Today isn’t one of my usual posts where I share a gym technique or personal trainer tip. Instead, I want to share something a little different and a lot more personal.
This video is of me zip lining last week in Costa Rica. I had an amazing time and was so proud of myself for conquering a fear. Meanwhile in the United States, a stranger decided to leave several negative comments on my page regarding my physique. What she had to say was so hateful and completely against what I stand for as a health and fitness professional. So today, I want to respond – not by calling her out, but by spreading positivity around body image.
There is so much pressure to look a certain way. I know my body is not perfect, but why does it have to be? And what exactly IS a perfect body anyway? For years I battled with an eating disorder because my body is naturally curvy and according to society’s standards, a PERFECT body is skinny. Today, with the rise of social media and filters and photoshop, the standards seem even more unrealistic and harmful. It’s important for us all to know and realize that NO BODY is perfect! What’s important is we love ourselves and consistently strive to be the best version of ourselves we can be.
My fitness blog has allowed me to educate and motivate friends and fitness enthusiasts who don’t live near me. It also helps me connect with my clients and keep them going while I take more time for myself, travel the world, and live my best life. I consistently work to build content I am proud of, and lead others by living a healthy lifestyle.
For those of you out there watching my videos and judging me for having cellulite and belly fat, I hope you can see that no one is perfect… and every body is beautiful. In fact, what I believe is truly beautiful is being kind to one another and spreading positive energy.
Today, I am reminded of how brave I truly am for putting my authentic, imperfect self in front of the world each day. And no matter what size or shape my body takes on throughout my journey, I am proud of who I am and what I have accomplished.
I encourage you all to look for beauty not in the mirror, but in your heart and the hearts of the people you love. Because the world needs more of us being beautiful and brave.