I missed the Twitter #fitblog chat on Tuesday because Michael and I were taking advantage of the sunshine to work in the yard. I was bummed to miss it because it was hosted by Skinny Emmie and the questions were great ones.
So here are this week’s questions:
Q1. When you were younger, what did “fitness” mean to you? What does it mean now?
As a kid, fitness meant TORTURE for me. My parents forced me to do gymnastics one year. I hated it. I hated wearing a leotard, I felt self-conscious and I was afraid of heights, which made the high-bar not much fun for me. I think I was about 7 years old. All I remember about that time was a lot of tears and fears.
Then when I was 9 I did a season of soccer. I hated that too. I joined because my childhood friend was way into it. I hated running in front of people. I felt awkward and self-conscious and honestly, soccer was really boring.
I was always a swimmer as kid and took to the pool like a dolphin. I was happy when I was on the swim team for a short time as a kid. Then I did synchronized swimming. That was fun too. Eventually I realized I’d much rather swim laps by myself, so that’s what I would do. I don’t know why I ever quit as a teenager. I wish I’d kept up with that.
Clearly this means that I am not one for team sports. Even as an adult now, fit and into fitness, I dislike group activities. I’d rather do solo things like swimming, running or biking.
My attitude towards fitness has changed a lot with getting healthy. I feel much happier in general and have a positive outlook on life. I love working out. Lifting weights has changed how I feel about my body. All great things!
Q2. Was there anyone in the past who influenced your healthy lifestyle? Family, friends, celebrities, etc. Any influencers now?
Not really. I was never into sports as a kid, and didn’t really feel inspired by celebrity athletes. It wasn’t until I became an adult and got way into fitness that I started to admire and be inspired by athletes. I’ve named a few of my favorites before.
- Michael Phelps for swimming.
- Lance Armstrong for cycling
- Personal friends who are runners and continue to amaze me with their impressive accomplishments!
Q3. Are there any exercise trends that you wish would return? What have you secretly wanted to try?
I really want to try Zumba–but I am uncoordinated and I hate taking classes (see Question #1 where I describe my hatred of organized sports). I also want to take Body Pump to see what all the fuss is about but again…it’s hard for me to motivate myself to do classes.
Q4. Fast forward 5 years into the future. What will you have accomplished fitness or blogging wise by then?
Five years from now I wish I’ve accomplished a lot of things. Fitness wise:
- I want to complete a Century Bike Ride (hopefully that is this year)
- I want to do a Sprint Tri (I think that will be next summer’s goal)
- And I’d like to finish writing (and hopefully publish) my book!
QUESTION: How would you answer these questions?