Get In Shape: Camilla

Part of our purpose in writing here is to hold one another accountable for getting back in shape. Both of us are former college athletes who really like food and who really hate running. But let's see if we can't get back to a place where we feel strong, beautiful, and powerful by working out, eating well, and keeping our minds and souls healthy and happy...

This is me at 17 years old. Very fit, very confident, very naive. It sounds crazy but there is a small, irrational part of me that believes I should still look like that more than 10 years later. OK, but using my rational mind, I recognize that things change, specifically metabolism, and I'm no longer an athlete. I'm 28 now, my body is a lot stiffer and a lot weaker than it used to be, but my mind is a whole heck of a lot stronger. There is no denying that I feel better when I workout and when exercise is a normal part of my day. Like a lot better. But the agony and shame, actually, that comes along with trying to get BACK in shape when I remember how easy it used to be is totally depressing. But enough negativity, because I've already made the decision to just do it, so to speak. So here are my fitness goals for 2016:

  • Do something active every. single. day. Run, hike, swim, yoga, strength training — do at least one of these things every day. 

  • Train for and run in a 1/2 marathon. This is a big goal coming from me. My teammates used to describe me as a "schizophrenic gazelle" when I ran back during my rowing days.

  • Touch my toes. I know. It's sad. The sit and reach test was brutal in elementary school.

  • Get over my fear of crow pose and just make it happen.

  • Drop a dress size, but don't obsess over it.

  • Be able to do 20 pushups in a row. I can do about 5 on my knees right now.

  • Drink more water. Drink less alcohol.

It's not so much about looking smokin' hot in a bathing suit or pair of skinny jeans, although I'd be lying if I said I'm not excited about that. Being in shape for me sets my priorities in life straight. It boosts my confidence, makes me more productive, and it changes how I am in the world.

I'm so ready for this. And maybe it's cliché to write up a list of fitness goals on the first of January, but I'm working on not caring so much about what people think this year. ;)