Have y’all seen FIT(ish) apparel?!?!
I’ve been in LOOOOOOOOOOVE for a while now but every time I add a few super cute tops to my cart, I forget to ever actually checkout lol. (Hey, my shopping friends….do you ever just go to your fave online shopping site and add things to your cart….and then kinda purposely LEAVE them…IN THE CART? It’s like the rush of shopping minus the spending part. lol #sometimesitworks #sometimesitdoesnt)
ANYHOO, I saw another coach with a FIT(ish) tank on yesterday so I finally decided I was gonna order! But, not really seeing a FB ad for it like how I normally see them, I went to Google. So, funny story….I type in FIT(ISH) and Google asks “Did you mean FET(ISH)?” and then proceeds to pop up a warning that the key word I’m searching for MAY bring up some sketchy content. Ok, sketchy is my word, not Google’s…but I had to laugh that GOOGLE tried to autocorrect the word FOR me and THEN proceeded to tell me that I probably shouldn’t have been searching for what “I” was searching for….and should be prepared for what I was about to see lol. Um, thank you but just let me search what I put in and we should be just fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiine.
So, after Google actually let me get to where I was going, I FINALLY ordered this!!
(Ok, yes, I admit that my meme shirts and tanks collection knows no bounds but life’s too short not to have a little fun and they make me happy.)
So, HOW PERFECT IS THIS?!?!
FIT(ish): Semi-fit; Kind of fit. Someone who likes the idea of being fit but equally likes food.
Can I get a HALLELUJAH?!? Can I get an AMEN?!?
Ummmmm, hElLo….I’m Dina & I’m FIT……ish.
I TOTALLY love the idea of being fit.
I TOTALLY love working out….MOST of the time.
BUT, I equally love food…..especially in the form of cupcakes & sushi & pizza….OH & not food….but & beer…..& wine.
Which is why I totally needed this shirt AND do something fun with this concept!!
Here’s the current FIT(ish) me ~
I COULD pick myself apart.
Ok, actually, indulge me for a second while I do just that….lol.
I currently have a muffin top. I don’t have a thigh gap (and pretty sure I never will….not that it’s really even a goal of mine to have one). My arms & thighs & calves are “thick.” I have back fat & armpit fat. I gain first in my boobs and lose first…in my boobs lol. I’m working on a double chin again. AND, what you can’t see in these pics are cellulite and stretchmarks on my tummy & thighs and a C-section shelf (ha, what’s a C-section shelf you’re maybe wondering?? It’s like an extra layer of skin that just hangs out over a C-section scar ~ I wouldn’t trade my scar for anything in the world BUT that shelf can get gone any year now lol…..seriously she’s 7).
Speaking of thigh gaps. #fridayfunny
SO, YES, I still SEE and FEEL all those things. I’d be lying to y’all if I said I didn’t.
But, here’s the deal. I don’t obsess about them anymore.
When I was this size before I had B, I often wore over-sized clothing to hide everything. And, I wouldn’t be caught DEAD in a swimsuit and often declined invitations to any predicament that would involve one (how sad).
But, as my weight has crept up these past 2 years, I decided I wouldn’t be hiding THIS TIME. AND, I certainly didn’t want B to see me hiding….especially when it came to swimsuits and not enjoying the water with her. I LOVE the water!! I always have! So, I was even denying myself something I enjoyed out of fear of being judged….(mostly by people who didn’t even know me or would likely ever see me again mind you!!!)…..and not loving myself for EVERY stage my body is in.
Maybe part of this simply comes with age. I do believe the older and hopefully wiser we get we just simply start to care less and less what others think of us.
But, I also believe I’m just a different person than I was back then. I’m stronger on the inside. I could give a rat’s ass if someone rolls their eyes at me because I wore a bikini to the pool (AND YOU SHOULD, TOO!). I’m not interested in being a picture of perfection for my team or my clients or any of you because I don’t believe anyone NEEDS me to be perfect AND AND I would NEVER expect anyone else to be perfect….I simply believe they need me to believe in them and support them the best I can and for me to keep sharing the real story.
Know that you can start late, look different, be uncertain and STILL succeed.
While I certainly didn’t expect to be a “plus-size” health & fitness coach after over 3-1/2 years, I have to believe there’s a reason I’m here. As I reflect on my struggles since I started, I honestly don’t think I would be as strong as I am now had I stayed thinner and not dealt with what life threw at me. I believe with all my heart that God has been teaching me something through all of this. I didn’t always stop to listen BUT as I said in my last blog post (if you wanna read a bit more, you can check it out HERE), we grow through what we go through. I wouldn’t have grown if it weren’t for the struggle. I wouldn’t appreciate my health like I do. I wouldn’t have as many of the tools I do now to survive and thrive because I wouldn’t have went looking for them. And, I believe there are people in my life I either never would’ve met or they wouldn’t have the same place in my heart and my life they do now. It’s a blessing in disguise. It’s a “God thing.”
I’m here to say today that I AM embracing this season!!
I’m owning my “plus-size” body!! (Us coaches really do come in ALLLLLLLL different shapes and sizes! That’s the beauty of what it means to be a coach! None of us are perfect! And, we don’t have to be!! We don’t have to be F.I.T. all the time. We don’t have to be a certain percentage of body fat. We don’t have to have a physical transformation story. We don’t have to have it all figured out. We don’t have to have a degree or certification in anything. We just have to be better than we were yesterday….a majority of the time. We just have to love and honor our bodies and our minds. We just have to CARE. We just have to build others up. We just have to share what we’ve been through and share the tools we’ve been fortunate enough to be given.)
I’m also here to say I still have FIT(ish) goals!!
I’m not sure I’ll ever compete on stage like I’ve talked about before. I still think of it from time to time but I’ve also read stories of women who’ve done it and while it was one of the things they felt the most proud about, it also really messed with their mind and their body. I’m not sure given my history it’s a good idea to purposely try to do either after all this hard work and the hard work I’m gonna continue to do.
I’m fortunate enough to have the opportunity to go to the Riviera Maya next spring for a coaching reward and rest assured I WILL be ROCKIN’ a bikini! A coach friend of mine made the goal to be in a swimsuit for like the first time EVER on the annual trip for us a few months ago and SHE.FREAKING.ROCKED.THAT.GOAL. AND, she JUST announced this week that next year by this time she WILL ROCK a BIKINI because she’s never been in a bikini. I decided I’m taking that challenge with her!!!!
Her name is Amy….or as I like to call her “Amazing Amy”….and here she is!
Not only is her transformation amazing, her Faith, her joy, her love of helping and praying over others is TRULY AMAZING.
You can click on the image to go to her FB page for more of her story 🙂
She has completed many BB programs! Including in the past year, the Ultimate Reset, the 21 Day Fix, a few rounds of Core De Force and is currently in THE OFFICIAL TEST group for the new program coming out in July, SHIFT SHOP!
Wow, just wow, right?!?
And, here I was the last time I committed to a bikini goal. This was also before & on a coach trip when I got to take my sister to Cancun!!
Was I the fittest coach in the pool? Um no. Was I the fittest I’ve ever been in a bikini? Um yes.
And, that was all that mattered to me.
I’m making a promise to myself to be MORE FIT(ish) this next time in Mexico!!!
I’m embracing where I’m at in my journey…..but I’m sooooooo not done.
I honestly don’t have a bikini that fits me right now so I don’t have a “before” pic yet but I will be sharing soon to stay accountable.
AND, I have an exciting opportunity for YOU if you’d like to be more FIT(ish) with ME!
I’m hosting a new FIT(ish) Bootcamp starting June 19th and I’d LOVE to have some beautiful-just-the-way-you-are women join me! We’ll be working on our bodies for sure BUT we’ll be working harder on our minds! I wanna focus on helping YOU rock that swimsuit no matter what! I’ll be using the OOLA Fitness & Fun tips (if you haven’t heard me talk about OOLA for Women, you should be excited and honestly join even just for that!!)
CLICK HERE TO APPLY!
OR scroll all the way to the bottom and apply right on this page 🙂
I’m only taking 10 new clients so apply asap to be considered!
And, I’ll leave you with this because if you don’t already believe this, print this out like a hundred times and PUT IT EVERYWHERE!