What’s Fit Niche?

\ˈfit\ : sound physically and mentally

\ˈnich also ˈnēsh or ˈnish\ : a place, employment, status, or activity for which a person or thing is best fitted

My name is Fatimah and welcome to my Fit Niche.

I help people as a social worker based out of sunny Tampa Bay and I have energy to burn. No coffee addict here as caffeine already fuels my hyper active blood. I love life, making like-minded friends, and thoroughly enjoy turning my beast mode ON and working out as much as I can.

It’s what I’m passionate about.

I have been an athlete for as long as I could remember. I’m not an artist, I’m not the smartest student, but I do have athleticism. I have always appreciated the art of athletics, working at something so hard and seeing the results and accomplishments it yields.

It is the most satisfying feeling. Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard. It’s always clear to tell if someone is either about that talk or about that life just by watching their actions.

Moving your body, treating your body right, it’s a religion in its own.

I graduated from USF in 2015 with a bachelors in psychology. I am holding my own in a career as a social worker. Don’t let the stigma fool… I love my job. I make my own schedule. I’m not trapped behind a desk all day. And I am grateful for the purpose my position brings to others.

I’m currently a graduate student at UF studying addiction medicine to earn accreditation as an addiction counselor.

Yes, I am a busy girl! So, why not add a blog to the mix?

The idea came to me as I was composing another long Facebook post about a race I completed. I love sharing my experience and being able to look back and reflect on how I performed. I figured instead of making another long post, why not actually start a blog detailing not just races, but everything I am interested in and working toward including proper nutrition. My biggest challenge.

I, like many, enjoy discussing what I am interested and passionate about, what better way than in a neatly organized, online and vogue website. Sharing successes and setbacks, getting feedback and working towards goals — It’s basically fitness social work!

I started running in 2000, and have come a long way since then. My first ever race was the Gasparilla Junior distance classic: a 1 mile kids run and the start of a lengthy bib collection. Hundreds of races later, I consider myself an experienced race vet and love sharing the details of these endeavors. I have also added titles including triathlete, yogi and ultra marathoner to my athlete resume.

After a broken leg in 2010, it took yoga to make me strong again and crazy enough to tackle new goals of ultra marathons and triathlons.

I have met some amazing people along the way. I put myself out there and love where I am in life. It’s a journey. I am losing and gaining so much on this road of personal development – I want to take note. This website helps document some of that. The lessons learned from trial and error are what have led me here.

Everyone has there own Fit Niche; the struggle lies in discovering what that niche is and what works best for you. This is a glimpse of my Fit Niche and what works for me. Feel free to take what you can and please leave some insight.