I had a lady date to see Wonder Woman last night, and I loved every minute of it. But while watching the movie I kept thinking to myself, I wish Wonder Woman looked more like Serena Williams. I felt like any person who was strong enough to ward off bullets with her forearms, jump to the top floor of buildings, and punch through walls, should at least have some muscle mass, and let’s be real, Gal Gadot ain’t doing any powerlifting.
I can’t think of a single vacation, trip, performance, or event since I was 15 that I hadn’t felt the pressure to lose weight beforehand. There have been so many instances where I told myself I needed to get “Bikini Ready” so that I could fully enjoy the experience I was planning on having. The focus is often on how we think we should look to impress other people. Finally, I was participating in an event that not only didn’t ask me to look perfect, but actually encouraged me to be comfortable baring it all with the body I have.
Amy works really hard at encouraging her dance students to feel great about their bodies, which is the opposite of what a lot of the world is putting out there. “There’s a lot of industries that make a lot of money making women feel ashamed about their bodies.”
I suddenly had a flash of all the events that I didn’t take pictures at, because I was in my bathing suit, and I didn’t want a picture of myself; so many days and great moments and memories to be grateful for that I have no documentation of because I was so worried what people would think if they saw me in my bikini.
Altering your regular social life to suit your fitness goals, while definitely a first world problem, is still a real concern of many of my clients.
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You accidentally married a man who thinks cookies are a food group. You’re dating a woman who has the metabolism of a 13 year old boy. You fell in love with a distance runner whose meal times look more like a vacuum cleaning up a kitchen table. You start to pine for the glory days when you were single and could eat and workout whenever you wanted. There IS a solution for you.
I was shoveling cookies in my mouth in between sips of wine after just attending a health and fitness conference, when it occurred to me that I wasn’t very happy.
Anxiety always feels like I have a wild animal stuck inside my skull. When it becomes restless, it scratches its claws alongside the inside of my head, over and over and over.