Running Dirty. Eating Clean. Loving Life.

Who is your fitness inspiration? – August Blogging Challenge – Aug. 30th

When I was younger, I did what all girls did. I thumbed through fashion magazines, being bombarded with picture of stick thin models that were airbrushed to perfection.  Unlike most girls, however, I had no desire to look like them.  I was an athlete. I had no desire to starve myself into being rail thin.  Thank goodness my mom  beat a healthy body image into me from the time I was an infant and my pediatrician commented that he’d never seen a child with a body type like mine.  Kate Moss I was not destined to be.

My life changed forever one day while looking at the covers of fashion magazines at the grocery store checkout.  On the cover was none other than one of my athletic idols, Gabrielle Reese.  This was my first time seeing a female athlete turned model.  Finally, a model I could relate to.  She was strong and athletic and drop dead gorgeous.  She might have been my first girl crush.

When I was pregnant with my daughter and looking for inspiration to stay in shape, there she was again.  Pregnant and still kicking ass.  And as beautiful as ever.  She still remains to be an inspiration to women looking to get fit and be healthy.

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