STRONG IS THE NEW SKINNY | MARY’S BLOG

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It’s becoming more and more obvious to me that I am not a writer or a great blogger.

I am surrounded by inspiration, but I lack the skills to blog it effectively or I just keep putting it at the bottom of my to-do list. Or maybe it’s both 😉 While I was sitting here thinking of a blog post, I decided to scroll through my Facebook page. I found a post I wrote last month while we were at the Europa Games.

“I love going to events where I am surrounded by fit and strong women. And, checking FB and seeing all my friends competing and being active this weekend. I wished I realized how cool it was to be strong and not skinny earlier in my life!”

After rereading that, I remembered that day.

I remember how it hit me, that it’s not cool to be skinny anymore. It was obvious that I was surrounded by women who found their strength in being strong. They were not thin. They had muscles. They ate for performance. And, they had definitely been squatting!! When did this change? When did we decide to stop starving ourselves to be skinny?

In high school, I was an athlete.

However, I didn’t nourish myself to train to my max. I actually ate “enough” and “once in a while” to get by so I could be thin. I was tired and I couldn’t keep my endurance up. I got sick a lot. I was weak and got pushed around on the court. But, I didn’t want to be “fat”.

I often think what I could have accomplished if I had proper nutrition in high school. And if it would have been awesome to be that girl in the weight room lifting. And if I had added supplements, like protein to nourish my muscles. What if I would have thought of food as fuel instead of something that would make me fat?

I am getting wiser and stronger with age.

I fuel my body for performance. I eat more now than I ever have. I use supplements in addition to my healthy diet to lead an active lifestyle. I feel better and stronger than I ever have, and I rarely get sick. I know being strong physically makes me mentally strong. I hope my daughter (and my boys too) and young girls grow up knowing how cool it is to be strong too!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I write blogs about my accomplishments, my failures, my doubts, my goals, and my inspiration. But, it’s really not about me. It’s about real life and the challenges we each face and continuing to find your strength along the way. I want to inspire people, but I also want them to see the real me. I am just a normal person trying to do the best I can with what I was given. This is my journey and you have yours.  Nobody is perfect…all the time. We all suck at things. -Mary Sheckler

 

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