Why Confidence Is So Important

Why Confidence Is So Important

Last weekend, I was reminded of how important it is to develop self-confidence. I was at a bar, wearing a trendy outfit (don’t worry, the trendy part was confirmed with one my fashionable girlfriends), and I noticed a few women staring at me and whispering. I don’t know if they loved or hated my outfit and quite frankly, I didn’t care. I spent a majority of my early 20’s lacking confidence in who I was and I’ll be damned if I let a few stares and comments change how far I’ve come.

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The Body I've Always Wanted

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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My Body Has Changed

My Body Has Changed

A week before my beach vacation, I found myself judging my body.  As my life and priorities change, so does my body - and I am learning how to be okay with that.  My body used to be stronger and more in shape when my schedule was lighter and even more so when I restricted food.  While I was going through this judgement cycle, a friend reached out to me to discuss the same exact issue.  She was also preparing for a beach vacation and did not feel good about her body.  We exchanged things we were struggling with and both agreed that we were being too hard on ourselves.  

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Numbers Don't Define You

Numbers Don't Define You

Recently, I was reminded of how much pressure I used to put on myself about weight.  I pressured myself to keep my weight under a certain number and celebrated when I was able to get there.  When I was at the doctor's office last week for a regular check-up, they had to record my weight.  Even though I do not weigh myself, I knew the general range of what was going to pop up on the scale.  When the number popped up, it was higher than that number I was talking about earlier - but I did not feel bad about it.  I felt good.

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Being Body Positive

Being Body Positive

It has been a busy few weeks over here and my usual workout routine has been put on the back burner.  When my weeks are not busy, I like to workout 3-4 times a week and this includes going to a spin class on Saturday morning.  Last Saturday and this Saturday, my day is taken up by family visits (yay!).  With that being said, I have been missing my usual spin classes and I've mentally had to tell myself that it is okay.

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Embracing My Body

Embracing My Body

In my most recent Instagram posts, I've been writing about areas of my body that I've learned to accept and embrace.  My mind used to be flooded with so many negative thoughts about my body.  Every time I looked in the mirror, I found something else to hate and I had a hard time believing that I was beautiful.

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