What my past has taught me…

We are digging deep today, people. I am linking up for the Fit Dish with Jessica and Jill. Today’s hot topic is, “What has your past taught you about living today?”

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I have learned a TON from my past, but of course will focus on the health-related items. So, let’s get to it…

never say never

{Lesson One:} Never say never. Growing up, I didn’t enjoy running so I thought I wasn’t cut out for it. I thought only certain types of people find enjoyment with running. And I definitely did not think that I would EVER run a half marathon (or even want to). But, I did. I gave it a shot and I ran a half marathon earlier this year. I even enjoyed the training… for the most part.

  • I have the ability to hold myself back or push myself forward. I know my limitations and strengths. I will give just about anything a try, because there may be joy in a new adventure or goal. Never is no longer a word I subscribe to.


{Lesson Two:} Fat-free Oreos are a joke. Well, fat-free anything is a joke. If a food company is taking fat out of a product, more than likely more sugar is going into the product making it just as unhealthy as it was before.

  • I followed the fat-free bandwagon for awhile. In fact, I thought it was cool that I could buy a container of fat-free graham crackers, eat the whole box, and not eat any fat. No joke. Good thing my metabolism was on fire back then. Fat-free and sugar-free and now gluten-free are all labels. They can trick your mind so be sure you know exactly what you are getting yourself into whenever you are buying a product or eating more if it just because of the words displayed on the label.

{Lesson Three:}The scale is not your friend. It is not your enemy either. It is literally a rectangle of junk that you step on and it shows you a number. That number does not define you and it is not what you are worth. That number is simply a number. Don’t judge yourself by it.

  • I spent way too much time in my past trying to reach an arbitrary number. Numbers do not matter nearly as much as the way you feel. And for me, eating well and moving more help me feel bad ass!

Rules are meant to be broken!

{Lesson Four:} Rules are meant to be broken. I was a rule follower growing up or a goody two shoes if you will. It’s no wonder that I also fell into the nutrition and exercise rules. Eat this, not that. Do this, not that. Blah. Blah. Blah. I tell you from experience that the BEST way to a healthy lifestyle is to carve your own path. Make your own rules. It makes sense too.. only you know the nuances of your body and taste buds. Right?!

  • There are many fitness and nutrition professionals with good intentions, but I think there is way too much misinformation out there. Listening to everyone else’s advice can drive you crazy and keep you away from listening to the most important expert on your body, YOU. Take what makes sense and forget the rest. Experiment and try things out for yourself.


{Lesson Five:} There is no perfect workout. In fact, just working out is AWESOME and worth the kudos. Doesn’t matter if you lifted a car off the ground, ran around the block, pushed play for a Turbofire workout, or even connected your mind and body with a little yoga. Movement is good. And doing more of it is great.

  • It’s easy to think that you will get a dancer body by doing this workout or get a killer 6 pack of abs by doing this other workout. The fact of the matter is that your body is different than your neighbor’s body and his/her body is different than another neighbor’s body. Striving for the body that has been photo-shopped will probably lead to disappointment. It is best to focus on goals that have less to do with a picture perfect body and have more to do with overall health and well-being. (Side note: I can almost guarantee that you will LOVE your body if you focus on overall health and well-being too. Consider it an added bonus for focusing on the good stuff).

Lots of words on this post. More than any other post I think. We covered a lot, dear friends. But, before I go… answer me this… what is 1 thing you have learned over the years and would like to share with others?

  • MB Jackson

    You are right! Never say never! I did not start running until after 45! I would have never thought I would have so much fun and learn so much about myself 🙂

  • My oreo philosophy is go for the seasonal ones. Something about colored cream that makes it so much more fun 😛

  • Jessica Durfee

    I love the carve your own path idea, it’s so true. Only you can determine what works for you, and you’ll never know until you try. great stuff. and bravo for running a half. I love when people’s mindset changes about running, and that was huge! Thanks for linking up! Loved this : ) @thefitswitch

    • Thanks, the half was a really cool experience. Thank you for hosting the link up. I love all of the topics y’all come up with!

  • Elizabeth

    I love this, Bri! Making your own rules is definitely less stress. I just need to not bend my own rules as much 😉

  • Love your post!! You are so right when you say we are the experts on our body. We need to experiment and try things out for ourselves and not listen to others.

  • Jenn

    LOVED this post. I too believed that “fat free” or low calorie junk foods were ok. They aren’t!!! I also love the last one, do what you love, but don’t expect miracles.

    • Those buzz words can lead to overeating, that’s for sure. I still can’t believe how many graham crackers I would eat b/c they were “fat free”. Hah! Thanks for stopping by!

  • jillconyers

    Awesome #fitdish Bri! I’m so happy to have found your blog. I could comment on all of your lessons because they all resonate so true, but #4 could be written into a theme song for my year. The best of nutritious intentions and way too much info lead me down a very destructive path. No longer my friend. I’m the expert of me! Life is good 🙂

    • I went through a similar experience and yes, life IS good. Especially when we become the experts of ourselves. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Great list! I agree with Jill, I could say something on all of your lessons but I really resonate with #1. I wasn’t a runner growing up, I hated it in fact. Even my first year racing triathlons I only did the bare minimum with my run training. But over time something changed and I began to love it and now I am train for my first marathon. Never say never 🙂

    • Ahhh that is so awesome. Good luck on your first marathon and HAVE FUN with it!! Congrats 🙂

  • Fawn

    Great list! I loved reading this post! I agree with every one of these!
    One thing I’ve learned is to listen to my body before my mind. I’ve had my share of running related injuries this year and I have learned to stop pushing my body just because my mind wants it to go a little further.