My youngest daughter and I came up with “do you, be you” one day before she went on stage to dance. She uses the hashtag often on her Instagram pictures. I’m raising her to dance for herself and to not compare herself to other dancers.
I shared the phrase with my fitness moms, too. We just started a new fitness challenge on Tampa Bay Moms Group called Relentless*. These women fit the word to a “T”. They are determined, motivated, passionate and goal-oriented. They support each other and don’t care about the prizes they can win (although they do get excited when I dangle some goodies in front of them). Each of them has a different body type and different goals. One will have a great day and another will have a crummy one. But so far they come back each morning rearing and ready to go! They are there for them, to make themselves healthier.
The phrase is mine as well. Last night I posted on Facebook that I was thinking about becoming a Beachbody Coach. I have three of their programs and love them even though I’ve yet to complete any of them. With this newest challenge, I’m hoping to finally complete Brazil Butt Lift and P90x3 (P90x will be for the next challenge). I had some friends tell me to go for it, some offered other choices but one stuck out the most. I’ve only met T a few times but she already gets me- “Keep doing you!! Either way you’ll be successful. Who knows maybe you will start your own chain or franchise..”
I chose “Real Fit Mom” very carefully. I know it makes it sound like I’m already a fit mom but that wasn’t why I chose it- because I wasn’t…and am still not. I’ll admit, I’ve seen other moms create franchises from their little beginnings and I thought maybe that could be me. But I know nothing about that part so I’ve just kept working on myself and continuing with my goal to just inspire one person. I started doing fitness challenges to hold myself accountable. I saw other moms struggling to keep their goals and figured, what the hell? Many were failures- the challenges not the moms. Although we failed a lot. But many of the moms have stuck with me and kept asking for another challenge.
Things changed when I began the Healthy and Fit Challenge back in June. I wanted to focus more on health than just on “losing weight.” Moms walked away with some great goodies and even though we didn’t meet our goals, we were all still there in the end (they even voted to add 30 more days at the end of the 90 day challenge because they knew they could do more). And they started leading healthier lives. The Hot For Halloween was kind of a dud and a lot of that was me. I had some personal issues going on and slacked off on motivating the moms. But they slacked off, too. I left it up to them if they wanted another challenge and they wanted to start right then! #nevergiveup #noexcuses
I just realized I got off track about talking about me…which is rare. Haha! Soooo, after a lot of thought since last night, and some motivational words from a new friend and more from my motivational half-brother, I’ve decided to just keep being me. It’s working, for the most part, so far. I have some big plans for my fitness moms and the challenges for the future. If RFM becomes a household name- fabulous. But if it’s just in a few homes in the Tampa Bay area, I’m perfectly fine with that.
You are your first priority. #doyoubeyou
*Totally unrelated and a waste of time for you to read, but Relentless was the name of first alliance I was in while playing the time-wasting game, Kingdoms of Camelot on Facebook (I gained some forever friends on there, though). Before we went to war we’d go in the game chat box and yell, “RELENTLESS!!!” It seemed like a good title for a fitness challenge. 😉