All signs point to SILVER for me. However, I see little flecks of saffron, green, and red in there too… is it possible to be a rainbow?
I read about the 8 Colors of Fitness in one of my favorite magazines, Experience Life, over the weekend. (You can read it here - opens to a PDF) and because I am obsessed with fitness right now, and I love the color concept, I did the test and found out more about my “fitness color”.
The author of the book bases her research on the well-known Myers Briggs Type Indicator test that asks you a series of questions. From these questions, it estimates your personality type, and assigns you a four letter analysis that tells you more about yourself. Like most tests, it is never “spot-on”, but it can be educational and enlightening to analyze yourself in this way. From this test, the author uses these personality traits and matches them with different exercises and fitness philosophies that you may hold. She encourages the reader to try new activities that they may have not discovered before, thinking that they may be a good match with personality.
While the Myers-Briggs official test is often administered for a cost (usually in the workplace, or in a school) there are similar personality tests that can give you an indication of your personality type. I found a free useful online tool at this website. With the results of that test, you can take the results and apply them to the 8 Colors philosophy. The 8 Colors of Fitness website also gives a beta test that you can use to determine your fitness color too.
I have taken the test twice, and I keep on getting SILVER, so maybe there is no denying the fact. Reading over the description on the website, it gets pretty close to me, but there are still some things that aren’t quite right… but I find that I have some of the other color traits… and maybe that is all the more true – silver reflects other colors! According to Myers-Briggs, I am an ENFP personality. This also puts me in the group for the RED fitness color. While I see some bits of myself in that description, I don’t think it really fits me.
As I stated above, fitness and wellness have become a major part of my life in the last few months. When I first started my weight loss journey in 2006, I had great success in a relatively short span of months. However, as time went by and complacency grew, I gained some of the weight that I had lost back. My weight fluctuated thorughout 2007 and early 2008. When I got Lyme disease and some associated illnesses this past June, I knew that this was the time to truly focus on my health. While I could not exercise when I was most sick, I focused on my diet. In late July, I made the switch to a full vegan diet. Having been a strict vegetarian since I was 14, it was not extremely hard for me to stop eating dairy and egg products. When I found a great doctor to help treat my Lyme, she urged me to also cut out sugars and gluten products to eliminate any associated risks of re-infection. And because my health (and my life, in no uncertain terms) depended upon it, I gave those two things up over night. Fruits are okay, but no added sugars. I have had a few little slips with sugar and gluten – mainly in sauces – but things are really going well on that diet front.
Once my energy levels started to come back after my first course of treatment and supplements in September, I was able to slowly start exercising again. This truly made my heart happy. I genuinely love exercise and it was hard for me to remain sedentary. (That is how I read so many books at that time!) Since I am finding such marked improvement due to these medications and my diet, I am challenging myself further with new fitness opportunities. So this little test comes at the right time!
Before I got sick, I had started to research the idea of entering a yoga teacher training program (YTT) in order to deepen my own practice, as well as share my love of yoga with others. According to my fitness color – this is a very SILVER thing to do! So, if all goes as planned, I will be starting YTT in January 2009. I recently reconnected with a friend from college (through Ravelry of all places!) who just finished up the YTT at the same studio! it seems like fate to me! I am practicing yoga daily – four studio classes a week and several home practices. So, with exposure to many activities, I guess one can naturally gravitate towards the activities that best suit their personality traits. I know this is the case with me: I love yoga, as well as spinning (group cycling), hiking, and weight training. Finding what you love and finding the ability to stick with it: that is the key!
If you are interested in reading more about my own regimen, I have started to update my Weight Loss page again – I will be doing another entry this week to record more weight loss! (yea!) I am also planning to write up an informational page here on my blog about Lyme disease and the associated co-infections: I receive questions about it each day, and I want to provide links to some of the great resources available. SO, if you are interested in either of these topics, please stay tuned!
…in the meantime, take the little fitness test and share with me what color you are! even better, update me and let me know if this inspires you to get up and go!