I began working out when I was 15. I slipped on my workout clothes and sneakers one morning and just started running.
That might not sound like such a big deal but I come from a place where fitness isn’t a priority for most people.
My sudden desire to start running every morning alarmed my parents. They started to fear I might have some sort of body dysmorphia issue.
After a week of gritting their teeth in silence, my parents arranged an intervention – that’s when my parents and all the kids gather in my father’s room to discuss whatever teenage shenanigan had been committed.
After I arrived in my father’s room, I soon realized the intervention was for me when he solemnly three-named me.
He then asked me to stand in front of the mirror and look at myself. Wondering exactly what was going on, I obeyed with a pensive eye roll.
He then said, “I promise you you’re beautiful. All my children are beautiful.”
I replied, “Er, ok. Thanks but I know that already. You called a family meeting to tell me I’m beautiful?”
His face collapsed in relief and he asked, “Then why are you running around the damn neighborhood at 6 am every morning.”
I replied, “Because I want to be fit.”
“But you’re not out of shape,” said my mother.
“It’s not about being out of shape. Skinny and fit are two different things,” I said.
My parents looked at each other as if wondering if they should have called a priest instead.
Try as I might, they couldn’t understand what running every morning was about for me but once they were sure I wasn’t having body image issues, they were more than happy to leave me to it.
I shared this story to show just how long I’ve been a big fan of fitness at every age and how I didn’t let what anyone think stop me.
People always told me once I reached a certain age, my body and metabolism would peak and I would start getting out of shape no matter what I did.
I’m 40 and I’m still not out of shape because of the way I have chosen to live and because I did not succumb to stereotypes about what a person’s body should and should not be able to do at a certain age.
This is one of the reasons I started this website. To show that it’s possible to be fit and stay fit no matter how old you are.
I welcome you to this journey and look forward to walking it together. I will be sharing my best tips and tricks for staying in shape, healthy and delicious recipes I try out, workout program reviews, and much more.
And just so you know, I’ve never starved myself a day in my life. I eat what I want when I want to eat it and if I feel like eating it. I don’t allow scales, charts, and percentages to run my culinary existence.
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