What started your fitness journey?

posted 2 months ago in Fitness
Post # 2
94 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: City, State

a lot of little things. lol 


i was doing a filmed reivew of some backpacking gear and then decided to vlog my way through training for the Make A Wish Trailblaze Challenge.  Did not like how I looked on camera.  The Trailblaze Challenge was a fitness endeavor in and of itself but, no one I know sees weightloss or physical changes from participating so i decided to amp it up on my own. 

Fast forward to this year, we are talking about trying to conceive in the next 6 months or so.  I wanted to build a good core/muscle base for my body as well as have a maintanable fitness plan for life so my fitness has taken a different turn at the moment.  Not running as much, hiking whenever I can, riding my horse as often as I get opportunity, and really focusing on functional fitness. 

Post # 3
1412 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

I always wanted to be athletic, but just never really had an outlet.  For me it started with a friend who introduced me to the gym and just sort of showed me around a bit.  It was nice to have someone sort of walk me through the gym layout, explain a bit about gym culture, and teach me how to ignore everyone else around me.  Then I started trying to go regularly and as soon as I saw my first hints of progress and muscle gain I was hooked.  That’s my big carrot on a stick: the physical differences I can see and feel.  I fluctuate a little between being really active in the gym and just sort of “maintaining,” but I find I really love the benefits of workout out regularly and watching what I eat.  I love all my clothes, I have more confidence, my skin is better, all kinds of things.

Post # 4
9538 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

When my husband and I decided on a definite timeline for TTC I finally got my butt in gear! I’ve lost 50 lbs (and I want to lose at least 20 more) and am training to run a half-marathon in September. I spent most of my 20s trying (and failing) to lose weight. But knowing that my weight could impact my ability to get pregnant and affect my health and the healthy of a baby during pregnancy is the motivation I needed to get serious about losing weight. 

I ran tack in middle/high school though I was never especially good and never thought of myself as an athlete or athletic. But it’s felt good to get back into running after so many years off. I’ve also always been really into hiking and it’s awesome to be able to keep up with my husband on the trails!

Post # 5
2061 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I have been off and on serious about fitness since my 20’s. Sort of fell off the fitness wagon a few years ago and gained about 20 pounds and found myself about 10 pounds overweight, which made me feel terrible. Got really serious about it and changed my mindset and lost the 20 pounds and then some. With perimenapausal hormonal changes coming on about a year ago, I hired a twice a week personal trainer who has really helped me maintain and tone up.

Post # 6
912 posts
Busy bee

I have a tendency to not eat when I’m stressed. My appetite completely disappears. When I was in my early 30s, my then-husband list his job and I found myself in the position of supporting our family with my fledgling psychology practice while also caring for a 3 and 1 year old while my husband worked contract jobs away from home in order to start his own company. My weight started dropping. I had patients asking me if I was ok. Then, one day I stepped on the scale and there were only two numbers instead of three. I knew I needed to handle my stress better, I needed to eat, and I needed to get back to a healthy weight. On the advice of a friend, I joined a CrossFit gym and started exercising – my appetite improved, my stress was more manageable, and I started getting back to a healthy weight. A group of women at the gym decided to do a mud run and I joined in – I was hooked. I did mud runs for several years, then switched to playing roller derby. After one too many hard hits, I quit playing derby. I no longer CrossFit but still strength train independently and love it. It makes me feel so good to workout. I love my figure and I love my physical strength and I love not feeling so stressed. 

Post # 7
117 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

I decided after a trip to the doctors and I saw that I weighed 10lbs less than my fiance (who’s a foot taller than me). I then changed my eating habits and started feeling a lot better and ended up loosing 40lbs that year.

Post # 8
655 posts
Busy bee

Started my fitness journey a little after I got engaged. I had gained some extra weight that I never had in my life and I wanted to make sure I was skinny for the pictures. Now (almost 3 years later) I still lift consistently and I am finishing up my first “bulk”, which is basically eating at a caloric surplus to gain muscle. I work out around 5-6x a week usually first thing. 

I was never athletic. In fact, I used to be super lazy and a big couch potato (still love to lounge around tho). My best friend always tells me how much I’ve changed (for the better) compared to long ago. 

Post # 9
285 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I am neither athletic or competitive. When I started putting on weight in my early 20s I started hiking. Then I went to a yoga class for fun with a friend and loved it so much I never stopped. I really love the mental aspects of both walking meditation during hiking and breath during yoga. I tried running for a summer and, while I dropped weight quickly, I really disliked it and always felt resistance when I thought about going. I really need to get better about lifting weights but I’ll get there! 

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