This is really hard to share. For nearly every day of my life there has been a voice in my head that says I am fat. No matter what size I wear, how much I weigh, what I eat, how much I exercise, how much love I give or receive, this voice is always there and often it overshadows the good in my life.

One of the most effective ways of counteracting this critical voice is movement. I genuinely love to move and much of my joy in exercise comes from my fitness friends. These are the friends who will walk, hike, bike, and take on most any active adventure. We support each other toward fitness for life. We often meet on Saturday or Sunday at 7am and walk the 3 mile Canal Path/Heritage Trail along the Rappahannock River and then go out for breakfast.

Beth and Diana, I’m grateful for you. You make staying fit and healthy fun. You keep me on track. You make me laugh and help me to change my mindset about my body.

I am me, a constantly changing, always developing, completely malleable and radiant me. I am me, so go start to create the me I want to see and feel. I am not fat. –Lauren Imparato, Retox
Day 267

Day 267