The inspiration for this blog post comes from the Fitness Blog World community.
How Did I Get Where I am Today?
If you ask any fitness model, professional bodybuilder or other fitness enthusiast why they’re so into living the fit life, chances are there’s some kind of story behind it. If people didn’t have a reason to want to be fit, they likely wouldn’t be.
Now, lemme just say that I’ve never had a real problem with my weight. I’m not some huge weight loss success story either (although being in better shape post-two-babies than I ever was before I had kids is a great accomplishment!). I did battle eating disorders during my first couple years of high school but was fortunately able to overcome it. The problem though? I’ve always been skinny fat. I wanted to change and actually BE fit and strong. Skinny doesn’t automatically equal healthy, strong OR fit.
With that said, my story begins in 2007. I started dating this hunk o’ man with big, tattooed arms and a bubble-muscle butt. (He’ll kill me when he reads this! haha!) This man is now my husband. He’s a dedicated weightlifter and I thought I’d give it a try after we had our son (my second biological child). I saw how dedicated he was and clearly this weightlifting thing was working for him, so why wouldn’t it work for me too?
Fast forward to May 2008 which is when I began lifting weights for the first time – by choice. I can remember doing a weightlifting unit in high school which I loved, but never pursued it beyond that. I guess I always thought girls would get “bulky”. Shame on me! And shame on those who think that way today. It’s so not true.
Within just a few months I had built a good amount of muscle and the definition was noticeable in my arms, my back and my legs within just a couple of weeks. I even started to see my abs and I had just had my second child in March! You could say that I fell in love with lifting from my very first workout. It’s so empowering!
The Beginning of Melinda’s Fitness Blog
For those who don’t know, I started this fitness blog in July of 2008. I started by adding my daily workouts just to hold myself accountable. Before I knew it I was receiving comments from people cheering me on. That motivated me to keep going and pushing myself. Now I continue to post on this blog for my personal benefit and also because I want to help motivate and inspire other people that you can build your dream body at any age – even if you’ve had kids!
Keyword = “build”. You can’t get the fit, toned body that you desire (and deserve!) if you don’t strengthen your muscles with resistance training. Dieting won’t tone you. Eating less won’t tone you. Muscle building WILL. In order for muscles to grow, they need resistance.
3 Reasons Why I’ll Continue to Live the Fit Life & Never Turn Back
- It’s been a miracle cure for depression, which I battled for over 10 years off and on (mostly on).
- I’m able to be strong and healthy for my kids.
- It inspires my kids (and others!) to be healthy. The kids love to workout and they always let me know when I’m short on almonds, tuna and yogurt!
What or Who Has Had the Most Influence on Your Fitness Life?
The two largest influences on my fitness life are my husband and this blog. This blog has grown to be bigger than I ever imagined and I’m so happy that people are liking it. I love reading the comments, the questions and the advice that other people have to share.
Now you, my readers, inspire me to keep chugging along – even on the days I don’t wanna – and I’m so thankful for that. My husband got me into living the fit life and this blog has kept me going. So THANK YOU.
Keep living the fit life!