I’ve come to believe in my 30 years of life in my own body, that health is happiness. When we are honoring ourselves the best we can from the inside out, everything seems to just work out better. We could get down to the science of why this is, but I believe physiologically the body functions at its optimum capacity when we are feeding it healthy nourishing foods, positive thoughts and getting plenty of balanced movement on a regular basis. I have moved myself through every diet fad, eating disorders, exercise disorders, body dysmorphia and I am sure much more sh*t that I can’t even remember anymore.. My relationship to my health and my body has been an ever evolving journey that used to pain me more than I can even express to you here. Which makes me believe more than anything that ANYONE can change, if you truly want to and even if it takes you 10-15 years if you truly desire it and work for it, it will come to you... I promise.
This last year has been so incredibly powerful for me. Up until about 6 months ago I always felt pretty uncomfortable in my own skin. Right before my 30th birthday I decided to try a new way of approaching food, that came from a space of nourishment and balance, as well as to really get on it with exercise, weight lifting, cardio, yoga, etc.
In April, right before my birthday I had been on my favorite work out gear’s web store for the 80th time that week... I put an outfit in my cart at 1am and fell asleep without buying it. The next morning I was up early to go work out and hit Erewhon for a Yerba Matte when out of nowhere this incredible woman walks by me, wearing the exact workout gear I had put into my cart the night before (s/o Year of Ours:) I stop her, tell her the strange synchronicity of our matching fits and we start chatting away realizing we both had the same last name (Benson) and the exact same star sign (Aries). Little did I know at that moment this was going to be a being who would change my life (and my body).
Anna Benson invited me to work out at her studio weeks later, and all I can say is the rest is history. Combined with the consistent HIIT classes I had been taking, a healthy diet, fasted morning cardio and plenty of sleep, I watched my body completely transform into something I had always deeply yearned for but didn’t know if or when, I would actually ever experience. Her unique synergy of pilates, yoga and resistance training literally shifted my body into something wonderful that worked best for IT. Learning to honor my body in it’s most optimum strength and health has been one of the biggest triumphs of my life thus far and I am honored I found my spirit sister (almost literally..) to help push me over that last hurdle.
In my opinion, health is a spiritual matter. When you feel your best you do your best. When you feel comfortable in your body, your mind is clear and you truly show up in an incredible way to the rest of the world. You shine a light that calls others to you. And I know, from experience, that we are our biggest point of attraction and when we know how to honor our own unique light, body and health, everything can come our way. I used to constantly worry about how I was looking because I always knew I wasn’t taking care of myself in the best way that I could, I was either militant or way too lax, no moderation used to exist in my world of health and wellness. Now to me, moderation is the ultimate health. I feel like I get to cruise around my life and express my light because I truly feel light. It’s been an extremely long road to get here and maybe these words can help you get there more quickly than it took me.
Self love & self respect is the key to everything. Honoring the physical vessel honors the spirit. When the spirit feels honored everything works. I promise, this has been my life.