Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Fit Tuesday~Inspiration: Why Workout?!

Today's post is starring Y-O-U!!!

A couple weeks back the Fashion/Beauty Friend Friday questions were on fashion and fitness. Naturally, I loved this and I actually went through and read all of your posts! It was so fun and inspiring to hear what you all had to say! I may have missed some, but here's at least the first round of awesome quotes I pulled from some of your posts! Please take a few minutes and read through what some of your fellow fashion bloggers had to say about why they take the time to exercise!

Me- Copyright Brian Stevenson Photography

"In the last year, motivated by a desire to become more muscular, I've discovered running.  And I love it. Running makes me feel strong, and powerful, and accomplished. When I run my brain relaxes, and all those little nagging worries are drowned out by the pounding of my feet and rhythm of my breathing. And I've grown to embrace my sweaty body after a run - it's proof that I've conquered a workout. Running is a surprise stress reliever, and that's the biggest reward." - Elissa, Dress With Courage

"Without a doubt reaching my long-term goal weight would be my current ultimate fitness goal. I am about 1.8 pounds away from it and the end is in sight! I’ve had the same goal for three years and am at the end of the marathon. When I reach it, the real test will be maintaining it." -Courtney, Those Graces

"Because of running, I'm a lot stronger than I thought I was. I'm physically capable of more than I dreamed. And it feels really good." -Elissa, Dress With Courage

"I’m going to add that being in great shape has some additional benefits that I wanted to make sure and cover. Primarily, the confidence that endurance and physical strength has brought me in has translated into other areas of my life. You can’t buy that kind of feeling." -Fabienne The House In The Clouds

"...exercising is something you do for you, rather than to impress your friends or fit in with those around you. In addition, working out should always been done in moderation. It should not dominate your life at the sacrifice of relationships and other activities. And, as with most things, it shouldn't be an obsession. I've met women who worked out excessively and developed serious injuries as a result. Balance is key." -Elissa, Dress With Courage

" I run regularly. I snowboard all winter, I cycle here and there and hike regularly. I do it for sanity, physical benefits, health and fun. I also like the challenge of keeping it up. I’m in better shape and have better stamina now than I ever have before. Even with asthma, even with arthritis in my feet. Let’s face it, I like knowing I kick butt. Being outdoors brings me peace, running is especially zen for me, it focuses me. I start getting cranky when I don’t get exercise regularly. I have too much energy not to have an outlet. It also helps keep my metabolism the way that it has always been, I’ve been consistent for most of my life." -Fabienne, The House In The Clouds


"Since I joined Weight Watchers on January 19th of this year, I’ve lost 24 lbs. Of course, much of this has to do not only with changing my eating habits, but also with exercising regularly. I feel better in every sense of the word. I’m healthier, happier, and more confident.  I feel strong. Like I can take on any fitness challenge. And that awful voice in my head? Gone."  -Kimi, All The Fuss


"I think that everyone should be trying to be the healthiest that they can be, and keeping fit is the best way to do that. Hypertension and diabetes runs in my family, and those are both preventable, lifestyle diseases. I want to make sure that I live a healthy lifestyle that allows me to steer clear of health problems later in life."  -Cate, Inkblot*Photography

"I had a couple ladies at work once tell me I was lucky that I could eat anything because I was so skinny. Well, I’m not skinny, I’m slender and in good shape. I wouldn’t refer to getting up at six A.M. to go running “luck”. I would call that hard work. Luck and good genes only take you so far, when you’re in your forties, you get there by earning it. I don’t know anyone my age who can eat whatever they want because they’re lucky." -Fabienne, The House In The Clouds


" You don't have to join a gym to be healthy. Walking every day, or being active in general, are great steps towards fitness as well." -Adrienne, What Lola Wants  


"Due to some medication I was taking for something medical, I gained weight.  In this picture I was about 205 at the peak of the weight gain. Talking about feeling defeated when this weight gain was not due to overeating.  Well I got off of the medication and took a hard look at myself and realized I didn’t want to continue to look like this. I talked with my hubby who loves me no matter what I looked like and with his support, I began my weight loss journey.  My main exercise was Walk Away The Pounds with Leslie Sansone and THE FIRM and watching what I ate.  So within two years I lost about 55-60 pounds.  God is good because I couldn’t of lost the weight without Him and my hubby.  I have kept off the weight going on 5 plus years now.  Hallelujah!!!" Tamaki, Bubbling With Elegance and Grace


"I feel great when I work out and stay focused like I should. For the most part I have become more confident about my body especially areas I have always been self-conscious about." Bajan Beauty, Nobody's Princess

"Working out and becoming physically stronger has helped me love myself just a little more :)" -Adrienne, What Lola Wants  

"I work out for many reasons: 1. I have always struggled with body image and staying active helps 2. A doctor once "prescribed" running to help with anxiety 3. Fitness is the closest thing to the fountain of youth. 4. I feel 10x happier and healthier post-workout." -Nod To Style

"And why? Because exercise relieves stress, helps regulate metabolism so I don't have to watch my food *quite* as much, tones muscles, keeps my heart healthy and generally makes me feel better." -Melissa, A Working Mom's Closet

"Well they say working out helps build endorphins and endorphins make you happy.  I definitely think that working out helps with your body image (or it should.) When you treat your body right it's a good feeling, knowing you're trying your best to take care of it.  At least that's how I feel."    Therese, Paper Packages Tied Up With Strings

"When I’m able to hike to a pristine area in the snow and I sit and survey, I’m overcome with appreciation for being alive. The beauty I get to see, the perspective these places bring to my state of mind, to me, that’s worth every boring run on a treadmill. Sure I like to look good, but I like to feel good even more than that. When I feel good, it doesn’t matter what I look like, I’m radiating from the inside out. That’s the one thing no outfit, no make-up, no procedure can buy. That stuff comes from the heart.The coolest thing is that I didn’t start doing any of these things until my early thirties. Getting older rocks!" -Fabienne,The House In The Clouds

"It seems like most people consider a gym membership to be the gold standard for someone who is serious about exercising. However, I can't drag myself to the car to get to the gym, nor can I justify spending a monthly fee for a membership (even $10). There also seems to be the idea that you should jump on the bandwagon of whatever trend is happening (zumba, anyone?). I think it also depends on your circle of friends. I have a lot of friends who train for marathons so I feel like maybe I should be running too (side note: I hate running. Nor can I see myself doing that at 4:30AM by myself when it's pitch black outside. Nope.). " -Melissa, A Working Mom's Closet

"I am more present to, and grateful for how strong and fit I am.  I love my muscles and rather than wanting to be 'SKINNY" instead I love being lean and fit!  Last year for my training season I created  that I would be the leanest and fittest I have ever been, and voila.. I had my fastest race season ever!!" -Jodi, Day 2 Day Wear

"Fitness is an integral part of my life because it keeps my heart healthy, my body fit and makes me feel happy. I also get great ideas and relieve stress when I’m running. I’m not a gym person, however, and prefer to be outside. I resort to my stationary bike or yoga DVD if weather is bad." -Laura, For Those About To Shop

"...rather than feeling like I *have* to wake up and work out, or I *can't* have that cookie. I want to be comfortable with what I'm doing, I want to enjoy it and I want to be motivating and encouraging to everyone around me like he has been. That's my goal."  -Melissa, A Working Mom's Closet

"i love how exhilarating it feels when i get off a treadmill and my heart is racing. i love being active. i love knowing that I can do more sit-ups today than i could do the day before. working out is fun and i think that the biggest mistake that people make is to try to be gym rats rather than consistently live an active lifestyle." -Cate, Inkblot*Photography

"...I was sick with constant stomach aches and a general dislike for food despite being on the high end of an average BMI for my height. I made the decision to get healthy, lose weight and change my life. Since then, I’ve gone to the gym at least three times a week for about 40 minutes each time. I found a system that worked for me and stuck to it. As a result, I’ve lost almost25 pounds. Was it easy? No. Was it worth it? Absolutely." -Courtney, Those Graces

" I like to have fun and enjoy my workouts so I do a combination of things. I love spicing up my workouts.  I exercise four to five times a week and for longer periods of time on the weekends...  But the hardest thing is deciding what to do for that day. Decisions! Decisions!" -Tamaki, Bubbling With Elegance and Grace

"Because I am thin, most people assume I exercise to stay that way. It’s troubling how many people view fitness as a weight loss strategy. I am physically active because it feels good and has always been a big part of my life. You are keeping your heart healthy and prolonging your life when you exercise for even 20 minutes a day." -Laura, For Those About To Shop

We need to take care of our bodies – treat them right, give them the things they need to carry us gracefully into old age. For a long time I used to focus on how much weight I could lose by stepping up my fitness level. Now, I have a different mentality – how much more can I accomplish by stepping up my fitness routine… run a little further or a little faster, do another set of reps with the weights, 5 extra pushups… whatever. it’s a much more attainable goal and it is much more fulfilling than watching the scale daily." Katy, Modly Chic

"As a result of a healthy lifestyle and working out, my general outlook on life has changed. Before I think I used to let people treat me poorly whereas now I have very little patience for disrespect. When you love yourself, it’s easy to say “No” to toxic people in your life." -Courtney, Those Graces

"I regularly want to keel over during my daily workouts, but the routines are so varied, and the results so noticeable, that I’m definitely motivated to keep going. Also – and this is nothing new, everyone says this, but it applies to me as well, so I’ll say it again – the emotional satisfaction I achieve after a hard workout is akin to a psychotropic drug. I can be crabby as hell after a particularly frustrating day at the office, but just 40 minutes of hard sweating can put me back in a good mood." -Kimi, All The Fuss

Lastly, I have some awesome news to share! Awhile back I posted about my high blood pressure here. Basically because it was so high I have been unable to exercise. It has been really hard on me emotionally and mentally, because not only do I exercise for physical health, but it helps my stress level and body image. Anyway, I survived the break and it's made me so grateful for the time I am able to work out. I got through this long break and only cheated once! My blood pressure has been normal since Thursday, so I am going to ease back into working out, while continuing to monitor and of course stay on my meds and hopefully get right back where I love to be! YES!!!

Just kidding, one more thing! I tweet and post on Fierce|Fabulous|Fit's Facebook page for you all to tell your workouts. It's a really fun way to motivate one another! On Twitter I retweet your workouts and on FB it's there on the comments for everyone to see! NO workout is too small, so if you're moving your body please post on the Facebook page or Tweet me, so we can all inspire each other!! Thank you all!!

XO,
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18 comments:

  1.  So glad to hear your blood pressure is back to normal!!! hooray! :)  That photo of you is amazing, btw

    xo

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  2.  Thank you, I appreciate you including me here and congrats on having a fitness-dedicated post. Glad to have discovered your blog!

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  3.  very inspiring :) if i keep reading your blog i'm going to end up in the gym...or at least back to working out at home.

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  4.  Great quotes, Krystle! I think I needed this today! I got in a great workout yesterday, then had two volleyball matches last night. They were both pretty intense (won the last match in the last game at the cap: 27-26), and I got a little banged up. Didn't much feel like exercising today, but these little pieces of motivation got me back in the mood!  :)  Thanks!

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  5.  Really cool quotes, as I said I love the fitness posts you have!

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  6. Great post, and I just found a host of new blogs to follow. :)

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  7. Congrats on being able to work out once again!!!  I don't know if I could survive without my daily dose of stress relief.  I'm admire you for your determination, though, and I can't wait to read about you getting back into it.  BEAST MODE.

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/Twitter: @GlamKitten88

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  8. Congrats on lower blood pressure. Here's to keeping it fierce and stress free!

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  9.  This is great!  I love how you included fellow bloggers. I enjoy my little workout, which is only pilates mostly, but also going salsa dancing gets me pumped and inspired. After I finish i forget that it was even exercise. :)
    Madison of FASHION TALES

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  10. Awesome! I love hearing that people find workouts they ENJOY!!! :) 

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  11. Thanks, Bella! I can't wait to work it out again! :) 

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  12. Thank you so much!! It's been a LOOOOONG month, but I'm ready! BEAST MODE fo sho! ;) 

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  13. Way to go, lady!! Isn't it awesome to draw inspiration from others? I love it! 

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  14. Good girl!! I actually rarely workout at the gym. It can totally be done without going!! Email me if you want suggestions. :)

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  15. Yay! Thanks for stopping by! I will respond to your email this weekend! It was GREAT to hear from you!!

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  16.  Hi Krystle,

    First off I am glad your blood pressure is better.This is a wonderful post.  Thank you for including me, that's so sweet of you girl. Loving the fitness segments each week.

    JTwisdom

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