I recently embarked on a health and fitness journey! It may seem a little weird that I did such a thing, but let me explain why. Oftentimes we associate health and fitness with outward appearance. However, health and fitness has more to do with your inner self than with your outer self.
You may look at me and quickly assume I’m a healthy and fit person because of my outward appearance. And although outward appearance is a good indicator of physical health and fitness, one’s outward appearance is not always an accurate indicator of emotional and spiritual health and fitness.
Our overall well-being involves good health and fitness in our physical, emotional and spiritual self. We can fool people by the way we look, but we can’t fool them for long periods of time once they truly get to know us intimately.
When I started this journey, a few friends asked me why I did it. They probably thought I didn’t need to because I look good physically. On one occasion, I got asked if I was trying to lose weight because I was eating carrots.
These questions from people are all valid and normal to ask. However, I quickly realized people have a huge misconception of what health and fitness should look like.
Honestly, although my physical health looks good, my emotional and spiritual health weren’t measuring up to my outward appearance. About 2 months ago, I was really struggling emotionally and spiritually. I was going through some personal things that made me question my purpose, my future and my faith.
My circumstances weren’t matching society’s expectation for a twenty-something millennial. And neither were they meeting my parent’s or other people’s expectations of my educational background.
For a long time I was ashamed and embarrassed to answer people’s question, “What are you doing with your life?” or “Where are you working?” “What are you doing with your degree?”
Every time I met new people, I dreaded this question. I hoped with every fiber of my being that they wouldn’t ask that question because I didn’t want to deal with the feelings of shame and embarrassment.
The fact of not having that dream and desire of my heart fulfilled, strongly discouraged me. I felt so purposeless and like a failure at life. I had to do something to remind myself that if I set my mind and am willing to stay focused and consistent, no matter the distractions or temptations, I could do it!
This is why I chose to join beach body and become a coach! My motivation for joining a workout program was not to get skinnier and “prettier.” My motivation for joining was to prove to myself that if I could get through this workout program without giving up halfway or giving in to life’s distractions and temptations, I too can get through anything life throws at me including any attacks on my emotional and spiritual health.
Best of all, becoming a beach body coach has given me the opportunity to do what I love- empowering and encouraging women as well as young girls to embrace their journey by knowing their identity in Christ.
I want to be there for you! Rooting for you in every season of your life! I want to remind you of your why and encourage you that your journey in life may look different from everyone around you, but you don’t have to hate it, you can embrace it with the end in mind.
I hope my journey empowers you and encourages you to embrace your own journey! If you’re ready and willing to put in the work required to see change in every area of your life, I want to be your coach and mentor! Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns. I’m here to empower you to embrace your journey!
Let’s embrace our own journey together,