Fukumoto Friday: Week 26

And just like that…we are halfway there. Or halfway done this little journey I set out on back in November. If you’d told me where I’d be right now, I’d have laughed in your face and said no way, no how. I would not have had the courage to start pursuing a dream over 3 years in the making. I would not have found a sense of purpose outside of my daily routine of kids, career, carpool and daycare drop offs. What I set out to find was a place I felt safe, to do something I truly enjoyed and reap the benefits of living my version of healthy in a more “out there manner”.

What I ultimately found was a tangible representation of what I’d been dreaming up in my mind for years. Years!! I’ve had many gym memberships in the past. None of them have ever stuck. And though lack of motivation was a small factor, the atmosphere there was the deciding one. There was no life in those gyms and in a lot of ways, no safety. I didn’t want to do classes where I was crammed in with 50 other people while an instructor taught from a stage, some never giving a single participant any eye contact or correction. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with those classes, because for the most part, there isn’t. But it wasn’t for me. I would go, force myself to enjoy it, sometimes even have a good time with the right instructor but it never felt like a good fit. As the years went by, I would never reach my goals, get injured and eventually just abandon it all together.

That’s one of the reasons I loved running so much. It was versatile, it could be centered around community and done in solitude. There is freedom in running. But I am also aware that as my body is aging, I can’t get away with not taking care of it the way I needed to and the injuries just started piling up and along with it, frustration and despair.

I couldn’t help but wonder if there wasn’t something out there that would really, truly meet my needs and my desire for my health. I was tired of bandaid solutions and wanted to get to the route of some of my physical issues and find a community that was overflowing with same energy, passion and determination that I had brewing inside me (well…maybe a but more energy…I have small kids aka energy suckers). I am happy I found that in this place. I am proud to tell other people about it and absolutely love the community spirit that overflows out of every corner. There is no competition or comparison, just encouragement to bring your best self with you to each class. There is no yelling and shaming, just accountability and high fives.

I really think that if more facilities modeled some of these principles, there would be so much less anxiety surrounding the thought of working out at a gym. It really boils down to some of the simplest, yet hardest practiced human needs out there: encouragement, support, community, family. It’s what we were made for really.

So cheers to the past 6 months of getting stronger, learning new things and having the term “bite the hand” become part of the every day vocabulary. It’s been an awesome ride and I know the best is just around the corner.


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Stephanie is a Canadian Mom of 3, Runner, Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC), Christ-follower and all around reeker of awesomeness. When she's not chasing after her kids, you can find her dreaming big dreams and bringing them to life.

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