Thin, fat, overweight, yogi, meathead, health nut...
Really? Do we need to even? Why are you defining yourself in such narrow ways?
You may have seen me use the hashtag undefinable on instagram and I thought it may be time I let you know what that means to me.
Once upon a time I used to think I had to identify as something. I was either a yogi or a meathead. If I was going to identify as a yogi then I should be vegetarian. If I was going to identify as a meathead then I should probably be paleo. I felt like if I wasn't 100% committed then I was a fraud. Here is what I have realized over the years. I don't have to identify with any group. I can just be me. Whether you want to put a label on it or not.
My current box is full of crossfitting vegans and vegetarians as well as hard core paleo and supplement meatheads. It's a place where everyone can just be themselves. There are people there trying to lose weight, people trying to gain muscle and many of us are just there because we love it. Nobody cares what anyone else is eating and we all just do our thing and chill.
Allison Tenney over at Allison Tenney Fitness wrote a blog post about measuring up (you can read it here). I loved her take on letting go of trying to measure up to what we think we should be and instead measuring in to be the best version of ourselves we could be.
We work so hard to fit under a certain label that that we forget who we really are.
In my professional life I am a blogger/swim instructor. That's right, I do both. Just because neither is full time and neither of them fully pay all the bills doesn't mean either of them is less important or that I am not a "real" blogger or a "real" swim instructor.
In my fitness life I consider myself a yogi/crossfitter/swimmer/derby girl/runner/hiker/climber...these are all things I love to do. Overall I consider myself an athlete. I am well aware that if I focused on one sport I may excel at it much more than I am currently but my focus is staying healthy and keeping it fresh. I love doing all these things and am unwilling to give any of them up.
I am me. Mom, wife, sister, aunt, niece, crossfitter, coach, yogi, foodie, entrepreneur...the list is endless, I am undefinable.
Why though are we so tied to those things? Why do we have a constant need to BE. Why can't we just exist?
Part of this is our need to fit in. We all have a desire and need to be a part of something. I totally get that. There are many places though that people who are undefinable can fit in. Online communities where people can and have accepted that we all just want to be ourselves and do what we love. This is one of those communities as are the people over at Girls Gone Strong and many of the articles I share come from these communities.
If you look around you will find a community just like that that fits your lifestyle and needs. A place where I can do me and you can do you and we can do it together.