I’ve waited a little while to write this up, but after enjoying a week off tracking (meaning I can enjoy my Nutella!) I thought it was about time to write something about last weekend when I competed in my first ever bikini competition.
In less than 2 weeks, I will be stepping on stage for my first ever bikini competition. The very thought of that terrifies me and excites me all at the same time. Many people have asked why, with a preconception of bikini competitions being an odd thing to do, particularly for someone who previously has had very low self-esteem. The whole bikini world can seem daunting, unfriendly and bizarre, yet more and more people are doing these competitions. Why?
‘Strong’ is a word I really have grown to love. Alongside the whole ‘strong not skinny’ movement of the past year or so, ‘strong’ is now a key word in women’s health. Where we once saw stick thin girls grace every magazine, we can now see a collection of strong and healthy women. (Of course, being skinny is by no means bad, and should never, ever be shamed. Just to aim for skinny is, in my opinion, not healthy).
I enjoy a challenge, always have, always will. I find the labels that these challenges impose particularly interesting; over the past few years I’ve identified myself as a swimmer, a runner, a marathon runner, an ultra runner, a lifter, and now, although this label feels a bit premature, a bodybuilder. Yet what does it actually take to do these disciplines? What does that label mean? Of course, like any label, we can choose to call ourselves whatever we wish, but following many, many questions about training for these varied disciplines, I decided a short series was in order on what, in my opinion, is involved.
Sometimes life can give you lemons. And a lot of them. All at once. Before you know it, you may be surrounded knee-deep in lemons and not a clue where to even start getting rid of them. Continue reading “When life gives you lemons…”
Sometimes life can get tough. Things can be going great, and, seemingly from nowhere, the world can feel like it is crashing down around you. The emotions can be overwhelming and finding a way out of this dark place can be very difficult. If your friend or someone you love goes through this, and tells you they are down, what do you do? How can you help?
Life is short. We get reminded of this a lot. I had a very stark reminder this week of just how short and unexpected life can be. It shocked me – even though I often tell people to be grateful for what they have as we just don’t know how long it (or we) will be around, this week really hit it home for me. There’s simply no time to waste.
Since just after Christmas, I have been waking up every morning and immediately asking myself a series of questions. Within these are things such as; what will I achieve today, what excites, what are 3 goals I have and who is adding to my happiness. However the first question, and the most important one, is to list 10 things I am grateful for. This has already made such a difference to my happiness, and is a practice I will continue to do for the rest of the year.
It has been a little while, and we’ve seen a New Year come in. No doubt you made some resolutions and are starting in full swing this week. It’s important to really consider what you actually want, and break it down. This way you are much, much more likely to actually achieve it. Continue reading “Be a goal digger”
We can all have those days. When something small can blow up and become something huge. I myself had one of these moments only last week, and, for that brief time, it broke me. I was told I am not good enough. Continue reading “I am enough”