Here, at Trend Addictions, we are lucky to have the chance to meet so many wonderful women. From their fashion, to their funny, to their fitness, these women make us smile and inspire us every day. We have invited three of these lovely ladies to join us on our blogging adventure, as featured guest bloggers. You’ve met the fashion-forward Victoria. The next of these amazing ladies is Erica. Erica is a good friend of Megan’s, a favorite in our fashion shows, a former Trend employee, and is now one of our favorite customers. Erica has been “working on her fitness” for a while now and is going to be launching her very own website soon! Erica’s story is inspiring and motivating and we can’t wait for her to share some of her tips, tricks, and successes with us!
It wasn’t long ago that I was hanging around Trend Addictions
bothering visiting Megan and Heather, when they mentioned that I should write a blog for them sometime on health and fitness. I laughed (uncomfortably – because that’s what I do) and told them I’d see them soon.
Fast forward. I got a message from Megan asking me to guest blog on health and fitness, and I decided to take a shot, so if you’ve read this far, thanks for sticking with me! Taking a shot is sort of a corny introduction to my new adventure — Arrow Fitness.
Before we get into the new adventure, I think it’s important to share all my “misadventures,” and there have been so many. I have always struggled with body image (I know it’s a buzzword and it’s sort of annoying to me that I even wrote it), but it’s true. I was always heavier, big-boned, solid, stocky, thick, chubby, and all those other terrible backhanded ways to say “not skinny.” (Note: I don’t think there’s anything wrong with not being skinny, I’m not really even sure what “skinny” is supposed to be.) However, over the years of trying to figure out the ways that I could best fit into the molds that society, or even those that I created, I decided I was tired of it. I had done every fad diet, most of the “as seen on TV” workout plans, and even some crazy things that I made up on my own to try and lose weight, which in my mind equaled happy. When in reality, all I needed was to set my sights on something besides the number on the scale and the number tucked tightly away on the tag of my jeans.
After my first son was born in 2006, I took up running (or in my case, jogging). It was something new and something that I didn’t think I could do. Even as a high school athlete, I was as lazy as they come. So, running was definitely out of my comfort zone. After a few attempts, mis-starts, excuses, and quits, I ran my first 5k. After my second son was born in 2011, I continued to expand my horizon, trying new workouts that I found on YouTube, in magazines, and pushing myself to run farther or faster than I had before (mostly with my kids in a double stroller). Since those days, I have become more dependent on health and fitness to clear my head, keep my body in check, and explore a new passion. I have run three half-marathons. I completed a Tough Mudder (and was crazy enough to sign up for another!). I have become an NASM-CPT, FNS (Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine) and am beginning a new adventure in starting Arrow Fitness.
All along the way, I have had missteps, failures, and restarts. No matter what kinds of dreams or ideas you have for yourself, especially if they are weight or fitness related, you don’t have to be experienced or great to start. You don’t need to be able to run a mile, or have a gym membership. No one has the same story, or will take the same path to their target. I guess the moral of this whole story is that when you’re talking and thinking about yourself in a way in which you don’t recognize yourself anymore or don’t like what you hear or see, it’s time to refocus your sights. Don’t be afraid to take a long shot. You are so worth it.
P.S. I want to be your best friend. And I look forward to sharing more with you soon. Next time we’ll talk about how you can get started on your own adventure, whatever it may be.
Love, Erica.Tags: arrow fitness, be happy, be happy with yourself, body image, erica, fitness, guest blogger, guest blogger series, health, health and fitness, inspiration, personal trainer, take a shot, trend addictions