New Fitspiration & Exercise Update

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Quote by Mia Hamm

I decided it’s time to create a new fitspiration picture. I chose Mia Hamm’s quote as a starting point: “I am building a fire, and every day I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.”

I love to think of exercise and training as a way to build a fire. To me it’s ultimately a way to assert myself – I don’t want to spend my life as a tired and apathetic couch potatoe. I many not be ready to light a match yet, but I feel I’m going somewhere. 🙂

I don’t feel as frustrated about my progress now than when I last wrote about it. I still avoid putting too much load on my upper body. I also pay careful attention to my level of exertion – if the FBB program says the breaks between sets should be x seconds but if I’m still out of breath when I should start the next set, I’ll wait a few more seconds.

The result is that I’m enjoying the program more. I’ve also noticed how strong my legs have become and how it’s much easier for me to balance now. I notice it especially in the inverted hamstring “pose”, which is one of the warm up movements. I’ve even caught myself thinking of how nice it would be to be able take some ballet classes…. I must’ve been very strong in my 20’s but I never appreciated it then.

Well, it’s true that youth is wasted on the young. 🙂

I wonder why it has to be so difficult to listen to your body and accept your limitations? On a rational level I understand that every exercise program is created for some kind of ideal/average person and thus it cannot take into account every individual limitation. Still I feel like a loser if I can’t follow the program to the t.

P.S. If you want to see more fitspiration pictures, find the posts that are tagged with “fitspiration”.


  1. Marion says:

    Hi Satu! Well, I totally agree that young people don’t appreciate their young bodies. I was telling my oldest daughter that losing muscle and flexibility is insidious. It sneaks up on a person in their 20’s and, all of a sudden, you realize that you can’t do something you used to do anymore. So, I told her to keep up with her exercise. She agreed.

    Regarding our limitations due to our age. I’ve learned that some of what I thought were limitations, were just lack of vision. If a person can’t imagine doing a certain exercise or at a certain level, it could still be possible. I’ve often learned that my view on limitations was wrong.

    On the other hand, I have so many more safety rules for exercise than I used to have. When I hurt myself, I don’t recuperate as fast either. My thumb is still healing after several months!

    If you feel inspired, you should always act on it. At least, look up new exercises on youtube or something. They have ballet exercises. Have fun with it.

    🙂 Marion

    • Satu says:

      Hi Marion!

      It’s a shame to think how strong I must’ve been in my early 20’s when I was still doing ballet. Just keeping your body aligned and balancing requires considerable muscle strength.

      I might even try youtuble ballet except my mucles cramp when I try to do the moves. 🙂 My muscles remember what I should to but they aren’t quite up to the task. Progressing with FBB probably helps with that. My limited turnout might be a bigger problem..

      I doubt many of my limitations – I should talk about current limits rather than limitations are age related. It’s more question about disuse-related limitations.

  2. I love your fitspiration posts and the pictures you create.

    You’re right that youth is wasted on the young – if only we knew then what we know now! I SO agree. Mind you, it’s impossible to tell younger people that!

    How exciting that you can tell you’re getting stronger! There’s nothing like that feeling. I don’t think I do enough strength work to notice that and I am certainly not really increasing my weights in the Pump classes I do.

    Don’t feel like a loser though – it’s great you’re doing the program and I bet there are things that you are better than average at as well as things you struggle with. Everyone is so different in terms of their strength.

    I watch people load up their bars for squats and lunges and am conscious I’m lifting less – but also need to realise I’m probably 20-50kg heavier than some of them to start with, so am also lifting that! How unfortunate that muscle and strength don’t increase proportionally with fat / weight!

    Oh well…

    Keep it up. You’re doing a great job and I love your fitspiration posts!


    • Satu says:

      Young people are too busy to realize youth is wasted on them! 🙂 When I think about ballet, I think I would be many times better dancer now than 20 years ago, just because of experience and maturity.

  3. Aimee says:

    Personally I think any exercise is better than no exercise. In order to create a lasting commitment to fitness I believe there has to an element of enjoyment. We should push ourselves to some extent but if it doesn’t feel right then ease up on yourself and do what is comfortable. This journey is yours alone and does not compare to anyone else’s journey. Don’t put so much pressure on yourself to follow a workout perfectly. Do your best and in time your performance with improve naturally. Maybe keep a log of what you are able to do and what your working towards. Maybe that will help you to visualize your progress. Keep up the good work. Love the fitspiration quotes.

    • Satu says:

      You’re quite right, Aimee! Half of me knows very well that it’s ok to take my time. The other half – the perfectionist – is impatient and wants to see results asap!! 🙂

  4. Lori says:

    I am glad you are enjoying the FBB program more! You really do have to make things work for you so that you *want* to keep doing them and not dread them.

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