Part of me focusing on things that matter has meant that I have been actually working at getting into the best shape of my life (not that that is saying much LOL). This has been something that I have been working here and there for a couple of years, but instead of just casually working out now, I am training with intention (and goals!).
I was starting to overwhelm my main instagram profile with gym and firefighting stuff, so I started a secondary profile to keep fitness and fire stuff separate from all my nature and adventure stuff. In my first post on my profile, I explained what was going on in my life. I’ll copy it over here so you can see:
firefitmissHey all! This is a new account for me with a bit of a lengthy reason. Curious? Read on.
I feel like I have struggled with my weight and being fit by entire life. This is something that’s hard for me to even say ‘out loud’ (or in writing, same thing.). I have hated my body for most of my life. And unfortunately I know a lot of people feel the same way.
Growing up, I always sucked at coordinated sports. I was clumsy, awkward and had zero confidence. When I was towards the end of being a teenager, I discovered being active wasn’t all about being good at the usual things, that there were ways to be active that even I could do. And so began my love for the outdoors. I fell in love with canoeing, hiking, fishing and all those good things and I went on to become a park ranger for 6 years.
I then found myself moving to Alberta, where 3 years ago I became a firefighter. As soon as I became a firefighter, my focus on physical fitness shifted. It was no longer an option, it was necessary to be fit. A friend introduced me to weight lifting, I started running obstacle races and have even competed in 2 Firefighter stair climbs. But I’ve still felt like I hate my body. I have wanted to compete at Firefit for the last 2 years, but have been too nervous (scared) to even try.
I’ve made the decision to stop being scared to try, and to train harder to actually reach my goals. Instead of just casually going to the gym, I have been inspired to train with intention and to commit to a plan. A plan that involves healthy eating as well as working out. If you follow my main Instagram account (@ThatCanadianGirl1) then you’ve probably seen a lot of my gym posts and food posts from the last couple of month, but there’s a lot more I want to post but didn’t want to overwhelm that feed for people who were following me for my nature photos. Feel free to follow me along here, but in all honesty this is more of a fitness diary, a way for my to track my progress and my journey.
So don’t be surprised if you start to see more fitness related posts on here, over the past few months it has become such a huge portion of my life. Sharing my journey with people helps me hold myself accountable and the feedback I have received from people has been overwhelmingly positive. Its reassuring to hear that I’m not the only one who feels like this, and who has this struggle. Sometimes its nice to just not feel alone. A big thank you to everyone who passed along some love! So if this is something that interests you, or something you can relate to, then feel free to follow me along on my journey here on my blog or on my instagram (@FireFitMiss)