women like us. I think it would really help 😉

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  2. Lose Weight
    Dec 05, 2011 @ 11:19:56

    You really make it appear so easy along with your presentation however I find this matter to be actually something which I believe I would by no means understand. It kind of feels too complicated and extremely huge for me. I’m having a look forward in your subsequent submit, I will attempt to get the hang of it!

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    • jenfibrofighter
      Dec 05, 2011 @ 13:00:06

      Oh believe me. It’s not easy, I just try to stay positive. Every day there is a challenge, and the weight loss has been a huge challenge from the beginning, and I’m guessing will be for the rest of my life. It took me a looonnggg time to get the hang of it, but I’m lucky I have a great support system to keep me going. I’ll keep everyone updated as time goes by, each day presents a challenge of some sort!

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