It's Not Magic -A story from the other side of being "Fit"

I am what many people considered intense or an overachiever. However, really I don't see myself that way. I see myself as someone who works very hard, and sacrifices personal desires, but in no way do I see myself as someone who has it all together. Nor do I see myself as someone who has arrived at where I want to be, though I can see that at times off in the distance... ...telling me to reach a little further, and to climb a little higher. 

My driven personality can be intimating to other people, and sometimes I forget that until it comes across in their passive comments about my choice of lifestyle.

"Would you like a cookie? Or is that against your religion?!"

I wish that they would understand that I have worked years to reach this level, it was not something I learned overnight, and it has been a painful and hard journey -and often times very lonely.

I choose to eat very clean and live foods, meaning mostly veggies. I have learned that my body reacts badly to most processed and sugary foods, and thus I stay away from them. Not because I am self-righteous, but because I know what makes me sick and what makes my body happy. I also know that my body responses well to exercise, best on a daily basis. This was something that I have only started making a habit of these past 5 years. Before then, I was too embarrassed to workout much -due to the mass amount of muscle that my body would build. I was teased as a teen because my arms and legs were "buff" for a girl, and of course, my friends were all of the smaller size, and told me that I was too boy like. Thus, I stopped working out in my teen years and starved myself trying to train my "buff" body to be thin, yet I did not get the results that I had hoped for.

The basic point that I am trying to make is this...

"Do not make others regret the habits and lifestyle that makes them successful."

I am a healthy, and mostly happy person. I do follow my diet and exercise goals rather strictly, but I do make a point to be extra careful not to make anyone feel bad or guilty for the way that they choose to eat and live.

I am not a "jock" and I am able to carry out intelligent conversations, so please don't put me in a box. There is enough confusion and pain in the world, why should we add regret or uneasiness to someone else's life? And just let the girl run!

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