Have You Done This?
Have you ever gotten ready for an event, checked yourself in the mirror, thought, "Yup, I look great!"
You're feeling comfortable in your body, you clothes. You're ready to take on the world.
While at the event, someone snaps a photo of you, posts it on social media and you think, "Ugh! What was I thinking? I really need to drop this extra weight. I look horrible!"
This happened to me just a few days ago.
Yup. I struggle with body image, too. It's one of the reasons I am so obsessed with fitness, health and nutrition.
It's why I love helping you. I know that if I'm struggling with something, someone else in my world is, too. Maybe today you and I share the same struggle.
I wish I could say I have all of the answers. I started worrying about what my body looks like and what I eat some time between 9-12 years old. This is the age when many of us become aware of our bodies and it's also when we start to become self-conscious. I've been studying fitness, health and nutrition for almost 40 years. I still research, test and struggle.
Why am I telling you this?
I began my research, became a Certified Personal Trainer and completed a Masters degree to help myself. Through this journey, I realized how much I could help others.
I'm still a work in progress. We all are. It's because I struggle with many of the same issues as you do that I have compassion for what you're going through. It's why I never tell you you're wrong for being where you are. It's why I always encourage you to start today. It's why I can recognize patterns, denials and deeper issues you're working on and help you work through them.
I've done the negative self-talk, skip-the-workout, eat-a-cookie-because-I-deserve it things, too.
I've learned how not to let all of those things rule my life...mostly. I've learned strategies to handle stress and anxiety without food. I've learned the power of forgiveness and gratitude and I've learned what's important to me.
Do I get it right all the time? Nope. And that's okay, too. It's not about being perfect. Not for me and I suspect, not for you, either.
Here's what I've learned. It's about being resilient. It's about figuring out the best way forward. It's about keeping the goal the goal.
If you've met me in person, know me or have seen me on my social media channels, you might be surprised by all of this. I often hear "confessions" from friends, family and clients about their latest health/weight-loss failure. I also hear, "you're so lucky that you don't have to deal with any of this...you're healthy/thin/fit."
I've learned some great habits. I've learned to shift my thoughts. I've put some systems in place so that I maintain my health, weight and fitness with little effort.
I've learned that what works for me won't necessarily work for you. I've learned how to help you figure out what your habits and systems are.
You're invited to join me in The Women's Wellness Academy, a 6-month program in which we work side-by-side to get you to your healthiest life. We work on weight-loss, resolving chronic medical issues like obesity, pre-diabetes and high blood pressure and helping you live your healthiest life. Together we figure out and implement what works for you.
The biggest lesson I've learned in my 40-ish years of studying health, nutrition and fitness is success doesn't happen alone. We are in this together and I am here to help you.
If you're curious what this is all about, visit The Women's Wellness Academy page and schedule some time to speak with me.
Wishing you all the best!