Monday, June 24, 2013

More Than Just A Six Pack!

**I wrote this blog post in January of 2013 and for some reason, it did not get posted until now (I made some minor tweaks here and there). The message within this post still holds true to who I am both inside and out. I define myself...ME. Not my body parts, anyone or anything...just ME.**

It's been about a two months since my fitness competitions so...

I thought I'd update you on how I'm doing both mentally and physically since the shows!


As I've touched on the issue of post-competition blues before...

I can definitely say that I'm not experiencing what I did the first time around as...

I was mentally prepared for what was to come next in terms of the...

Physical changes my body would face (and how I would come to 'accept' those changes as they'd come my way) as well as...

Being prepared for the closure of a goal that took me 7 months to achieve! (Which would include rest and putting the breaks on in terms of setting any new goals!)

With all that being said...

I knew both my body and mind would require just as much attention, if not more, post-competition! (I was ready to be extra mindFUl of what was going on both inside and outside of myself, once the season was over!)


Knowing that the body I presented on stage was only meant for the stage...

Competition Day.
November 2012
June 2013

I won't deny that...

I've had some days that have been a bit tough on me with respect to my changing appearance! (Still knowing that these changes would come!)

It's true.

Honestly...

It's not the fact that I don't have my competition day physique (because I know it's not sustainable)...

November 2012

But, it's the fact that...

Sometimes I find myself nitpicking at my body! (Which I hate doing when I realize what it is I'm doing!)

Having said that...

I think we have all fallen victim to this at some point or another! (Whether or not you've ever competed!)

I mean...

I've definitely had my moments prior to getting into health and fitness where...

I just didn't like what I was looking at because certain parts of me were either...

Too big or not big enough! 

Don't get me wrong...

These days don't happen too often but...

They do come and they do go.

And I won't hide it. I work through it.

After much reflection on this issue and after looking within myself for clarity....

I've come to realize (every.single.time) that...

I am more than that.

Than what you ask?

Than my outer layer.

That inside...

I am person who loves doing lots of things and who loves to experience life as it comes her way.


That inside...

I am person who loves her family, her SuperFit, her friends and her puppies.


That inside...

I am a person who is passionate about health, fitness and who loves treating her body with love and care.


That inside...

It doesn't matter what my outer layer looks like because....

I know I'm doing my body and mind good!

I'm surrounded by people I love.
I'm happy.
I'm healthy.
I train and work hard.
I feed myself with healthy foods.
I indulge from time to time (and I'm not just talking about food) and most importantly...
I'm living life. 

At the end of the day...

So what if I don't have a six pack all year round?! (I mean really?!)

I exercise, I eat well and I'm getting stronger as they days go by!

All in all...

I'm not living for a six pack...

Although I do welcome them when they are present ;)

I'm living for me! (My health and my overall well-being!)


Question FU You...

What are you living for?

Stay Tuned FU More On *CaNdY FiT*

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44 comments:

  1. Thanks for being so honest :-). It's a nice reminder that no matter where we are in our lives, we women (and men!) are going to be hard on ourselves, and it's a matter of recognising it and moving on. xx

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    2. It's about loving ourselves...always.

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  2. Awesome and honest post! It's so easy to get wrapped up into the physical but the overall picture is much bigger and beneficial.

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  3. We all struggle with this I'm sure so thanks for being candid! You're awesome to allow yourself to vent and understand the trials with body acceptance!

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    1. It's something very real and I won't shy away from talking about it :)

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  4. c'est tellement vrai! I do the same to myself and after talking with Ken last week it made me think. Je suis très dur sur moi-même but it is soooo true what you have written. Merci de partager avec nous!!! It will help me focus differently!!!

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    1. I'm happy I was able to help you re-focus. We have to learn to love and appreciate ourselves more :)

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  5. SO HAPPY for you! Love your honesty.

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  6. I love your honesty!! I am so sure that we all struggle with our physique once in a while (I absolutely do) and it is so important to be aware, that there is more in Life than just our outer appearance. Love, Family, Friends, Fun - enjoying life. Thank you for this Inspiration!!

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  7. Such a beautiful post!
    I'm living to be happy, and bring happiness to others as often as possible :)

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  8. Love the honesty. I struggle with my physique from time to time, it's hard and we're only human. But I live for me and my health. I am more than what you see on the outside!

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  9. thank you thank you! yes yes yes, we are MORE than outer layers. YOu can be strong on the outside and fit, but that doesn't define you. WELL SAID!

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    1. What really defines me is what is on the inside xoxo

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  10. I was just telling someone the same things over the weekend - those abs are show day abs, not every day abs. I know what it takes... so I know that I can live my life without worrying about it until it's show time again. A little relaxation isn't going to suddenly derail your whole train. Cheers!

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  11. great post! you're so right - everyone is more than just meets the eye and as cliche as it is, itz what's on the inside that counts! :) :)

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  12. First of all, you continue to inspire me with your outlook on life and the importance of actually LIVING it.

    Second of all, I'm so sorry I haven't been commenting lately - I've been out of town and also haven't been receiving the email updates that I subscribe to for you blog :( Should I try resubscribing?

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    1. Thank you!!!

      I don't know why that's happening. I've tried to fix it but it doesn't seem to work! :(

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  13. I really appreciate this post and your honesty in it. Sometimes those of us who are not competitors or don't have abs ;) look at individuals who are/do and it is difficult to set it aside. Posts like these keep us grounded while remind us that we all are people and it is the inside that matters. xo

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  14. Thank you for your honesty. Beautifully written.

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  15. You are beautiful no matter what...you are not defined by your six-pack abs.

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  16. Great post Fu! It is so true!

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  17. I'm glad to hear the struggles along with the ups, that's what makes us real right? I think bloggers, especially fitness bloggers can be exceptionally nitpicky because we have readers who judge regardless of the situation. I read this article and thought of you (http://mollygalbraith.com/2013/06/its-hard-out-here-for-a-fit-chick/) much love Kierston!

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  18. Very open post. I'm glad that a six pack doesn't define you, or me. I have a kinda-one-maybe-where-it-supposed-to-be-kinda pack. Your personality is what makes you the coolest FUreaking person on the planet. Congrats on your success on stage and your continued strength of mind afterward. And you are a gorgeous person, inside and out.

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    1. Thanks PR :) Your words mean a great deal xo

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  19. Love your words, your positive attitude, and of course your six pack but thats just the icing on the cake... (protein cake)

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  20. I love you. Seriously, I love your honesty, how you have figured out the important things in life, and understand what your priorities are. I know that coming off a fitness competition can be very difficult, and I love that your are doing it with common sense and good humor.

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    1. I learned this overtime....I had a really difficult time my first competition (post-competition blues) as I didn't know what to expect once it was all done. Now, as I go from one to the next, I've come to learn so much more about the journey, my body and myself.

      I love competing and look forward to the next one :) xo

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  21. What an awesome post! You are an amazing person on the inside and out girl! You are so inspiring and knowing that you feel these feelings helps those of us that experience the same feelings. Thanks for being so honest and open!

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  22. Love this Kierston! Having competed, I get it!!! It is hard & I so wanted to maintain that competition shred... BUT it is not possible to do that & live a balance life for sure & even for those that don't get that lean, it is still a hard lesson that we are more than that exterior that the media idolizes..

    YOU ARE AMAZING!

    This is the thing I am most trying to do with the UA campaign & my I AM ENOUGH! :)

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  23. I am sorry but I cannot get over how hottie hot hot you are! :)

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  24. I am so behind on blog reading. Glad to hear you had a great competition- you look amazing! And no, you don't need the body to be gorgeous!

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  25. It must be so hard to not focus on the minutiae of your appearance when that's exactly what will happen in a show. Even though being "fit" is part of who you are, I think others focus on what you do -- being active, eating healthy -- rather than the little details of how you luck. Except the fu-face of course! That's all you! ;-)

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  26. Love this post Kierston - beautiful and I appreciate your honestly and your perspective. It is about the bigger picture and none of us are defined by any one thing. You are an amazing, beautiful and strong woman.

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  27. So glad you found and published this post!
    Lots of women don't realize that 'competition figures' aren't physiques that can be maintained year round. Love that you recognize that it's not sustainable and aren't beating yourself up for it!
    xo

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    1. I definitely don't maintain this physique all year round. Once I know my season has ended, it's time to put away my competition body ;)

      Thanks for you comment xo

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  28. Love your honesty in this post!!!
    We all feel that way from time to time. I think most importantly is just loving ourselves. Do our best to live a healthy life, and accept and love our looks and body for it! Great post!!

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  29. I'm living for toned thighs like I had when I was 25 but that ain't happening LOL. I'm just doing my best with my workouts and accepting my 52 year old body.

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  30. AnonymousJune 29, 2013

    You need a 'like' button. I love this post.
    Cathy

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  31. FitFirmFastJune 30, 2013

    I am so glad you took the time to continue tweaking this post. It is so honest and beautifully written, and I can tell, straight from the heart. It reflects what all women feel from time to time for one reason or another (competitor or not). Continue with feeling the strength you have in the post and I appreciate the self-reflection it took to put this into words.

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