Monday, September 24, 2012

@ Fitbloggin'

I couldn't do it justice with normal sentences.
Thank you to all of my new friends, this is for you.


@ Fitbloggin' we reassessed why we
starve ourselves
feed ourselves
reward ourselves
punish ourselves
and while perhaps we didn't exactly find the answer
we got closer.
A lot closer.

@ Fitbloggin' we got a lot closer to each other
and a little closer to our goals
of losing weight
gaining readers
of being whole
of being more at ONE.
Being at one with our
bodies
our earth
our demons.

@ Fitbloggin'
we stood up
to our demons
and said, "you do not own me,
but you are part of me.
I acknowledge you
but you are not
welcome to stay.

@ Fitbloggin' we could be funny, just be funny
we didn't have to hide behind our humor.
Everyone was laughing with us - not at us.
And the funniest ones of all made us cry the hardest too.
And it was powerful.

@ Fitbloggin' we splurged with intention.
Eating a burger in the company of friends
as a conscious choice.
This was different than a binge,
the hidden drive thru shovel.
No one ate burgers with tears in their eyes.

@ Fitbloggin' we stood up at microphones and
shared secrets.
About our moms
and kids
our worst days
our best pitches
our regrets
our most celebrated moments
we cheered
we sobbed
we hugged complete strangers and
we began to heal.

@ Fitbloggin' we turned the whole thing
upside down
we weren't competitors
we were comrades.
In a fight against the void
against the world
against the naysayers.
That doubted us
said we could never do it
or would never do it.

We forged an army of
willpower and strength
and belief
bonded forever by
quinoa
and zumba
and swag.

But the swag was more than the water bottles
and spices
and shoes.
There was a palpable change to the rhythm of our steps.
There was swagger in our gait.
And the glittering inner harbor reflected back something
that looked like
a victory march
as we crossed the finish line of
the 5K, hand in hand
with our new friends
made possible
@ Fitbloggin'

25 comments:

  1. Love it, hope we can both make it again next year. I need to write my post on what I got from Fitbloggin.

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  2. This is beautiful!

    I didn't get a post written today, but as I was running today, I was thinking about what I will write and I also thought of doing a poem-type post... so we'll see what happens when I actually get to writing in the morning.

    Great meeting you!

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  3. I love this post! I didn't get to meet you at FitBloggin, maybe in Portland.

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  4. Beautiful poem! You really captured the spirit of FitBloggin. It was a pleasure meeting you!

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  5. Oh my gosh, this is awesome. And so so true. It was great meeting you!!

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  6. This is so funny and clever! Glad we got to meet, albeit briefly. Tell your hubby to send you to Portland next year!

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  7. so so awesome! it has me teary eyed and smiling at the same time!!

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  8. This is amazing. I want to print it out and frame it on my wall!!
    xoxo

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  9. So glad your time inspired you! You are amazing

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  10. This is the best recap ever!! I love it...and it was great to talk with you briefly at lunch on Saturday!

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  11. I concur, like Comic Book Guy on "The Simpsons" says:
    Best. Recap. Ever.

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  12. This seriously captures the spirit of Fitbloggin so beautifully! Well said! Thank you so much for sharing this!

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  13. This was so great I smiled and shook my head through the whole thing :) So so true!!! Well said.

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  14. Brava!! Beautiful, true and just perfect!

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  15. Love this! Makes me want to go next year for the first time!

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  16. So glad you went for it- sounds like a great experience!

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  17. Love love love this!!! Hoping to get writing my thoughts tonight. I have not been able to focus all day (I just got home Tuesday night from traveling). So glad I was able to meet you....even if I was a complete spaz when we spoke.

    You are a rockstar!!! Thank you for sharing your journey!!

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  18. So wonderful! It was great to meet you at Gia's! Hope to see you on Twitter ;)

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  19. Love! You were one of the first "new people" that I met this year. You're awesome.

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