2017: Love Your Body

2017 – new year, new you!

I hope everyone’s new year is off to a great start. This time of year can be so motivating for lots of people. New Year’s resolutions are under way, many of which involve wanting to improve health and wellness habits. I am 100% on board but want to kick off this year with a post to help you rethink your resolutions. I hope this post brings some positive thoughts and helps you shift your mindset as you take on your fitness and wellness goals this year.

a key takeaway before we start – do not be too hard on yourself, do the best you can, celebrate small successes and always love yourself.

okay now lets get into it…

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Whether you are looking to lose weight, gain weight, or get more toned – most women struggle with body image…

Some of you might not realize this, but it is basically unavoidable in the society we live in these days.

Our phones, computers and TVs are inundated with unrealistic expectations, but that’s not the only source of your self-criticism. So many girls and women are talking about their bodies – all the time! Women talk about the way they want to look whether its big changes or small OR they are talking about the food they should or shouldn’t eat. I swear if you make a point to listen around you, you will be shocked at how often these types of conversations are occurring!

Okay so let me pause and add some real talk for a minute –

I vividly remember being a senior in high school when a girl sitting next to me in class started talking about how her thighs were touching and how she wished they didn’t. This was the exact moment in my life I really started to become aware of my body image. Not once before this comment had I ever thought about it or critiqued it for that matter. But after that moment everything changed…

I suffered from body image anxiety which led to restrictive eating and a lot of stress and emphasis placed on food. This lifestyle occurred on and off during and after my college years. It started with wanting to lose a little of my freshman fifteen and quickly turned into an obsession. Without even realizing my life spiraled in a direction I did not want it to. I constantly thought about everything I ate, how many miles I was going to run each day, and whether or not I should go out to eat with my friends because of course that would mean more food and drinks (aka calories)..

Thankfully since then, I have come a long way and my body has changed into something much healthier. Now my body is capable of doing SO much more. Now I have the stamina to run 10 miles, do sled pushes, and simply have enough energy to get through a day; all things that were not possible in those cloudy days.

So how do we change this environment?

We need to change the way we talk out loud and the things we share; especially on social media. Women should be talking about the powerful things their bodies are capable of, the amazing milestones they experience in their careers, and the priceless connections they make from networking and branding themselves. Enough with the daily ab photos in my Instagram feed and bring on the group photos at spin class and laughter with friends over coffee.

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If you are interested in learning more about shifting your body image mindset, setting realistic health goals, and feeling overall healthier & happier, contact me!

Food Guilt

“Ughhh why did I eat that second cookie last night?”

                           “Did I really need that bread before dinner?”

It is safe to say just about everyone has these types of thoughts all the time – I call it food guilt. Food guilt occurs year round but definitely heightens during the holiday season. There are SO many parties and gatherings filled with all types of foods (usually not the healthiest options) and plenty of cocktails.

So how do you avoid food guilt?

Unfortunately, this feeling is very hard to avoid and takes a long time to master, but luckily for you, there are better ways to deal with it…

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How you deal with food guilt will be what defines you during this season, because truthfully, when we try to put too much control over food, it usually causes a spiral in the wrong direction. Putting such emphasis and control over food takes the pleasure out of eating and who wants that?! You want to truly enjoy every bite.

As a health coach, I work to help others create sustainable healthy lifestyles. I don’t believe in diets or calorie counting. I believe everyone has to live a balanced life. I believe in the concept of the 90/10 or 80/20 rule. Therefore, I believe you should indulge around the holidays – I mean, you don’t get your Grandma’s pie just every day!

In order to tackle food guilt you need to tune into your body. Learning to listen to your body is the greatest tool you can use…

Okay, so you listen to your body the next morning and you hear those negative thoughts, what do you do?

Think about the positives – seriously, take a minute to take a deep breath and maybe even write it down! Did you spend quality time with people you care about? Did the cookies or pie taste amazing? I dare you to think of two positives. Today is a new day – learn something from how you felt. Maybe you did overeat and physically did not feel good, so next time, remember that ‘not so good’ feeling as you approach the dessert bar for a second time. Did you enjoy the first cookie? Yes.. Do you need the second? Maybe not…

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When are you done reflecting, move on. Do something for YOU and get back into the game. Maybe for you that is a workout, a healthy meal, or a good time with friends and family…

Always remember one night isn’t going to kill you so be kind to yourself.

 

If you are interested in learning more about tackling food guilt or want to hear more about my coaching packages, contact me, I would LOVE to hear from you!

 

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Movemeant Foundation Ambassador

 

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It’s an absolute honor to announce that I have been selected as one of just a handful of Movemeant Foundation Ambassadors, where together, we’ll be combatting a host of social issues that plague girls today – everything from rising rates of physical inactivity to an unrealistic standard of beauty.  As this issue is near and dear to my heart and own personal experience; I am so excited to join forces with this amazing organization to show girls how to love their bodies by empowering them through health and fitness!

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Some of the hard facts:

Negative body image and physical inactivity have grown to near epidemic proportions in the past 20 years. As many as 60% of women in national studies report that they don’t like the way their bodies look.  And there’s been a dramatic 32% increase in no reported physical activity among young women ages 18 – 39.

  • 31% of high school girls say they would undergo surgery because they feel insecure about how they look
  • Less than 3 in 10 high school students get 60 minutes of daily physical exercise
  • 44% of teens indicated that they regularly skip meals as a tactic for controlling their weight
  • 65% of teenage girls admit they are afraid of gaining weight

These facts are somewhat startling but there is hope through organizations like Movemeant Foundation that help change the way & create a brighter outlook for girls and women!

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Stay tuned on some great events that I will be hosting in order to raise awareness and help change the way girls look and think about their bodies!

If you want more information and would like to get involved in my events please email me, I would absolutely love to collaborate!

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Be Rebellious & Love Yourself

Over this past weekend I spent some time catching up on my some of my favorite health bloggers sites. My favorite, and one of my biggest role models in this industry, Elise of Kale & Chocolate, had posted an article that really hit home for me and I wanted to share with all of you; especially during this holiday season. The article is all about embracing your flaws and loving yourself. Below is an excerpt of the article;

“A few days ago, I had just come in from a run and was doing my early morning stretch-and-Instagram scroll when I came across this startling image on my friend Sarah’s Instagram page. In it, you see a young woman on a train. She’s staring into the middle distance and on the wall next to her is a flyer that reads, “In a society that profits from your self-doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act.” While I’ve never thought about it in those terms, I was taken aback by the truth in this statement. I’m a recovering perfectionist and over-thinker. I know what it is to doubt my choices, my habits, and myself. I’m very familiar with that tough inner critic. So the thought of standing up and saying “I like myself” feels terrifying and, yes, a little rebellious.”

– See more at: http://kaleandchocolate.com/the-truth-about-liking-yourself-why-it-matters/#sthash.tuaPQdj4.dpuf

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Elise continues the article by being “rebellious” and sharing with her readers a few of what she believes are her strong strengths and encourages her readers to do the same. I am very passionate about the topic of self-love and today I am going to share a few of mine below:

  1. Dedicated: I am very loyal and caring to those in my life that are close to me; family and friends.
  2. Creature of Habit: I like routines, schedules and planning. This keeps me on track, organized and feeling my best.
  3. Amateur Chef: I love cooking and experimenting with recipes in order to make them my own. I love fresh food and sharing my creations with family and friends.
  4. Adult Athlete: I consider myself in good shape and fit. I am fortunate to be able to try any class without fear of failure or discouragement.

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I would love to hear from all of you! Comment below with one of your favorite traits or share this post on your Facebook page and add your favorite trait in the posting and start a revolution of self-love this holiday season!