Sarah started the 101 Days of Blogging earlier this week. I am a little late to the part as I am jumping in on Day 6. But I thought the idea and the message was fantastic, so I had to join in. 101 Days of Blogging has bloggers using the 101 Ways to Be Revolutionary as a guide for creating blog posts for 101 days. Day 6’s revolutionary way to be healthy is to Redefine Yourself.
Ask me to define myself and I first tell you that I am the wife of an insanely support and giving husband.
Then I would gone on to tell you that I am the mother of a lively, spirited, big-hearted, beautiful daughter.
I am likely to go on to tell you that I am daughter to the best parents in the world, big sister to a little sister who has grown to be my best friend, an aunt, a niece, a best friend.
Notice a pattern? I am defining myself in terms of my relationships with other. And while I love every relationship I have and would NEVER change my roles in those relationships. I have somehow lost sight of who I am all by myself. So I started thinking who am I, who do I want to be, how do I really want to be definied? And after a few hours of contemplation, I have a suprisingly good vision.
I am self-proclaimed book nerd who was highly uncoordinated (still am) until I fell in love with fitness. Then I become a strong, powerful woman who loves the runner’s high, the sight of sweat glisten on my sink, and the feel of sore muscles. I am determined – pushing past my mind tell me “You can’t” and proving “Yes, I can” – whether it’s increasing the weight on my squats, cutting down my 5K time, or learning a new pose in yoga.
I am a health and fitness blogger.
I am strong.
I am powerful.
I am beautiful.
I am a woman who hated, despised, and abused her body for year via an eating disorder. But I am a woman who learned how to overcome my ED and learned to love and appreciate the wonderful thing that my body is. I am the woman who celebrates what my body can do, and is not bothered by the number on the scale or the label of my jeans.
I am loving.
I am kind.
I live life to the fullest each day.
I am the woman who rereads her old journals remembering who and what I thought I’d be at this stage of life, and realizes that she has far exceeded her wildest dreams.
I am me – and I love it!
So who are you? Are you like me – do you first define yourself in relation to others? Have your definitions of yourself changed over time?