One of the main reasons I love training the prenatal population is because for most women, pregnancy is the first time they are looking at their bodies with admiration and amazement. As they should be, because conceiving, nurturing, and birthing a child is downright incredible!
Of course, there are many comments about size – but it’s often in humor as the belly that “couldn’t possibly get any bigger,” continues to grow, a sign of a healthy pregnancy.
Even when sleeplessness sets in and being uncomfortable is getting so old, the comments toward the body are never loathing. How could they be? This body carries your miracle baby!
It’s so refreshing when the conversation has switched to this awe-inspired, exciting time - away from the typical negative self-talk most women engage it. It’s a time when discussions of the female body center around what it can do, and how strong, beautiful, and divine it is - not just what it looks like.The sad part, is that this shift, for many women, only takes place for 9 months or so. Inevitably, the inner conversations return to negativity, comparisons, and the fight to lose.
I, however, refuse to give into this dialogue.
What does that mean? If you are looking for a trainer to beat your body into a certain pant size, I’m not the person for you. If you are looking for a trainer to help you lose 20 pounds in 2 months, I am not the person for you. If you are looking for a trainer who will push you to exercise 5 days a week, I am not the person for you. If you are looking for a trainer to give you a diet to follow, I am not the person for you.If you are looking for a trainer to focus only on the physical, I am not the person for you.
If you are looking to establish a healthy inner dialogue with yourself, gain strength – mentally, physically, and spiritually, create a healthy relationship with food, learn to heal on an emotional/mental level, workout in a safe and effective way AND work-in to promote a healthy mind, practice self-love, and feel better than you ever have… I am your person.
How do we get there?
Our thoughts hold the power to propel us forward into health or drag us down to illness. Starting with the inner dialogue is often quite difficult, though. We need a way in, almost like tricking the mind, and I have found that exercise is a pretty great way to shift into positive self-talk.I’m not talking about doing cardio until someone pukes. I’m talking about completing a workout that requires strength and endurance, so that afterwards you sit down and think “I just did that and I did it well.” Not because you had to, but because you wanted to.
When a woman feels physically strong and capable, the mentality begins to shift.
Sometimes, thanks to endorphins, it's almost instant. Exercise is the easiest access point because it's taking action, and in our society, action is more comfortable than sitting still. However, it doesn't end with exercise. This is where the desire to achieve whole, true health comes in. We must crave attaining a healthy relationship with all aspects of our being. It has to be more than just superficial goals; there has to be a true yearning to FEEL good, rather than simply look good. Through exercise with this desire, we can continue building upon the foundations of whole health.
If you’ve been searching for a little magic, or some of these words resonated with you, give me a call. Let’s chat about it.
In the meantime, do something today that makes you FEEL good – sweat, eat some fruit, take a nap or walk. Anything goes!