‘The best way to predict the future is to create it.’ –Anon
Photography : Moxecutive Media
Hello, I am Natalie, a 22 year old Kenyan girl. Welcome to my personal health and fitness blog. I am a Biomedical Science student with a passion for writing and languages; I am really hoping I will have learnt at least one foreign language in my lifetime. I am going to share my journey into healthy living and getting physically fit. Most people would wait for results before throwing it back to their ‘unhealthy’ days. I however have all the confidence in the process. I want to document this so I can also look back and see the value of choices I made while still young.
I have had a whole load of tummy issues since childhood. I remember staring into a full mirror and squeezing my tummy in, wondering how it would look like if it got just a little bit smaller. In high school, I wanted to join the swimming team so bad but my insecurities could not allow me, perhaps I feared mockery from those who had ‘perfect bodies’. In campus however, I gained confidence and body suited up in black (a color that can flaunt any figure), decided to swim like a little champ. My stress at the poolside was done but the blazers were still on. The blazer is a girl with tummy issues’ best piece of clothing.
I have tried to cut the tummy, just so I could be free and wear anything I want without having to cover it up or wear tones of black clothing and exhume confidence on the outside while feeling too stuffed up inside. Each time I tried, I would wake up early and go running, limit my food intake but fill myself up with potato chips the next day and say ‘you choose what kills you, at least mine is not alcohol’. Looking back, all I ever lacked was consistency and constant motivation. I bought sneakers that I didn’t run in for a whole semester. I felt so guilty but decided to accept and move on.
At least I thought so. I got a tummy trimmer as a ‘gift’ that I had asked for from a friend. In August 2016,I started exercising, just for the sake of putting my ‘gift’ into good use. I slowly increased the number of sit ups and leg raises as days went by. I looked up motivation quotes on the internet, hoping that in a month’s time, I would be fit as a fiddle. As I got sucked into the worlds of people who exercised regularly, I began to realize that just like other young people in my generation, I had a million dollar dream with a minimum wage work ethic and zero patience. I had to go back to the drawing board and understand that getting my dream body would take time. So would other goals that I had in life. All I needed was to have small wins that would amount to bigger successes.
This is my 14th week of regular workout. I am way far from my dream body but I know that every effort I make counts. A small win can be as good as waking up or just completing a routine. I hope you get inspired to start your journey as you read about mine. Let’s track it one day at a time…