Let’s go back to the beginning of time; (well, my time at least). I have always been pretty athletic. When I was younger I played almost every sport until I found my true passion of curling and that is what I am focusing on in my life at the moment. However, like most girls in our society today I wasn't always super confident and proud of my body and my abilities. In high school I just wanted to be 'skinny' so I would fall into the trap of stupid diets (eating less than 1000 calories a day), binge eating and I was the classic "cardio bunny" at the gym.
Looking back on it now, I see what I was doing to myself was completely unhealthy and very damaging to my mental state as well as my self-esteem. There was many times where I would break down emotionally because I didn't like the way I looked, even though on the outside I looked just fine. However, no one can be happy 100% of the time. We’re human, aren’t we? Discouraged with my body and with my lack of progress I knew that if I kept up with what I was doing, it wasn’t going to help me be the person I wanted to be in the long run. Like many who have boarded on this journey of fitness and strength, I lacked guidance and education, and I was often overwhelmed with diets and fads that really had no positive effects on my body or confidence.
It wasn't until the very end of high school when I was starting to become more independent and interested in fitness when I realized what I was doing was wrong and not healthy. I started weight lifting and eating a healthy & well balanced diet. I educated myself and I worked really hard at becoming a positive and happy person who puts the work into changing things that I feel need changing.
Flash forward a few years and now I'm happy, confident and proud of the lifestyle I have built for myself. Like I said, I am a curler (I bet you don't know many of those!) It's a tough sport; mentally, physically and emotionally. My dream of making it to the Olympics one day is what drives me and makes me work so hard. I train 5-6x a week at the gym. I eat right and I do not deprive myself of anything. Balance is key! (That’s what makes cheat meals so amazing!)
Taking care of your body and your mind is SO important and I can't stress this enough. Your body is the only one you have. You can change it, accept it and be happy or you can just let it haunt you. If you want to succeed then you must have the positive mindset and attitude towards yourself and your ability. Confidence is absolutely everything. BE YOUR OWN MOTIVATION. Having the ability to walk, run, bike, swim, and climb.... even MOVE is a blessing. I may not be the strongest, fittest or the best but I sure work hard at enhancing my own abilities and becoming the best version of me I can be. Do not compare yourself to others. The size of your clothes, the number on the scale or barbell doesn't matter to anyone but yourself. You are you, and that is what makes fitness so unique!