Have you ever had a run-in with a hater? I run into them sometimes, even when it comes to Fit Bottomed Girls. A couple weeks ago, a fellow from my day job hit me with the “best-friend nepotism” angle. You see, Jenn and I have been best friends ever since we were fourteen. She and Erin created this snazzy sight, and I applauded and supported from backstage. Then Los Angeles started getting on the FBG tip, and so Jenn asked if I’d like to do a guest post.
This was a big ask for Jenn. At that point in my life, I was just getting back into fitness. I was really active in high school and college—running every day and eating right. Then, girls from college did the worst thing we, as women, can do to each other: they teased me for working out. They called me anorexic and said I had issues. Even though I didn’t and was just health conscious, I submitted to the pressure and stopped it all cold turkey.
Then Jenn inspired me years later to start running again. She gave me a half marathon training schedule she was following, and I was actually enjoying the daily running. Because of that, I accepted her guest-post offer and wrote the Burn 60 piece. The rest is history. I became inspired, motivated and persistent. I shushed those mean girls’ opinions I had carried around with me for years (how crazy is it that they made me ashamed of being naturally thin?!) and started getting back to the girl who could run four miles a day like it was nothing. I even ran a marathon.
Working out and writing for this site has been one of the best things that’s ever happened to me. Yes, I am thankful and very aware that my best friend gave me an awesome writing opportunity. I’m also aware that I’m a darn tootin’ good fit for the site. I think Jenn and Erin are smart women with good hearts, and that pushes me to make them proud. I pull my weight. Not only do I work my butt in the gym, but I try to write my butt off, too.
What have I learned from all of this? Even those who drink the haterade can make us stronger. They can tell us all day long we won’t accomplish this or that, don’t deserve that and this, but in the end they’re just opinions. Opinions that can ignite fires under our butts and get us out there to prove them wrong!
I’ll keep sharing positive messages. I’ll definitely keep working out, all the while remaining humble and thankful that my best friend was the generous gal who opened the door. For the haters, I recommend focusing on the content and the FBG mission; not on the negative. After all, fit bottoms come in all shapes and sizes! And if you’re facing a hater in your life—whether it’s someone who sabotages your weight loss efforts or tells you that you can’t be a runner—don’t you dare let others’ negativity stop you!
We have to all remember to drink the Gatorade, not the haterade! Have you ever had someone dis on you because of your healthy lifestyle? —Tish