I am doing a thing.
It’s silly and a long shot and scary but here it is; I am competing to be Muscle and Fitness Hers magazine’s Ms. Health and Fitness 2020.
First, the facts and logistics.
Hers magazine is hosting this online contest that is a based off of public voting through FaceBook and a panel of judges.
The grand prize is $20,000 and a magazine cover/spread.
The first round of voting opened Monday and closes next Thursday, July 30th.
At this moment, I am 14th in my group.
After weeks of consideration, self-doubt, and hestiation, I have decided to go for it and I would absolutely love your support.
The fitness industry tends to focus on stats (weight, BMI, calorie counts, macro nutrients, reps, minutes of cardio, heart rate, and on and on and on) over wholistic health and welness, over graceful fitness.
Can I, in good conscious, feed this overfed beast?
In my heart, I keep coming back to yes.
I can be the nurishing whole food infusion into the plathora of fast food.
I can retain my ethos of food and exercise as pleasure and life-force over reward/punishment.
I can enter a physical “fitness” competition and stay grounded in the mission to de-emphasize appearance and emphasize connection with our internal sense of whole-self and welness.
The Self-Doubt and Hesitation:
I won’t win. It’s embarressing to think I possibly could. What am I thinking trying to compete with these ‘other women’ who live in the gym and eat/drink/sleep to be fit and look like it?
This type of thought process is exactly why I am going for it, I want to face that self-doubt, comparison, and insecurity, along with the scariness of telling people that I am competing in a fitness competition (omg, what will people think? how big will they roll their eyes? how conceited will they think I am?).
Screw it. I am almost 40 years old. I do eat/drink/sleep to be fit and look like it, I do it through gardening, riding my mountain bike, meditating, continuing to learn what intuitive eating means to me each day, by living gracefulfitness.
If you’d like to help support me in this journey,
- You will have to connect to a valid FaceBook page to vote.
- Voting is free and you can vote ONCE A DAY.
- Voting ends July 30th for round one.
- If inclined, I would be so grateful for ‘shares’ of this post or my profile page for the contest.
Ultimately, my mission is to create a community of support and to provide knowledge on living a life of gracefulfitness. This body of ours may just be a ‘meat suit’ as Kathryn Budig so lovingly refers to it, but it’s also our home and don’t we all want to be happy, safe, healthy, and cozy in that home?