This past week, we lost an incredible man. A veteran who dedicated much of his life to serving his country, a man who was always willing to lend a creative helping hand and a man with the biggest heart of gold.
Cheers to the full life such a great man led!
You will be missed greatly.
Have you heard of the Thigh Gap movement?
No... for real...
I promise. Google "thigh gap" that simple. Pinterest "thigh gap" and just look.
I was SHOCKED. I was DISGUSTED by the articles. I was TORN apart from memories that blasted to the fore front of my brain.
One article that I came across stated "The thigh-gap workout: Meet the celebrity trainer who says you DON'T have to starve yourself to get supermodel legs."
Another said " Flat stomach, thigh gap, Are these weight loss progresses inspiring you? You want to have body like her? Get the same method to melt away 12-23 pounds of stubborn body fat in 21 days."
Um, what? I don't HAVE to starve myself to look like this?? No, there is no definition of healthy within these two photos. In fact... one of them was tagged "THINSPRIATION."
So, I go back to the article that we posted a few week ago attached with this image. It can be found here:
The article was titled "The Pornographication of Fitness Need to Stop"
Yes, we see photos splattered across the internet and fitness magazines with women showing off their muscles, their squatters booty, and abs. The muscles they trained and ate for. Powerful images of powerful women & men showing the world a new definition of beauty away from the supermodel thin that causes adolescents and women to seek unrealistic and utterly unhealthy ideals of the human body.
Sex sells. It sells fitness, beer, cars, and tires. We know that. The human mind is attracted to the pronographication of marketing. That has been around for decades.
So, the choice is ours. Which ideal would you rather have your four year old or your 14 year old seek and desire? I'll tell you the difference speaking from experience- the supermodel thin- that leads to a path of destruction. Unattainable without harming yourself immensely both physically and mentally. Nothing but attaining that ideal matters.
The fitness models- sure they have really nice bodies with incredible muscle definition. I know to earn that- I have to be in tip top training and nutrition dialed in. Most of all, I am not working for that image. It is inspiring, but what inspires me most is watching MY one rep max increase and my baseline time decrease. MY results in my fitness endeavors matter. I am healthy both body and mind.
So I end with #fuckthethighgap
The other day I was frustrated as hell.
Every room I walked in had someone stuff strewn about in the improper place with no effort to actually clean it up. The laundry needed to be folded, the dishwasher needed to be unloaded and reloaded, the floor had crumbs strewn about from the little hands carrying them about the house AND I needed to unpack from the work day and prep tonight's dinner and tomorrow's lunches and meals. Plus, the list I had been compiling throughout the day was left untouched at work AND at home (think wrapping stockings, renewing passports, ordering gifts, checking flights, sending emails, planning, copying...). Then, the kids starting ASKING me for things. Things I didn't have time for. MORE. MORE. MORE.
I wanted to cry. In fact, I almost did.
Sometimes, as a working mother (or a stay at home mother!) it is hard to find yourself underneath all the responsibility, expectations, and duties. The housework, professional duties, and raising a family. That is a lot in itself. It is no wonder we have an easy time losing our independence and the ability to define ourselves.
When is the last time someone asked you "Who is ________ (insert your name)" and you didn't answer with mother, wife, _______ (insert profession). We forget who we are because we don't allow ourselves the time we deserve or the time to immerse ourselves in self-centered activities.
My "selfish" activity is lifting weights. I love it. It is a time where I feel empowered, strong, beautiful, and I find RELEASE from the day. My kids are trained to leave me ALONE during that hour. And- SURPRISE! The duties you need to tend to didn't go anywhere and will still get done.
Instead- you GAVE yourself that time to decompress.
Have you ever been resentful for your significant other "always" leaving to fish, hunt, exercise, watch football, etc... In the mean time, they don't bat an eye at the housework? I think we can learn a very VALUABLE lesson from them.
WE MUST TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES TO BE HAPPY.
I said it. Mr. F always reminds me life goes to quickly, don't mind the mess, and it will all still get done. My kids are little, my mind and body are invaluable, and HE IS RIGHT. (Don't tell him I admitted that!)
So, my hope for all of you mothers (or fathers!) who feel that they have lost their independence and you need to be able to define who you are once again- please come join us.
Give yourself an hour.
Then remind yourself the best days you have are when you slow down and just BE.
Hey Triumph Fitters! We are bringing you the January 2016 Triumph Fitness Calendar of Events!
We want to keep you informed about Triumph events, closures, and special classes. If you want to stay in the loop- save this calendar!
We have some FUN and AWESOME events coming up such as:
BRING A FRIEND WORKOUTS
Which is awesome because why not introduce friends and family to the best activity you have started yet??
(You know they all made same New Year's Resolution- so help them out by bringing them to Triumph!)
In addition, Coach Fonseca is working to keep you updated and REMINDED of the upcoming events- so if you are a current Triumph Fitness Member- make sure you sign up for REMIND to receive updates about closers and/or upcoming events! We'd be sad if you were out of the Triumph Fitness Family Loop!
So get on it Ladies and Gents!