ATTENTION LADIES: Your body is BEAUTIFUL, CAPABLE, STRONG and RESILIENT. It’s capable of moving three and four times your body weight, it’s capable of growing another human being and it’s capable of feeling incredible to live in.
But the sad, ugly TRUTH about the world we live in and what we’ve come to believe about ourselves is that our self worth is determined by the numbers on the SCALE and in our CLOTHING and how we measure up against other women.
I know, I feel the same way. When we see it on paper, or your smart device or desktop (since this is a website and all) really puts things in perspective, doesn’t it? I know it did for me! That’s why I created Pilates Barbell Club in 2011, because I know first hand what it’s like to struggle with self-worth, body image and you guessed it, disordered eating.
To hear a candid interview, click below.
In 2010 I had a full blown nervous breakdown. I was living with a terminally ill family member, working early mornings and nights to boot! I was about to move across the country for a turbulent relationship. I was measuring every gram of food. I was hitting the treadmill everyday, sometimes twice and I was lifting weights!! I binged when I couldn’t maintain the diet and I felt horrible all the time. Not just physically, but I was broken mentally and spiritually. After a whirlwind solo trip to Hawaii on my credit card, after six months of healing…
I discovered our bodies are representations of who we are on the inside and how we feel about ourselves.
How did I figure that out? Well, for 6-months I kept my life pretty simple:
- I ate anything I wanted to prove to myself “good” or “bad” food didn’t make a good or bad person
- I worked as little as possible (I was a workaholic)
- I went to three therapists and group counseling
- I used anti-depresents
- I spent as much time with friends as possible
- I read multiple self-development books
- I posted affirmations EVERYWHERE
- And I strength trained religiously three days a week
You know what happened? I actually started loving myself. I learned that my interactions with my environment and people had a lot to do with how I thought about myself and the world. I learned I was equating my appearance with my self-worth. I learned new habits.. More on that later
2010 was one of my biggest learning years and while I was in the process of re-directing my life I knew what I was learning would eventually be passed on to other women, even though at the time, I was in no position to lead anyone!
What I’ve learned most about the spirit of women is that we have the unique capacity to care for others so much that we forget about ourselves. We hustle and bustle for our relationships, family members and our bosses, but we don’t make “appointments” to ourselves.
Working out, hitting the gym and taking time to develop yourself is not a luxury, it isn’t vanity and it isn’t a show of selfishness. It’s your time to make deposits into your soul. We have plenty different religious backgrounds and what we know for sure is that we have one life and one body, so let’s take care of it!
You with me? Great! Let’s continue…
I mentioned habits earlier, but how do they play a role in getting in shape? What are the self-destructive habits than can be affecting your relationships, career, energy and of course, physical appearance?
Self-destructive habit #1 – overeating
Self-destructive habit #2 – over-drinking (is that a word?!)
Self-destructive habit #3 – smoking
Self-destructive habit #4 – over-spending
Self-destructive habit #5 – relationships that leave you feeling empty
Self-destructive habit #6 – being an energy suck to people
Self-destructive habit #7 – arriving late, not fulfilling obligations and responsibilities
As you can imagine, there are plenty more ways you can be self-sabotaging anything you truly want in your life, but let’s just start with these ok? K!
Click below to hear my story and how I disrupted my negative habits and replaced them with positive ones.
The not so good thing is that for most of us, we haven’t taken the time to choose our patterns. This means that whatever your ears have heard, even when you were still in your Mama’s womb have laid cozy little habit beds in your subconscious mind and are directing you away from the person you really want to be and who you actually ARE!
Facebook and the fitness industry have linked arms in one of the worst ways possible…. FITSPO! Ever heard of it? Well, it sounds like INSPIRATION FOR LIVING A FIT LIFESTYLE, but really it has become a way to body shame women’s bodies.
Here are just a few:
I speak for myself and my #powerwomen that these images don’t inspire us. They make us feel objectified. And further, we know there is so much more to us than our body fat percentage.
Is there a difference between being over-weight and unhealthy and wanting to transform like a butterfly into a fit display of what the female body is capable of? Absolutely! And, hey if you have those goals of a flatter stomach, firmer arms and a higher tushy — I’ve got you covered. Let’s just go about it in a kind, loving way!
Before FITSPRO we only had to deal with photoshop in magazines and posters. But now, what is disguised as motivation through these “inspirational” pictures that again, who we are is based on how we look and even more detrimental to our soul; our worth. Check out this video from 2008 about photoshop, a lot of these techniques are used in the most popular FISTPRO pictures!
What does media have to do with our habits?
I am so glad you asked! Would you agree we all have something we are not happy about in ourselves or our lives? Think about conversations you have with yourself when you get up, “ugh, morning already? I don’t want to go to work!” or when you see someone going on a massive vacation or buying something you’d like, “Must be nice!” you say sarcastically.
Well, media preys on our “lack” or “have not” mentality. It’s what drives sales in companies. “Here, let me tell you how worthless you are because you don’t look like this or have that. I am going to make you feel so bad about yourself you’ll do anything to buy my product!”
Media and culture reinforce our lack-mentality thinking patterns. Our lack mentality leads us to do really crappy things to ourselves even though they make us feel less and less fulfilled.
How do we break the learned patterns?
But more importantly, you’re going to find out EXACTLY what’s been holding you back…
…how all the habits you live day in and day out might actually be part of the reasons you’re still struggling… ..and how to FIX it once and for all.
I totally get if that sounds like a crazy dream or one of those nasty companies preying on your weaknesses. But guess what? I know you can do it! I believe in you and I’ve seen my clients achieve their goals!
But first, let’s quickly cover the first steps…
- Whether you just want lose a few pounds or even fifty…
- Whether you want to look stunning in your wedding dress — or any dress…
- No matter what changes your looking to create in your mind, body or life…
Sometimes that’s really hard to hear and quite frankly, if you aren’t willing to change you won’t get results. Our coaching goes beyond just your workout. At Pilates Barbell Club you have a full blown life coach available via phone, text and email.
Like I said, you have to want to change. If you are ready here’s what we’ll cover…
- Identifying the life you want to live and the feelings you want to have
- Shifting your mind from lack to gratitude
- Creating life balance between work, play, food for fuel and food for culture
- A balanced approach to fitness with strength, conditioning and flexibility
Not only that, but we are accepting 20 new clients in our brand new 45-day program to jump start your results… you’ll understand these simple facts
Here are just a few of our client results:
Get ready, because in this program you’ll learn how to work smarter, not harder and create new habits for life-long results.
How would you like to…
I had the pleasure of meeting Lauren at the 2014 Radiance Retreat and her energy is just fabulous. She helps women empower themselves through strength and has a passion for helping others improve that is almost palpable. From her extensive education to her radiant smile, Lauren is a positive force in the fitness industry and is just an absolute joy to work with!Neghar Fonooni
I absolutely love PBC! I have been working out there personally for almost two years now, and every workout gets better! As a chiropractor, I love and appreciate Lauren and Gaby’s attention to our form, the fact that they pay attention to posture, and are always looking for ways to stimulate our nervous systems! Not to mention they’re the sweetest, and they rock some great music! Every week when we lift I realize how much stronger I’ve gotten, and can’t wait to see where my strength and health go next! Thank you for all that you do for us!”Dr. Adana Moses
Yep, I’m addicted. Who knew that 3 months ago when I bought a deal for 10 classes that it would change my life?! Lauren (the owner and one of the trainers) and Gaby (the other trainer) are two of the most knowledgeable and supportive women I’ve ever worked with. The sense of community in class, with other women cheering you on, is unlike anything else I’ve ever experienced! Being a full member gives you access to life coaching, nutritional guidance and strength training you didn’t even know you were capable of! I love it!Danielle Henning
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