I am participating in a 7 day blogging challenge to ignite the fire within me to dig in here more and blog like I would love to.
I have been blogging for a bit and I actually love it….Only I have not been doing it as much as I hoped to. I go through phases of feeling like I have so much to share, and then I would get overwhelmed, but I am happy when I share what is on the inside of me. I have never really asked myself who I am trying to reach with this blog, but now I have it narrowed down.
I started this blog in the beginning of 2013 because I LOVED being a runner and I felt like I had something to share with the world after I had so much success with overcoming my own obstacle of taking my own life back. I worked my bum off to get in great shape as a runner. Working out was my thing. I loved to dig in and go hard at the gym with fun fitness classes and lifting weights. In October of 2012, I was hit by a car while out on a walk one day and that threw me a major curve ball, but it was a blessing in disguise. I was EXTREMELY blessed that day as I walked away from the hospital with a bruised hip that was slightly knocked out of alignment and a sprained wrist. Little did I know that it was to become my story. As I was kind of still on the sidelines trying to recover, I thought that I would start writing about it.
I heard story after story at the gym when I would engage in conversation with other ladies after a class or whatever we were doing. The thing I saw the most through observation was a feeling of defeat. They didn’t know how much power their words had. I could sense this feeling inside of them that they were not good enough. They were at the gym, but they didn’t know what they truly were capable of. They were working out, but there was something deeper on the inside that I could feel that many just did not believe in themselves. They were chasing skinny. When the ladies spoke, I heard “I Can’t” so many times. It made me think. What goes on inside to make them feel this way. I know that it goes deeper than the surface.
I could relate to that in so many ways because I too struggled with that mindset one time in my own life. I had to dig deep and find that inner strength that I didn’t realize existed to fight my way to where I wanted to be and what I wanted to become. I want to be able to reach mainly women with a focus on ages 30+. That is the group that my spirit bonds with the most because I can understand their walk through life. I can relate to that feeling as a mom how you want to do so much more, but feel like there is no hope. I know the feeling of losing yourself and feeling like a prisoner trapped in your own body.
I have realized over the last few years that I have a gift of encouragement. I am passionate about helping others from my own experiences. I want to help empower these women, strengthen them, motivate them and inspire them to realize fitness goes deeper than the term. I want to help them to take the word Can’t out of their vocabulary and replace it with CAN.
After my own story, we went through a very challenging time with my mom. It challenged my faith, it challenged who I was, it literally changed me. I watched her go from flat lining on the operating table 8 times to blossoming into a strong woman at the age of 65 with a new amputation. I was able to be a voice of truth to help her work her way back to walking. It was amazing and scary at the same time. This story burns deep down in my soul and it is another testimony to show others how with the right attitude and belief, they can accomplish anything.
Unfortunately, we only had 6 months with her after that initial surgery. She passed away on Christmas Eve of 2013. I literally had a strong sense of peace. Yes, I hurt tremendously and still do from time to time. I believe that I am not quite the same person anymore. I had a year of struggling and gained all the weight back that I fought so hard to loose. Its not as devastating this time around because I know what I am capable of. My mind has been transformed and something keeps telling me, that this is where I need to be in order to help others along the way. I can truly share my journey to rising back up stronger. So Running Around With Krissy isn’t just about my adventures in running its about everything else in between
And Just because my focus is for a certain group, anyone and everyone is able to benefit from my blog. Young, older, men and women. I want to make an impact, not alone, but with God’s help and guidance, to help those realize that fitness is not just about becoming physically fit. Its about becoming who you were created to be. Its about embarking on a new journey to become the best YOU possible. Its about stepping out of your comfort zone and believing in yourself. We can all accomplish great things together 🙂