Fitness Fridays – My Fitness Journey

As you can tell by the title, the subject of this blog post is different than my usual topics. Fitness is something I’ve been interested in for a few years now, and amongst other topics, I’ve always wanted to talk about working out and healthy eating on my blog. The fact that my blog is mostly beauty-based has always stopped me from doing so – I’m afraid that diversifying too much will cause a dip in interest from readers.

However, after chatting with a few blogger friends about this subject, I’ve convinced myself that it’s my blog so I should talk about what I want; even though I mainly talk about makeup, I’ve always categorized my blog as a “lifestyle blog”, so I’m going to start branching out this year. Here it is – a new topic called Fitness Fridays! In particular, today we get a little more personal than usual by talking about my fitness journey, which has been…well, a journey. PS – I didn’t know how to take pictures for this blog post (I’m no “fitspo”, you see) so umm…enjoy the memes.

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Before I got into fitness and living healthy, I didn’t really realize that everyone could have such different fitness goals and reasons for wanting to be fit. It seemed like most people either wanted to 1) lose weight or 2) get ripped. It wasn’t until I really started looking into the fitness world that there are so many reasons why someone might be living a healthy lifestyle. Yes, some people may wish to shed a few pounds while some want to see muscle definition, but some people do it because they have health issues and want to improve their health, while others are challenging themselves to run in a 10K marathon. And those are just a few examples! I would say my goals are similar to most, but also different.

I’m a very petite person – just under 5 feet tall, with a small frame, and narrow shoulders and hips. As most of us know, the media is great at telling us that our bodies are never good enough, but somehow I managed to completely avoid that pressure growing up – I honestly never really thought about whether or not my body was good enough for society’s standards. What led me on my fitness journey was my difficulty in finding clothes that fit.

While it seems to be a common goal for people to want to fit into a smaller size, my personal challenge was finding clothes that are small enough for me. Every so often, I’ll luck out by trying a shirt on that fits me perfectly, but those moments are few and far between. Even at stores that sell size XXS, I am usually still swimming in the clothes, which makes shopping a really frustrating experience. Yes, I can get my clothes taken in, but I’ve learned that sometimes there’s only so much a seamstress can do, and in terms of money, it also adds up real fast. I wanted to be able to fill out clothes from off-the-rack, but I didn’t know how to do that.

I’ve been working out on and off for about 4 years, the first two of which were very sporadic and done without much knowledge of how our bodies work, so I completely went about reaching my goals the wrong way. Also, most people categorize themselves as either a sweet or a salty person in terms of junk food. Well, give me both the chips and the cake! I love junk food, so “eating clean” is a tough one for me.

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  1. In my first  year of working out, it seemed to me that I lot of people who work out do cardio, so I started off doing a lot of light cardio using machines (treadmill, elliptical), as well as bodyweight exercises, with no change to my diet. I didn’t see much change in my body, so I went back to the drawing board.
  2. I thought that by shedding fat, I would be able to get more muscle definition, and thus be able to fill my clothes out. I started doing a lot of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) with bodyweight exercises. My diet consisted of a strict diet of salad and other food one would typically think of as “healthy”. This whole stage was a HUGE misconception for me. It took me a year to figure out that this was leading me farther away from my goals, not closer. Back to the drawing board I went again.

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  3. I started realizing that I needed to lift weights in order to see any muscle definition. I started incorporating light weights alongside cardio. My diet was mainly healthy, but this was a stressful time in my life so I also stress-ate a lot. I saw small gains mostly in my arms and a little in my glutes, but my body remained largely unchanged and I still couldn’t fill out any clothes. After doing a lot of reading on the subject, I realized I wouldn’t see big changes unless I started lifting heavier.
  4. This is the stage I’m currently at – pushing myself to use heavier and heavier weights while still remaining in control of my movements. While in the past I completely neglected my upper body (other than arms), I also realized that in order to fit into tops (the part I have the most problems with), I needed to make my shoulders and chest bigger. Now, I make sure to have a “shoulder day” and a “chest day”. I learned about macronutrients, and upped my protein intake.

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I don’t think there’s a “wrong” way to be fit; as long as you’re moving and eating a balanced diet, that’s already a step in the right direction. BUT as you can see from my experience, there is definitely a “wrong” way to go about reaching specific goals if you don’t know what you need to do in order to get the results you want. But I think everyone goes through this! They call it a journey for a reason, right? It hasn’t been until the last year or so that I’ve gained a lot more knowledge, although I’m still constantly learning and am very, very far from being an expert! Can I fit into clothes off the rack now? Nope! But it’s better than it was before, and I know there’s still so much space for growth in my workout routines, which means my body will follow.

Do you work out and/or eat healthy, and if so, was there a particular reason why you started? I love hearing about other people’s journeys! Okay, I’m going to hit Publish before I change my mind and delete this whole thing, haha.

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54 thoughts on “Fitness Fridays – My Fitness Journey

  1. I love that you’re branching out into different topics on your blog! I also love the memes.

    I can totally relate to having a hard time to find clothes that fit. ESPECIALLY fitness clothes for me. I have a weird bra size (huge overshare?) so I have the hardest time finding sports bras to work out in because I need a larger cup size but teeny tiny band size, which american brands don’t understand. I have to order my proper size from the UK and spend tons of money to find clothes that fit properly. So frustrating!

    I also find the culture of skinny shaming to be real, and though most of my friends and family are supportive I do get the odd comment of “You don’t need to work out, you’re tiny!”. And I’m like… I work out to be healthy, not to lose weight! Though if I saw ab definition one day I would be so happy haha!

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    • Thank you, I appreciate your support so much!

      Haha, totally not an overshare – you’d be surprised by how many women have a hard time fitting into the bra sizes they sell at stores, even with “extended sizing”! Late last year I discovered a Subreddit called “A Bra That Fits” full of women who share their woes in finding a proper bra. There are a lot of suggestions on websites to order “special size” bras from – I haven’t tried ordering any but maybe it might be worth a shot for you!

      It’s funny because when you go shopping (for clothes in general), you see so many women try on clothes and it seems to look amazing on them, but when you really talk to other women about finding clothes that fit, a lot of them seem to have issues with it for some reason or another! There are just too many different body sizes and shapes to try and fit into cookie cutter sized clothing.

      Women will never be able to win in terms of our bodies. If we’re skinny, we need to eat a burger. If we’re bigger, we need to lay off the burgers. How about we all just focus on our own health goals instead of worrying about other people? LOL so true, I get the whole “you don’t need to work out, you’re tiny” comment too…or if I see gains, it’s because “I’m naturally skinny”, and not because I worked hard for it – so annoying!

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      • I haven’t heard of that subreddit but I could totally relate. I order everything from figleaves, including swimsuits! I just can’t try anything on first which is frustrating.

        Especially with how quickly styles change once you find something that fits it’s gone already and onto the next thing 😥

        Yes agreed! People should just worry about their own helth goals instead of looking at someone and making a judgement when they don’t even know what’s going on. Grrrr You earned those gains, don’t let people tell you otherwise!

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        • That’s great that you found a good source for undergarments and swimwear! It definitely sucks to buy clothes blind without being able to try any of them on! I kind of want to try some of the websites recommended on the subreddit but it just seems like a hassle to try and return stuff if it doesn’t fit…

          Hahah thank you, you too girl!

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          • Try to find somewhere with free returns! Though you’re in Calgary right? If you go to the Nordstrom there they have European sizes! I wish we had Nordstrom in Edmonton it would fix all my problems 😄

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            • Hmm I’ll definitely have to try Nordstrom’s, I haven’t really looked at their undergarments because I assumed they’d be super pricey, and didn’t realize their sizes might run smaller. Thanks for the tip! You’ll have to make a drive to Calgary on the weekend to do some shopping there!

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  2. K first off I’m going to start off with a superficial comment – I love your workout gear above, it’s so pretty!

    Secondly, good for you for figuring out the system that works for you! I’m still trying to figure mine out and I have been for 15 years lol. I have around 30 lbs to lose but my biggest problem is diet – I love food! I’m also an emotional eater so the minute I’m stressed out it’s what I turn to. I really want to get healthier this year and like you, I’ve learned that doesn’t mean eating a salad every day – it’s making better, consistent choices around food and exercising regularly. Easier said than done.

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    • Hahaha thank you! I was lucky that my water bottle just happened to match my pants, LOL.

      I don’t know if I’ve “figured out” my system yet – it’s definitely better than anything I’ve tried so far but I feel like what we want out of our diet and fitness are constantly evolving! I also love food and am a stress eater, too, and on top of that, I find it hard to be motivated to work out. Like you said, it’s just about being consistent and finding balance. Just because something is healthy doesn’t mean it has to taste plain or bad! Don’t feel bad about eating that chicken alfredo on the weekend if you’ve fuelled your body with nutrient-dense food the rest of the week!

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  3. I really like that you’ve wrote about fitness, especially as I’m starting to work out again😊 I have the opposite issue, I need to lose a few stone and tone up. Fingers crossed I start to see results soon x

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  4. You have no idea how happy I am to see this post in my reader by YOU!! This happened quicker than I anticipated, haha! I would like to write a bit of a history too at some point.

    I really like the way you numbered your different experiences with fitness. I follow quite a few fitness youtubers but the ONE thing I find that’s often missing is that they don’t talk enough about the obstacles they encountered when they first got into fitness. Or for what reason they got into fitness. Were they always active/athletic? Did they used to have a bad lifestyle? etc etc. I appreciate so much that they share ‘What I Eat In A Day’ and workouts but there’s not enough info on their story!!

    I agree so much that it’s ultimately about balance. I would like to ask about your experience with 2? You were on a very strict diet?

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    • Haha, it seems quick because I have about 10 fitness-related posts in my drafts (including this one) that are all 80% finished but I didn’t have enough nerve to post! All I had to do was edit this one 😛

      Hmm that’s a good point, I didn’t think about the fact that a lot of fitness Youtubers talk about their journey! It totally matters – it influences why they do the exercises they do and why they eat the things they do! LOL sometimes I wonder if they eliminate “bad” snacks in their What I Eat in a Day videos, like “Oh I’m not going to tell people I ate that Snickers bar” 😂

      I will probably expand on 2 in a separate post sometime, but in terms of “strict diet” I mean that I had salad with grilled chicken every single day, never let myself touch unhealthy snacks, cut out almost all carbs… basically I didn’t have a balanced diet.

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      • That’s a fair point! There is probably some amount of bad eating involved that they don’t include. Much like how the vlogs are only about 10% of their day, if that.

        I see! I am allowing myself 1 cheat meal a week. I am not necessarily doing the whole clean eating thing, just balanced and in a way where I can count my macros. The main thing was I wanted to shrink my bad eating habits that evolved over winter (LOL the only way I can put it) and to nourish myself again. Definitely no to cutting out food groups though! But cool, can’t wait to read your other fitness posts! 😊😊

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        • Hahaha who knows! I certainly HOPE they are including everything but it’s hard to tell sometimes!

          That is awesome that you have found your balance already – I feel like it takes a lot of people a lot of time to achieve that!

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  5. It’s great that you’re incorporating fitness into your blog more! I’ve been working out more his year and have managed to lose a stone and a half! Just need to keep at it! Keep going girl! Xx

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  6. I hear you – I see such extreme goals people have with diet and fitness. It’s interesting to read a different perspective from a petite person like yourself!
    I never talk about my own diet and food journey on my blog but hey, this isn’t my blog so maybe no one will read this. 😉 I too went down the typical cardio path only to realize while I do enjoy the “high”, it wasn’t really getting to my goal of being lean and having muscle definition. I do really enjoy running though. 🙂 I won’t drone on in your comments but I did go down an extreme path with diet and fitness a while ago where intervention was required. I thought I was healthy but I was the opposite of that. I do weights on and off now and I focus mostly on low impact stuff. I now mainly try to find balance. My diet is now typically pretty good – after adding all the food groups back, I do allow myself sweets too! Now, I could definitely do with cutting out some sweets but hey, life is short. Overall, being comfortable in my own body is the ultimate goal. 🙂 I keep reminding myself that this body is the one vessel I have to carry me through this life, so I should treat it nicely.
    Ok I’m hitting post comment before I delete this…

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    • THANK YOU for sharing tidbits of your journey, I loved reading about it!
      Hahaha I’m glad you like running! I can’t…I wish I could, but I just can’t. But yes, the “high” you get after it feels so great! I’ve always found that running first thing in the morning makes your whole day feel a little more positive.

      I’m really glad to hear you’re in a much better place now in terms of your diet and fitness regime! It does sound like everything is very balanced for you now, which is where we all want to be! I totally agree with you, moderation is absolutely the key to both. Like you said, we will be in our bodies for the rest of our lives, so we better be taking care of it! That includes indulging in the things we enjoy every once in a while!

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  7. I’ve been struggling with losing weight since I can remember to be honest. For some reason, nothing really works for me or I lose interest in the gym etc lol. Funny enough though, last year I lost about 7kg without even noticing or doing anything! I was able to keep the same weight for a year and then gained most of it between Thanksgiving and Christmas lmao. oh well, I’m trying again now.

    What I know for sure though, is that gym is really not for me! I get too bored. I rather just take walks around the lake. But again, it all depends on your personal goals.

    Btw, I gave your blog a follow!

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    • I think in terms of losing interest in the gym, that’s happened to me a lot too! I think you just have to find something you enjoy doing instead of forcing yourself to run on the treadmill, or whatever, if you hate it. If walking around the lake is your jam, then keep doing that!

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  8. Good for you for going on this journey! Everyone has their own individual problems, and that is all definitely exacerbated by the media. The mentality of working out to get ripped or to loose weight totally turns me off. It should be about being healthy and happy in a good routine. Something that has really helped me is doing kickboxing classes. Kickboxing isn’t about going hard and getting pumped, it’s about learning techniques and skills that will help you with self defence, that has the happy benefit of a good workout, so I love it! Anything that incorporates learning definitely attracts me, instead of mindless running on a treadmill. I hope your current routine gives you the results that you are looking for!

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    • Totally agree with you that working out should ultimately be about being healthy and treating your body the way it deserves to be treated! That’s awesome you do kickboxing. There’s a kickboxing place near my house and I’ve always wanted to try! I’m in awe of people who can run on the treadmill for an hour – I certainly can’t!

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  9. This is awesome! 🙂 I, myself, have also been interested in fitness for a while now and goals (both long term and short term) are great things so have! May I suggest taking a before picture and then taking another about a year from now? I’m sure you’d love to see how far you’ve come in a mere 365 days 🙂 Also, chips and cake are always a good idea in my book!!! 🙂

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    • Ah, I’m sorry I forgot to reply to this! I’m glad you’re on your own fitness journey and finding things that work for you! Oh man, I took a “before” photo last June and had meant to take progress photos every month, but I haven’t taken a single one since. Maybe I should do it this coming June since it’ll a full year.
      And yes, you can’t say no to chips and cake!

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  11. So I love this! Especially this: “It wasn’t until I really started looking into the fitness world that there are so many reasons why someone might be living a healthy lifestyle.” YES! This is so true — and that’s why it’s so important we don’t judge people for not fitting into our ideals of what we “think” people and their bodies should look like. We all have different goals! Great post, Xx

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  12. I work out and eat healthy to avoid health issues that run in my family! I already live what I would call an active lifestyle, but recently got a blood test, and I guess my body didn’t think it was active enough! Haha. But I’m glad to hear you’re figuring out what works best for you and your body. Best wishes!

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  13. I began working out in order to shed some weight, and then I went vegan and lost about 22 pounds. Now, I am focusing on getting stronger and fitter, but this is proving to be difficult. It is definitely a lot harder to get protein in now. Needless to say, weightlifting is off the charts for me as of right now. I would like to read more about your weightlifting routine! I loved reading your post and found it inspiring. Sending you lots of love and energy so that you may achieve your fitness goals!

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  14. Really great post! I actually became a Certified personal trainer and fitness nutritionist because my mom got diabetes type 2 and I wanted to help her the best I could. Now I help many people workout and lose weight online and in person. So that’s my reason for working out in a way.

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