My Fitness Truths: FBG Tish

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Pride: I still rock my D-tag from my first marathon.

This week on Fit Bottomed Girls, as a special part of Back to Basics Week, each FBG will share her health and fitness truths—truths that resonate with each of us as we’re working out and living our day-to-day lives. Today, FBG Tish—the originator behind this idea, as you’ll read below—shares her truths on working out and proudly wearing a size 12 running shoe.

The idea of one’s fitness truths came to me the week I got back in the running saddle. I hadn’t run for many moons and was excited and pumped to get my legs going once again. It wasn’t even two minutes into dressing in the girls’ locker room though that someone started ragging on me for being enthusiastic about working out. This warped woman had a twisted idea of why people should go to the gym…and apparently wanting to feel healthy and fit wasn’t a cool option. (To her, it was all about looking good and fitting into a certain size.)

My run was sporadic and hard. I was so peeved that I couldn’t get that negative woman’s words out of my head…and that’s when it happened. My truths started pouring out of my brain—and just like that, I started rocking my run. Apparently, for some, wanting to be fit requires an explanation. Occasionally, we have to explain why we do what we do. We have to, in some ways, stand up for our fitness. In the words of a great lyricist, “Ain’t nobody gonna bring me down…I’ve got to keep on moving!”

Tish’s Fitness Truths

You think I’m searching the room looking for cute boys? Think again. I’m looking for the best pull-up machine.

You laugh at my big feet…those feet ran a marathon. What have your feet done?

The only makeup I’m worried about are the make-up miles I have ahead of me.

I’m not sweating whether or not you approve of how I look. I’m sweating to the beats.

I want to feel fit. I could care less if I fit into your version of beautiful, cool, whatever.

I don’t do pedicures. Those calluses are trophies from that hill I conquered. I’m a woman on a mission.

I don’t go to the gym to flirt. My priorities are personal. The only number you’re gonna get is the one I’m rocking in my next race.

Skinny is not a compliment. Call me healthy. Never assume my challenges and goals are set by some weak objectification.

These are my fitness truths. What are yours? Stayed tomorrow to read FBG Kristen’s fitness truths! —Tish


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  1. Hollis says:

    Okay, is this possible, I am actually speechless for once in my entire life…I think so…well, since I’m speechless, I’ll just give u a visual…I am ON MY FEET, CLAPPING MY HANDS AS LOUD AS LOUD AS THUNDER, AND IN MY MIND I’M SAYING, DANG GIRL, HALLELUYA, WHAT MORE IS THERE TO BE SAID, DANG!!!!

  2. mark says:

    Umm wow..GREAT!!!!!!!!!! this is one the best fitness related articles i’ve ever read.

  3. Suzanne says:

    This is a great post! If only everyone had this same attitude about being fit and healthy!

  4. renee says:

    Excellent! Thank you for sharing! I LIKE the way exercise makes me look, but I NEED the way exercise makes me feel. Keep on keepin it real 🙂

  5. Suziee says:

    More power to you!! And you’re so right. There are so many times when I have to explain why I exercise and eat the way that I do. People always think it’s because I’m trying to “lose weight” or “look good” (which by the way are awesome side effects of leading a healthy lifestyle). But why do we have to provide reasons for just wanting to be healthy?

  6. Diana says:

    I LOVE THIS!!! AND PS I wear a size 11 running shoe! This is such an awesome website for women! 🙂

  7. Celina says:

    Can I get an AMEN!!!
    I think we’ve all had our fair share of explanations. Thin does not mean healthy. LOVE the article.

  8. I LOVE this!!!! Fitness for me is all about kicking butt and taking names too. I do it for myself and the strength it gives me. Always inspires me to hear other women approach it the same way.

  9. Karla says:

    I SOO Enjoyed this article! What an opener! Women empowered to be what we want & need to be for ourselves! AMEN indeed!!! We can rock our own worlds..Way to go!

  10. Trudi says:

    I totally agree with your philosophy for working out. I am half marathoner and love doing them because of it makes me feel not how I look!! BUT I do wear makeup and do get pedicures.. please don’t judge those who do as only exercising to look good! They are unrelated!!!

  11. FBG Tish says:

    @Trudi I will never judge you!!! Pampering is divine…I’m just saying I don’t let folks scrub away on my feet because I’ve earned those blister protectors. :O) And I wear makeup…I just don’t slather it on FOR the gym if that makes sense 🙂

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  13. Sarah says:

    It’s better to be fit than skinny!

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