Let me ask you something:
Do you love yourself?
No, really…. do you?
Do you love yourself when you are successful, as much as you love yourself when you make mistakes?
Do you love your body when you see yourself in the mirror or in photos?
How many times have you woken up thinking I don’t like my body?
Probably more times than you can even count. Body shaming is a real problem, we either do it to ourselves or others do it to us.
It needs to stop.
As a young girl I dealt with body shaming for both my appearance and weight. Interestingly enough it got worse as I started competing in the fitness industry in 2013. Some people think that if you have abs, a nice butt and toned legs you must have the perfect life. You must go to the gym twice a day and probably follow a strict diet, oh! and that it’s some how easier for you than everyone else.
The reality is that couldn’t be more far away from the truth. If your mindset and self-love falls off course, then so will you. I’ve lived that life of preserving that “perfect” body and I was miserable. I was exhausted from all the training, the food restrictions and the sleepless nights, all while I was running my business. I was always criticizing my body, obsessing over loosing body fat daily. I would get on the scale, look in the mirror and wish for change. The toughest part was that I had hundreds of women in my #burnitin30 community, looking up to me. Well the reality is I am only human and like everyone else I have my own struggles. Why fight to be perfect when we can be great. I stopped feeling like I was not good enough and started focusing on gratitude.
So now that I’m going into my 7th year as a fitness coach I can say I’ve learned some solid ways to handle body shaming. I can finally say I am happy with who I am, how I look and specially how I feel. I am now more passionate than ever. My way of giving back to the world is sharing and teaching others how to create self-love, food-freedom, and a balanced life in order to build a strong foundation for a healthy and happy life.