Exercise can: improve self-esteem, boost confidence, improve sleep, improve stress levels, boost happiness, lengthen your life, burn fat, improve heart health, fight disease and so much more.
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PART 2- See PART 1 on my last post. 🤗
...Looking back I can remember using food to cope with my emotions even in elementary school. The extreme restriction lead to some extreme bingeing, and my old habits of using food to cope with emotions coupled with this to create an eating disorder that would last my whole life to date. I continued exercising and yo-yo dieting all through high school. When it was time to decided what I wanted to go to college for, I knew I wanted to learn the truth about health, fitness and nutrition and to share this with others. I earned many certifications and my masters in Exercise Science. I FINALLY had some real knowledge about what it ACTUALLY looks like to be healthy. I started helping clients, teaching them what I wish I knew when I desperately needed guidance. I had clients with amazing success stories and finding real health and happiness but I realized I couldn't help myself. I felt like a fraud. How can I be a successful coach, If I can't do it myself? I realized I needed my own help and support- the kind I was giving my clients- but also the help of a therapist who specializes in eating disorders. Best. Decision. Ever. I feel more free than I ever have in the past. This experience seriously taught me how to help myself and others BETTER. I struggled a lot (and still do) with how I am worthy to help others if I haven't got myself figured out yet. What I have learned is NO ONE completely has themselves figured out yet. Our struggles shape us to be better and serve others better if we open up and connect with others about what's true. This journey has given me wisdom and experiences I couldn't have learned from a text book. I'm still working hard on myself and improving every day. I am proud of who I have become through all of this and I thank God for the wonderful people he put in my life to help me through this so I can love him better and serve others better.
Thanks for reading, friends. If you are struggling with something like this, trustttt me, you aren't alone! The number of people I work with who have similar behaviors and patterns I had shows me I'm not alone. It also reminds me why God gave me this challenge.
Hi guys! So I have a story to tell. I have been struggling with A LOT over the past few years but also have become more of the person I've always imagined I'd be because of all of this. I have been in recovery for an eating disorder that started in the 8th grade 😮. "But wait!? I thought personal trainers , health and nutrition coaches were supposed to be PERFECT! This can't be." I also have generalized anxiety disorder and struggled with depression. What I want to talk about today is my eating disorder. I have binge eating disorder. No, not "oopsies, I ate half a pizza tonight and had an ice cream cone." It's more like I ate a whole large pizza, secretly drove through Wendy's and came home to eat all the leftovers in the fridge until I was so sick I literally had a hangover from food for a day or two after and hated myself. Here's the good news, I haven't had a binge this extreme in about 2 years. I also haven't binged at all in in several months. I'm really not even keeping track anymore because I'm proud to say I've really improved!
It all started in the 8th grade when I hated the way I looked. I wanted to be pretty, skinny and liked. I felt so uncomfortable with who I was inside and out, I mean who doesn't in 8th grade? So I took what little information I thought I knew about nutrition and fitness to "get hot." It was terrible information by the way. I ate next to nothing and starved myself. I had the same lunch every day, 1 grapefruit and a pretzel rod. Needless to say I lost a lot of weight, too much actually, but got lots of compliments and attention, so I was hooked. This was a key factor is what led to 17 years of disordered eating.
Some positives did come out of this experience. That anxiety and depression I talked about earlier was part of my young life too, I just didn't recognize what I was feeling was abnormal then because I didn't know otherwise. I learned that exercise made me feel confident, happy, capable and amazing. From this point on, this became my stress relief, hobby and passion. 💖 See my next post for PART 2 of my story.💕