BODY POSITIVITY + HOLISTIC LIFESTYLE CHANGE

One Month Mark

Posted on June 10 2016

Blog written by Francis Elaine
@franny_elaine

 

We are often told to take pride in our body and appreciate our sense of self. In a time of social media overload, the growing need for excess validation has overshadowed the most important reason for fitness—self improvement. At least for me it has. When we start to see a baby ab push its way forward, for example, we often take to Instagram and flex for our fans, even if these fans are strangers. I know I’m guilty of wanting to be a part of this overwhelming and, at times, all-consuming fitness frenzy. I’ve always been quick to post a story on Snapchat that, for 10 seconds, shows the world my running shoes, open pavement and sunny skies. Because yeah, I wanted people to know I was working out. Perception is everything. Though I admit this reluctantly, I signed the Fit and Thick 3-month contract for superficial reasons. I wanted the world to see my thinning waist and growing quads. I wanted a whole new body—one that could compete with those flaunted on social media. I learned quickly, however, that Fit and Thick would be far more than a fitness class. It would be my moment of empowerment.

Despite all of the body-posi movements over the years, I’ve always felt ashamed of my legs. My thighs stop most pants from wrapping around my waist, and my calves have never felt sculpted enough for shorts. Consequently, I became a pro at hiding my biggest insecurity behind maxi skirts and aladdin pants.

I wouldn’t go so far as to say that one month into my F+T experience I’m 100% comfortable with my body. That would be a lie. But, I have realized that this is the very reason for this movement—to recognize your body type, learn its most realistic target areas, and work the hell out of them. It’s about setting goals that are not so far-fetched that trying to reach them feels as frustrating as it does impossible. Now, I study my body in the mirror, learn its bottom heavy curves and recognize what I can and can’t do for them. Now, I work just as hard to train my mind as I do my body. And it’s an incredibly uplifting feeling.

Having religiously attended as many classes as I could for the past four weeks, I’ve noticed, day by day, a minimal change in my physique and a momentous change in my state of mind. I’ve always been a sucker for quick results, but circuit training especially has given me a whole new perspective on the importance of consistency and patience in what is sure to be a long and rewarding journey. It’s proved to be a form of conditioning that has developed not only my strength, but also my endurance. My instructors push me to have more faith in my ability and add that extra plate onto my barbell even if it means I breathe a little harder and sweat a little more. With their help, I attack workouts I previously avoided in fear. With their encouragement, I can feel the muscles tightening beneath my skin as I walk tall with greater confidence.

One month in, I’m starting to work out for me instead of others. It’s become less about the validation and more about the personal reward. I’m improving my lifestyle holistically instead of focusing on my followers, and it’s only just the beginning.

10 comments

  • Karl : June 17, 2016

    Francis,
    What a refreshing article. in this age of constant bombardment of what the ideal person should look like this was very refreshing. Keep your eye on the prize..YOU

  • Theo: June 13, 2016

    Fitness is a life style. Takes time to see results! Keep it up !

  • Armando: June 13, 2016

    Great Post!! Good job motivating yourself and others! Looks like I have some work to do, gym here I come!

  • Morgan: June 12, 2016

    Great article, Francis. Beautifully said. It has always been difficult for women to fight the overwhelming constraints and expectations placed on us for what standard of beauty is acceptable. And then adding social media to the plate has been another unobtainable cherry on top. This definitely hit home in such a positive light. Proud of you ;-)

  • Yvonne Lopez: June 11, 2016

    You hit the nail on the head Francis. Being fit is a way of life, being dedicated and conscious that we are what we eat. I love, love this article it makes me want to join and re—educate my mind because working out is awesome when it’s for the right reasons.

  • Jen: June 11, 2016

    Great article. Keep up the hard work.

  • Chris Delgado : June 11, 2016

    Awesome article! Looking forward to reading more posts Francis!

  • Kim-Lin Ramsawak: June 10, 2016

    #Aladdinpants
    Also this sounds like so much fun I wish I was in Florida so I can join fit and thick with you!!

  • Claudia: June 10, 2016

    Woah! Where can I sign up?!

  • Reena Felix: June 10, 2016

    This is definitely inspiring! The fit and thick monthly subscription has also inspired me to do machines and exercises I also used to avoid. Really really love this post!

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