Hey y'all! Happy Friday the 13th!
Dun dun dun.... *high-pitched shrieks heard in the background* :P
Today I have yet another special treat for you all! Kelly from Foodie Fiasco has been so kind as to even consider posting for my blog. This young lady (and I truly mean, young lady) is perhaps one of the most mature and sweet young ladies I have ever met. :)
We met at the Foodbuzz Fest, and if one were to meet her in person like I did, that person would not guess her age.
But that's a good thing! Especially considering the fact that she's been on a never ending roller coaster journey to health and fitness. Not only has she been seeking to become healthier physically and mentally, but she has achieved something that many individuals aim for.
That achievement being a massive amount of weight loss.
It seems that this great feat has catapulted her to seek healthier ways of maintaining as well as an overall balance in her life--while encouraging others to do the same. So please welcome her and keep strengthening her with all the wisdom and experience you may have! And perhaps you will be inspired by her story as well. :)
Hello, lovely Fit for the Soul readers! I am Kelly from Foodie Fiasco, and the incredible Ellie has been so kind as to let me take over for a post. I know I can't measure up to Ellie, but I hope you like it anyway!
So for starters, I would like to wish you a very happy 2012. I love new year's in general, especially because of the feeling of a clean slate, a fresh start, and a new jar of peanut butter.
Yes, I am a dorky food blogger who makes peanut butter analogies. I can't help it.
Back to the point... new year's. Got it.
I love that there are no excuses to not get on track. Even though its fun to derail a bit for the holidays, I think it can be equally as fun to get back on track, too. (Remember, peanut butter dork.)
But this year, something occurred to me. Where the heck is the track?
Last year about this time, I was coming off a forty pound weight loss. To lose the weight, the only real exercise I was doing was Wii Fit. That's pretty sad.
So as I came to maintain, I experimented with doing other random exercises such as hula hooping for long periods of time. Weird? Very.
In August, I settled on a real regimen and became a very happy Tae Bo-er. That's legitimate, no?
Well it was. But I'm only fourteen, so after a few months, Tae Bo became far too easy.
Yes. I am a fourteen year old food blogging peanut putter loving dork. Thank you for not laughing and clicking out of this post.
So I was at a loss. Should I keep doing Tae Bo? Should I get a gym membership? Should I just move around more and not work out regularly?
I don't know what caused my revelation, but I'm darn glad I had it.
My dad is a really good runner, and has done a fair share of marathon, 5K's, etc. But I hate running.
With a passion.
I have walked miles faster than I have run miles, and have consistently come in last in my class when we run in Gym. I was convinced I just wasn't cut out to be a runner. My dad always tried to convince me otherwise because of my genetics and build, but I wouldn't hear of it.
But since I was kinda between a rock and a flabby place, I decided to give it a go.
And I'm glad I did.
Now, let's get something straight. I wasn't in a state of running bliss or anything. I didn't run on a cloud or up a rainbow or beside a unicorn.
It was hard.I was lucky if I could run a whole half mile straight, and I would spend the rest of the time walking and panting.
That was only two months ago, and, frankly, I haven't seen tremendous progress. I'm still lucky if I can run a half mile straight, and I'm thrilled with a ten minute mile.
But that doesn't mean I don't love it. I feel like I have found my work out, and it doesn't require any schmancy equipment, or a personal trainer, but just the great outdoors.
I feel leaner, my energy level is better, and I think my mood is significantly improved.
The point of this was not to make you a runner. If you never run a step in your life, that's fine.
You just need to find what works for you.
You could be a runner, a swimmer, a walker, or simply a mover around-er.
Unfortunately, there just isn't a magic formula to find your perfect workout. Trial and error is the way to go. Try something, if it doesn't work, try something else.
But just don't have a stroke over it. It's not worth that. If you miss a day of exercise, so what?
If the first thing you try isn't for you, so what?
I'm going to keep running, and if I find out later that it's not the right exercise for me, I'll stop. No biggie.
You rock, and you got this.
Thanks for reading and I hope you have a fabulous day!
Thank you so much for sharing, Kelly! It's great to see so much perseverance in your life pretty much in every aspect--including health and wellness. ;)
Please check out the giveaway if you haven't yet! The final date to enter will be Saturday, January 14th.
Care to share YOUR story about fitness and health?