Something that’s been on my mind a lot lately, and that has also been holding me back from writing in this space, is the notion that “I can’t be this and say/do/be that.” What the fujek do I mean? Here comes the brain vomit…
I am a personal trainer who doesn’t set weight loss goals for my clients, nor do I encourage my clients to focus on their aesthetic. Instead, I want them to focus on how they feel in our sessions and how exercise can work with their bodies and their lifestyle, not against them. I also discourage dieting, but help my clients find a way of eating that, again, works for them. This means eating foods that they enjoy, while also keeping gentle nutrition in mind so that they don’t feel like crap. (I will get into gentle nutrition in a later post.)
As a future registered dietitian (RD), I am going to do the same: help my nutrition clients find freedom in what they eat and form a healthier relationship with food. No diet overhauls, food restrictions, or weight loss goals.
For a while now, I have formed this false dichotomy in my head that I can’t do both. I can’t be a non-diet RD and a personal trainer because personal trainers are stereotyped as body manipulators and weight loss coaches. And I can’t be both because non-diet RDs encourage intuitive movement and setting up scheduled personal training sessions isn’t technically intuitive in nature. Obviously, this is all some bullsh*t that I’ve made up in my head, based on fear of what people will think of a non-diet/intuitive eating RD who is also a personal trainer who writes training programs for her clients, and who participates in CrossFit workouts – GASP! (<– this will be another post very soon).
This is when I have to stop and remind myself: I am in charge of who I want to be. If I want to, I can be both as one. I can be the non-diet RD/personal trainer who helps ALL of her clients to find a better relationship with food and their body.
Breaking through this black and white thinking is essential to creating, or rather, uncovering, my authentic self. Being a hyphenated health professional breaking stereotypes is showing up fully and putting my values into action. For the longest time, I’ve held back and half-assed my passion and enthusiasm for what I do because I was afraid people wouldn’t approve of my approach. As as I type this all out, it sounds so silly. Like LOL silly. Who are these “people” I am so scared of?
So, here’s to putting my FULL, authentic self out there and not giving a f*ck. We were not meant to fit into perfect little stereotype boxes. The beauty of our lives is that we get to choose how we create them.
see you soon,