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Embrace your STRUGGLE

It’s easy for me to get to the gym everyday. ⁣⁣
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One of my biggest fears as a coach has always been that I won’t be relatable. ⁣⁣
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And I’ll be honest, lately that fear has been in overdrive. ⁣⁣
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I genuinely love fitness. It makes me happy. It isn’t a struggle to commit to and quite honestly, I have a harder time taking a day off than I do getting a workout in. ⁣⁣
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But hear me out. ⁣⁣
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I wasn’t always like this. ⁣⁣
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I found fitness at a time when I needed it the most. I was miserable in my own skin, tormented by food, and hated my body more than anything.⁣⁣
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I was out of shape, not athletic and started forcing myself to exercise. ⁣⁣
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Now my struggle isn’t fitness. ⁣⁣
My struggle is my mindset. ⁣⁣
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There are days where my anxiety is so bad I have to tell myself to just make to the gym and I’ll feel better. ⁣⁣
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There are days where I am nauseous from anxiety and the only thing to cure it is a workout. ⁣⁣
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There are days where the one time I am not panicked is when I am moving for an hour at the gym. ⁣⁣
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I’m not sharing this so you officially think I’m a crazy, but to be honest. ⁣⁣
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You will forever have things that are a struggle for you. ⁣⁣
For every one thing that seems easy for someone, there is always something they struggle with on the other side. ⁣⁣
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These may change. ⁣⁣
These may evolve. ⁣⁣
But I promise for every struggle there is always a solution, and it may just lead you to your biggest strengths. ⁣⁣
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Embrace it. ⁣⁣
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What is one thing you are struggling with currently? ⁣⁣

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🖤 Self Love Reminders 🖤⁣

It’s okay to say no.⁣
You are worthy.⁣
You matter.⁣
Let go of perfectionism.⁣
Follow your dreams.⁣
Get a good therapist.⁣
Embrace your “imperfections”⁣
Your uniqueness makes you wonderful.⁣
Heal your inner critic.⁣
You are in charge of your life.⁣
It’s okay to not be ok.⁣
It’s okay to ask for help.⁣
It’s okay to be wildly happy.⁣
Create time for “just you”.⁣
You are always beautiful.⁣
Forgive yourself.⁣
Sleep.⁣
Be kind & gentile with yourself.⁣
Own your strength.⁣
You are loved.⁣

Happy Early Valentine’s Day beauties 💕 Little reminder to always love yourself first. ⁣

Honest thoughts on Valentine’s Day… love it or hate it? 🤷‍♀️

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GRATITUDE

Since I was 8 years old, any time I would sit in a chair, I would curse my thighs.⁣
I’d watch them expand and wish so badly that they would shrink overnight.⁣

That became a common theme for most of my life.⁣

I wasted so much time wishing to be smaller.⁣
I used up hours upon hours determining my worth on a scale, plotting my next diet, and calculating my calories, points, and macros for the day.⁣
I hid for years in the baggiest clothes I could find.⁣

For years I truly hated my body and prayed it would shrink. I just wanted to be thin.⁣

I talk about my love of fitness and how it’s become my therapy a lot, but what I don’t always share is how it also became the KEY in changing how I viewed my body.⁣

Fitness was the number one thing to teach me gratitude for my body no matter it’s size.⁣
It was one thing that shifted my focus away from how my body looked, to instead appreciate all it could do.⁣

I quickly learned how strong those thighs I used to curse were.⁣

My legs had carried me through years and years of dance.⁣
My legs had put up with years of restricted calories only to never once fail me with an injury.⁣
My legs help me daily – walk, squat, move, teach fitness classes, jump, run, etc…⁣

My thighs are forever going to expand when I sit down and that is something I’m now very grateful for. ⁣
It shows my health, it shows my strength, and as they continue to carry me daily, I am so glad they never did wither away like I had hoped. ⁣

It’s time to stop hating your body. ⁣
Choose gratitude. ⁣
Embrace your strength.⁣

What is something you’re grateful for about your body?

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I was told I wouldn’t make a good coach. ⁣⁣

When I was starting out with my career in health & fitness – two comments plagued my journey. ⁣⁣
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I was told I wouldn’t make a good coach from a fitness trainer I had really respected. ⁣⁣
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I was too quiet. ⁣⁣
Didn’t have the personality for it. ⁣⁣
It wasn’t the right fit. ⁣⁣
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That same year when someone asked what I did and I responded with ‘I’m a nutrition coach’, they replied that they ‘would only take nutrition advice from someone who is 100lbs and 10% body fat.’ ⁣⁣
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As much as those comments stung, by some miracle even with my then very low self-esteem, I didn’t let them stop me. ⁣⁣
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Maybe it was stubbornness of wanting to prove them wrong. ⁣⁣
Maybe it was the passion I had for genuinely wanting to help people. ⁣⁣
Maybe it was the fact that I had been in the exact spot of the clients I wanted to help. ⁣⁣
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But something inside me knew that I was capable and I decided to work for it. ⁣⁣
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I think back to those two comments a lot and realize just how much they taught me. ⁣⁣
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I quickly learned to never let someone else decide what I was or wasn’t capable of. ⁣⁣
I taught myself that “Looking the Part” means nothing… ⁣⁣
and that having the heart, hustle, knowledge, & belief is everything. ⁣⁣
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Please never let fear of judgement or failure hold you back. ⁣⁣
You are FOREVER more than enough. ⁣⁣

What things are you letting fear and judgement hold you back on? ⁣

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🌻 10 Things I’ve Learned in the Last 10 Years ⁣🌻

1️⃣If you never address your mindset, no amount of change to your external appearance will create happiness. ⁣
2️⃣Comparison is the thief of everything. The less you do it, the happier you’ll be. ⁣
3️⃣Fitness is an amazing form of therapy and should never be used as a way to “punish” yourself for what you ate. ⁣
4️⃣My relationship with food and my body will forever be a work in progress, and that is okay. ⁣
5️⃣Perfection doesn’t exist. The less time you spend chasing it, the better. ⁣
6️⃣You can be a strong person and still struggle with anxiety and depression. ⁣
7️⃣Ditch. The. Timeline. ⁣
8️⃣It is equally as important to take care of your mental health, as it is your physical health. ⁣
9️⃣As you get older, you will care a whole lot less about what people think about you. ⁣
🔟The things you struggle with now, have the potential to teach you the biggest lessons and become your biggest strengths. ⁣

Here’s to another decade of failures, mistakes, lessons & learning that GROWTH & TIME can be a very beautiful thing. ⁣💫

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