What Step Will You Take

One of the first things I like to discuss with clients is their motivation behind dieting. Most the time, the answer is somewhere between diet culture mindsets and body image issues. For me, it was a little bit of both. I was not happy with the way my body looked, so I followed the rules put forth by diet culture in order to change it. Thanks to all of the diet trends out there, I thought certain foods would make me fat and I tried to avoid these “bad” foods at all costs. I restricted my food intake and over-exercised my body because I thought I would find true happiness in being a certain size.

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Why I Exercise

Yesterday, I started getting back into the habit of working out in the morning. I recently moved into an apartment building that has a gym on the main floor and I am so pumped! The fact that I can roll out of bed and walk downstairs to the gym has helped me to stay motivated. When I headed down on Monday morning, I did not have much of a plan. I knew I wanted to get in a quick warm up on the treadmill and do a few dumbbell exercises, but I did not have a rigid routine in my head. Let me tell you, it felt really good to be able to head to the gym without obsessing over this.

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What Do You Appreciate About Your Body?

I used to hate everything about my body and wanted desperately for it to be “perfect”. I wished that my dieting and exercising would get me that “perfect” body, but it never did. There is no perfect body and we need to stop wishing for a different body.

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The Body I've Always Wanted

I remember a few years ago when I was using at-home DVD workouts, there was a trainer who literally told us that we need to work hard for the body we’ve always wanted. At the time, I was like “YES! I want that super toned body and I am going to work hard to get there”. Looking back, I wish my younger self would’ve known that getting the body I thought I always wanted would not make me happy.

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Why I Skipped My Workout

I just got back from my trip to the mountains and I’m already missing it!  It was so nice to get away from reality for a long weekend and enjoy days of hiking and nights of eating delicious food.  We did some great hikes but most of them were (obviously) very steep.  My legs were so sore this morning, and I decided to cancel the cardio & lifting class I had put on my calendar last week.

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