Going for More Than Gold

They say if at first you don’t succeed try, try again. And the Fit Bottomed Girls are all about that. In our minds, life isn’t about attaining the perfect body or finishing the race, it’s enjoying every step of the way there. Now that it’s almost summer Olympics time, I think it’s time we all remembered that. Four years is a long time to prepare for an event, especially one that only lasts a few seconds. I mean, seriously, what if you’re having a bad day? You’re just screwed and then all that hard work was for…nothing? Not in my book. That hard work was life.

So, in the spirit of the Olympics and all of those professional athletes—or just your common fit bottomed girls or boys who are out running their first 5K or triathlon—who didn’t quite do their absolute best on game day, we salute you and remind you to celebrate all of your successes, not just the big days, and to always find the fun and humor even when you don’t get the gold. In reality, there’s more to life than gold. There’s also platinum…and diamonds. Just saying.

So she didn’t stick the landing. She’s still better than, oh, a million percent of the world. Not too shabby.

The FBGs also salute those who, year after year, never give up on improving themselves. Take this 41-year-old for example. Who cares if she wins next month; she rocks! —Jenn

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  1. MizFit says:

    so true.

    IMO it’s all about being a better YOU than the last time (I know. cue sentimental music—but I believe it!).

    not matter the realm.


  2. Jenn says:

    Great post, Jenn! I’m with MizFit – it’s all about believing in yourself and accomplishing your own goals, not wishing you could be as good as someone else. Personal victories are most important!


  3. Mark Salinas says:

    Absolutely…..keep YOUR journey alive and moving forward. Nice post!

  4. tfh says:

    Thanks for the reminder!

    And the salute.

    For those of us who are never going to be Olympians, finding that fun and humor in the process has gotta be there…or the “try again” is never gonna happen.

    Although platinum and diamonds sure would be nice, too!

  5. Dara Chadwick says:

    The absolute best feeling is accomplishing something you thought you couldn’t. I felt that way when I ran three miles — in a row ;-).

    I adore the Olympics!

  6. Sagan Morrow says:

    Aw, thats sweet. I feel so much the same way- one bad day and poof, there goes YEARS of hard work. Everyone ought to be celebrated for their efforts!

  7. Marcy says:

    I am so mean but I LMFAO at the commentary of that vid :-X

    I’ve always found that some of one’s WORST performances are actually the best. It makes you want to work that much harder for the next time 😉

  8. Crabby McSlacker says:

    I too, had to laugh–not at the poor girl but at the seamless way the commentator reported on her shattered dreams.

    My Olympics-loving family and all the competitive athletes out there would probably kill me for saying this, but I think there’s something a little unbalanced about spending YEARS of your life totally sacrificing everything for a competitive goal–just to beat out a bunch of other people and be the “best.” We glorify this kind of sacrifice in the name of sports but barely pay attention to people who sacrifice for something less symbolic but way more helpful–building schools or saving lives or whatever.

    Which is not to say there’s anything wrong about working hard for fitness goals–just to say the whole “sacrifice everything else” mentality of Olympic athletes kinda creeps me out.

  9. Jenn says:

    Oh have no fear, Erin and I watched that a few hundred times and laughed.

    The dream is great and all, but there is more to life. I always wonder what happens to those people after they don’t medal or get injured. Do they lose their life’s purpose? If I based my self-worth based only on my performance in a sport, I wouldn’t be happy very often.

    Holy crap, people, it’s Friday and it’s FitWit. How did we get so serious and philosophical?! I need a margarita. Make that a pitcher.

  10. Meg says:

    Heh, I’m just glad that when I trip myself up on the treadmill or *totally* miss the heavy bag when I’m punching that I’m not being watched by THAT MANY people.

    Damn, girl had a lot of courage and poise to do those pose things at the end. She deserves applause.

  11. Tish says:

    lol that is so wrong in so many ways….waaaaa

  12. Tish says:

    p.s. more to live than a dream? ouch. hope not.

  13. Rachel says:

    I agree too. Love the olympics and everything about them..Hate the commentators though-always focusing on mistakes, tears, drama- rather than the competitors.