Every year for FBG’s birthday, I do some reflecting. (I clearly have a thing for reflecting on birthdays of any kind.) Where have we been? Where are we going? What more can we do to make the world a more Fit-Bottomed place? But as we turn five this week, I’m also turning the question to myself. For everything I’ve given this site—the late nights, the working two jobs for three years, the writing, the editing, the emails, the events, the travel, the triumphs, the failures, the everything—it’s given me so much more back. SO. MUCH. MORE.
I know it’s not the first time I’ve said this, but each year, it just keeps getting better. Obviously, FBG has allowed me to meet a lot of cool people, try a lot of cool stuff and visit a lot of cool places. But it’s deeper than that. Being a Fit Bottomed Girl isn’t about stuff—or, in some ways—even experiences at all. It’s about a feeling. It’s about feeling good, energetic and comfortable in your own skin.
When FBG started, I really just wanted to get my experience out there. I didn’t want anyone to have to suffer like I did—I wanted them to realize that being a certain size wasn’t always a direct line to happiness and that obsessing about weight and calories was a sure-fire way to pass right over living your best life or, really, being truly healthy at all. I knew that to be true from my personal experiences then, but year after year, with your experiences and my fellow girls’ support, I now know that to be true in my soul.
But it’s more than even that. Being an FBG has pushed me to go farther, do more and be more. It’s allowed me to face fears, take chances and create a healthy life that I love. I’m more honest, more real, more me. Now, I still have off days, “fat” days (OMG, I said “fat!”) and days when I’d rather not work out. I also have things to work on, namely doing too much and people-pleasing. I’m human. But I’m a better one than I was five years ago, and that’s greatly because of this site.
I’ve learned to value being healthy and strong over skinny, but also to not have any body judgement at all. I’ve grown to trust my intuition; and even find the good in injury. I’ve realized that I really can do anything I put my mind to. And that everything is better when you give everything you’ve got.
I’ve come to know me.
All of these life lessons are not possible without you, our freakin’ amazing readers. So above all else, FBG has taught me to be so damn grateful. For ALL of it. I know Erin and I created the site, but it truly has a life of its own now, and one that’s beyond anything we could have imagined.
So, five years later, let me say it a thousand times: thank you, thank you, THANK YOU. —Jenn