You probably totally forgot about me. Passed me a couple of times on your timeline posting pictures of me and this super handsome guy or maybe seen some of those motivational posts I’ve been putting up. Maybe you’ve been following my Orangetheory journey on my story or seen some of the things I’ve made in my kitchen or even the hashtag #intuitiveeating. You may be even saw me dabbling in vegetarianism/veganism but eating a big ass sushi roll in the next post. You’ve probably been wondering…”dude, she did have a blog but the last time she posted was last summer so I guess she kind of died out like everyone else usually does.”
And you’re right.
I was overwhelmed. I was busy. I was happy. I was challenged. I was sad. I was unsure. I was changing and evolving. So here’s where I’ve been.
Dude, I got Married.
So last time I wrote on here I was in a happy relationship (and still am!) but I was just a mere fiancé. May 5, 2018, John and I got married in front of 135 of our favorite people in the world. It was an amazing time but leading up to it challenged us financially, emotionally, and physically. John was changing careers and was in school receiving his certification in web development. We went through some financial hardships during that time but he came out on top, got his first job in the web development world and said sayonara to his ten year career in sales. Meanwhile, I had to listen to everyone’s opinion…I mean umm…input on what I should and should not do for the wedding. We were so excited to take this next step and barreled toward the finish line. But that wasn’t the only thing I was doing during that time…
I became a Doctor, yo.
Yup. You read that right. On June 20, 2018, I defended my dissertation focusing on how emotional intelligence training can have an impact on how individuals handle organizational change. I promise you’ll never have to remember that, and we can still be friends. This was one of the hardest things I have ever done, and it was a three-year journey that was from April 2015-June 2018. It was insane when I sat down and actually realized that I have only been out of school two years my whole entire life…since I started when I was a kid. I know…WTF right?
Shout out to my fine ass husband who was (and will always be) a huge inspiration and motivator during that time and thank God I have a job that I don’t really have to “bring home”. School was definitely my side hustle and was challenging because even though I’m really good at school, this was on a whole different level. I have never read more or written more in my life and I am not sure I will be doing that again for a while…or like…ever again. But I wouldn’t change anything about my experience.
During this time I became a freak who lived off wine, hot Cheetos, and odd amounts of the strangest foods because I also happened to….
Say a big “F— You” to Dieting
I have been dieting since I was 12. That’s (almost) 18 years. Holy #%*& right? Now, don’t go thinking that my parents were some evil people who didn’t let me eat things (but they did have an impact on the way I saw food…more on this in another post). They were loving, wonderful and supportive but I learned “carbs are bad and make you fat” long before y’all found the keto diet. I read this book called “Big Girl: How I gave up dieting and got a life” and it kick started my journey to discovering what it meant to eat intuitively. It has changed my life, my happiness, my social life, my perspective on working out, and how I see other of different sizes. I have learned that being extra small or extra large is not necessarily an indication of someone’s health. I have also become a total “granola” girl, living a chemical free life and embracing all things essential oils. I can’t wait to share more about this paradigm shift with you all in upcoming posts. I have really enjoyed the messages I have gotten from those who have seen my mindset shift and felt inspired by it. But one of the biggest things I have found is….
I finally started looking in the mirror and saying “Damn, girl you fine.”
You probably are rolling your eyes going “OMG this heifer is really trying to convince us that she is not pretty?” That’s not what I’m saying. I have heard people tell me things like “you have a pretty face” a lot in my life but never really my body. I have had people fawning over my height but then making fun of my arms. I have developed body image issues that would make you want to throw a pity party for me. But day by day I am shaking those feelings. I love my gigantic butt now and I love making jokes about it. I look at my arms and go “Y’all are strong AF for those 25 pound curls in Orangetheory today. Keep doing you”. I have begun to embrace the little acne scars I got from switching birth control pills and I call them little freckles. I finally started to say, “Damn, girl, you fine.”
I am becoming who I am and becoming more “fit” in every way. I promised you all this would be a blog that would redefine what it means to be fit and now that I am done with my doctoral and marriage journey, I’m so ready to share the rest with you. I have some secrets I can’t share just yet but in due time I hope that you’ll come to associate me as a badass #girlboss and ultimate make a real name for #TheFitBritt. I hope to keep inspiring you guys each week with new experiences, stories, and delicious things I’ve tried in future posts. So stay tuned, keep checking back, and comment below about what you’d like to hear next!