How do YOU feel about your body?

The majority of my clients are women.  All of them are interesting, incredible people with diverse backgrounds.  But there is a common theme that shows up with all the women I work with.  They are all very hard on themselves and their body image.  When I look at these women I don’t see the flaws that they continue to point out.  I see them for the amazing people that they are.  Their bodies have taken them to incredible places and provided the start of their children’s lives. My mission as a trainer is to provide them with the means to focus on health and fitness. Because that comes in all shapes and sizes.  I find it so hard knowing that our society has turned many women against their bodies.

As a former figure skater, I know what it is like to be judged on how you look.  I used to skate in a touring show where all the skaters were weighed on a weekly basis to make sure everyone looked “good” in their costumes.  We were expected to stay in our particular weight range and if we didn’t we were fined.  Hard to believe this practice existed!!!  This set most of the skaters up for disaster trying to constantly keep weight down when we were on the road all the time with not a lot of healthy food options provided.  This is when I really tuned into lifting weights as a way to keep my metabolism in check and maintain a consistent body weight for me.  As the tour went on I saw my skater friends become increasingly unhappy over what was happening to their body image.

I just wish that women could cut themselves some slack.  Life is busy and it’s not always easy to stay on track with eating right and exercising consistently.  But for goodness sake don’t make it worse by beating yourself up.  I have even heard women who are in top shape put down their body.  Let’s celebrate what our unique bodies are capable of doing instead of pointing out what they can’t.  Health and longevity should be the main priority.

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Shape up for your Wedding

I have weddings on my mind lately mostly because I’m getting married in 50 days (us brides know the countdown!)  But I would like to direct this to both brides AND grooms. We all want to look our best on our wedding day. That’s why it’s so important to keep up your exercise routine even though there are many wedding details to attend to.  It’s a wonderful event to look forward to but at the same time there is an element of stress that comes along with the planning process. Not to mention family politics! Hopefully some time out to exercise helps you get rid of that stress.

Starting or maintaining an exercise routine should be on your list of wedding “to dos”. Even better, finding time to work out as a couple helps you both get those feel good endorphins happening. Besides it’s a great habit to have in your relationship with your partner. And hopefully that way there will be less “in sickness” and more “in health” in your lives together. 

I can’t think of a better wedding gift to give the love of your life. I want my husband to stick around in my life for a very long time. So I will always find ways to keep us both healthy so we can enjoy all of life’s adventures together for as long as we can.

Sweat for the wedding for sure but just make sure you maintain that into married life. If you are new to working out then you might want to enlist the help of a trainer to keep you motivated and on track.  And if you are looking to lose some weight prior to your nuptials then consider starting 6 months to a year before your special day. Eat healthy food and cut out alcohol a few months before to really get the results you want. I know it’s always hard to find the time for exercise but if you can incorporate interval training into your routine you will get an effective workout in a shorter amount of time. You will rock your wedding attire AND your bathing suit on your honeymoon! Cheers to healthier ever after 🙂

pat and lisa