Me. Also me.

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Me. Also me. Seconds apart.

First thing I want to preface is BODY IMAGE issues affect all shapes, sizes, height, gender, etc. I’ve had people message me and say “you don’t know what it’s like or how it feels to be overweight and struggle with that”. No but struggle is struggle. Human is human. I do know what it’s like to struggle with my own body issues. Instead of belittling someone try keeping an open mind that they may be struggling in a different way but it’s a struggle nonetheless.

You know those warnings on the car mirrors. Objects in mirror are closer than they appear. Keep a warning in mind — images on social media may be different than in reality. EVERYTHING ON social media is NOT reality.

For me as a kid it was those bodies featured on magazine covers, tv, billboards etc. TODAY it’s so much more saturated with social media platforms.I cringe at the competition and expectation the younger generation have put upon themselves with these “idea and ideals”. I’ve found MYSELF many times letting the thought cross my mind of not being good enough PLENTY of times JUST FROM a social media image. For me. Years ago it lead to body image issues and insecurities I struggled with. Now I’ve learned to push it out as fast as it comes in (sometimes it takes more time and effort — that’s human nature — but your mind is a powerful tool and you can overcome those thoughts).

Soooo remember. A lot of social media is a highlight reel and it isn’t real —>Perfection isn’t 24/7. There are all of those false perfection techniques —> Filters. Angles. Lighting. Hold you breath. Exhale all the way. Etc etc.

My goal is to keep it real. You won’t see me putting on makeup or doing my hair to just post a photo of myself here. Heck. Half the time I forget to look at myself before I leave the house to only discover an hour later what I hot mess I look like. #lovemeforme you get the real deal 😆

My goal is to share and reach my tribe of people. The glitz and glam and perfection on the gram truthfully can make ME more discouraged and self conscious SO I try to post tried and true shares of the real me. Living more transparent. My posts and messages are done with thought and hopes to reach someone that can relate to what I’m sharing, feel like they can believe and trust me to help them on whatever journey we are on.

I’m a postpartum Momma here (#10monthspostpartum) on her #postpartumjourney. No rush. No stress to be a certain #. Just along for the ride. Honoring my body. A complete 180 in mental shift than my first time postpartum 5yrs ago. I am welcoming progress as it comes VS getting upset that it’s *not here* yet…in time it will be (goal anyway is #strongnotskinny). So here I am. Seconds apart. Relaxed vs flexed. Many may have just posted the flexed image….but I’m sharing my baby pooch pride.

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I am 35 yrs. old -a Wife and Mother to a Beautiful Boy and my Rainbow Baby Girl. I am a dance and fitness instructor. I own a fitness studio where I offer a variety of fitness classes in the evenings. I recently have become a FULL TIME Fitness Coach after 3+ years of working as a Day Care Assistant after having my Son and leaving my Emotionally Taxing Case Management Position. Fitness is my passion! I love to work out on my own AND with others! Throughout my both of my pregnancies I continued to work out on my own and with Beachbody programs, live my dream of being a work from home mom (for most of the day), and teach at my studio (and other locations) in the evening. After the birth of my son I have worked hard to get my pre-preg. body back. Shaun T's T25 was initial program and then Tony's P90X3 BOTH which I loved the short affective times because with having a newborn baby that was EXACTLY what I needed. I know and understand the self discipline it takes to achieve your desired goals and I am still on that path and have my struggles as everyone else does! I love to offer my support to my clientele with group fitness classes I offer in my community and I feel we work as a team all together to HELP each other. I LOVE offering my support via the web too as I REACH other people that I can't physically see. IT IS AMAZINGLY rewarding and I can't imagine NOT doing what I do! Im currently on my postpartum journey once again and so GRATEFUL and BLESSED to live this healthy lifestyle, lead by example for my family, and support others on their journey too!

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