My name is Emily. In summer 2014 I decided to make the drastic decision to leave my corporate marketing job to pursue a career in fitness. I began by getting my National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Personal Training Certification. This decision was not impulsive, becoming a voice in the health and fitness industry has been a long-time dream of mine.
Since a very young age I have been fascinated with health and fitness. Unfortunately, it began with a very unhealthy view of food, weight, and body image. I remember being 13 years old, in the 7th grade, and was alarmed when I noticed how my stomach stuck out from my tube top in a photo. All the other girls in the photo still had stick-thin bodies that hadn’t matured nearly as much as mine. You could say I was an “early bloomer” to put it simply. In no way was I actually overweight or would even be considered chubby, but I misunderstood the attention on my growing chest or my developing hips. Plus, the 3+ hours daily I spent looking in full-length mirrors at dance rehearsals didn’t help.
The early ages of online search engines made it easy for a young teenager to find how to restrict calories and lose weight, and that is exactly what I did. The weight came off fast once I learned how to calculate calories, an unfortunate discovery that would result in years of calorie counting and restricting. And, something I still struggle with on occasion. 1500 calories per day turned into 1200 which dwindled down near 1000. I was miserable, I didn’t have the energy for my now 5+ hours of dance rehearsal 5 – 6 times per week and I distanced myself from social situations.
After nearly a decade of dieting and trying to attain an unrealistic body for my natural-born shape, I knew something needed to change. I stopped the obsessive counting and restricting and decided to concentrate on building lean muscle, increasing my metabolism, and falling in love with my body. I still work on establishing a positive relationship with food and my body image everyday. I’m not perfect but I am definitely lightyears away from the obsessive counting, binging, and restricting I practiced throughout high school and college. Do I slip up sometimes? Of course, I’m human!
Today, fitness has helped me find balance, self-confidence, and strength (both physically and mentally!). And I want to give all of you this gift as well! I want to dedicate my life to helping others dealing with any sort of self-hate or dissatisfaction find health and happiness.
There are plenty of blogs, articles, books, and celebrities out there that will tell you how to tone up, cleanse, or lose weight. However, it all sends the same message – you are not good enough. That’s what Life in Spandex is here to change! I am here prepared to yell it, loudly, until you fully understand – you are beautiful, you are strong, and you are perfectly imperfect! I am not here to tell you you should fit any sort of mold. Fitness and health are not a one size fits all journey! You do not need to look a certain way to be considered beautiful. What this blog will do is help you feel your best every day by giving you all my easy (and free!) recipes that will help fuel your body for my fun and challenging workouts. This combination will leave you feeling energized, looking your best (you’ll be amazed at how your skin will glow!), and loving yourself more than you could’ve imagined. Want to take your fitness journey up a notch? Sign up for my online, customized, one-on-one workout plans and nutrition guidelines!
So how can you reach this level of self-love? What if I told you that by accepting and giving gratitude to your body as it is right now it will not only help you build muscle, lean out, enjoy the food you eat without guilt, and have more fun every day, but the results will actually come on even quicker? Sounds like a gimic, right? As I share my story on this blog, you will see that it’s not.
I have had my own struggles with body image and self-love (and still do! Especially during every woman’s favorite time of the month 😉 ), but these trials have lead me to be a stronger, more resilient woman. They have also taught me that you must love yourself now as you are if you are ever to get fit, lose weight, change careers, or find romantic love. Otherwise, you may not recognize the good when it does happen!
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Health and happiness,
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