The problem with most fitness & health programs isn’t whether or not participating in a given program will actually produce results. We live in a day and age where there is no shortage of effective fitness programs out there. So why don’t we all have bodies that we love? Why don’t we all feel awesome all the time? The thing is, we will only see results and benefits while we follow said program; And only if we actually follow it. The reality is that, be it modern life or another first world problem, we struggle to sustain a diet or a rigid fitness plan. We can’t live in a fitness bubble where our whole life revolves around “getting into shape”. And we shouldn’t. Doesn’t that sound exhausting and isolating?
What we actually need (as actual human beings) are skills and tools to live a healthy life, connected to our bodies whether we are 8 months pregnant, traveling around the world, in a hectic season at work, or in our regular day to day. On top of that, if we don’t recognize the deeper mental and emotional reasons for why we put what we put in our bodies, what we believe we are capable of, and what our goals actually are, much of our energy will be wasted going through the ups and downs as we cycle through the same patterns over and over. Why? Because our mental and physical worlds are so deeply linked. Our goal may be physical, but getting there is an inside job. We’ve all got stuff. Broken hearts, anxiety, trauma, stress, exhaustion, and everything that goes with it. If we ignore the internal stuff, not only will we continuing cycling, but we’ll miss out on the mental and emotional benefits of physical challenge & change.
In other words, we can use “fitness and diet” to perpetuate and reinforce an unhealthy relationship with our body, food, movement, and the world around us through punishment, keeping score, measuring, using food to cope and ignoring signals from our body; that ultimately leads to total disconnection, exhaustion, or neglect. Or we can use movement and nourishment as tools to foster a healthy relationship with our body, where we enjoy the food that we eat and enjoy the therapy and catharsis of physical work; All of this in a way that relies on our individual connection to our own body and our internal awareness, freeing ourselves from the external pressure and mixed messages from the world around us.
To do this, there are three main factors I want you to start internalizing. First is how we see and feel about our body, exercise, and eating. This means creating a healthy relationship with our body, movement, and food. The second factor is how we set ourselves up for success. This includes how we set our goals, whether we set goals that fit our life and the strategy and preparation that goes into being successful. And the third factor is how we respond to life, our personal wellness failures, and hardship. Most of us gain weight and stop prioritizing self care in response to life events. So as life changes, how do we adapt?
If you break down why you want to fit into a certain size, look a certain way, lose the baby weight etc. - if you peel away the layers, I bet it comes down to a feeling. I bet there is a very specific feeling attached to reaching your goal. What feeling will reaching your goal give you? Will you feel confidant? Like yourself again? Beautiful? Worthy? The truth is, what you’re waiting to feel may be available now if you just give yourself permission. What if you decided to give yourself permission to feel beautiful now? What if you started believing you are capable now? What if you stop holding out on letting yourself feel good?
This course will help you get to work on that feeling that you want to have (both granting yourself permission and the physical change). We’re going to get to work on having a body that you love. And we’re going to start from the inside. Most likely your goals need some tweaking, your approach probably needs an overhaul, and your mindset may need a reset in order to see and experience the shift you’re wanting. We’re going to talk about how you’re going about living that healthy life and dig up all the stuff that is making the process feel harder than it needs to be.
I always find it so interesting how many very specific questions I get about exactly what I eat and exactly what I do for my workouts. I think people are surprised and maybe even a little disappointed by how relaxed and loose my routine sounds when I say it out loud. I have, over time, gotten to a place where I am consistent AND flexible; because I have a strong connection to my body. I know what makes me feel good and what doesn’t. And I have a very clear why. My goal for you is to get you to stop obsessing about or being overwhelmed by the what so you can intuitively move forward with a better how and a clearer why.