I can’t believe it..this is my last guest post on EJ. Mixed feelings about ending my blog…but I am SO thankful that Lisa from BikeBakeBlog is posting today. She’s Australian…not just an American living in Oz. A true Aussie. She is a baker, triathlon runner, and just a great person to read everyday. You’ll be inspired by her approach to fitness and FOOD!
I hope that you check out her blog and show her some international love.
Thankyou to the lovely Michelle for giving me a chance to provide a guest post on her blog.
My name is Lisa and I regularly blog at www.bakebikeblog.com. Michelle enquired about my journey into fitness, which got me wondering just how I got to where I am today…
I was always an active child. I played tennis for 8 years, and tried my hand at athletics, gymnastics and dancing. I also have fond memories of camping and hiking with my dad, anything outdoors really. I was young, active and healthy, and body image was not something I ever worried about.
When I hit 13, things seemed to change. Yes I was still playing tennis 3 days a week, but I became conscious of my body and critical of what I saw. I can’t remember anything particular happening to make me feel this way, it was just as if I woke up one day and didn’t like my reflection in the mirror. Looking back now I just want to give that 13 year girl a big hug, and tell her that all will be ok.
I moved interstate when I was 17, to start university. Suddenly I was in a new city, with no family, yet with a freedom I had never had when living at home. I was working to pay my way through uni, making poor food choices, and ‘fitness’ had all but disappeared from my life. Sure I played social sport (netball, touch etc) but I had no regular routine. I would find myself in cycles where I would restrict what I ate, try some crazy diet, only to have it all come apart. Not surprisingly, this left me feeling worse than ever. I was tired, unhappy and unhealthy. Deep down I knew that something had to change.
After I finished uni and started a full time job, I met Mr BBB. Suddenly my life was not just about me, but about this wonderful man I had been lucky enough to meet.
Around this time I realised I had a choice to make. I could stay an unhappy party girl, or I could grow up. Simple as that. And guess what? I decided to change.
CHOOSING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
I chose a happy and healthy lifestyle. No longer was I spending the weekends (and some weeknights) at the pub. Rather, I was enjoying my new relationship, cooking meals and generally living life. I loved cooking healthy meals.
I joined a gym, developed a regular fitness regime, and was generally happier with who I was becoming. I could feel the “young” active Lisa coming back and I loved it. Basically, I started to love me again.
In 2007 I decided to compete in a short triathlon. This was definitely another turning point . I bought a bike, developed a training program, and loved the variety of training for a triathlon.
My first race was, well, rather unimpressive, but I finished the race and it only made me hungry for more. I returned to that same race in 2008 and shaved nearly 20 minutes off my previous time. To say that I was elated is an understatement.
Since that time I have made health and fitness a big part of my life. Sure I have days / weeks where I don’t spend any time running or hitting the gym. But, these moments are generally fleeting, and I no longer equate such moments with failure or inadequacy.
FINDING MY STRIDE
Competing in races has shown just how strong my body and mind can be, and allowed me to feel a sense of achievement. They also give me motivation to train, and to keep training regularly.
I also made a conscious decision to throw out the scale and learn to be happy in my own skin. And to be honest, I have never been happier. Are there days where I overindulge? Of course. But do I let these days drag me back to the self loathing state I was once in? No. Was this an easy transition to make? No. Is it still a work in progress? I think so.
So what would my advice be to the “old” me? Simple. Don’t waste time focusing on the bad, but celebrate the good. Every day can represent a new beginning. Be excited about what the future holds, and know that you have a CHOICE as to what sort of future you want to have.
I am truly excited about what the future holds. I am lucky to have a great relationship, a wonderful family and a body that is strong and a mind that is sound. I can’t wait to have more fun-filled adventures in fitness and in life!