The Journey Continues


Wisdom is merely the movement from fighting life to embracing it.” – Rasheed Ogunlaru

Blogging… I have started and stopped this entry a few… many times.

Should I blog about my fitness journey, my body image or body acceptance progress, and my general fitness life?  When I write things out I find I am more able to objectively compare and contrast everything.

Should I just keep my thoughts to myself? I often post on FB and am surprised to see how many people are interested in what I am doing. I use FB as a snapshot of what I am doing, don’t always really go into great detail.

If you want a peak into my internal monologue, and perhaps the brain weasels that plague me, and make me doubt myself this is the place to be. If you want to see what I am doing and my new fitness adventures this is the place to be. If you want to see the products that help me in this journey I guess this is the place to be.

Where to start?

Hi, my name is Tanya, I have a family whom I love, and work as a pastry chef, teacher, and cake artist. I have been on a fitness journey for 4 years and 4 months. Through that time, I have had a many ups and downs. Since I started this journey I had a kidney stone, I had cancer/hysterectomy, I broke my toe, then I stepped off a ladder wrong and fell herniating a disk in my back. I will try to unpack all that into another blog entry.

I am a Muay Thai practitioner a.k.a. Nak Muay in the United States. But in Thailand I would be Nak Muay Farang or Foreign Boxer. It is still weird to me to say I am a Nak Muay. The why it is weird for me is a whole pandoras box of self-esteem issues. Issues of when are you good enough to be called a practitioner instead of a dabbler. I start off with this identification of Nak Muay or Thai Fighter, because it is a major part of my life. I make it that way. I love it learning it and practicing it. It is a huge challenge and feels amazing when I learn something new or even just get closer to perfection on timing/execution for core moves. It’s a passion for me and I structure my life around our classes and practices.

If you had asked what I did for working out 9 months ago I would have said I am a weight lifter, and I run for cardio. Things change, people change, and passions change. I find following what you love will make you happier in the long run. If you asked me what I was doing for my workout 2 years before that I would have said I am doing the Turbofire cardio kickboxing workouts, and some other Beach Body workouts.

It has not all been smooth sailing, or a piece of cake as it were. My fitness journey is just that. It has a destination but not an end. I am going to continue to change, going to continue to find ways around my limitations. My coping mechanisms when brain is being mean is to look up new workouts to get me excited, cute workout clothes that makes me happy to wear and excited to get into the gym, and articles from trusted sources that help explain my body type and why my body is awesome and I should love it not hate it like I often do.

That is what I will be posting about. If this stuff is interesting to you welcome and strap in because it is bound to be a strange ride.  Thanks for reading or making it to the end.

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