I started when I was 8 years old, because I had “too much energy”, my mom said. I began to develop a love for track and field at that age. I wanted to be the fastest ever. I wanted to be like Marion Jones. Back then, that was a big dream of mine to become a “famous” track athlete. I’m far from famous, but I have gotten to sign lots of autographs… that’s a little famous right? At the age of 14, I first represented my country Sweden and I’ve been ranked top 3 in the hurdles for 10 years. I have always had a passion for training and track and it will always be a part of who I am.
Sometimes I long jumped for fun 🙂
Regionals in Texas, my favorite outdoor place to compete at.
Gold medals at BYU
I have had lots of people ask me about track, so I am officially done competing competitively. After such a successful season/year, I truly felt so good about being done. I achieved WAY more than I thought I could after having a baby.
I knew there would come a day where I had to make the decision, either to continue my career or to step off and fulfill my role as wife/mother 100%. I didn’t even blink when I decided to be done, BUT it was sure hard to realize the fact that I was done competing. We train so hard to be able to compete, get those PR’s, and achieve our goals. This doesn’t compare to motherhood. Call me old school, but I love being a mother. Besides, having an energetic toddler gives me a good workout everyday haha.
I’m so happy that I got to spend 17 years in my track club Hammarby. They are family to me. That is where I have gained my absolute best friends, and they will always be family to me. Just because I am done competing, does not mean I am done training 🙂
I am excited for the opportunity I had to coach and help out at BYU and also do personal coaching. Life has been absolutely crazy lately, and I cannot wait for our next chapter.
So after my senior year in college, I got pregnant with Noah. I had a healthy pregnancy where I still continued to exercise as much as I could! At BYU I ran the hurdlers, 1-200m and short relays and long jumped occasionally. After having Noah I ran professionally for a year until I decided I was ready to be done and focus on my family, little did I know I was pregnant with my second! Getting back in track shape was the hardest thing ever, but I did it! At 25 I ran faster than I ever did in college in all my races, I was stronger mentally and physically! Don’t let anyone tell you that you cannot do things later in life or after you have a baby! I am living proof 😉 it is a lot of work, but so so worth it!
Hi, I’m Fatima! I was born and raised in Sweden with my 7 siblings. I attended Brigham Young University where I also competed for the track and field team. I met my husband in Utah and we were sealed in the Salt Lake temple 2012. We have two children, Noah and Olivia that we adore. Aside from being a mom, I’m a fashion/fitness blogger over at (http://www.stylefitfatty.blogspot.
com). Looking forward to get to know you all!
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