A year ago, I decided to turn all my “one days” into today’s. I wanted to make my health and wellness a priority again which had gotten lost in raising two babies, being an incredible wife, working full time and starting a business.
In college I often times worked into rotation with the men’s team, since it was easier than re-racking weights. I won’t lie, it felt uncomfortable and awkward at times. I was always in awe of my body and it’s strength, but lifting with the guys sometimes made me self-conscious.
I had found a gym I loved that incorporated cardio, with weight lifting, something my husband encouraged me to get back into after a 13 year hiatus. And after I built my strength and confidence back up I was craving more, something in addition. When I came to the fitness asylum, I was blown away! I was just one of the girls. Where lifting heavy is sexy, and muscle envy is a THING. I actually am not even lifting the heaviest weight, and when I look around the room, I have serious goals. When I joined my first bikini challenge I had no idea I would totally fall in LOVE. Fall in LOVE with lifting heavy, fall in LOVE with the bikini team, and fall in LOVE with an individual sport that not only challenged me physically, but also mentally. For me it has never been about being “skinny.” It has been about me and my fitness, setting a goal, and reaching so many milestones along the way. My second challenge was HARD, and although I wasn’t satisfied with myself, I always remained proud of my accomplishments. Bikini has taught me a lot about myself, and has been one of the most humbling experiences. The only way I was truly going to fail, was if I quit.
Being comfortable is boring. Having no goals is no fun. A life without challenges lends no growth. And in a world full of average, be the 1%.