The First Thing I Do When I Wake Up Is Exercise, Because My Sister Is My Inspiration

The First Thing I Do When I Wake Up Is Exercise, Because My Sister Is My Inspiration

She's my superstar!

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I had always played sports growing up. I played soccer, tennis, golf, swimming...plus some other ones here and there. All of the sports that I have listed use all different parts of your body and function all in their own way.

Once I began college, I tended to really slack on exercising because I was so caught up in the whole college life of making new friends, finding my way around campus, and doing all of the freshman "things" there are to do. I would go about twice a week to the gym, but the only time I could go was late at night and I really did not want to walk alone to and from my dorm so most of the times I just did not go.

My freshman year of college, my sister tore her first ACL. It absolutely crushed her. She was on her way to playing collegiate soccer at a great school. A year goes by and she is finally able to recover and is back on the soccer field for her senior year of high school. It is the fifth game of the season and she tears her ACL for the second time in a row! She was even more devastated than she was before. After tearing her ACL twice, she was completely inspired to do something completely different and hang up the cleats, unfortunately.

She decided that after she was fully recovered from her ACL tear she was determined to complete a half marathon. My sister has always been a phenomenal athlete and a stellar runner. She participated in cross-country throughout high school, so long distance running was definitely a niche for her. She trained long and hard and this past winter was able to complete her first half marathon at Disney, the most magical place on earth!

I am so happy for her and the person that she has become and how she overcame the challenge with her knees. Once my sister, Mia, tore her second ACL, I have had so much drive to get out there and get on a consistent schedule of exercising. Just about every single day, it is the first thing that I do when I wake up in the morning. It is so nice to get it out of the way in the morning and it is the perfect start to my day.

Nothing feels better than a fresh workout and waking yourself up with some cardio, weight, and ab training at 6 a.m.

Starting in October of 2018, I found BodyFit Lexington through one of the workout clubs that I was involved with on campus. BodyFit is unlike any gym that I have ever been to before, and trust me, I have been to a lot over the years. The trainers at BodyFit know how to push each person to their maximum level.

Throughout my time at BodyFit, I have developed so many new friendships and so many more goals for myself. It is something that I look forward to every day and that I know will make me feel 1000 times better once I get my one class in for the day. I have seen the progression in myself and was able to hold over a 4-minute plank the other day and won the plank challenge at BodyFit, which is something that I definitely would not have been able to do months ago.

My sister, Mia, has completely;y inspired me with her workout and fitness journey to train for my first half marathon!! With being a college student, I am not exactly sure when I will be able to participate and complete my first half marathon because of my schedule, but I am super excited to join my sisters' side as we take on this journey together!

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If You Give A Girl A Brother

If you give a girl a brother, she'll always have a hand to hold.
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If you give a girl a brother, she'll always have a friend

and, she'll probably rely on him over and over again.

Once she realizes that he's always there she'll hand him her trust,

and for a solid sibling-ship, this confidence is a must.


If you give a girl a brother, she'll always have someone to blame

when her blood is boiling and she's too mad to remember her own name.

She'll always have someone to run to when she's in need of a good laugh

and when she's at a loss for words, someone to speak on her behalf.


If you give a girl a brother, you can expect a lifetime of fights,

but to compensate, they'll stay up watching movies and bonding many late nights.

At times he'll be her worst enemy yet always her biggest alliance.

He'll make her happier than anyone on this planet, and there is no denying it.


If you give a girl a brother, she'll always have her half of a pair,

whether it's for when she wants to dance, drink coffee or play Modern Warfare.

She's always got someone to compete with, and someone to form a team.

A backbone, a driving force behind all of her amazing dreams.


If you give a girl a brother, you better watch your back,

because if her heart is ever broken, he'll be ready to attack.

She's always got protection, no matter the date or time.

He's like her Secret Service, her partner in crime.


If you give a girl a brother, she'll always have a reason to smile.

Someone to make every vacation, every road trip worthwhile.

She'll always have the biggest critique, to point out every flaw,

but someone to respect them and see her with star-struck awe.


If you give a girl a brother, she'll always have a hand to hold,

a shoulder to cry on, her very own stronghold,

and someone to support her in every endeavor.

If you give a girl a brother, she'll be the luckiest girl ever.


God blessed this girl with three amazing brothers who are everything mentioned above and more. I love all three of them more than anyone could ever imagine and I am so thankful for all the days they've been my personal assistants, my therapists, or my goofballs to laugh with.

I really cannot fathom anything greater than having a brother — or three.

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A Thank You Letter To My Sister

We may not have gotten along growing up, but we love each other.

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By looking at us, no one would ever guess we are sisters. Your caramel colored hair and deep brown eyes find themselves on an athletic girl standing at 5'2 ( and a quarter!). Who would ever guess you were related to the pale, ginger, 5'7 girl in the grade above you?

The close proximity in our ages meant we knew a lot of the same people and had a couple of teachers in common. Some siblings love this and take it as a chance for a built-in-friend, but many don't. Especially when they are as different as us. You excelled on the softball team and showed a penchant for business and marketing. I was a musical theatre kid, creative writing nerd and we were in totally different circles.

As the younger sibling, I wonder if there was any pressure to be different solely based on the fact I was older to avoid comparison. I'm going to pretend that spurred you into being the bold, beautiful and unapologetic you that you are today so I can take partial credit for how amazing your personality is.

In highschool, we fought excessively. A lot of the skirmishes were probably my misguided efforts to build a relationship with you, even if I just ended up annoying you. But, even then, I knew our family would be wildly different without you. Sure, I probably wasn't too pressed if you missed a family car ride because it meant more legroom. But the car felt so empty without the music of laughter after you inevitably made the whole car crack up. From your goofy catchphrases to impromptu songs, you bring so much joy to our family.

You are coming into your own and I am so grateful for a front row seat, especially since we get along now that teenage angst is over with. Love is so much more than high school circles or stereotypes. I am so lucky to have you as a little sister. I learn from your spunk every day and miss your classic "Lexi, Lexi Lexi..." instead of saying hi. You have also taught me to look for the ways in which different personalities complement each other instead of focusing on what seperates them. You have an amazing internship lined up, wonderful and supportive friends, and are in a great academic program. I am so excited to see where you go- just don't forget to always come home.

Love,

Your Big Sister

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