Everyone’s Got Their Own Battles
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Just recently I had the opportunity to share my clients stories with Inside Fitness Women’s magazine. I wanted to showcase their strength and success but also have a way for readers to find inspiring stories that they too can relate to.
Meet Lindsay Jean, a client of mine for the past few years. We have worked together one-on-one online and through my transformation challenges. I have seen her fair share of ups and downs in this time, and throughout our relationship she has shared her personal stories with me. Getting to know Lindsay from a personal level has by far changed the way I coach her and also how she responds both physically and mentally to my coaching. I am proud of what she has achieved to this day and the incredible changes that she has made.
I encourage each of you to grab your copy of the newest Inside Fitness Women’s Magazine tomorrow when it hits the newsstands and check out Lindsay’s story. In the mean time, I interviewed Lindsay about what its like to be featured in Canada’s #1 fitness magazine.
How does it feel to be the first feature in the #1 fitness magazine in Canada?
Very surreal! I am incredibly excited to be the first feature of this kind in such a prominent magazine. I never dreamed I’d be on the pages of a fitness magazine. I’m really proud of that.
Were you nervous to share your story?
No. I’ve worked hard throughout 2015 to start opening up about the challenges I’ve had and I’m still going through. First off, it’s been really stressful and toxic to bottle everything up. Secondly, I don’t want people to get the impression that transformation is an easy street – I’ve had struggles like everyone else but I’ve put in the work to overcome them. I know I’ve gained inspiration from the real women I’ve come to know by working with you Nadine so I know the power of sharing your story with others.
What are you hoping comes of this?
I hope other women see my success despite the many challenges I’ve had and realize they can do it too. I’m just an average woman that wants to live a healthy, active lifestyle. And I’ve found a way to do that in the face of many hurdles. We all have something we feel is holding us back. But we all have the ability to overcome whatever that is if we take the time to understand how it’s impacting us and to find a way around it.
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What is one thing you would tell other women reading your story?
At some point, transformation comes when you stop making excuses for yourself. I really believe that even though it’s not an easy thing to admit or hear sometimes. Coming to that realization is what has pushed me to a point where my new lifestyle has become sustainable. I’ve been there where it’s easier to make excuses for why you can’t go to the gym. Or for why you need to grab some fast food, snacks or order a bad option off the menu. But making a lifestyle change requires honesty with yourself about why you’re really doing those things. And putting in the work to slowly start to set yourself up for success. My journey has been a slow process where I didn’t try to boil the ocean. I wasn’t able to flip a switch and make every perfect choice immediately (tried that before and it didn’t work). But I chipped away at bad habits and decided what I was able and willing to change at different points of my journey and that’s been the key to my success.
What is next for you when it comes to your fitness?
I’m a few pounds away from my goal weight. I’d love to hit that number on the scale (I know, it shouldn’t be about a number but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to hit a milestone that I’ve had in my head for so long). And then I want to continue to work on toning up and building muscle. I’m planning to run another half marathon this spring and I’d love to hit a new PB (I’m so close to being under 2 hours so that seems like a nice goal!).
How has your physical transformation impacted other aspects of your life?
Losing the weight and keeping it off has required just as much mental transformation as physical. Sure, you can watch your nutrition and work out and you’ll lose the weight – I’ve done that in the past. But I don’t believe you’ll keep it off in the long term without figuring out the emotional triggers for eating unhealthily, etc. I’ve worked my butt off to better understand what makes me tick and what circumstances drive me to emotional eating. I fell on my face a few times in the process but I made sure I learned from those experiences too.
I have become more confident as a result and feel like I know myself better than before. That surety led me to actually leave my job as acting director of a communications department and go back to school to start a new and completely different career that I’ve always dreamed of doing. I don’t think I ever would have had the balls to make that move if I hadn’t learned how to be happy in my own skin.
How can people learn more about your transformation story?
I just wrote a post on my blog, Lindsay Jean Artistry, where I do a chronological look at my weight struggles. I found it kind of cathartic to look back at when they all started to emerge and to consider some of the ways I tried to get things under control. My new motto is to be more open with what I’m up against. For so long, I bottled everything up inside and felt very alone. As I’ve started to open up, I’m realizing there is a whole community out there who are in the same boat or very similar and having a strong support system has helped me evolve my attitude about developing a healthy lifestyle.
What’s your favorite part about Inside Fitness Women’s magazine?
I love that the magazine is evolving to feature just your average everyday woman and their successes.
With social media these days, it’s not always easy to relate to fitness icons who have the perfect body and seem to have all their shit together all the time. I’ve come a long way and have worked my ass off but I still don’t look like that. I think readers will appreciate stories about everyday women who are finding ways to reach their goals even though they may stumble a bit in the process.
Where can people find you?
- My blog: Lindsay Jean Artistry. Make sure to sign up so you’re notified when a new post comes up. I share everything from milestones in my health and fitness journey to the makeup (and soon hair) clients I’ve worked on at school, travel posts and more.
- Instagram: @lindsayrachellejean
- Add me on Facebook. I have a page – Lindsay Jean Artistry
Any last thoughts for someone considering starting a lifestyle change?
You will never believe how amazing you can feel when you learn to take care of yourself. I used to be a major emotional eater. I’d binge on chips and fast food to deal with sadness, loneliness, anger, etc. It would make me feel better in the moment and then I’d hate myself afterward. It never fixed any of the problems.
While it seems like a hard journey that will never get easier I want people to know that it does. Sure, I still have my struggles and those days where I’d love to bury my face in chocolate, but I know now that a moment of satisfaction isn’t worth backtracking on my progress. And it’s just that – a work in progress. But it’s doable. Get the right support in place and anyone can do it.
**To start your own transformation journey just like Lindsay, contact me for your free assessment here!