How To Start Being Healthy

Starting the journey to being healthy is scary and daunting. It’s overwhelming figuring out which machine to use, what class to take, what foods to eat. It’s scary finding a space where you belong.

Here’s the good news: everyone has to start somewhere.  Even the fitness gurus making millions of dollars selling you a lifestyle, a workout, a protein shake.

I remember the first time I went to a spin class…I was too afraid to ask my teacher how to use those crazy ass shoes so I ended up riding the entire hour with my spin shoes not clipped in while trying to figure out how to stay upright. It was demoralizing to say the least; but I kept showing up determined to figure out what the hell I was doing.

That’s why I decided to start this blog because I remember being new to this whole fitness thing and how scary it was. Hell, it’s STILL scary taking a class I’ve never done before and I teach fitness!

My goal is to create a space where, no matter where you are in your journey, you will have the support to ask questions and the space so you can show up in whatever form you can or want to.

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As a Pilates instructor/fitness trainer that has been teaching for over 10 years, I’ve had the privilege of teaching thousands of different types of body types how to move.  I’ve celebrated numerous planks, push ups, and squats with people who never ever thought they could plank, push up, or squat.

 

I’ve noticed something over the last 10 years. It doesn’t matter what type of class I teach or who I am teaching, I always receive the same type questions from clients:

What is the best way to lose weight?

How do I be healthy? 

How do I get fit when I’ve never done this before?

Usually these questions are filled with shame. Shame that they haven’t worked out in years. Shame that they have to do a modification. Shame that they are “overweight.”

(I hate that word FYI but more on that later.)

Shame has somehow crept into spaces where movement happens and my goal as a fitness and health professional is to take that shame away.  I don’t know who needs to hear this but you deserve to exist in space where movement happens. 

Your size, ability, shape, and experience do not matter. You deserve to be here.

Here’s the thing I’ve learned the last 10 years: there is no magic pill, there is no one exercise that works for ALL bodies, there is no one diet that ALL of us should follow.

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Well, crap. If the above is true, then what does work? Small steps. Trial and error. Compassion. Kindness. Vulnerability. Courage.

Here’s the deal: most of us aren’t born being fit, including your favorite workout “guru.”

Those of us who teach fitness or nutrition somehow found a movement/program we love through a series of choices and small steps.  We figured out what works for us by having the courage to show up and keep showing up: even if it was uncomfortable and scary.

I am included in this group: I failed physical education, never played sports growing up, was picked last for any athletic activities, and hated to get sweaty.

Until one day,  when I walked into a spin class and discovered that I liked working out! And moving! And my life changed! Eventually, I got up the courage to ask where my shoes should go.

Real talk: it took me 24 years to figure that out.

The truth is being healthy doesn’t happen with a bang.

Being healthy happens with a whimper.

It’s comprised of tiny little choices that add up to a big impact: taking the stairs, drinking more water, eating some damn veggies.

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Fitness isn’t a zero sum game and being healthy lives in the grey area of balance.

So, is there a magic bullet? No.

Which kinda sucks because that answer means being fit and healthy takes time, doesn’t happen over night, and can be hard.  So, basically, the antithesis of everything valued in society today.

Everyone, including me, wanting to be healthy be like…

To make it even harder: being “fit” is different for different people. What works for one person, doesn’t work the next. Due to that, finding your fit can be discouraging.

That’s why this blog exists: to help support you in journey. To give you the tools to try different things to find out what works for you. To create a community of people who are showing up every day and trying their best.

Remember: You are not alone in trying to figure out how to do the damn thing.

Small steps aren’t sexy, I get it. This isn’t the space to talk about how to lose 20 pounds. or how to fit in a size zero because, for most of us, that isn’t attainable. This is the space to find acceptance with yourself and others so you can learn to appreciate what your body is capable of.

My philosophy is simple: once you accept your body and appreciate what it does for you the rest will follow.

How do you start being healthy?

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I promise you that small steps lead to big changes. Small steps lead to sustainable changes. Small steps lead you to where you want to go and will help keep you there.

Start with small steps and eventually you will find that you have run a mile.

 

Every day,  we make choices.  I’m not saying it’s going to be easy.   A lot of times, it’s two steps forward, one step back. But we keep trying and moving forward and doing our best. That’s all we can ask of ourselves.

If we keep moving forward with small steps, I promise you will find the healthy changes you are looking for.

Welcome to the moveMNt Community. We are so glad you here.

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