Tuesday, January 26, 2010
For a background on how this blog got started read this guest post I wrote for my friend Glennon’s wildly popular blog. We received a lot of comments on my essay, running the gamut from good to bad, excited to uncertain. Either way, the point is that it struck a chord with a lot of people. A lot. The comments suggest that most women, on some level, struggle for peace and balance in this area of their life. So we decided the best way to proceed was to have a separate, safe place where we could talk about the complexities of food, nutrition, exercise, and health, both mental and physical, without fear or judgment. I won’t pretend to understand everyone’s deep seeded issues and feelings surrounding food or fitness or body image or suggest that making changes will be easy. Because change, even when necessary or desired, is always difficult.
What I will do is listen. I will try to listen to your concerns and fears and hopes for your health and those of your family’s. When you’re ready to take some small steps, or some big ones, towards better health I will gently feed you the information and support and motivation to help you on your journey. If you stumble along the way I will pick you up, dust you off and point you back in the right direction. And if you’re not ready, I will patiently listen to you vent your frustrations and angst until your load feels lighter to carry. Because sometimes that is the first step.
I want us to learn together, and from one another, how to really feed ourselves once and for all. How not only to fuel our bodies with proper nutrition, but also how to feed our souls along the way. I will offer you super easy recipes and time-saving tricks to get you started as well as exercise tips for the busy, bored, motivated or lazy. There will be something for everyone.
I spent over 7 years as a personal trainer before becoming a wife to one and a mom to two, and trust me when I tell you that I’ve seen and heard it all. You can’t scare me. Or shock me. Or make me not want to help you. It can’t be done. And while I know most food issues have little to do with food itself, I do know that sometimes, just sometimes, making an outward change via exercise and nutrition is enough to shift the tides on the inside where real transformation happens.
Think about how important it is, on a scale of 1-10, for you to get healthy, change your eating habits and/or start exercising. If the answer is an 8, 9, or 10 then you will be able to find the time, energy and resources necessary to make positive changes. If your answer is more like a 2 or 3, then you will likely find more hurdles standing in your way. That’s okay, it just means you aren’t fully prepared to make sweeping changes yet; however, please keep reading because maybe you will be ready to take some baby steps. And that’s a good place to start.
If you’re feeling brave please respond to this post and introduce yourself. You can say something like, “Hi my name is Erin and getting healthy is about an 8 or 9 on the scale for me but I’m having trouble fitting in exercise; I love yoga pants but don’t seem to actually DO any yoga.”
Share what’s on your mind. Share your struggles and your burden so we can move forward together. All I want is for you to feel strong and balanced, and to be healthy inside and out. To be full. At last.