Hi lovely people!
Earlier in July I was asked to be a speaker for a fitness series. At first, I was a little shocked and then I was really excited and intrigued! Needless to say, I accepted and was given some more information.
Dawn Berube (@dawnberube) is hosting this event. She is an exercise physiologist, personal trainer, running and swimming coach and meditation instructor (and all around inspiring and amazing woman!!) I can tell she is such a wonderful and charming person just from a few minutes together on our Google Hangout. Her story is quite remarkable. As a young adult, Dawn was a victim of sexual abuse and this incident resulted in her spiraling into a negative and unhealthy lifestyle. One day she decided to take hold of her life and fitness was the vehicle that transported her life from unhealthy and destructive to empowered and in control.
My story focuses on a stage in my life where the aspects I consider to mean fitness were not in balance. I attempted to balance two conflicting passions, both requiring drastically separate ways of life. Modeling and running can go hand in hand — but for me, it forced me into an unhealthy state of mind, creating the belief that because I wasn’t a specific size, I wasn’t “good enough.” We all know what happens when a teenage girl hears this. Luckily, I never had an ED but I definitely was toeing a fine line. I wrote an initial blog post a few years ago that goes more into my story about going from being a runner to a model and back to a runner.
Dawn has invited 21 guest experts to chat with her and be co-hosts of sorts in this 21 day Get Fit Virtual Event. She wants everyone to know that you can accomplish *ANYTHING* if you are fit in your body, mind and your spirit. Each interview is about 30 minutes long and I’m sure you will be blown away by the inspiring stories you will hear from her other speakers. And basically, each day a new person’s interview will be released so you can get inspiration from wherever you are!
For me, fitness means being fit and in control in all of those aspects. It means being able to balance your life in such a way that allows you to take advantage of the opportunities that are presented to you on an everyday basis. It isn’t just being able to run well, lift excessive amounts of weights, or bike really fast. It’s the combination of mental, physical, social fitness that really creates fitness for me. When I was modeling, these aspects were never in balance. Now, I’m sort of at the extreme opposite end of things — running marathons — and while this a very intense form of exercise/fitness, at least I prioritize the most important things in my life when I’m in training (getting enough sleep, eating well, giving my body the nutrients and vitamins it needs, etc). I’m focusing on making my body as capable, powerful, and strong as possible to achieve my goals, rather than starve myself of confidence and self-worth to try and meet the needs of a silly tape measure.
Dawn’s message? Get fit. Be empowered. Achieve your goals.
So whether you are interested in transforming your life, hearing more of my story, or just want to know more about getting fit, please sign up here with your email. The virtual summit is completely free — you will be notified via email when my interview will be released!
The event kicks off September 10th and runs through the end of the month! Hope you stick around for an inspiring 3 weeks!
*please note that this event is completely free and none of the speakers received any compensation for this event*