I started counting calories in 2014. I was 17 years old and I desperately wanted to change my body in order to look like the beauty ideal at the time: thigh gaps and flat stomachs. A beauty ideal that isn’t genetically possible for me.
I wish someone had told me how inaccurate calorie counting was when I was 17. …
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Talking about poop has never been my favourite thing to talk about as is the case for a lot of people. However, I think it’s important to talk about it and to normalize it. I’m no longer going to shy away from poop talk because it’s important. If I had heard someone else’s experience, I may have called my doctor a little earlier. That’s why I’m sharing my story.
It all started in mid-November. I noticed that I had some white stuff — which I later found out was mucus — in my stool and some blood. I (obviously) googled…
You may have heard that dieting doesn’t work and that it has a 95% failure rate. But because you are surrounded by diet culture you may not know how to eat without dieting or some type of restriction. You might be wondering if you’ll ever stop feeling guilty for eating certain foods. You may even have already done some research and have stumbled upon Intuitive Eating, but you’re scared that if you give yourself permission to “eat whatever you want, whenever you want” that you would eat pizza all day every day. …
Before quarantine, I was the proud plant mom to 5 beautiful plants. During quarantine — like many people — I became the proud owner of many (*cough* 50) new plant babies.
These plants taught me and made me reflect on a lot of things in 2020.
With plants, you have no choice but to be patient. They grow at their own rate. When they get sick they recover when they want to, not (sadly) when you want them to.
When you plant seeds, you have to patiently wait for sprouts to pop out of the dirt. …
You indulged during the holidays. You ate turkey, potatoes, gravy, entrees, desserts and you drank lots of alcohol. You feel guilty for eating past fullness and for eating high calorie foods — lots of it.
You decide to go on a diet. You need to lose the weight you gained and you need to feel better about your body. If you’re honest, you kind of feel like shit.
This new year is going to be your year. You’re going to lose the weight you’ve always wanted to lose. You’re going to finally feel comfortable in your body and you’re finally…
“I suck. I can’t do this.”
“I’m such a failure, I need to get my shit together.”
“I hate how I look. I’m disgusting.”
Have you ever said some of these things to yourself or something along those lines?
As a personal trainer, I, unfortunately, hear things like that all the time. The thing is, most of the time, people don’t realize they just said something mean to themselves or about themselves.
When I point out that “this is a self-compassionate zone, not a self-judgment zone” it takes them a while to realize why I said that.
The other day, I went to buy plants with my grandmother and I had an epiphany. Have you ever wondered why we accept plant diversity, but not diversity in humans? That's the thought that popped into my head as I was walking through the rows of plants.
When you look at plants in a Garden center, you see all types of different plants, but even among the same type of plant, they’re also all unique and different from one another.
For example, I know a few people who have an aloe vera, a type of succulent. If we were to…
I was around 12 years old when a family member commented on my weight. It completely turned my life upside down. I started obsessing over my appearance, the food I ate and I felt obligated to exercise to burn calories. Yes, even at 12 years old.
Trips at the park or walks with my family were no longer about having fun, they were about the calories burned.
When I was in high school, I used to do workouts on YouTube or Jillian Michaels DVD’s after school. I used to have a specific plan: Monday I’m doing a HIIT workout, Tuesday…
Maryann (she/her) is a weight inclusive, anti-diet personal trainer, online coach, fitness instructor and nutrition coach | Twitter & Instagram: @maryannauger