Here’s my confession:
I made a commitment to optimal health a long time ago. My evolution from gym rat to pilates instructor didn’t surprise anyone who knew me well. I collected fitness certifications like a girl scout collects badges.
And then one day, I got out of bed and was 40 pounds overweight! You see, right after I earned my first personal training certification, I decided to enter a bodybuilding contest. I trained hard for over a year. Then 18 weeks before the competition, I went on an extreme diet where I reduced my calorie intake by 50% and worked out vigorously 3x a day.
My knees and joints hurt...
All. The. Time. While I looked fit, I felt sluggish. I had to drag myself out of bed each morning because I had no energy. And I drank almost 6 cups of thick black coffee each day to get me from sunrise to sunset. I wanted to win - no matter what the cost was to my body.
I achieved my personal goal and placed 4th in the Bev Francis fitness competition. I was so happy to be finished with that grueling regimen, that I immediately resumed my pre-competition eating and workout habits. Which wrecked my metabolism. My body turned against me and I gained 40 pounds fast.
Which is less-than-awesome for most people. And mortifying as a fitness professional. Fortunately, my friend, Nicole was apprenticing at the original Pilates Studio in New York. She saw I was struggling and wanted to help me. So she invited me to join her classes. I immediately felt the power of Pilates. It corrected the alignment of my knees and my pain vanished. It remedied the posture I’d ruined by overtraining. Pilates strengthened and lengthened my core. The bonus was it helped me get lean again.
At the same time, I got curious about nutrition. I hired a nutritionist. I experimented with a variety of foods. I decided to earn my nutrition certification. The one I chose was based on well-researched, evidence-based science. I loved how it taught me how to prepare and eat delicious and nutritious foods.
So I combined my nutrition knowledge with what I learned from Pilates, and got myself back in shape and feeling great. Without starving myself or working out relentlessly.
Welcome to Flow Intent Technique!
If I Can Do It, You Can Too
- Bound out of bed each morning EXCITED to face the day
- Tone up and tune out that negative self talk
- Fit back into your favorite “Bootylicous” jeans
- Nourish yourself with easy-to-follow pilates videos that are fun and you’ll feel as energized as Beyonce shaking her groove thang…