Forget Skinny. Skinny Is Old News. Try Being Fit. Fit Is In.

True Life: I used to be obsessed with being “skinny.”  All throughout my adolescent years, I focused on it, stressed over it, and I dreamt about it. I let those thoughts control my life, and I developed a lot of unhealthy habits because of it.  It was the monkey on my back that I couldn’t quite shake. Thankfully, when I found exercise, I had an epiphany.

I didn’t need to be skinny; I wanted to be fit.

It took me way into my 20’s, but I have finally figured it out. My goal today is to no longer be skinny, it is to be fit.

Now that I am a mom, working out isn’t as easy as it used to be, due to time constraints, childcare, juggling work, and just life itself. However, rather than using my daughter as an excuse, I am using her as my motivator. I want her to see how hard I work, and to know me as a healthy and strong mom.  It is important for her to know the difference between being healthy and unhealthy. Being skinny doesn’t equal being healthy, and I want her to know that. 

So, how did I get fit? I started out by incorporating weight training into my normal cardio routine. I always thought that I would get big and bulky by lifting weights, but that isn’t the case at all. In order to stay toned and lean, I focus on light weights (usually under 5 lbs.) and high reps. 

I found a great article from Self, which shows 6 simple weight-lifting exercises for beginners.  You can do them in the comfort of your own home, and all you need are light weights! 

Give them a try, and see the difference in your body! 

10 thoughts on “Forget Skinny. Skinny Is Old News. Try Being Fit. Fit Is In.

  1. You’re right! Fit is so much better than having the goal of being skinny. I need to pull my weights out right now!!

    Angel | Mommy-ing Differently

  2. YES to this! I would say that I’m getting to be fit, but my weight wouldn’t make you think so. My cardio is pretty good. I have endurance. But the weight is not falling off like melting butter.

    1. Keep at it and you’ll get there! It sounds like you are headed in the right direction!

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