If you remember from last week, Be Fit with Kristen was featured on Fitblogger. For many reasons, this one of my favorite posts that I’ve written so far. I’ve had such a great feedback on it, I couldn’t resist sharing it with all of you. With that said, here is a re-cap on what fitness means to me and how I believe in making fitness a lifestyle change.
And I quote myself…
“Fitness is not about a look; it’s about a feeling”
It’s about the high you feel after a great run. The strength you feel after completing a set of push ups. The excitement you feel when your jeans fit and the joy you feel when you receive a compliment from a friend. Most importantly it’s about the motivation you find from within, and the sense of accomplishment you feel after conquering your goal.
Getting there is about making lifestyle changes. After struggling with my weight for nearly 30 years I finally caught on. First I changed my exercise routine, then my eating habits and finally my outlook on life. It wasn’t an easy battle. It took a lot of patience, hard work and dedication. I did it by making gradual changes that eventually turned in to healthy habits. It all proved to be worth it. Here I am 7 years later living a fit and healthy lifestyle and loving life. I say this not because of how I look, but because of how I feel. I will never forget the compliments I received at my 10th year high school reunion or crossing the finish line at my first 5k. My experiences define me and have motivated me to create this blog. My goal is to share my philosophy on fitness in hopes of motivating you.
Nobody knows better than I that change is overwhelming. As much as we would like it to, it doesn’t happen overnight. The good news is that you don’t have to change everything all at once. If you take it one step at a time, as I did, you will find success. And how do you get there? Maybe this week you start by eating a healthy breakfast every morning, such as overnight oats or healthy muffins. And next week you add interval training to your workout routine and so on. Before you know it each change becomes part of your everyday life. It becomes a habit.
The bottom line is, only have one body so why not take care of it? When was the last time you reaped the benefits of a good night’s sleep? Or took measures to de-stress and de-clutter your life? Or read something inspirational? Be Fit with Kristen is more than fit tips and healthy recipes, it’s about inspiring you to a life of overall health and wellness. Being healthy isn’t just about exercise and eating well; it’s about having a positive self-image and taking care of you.
My friend Boh shared this pic on Facebook today and I thought it was all too fitting for this post (orginally posted by Go Red For Women – The American Heart Association)
I will leave you with this; I believe that leading a fit and healthy life will do wonders to clear your mind, sharpen your focus and strengthen your soul. Won’t you come and join me?