Exciting training week the past 7 days have been! Got to finally lift w @arielle_isabella who took this video of me attempting the rope, I honestly didn't do so well ! Also, got to witness @nursedani3 lift a 325 dead lift max this week! #stronggirlarmy
Please ignore my ugly, gritty running face and post-workout face in pic 2 !
The pictures on the left were taken my senior year of high school (2010, when I was 18), to now, at almost 26. I weighed 112 pounds (I'm 5'8", btw) during my track season of 2010, and struggled with body positivity and confidence, even though I was a successful runner. I loved running but became compulsive about getting my mileage in, as well as setting the next PR, in the hopes of winning the next big race. I never had an eating disorder as some people assumed, but I was obsessive about training and began to lose a substantial amount of weight, and became anemic. There was a point where I was running 50 miles a week in high school, and 70 miles/week in college. Needless to say, I started to feel the effects when my body finally broke down in my sophomore year at UCF, when I competed as a D1 athlete track/cross-country runner. I sustained bilateral Achilles tendonitis that constantly flared up, as well as a hairline stress fracture in my right distal tibia.
Clocking in at 5:08 my freshman year of college, I set my best mile time ever...Then, I reached burn-out, and couldn't break past it. It didn't help that my coaches were more concerned with my body fat percentage (which was 10% at the time of my freshmen year) and my times, than my health or wellbeing. Nevertheless, I eventually moved on and left the team to focus on school and take better care of myself!! My point to all this is that as much success and love I had/still have for the sport of running, I will never bring myself to the point of training 'til exhaustion, injury, or illness again; I mainly just run now to stay fit, by doing HIIT. I know that sounds like common sense to listen to your body and know your limits, but it was an addiction for me.
Now, 8 years later, I'm a healthy 140 pounds and love to be active in the gym. Am I where I want to be yet on my fitness journey? Hell no, there's always progress to be made along the way. But, I don't obsess about training anymore, and I no longer feel so damn insecure in my own skin. I'm so much healthier in body, mind, and spirit and stand taller than ever!
Happy #Sunday!!! Sundays are pretty notorious for being a "Meal Prep" day. Don't stress too much about it!
Keep your meals simple and go with what works easiest for you. Simple things like:
• Breakfast- Oatmeal and protein (egg whites or tempah)
• Snacks- Fruits or a protein bar
• Salad from a trusted store if you're on the go
It's best not to get stressed out about things that are supposed to encourage you, and help you to attain your fitness goals.