I am tired of thinking about weight and fitness all the time. But I know it's important. I want to work hard now and never let myself go, so I can be strong and powerful my whole life.
When I can't run another step, or lift another weight, I repeat my mantra.
"I am strong.
I am fast.
I am beautiful."
Notice how I don't use the word "skinny." I am skinny. I don't need to get skinnier. And "thin" is negative. That word connotates loss, hunger, and unrealistic magazine models.
I won't have this much time to spend on my body when school starts again; I'll be exercising my brain instead of my abs. I love the summer because I can work out and really enjoy it. It's taken a few years to build up to where I am, and I still have a long way to go.
This is the body God blessed me with. I am happy with it, but I'm not content. I can be stronger, more flexible. I need to get better at resisting temptation. I want keep my body fit so I can be helpful and healthy.
It's sad that "active lifestyle" is a separate idea from just plain old "lifestyle." Moving and living is what it's all about.
There's no one perfect body, or perfect lifestyle. I just never want to be caught lazy and careless about life. It's precious.