Monday, October 15, 2012

Being Proud...

Over the past several months...

I've been working towards my goal of competing at both the Serious About Fitness and Physique Canada shows.

During this time...

I've seen my body transform itself from one thing to another (slowly but surely) and quite honestly...

The changes I've come to observe (physically) and feel (internally) have been quite special overall!

Before starting on this journey to the stage...

I wasn't feeling 100% with the way I looked and felt and...

I had a hard time figuring out what my balance was in terms of keeping both my body and mind in line (happy) with one another.

By making the decision to lean out (first and foremost) then compete...

This venture has enabled me to find myself (in places I hadn't yet discovered within me), learn from, appreciate and...

Be proud of what I've accomplished overall!

Closing my eyes and looking within myself for a
deeper, clearer understanding.


I feel as though we forget (or perhaps it slips our mind) how far we've come when we set a goal for ourselves and reach it.

In other words...

Forget where we started and the progress we've made as we continue moving forward! (Onto new goals, challenges or wherever it is our journey may lead us to next!)

Getting ready for two things at once...
 My very first half-marathon  (I ran it a few weeks ago) and...
My upcoming fitness competition!

I must say though, throughout all of this...

I've been able to reflect and think deeply about the things that make me happy and complete and for that reason alone...

I am proud.

Proud that I've taken the time to appreciate myself for all that I have come to do and experience! (I mean, I was the girl who reFUsed to exercise and eat well because I had no care for it, myself and my health really!)


This journey (to health and fitness) has been like no other as...

 I've been able to explore and discover parts of myself I'd never felt or seen before! (Both inside and out!)

While training and working away at my goals and living this new, healthy way of life...

I've learned to be patient with myself and my progress...

A few months before I started my journey 
2 1/2 years ago.

In addition to...

Appreciating and valuing every single thing I have put in to making all of this a reality, and for that...

I am proud.

I'm actually proud of a lot of things. 

Proud that I have taken the time to reflect on who I am as individual.

Proud that I have learned and continue to learn about myself in the goals I set before me.

Proud that I have committed myself to a lifestyle in Health and Fitness.

Proud that I am living and breathing something I am passionate about.

Proud that I am feeding my body and my mind with the goodness it deserves.

Proud that I am taking care of myself the way it should have been taken care of all along.

Proud of all the little things that make me who I am today.

Proud that I have never given up, even when things got tough or I got discouraged.

Proud of what I have been able to accomplish and achieve by simply believing in myself.

As I write all of this down....

A smile comes to my face. 


Because I never thought I'd say any of these things. (When I wasn't a priority in my own life!)

I feel like I've grown so much as an individual (in every way, shape and form), and that my friends...

Makes me proud :)


What are you proud of?


Stay Tuned FU More On *CaNdY FiT*

I would like to thank SuperFit for inspiring me to write this post. After sending out a note on being proud to all the Florida Fitness Aylmer Girls who are competing this coming weekend, his words resonated with me. His words helped me reflect on all the things I should be proud of. They served as a great reminder to myself to take the time to breathe and, appreciate how far I've come in this journey we call life! Thank you xo


    me? today? candidly (ooh that's almost PUN'y :))?
    Working my ass off....on my marriage.

    1. Thanks Miz! That was PUN'y :)

      You are one of the hardest working women I know...and you are kick ass!

  2. And I'm proud of you for all of your accomplishments and pride. Good for you!

    I am proud of the hard work I have put into my running this fall and how it is paying off!

    1. It absolutely is paying off!! Awesome job miss!

      And, thanks :)

  3. You have so much to be proud of which is AWESOME! I'm proud of the training I've done so far for my first half marathon (which is coming up in a few weeks!) I've already run farther than I EVER thought I could!

    1. Good luck with your half marathon!!! So excited for ya! Definitely something to be proud of my friend! xo

  4. Fu, you should also be proud of the grace you have while doing all of these things. I know how hard it is, never have you ever been negative, all of this was done with such grace!


  5. What a nice post! I think it's good to be proud of what you've done! Keep up the great work! :)

  6. Beautiful post. I think it really is easy to forget where we started and even why

  7. WOW! You look awesome FU! You really inspire me to try to work on balancing my running with way more weight training once these races are over with...I'd love to be leaner! You go girl!

    1. Thanks girl! Good luck with your races!! :)

  8. So proud of YOU! Honestly, girl, you are such an inspiration to so many. Very happy to hear about your INTERNAL journey as well. I think you're doing this for ALL THE RIGHT reasons! Can't wait to see the final unveil! xo

    1. Thank you so much Tamara! Your words bring tears to my eyes! xo

  9. You've earned all the good things happening in your life! :) It's inspiring to see where hard work can get you physically & mentally!

  10. You should be SO proud! All of that hard work and discipline have paid off.

    Such a great post! I cannot wait to hear how you do this weekend. :)

    1. Thank girl! YOu too!!!! I'm so excited for you, you don't even know! Really happy we met my friend!

  11. Beautiful post! You are right how we never reflect back on where we've been. It's always "on to the next goal." You look great and accomplished so much. Stand up and be proud!!!

  12. This is fabulous! And is all the reasons why I want to start my own competition journey. It's so easy to criticize where you are--until you look at where you've been! I can't wait to hear about how to do at the competition

    1. Love that "It's so easy to criticize where you are--until you look at where you've been!" So true. This journey has been really special to me in so many ways!

  13. You have so much to be proud of! What a great idea. All too often we forget to reflect on the good that's happened and the things we've accomplished. Go Kierston!

  14. So cool. I think it's so so important to do these things for yourself and not anyone else. Good luck on your shows!

  15. I like that you are able to find all those things to be proud of; you work hard and you earn success :)

  16. So exciting to read about your journey and transformation.. Getting excited now for your competitions.... cheering you on from Vancouver Island!

  17. woman, you are amazing! be very very proud! mentally and physically!

  18. I love this so much. You are so right - it's so easy to forget how far we've come once we've reached our goal or how easy it is to focus only on the goal and not our journey to the goal. You have so much to be proud of. Truly, I love your whole outlook and perspective, your gratitude and appreciation of all the good and fun!

  19. Love love love this! I remember a time when I wasn't a priority in my own life :( I was a daughter. A student. A wife. A mom. Being me? By being all of those other things I thought I was. Then, one day I decided to run :) Suddenly it was important to make me a priority. Ironically, by making me important I became a better daughter, wife and mom :)

    We tend to take how far we have come for granted.

  20. You definitely have a lot to be proud of! Your transformation is beautiful and inspiring! Keep up all the hard work girly, it's gonna be awesome when you can reflect back on it all after the competition :)

  21. Loveee this post!! So true, and you look amazing!

  22. you are amazing!! you have so much to be proud of!


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