Being a Defiant Athelte

Being a defiant athlete is sweating.

Being a defiant athlete is the little pings in your muscles at the end of a training session.

Being a defiant athlete is not being afraid to try new things.

Being a defiant athlete is a buffer against look-at-that-fat-girl.

Being a defiant athlete is being able to cook dinner without your lower back screaming.

Being a defiant athlete is moving with purpose.

Being a defiant athlete is getting back into your own skin.

Being a defiant athlete is being happy to be there, no matter how much of it there is.

Being a defiant athlete is breaking the fat-girl glass ceiling.

Being a defiant athlete is a feminist issue.

Being a defiant athlete is for men, too.

Being a defiant athlete is doing what you didn’t think you could.

Being a defiant athlete is doing what someone else didn’t think you could.

Being a defiant athlete is a subversive act.

Being a defiant athlete might make some people mad because you aren’t fitting into their idea of you.

Being a defiant athlete might make other people mad because they aren’t ready to do what you have done.

Being a defiant athlete is scary sometimes.

Being a defiant athlete is an act of bravery.

Being a defiant athlete is believing in yourself.

Being a defiant athlete is a radical act of self-acceptance.

Being a defiant athlete is all about pushing against the edges of your personal box.

Being a defiant athlete is wearing a bathing suit in public, even though it scares you.

Being a defiant athlete is learning to be proud of your body in a bathing suit.

Being a defiant athlete is never saying you can’t.

Being a defiant athlete is figuring out how you can, even if you need accommodations.

Being a defiant athlete is standing up to your childhood demons.

Being a defiant athlete is an antidote to bullying.

Being a defiant athlete feels good.

Being a defiant athlete sometimes hurts on the outside, but still feels good on the inside.

Being a defiant athlete is knowing you’ll be the fattest one, but doing it anyway.

Being a defiant athlete is signing up for the race, even if you know you’ll come in last.

Being a defiant athlete is focusing on what your body can do, rather than what it can’t.

Being a defiant athlete is just smiling and nodding when someone loves you enough to tell you that you’ll probably have a heart attack.

Being a defiant athlete is sometimes not a competition.

Being a defiant athlete is sometimes a competition against yourself.

Being a defiant athlete is sometimes a straight-up competition.

Being a defiant athlete is a spark.

Being a defiant athlete is something no one can take away from you, even though they might try.

Being a defiant athlete is finding out how far you can go.

 

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8 responses to “Being a Defiant Athelte

  1. Carol Gwenn

    Yes!!!!!

    Am sure that by now you’ve heard/read about THE most defiant athlete: the 400+ pound American sumo wrestler who ran the L.A. Marathon this past Sunday. He’d done it once before & beat his previous time, despite the fact that this year’s race was run in record-breaking rainfall, heavy wind & cold. He’d been training for nearly 6 months & was determined to enter & complete the marathon. He did it & should be an inspiration for all of us who are afraid of “what will people think? I’m fat & I’m exercising in public”.

  2. Being a defiant athlete is the little pings in your muscles at the end of a training session.
    I have learned to really enjoy these little pings.
    Being a defiant athlete is getting back into your own skin.
    Being a defiant athlete is knowing you’ll be the fattest one, but doing it anyway.

    Through exercise I am reclaiming my body and reminding myself of how it carries me through each day and each activity, connects me to those I love through touch, gives me a voice to be heard.
    Great post…

  3. Liz

    This is quite, quite brilliant.

  4. Casey

    Being a defiant athlete is learning to handle injury like a champ.
    Being a defiant athlete is being able to modify activity in a way that feels good and is fun.

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