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.
I was an emotional roller coaster of this diet and that. A slave to the scale, food weighing and the ever dreadful treadmill.
What I discovered is that our bodies are representations of who we are; how we feel about ourselves and how we create habits around those attitudes.
Never in my life did I have anyone coach me out of my self-destructive habits. I read books, I thought I was doing everything right, but each day was a battle of loving or hating myself. If my stomach was a little flatter it was a good day, if I felt like the back of my arms were waiving like flags, it was a horrible day. Can you relate?
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.
I am here to tell you ladies, getting to the gym 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…
What are the self-destructive habits than can be affecting your relationships, career, energy and last but not least, 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!
The first thing you must know about habits is that they are learned patterns in our subconscious mind that enable us to act automatically. That’s a good thing, because it frees up our conscious or “thinking mind” to focus on more important things like, planning projects, listening to your best friend chit chat and possibly lifting really heavy weights with me and the #powerwomen!
The not so good thing is that for most of us, we haven’t taken the time to choose our attitudes. 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…. FITSPRO! 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!
What’s happened is that not only are we being subjected to photoshopped images of women, even parts of women edited together to create the “perfect” woman, we are being told, by these inspirational pictures that again, who we are is based on how we look and more detrimental to our soul; our worth. Check out this video from 2008 about photoshop.
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.
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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