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Living Fot Mommy: I Workout Because…

Ever seen the e-card above?

If you frequent fit-centric Facebook Fan Pages, Pinterest, Tumblr, or any other site with a “health nut” slant, chances are you’ve seen it more than you can count.

It’s fairly self-explanatory: it requires you to dig deep and answer the question of why you do what you do?

Lately, I’ve had no trouble answering that question. I love my kids, my body, and my ability to still get my ass out of bed, slip on a pair of sneakers, and work my t-shirt into a wet mess. I consider that a privilege and a blessing and, as such, I have found success keeping my focus in the right direction—even though I admit to having fallen off track here and there; I always manage to get right back on the horse.

That said, my reason isn’t everyone’s reason, and it’s important that you discover your “why” so that you might have something to cling to when you hit that proverbial wall—and trust me we all hit that wall—and begin to wonder why you ever bothered at all.

Plain and simple: “I workout because I can”. Why do you?

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Fit Mommy: I’m the Best at Being Me

I used to spend a lot of time trying to please people. I wasn’t a “people pleaser” per se, but I certainly tried to cater to the feelings of others by being careful not to offend them with  my personal views and steering clear of any issues that could potentially cause static.

In other words, I always tried not to rock the boat for fear falling out of it altogether. However, with years of being stepped on and overlooked comes the realization that looking out for others doesn’t always mean they’re looking out for you.

It became clear to me that I wasn’t serving myself, or those I felt the need to shield from my self, by holding back the parts that make me who I am—especially since the majority of persons I granted this respect to often still felt the need to say and do whatever they damn well pleased whether it offended me or not.

I stopped being non-confrontational and decided if I don’t agree or like something, I will speak up and say so—respectfully of course—and make sure that people understand not to mistake my silence for weakness.

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Fit Mommy: You Have to Start Somewhere

When I began my regimen three-years ago, I was a size 8 with minor definition in my arms. I was curvy but not necessarily all that toned. However, as I’ve mentioned in previous entries, I watched the documentary-style film entitled “Food Inc.” and was instantly inspired to change the way I view food and approach my health.

At that time, I only had a pair of dumbbells to guide me. No gym. No personal trainer. No workout buddy. Just a goal of a fitter-looking me—one who felt she measured up to the images on the cover of the magazine and could knock the hubby’s socks off whenever she damn well chose.

Each step along the way, from beginning to now, proves to be a testament to my ability to remain focused and I feel so proud of myself for not having given up.

So, when I ran across this video this morning, it reminded me of how simple a process getting fit can be and how you don’t need much to make the smallest of changes in your lifestyle—just yourself and a desire to get better.

We all start somewhere, right? Where will you?

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