By the time this article is published, I will have been just off the plane from JFK, in Johannesburg, South Africa, and settling into my first day with my family on Safari. I am writing this post in the days during the flurry & bustle of a very busy week. I am writing this as I listen to Christmas music, but yet the temperatures outside are a balmy 65 degrees, and so the verses of “the weather outside is frightful”, seem resoundingly ironic.
This is my last “regular” NYC post of 2015, and it has gotten me in a very introspective and nostalgic mood. I look back on the year -at it’s highs, and it’s lows. It has been a truly amazing one - and I feel astoundingly grateful and fortunate. I never would have thought that SusanSweats would have taken off as strongly and as quickly as it has. It is my passion, and I indeed live, sleep, and breathe it. I hope that comes across in each and every post. The idea of sharing my trials and tribulations with you was scary at first - you never really know how “people” will react when you open up to them, and share from the heart. My journey, while perhaps not atypical, is mine, and therefore original - and the reason SusanSweats was born, and the mission it has now and always will have, is to inspire people to change their lives to be healthier, and more fit. Everything I write to you comes out of my own experience, versus as someone outside looking in. I am not a professional athlete, instructor, or fitness model. I am a forty-something, working mother, who has "been there" and "done that", and I want to share what I learned, I want to share how I felt, how I stay motivated and inspired, and how I can hopefully help you to do that as well. If I can impart even a little bit of wisdom or advice earned by my own sweat & tears, I will feel successful. Furthermore, I don't have anything to "sell", I don't represent a studio, or a workout, or a brand, I represent myself.
3 years ago, I was 35-40 lbs heavier. I needed to make a change. I was fed up, and I decided to do something about it. I took those first steps into a fitness studio by myself. I didn't have a friend or workout buddy to come to that first class with me. But what I did have, was that I was quite possibly the most determined person on the planet that morning. And from there I was really lucky - I found what I loved and I found my fitness “tribe” early on. I developed a great support team around me. Most people don’t have that. I want SusanSweats to be the resource for those people - the people who need a boost, a word of encouragement...someone to say “I get it, I was there and this is how I dealt with it. This is what I did.” If I can spark a conversation among people, or perhaps even more importantly inside someone with themselves, that is what matters to me. Fitness is a big deal. Fitness should be… a much bigger deal. It crosses over every boundary, every barrier - everyone in the world who is physically able, can do something.
I want to de-mystify this process - this journey. At the end of the day it is you. It is your sweat. It is your body, and you need to get it moving, keep it moving, and eat healthy. Forget the images of 20 something year old models with no thigh gaps. This is about you, this is about strong. This is about feeling confident and healthy in your skin. Yes - you may get 6 pack abs in the process, but guess what? Even if you don’t, you will have succeeded. This doesn’t have to be complicated, or expensive, or earth shattering. It does have to be a focus, and a major commitment in your life. But get out of your head that you can’t try this unless you join a gym, or a fancy fitness studio, or hire a personal trainer. You don’t need 2 hours a day to work out like Madonna to change your life. You need yourself, your mindset and your mind-body connection to be firing on all cylinders 24/7 towards the same healthy mission every day.
As we wrap up 2015, I wanted to write this to thank you - you who are sitting at home with your first coffee, at your desk, on the train, or at the office, with a million things on your mind and on your “to-do” list in these last days before Christmas. And yet, you are taking the time to read this blog, because somewhere, somehow inside you, you have decided that being fit and healthy has some priority in your life. It may be a developed passion like mine, or it may be a curiosity, a seed… a timid exploration as you gingerly begin to explore or think about what options you may have in taking that first small yet oh so monumental step towards doing something to change your life. I want to be there for all of you on that journey. Every step of the way. Happy Holidays.