Hello the HSS feed! I am so happy to be joining you again this month. As a friend of Nina’s and frequent reader of this blog, it has been so much fun following along in her pregnancy, and I am just so excited for her to be meeting her newest little one so soon.
While I have not personally experienced the life change into motherhood quite yet, it is something that I certainly think about and will hopefully one day experience in my future. Due to my career in fitness, I also frequently think about the lessons that I hope to someday teach my children about their bodies. While the classes we instruct at my studio are results-driven, we put just as much of an emphasis on internal development as we do external. Fitness is our vehicle of reaching women, but we are truly in the business of empowering and uplifting individuals to encourage them to feel comfortable in their skin and loving toward their bodies.
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, as well as Nina’s impending baby arrival(!), here is my “Ode to Body Positivity,” a message I hope to one day teach my children. My ultimate wish for YOU is that this isn’t something remembered on a holiday, or a vacation day – but a true practice of self-appreciation and acceptance celebrated year-round.
I hope you keep your mind turned to positivity, focusing on what there is to gain, never on what there is to lose. What you think you become, and what you feel you attract. A conscious effort to choose joy and abundance will lead to a much more enjoyable life than the alternative.
I hope you exercise because you love your body, not because you hate it. The endorphins, the accomplishment, the strength. There is nothing quite like the feeling after an amazing, sweaty workout – knowing that you gave your 100%. Let that energy be the goal you chase, not a number on a scale.
I hope you are thankful for your body and all of the capabilities that you woke up with this morning. They are gifts that are not granted to everyone. May you express this gratitude by honoring your body and fueling it nutritiously, moving it lovingly, and treating it kindly. Gratitude turns what we have, into enough.
I hope you recognize that YOU are enough. Your worth is not measured by the size of your waist. You are pretty enough, kind enough, smart enough, and anything else you want to be because YOU get to decide that. Never anyone else. Happiness and acceptance? Those are choices.
Lastly, I hope you LOVE your body. Really, truly, love it. Without comparison or judgment. It is the only one you will ever own. It is your vessel in this world and your vehicle to help you explore, learn, love and live.
Wishing a VERY Happy Valentine’s Day to all of the HSS feed readers! To take a line from our studio’s mantra, may you “accept the differences that make you beautiful, and strive for beauty that makes a difference.”
Big thanks to Lindsay for guest posting here again, I just love having The Barre Code ladies stop by the blog! I wanted to make sure you all knew about an upcoming event at The Barre Code Metro Detroit. From February 6 – 14, they will be hosting #BarreCodeLove Week, a time for women in Metro Detroit to focus on their most important relationship – the one that they have with themselves. There will be specially themed and empowering classes all week that will focus on finding gratitude and appreciation for your bodies, and finding the beauty in the differences that make each woman uniquely them.
Murals will be posted in both studios where guests can write traits that they love about themselves, and you can also follow the conversation online through the hashtag #BarreCodeLove. There are also prizes from The Boudoir Loft of Pleasant Ridge and Skintuition of Rochester Hills for participants in all activities!
For more information, keep up with The Barre Code’s Facebook page and schedule your classes here!