After a year and a half break, I’m back in the blogging world. I’ve emerged from the dark caves of my mind going back and forth trying to decide if I wanted to start my “From Skinny 2 Strong” site again or not.
Well, here I am.
To sum it up for anyone who’s new to me (or you forgot or just don’t care but you’re a bit nosey #noshame) here’s the story:
I used to compete in bodybuilding in the bikini division. For a solid year and a half, probably closer to 2, I trained and dieted hard. I competed in 2 shows, becoming a nationally qualified athlete. I also became a sponsored athlete with top supplement companies and apparel companies, doing time working at some of the world’s largest fitness conventions like The Arnold and The Olympia.
As I was prepping to hit the national stage, I went through quite a few mental battles with food, working out, and life in general (these stories are other posts for other days.) Long story short, I decided to call it quits and focusing on becoming healthy and well-rounded again.
God unexpectedly placed an amazing man in my life and we have been in a healthy, strong, committed relationship ever since. I completed art school at Savannah College of Art and Design and got a cool job working full-time on a Marketing team as the Graphic Design/Media Production lead. I moved into a new place in a fun part of Atlanta which I love (and I live next to my favorite Mexican restaurant which is awesome… like, I’m literally walking-distance from a bowl of cheese dip right now.) My boyfriend (AKA – Jason) and I have gone on really fun trips together just experiencing life and having a blast. And most recently, I joined The Forum, and this is the first time I’ve had a gym membership since I called it quits on competing over a year and a half ago.
“Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters.”
quote I found on pinterest. #blessed
Joining the gym again was a decision I battled for a couple months. I tried sucking it up and going to the gym where I live, but I just couldn’t do it. I couldn’t get motivated there. The equipment was beyond sad and the air conditioning didn’t work for a while. The Forum opened up at PCM, so I went to check it out. It’s the most beautiful gym–it’s industrial, black and white (my favorite colors), exposed pipe ceilings, new equipment, and it’s not crowded… yet. #score
I used to think I would only be motivated to workout if I had a competition to train for (example of the brainwashing the sport can do to you if not done right.) I was so wrong. I am even more motivated now than I ever have been! Maybe it’s the aesthetic of the gym or the black Nike huaraches Jason got me for my birthday last year, but seriously, I’m as motivated as all get out.
I’m not training “for” anything but me. I love working out to stay strong and healthy. I want to be strong mentally and physically. I want to be strong for when I start having kids one day. I want to be strong for my future kids. I want my glutes to be strong, for obvious reasons. I want to be strong in myself and feel beautiful and confident and proud.
Key word here is strong, just in case you didn’t pick up on that.
That’s why the name I’ve always used in the fitness world, “From Skinny 2 Strong”, is so close to me.
I used to be a skinny little crumb who couldn’t even do a pushup to save her life. I trained hard to compete in the bodybuilding shows, and besides the internal turmoil I experienced later on in that journey, I fell in love with being active and healthy. I went from being skinny to strong. And not just physically, but mentally, spiritually, emotionally, etc. This “phrase” is my journey.
Life is a crazy ride no matter what, and there are always going to be the ups and downs. Whether you’re an athlete or not, the goal here is to become strong in who you are so you can fight the good fights of life and come out on top standing proud of who you are.
If you’ve reached this point of the post, congrats. You’re already a strong person with a lot of endurance for reading this much! But I appreciate you doing so, and I genuinely hope you enjoy my website and blog posts as much as I will enjoy making it all come to life. Expect to see not only fitness posts, but anything from recipes, travel, life experiences, fashion, music, food, etc.
So, welcome + thanks for hanging out.
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