One of the best upsides to leaving Diet Culture behind? Reclaiming the space in my brain that used to do mental gymnastics everyday about what I should eat, how I should exercise and what my body looked like in the mirror and instead using it to read, learn, grow and write a book!!
What could you do with all the time, money and brain space that diet culture occupies?
What ideas could you have?
What things could you create?
What dreams could you make a reality?
Honestly, I never thought I had a book in me, let alone a Journal! But here they both are (I call them my babies☺️) and I couldn’t be prouder!
It’s now T-minus 11 days until The Train Happy Journal is here – all the pre-order links for the UK, US and those who are International are in my bio.
I hope it makes a great gift to yourself or to those you think could need it this festive season 💜.
Jillian Michaels was pretty much 2000s – 2010s fitness in a nutshell 😬.
And it wasn’t good.
In fact, I think it has not only left a lasting impact on the fitness industry that we’re still experiencing now, but has messed up many peoples relationship with exercise.
I was introduced to her a decade ago through The Biggest Loser and did some of her DVD’s.
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that my relationship with exercise, food and my body went the way it did when that was my example.
What were your experiences of Jillian Michaels and her brand of fitness?
What impact did it have on the way you think about exercise?
I’m discussing this in lots more detail on this weeks episode of @trainhappypodcast with my guest @thejockscientist aka the ‘anti-Jillian Michaels’.
I think you’re gonna really enjoy this one!
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I’m in my purple era now 💜
Okay, you voted and we went with this for my new profile picture and author photo. So pleased with every shot from my shoot @olispencerphotography so no doubt you will see some more.
Also taking this moment to remind you that The Train Happy Journal is coming December 2nd here in the UK and January 11th in the US.
In the past I’ve always been a bit too shy to self promote and felt really weird about it, but not this time. I’m SO proud of this journal, I think it’s really gonna help you if you want to work on your relationship with exercise and so I’m gonna keep talking about it 🙌🏻 📣
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Which column resonates most with you?
The thing with the narrative around fitness is that it very much sets us up to be either All or Nothing or very Rigid about exercise and sadly it’s felt like there was never a third option.
But you don’t have to hate exercise and dread moving your body.
And you don’t have to make fitness your whole identity through regimented exercise either.
There is a place when you can listen and work *with* your body from a place of self care and respect.
Where you choose the way to move based on what feels right for you with the goal to feel good and improve fitness for the long term.
It’s called Intuitive Movement and it can be pretty life changing when it comes to your relationship with moving your body!
So if you want to try a different approach, i’ll be over here sharing more about it and helping you to Train Happy through this page, my book and my soon to be released Train Happy Journal (Pre-order links in my bio 👀)
#TrainHappy #IntuitiveMovement #Fitness #exercise #joyfulmovement #workout #fitnessjourney #intuitiveeating #nondiet #antidiet #recovery
How do you feel about your face?
Do you worry about ageing, wrinkles, frown lines?
Have you considered things like Botox/ fillers or maybe had it yourself?
This came up in yesterday’s Q&A on stories and I would love to hear your thoughts.
I’m not gonna lie and say that I don’t worry about or consider doing these things, because I definitely do.
But I also know that my own body acceptance work doesn’t stop at my neck – It’s got to include my face too!! Which I often think gets left out of the body image conversation.
For me, that means working on accepting my evolving face as I get older, in the same way I actively work on embracing my body through all its fluctuations.
And I’m all for body autonomy which includes respecting whatever anyone wants to do with their face etc.
But if I ask myself why women seem way more concerned and spend way more £££ and time on stopping the ageing process – it comes back to the same reasons we disproportionately diet.
And I don’t want to held to that patriarchal beauty standard.
I want to take up space.
I want to be allowed to age.
I want to put the time, money and resources into working on who I am as a person and how I can show up better for others.
As one of my wise followers said ‘the world needs kindness not people with no wrinkles’.
And I’m absolutely of the mindset that it is a true gift and a privilege to age that not everyone is lucky to get.
Okay, stepping off my soapbox now…over to you 👇🏻
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