So this post might be a little different, yet not. So stick with me!
Something exciting happened recently that I have been waiting to share. I’ve been waiting because I wanted to be able to actually see if I would it really was something that I could be excited about. Since the mail arrived two days ago and I’ve done my own testing I can say that I’m excited.
So here is the thing….. I was recently asked (yes ASKED) to become a Pineapple Clothing Ambassador. This was not something that I sought out, but through my Instagram account they reached out to me. Now I will say, that I’ve gotten DM’s in the past but nothing like this. Usually they are the random “How you doing today?’ messages where you immediately block them or the guy who liked EVERY one of my feet pics (you know as a runner, we do those things). This DM was different though.
Anyway, they were reaching out to me to see if I was interested in becoming an Ambassador for their company. Now who knows maybe they asked everyone, but you know it’s nice to be asked to the dance. Plus I don’t know that ask everyone but either way I was flattered. I’m really not going to lie, it was very flattering with all the content out their to be asked (so please don’t pop my bubble).
Here is the thing and these are the facts I know….. I am not a young woman, but I am not an old one either! I do not have a traditional athletes body. I will never have a traditional athletes body. I’m just not built that way nor do I have the desire to do what it takes to get down to whatever size the world thinks I should be. What I do have though is an athletes heart and will to push through challenges. I may not be the picture that comes to mind of what an athlete is but make no mistake I am an athlete. Many times athletes like me are under-represented but that is slowly changing.
This under representation of people who like me sometimes hold other people back from taking the first step for a positive change. You look at yoga studio and it seems like everyone is under a size 4 and can bend themselves in a pretzel. Me…. I am still working on not falling down and my balance. You look at fitness blogs (obviously not mine) and you see the finished product. I will never be that finished product. When you look at ads for fitness and runners, you see the top athletes. The thing is those are people at the top of their game while most of us are still deciding what we want to play.
We’ve all had a friend say or maybe we have even said it that before the great pause that they will start going to the gym/running/yoga/any group activity that they need to loose 20 (fill in blank) pounds FIRST. That’s not the way it works.
We need to be willing to show up as we are today not as we want to be tomorrow. If we can’t show up as we are we will never be happy even when we finally deem we are ready to show up. Who we are is not determined by the size of our jeans or leggings. It is not determined if we have the “perfect” body. It is not determined by anything on the outside, but on what we carry on the inside. You can never be happy with anything else unless you can love the inside. (yeah I know hokey expression but could not be more true).
This past year, someone I know who looked like they should have it all together fell apart. They have the right look. They appeared on the outside to have everything that should make them happy. They weren’t and they hit rock bottom. Someone made a comment about being surprised because she was the last person you would expect and their in lies the problem. Often we focus on living how we think others think that we should live – looking a certain way — Being part of the “right” group —– doing the “right” things —- on and on it goes, when really all we need to focus on is who we are and what we need to make us happy because if you are not happy with that nothing else can fill that void for you.
So when I was asked to be a Pineapple Clothing Ambassador and determined that their USA made products were something that I could endorse, I jumped in.
As I said in my Instagram post today: Proof you don’t need a fancy workout space. You don’t need a size 6 body. You don’t need negativity. You just need to show up!
So I am showing up. I am sharing my not ready for prime time shape.
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