Thunder thighs was an embarrassing nickname for me in my teens . . .

IMG_3600.JPG

So we were having a little fun doing happy feet this morning at 5:00 a.m. training when our trainer decided to take a picture.  She took a great picture and sent it to me.  I contemplated all morning about posting this picture for so many reasons.

Yes, it’s a fun picture with my DH on my right and Mayor Ragan on the left

. . . but my first thought was I’m going to catch a lot of crap if I post it.  Not from my family, not from my close friends and not from my WG family but there are others.

wg_logo

People say mean things without meaning to some times and I grew up with the nickname of thunder thighs which was embarrassing; or playing co-ed softball and running the bases with men saying things like her legs are bigger than mine; or your arms are getting too big, you need to watch that; or you workout too much and are out of control.  I used to let these things bother me and would eat for comfort because I didn’t like the comments.  Didn’t want the attention.  Figured if I ate more the muscle wouldn’t be as defined.

Over the years I’ve learned that there is nothing wrong with the way I look.  That is what makes me “me”.  I workout because I want to be healthy and I enjoy working out.  I do not workout because I’m addicted to it or because I want to look a certain way.    I don’t let those negative words people say or the negative thoughts sabotage what makes me feel good & happy.  I know that I’m not a health nut.  I am health conscious.

‘The mental part is so huge and that’s why my journey towards health and fitness took a little turn earlier this year.  In addition to personal training certification I’ve been listening, reading, researching everything I can with regards to nutrition and my next step will be behavioral modeling  and why we as women do the things we do with regards to health & fitness both physically and mentally.

These are still my learning years and I’m working with my mentors but expect more to come as this journey to positivity continues.

Stay peachy my friends because you are truly awesome.

 

Your friend & coach, Jessica
[email click here]