A friend of Brian and I came into town today for the weekend to be home for his fall break.
Because it is getting close to crunch time, I am really trying to see everyone that I can at least one more time before I head out next Saturday.
We met at a little restaurant called Noodles. Brian and I actually had our first date there! It is a very casual restaurant that has pasta dishes in the categories of Mediterranean, American, and Asian. There are also salad, sandwich, and soup options. I opted for a small Very Berry Salad and a cup of Thai Curry Soup. I absolutely love curry at all times, but on a cold rainy day like today it was perfect!
The salad had croutons, strawberries, pecans, red onion, and blue cheese all on top of a giant bed of spinach. Delish!
Fit vs. Athletic
Yesterday, I went to a couple of doctors just to make sure that everything with my knee was ok. My knee is fine, I just need to rest it a little. I explained my current job situation and that I am going to be leaving next Saturday for just under a year to be a fitness director on a cruise line. While I was at the second doctor he said something when I explained the situation that really stuck with me that I had never even considered before. He said “You essentially are a professional athlete.”
Athlete?!?! Now, I have always loved being active and in high school I was very busy with show choir and cheerleading, I would run occasionally in the summers and do workout videos. When I started college, I immediately fit the gym into my daily schedule and became addicted to the group fitness, exercise machines, and weights that were offered. Staying active is just something I do, and it is part of my lifestyle. Yes, I am very fit and I ran a half marathon this summer….but athletic?
Never in a million years would I ever consider myself athletic or an athlete. I played soccer and basketball in elementary school, and really only enjoyed it when I was winning due to my competitive nature. That same competitive nature kicked in when I joined the swim and dive team in middle school and it gave me so much anxiety because I wasn’t the best that I quit (and I’m not much of a quitter!).
This question leaves me baffled. Is there a difference between fit and athletic? I know that my job will be working out, teaching others about fitness and nutrition, and leading group exercise, but does that make me a “professional athlete?”
What do YOU think? Is there a difference between being fit and athletic? I want to hear some feedback 🙂
- To me, being athletic encompasses specific training, agility, and coordination. I was totally flattered that this doctor thought of me in the “professional athlete” sense, but I just don’t think that is where I would categorize myself.