I love to lift! I work as a coach, both in person, and online. I have changed career path a few times, from graphic design, to community worker, to secondary school teacher (art and design) but I've had a passion for training my whole adult life. I'm also a massive foodie, and I love to travel. Did I mention I like to lift weights?!
But I didn’t always view 'exercise' this way. Suffering from anorexia as a teenager, and then from compulsive exercise and disordered eating habits for years after, I would view exercise as a means to “burn off” what I’d eaten, doing hours of cardio, terrified of gaining weight.
My journey over the last few years has been centred around re-connecting with my body and working to improve my mindset; re-building the relationship I have with myself, re-framing my body image and self-worth, and working intuitively with my body.
If anything now I think almost the opposite to “burning it off” at the gym. I train to BUILD myself in some way whether that’s through building muscle or strength, or simply building on my skills and what I can do. It has become a means to GROW myself inside and out, and has been the catalyst in making my life bigger, and improving my relationship with myself.
BECAUSE NOT EVERYONE'S GOING TO LIKE YOU, AND THAT'S OK.
A big part of my journey has been about learning to show up as I want to, regardless of what other people think; and not just with regards to training and my body, all aspects of myself. There's so much power in just saying F*CK IT, I'M DOING WHAT I WANT.
Personally, for me, this life malarky, is just about doing the shit you want to do regardless of what people might think, and the important thing: that you like your reasons for it, because that’s all that matters.
I spent so much of my life trying to be less; physically smaller, lighter, in a constant state of apology, passive, pleasing, accommodating, not too opinionated, but lifting offered me the chance to show up in a different way, to be my own person, to choose a different path; one where I feel empowered, strong and confident in my body and in my life.