Over on the amazing Spark Team- Balance and Moderation we’ve been having some discussions on what FITSPO is. In case you are unaware (as I was just a few short weeks ago) FITSPO stands for Fit Inspiration. You know, the pictures of tight buns, rock hard abs and cute little exercise outfits? Yeah those people. We’ve been discussing whether these people are motivating or not. Personally, I lean on the ‘not’ side. I find the pictures more de-motivating. I don’t think I will ever look like them- I don’t think I would have looked like them 30 years ago. However I discussion continues and I have to admit it’s been very insightful and enlightening.
Just today, our wonderful team leader ALP1976 posted a link to an article entitled “What I really look like”. You can view it here- iamerinbrown.com/2013/04
. In one part of the article the author essentially highlights what she considers to be her less than beautiful parts. I read the article. I appreciated what the author had to say, she pointed out how we don’t always look good, how our bodies at the gym or after the gym look totally different than our bodies after we get all cleaned up. I get that. I appreciate the article. At the same time I found this woman's body to be kind of like the FITSPO that I keep seeing. I didn’t find it gross, offensive, lumpy, dumpy or any of that. I didn't even find it 'normal'. To me it was toned, fit and perfect. I figured maybe my not seeing it as 'normal' was due to her age and fitness level. So I’ve decided to post my own fitness photos.
So here we go- fitness over 50 on a woman who may be fit but the BMI scale puts her in the obese category.
My look right after returning from the gym-
My left knee- I had an ACL replacement surgery back in 2007-
My bellybutton- in the article the author states she has, ‘…a historically deep belly button’.
Now you’ve seen my bellybutton. Sister, a family of squirrels could live in this space!
So there you have it. I’ve posted few choice pics of my workout body. Do they inspire me? Is this FITSPO? YES! YES it is! This is my body. It’s great. It’s powerful. Today at the gym my body ran on the treadmill for 22 minutes straight- no stopping, no walking. That’s the longest I’ve run non-stop since…since…I don’t know- High school?
For myself my biggest motivator is myself. Only I know what I am capable of. Only I know what I should look like. Every day I am true to myself is a motivating day. I know the next time I’m on the treadmill I’m going to beat my 22 minute streak. To me, that’s FITSPO.