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What does the word STRONG mean?

This is Day 3 of the March Healthy Living/Fitness Blogger Blogging Challenge. Please feel free to join in and share your blog post in the comments below and visit the other blogs that have linked up. For a list of suggested topics, please visit this post.

In late December, in lieu of a New Year’s Resolution many people were proposing their one word for the year, I didn’t do this, instead I chose a song for the year: Keep Holding On by fellow Canadian, Avril Lavigne. It’s interesting that the whole song is about remaining STRONG, so perhaps my word for the year should be STRONG.

According to my very good friend, Google, the word strong itself has three meanings:

strong – strôNG/ –adjective

adjective: strong; comparative adjective: stronger; superlative adjective: strongest

  1. 1.

    having the power to move heavy weights or perform other physically demanding tasks.

    she cut through the water with her strong arms

  2. 2.
    able to withstand great force or pressure.

    cotton is strong, hard-wearing, and easy to handle

  3. 3.
    (of light) very intense. (of something seen or heard) not soft or muted; clear or prominent.
    she should wear strong colors

What the word STRONG means to me:

To me, being strong is stepping outside of my comfort zone and pushing myself to do what I don’t want to do.

This can be applied to many things going on in my life right now:

  • Lifting more weight and holding strength moves for as long as my trainer tells me to.
  • Planning my meals and saying no to treats and yes to foods that will help me improve.
  • Remembering to take my iron and vitamin B12 supplements (these help to improve oxygen carrying capacity).
  • Running faster and longer than what’s comfortable, pushing my body to improve.
  • Turning off the computer and going to bed earlier than I want to (this is a hard one).
  • Rising to the challenges that my job and new role presents to me – sometimes this includes saying no to people, which doesn’t come naturally to me. I’m a YES person.
  • Going after a bucket list goal that scares the sh-t outta me.

Truth be told, when I think of the word strong I also think of this joke:

You're strong, but smell isn't everything

Everyone has their own meaning for the word strong, it can be a mantra, like when I swim I repeat the words “Long & strong” in my head over and over reminding me to use proper form, it can be a descriptive word, or it can refer to inner strength.

It's your turn… What does STRONG mean to you?


Participating in the March Healthy Living/Fitness Blogger Blogging Challenge? Then please feel free to join in and share your post in the comments below and be sure to check out some of the other blogs too. For a list of suggested topics, please visit this post.

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  • TriGirl
    March 7, 2014 at 11:17 am

    I’m with you on closing the computer earlier–there’s just so much to see and do online!
    My strong is focusing on goals that will ultimately make me healthier, mentally and physically.

    • Janice - The Fitness Cheerleader
      March 7, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      It’s so hard! After I convince myself to turn off the laptop I go to my bed & start reading on my iPad.

  • Jenn @comebackmomma
    March 7, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Great topic. I wrote about the strength within and found a great poem to share.

    • Janice
      March 7, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      What a great poem Jenn! I’m going to print it out and hang it on my office (cubicle) wall.

  • Megan @mnmspecial
    March 7, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Love your swimming mantra. I completely agree strength can take on so many different meaning for everyone.

    • Janice - The Fitness Cheerleader
      March 7, 2014 at 2:08 pm

      This was a fun topic – I’ve learned a lot about you, Wendy, Pepper & Jenn. It’s neat to find out what strength means to others.

  • Lora
    March 7, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Strong: finding the courage to move forward when all you want to do is quit, one step at a time, not worrying about the ending but living just the one step.

  • MrsCourtneyP
    March 7, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Ha ha … I love that joke!

    I’m a big fan of growing stronger (both emotionally and physically!)

    Here’s my link: http://www.notablyneurotic.com/2014/03/s-t-r-e-n-g-t-h.html

  • Launna
    March 7, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    I really took off with that song too… for other reasons than you of course 🙂

    I really like that you show how exercise can be fit into a busy life and be fun and also you can live your dreams if you are willing to put the work in…

    What does strong mean to me… part of it is being mentally strong to handle the challenges that are given to us… sometimes I don’t handle them as well as I could…

  • Dacia
    March 8, 2014 at 7:11 am

    Here is my post! Another great topic!


  • Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
    March 8, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    To me strong is being healthy enough to do what I want physically.

    • Janice
      March 8, 2014 at 1:48 pm

      That’s a good one Abby!

  • Jennifer Lo
    March 9, 2014 at 12:08 am

    Being strong means being able to overcome tough situations in life. Here’s a personal story inspired by the topic of strength. https://medium.com/p/b14fb892e0d8

    Great post Janice!

  • Lynda@fitnessmomwinecountry
    March 10, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Great post Janice…Strong all the amazing women I have met through blogging and on-line:)
    I never have a problem shutting my computer off to head to bed early…I can always sleep 🙂


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