I want to take a moment to express just how much love I have for all the positivity that has been circulating throughout HLB posts lately. I’m sure it’s more often than just lately, but I’ve read so many in the past few days and it has not only encouraged me to stay positive in my own fitness endeavors, but more than that, it has helped me realize the magnitude of my appreciation for all of you. I honestly can’t get enough of the incredibly strong support system we’ve all created through our blogs.
Meghan and I started our blog to hold ourselves accountable, not really thinking we would ever become part of such a big, positive ball of love and happiness that is the HLB world. Haha, that’s what each of you are to us – I feel completely confident speaking for Meghan, here 🙂 Seriously though, this has all had such a significant impact on my life – in the best way possible – and I’m lucky to have found so much support through this community.
We often look for the source of our strength and perseverance in our family and friends, but my drive lately and some of the best encouragement I’ve gotten has come from all of you, people who (until just a few short months ago) were strangers. I feel like our influences on each other, regardless of the status of our personal relationship, are meaningful and long-lasting. They are also very telling of the kind of people we are and they emphasize the true value of our most commendable qualities – every time we write something encouraging that reaches someone who’s struggling, it shows our compassion; every time we comment on each other’s posts, regardless of subject matter, it shows our loyalty and devotion; every time we link to another blog, it shows our consideration, and every time we write about a bad workout with a smile on our face, knowing it won’t make or break us, it shows our dedication. That’s just to name a few, although I really could just go on and on about you wonderful people 🙂
Here are some of the posts I’m referring to:
- Sara’s post on failure at fit.fun.femme
- Chelsea’s post about what motivates you at little one runs
- Gina’s post explaining you don’t have to be “good” at the fitnessista
- Erin’s post about thoughts on being a young mom at sugar magnolia
Going back to my first point, all this positivity stuff has got me thinking a lot about my personal experience with healthy living lately. I feel like I’ve been a lot more motivated recently, mostly due to my major schedule change that has allowed me tons of time to devote to cooking and working out. Joining a gym has also contributed to that motivation. Having a resource like that has added so much more variety into my work outs lately, whether it be strength training, running, spin, etc., and it really keeps me looking forward to my next workout. Additionally, participating in a friendly fitness challenge with my boyfriend has helped me keep my focus. Our upcoming cruise also has me focused (I can almost taste the french toast!), even if the reason is mostly that of vanity.
As a result of all this mushy crap combined, I feel like my overall happiness on a daily basis has increased exponentially. I’m happy when I cook a healthy meal, enjoy it, and feel good afterward instead of overly full or bloated. I’m happy to put on my workout clothes, knowing that my boyfriend and I are about to kill it in the weight room. I’m happy when I finish a run a sweaty mess and Meghan takes a picture, capturing my filth in all of its glory. I’m happy when I have that much more laundry to do because I’ve pulled a couple two-a-days this week. I’m happy that I get to eat the crap out of some chicken wings tomorrow because I beat the crap out of my boyfriend on this challenge 🙂
By the way, here’s an update on that:
Girls Rule – 40/45
Boys Drool – 35/45
It’s over tomorrow, so our points will be out of a total of 50. I can’t wait to show everyone pictures of my FREE chicken wings!
If you’ve written a post lately about positivity, or the like, please share it in the comments section below. I would love to read it!
Has a specific post motivated you recently?
How has the blogging community affected you in a positive way?
Are you utterly shocked and surprised that I won the challenge??