Bloggin’ From Bali #4

Hey guys!

I’ve decided to start giving you guys excerpts of ideas from my book that I’m writing. Just a few ideas so far, but really just discussing everything I’m super passionate about food & exercise and how to reach your healthiest, happiest self! I’ll do a blog post on these each week to give you an idea and to keep me on track with writing. These are in no particular order, just ideas that I want to write about 🙂

1.) Nutrition: Never go on a diet again.
2.) Exercise: Look forward to every single sweat session
3.) Intuitive Eating: Where do I start?
4.) The basics of a solid nutritional foundation for vitality & health
5.) Confidence: Be confident with you are always!
6.) Happiness and getting everything you want out of life
7.) Strength Training: What method works for you?
8.) Cardiovascular Training: No need for hours of cardio
9.) How to maneuver the grocery store
10.) How to meal plan, and meal prep!
11.) Listening and tuning into your body, and your thoughts
12.) Meditation and handling what life throws at you (stress reduction)
13.) Ending the binge eating & emotional eating cycle
14.) Love yourself fully
15.) Antioxidants and Superfoods
16.) Calories, Carbs, Proteins, Fat... End the confusion. How much do you need?
17.) Diets: Paleo, Low-Carb, Plant Based, Vegan, High Fat.. WHAT IS THE BEST?
18.) Supplements, Vitamins, Weight Loss Aids .. Whats the scoop?
19.) High Intensity Interval Training: Use it to your advantage
20.) How to get your goal body without diets and crazy exercise plans

And much more! Tell me what you want to read about! I’m anxious to create something that you will love to read through again and again.

SO lets start with #1..
NEVER GO ON A DIET AGAIN.

You may have heard the statistic somewhere that 95% of all diets fail, and that these people gain the weight back within 1-5 years. Why would you ever put your trust in something that has a 5% success rate? You may have also heard the quote “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”.  This is dieting in a nutshell- we continue to try and restrict certain foods, try out “new weight loss promises” and continue to fail and blame our lack of willpower and control over our bodies. They are failing because you shouldn’t be trying to control you body and hunger in the first place!! Your body is a brilliant machine that knows exactly what it needs. You just need to learn to listen to it. I think we need to start learning HOW to eat, instead of WHAT to eat. Of course, the nutrition you put in your body is extremely important, but learning how to eat and being mindful can change your body and your nutrition habits more than you’ll ever realize. Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel!

Here is the most comment dieting cycle laid out for you in a nice infographic:

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It may be a bit hard to read so here are the steps in point form:
1.) Desire to lose weight
2.) Decide to diet
3.) Introduce dietary “rules”
4.) Initial weight loss, feel great!
5.) Bored with diet and feel deprived
6.) Weight loss slows, unhelpful thoughts start to creep in, feel discouraged 
7.) Break rules and progress stalls or reverses think “might as well give up now”
8.) weight gain to due insatiable cravings for forbidden foods and metabolism has slowed
9.) give up altogether 
10.) gain all the weight back + more because of wrecked metabolism.

Side-note: I know it seems like I’m discussing intuitive eating a lot recently while still selling nutrition plans. The only reason I’m still doing my nutrition plans is I aim to really cut through the cycle. First of all- there are no forbidden foods which reduces the need to overeat. Second of all I keep calories high and metabolism functioning at it’s best so you won’t see a rebound weight gain.  I try to constantly be there for my clients to avoid the “give up” mentality and preach the healthy habits I’ve taught them for life- like meal prep and mindful eating regardless of if they are using my recipes or not. It’s not a perfect system, but I aim to give people what they want (weight loss typically, and more confidence) the best way I know how without restricting foods, calories and going without hungry or over-exercising!

Ok so HOW the heck do you give up dieting while still seeing the results you want!? First- you have to actually give up dieting and this is waaaaayyy easier said than done. There is always going to be a new diet that someone is talking about, a new miracle way to lose weight, a new juice cleanse, and new trend. You’ll hear about it at the gym, when you are with your friends, you’ll see other people try it out and lose weight and want to get in on the action. It is still hard for me to ignore dieting especially in my industry. In fact while I was on my active escape I met these beautiful ladies who were all vegan. They had amazing 6 packs, tons of energy, ate a plant based diet and felt great. But their diet was incredibly restrictive. I had to remember that restriction like that doesn’t work for me, and the majority of people will not be able to stick to this and it’s just another form of “dieting”. Instead I will strive to incorporate more plant based foods, lots of fruits and vegetables into my diet without cutting anything out. Always think about how you can add more to your diet- not cut things out.

It was helpful for me at first when I first ended the dieting cycle and starting intuitive eating to know deep down that alllll these people I’m seeing on diets and losing weight-95% of them are going to gain it back. I know that I would have another year or two of intuitive eating under my belt- and they would be right back where they started- probably plus more. And let me tell you that that exact thing has happened. Every person I’ve seen go on a diet or a stupid weight loss scheme in the past few years has gained it back. I’ve managed to actually lose 20lbs without cutting a single thing out and focussing on intutive eating and mindfulness. Where would you rather be? It can be hard to think long term when there is a quick fix staring right at you- but trust me when I tell you it’s not worth it! At first I said to myself “First I’ll lose all the weight on this diet and then I’ll start intuitive eating.” It doesn’t work like that! Now I know it’s virtually impossible for me to gain the weight back because I’ve gotten here purely naturally and through listening to my body. Of course I still overeat and binge sometimes and I’m not perfect- but it takes time, practice, and commitment! I know that this journey is something I’m going to be focussing on for the rest of my life, not a few months or weeks or a year. You have to commit to never, ever get sucked into another diet again. EVER! Got it?

Next up- own those decisions. Start enjoying all those foods that you love, start cooking, start embracing food. It’s meant to be enjoyed! Food is nourishment. Then start tuning in. Hunger, Fullness, Satisfaction, and how you feel after you eat something- these are all very important. The moment you realize how processed crap makes you feel, is the moment it gets so much easier to make healthy choices because you want to, not because you have to! It’s a surefire way to become on of those people who loves all that “healthy” stuff- it’s because they recognize how their body feels while they are eating it, and afterwards as well. That doesn’t mean you’ll never eat another cupcake again because it feels great at the time- it just means you’ll find a better balance between those nutrient dense foods, and processed foods.

Start learning and reading about nutrition. Knowledge is power. There is a lot of conflicting diets and information out there so you do need to be careful, but finding reputable sources on nutrition (such as dieticians, & nutrition textbooks and qualified nutritionists) can really help you make better choices. Such as knowing how whole wheat whole grain bread is processed in the body as compared to white bread- you’ll never want to eat white bread again!

So, start with these little tips: commit to never dieting again, and start embracing and enjoying food. Start tuning into your body, your thoughts and how you feel when you eat something. Take notes, write in a journal, don’t place judgements on yourself when you do eat something that doesn’t make you feel great.

Also- it’s important not to weigh yourself or do this to lose weight. You are committing to never dieting again to find health and happiness and your sanity around food.. Not to exert more control and attempt to control your body and weight. See my last post on tips on how to feel confident and amazing while embracing this process, no weight loss needed!

Tara

Bloggin’ from Bali #3- Boost your Confidence!


Hello lovely followers!

I would like to do a post on increasing confidence! I think that everyone has confidence as a goal when they start on their health and fitness journey and I feel that confidence can be attained no matter where you are in reaching your goals. It’s a state of mind, not a body shape or a certain weight. I can tell you from experience that my confidence did not increase as I lost weight- I got increasingly more critical of my body instead of loving it. After doing a lot of work on body love and acceptance, I feel I’ve made huge strides in increasing my confidence no matter what my body looks like, so I’d like to share these tips you!

This isn’t easy, and it takes a lot of practice. You’ve got to be dedicated to tuning into your internal self talk and also outward talk- and practicing some self love can be emotional and difficult at first, but like anything… it gets easier with practice and time!

Step 1:
LISTEN UP!

What are your thoughts concerning your body? You’ve gotta start tuning into allll those little thoughts such as “ugh, I look fat” or when you check yourself in a photo and feel disgusted, or when you glance at yourself in a window and think that your arm looks chubby or your hair is a mess etc. This is SO important because turning around your internal self talk is the biggest piece to increasing confidence. I remember when I first started doing this- every time I walked into a bathroom I would pull up my shirt to see how my stomach looked and usually be disgusted with myself. I had to really work to stop doing that cold turkey. It can be helpful to even get rid of full length mirrors so you can stop body shaming yourself.

You also need block the body shaming or internal putting down self talk that pops up. I was CONSTANTLY putting myself down, thinking about how fat I was, thinking about food, thinking about binging, thinking about how many calories I was eating. I am seriously amazed that I even made it through high school and university because I barely had any time to think about anything else! It was constantly on my mind. I can’t believe how much more space there is in my brain when I’m not constantly berating myself or thinking about food/starving/purging etc. It’s helpful to think of a mantra or just a sentence to replace the negative thoughts with. I always think something different but its usually around the lines of “I am beautiful exactly as I am”, or “I am perfectly perfect in this moment”. “I adore myself and all of the skin I’m in”. Something simple and feel good. It doesn’t matter if you don’t believe it at first, you will! So be constantly checking in with yourself and your thoughts and repeating that mantra whenever you have a negative self talk moment.

Also, stop the body criticizing with other people! This was the hardest for me to get away from because I work in a gym environment where everyone is constantly critiquing their bodies and expecting me to say something back. I try not to engage in this sort of talk at all. When someone complains about their body to you.. do not counter with “Oh my god I know, I hate my thighs!” Tell them they are beautiful and change the subject. Body shaming yourself just to make someone else feel better is never going to change anything. We need to change the way we talk about ourselves and our bodies! Instead you should be like “I LOVE my thighs and my legs and my long hair and pretty eyes”. WORK IT!

So- be very focussed on stopping negative self talk (it takes work and time.. probably took me 3-6 months to really get rid of it) and keep repeating your mantra!

Step 2:
Start loving yourself up.

You can do this step during the process of reducing negative self talk, every little bit helps! This can be very hard for people, it feels uncomfortable at first, especially if you have been hating your body for a long time.

You can do this one step at a time, but the goal is to eventually get naked in front of the mirror and say out loud all the beautiful lovely things about your body. You can start with being clothed and build up to this if it feels more comfortable. Again- you might not believe any of this at first. I do this every morning after I get out of the shower! I’ll say things like “I love my curvy stomach, I love my long shiny hair, I love my clear skin, I love my arms, I adore my butt, I am so proud of my legs.. etc. Keep on going and checking yourself out and only allowing positive self talk. Keep saying how wonderful and amazing you are and talk to yourself like you would speak to your daughter or best friend. Love love love!

Another way is to keep a list of all the things you love about you. Whenever I’m feeling down I’ll write a gratitude list or a list of things I love about myself. Doing this helps to keep me in a positive place of mind. I am not going to lie- being on this active escape the past week with a bunch of beautiful people with “perfect” (I put this in quotations because of course no one is perfect!) bodies really was hard for me to keep my confidence up. I found myself being a little harder on myself and had to really work to stay positive! I whipped off my top and killed the stair challenge in a sports bra- this was very hard for me to do but I decided to own it and kept repeating positive thoughts the whole time, and working out like this was an amazing feeling for me! I also wrote down positive things in my journal each night, and reminded myself of how great I am when I had jealous feelings of others during the retreat. Everyone is so different and we have GOT to love ourselves as we are today in order to reach happiness and confidence. Everyone has different bodies and as soon as you learn to stop comparing yourself to others the sooner you’ll feel better about working what you got!

Step 3:
Feel GOOD!

I’m not saying you need to cake on make up and change your style to feel confident. But buying cute, comfortable clothes that you love to wear and that make you feel good are always a confidence booster. Putting on a little make up, or getting manicure or pedicure, or getting your eyelashes done (my personal favourite) are all ways to help you feel sexy in the skin you are in! Even little things like wearing matching underwear, or your favourite jewellery, or trying out a new make up style can really boost you up. Getting your hair done or throwing on some fake tanner or simply trying out a new lipstick can really help you feel more confident! I think my favourite things are getting my eyelashes done, deep conditioning my hair, and putting on some fake tanner for a little glow to make me feel great! And of course I love my cute workout clothes etc. You don’t need to spend a bunch of money, but it’s important to make yourself feel good NOW, not later. If you’ve gained weight and none of your clothes fit- buy some new ones for gods sake! This doesn’t mean you are “giving up” on yourself or your health. It means you are treating your body with the love and respect it deserves and you deserve to feel great every morning when you get dressed no matter if you’ve gained 10lbs or not. I had to buy a whole bunch of new clothes when I gained weight, and as soon as I did it I felt a million times better. Who cares that you’ve gained weight- nobody but YOU! So ditch the judgement against yourself and make yourself feel like the wonderful cutie patootie you are.

Step 4:
Fake it till you make it!

Sometimes what you really need to do is fake it until you feel it. I found this especially true when I starting teaching fitness classes, I really had to fake confidence because I was always so nervous! But eventually it became second nature and I always feel confident when I’m up in front of the class with myself and my teaching. This can apply to anything- working out especially! I know a lot of people feel insecure in the gym and wondering if they are doing the right things or feel like everyone is watching them. Don’t be afraid to get into that male dominated weights section and pick up some weights! If it helps, hiring a personal trainer that show you the correct exercises and form can really boost confidence.
Even eating healthy takes confidence! It’s strange in society, sometimes I feel that people that choose the healthier option can be judged quite a bit. Everyone is wondering why you are eating this or that instead of taking the easy processed foods option. It can be hard to reduce drinking when out with friends, or choose to skip dessert because you just don’t feel like it. Be confident in your decisions! This is YOUR body, no one else.’s They don’t have a right to comment on what you choose to nourish it with.

Congratulations if you read this post all the way through, it was a long one! I want to tell you that you CAN find everlasting confidence right where you are in your journey with a little work. Commit to working on these steps and you’ll start feeling happier than ever! When you are happier- all the other stuff like working out and eating healthy becomes easier too 🙂

Tara

Blogging from Bali.. #2

Hello lovely readers of this blog!

I need to figure out how to attach photo’s to these blogs to make them more exciting to read, but for now I’ll just tell you all about what I’ve been experiencing so far!

We are staying in these beautiful villa’s just up from the beach with a gorgeous infinity pool, although we have barely had time to lay by the pool so far! Every day starts with a 7am workout with Tanya Poppet- who is the trainer behind the instagram “Achieving Balance”; she’s wonderful! The workouts are usually a combination of HIIT training, body weight, TRX and Sandbags. We did a (horrible) beach session yesterday where we got down and dirty in the sand and did resistance band sprints, planking challenges, and partner work. Boxing was so much fun, I had no idea how challenging it was- especially learning the combinations! I can’t wait to try some more boxing when I get home. Most of you probably saw my stair session post. That was by the far the hardest I’ve probably ever pushed myself- especially in 30+ degree heat! We had 10 minutes to get up (and down) the stairs as many times as possible. 5 minute break, and then repeat. The record was 6 & 6 rounds. I made it to the TOP 6 times on the first round, but you have to make it down again so that only counted as 5. I’m determined to come back to those stairs one day and beat myself! We had the BEST yoga class of my life yesterday with Ali Dixon (instagram: ali_dix) it was a slow flow and seriously… laying underneath the palm trees in the grass and feeling a slight breeze after 2 killer workouts that day and just getting into that meditative state was one of the most blissful moments of the retreat. Today we did a Crossfit style AMRAP workout with (more) stairs, and squats, skipping etc. This one felt particularly brutal with how sore my calves are.. I can hardly walk.

Yesterday we did a tree top heights obstacle course. I definitely challenged some fears.. although I was the only person that had to be “saved” and taken down from the course! Haha. It was so hard! It was a variation of ziplines, climbing, swinging like tarzan, and balancing tight rope walks 10-20m above the ground. I did the second hardest one, but only made it halfway through (after the tarzan swing) decided I would rather keep my feet on solid ground thank you very much!! I have a pretty funny video of everyone trying to get me to jump and do the swing.

When we aren’t working out, we are eating the amazing health food that’s served up on the retreat, or getting massages, laying by the pool, surfing or relaxing on the beach. I can’t believe how amazing the food is! The Chef that cooks all our meals for us is so GOOD. We usually have a dragon fruit & banana smoothie bowl for breakfast with toppings like shredded coconut, raw cashews, and pumpkin seeds with scrambled eggs, or an amazing date/coconut/chia pudding. This morning was healthy pancakes with hazelnut spread. There’s always platters of fresh fruit; papaya, pineapple, watermelon and strawberries as well. Lunches have been amazing quinoa, black bean salads, we had wraps yesterday with this homemade mango salsa and chicken, dinner last night was coconut encrusted cod with pineapple salsa, and red quinoa. We’ve also had some amazing coconut curry rice with satay chicken. The food is so fresh and beautiful and I’ve never felt so amazing! It definitely makes me wish I was a celebrity that could have all my food cooked for me- it’s so easy to eat incredibly healthy when it’s all made for you and tastes sooo delicious.

We also spent the afternoon at the Four Seasons the other day, we hung out at their pool and had the best dinner I’ve ever had in my entire life. The food just kept coming for hours and it was so delicious, I wish I took pictures but I was too busy enjoying it! There was chicken kimchi, amazing tuna sesame seaweed bowls, fresh cod with this delicious sauce, giant prawns, chicken, pork belly, crab and avocado salads, 0rganic green salad with pureed avocado sauce… Oh my god it was just heavenly!

It’s actually new for me to actually enjoy food. For so long food for me was something that was either restricted, or binged on; never just enjoyed.
I’m getting used to eating without any distractions (no phone or e-mailing or instagram etc) just the company of amazing people. I definitely need to incorporate this much more at home. Listening to my body has been a lot easier here without all the distractions of daily life. I find it shocking actually how not hungry I am. It’s surprising with two workouts a day that I’m completely satisfied with 3 meals, just eating till satisfied (most of the time haha). I’m just craving fresh juices and fruit most of the time, last night was my first chocolate craving and I had a piece of zucchini brownie and some coconut date ball from another retreater and felt great. I can’t wait to come home and incorporate tons of fresh food, juices, and get into the kitchen more. For so long I just cooked because I had to, but now the idea of creating healthy delicious meals is so exciting to me. I haven’t had a single bit of sugar since I’ve been here and it’s the best I’ve ever felt. I need to steal all the recipes from the chef so I can create them for you guys when I get back home!

Today we are heading to a beach club (first day we are only having one workout.. all of us are so sore and tired) and hanging out by the pool and having some drinks. I LOVE that this retreat has been centred around fitness, relaxation with the occasional few drinks thrown in. The whole idea of “balance” is definitely noticed here- the workouts paired with still having time to recoup is doing wonders for me mentally. I just sat by the pool yesterday evening before a massage and wrote in my journal and felt so at peace. I would love for everyone to find that peace everyday in their busy every day lives. It’s so unbelievably important to put your happiness at the top of your priority list. I am so grateful that I decided to do this retreat, I feel as though its going to completely change the course of my career and really inspire me to help even more people when I come home.

I love how everyone here is as into fitness as I am! I found it hilarious that when we were sitting down at the sunset the other night having a margarita- we were discussing the benefits of tabata training and intervals. Almost everyone here came on their own- everyone is so inspiring and hearing their stories of how we all came to be on this same retreat is so interesting. We are all obsessed with trying out all the health cafe’s, getting to every single workout, and supporting each other during each one. It’s an amazing atmosphere.

I can’t say enough good things about my time here, I am going to continue writing  from paradise (I’ve started my book!) and finding ways to bring this retreat home to you guys. I’m thinking possibly some weekend retreats filled with workouts, yoga, meditation, massages, and amazing health food. Keeping it down to a weekend will keep it affordable and do-able! I already have a yoga instructor and masseuse in mind.. 😉

Miss everyone back home bunches, can’t wait to get back to teaching bootcamps!!!

xx

Tara

 

 

 

Blogging from Bali!

I have so many amazing feelings regarding this trip and what it means for the future of Training by Tara, I’m already bursting with excitement sitting here on the plane. I’ve been reading this book called “The Fire Starter Sessions” which is all about finding your inner passion in life and what drives you, moves you towards success, lights you up from the inside, makes you glow- gives you excitement that takes you that next level. It got me thinking… when do I feel that excitement? When I truly feel the most alive? It’s when I’m training someone, teaching a class, or writing a blog post or making a video for social media, or meeting with a new client and learning about them. It’s when I’m talking about intuitive eating- not weight loss or what you “should and should not eat”. I actually cringe when clients tell me about their scale losses, or when they text me about eating something “bad” that day. I HATE that I’m somehow taking a part in saying that weight loss is important. I have no drive behind nutrition plans. I started them initially to help people learn to eat more- something that does give me happiness because I hate the thought of people dieting and starving themselves to reach a certain body size. I thought those plans could help women who struggled with the “1200 calorie ideal”. And they have! That’s amazing. I’m so happy that I can help people learn to eat the right amount and still see the results they are looking for.
The thing that I hate about it is the “results based success. That “weight loss” is always the expectation. Why can’t eating more of what you love and being healthy and staying the same weight be something amazing? Why can’t more energy and happiness and freedom around food and ultimate body confidence be the goal? How come we don’t value the strength and empowerment exercise gives us as much as the calories burned? Why must we always be striving for less inches taken up, less pounds on the scale, and just taking up less space in general? Why do you want to be smaller? I think we should starting aiming to be MORE. Louder, brighter, happier, in your face, excited, joyful and exuberant.

I want to be more. I want to be more than just someone helping people lose weight and inches. I want them to find their inner confidence and self love- without the weight loss. I want them to walk into a room tall and proud and full of joy that they are living their perfect life- not shrinking themselves down, praying not to be noticed and wondering how they look from other’s point of view. When I work with someone- I want the goal to be happiness and confidence. I understand that for some people this means losing weight- but it SHOULDN’T is my point. That is something completely ridiculous that society has led us to believe… that thinness = happiness. This is so far from the truth it’s absolutely hysterical. Do you know how many women I’ve met that have amazing beautiful bodies that they rip to shreds? I don’t think I’ve met anyone, ever that truly loves the skin they are in. Everyone has something they don’t like, and that they want to change. It saddens me so much- and I know that I have been right there with them.

You know when you meet someone with an absolutely beautiful spirit? That person that when you are around them you instantly feel calmer, more at ease, happier, and less self conscious. The way they carry themselves and their attitude in general makes them just appear so absolutely beautiful you can’t imagine them any other way. I have four women in my life like this. They are all completely different shapes, sizes, hair colours, skin colours, ages, and personalities. The two things they all have in common is they completely inspire me to be more of ME and when I am around them I can’t help but feel happy and at peace. I think they are the most perfect people on the planet- and the second thing they all have in common is that they all work with me to change something about their bodies. I hate that I even play a part in this, because I think they are so amazing just as they are. Can you imagine if we put as much work into following our passions, nurturing our souls and cultivating happiness that we put into losing weight? All those hours in the gym and time spent eating meals we don’t even enjoy to instead be spent living free, laughing, cosy-ing up with loved ones, and enjoying an absolutely mouthwatering piece of chocolate cake. What would your life be like if it could just be easy?

That question really has struck a cord with me and I realize that the procrastination I feel with nutrition plans has nothing to do with work ethic as I previously thought. I LOVE writing clients workout plans, training people, teaching classes, and would do that 24 hours a day if given the chance, so why do I keep berating my work ethic? It’s the lack of passion behind helping people lose weight that makes me lose my drive. I feel completely and utterly uninspired to try and tell someone to eat this and that to maintain a certain weight, and eat this amount of calories to reach their goal. I love writing blog posts, I love making videos that inspire people, I love that I’m sitting here typing this as furiously as I can on a plane and vibrating with excitement because it’s what I truly WANT to be doing right now.
With that in mind, I realize that I don’t want to write any more nutrition plans. I want to take a new direction with my work and one I felt that I was really meant to do. I want to help women feel amazing about themselves. I want them to reach a level of happiness and joy that they did not even know existed because it’s completely possible. I want them to feel stronger, happier, and enough. I want them to shoot for their dreams and realize that absolutely nothing is standing in their way. You hold all the cards of your life in your hands, you make all the choices, choose all the choices, and create the reality you are living in right now. So what do you want to change?

I want to write a book. I’ve always wanted to write a book and starting writing stories when I little- my grandparents owned a print shop and would “publish” and bind the books I wrote into the real thing. Holding something that I wrote in my hands is just so exciting to me. I love pens and paper and journals and reading.. I would derive so much joy from holding a heavy, beautiful, book by Tara Brunet in my own hands. I want this book to encompass everything I’m so passionate about from health, nutrition, intuitive eating, exercise, happiness, and following your joy. I don’t mean to sound like I’m an expert on these subjects and I have this perfect life- but I think some of the things I’ve gone through and learned so far could really benefit women with their confidence. I meet so many amazing people that berate themselves down and critique their bodies in a “mocking” sort of way that shows how they really feel about themselves. I don’t want women to feel that they aren’t enough anymore. I spent so much of life feeling “not enough”. Not pretty enough, smart enough, thin enough, funny enough and cool enough. What even is enough? Enough is realizing that who you are, right now, in this moment is perfection.
I guess what this really convoluted blog post is trying to say is that my business is taking a new and exciting direction. Of course I’ll finish my wait-list of nutrition plans, but I really want to dig deep into writing this book. I want to get it published so you can have a copy of it in your hands- a real BOOK that you can sink into and read over and over and make notes in the margins and whip out the highlighter through what inspires you. Also, I realize that health is important- but instead of me telling you what you should eat through carefully crafted macronutrient based meals- I want you to learn about nutrition through this book, and learn how to listen to your body, and learn how to feel truly amazing. I’m advocating freedom with food and feeling SO GOOD – and as a result you’ll reach your ideal body. My hope is that your version of the ideal body will certainly change. Instead ideal will be a feeling- not a size.

Ps. This blog post is dedicated to Amy, Cathy, Sandra & Vanessa who are so amazingly beautiful and I sure hope they see it as much as I do.