How I chose the title of this project
When dreaming up names for this project, I must have thought of about 100 different options. I went back and forth because I wanted the title to be representative of the content and something that resonated with my life. For those of you who don’t already know, fitness is my jam, especially boxing – I teach it for a living and it’s what I want this website to be infused with. So when I came across the boxing term “inside fighter”, a string was plucked in my mind. I knew this was what I wanted my project to be called.
I am quite short
Why “Inside Fighter”? Well, an inside fighter is someone who stays close to their opponent while fighting and delivers short and powerful blows to the body; you are literally fighting in your opponent’s range of attack. This style of fighting is especially useful for all the shorty’s out there. I myself am short. I am 5”0 (and a half inch but who’s counting). If I were ever to spar against someone, this style would be my best shot at taking the win…my arms are not long enough to be an outside boxer – most every person over 12 years of age is taller than I. Therefore, I am an “inside fighter”.
I have bipolar
More than anything else I want this project to be about creating a community and coming together to talk some hard things in an honest forum. Particularly mental health. It is something that I believe is super important to talk about and shed light on because unfortunately, there are still many stigmas that people have toward mental illness. I myself have bipolar I disorder and up until a couple months ago, I told nobody besides close family and a few close friends. I felt as if sharing my diagnosis would somehow change everyone’s perception of me. And here I am, ready to challenge that fear. I am not here to throw it in anybody’s face or say that I am my illness, I am here to say it is a part of me and it is a part of a lot of other people’s lives…why should we be hiding!? Mental illnesses are medical diagnoses. They are not made up “in your head” that you can “power through” and “think positively” to get better. No, they can be life altering, life threatening, and they affect 1 in 4 people worldwide. Did you hear that? Let me repeat…25% of human beings suffer from mental illnesses. That’s a lot of people. When I was diagnosed, I felt so alone. Like I was the only one going through this. The numbers say otherwise, but the way our society still views mental health can be isolating. Regardless of this, I fought through and crawled my way out of a dark place. I fought and continue to fight my internal battle…I am an “inside” fighter.
Inside Fighter is a place for everyone
In short, this project is about creating a safe place for people with or without a mental illness to come and learn from people going through it, different from a quick search or WebMD article, and for people who are looking to improve their overall health and have fun doing it. I believe fitness is a great place to start when learning to deal with the mind and the body and fighting against any illness or problematic life situation you may be facing. Whoever you are, I’m so glad you’re here and I welcome you to take a deeper look inside your life and discover in what ways you yourself are an inside fighter.