I'm reclaiming fitness from diet culture

In late November I started a new job and there's a beautiful gym facility right on campus. I joined on my first day because I was thrilled for the opportunity to get back to working out consistently after having a not-so-regular routine for 2+ years.

I had BIG plans to get up early, be at the gym by 5:30am, do my thing, then get showered and dressed in enough time to be at my desk and sipping coffee by 8:00. This would happen 3 to 4 times a week.

It was perfect. 

The risk of giving up the weight loss fantasy

 

Letting go of dieting is a huge risk. It's like going into the great unknown. 

Even though you can see dieting for the mindless, life-sucking ploy it is, it's still very familiar.

You pretty much know what's going to happen: a lot of sacrifice, some weight loss, a few compliments, followed shortly by falling off the wagon, the weight comes back, and then you hate yourself.

And the cycle just repeats over and over again. 

 

Can we create a world where ALL bodies are worthy?

This month, I've been reflecting on 2017...things I've done, people I've met, and the lessons I've learned.

There's one thing that has been heavy on my mind for the past several months. 

As I do the daily work to unlearn harmful messages I've been taught over my lifetime, it's clear that we as individuals and a collective HAVE NO IDEA what life would be like without these messages.

Here's what I mean: