The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of the Oxygen Network.
Everyone gets fit for different reasons- to work off baby weight, get their health back on track or to finally feel confident in a swimsuit. Despite the different reasons all of us work on our health and fitness, we all have powerful memories that keep us going as we drive to change our own lives.
A little over year ago, when I met my now-beau by accident at a beer pairing event, we discussed hobbies. I remember the moment when he told me one of his hobbies was running and I almost choked on my beer since I was laughing so hard. I told him that “nobody runs for fun,” and took a pull off my craft beer with all the smugness I could muster. I told him I was a “proud couch potato who has watched the entire Star Trek Next Generation Series whilst sitting.”
Looking back, I realize my reaction wasn’t just one of smugness, but a conditioned response to deal with years of telling myself I wasn’t an athlete. From my first bad experiences in middle school and high school where fitness was a chore and a 4-lap humiliation parade, to my memories as a college student who felt nothing but frustration with every diet and failed attempt to enjoy the gym. Some memories are more painful than others, especially the ones of a particular ex who really pushed my insecurities around weight to a new level- but now, all of them are powerfully inspiring instead of defeating.
Often, when I’m on a run, it’s easy to get caught up in the numbers- the weight loss or gain, the speed, the miles run- but I found that I’m grounded when I use memories of the past to keep going. If anything, I’m having the sweetest revenge on all of the internalized experience that made me rebel against being a runner in the first place.
The sweetest revenge is proving yourself wrong. Not all of us will get to face down our high school gym teacher or that jerk ex boyfriend, but when we look in the mirror or the medals on the wall, that’s a truly sweet moment.
If you haven’t caught the new series My Big Fat Revenge, it just premiered on Oxygen last week and will be airing every Tuesday at 9pm, catch a sneek peek below:
Meet Bo & Veata:
A fellow comedian told Bo she was too fat. Now healthy and confident, Bo wants him to apologize. Veata’s dance coach made her feel terrible about her weight. After regaining her confidence, Veata will finally get the revenge she’s dreamed of.