As a fitness instructor (only a year for me, as of November 1st) I’ve already had so many people my class is too hard, too intimidating.
I’ve recently had people tell me they are “too chubby” for my classes.
Guys, stop. No, stop. Listen.
It’s about movement. It’s about bettering oneself. It’s about setting an example for our littles, or grandlittles, or having the stamina to go for a walk with our pooches at the end of the day (or cats, but I swear I’ve never seen a cat on a leash that was happy). It’s about heart health and mental health.
Me in 2014, after the Moose was born and I was cleared for activity and I decided to document my state-of-the-body.
When I see this picture, I didn’t always see a newly-postpartum woman who just carried a stressful pregnancy almost to term. I didn’t always see the almost 3-year-old that ran her ragged while the young mom was trying to not go into labor at 29+ weeks. I used to only see those wide hips and back rolls and love handles and soft triceps. All I could see is what I wasn’t: Skinny.
Now? Now I see my own body and all its badassery, ready to be loved, ready to be pushed, but also ready to snuggle kids and a neglected husband.
For full disclosure, here I am 5 years later.
Me on October 21st, 2019 after a fun Saturday night with beer and bbq food and friends that I don’t even slightly regret..
I still have thick thighs and the cellulite is forever; and I rock large calves that only fit in plus size boots. Technically, I’m chubby. When I’m not flexing my triceps flop around like chicken wings trying to fly away. I’m not at my lightest weight post-kids. I like pizza and beer and pizza with beer. But after many, many years I realized it’s less about being a skinny supermodel and more about being a super me. I’m a pretty fun mom these days. My anxiety is slipping away with every class I teach. I’m strong as hell. I have endurance beyond anything I ever dreamed... less when I’m running, but I digress. Am I the fittest in the classes I teach? Definitely no. It doesn’t matter. More than anything, I’m moving, and I want you to move, and I can help you move.
Feel free to come sweat with me on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 am at Four Lakes Athletic Club in Elkhorn, WI.
This didn’t start out as a plug for my gym or my classes, but I promise I will be so truly happy to see you!
tl;dr: I love you and I love me and I want to make everyone sweaty.