you can sound confident & have anxiety.
you can look healthy but feel like crap.
you can look happy & be miserable inside.
you can be good looking & feel ugly.
So be kind, because every person is fighting a battle you know nothing about. 💛
I saw a post the other reminding everyone that you still deserve to eat even if you’re not working out today.
To some that may sound obvious, but to me 6 years ago, that would have spoke volumes.
My rest day would TERRIFY me.
And truth is, for years I felt like I didn’t DESERVE to eat because I was so unhappy in my skin.
I would diet.
Cut out food groups.
Count calories religiously.
Work out harder the more I ate.
And do EVERYTHING I could to ignore my normal hunger cues.
Then I would get HANGRY. Give up. Overeat. And diet started again on Monday.
I trapped myself in that cycle for years.
Then I slowly started to shift my mindset.
I stopped ignoring my hunger. I started fueling my body. I ate more and lost weight.
You can break the cycle too.
Your body deserves fuel.
Please feed it. 🙏
Do you use food to cope with emotions? 🍩🍪🍕
For years I would use food as a crutch for stress, distraction for anxiety, or reward when things went well.
And the first thing I thought about when I got frustrated with my lack of progress the other day was that I might as well give up with nutrition and eat whatever I wanted.
But then I reminded myself…
The one thing I wanted to reach for for comfort was the exact thing that would make me even more frustrated, even more disappointed, even sadder, anxious, and stressed.
And now I see it happen all the time with my clients too.
They have a bad day at work and hit the drive through.
They aren’t making progress as quick as they’d like so they take two steps backward and “cheat”.
They focus on everything they “shouldn’t” have and consume it all, in hopes of starting “fresh” on Monday.
But here’s the positive to all of this. If you’re nodding your head in agreement and struggle with the same thing, you’re one step ahead.
It is 100% within your power to CHANGE up your coping mechanisms. It’s time to start replacing your not so great habit with a better one. Recognize that each decision you make has the power to take you one step CLOSER or FURTHER away from the best version of you.
Recognize the behavior.
And CHANGE it.
Forever a work in progress on this one. Who’s with me?
I’ll never forget the picture on the left. It was Easter, and the very first holiday I tackled on my new weight loss journey.
After years of struggling with weight gain, lack of confidence, and trying ALL the diets, something finally clicked.
I learned to control my portions and how much of what foods I needed to see progress.
I remember being TERRIFIED that I would fail at yet another diet.
I remember feeling GUILT for eating a few foods off of my plan.
I remember that feeling of finally having HOPE that I could actually make this happen.
It wasn’t easy.
It took time.
It took learning and FAILING a lot.
Between these two pictures is a little over 10 years.
10 years of getting to a very unhealthy low weight.
10 years of gaining back all the weight I lost.
10 years of stressing and obsessing over food, then finally learning balance.
10 years of tackling mindset, body image, and ALL the things that were really holding me back from peace with my body.
But I am so very grateful for all of it.
Be thankful for your struggles, they may turn out to be your biggest strengths. 💛
Someone asked me the other day if I was still doing online fitness coaching and it made me realize I maybe haven’t been sharing as much about how much this opportunity has done for me.
Reality is, last year after tackling mega depression and anxiety, I realized just how much I needed to be around people to thrive.
I started to incorporate more corporate fitness, teaching classes, and in person nutrition coaching and it made a world of difference.
But one thing that isn’t going anywhere is my online business.
It honestly gave me the two biggest blessings when I needed them the most.
Before coaching I was one of the most insecure people you would ever meet. I hated my how I looked, doubted myself constantly, and had a teeny tiny circle of friends.
When I started my business I truthfully believed I was a lost cause but had such a deep passion for helping other women not struggle like I had. I wanted to give them a community, I wanted to build up their confidence.
In turn, the one thing I never thought would happen, did.
I found my own confidence.
I found my own strength.
I found the most amazing community of people and met some of my closest friends.
I will be forever grateful for the one thing to truly teach me that I am ENOUGH and will FOREVER make it my mission to spread it to as many ladies as I can.
You can always join us too. 💛