I love a new year! There’s something so invigorating about starting fresh — a clean slate for a new you, or in my case, the same you. Long gone are the days where I would set a goal to lose a certain amount of weight or start a new diet or join a new gym. Three years ago, I made the decision to shift my mindset. I no longer diet to lose weight or exercise to punish myself. I mostly choose the diet that makes me feel my best — supplemented by movement and exercise to celebrate all that my body can do. I love yoga, all hip hop and Zumba classes, barre3, and going out for hikes on the many beautiful trails here in Colorado.
No matter my size, I have always led a very active lifestyle. I was a competitive swimmer, danced from the time I was a tiny tot, and played volleyball and tennis all throughout my formative years. I did all these things living in a plus-size body, but my size never deterred me from trying out for a team or joining a new exercise class. I’m fortunate to have been welcomed with open arms in every space I have entered and to know that this isn’t always the case for everyone.
New Year’s Wishes — Body Positive Movement
My mom often says that she equates my time at the gym to a divine experience. Especially when it comes to dance. Personally, I find dance to be spiritual — it is the most connected I feel to myself and brings me immense joy and happiness. When I’m feeling low or in need of a boost of energy, I know that going to a dance class will put me back into a positive mindset, and I always leave class feeling empowered and re-energized.
Body movement shouldn’t be a punishment, it should be about the joy it brings you. For me, it’s a celebration of all the things that the amazing body I have is capable of doing. I believe that when you start to shift your mindset, that’s when the real results arrive. The results are loving all that you are able to do, exactly as you are, and finding happiness from the activities that you truly love and want to do. That connection to your body, that euphoric feeling you get when you do something you love, that is what I hope for you to find in 2020.
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