October 30, 2018
Doesn’t it seem that everyone knows everything about health and fitness? I go online and a flood of different information comes my way. I share my approach briefly on my Instagram, less now than before, but I think it’s important to share my heart behind what I do, why I do it and how I strive to be different than other fitness accounts you see.
I think everyone who shares what they eat, their workouts, and other healthy tips genuinely want to help others. Including myself!
However, I don’t want to be “in the fitness industry” – a place where butt selfies are worshiped. My goal from the beginning was to make my page and blog for women to feel inspired, not for them to compare themselves.
This approach has actually been extremely challenging. A fitness page usually consists of the person running the page (me) to basically share my body and my hard work. Which I think is wonderful and I by no means hide my body. I have shared my body progress because when progress is made, it’s so exciting and you want to share it with the world. Which is AMAZING!! Don’t get it twisted. I have done this and most likely will in the future.
For my brand Fit Freedom, I strive for it to be more than our appearance. Because while that’s what we see, our confidence, freedom, self-love, and joy is something we feel. That is much harder to convey online.
Along with progress made to my physical appearance, a lot happened in my heart and mind that truly made the switch from comparison to self-acceptance. And that’s what inspired me to share my take on health & fitness.
Health starts in our minds. It’s amazing what the body can do and follows when we first have a healthy mind and outlook.
I wish I could say I was always in a healthy mindset but that’s just not true. I watched the bodybuilders online, the girls with all the fitness courses to make your booty bigger and get abs. I watched people count their macros and every morsel of their food. I drank my protein and I lifted one day and did an hour of cardio the other day. I’ve been there, I thought that was the thing that would make me like the other girls I saw online.
And let me tell you, I hated every second. I hate doing any form of machine cardio, I don’t like just lifting weights. I don’t count my calories. And I no longer follow anyone that I compare myself to.
It wasn’t anyone’s fault that I compared myself to them, It was my own mental state and insecurities that caused those feelings. Anyone who enjoys these things or even shares them is not wrong. Fitness isn’t a one size fits all thing, it’s individual to the person. It will evolve and change as you do.
I thought in order to get the confidence I saw in those girls, I had to do what they were doing and it completely drained me of any chance of having a healthy relationship with health & fitness. The changes I really needed to make were in the quietness of my heart, with God.
When I think about the influence I want to have on people, it’s not my workouts, it’s not my body, it’s not even what I have to say. It’s the way I make someone feel when reading and seeing my posts.
And when I think about the need of those who follow me and even those who don’t, it’s not that anyone needs more workout videos, or recipes, or even motivation. It’s more acceptance, more freedom, more encouragement, more people to help make you feel like anything is possible, and that you can achieve it all, without doing what the girl on your Instagram is doing. Whatever your thing may be – whatever your healthy lifestyle looks like for you, I want to be your encourager to find that, pursue it and never give up on it. I don’t want you to copy my every move as I did to so many other women online.
When I found my health and fitness, I was set free of those comparisons. I didn’t need to be like anyone else. The truth is, nobody online can make you change. You’re only going to truly change when you’re ready to. When you’re ready to work towards a better you, and a better lifestyle, that’s when you’ll feel balanced and free.
I won’t stop posting about workouts, and progress because it’s my passion but what makes me feel alive is being there for someone who needs to know how enough they are and how well they’re doing. When I can encourage someone to start, try something new, keep pushing, that’s when I feel the most accomplished.
So today I want to encourage you to push past whatever is holding you back from living an extraordinary life. A life full of happiness, balance, and freedom. You were made for much more than settling and self-doubt. The thoughts in your head about “not being good enough, never will be, you can’t do what she does”, are honestly a load of crap and I pray you are given the strength to overcome those thoughts and allow yourself to live in abundance. Because you my friend, deserve it.
all my love,