All my life I have tried to be the best at everything I do to make my parents proud. I recall as a child playing a game of basketball and peering out in the crowd to see if my dad was watching, while searching for approval. If I brought home a test that was a 90, my father would ask what happened to the other 10 points. I grew to understand this mentality which was you can do better. And when we did art in school I always worked hard to get an A, even though I have no artistic ability. I worked hard to achieve and to prove everyone who thought (or knew) I was a terrible artist wrong. And I am grateful for learning this mentality from my father.
I know that may sound silly especially since I am 33 years old but it is something I just can’t change. It is part of who I am. I can lie and say I don’t care but in truth I want to always do my best. It was tough growing up with two completely different parents. My mother is all forgiving and accepting and she was and still is proud of me no matter what I do. And my father is ever challenging and it always seemed like nothing I did was right. I love both my parents tremendously but it is funny to think about how two very different parents can create a personality that is a culmination of the two. And I am not perfect but I am me!
When I workout I push hard and I give it all I got. And with my busy family life with 3 children I often have to exercise at 4 or 5am to squeeze it in but I am programmed to just do it. The motivation is just within me. Just like I work hard at cooking, cleaning, and parenting I push the same way in my workouts and give it my all. And when I refer to my “all” I mean every workout I finish drenched in sweat and I love it!
Why am I sharing all of this with you? Because I never thought I was good enough. I was always critiquing myself in how to be better until as an adult I woke up and realized that I am amazing, deserved to be loved, I am intelligent, athletic, fun and the best version of ME! And you are as well! I have worked with so many clients and have been lucky enough to see their personalities and who they really are. I am thankful for this. I have gotten to know many people that were not even aware of how special they were until I highlighted this to them. And from this confidence they have lost countless pounds, inches and transformed their lives.
So, know you are good enough. You deserve to be loved. Love your body with healthy food and nourishment. You deserve to be strong. So exercise daily to better your health and strengthen your heart and lungs.
And remember you are enough!
Have a great day!
Your fierce fitness friend,