Happy Friday everyone!
So anyone that knows me, knows that I struggle with my weight. I'll be honest and say I don't typically post full body photos on the blog because there aren't a ton of them I like. My weight has been a work in progress all my life but especially so since my junior year of college (corresponding with the year I turned 21...coincidence? Lol). But I don't beat myself up about it too often, I am blessed with curves for days, a clear complexion and well behaved hair so I have plenty to be thankful for. And the fact is that I love GOOD food and I'm not inclined to play any sports so it's not a huge surprise to me that fitness is a struggle.
So when I noticed other bloggers struggling with their health and found myself inspired by ones who found success, I knew I wanted to create a link up from that. I didn't want a link up about gaining followers, and for that reason alone I don't even require you to follow me (or future co-hosts) to link up. It's not about that. At the end of the day, I just wanted a place for bloggers to vent, share and encourage each other to set fitness goals and follow them. And Let's Get Physical was born!
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Since I've started Let's Get Physical, I can't say I've dropped 50 lbs. Or even 15 frankly. But I know that just by participating, I hold myself
somewhat accountable. For the first time (probably in my life), I went a month without french fries (No-fry November!). I also drastically cut down at eating/snacking at night. At the beginning of this year, I made the life-altering decision to give up McDonalds french fries (for all you non-fast food eaters, you're like robots or something. Lol jk). I swear those things are dusted with cocaine because my body longs for them. But knowing I made a promise to the ladies who link up, I find strength in that. And I now understand that my journey in fitness might take days, months or years to achieve because it's about changing your lifestyle, not just your diet. So it's okay with me that I shed a tear when I get a whiff of the golden arches' fries (McDonalds DUH). It might take me a lifetime to stop wanting them but I know I can stick to my guns about it with the support of Let's Get Physical!
So I promise I didn't intend for this blog post to be an infomercial about LGP, it's just so deeply rooted in my own fitness journey that talking about it feels natural. I wanted to do something special for the ladies who linked up with Let's Get Physical in November so I decided it was the perfect time for a (kinda) surprise giveaway! Here are the contestants:
1. Melissa at Insert Sarcastic Remark Here
2. Brighton at Dear Brighton
3. Allie at A Day in A Joyful Life
4. Nina at Nina's Metamorphosis
5. Yen at Green House on Top of the Hill
6. Betsy at Musings of a Museum Fanatic
Congrats Brighton! 🙂 E-mail me your address so I can send it to you!
And please remember, Let's Get Physical isn't just for losing weight! It's for getting healthy, whether that's getting routine doctor's checkups or toning up for the summer, all fitness goals are welcome!
What is a fitness goal you'd like to cross off your list?
Have a great weekend everyone! Wish me luck with the party and the storm coming!
P.S. I'm opening up button swaps for the first time ever in December! Check out the Sponsor page up top for more information! 🙂 (But bear with me, it's my first time AND I will definitely be busy until Sunday morning.)