Katie’s Corner – Normally, I try to stay away from celebrity gossip, not for lack of interest (to be completely honest), but simply for lack of time. However, when one of our fabulous clients recommended an article that featured actress Kerri Washington talking about her post-baby body, I took notice. In the September issue of SELF, the star talks about getting rid of the idea of trying to obtain her pre-baby body, but rather embracing her body as it is now, because of–not in spite of–giving birth. The reason this topic excites me isn’t due to the fact that Kerri Washington and many other women, celebrity or not, are demonstrating their empowerment as women, but because they accepting themselves exactly where they are in life.
Frequently, I hear clients refer to how fit they were in high school (which could have been 30 years ago) or what they weighed when they got married. They highlight different points in their lives that were pre-marriage, pre-baby, pre-career, pre-traumatic event, or pre-injury. I understand the desire to return to those “glory days,” but I am all for encouraging a person to celebrate themselves as they are now and tweak the things that they don’t feel comfortable with in a healthy and realistic way. The ideal is to move forward, since living in the past accomplishes little. I know that I wouldn’t want to go back to the naive and biased mental state I had in high school, as I feel I have developed immensely as a person since. Similarly, I feel much more fit and health conscious now than I was then, and I’ve gotten there through redefining my own awareness of what goals are attainable for me in my present body.
Your challenge this week is to think about what you would like to see yourself accomplish physically over the next few months, setting your goals high, but also being realistic. Move forward. You have a plethora of options available to you no matter how many babies, jobs, injuries, relationships, or stressful things have happened throughout the years. And of course, if you need help
moving forward, we are always here to help position you for success on your new path.