Most of the time by blog is pretty light-hearted but sometimes I like to trick y’all and post something a bit more thought provoking. Today is one of those days. I hope you don’t mind!!
I have to admit, being fit has meant different things to me at different points in my life but over the last couple years I have really come to grasp the idea of what a fit person is, at least to me. In order to finally define the word(in my mind) I had to go through some learning curves, finding out the hard way what a fit person is NOT!!
Before I go on any further with this post, I want to clarify that I am by no means putting anyone down and/or trying to offend with my opinion. I am simply stating what I as a Fit-Minded Mom have come to believe being truly fit is all about.
To start, I am going to list what I DO NOT necessarily believe makes a fit person.
What a “Fit” person is NOT
- A size 2 or 4. Size does not matter.
- Having ripped arms or a six pack stomach.
- Obsessing about your diet and never allowing yourself a treat.
- Obsessing about exercise and feeling guilty if you take a rest day.
- Distancing yourself from friends/family because you are afraid of being in social settings due to diet and exercise restrictions.
- Judging others for not sharing the same lifestyle as yourself.
What a “Fit” person IS
- A size that is healthy to their body frame and height. That may be a size 2 or a size 10.
- Having a healthy body fat percentage. It does NOT have to be in the teens and you do not have to have ripped muscles to be at a healthy percentage.
- Eating a clean healthy diet the majority of the time and allowing yourself an occasional treat if you feel like having one.
- Exercising most days of the week, but knowing that it is okay to take rest days and even GOOD for you.
- Enjoying the time you spend with family and friends as this is good for your emotional well-being.
- Genuinely wanting to help others become healthy but not looking down on them if they aren’t ready to share the same lifestyle.
I am by no means saying that if you are a size two and ripped you aren’t healthy. That would be stupid of me. I mean, of course you can be a size 2 and fit….just look at me . I kid…..I kid. I am SO not ripped.
Once upon a time, the top list was me(well, minus the being ripped part). I was striving so hard to be a “fit” person that I was actually far from it. Yes, I could lift a decent amount of weight and yes, I could run pretty far but I was constantly obsessing about how I could be better. How I wasn’t good enough the way I was. I looked at other people, be it fitness models or friends and wondered why I couldn’t be like them. I cut out carbs, obsessed about calories and I worked out two times per day but I still couldn’t find the person I was striving to be.
Not long ago, it finally dawned on me. I will never measure up to those people because I AM NOT THOSE PEOPLE. I have a curvy body(which my husband loves), I love to eat(healthy and unhealthy) and I enjoy hanging out with my friends and family without stressing about what is being served for dinner. When I finally woke up and realized all this, I became a far happier and more fit person.
I started exercising by doing activities that I enjoy. Sometimes it is running, other times it is weight lifting and not one of those is more right or wrong than the other. I don’t “diet” anymore. Do I eat more than I should at times? You betcha! However, I also fuel my body with good for me foods so that I don’t have feelings of guilt when I eat a little too much junk.
While I may no longer be at my thinnest or most lean, I truly believe that I am closer to being more fit now than I ever have been in my life. I say this because I now KNOW how to get lean and lose weight without losing myself in the process. I don’t deprive myself and I refuse to compare myself to others. I am strong. Want to arm wrestle?!
While I am still on the journey to reach my personal goals for the scale and body fat percentage I know I will get there in a healthy way. And I will be happy in the process!
Do you consider yourself to be a “Fit”person?
In your opinion, what makes a person “fit”?
Have you ever been what others consider to be fit but still felt badly about yourself and your habits?