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Wordless Wednesday.

Wed, Aug 18, 2010

MizFit Muzings

Meh, you know me.

G-d forbid this overly verbose woman actually sticks to the WORDLESS, huh?

A friend recently sent me this picture.

It’s a youngyoung misfit—I think 16 years ago?—a few months after discovering my love of the weights & many, many months after uncovering my passion for fitness.

I look at this photo and see youth, sure, but I also see all Ive yet to experience, endure & learn.

All the numerous lifecrapthings (technical term) which have aged me and made me.

So many people look backwards at life and wish they could return to an earlier place/time.

This surprise in my in-box served as a reminder of how much I love where I am today.

How Id not trade any of this for the young, taut, naive, backcountry camping with a boyfriend Id never marry world.

60 Responses to “Wordless Wednesday.”

  1. Nan says:

    It is amazing what we see when we look back at photos.
    I tend toward wishing I were back there.

  2. Helen says:


    It’s a baby MizFit.

  3. Tricia says:

    What Helen said :) but you look the same!

  4. Lance says:

    Awesome picture Miz!! Sixteen years or…or today…you are still authentically YOU…

  5. Liza says:

    Experience, endure, & learn.

    I love that.

  6. Ron says:

    Time may have past… but I still see that youth in yestereday’s picture in the tank that is in this picture taken 16 years ago!

  7. Roxie says:

    There are things that I miss, but no way do I look back. This now is the good stuff. This is what I was meant to do and who I was meant to be and I’m just now finding that out.

    Great photo and you haven’t aged a bit! Still fabulous.

  8. Andrew says:

    Love it!!!

  9. Bea says:

    So serene.

    The image and your words.

  10. Joanna Sutter says:

    What a beautiful reflection! And I have to say…you are beautiful at any age!

  11. messymimi says:

    The younger, fitter body, I might consider going back to, maybe. The more naive and inexperienced mind/heart/soul/spirit? No.

    • Miz says:

      and I know it’s so trite these days but as long as I’m HERE I will take that mind/heart/soul/spirit over all else.

  12. Meredith says:


    When I clicked here there was an image above of you in the same post from years later.

    Thanks for the visual reminder of the fact older can be better.


  13. Back Country Boy Friend says:

    Wow…. who knew this would ever see the light of day! I think the part of the pic that makes me laugh the most is that you could have fit two of you in that hand sewn fleece tank! Good times, good times… :)

  14. dragonmamma says:

    You’ve learned a few things over the years, like how to buy a shirt that fits! Other than that, you look basically the same.

  15. Kathy says:

    So that is where the Tornado got her love of posing LOL

  16. Sagan says:

    I agree: there’s nothing quite like the present. I have had some wonderful times in the past, but I have no desire to be in the past again. I’m loving life right now too much. It just keeps getting better and better as we experience more things in life.

  17. Patrick says:

    Wow - look at the guns on you standing there on top of the world!

  18. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman says:

    I’m more likely to look at photos and get all nostalgic about the past and wish I were there. What a great photo!

  19. Hannah says:

    This perspective is beautiful- just what I needed to read yesterday but it still hits it home today ;)

  20. Michelle@Eatingjourney says:

    Looking back has been the reason why I have binged and kept the weight on for two years. I wanted to be XXX lbs again. BUT I would NEVER want to be that person again. It has only been in recent weeks that I can look at photos of my ‘thin’ self and never want to be like that again. in fact, yes I am writing this, I’d rather be at my 30lbs heavier in who I am..then to be that girl I was.

  21. Jody - Fit at 52 says:

    I love that pic & wherever you are.. beautiful.. both you & the scenery! I just wrote down a quote about that living in the past to share on a future post!

  22. Wifey says:

    Great pic and words of wisdom … on a Wordless Wednesday. We wouldn’t have it any other way.

    Winks & Smiles,

  23. KCLAnderson (Karen) says:

    I just love you!

    And yeah, I echo what Michelle said. The weight that I regained (and am finally now losing) was an unimaginable gift.

    There is nothing more powerful than accepting, nay, EMBRACING right now and looking lovingly (but not longingly) at the past.

  24. JourneyBeyondSurvival says:

    Nope. Do not want to do that. Go back. I’m much happier and connected NOW. There is no way I’m giving THAT up.

    Besides if I were to keep my heart/soul/mind and go back to that body I had before, it wouldn’t work. So much of my identity/body image is wrapped up in accepting this scar, those stains, that pain.

    I’m happy like I am.

  25. Jack Sh*t, Gettin' Fit says:

    I’ve with you on that trade being no bargain. We’ve earned what we are nowadays… but I love the pic nonetheless…

  26. Yum Yucky says:

    I rather be where I’m at with my matured, wisdom of a brain opposed to being way back when with my hawt younger body, yet no brains at all (ya, I had barely a contents in my cranium). But that shirt. Do you still have it? I’d like to borrows.

  27. Karen@WaistingTime says:

    I had to think hard to remember what I was doing and who I was 16 years ago. Two young sons, still working part-time, never lifted a weight yet, maybe had just started walking. Probably thinner:( But now I am certainly fitter:) And life is easier with my boys that much older.

  28. Rebekah says:

    What is Wednesday without words?
    What is today without yesterday?
    (Why am I talking in questions?)
    Love the post.

  29. Cynthia (It All Changes) says:

    Looking back at pictures is great to remember where you were but to relish in where you are.

  30. 'Drea says:

    You got those guns after a few months of weight training? I must be doing something really wrong. ;)

  31. Stacey says:

    Were you ever out of shape?

  32. debby says:

    Wow, Miz, you’re right. I do sometimes ‘wish’ for physical youth, for less aches and pains, less wrinkles, you know…. but you’re right, I would never trade in all I’ve learned, where I’ve been, and where/who I am now. Thank you. I shall continue to be thankful all day today for who I am TODAY.

  33. tj says:

    Ok…where ya hiding that fountain of youth? You look the same!!! lol :) Cute pic!

  34. Shelley B says:

    I wouldn’t want to go back, necessarily, but I sure wish some things had turned out differently.

  35. Rita @ The Giggly Bits says:

    That shirt is, how did they put it, rad? You’re right, we here it everyday but so true, the person back then brought us to now and I won’t change now, so I guess back then will have to do too.

  36. Jenn says:

    You are so inspiring Miz. I love your attitude. The scenery behind you in that photo is beautiful. I think that photo foreshadowed the future, hinted at the superhero you are TODAY.

  37. Julia says:

    LOVE THIS! (Holy guns!)

    It’s funny. I am happy where I am today to. I’ve learned so much and come so far yet I strive to “be” that person in my memories and old photographs. . .

  38. charlotte says:

    Am giggling over Helen’s comment still. Love you, no matter what age you are and am so happy that you are so happy with where you are and who you are now!

  39. jord says:

    I love it! My theory is ‘no regrets, but you don’t have to repeat things if you don’t want’. Where I am isn’t perfect (but then again, that isn’t my goal), but I enjoy it all the more for that fact. Whatever lifecrapthings are going on, are just shaping who I’ll be in the future. :)

  40. Ryan @NoMoreBacon says:

    Even at the ripe old age of 28 I’ve had thoughts of “Man it was easier when I was younger,” or “remember when we could just pick up and go without a worry in the world?”

    Whenever I catch myself thinking like that I just picture this and this and this and I’m quickly reminded that I wouldn’t change it for a second.

    Life is good TODAY!

  41. Quix says:

    I used to think back and really wonder what if during certain big “junction points” in my life. What if I never quit gymnastics and went to compete in college? What if I took the college scholarship for diving in LV? What if I never called Zliten back that day and asked if he wanted to have coffee? What if we didn’t find a place to live in San Diego and ended up moving to Colorado Springs? What if Australia or Vancouver had offered me a job instead of Austin?

    Some were absolutely the best decision, some could have lead to crazy awesomeness - but I have made peace with the fact now that I made the best decision I could have at the time with the circumstances in front of me, and it lead me to where I am today, which is utterly thrilled and in love with who I am today. So there is a lot less wistfulness there then there used to be…

  42. Back Country Boy Friend says:

    That would be aforementioned X Boyfriend thank you very much! :) Keep up the words of wisdom… always an inspiration

    BTW…. you look pretty good in that pic considering we had not showered in days! Not sure we smelled very good but you looked fresh as a daisy.

  43. Foodie McBody says:

    OMG. Look how adorable. oxoxoxoo

  44. Kathy says:

    LOL @ the baby MizFit comment.

  45. Kate says:

    I’m with you. I’ve grown too much, learned too much, struggled too much, and paid too many dues, to wanna go backward.

  46. Katdoesdiets says:

    I wouldn’t trade places with the young stupid me for anything!

  47. Jen (Mama Rocks) says:

    I so agree!

    I think the older you get, the more comfortable you are with yourself. At least that’s my experience. Sure, I’d love to be a size 0 again while pounding away buffalo wings and coke, but where’s the “life juice” in that? 30-something, married and three kids later- I’m much happier than I ever was at 16. :)

  48. Marste says:

    Add another LOL at “baby MizFit.”

    Would that be “BabyFit?” ;)

  49. Pubsgal says:

    Lookin’ adorable, Miz! (Then *and* now!)

    Maybe it’s a 40something thing, but I am so much more content now than I was back then. I think the only regret I have was that I did not maintain my physical health better and that it took so long to discover my inner athlete. But better late than never, I suppose.

  50. 266 says:

    You were beautiful then and you are beautiful now!

  51. 266 says:

    You were beautiful then, and you are beautiful now!

  52. Kathy says:

    Short, sweet, simple and powerful.

  53. Courtney says:

    Thank you so much for this simple, to the point, and very powerful post. It really hit home!

  54. Sheri says:

    I love it! Great picture and pecks so long ago!

    I agree 100%, today is much better than the past for me!!! I’d never go back!


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