I am a fitness professional and former dancer. Add that to the typical woman's body image issues perpetuated by airbrushed, photo shopped, impossible to achieve standards society gives us for beauty!!! In my younger years, it was common for me to take extreme measures to lose weight the week before a dance competition or performance, only to read critiques later that mentioned the size of my thighs instead of my flawless technique. You can imagine the issues this created for a teenage girl. Then I stumbled from dance into teaching what was then called "aerobics." Well, THAT didn't help at all! Some years later, I became a personal trainer as well. It's incredibly rewarding to help people get healthier!!! The down side of that is that only trainers who look the part are hired by clients. Who wants a chunky trainer? If they were a good trainer, they would be in shape, right? Soooo...you can imagine the pressure to look ripped when your livelihood depends on it! Emotionally and physically, that's a lot to live up to for anyone. I'm not quite five feet tall, so every pound shows. I'm also a single mom (not for much longer as I'm getting remarried in November!) raising two teenage girls...one with Aspergers and the other with Anxiety Disorder/ADHD. Not exactly the best setup for dedicated time for my own fitness or the time and energy good nutrition requires.
I'm asked daily to share my knowledge of health and nutrition and yet, I struggle just as much as every other heifer out there. I torture myself when trying on clothing, often want to cry when seeing certain body parts in the mirror and frequently put myself down because I can't live up to my own standards.
Run, heifer run provides support, accountability and encouragement to be the healthiest versions of ourselves while learning to love our bodies for the amazingness they are.