I read something the other day about the fitness industry that rubbed me the wrong way. Since I've become somewhat of a reluctant fitness professional, I felt kind of unfairly judged. The article talked about the fact that much of the fitness industry looks at people who are overweight and immediately calls them "unhealthy" based not on facts, but on unfair societal ideals. I couldn't help but understand what the author was saying. After all, I have seen "fitness" people on social media talk about how you shouldn't be above a certain size or not have certain attributes (like cellulite or fat rolls). Which is bullshit, because I know some women that are above what a BMI chart would say is healthy but run marathons and eat tons of vegetables every day. But what bothered me most, is the fact that this article lumped ALL fitness people in together. I started losing weight because I was not happy at 210 pounds. I had been a gymnast as a kid, and had always been pretty active, albeit curvy. I wanted to lose a little weight and tone up and just get to a point where it would be easy for me to find clothes I felt comfortable in again. I felt FABULOUS about myself at 170 pounds, and could have easily stopped there...but I also became addicted to fitness. I fell in love with running. I started to feel great because I was feeding myself more nutritious foods. I was happiest and felt the most energetic when I worked out 5 days a week. I loved pushing my body and becoming more fit. The side effect to finding this new lifestyle which made me so happy...was losing more weight. I can't help it if my body has gotten smaller as a result of my hobby, but I also resent the assumption that because I'm now into fitness and helping other women who want to feel the way I do (NOTE: I did not say helping other women who are overweight or unhealthy...it's not up to me to decide what other people want...I'm just here for women who have the same goals as I did), that I am looking other women up and down saying "She needs to lose weight" or "She could stand to tone her arms a bit more." If I'm being totally honest, I don't really give a shit what another women look like. I care what she FEELS like. So if a woman is happy and feels beautiful at 278 pounds, I think that is great. And if a woman is told by a doctor that she's unhealthy but doesn't care to make any changes...that's not any of my business. I'm just here to try and inspire and help women like me. Women who's best self is just a little bit fitter, a little more energetic, and a lot happier.
Hi! I'm Andrea Cummings. I am passionate about living a healthy lifestyle that I can MAINTAIN and that still lets me feel like I'm not being deprived. I like to exercise, but I also love to eat (nachos!). My main focus is to be healthy, not skinny, and to help others do the same! I love Jesus, but I also say fuck a lot, so if you're offended, I may not be the gal for you.