About This Blog
In the spring of 2013, I decided to get fit–whatever that meant. I had no idea where to start, so I began to read.
Almost immediately, my poor brain went into overdrive. There’s a lot of information out there about how to get fit. Some of it is based on antiquated notions of what it means to be healthy, some of it is the result of backlash against these antiquated notions, some of it is just a passing fitness or health fad (paleo : 2010 :: clean eating : 2013), and a lot of it is contradictory (e.g. running is good/bad for you, cardio is good/bad for you, eating carbs/animal protein/fatty acids is good/bad for you). Stuff that was true when I was a kid in middle school P.E. is no longer valid and some of the current paradigms make absolutely no intuitive sense to me. Foreign terms like “fasted cardio” and “PR” made working out seem like a foreign language. It was a lot to take in, and often I would come away with more questions after reading an article than it had promised to answer–or worse, I would scoff at what I’d just read, for I may not have pinned down what I wanted to be, but I knew I didn’t want to be that.
I was frustrated. And thus, Punch Fitness in the Face was born.
Punch Fitness in the Face is not just another blog about how to get fit. Rather, it’s a blog about my attempts to form a healthy mental approach to fitness and find a way to incorporate healthy living into my lifestyle without sacrificing my identity.
I’ve had a hard time discussing fitness with the people in my life. In the past, women a.k.a. “cardio bunnies” have only worked out to lose weight–they rarely ventured into the weight lifting area. My nickname in school was Scrawny Ronnie. Frankly speaking, I’m a healthy weight, so when I said that I wanted to “start working out” it seemed that some people actually heard:
And sometimes, that might be valid. For the majority of the time, however, I’m careful to remind myself that it’s not all about weight. But if I’m going to make a real go of this, I just have to figure out what fitness is all about.
For “getting fit” attempt #4 bazillion, I am focusing on getting my mind off of my reflection and off the scale. Instead of focusing on how my body can look, I want to know what it can do. I don’t want to keep looking in the mirror and thinking “if I just lose five more pounds, then I’ll be happy with myself”. I don’t want to obsess over every pound gained or lost. I don’t want to beat myself up over eating a piece of birthday cake or to become that person that orders everything on the side. All I know for sure is that I don’t want exercise to become yet another avenue through which I manipulate myself into feeling like shit, which is easier said than done.*
This blog is also my way of working through some of my own pretty unwieldy self-image issues and learning to overcome all those instinctive tendencies to feel guilt when we have a setback. It’s about being positive and finding reasons to keep going. It’s about exercising my body and exorcising the internal demons that keep me from reaching my goals in life. It is not about Calorie counting, numbers on the scale, or “before” and “after” photos. There will be no “progress pics” on this blog.
Age will march on regardless of whether I still laugh at fart jokes (I do), and it’s important to form good habits now. I don’t want to think about working out to get fit; I want to think about how to make getting fit work out for me. Now, to achieve these goals, my blog will focus on a couple of things: strength training and running for beginners like moi, dispelling some of the myths out there about health and fitness (or at least getting the most up-to-date information), and ironing out a philosophy of fitness.
I invite you to join me in punching fitness in the face and finding ways to make fitness work out for you!
*Disclaimer: I curse a lot. This blog is not meant for the eyes of the young and impressionable. Also, I’m not a medical doctor. I really don’t know what I’m talking about roughly 85% of the time.