That’s Tristy. Watch her video. I plan to, anytime my confidence or dedication feels at a low ebb.
Know what my favorite part is? The grin on her face every time she lifts something heavy. That’s pure joy. And it isn’t reserved for skinny folks who fit the mold society has marked “athlete.” You don’t have to lift something heavy to feel that way. You can swim further than you thought you could, or walk a little faster, or dance a little harder. It doesn’t matter what you do, but after you’ve done it–that grin. It’s what happens.
Now, you might be thinking–sure, Tristy is a fat athlete. Look how much she can do. But guess what–and this has always been my point: what got her to the point that she can lift all that weight and do all the other things she does in this video is what makes her an athlete. She was an athlete the first time she decided to try lifting weights.
She talks in the video about how she loves her wide shoulders and big thighs and butt, that there is strength in her big body. That is maybe the most empowering thing I’ve heard in a long time. We aren’t athletes despite our big bodies. There is strength in us. And if we haven’t tapped into its potential yet? Well, it’s there, waiting.
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