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Have you watched "The Other Woman" at the movies yet? I did and ended up laughing out loud for the better part of an hour.
The dialogue was witty, the characters were funny, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau made for a decidedly dastardly husband, catting around town, the country, and even international locales on his wife. But what struck me the most was the bond that eventually developed between the three woman, especially the one between Cameron Diaz's character and Leslie Mann's character.
As I watched their journey unfold over the course of the film I started thinking about my own personal relationships with my girlfriends. And I realized that I would love to have the closeness and that connection with someone other than the imaginary friends who are always living in my head. No one made me a shut-in except for myself. I have no one to blame for my loneliness except for me.
Through work I met a great gal who went on her own personal weight-loss journey not too long ago to become the woman that she wanted to be. She not only lost weight but trained herself in order to compete in a fitness competition. Sadly, she left our company to work for another design firm back in April. We text and try to keep in touch but she's not only a busy interior designer but also a wife and a mother and making time to get together and just hang out has been problematic. I admire her a great deal. She became the hero of her own story and made a change and a difference in her life and has continued to make healthy choices for herself and for her family, despite being a chocoholic and a coffee fiend.
Today I broke through my fitness phobia and worked out for thirty minutes. Small baby steps but still a step in the right direction to achieve my dream of having a strong, lean body. I'm beginning to learn to accept that in order to build a relationship, with anyone other than the imaginary friends who live in your head, you have to be confident in yourself, first, before you invite anyone else into your bubble. And the next step is to step outside of your comfort zone and do something daring something audacious and outrageous which thrusts you into the path of opportunity, something that forces you to change your perspective and appreciate all the little things that we take for granted on a daily basis, like the bond of great friendships.
It's been over nine months since I last worked out and, yes, my abs are a little tight right now but I can say with pride that I DID IT!! The beginning was a bit shaky but by the end I was really into my workout and flew through the strength training moves that I choreographed to my Saturday Workout Soundtrack. Today I definitely rediscovered my inner fierce and moved closer to achieving that strong, lean body that I've been dreaming about having for all of my adult life.
And you know what the best part of today was? I became my own hero and took charge of fashioning a fiercer, braver, more audacious fit chick.
Cheers to me!