I recently met a fellow cyclist on the CicLAvia bike ride who liked the idea of the FatNoMoSho. We chatted about health and fitness for some of the route, and even emailed a bit afterward. She asked a question that I felt was important, so I wanted to post it here, along with my answer, in the hopes that it might help to inspire/encourage others.
I also want to mention that at no point have I ever used the word SKINNY. My goal is not to be SKINNY. I want to be FIT. I want to have muscles that give me strength and endurance, and a body that will allow me to climb stairs without gasping for breath, and surf without exhausting myself with just the paddling. I have been in a battle with my body since I was 8 years old, and I want to be able to say that I am the fittest and healthiest I’ve ever been. I can’t quantify that with a weight or a waist measurement. I don’t even know exactly what it will look like, because I’ve never seen it before.
This journey continues to be so gratifying because I get to share it with people who can relate to the struggle, to the ups and downs, and I want to be proof that it is possible to be fit. But the only way to do it is to love yourself every step of the way, no matter how much further you think you have to go.
But I really want to know – what would you say has been the key to your success? What has kept you get back on track when you fall off; what is it that drives you? That you want it so much? That you know you can do it?
What drives me is knowing that this time, I have to and will get to my goal – because I want it more than ever, and because I’ve put myself on public display, and I know that the only way I can truly motivate and inspire others is to accomplish my own goals first. I wouldn’t be as credible and the journey would be for nothing if I don’t get to be my fittest self. Sure, once in a while I have a beer, or a brownie, but I workout OR move (on days I can’t do a full workout I still do 50 situps, 10-20 push ups and walk at least .5 mile), I make healthy choices in eating, log my calories, and just keep going. I’ve thought of getting in shape as my JOB. There are several blog posts where I write about the mental aspect of the journey, see if those help you as well! And again my biggest mantra has been “I want a fit body more than I want ____” knowing that whatever fills in that blank will satisfy me for 5 minutes, a fit body for a lifetime.