The Title

Yes, we realize our blog title is a bit repetitive! Here’s why:

We believe that there is no “one size fits all” way of providing advice to people who are looking for fitness tips. The fact of the matter is that different people are in different stages of their fitness journeys. Thankfully, we have experienced a wide variety of phases in our lifestyle changes, and discovered that there are three main steps in terms of a fitness-centered lifestyle. We will label our posts with these three stages:

  1. Get Fit: There might be some of you reading this that have never actually had to be at this stage. Props to you! However, if you know you need to make some major life changes and improve your fitness for any reason, we know where you have been. We lived and breathed this stage of our lives for a year. It is a struggle, and not simple by any means. However, there will be specific posts to help you find your way and answer the questions that you might be too embarrassed to ask. And if you don’t find the answer here, and would like to know something specific, please feel free to leave a comment or message us on our Instagram @runbutte, we would love to provide some insight.
  2. Stay Fit: Hold on…shouldn’t “Stay Fit” be the final stage? In our experience, it belongs second. Staying fit is a certain mentality that you have after you first lose a dramatic amount of weight, or accomplish a certain goal in your fitness journey. You are probably worried about relapsing back into old habits, because you’ve been there before. That is completely understandable, and shows that you are dedicated to your new lifestyle! Posts categorized as “Stay Fit” are meant to help keep you on the right track, and build towards the final stage that can last for the rest of your life.
  3. Be Fit: While you can certainly apply the lessons you’ve learned from the first stages of fitness at any time, “Be Fit” is the mindset that you adopt when you build up enough confidence in yourself to recognize “I am not going back.” You know that after all the hard work you’ve put in, one bad day, week, or month will never turn you away from your long-term fitness aspirations. The posts labeled “Be Fit” will help you maintain this confidence, overcome common obstacles such as dining out, travel, or the holidays, and develop a mentality that you are a fit person who priorities health and wellness.

There will definitely be posts that apply to multiple stages, but we hope to provide a variety of advice, recipes, and running/workout advice for followers at every stage of the fitness journey! We welcome your feedback and can’t wait to help you reach your goals, as you inspire us to push for ours!

Why are we doing this?

Two years ago I had grown accustomed to a lifestyle that I wanted to escape. I had accepted that I was destined to live a life of discomfort, unhappiness, and resentment.

Discomfort barely describes a typical day at this time. From the exhaustion I felt putting on shoes, to the constant adjusting of bulky clothing and sweating regardless of whether I was sitting or standing. My life was uncomfortable, and I had completely forgotten what it felt like to be comfortable in my own skin.

Unhappiness stemmed from this discomfort. There are people who weigh far more than I ever did, yet they are happy with their lives and feel confident in who they are. I was incapable of this, especially as a former athlete who took pride in my background of swimming and water polo. I was unhappy when I looked in the mirror, picked out new clothes, and took pictures. I was so unhappy, in fact, that I avoided these things entirely.

My resentment of those who demonstrated a healthy lifestyle stemmed from my unhappiness (starting to see a pattern yet?), and led me to associate all healthy habits with a negative attitude. I despised all things health-related, such as vegetable-based meals, workout videos, and even began to lose interest in a lifelong passion: sports. My mindset was simple: I cannot achieve what these athletes can do, so I will avoid watching.

In December of 2016, I reached a breaking point that I didn’t know existed. I had returned home for Christmas for the first time since moving to Montana with a woman who had just become my fiancee, Kelsey. Here I was, sitting among family and friends, with the love of my life and a bright future ahead of us…yet I still felt disappointed in myself.

I kept this to myself for the duration of my visit, then finally admitted to Kelsey that I was incredibly unhappy with myself and desperately wanted to change. I also confessed that I had tried numerous times to change my lifestyle throughout college, yet failed all the same. Without missing a beat, Kelsey assured me that we could make a change, and we spent the remainder of the 12-hour drive discussing healthy habits, weight loss, and our goals.

I won’t try to fit each lesson that I learned into this single post. However, I will tell you that one consistent question continued to pop into my head: WHY ARE WE DOING THIS? If I thought I was unhappy before, I didn’t realize how unhappy I would be when I was still uncomfortable with myself after eating chicken and vegetables for a month.

Ironically, I found myself asking the same question as I sat down to write this blog post. Why are we doing this? Why should I write a blog that many people will immediately dismiss as a passing fad, one that I will eventually abandon and return to old habits?

We are doing this because we were lucky to have each other as support, but not everybody is so fortunate. So if you came across this blog, and you are looking for support at any stage in the fitness journey (hence the title “Get Fit, Stay Fit, Be Fit), we are here to offer our support. Whether you are a random stranger reading this on a toilet at 2 AM (yeah, it’s not just you), or a friend or family member that simply wants some advice, that is why we are doing this: Support.