*Brooks Running sent me free running gear in exchange for writing this blog post and hosting this give-a-way. However, all opinions and statements are my own. I truly love this brand! Jane did not receive any free gear. I want to start by giving a HUGE congrats to my client Jane! She is competing in the Napa Valley Marathon next weekend with the hope of qualifying for the Boston Marathon! I have no doubt she'll make it. Her dedication to her 14-week prep is inspiring. There were definitely days where she came into the gym exhausted and sore from long-runs and very early mornings (all while juggling her demanding schedule and responsibilities as a high-school teacher). However, she always pushed through.
You guys. I am seriously blown away by your growth and commitment to the Love Your Body series! I get a little choked up just thinking about how many of you have really put in the effort this past week to love the skin you're in. You have no idea what it means to me when you tell me that MY words are inspiring you. Just like any human being, there are days when I doubt myself. I am constantly analyzing the content I put out on Life in Spandex. I wonder if people resonate with my message, if it matters to them, if they are getting anything out of my content. The feedback I've gotten over the past seven days
In my experience, there's no better feeling than making another person feel good about themselves. Helping someone smile a little bigger, stand a little taller, laugh a little harder, and find a little more confidence in themselves is an instantaneous way to share love and empowerment. I mean, that's why I became a personal trainer and started this blog in the first place! Today, I want you to look outside of yourself. Sometimes the easiest way to feel good about our bodies is to take the concentration off of our own progress and give back to others. Give at least one other person (either on this blog or in person) a direct compliment or even just a smile today. This person can be a
It's only coincidence that I'm watching Sex and the City reruns while writing this post. Do any of you remember the episode where Samantha talks about getting breast implants? Well, when Samantha starts to tell Carrie and Charlotte why she wants them, she says, "As you know I've always loved my body just the way it is. My legs are fantastic. I have killer abs. My a$$ is perfection." If only she stopped there!! It's so easy for us to look at ourselves and see what we don't like. Even though she loved her body as a whole, she got temporarily caught up in the idea of having bigger boobs. We laugh at this because we know it's ridiculous. I
For centuries, women have been told that their appearance determines their worth. Still today, we pay supermodels millions of dollars to portray "perfection." It's no wonder many of us deal with overall self-esteem issues stemmed from how we look or how much we weigh! When I was in college, I struggled with disordered eating and exercise. It got to a point where it was disrupting my day-to-day life. My whole day was focused on food (or not eating it) and exercise in a very unhealthy way. I decided a quick fix would be to find another hobby besides the gym and cooking. I truly love to workout and to eat healthy, but it got to a point where it consumed me. This is when I