Ever had a Body Image Issue?
Everyone has at some point in their life. Even coaches, elite level athletes, or those people who have knock out bodies that everyone longs for. Our friend at Dynamic Nutrition, Kylie, does a spot on job talking about her own image issues and what it is YOU can do to overcome these problems.
I walk into Chipotle wearing my bright blue DN spandex shorts. Not my preference when going into public but I just got done training, it was late, and I needed food! So I am standing in line scrolling through instagram, still on a high of finally feeling like I killed a workout hitting 85-90% snatches with ease. Perhaps it was yesterday’s refeed, my change in macros, or the couple of extra pounds I weighed that day. But I was just thinking to myself that I felt great in the gym and that I am happy with my decision to add more calories back in knowing I may not lose weight but instead get stronger. And more importantly, I feel good about my body and I am ok if I don’t lean out more right now. Then I scroll across a picture ‘About Time’ posted from a recent photo shoot I did with them and four others. The five of us were standing around stacks of tires laughing and pretending to have an intriguing conversation as the photographer took 100 pictures. Of course my eyes dart to my body first. Dear God. I immediately screen shot it and send it to one of my close guy friends that I train with and has become part of my support system when it comes to Crossfit, or even life for that matter. My text was “how does one not hate this photo haha”. The “haha” put in there to try to fool him into thinking that that I wasn’t internally melting. I could hardly look at it without questioning my everyday eye site. How could I look like this here? Do I look like this every other time I take my shirt off and I just don’t know it?! Couldn’t someone have told me to suck it in?
So I text my friend and he states that I am built more for performance and I look my best when in movement. He is right and I know he is. I know that I can move a bar in olympic movements like no one’s business. I know that I just pulled a double workout and felt great. I know that my gymnastics movements are getting better no matter how slow it may seem on occasion. I know that I may not be known for having abs, but I am known for always smiling and being able to pull off white shorts. So even though the picture had upset me, I was able to move on because I am not just my ability to pose for a camera. I reminded myself of the positives that I just had that day, of how I normally feel about my body, and that everyone can take a bad picture.
So if you ever wonder if us coaches go through the same shit that you guys go through, the answer is yes. We are human too! I have been through a lot of ups and downs through competing in figure and rebounding off of that. I am in a happy place with my body and I am the healthiest mentally and physically I have ever been! But does that mean I don’t dislike pictures of myself or how I look in the mirror some days? Hell no!
If I told you that most of what I do is give out macros, I would be lying. I do more counseling than anything else. Having clients overcome mental barriers, whether in regards to consuming more calories than they ever thought possible or developing a more positive body image, is what makes my job the most gratifying. Even though I am a nutrition coach, I have been there before. I understand what it feels like to dislike what you see in the mirror, but I also know how I overcame those feeling to my current situation of loving all that my body can do and the great feeling of having the confidence to rock a savage swim suit! But I can’t promise that you won’t have bad days. We all do, no matter where we are on our journey’s, but WE are here for YOU. I am lucky to have great people in my corner for those random times I need an emotional pick me up or a dose of reality. But perhaps you don’t feel that you have that. That is what we are here for. We aren’t just a company that gives you a prescription and walks away. We coach and we give a shit about you! So whenever you are ready to take that step, you let us know. We will have your back.
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All credit goes to the wonderful Kylie Gamelier at Dynamic Nutrition. If you wish to contact her, she can be found on IG/Twitter @kgamelier or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Original post can be found here at our friends Dynamic Nutrition.