All my life, I’ve been reluctantly labeled a perfectionist. This drive to achieve unrealistic heights of perfection has led me to some of the greatest accomplishments of my life: earning my Bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University, graduating ahead of schedule (with honors), landing a great job in my desired field at an amazing company right out of college, marrying my high school sweetheart, traveling to new places around the world, building a great life and making a name for myself in a budding new career. It’s also ushered me into some of the darkest moments of my existence thus far: battling depression and anxiety for most of my adult life, and struggling with body image and eating disorders in my late teens and early twenties.
The past several years have become an unfinished ‘coming of age’ tale as I guide myself to let go of my unattainable idea of perfection and accept myself for who and what I am – flaws and failures included. Throughout this journey, I’ve learned to distinguish between what I can and cannot control, to pay attention to what makes me feel good about myself, and to be proactive about living the life that I want for me.
Like most people, the most fundamental thing I want for my life is to be happy and healthy. Luckily, I’ve discovered that these two things often go hand in hand. There are plenty of things in this world that we can’t control. What we can do is make a commitment to ourselves to choose to live a fit life, and to be grateful for the infinite benefits that a healthy and active lifestyle affords us.
This blog is a testament to my commitment to love my fit life. My hope is that it inspires others to make a commitment to their health & fitness, and practice daily gratitude for the life they create for themselves. It’s not about trying to do every single thing perfectly, but rather doing what you can every day to live fit, and to love your fit life.