my struggles with self-image and self-confidence. I grew up a little "fluffy" for my height, and was teased mercilessly for a long time. It hurt to be the biggest cheerleader, and wearing clothes that weren't nearly as stylish as my classmates.
My parents were always supportive, instilling that I am beautiful, powerful and smart, a legacy that my husband continues. With their support, I've found a healthier lifestyle that's allowed me to shed some weight, get active, find new sports that I love and meet friends who share my passion.
But old habits are hard to break. I wonder sometimes if people are staring at me when I run, in the same way my classmates used to stare and laugh at me in gym class. As a woman, it's so easy to nitpick at my appearance and base my happiness around how I feel about how I look.
It's time for a change.
It's time to be proud of the body I've earned.
It's time to decide I don't give a damn about what stranger's think.
It's time to embrace me.
On Thursday, I'll be participating in the Sports Bra Challenge, a movement based in New York that encourages women to enjoy their workout in a sports bra. This has long been a goal of mine, and I'm excited to participate in an event that empowers women to love the way they look. There's a lot of marketing out there that tells us, subtly and blatantly, that we should look a certain way. Ignore it, shed your negative self talk and your shirt and join me.
I've partnered with mi-bra, which I'll be wearing on my last pre-triathlon run Thursday. Plan to join me, wherever you are, then come back here Thursday for a great give away.