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Stop hating your body. Reject all the negative thoughts because they have no right to define you. Build yourself up because you deserve it. You are more than a number, a goal, or disease. You are stronger than any perception anyone has ever had about you. You are unique.  

The most interesting thing I experience when working in this industry with women every day is how they perceive their own bodies.

Each woman looks at the others and tells me how beautiful they are; how they envy their shape, muscularity, height, hair, legs, abs, etc. But the funny thing is, the women they are talking about are saying the same thing about them.

The fitness industry, just like the beauty industry, is flooded with images of the ‘perfect’ body. But who defines what is perfect?? What is perfect to me is a woman who embraces her own body for all of its ‘imperfections’ (if you even want to call them that).

It’s astounding to see how many women approach their health and fitness journey in an attempt to be someone else, or to look like someone else. But consider this – if we all looked the same would it still be considered beautiful?? Or would it then become plain and boring?

It is hard to develop or maintain a healthy body image in a world that has so much exposure to media which is DESIGNED to make you feel inadequate, even I struggle with it at times. But in my experience as a ‘gym junkie’ and as a personal trainer, lifting weights is one of the most empowering things a woman can do. It not only gives us some control over the shape of our bodies, but it strengthens the mind and increases your overall confidence.

Eating nourishing foods to fuel your body will also allow you to think more clearly. The benefits aren’t only physical. You will be surprised how much poor food choices drain your body’s energy and cloud your perception.

So if you struggle with your own body image do yourself a favour and change the way you look at yourself. Try and embrace the things that make you different from the women around you.

We all have the ability to turn our bodies into our own masterpiece. I actually consider myself to be so lucky, as I get to see this happen every day.

Anyways I could write about this all day but the point is that loving yourself, and your own body is what is beautiful.

So stay positive 🙂

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