The holiday shame spiral

Posted on Dec 22, 2017

Throwback to a pic of one of my most vulnerable experiences in 2017 to match a relatively vulnerable post…
‘Tis the season for holiday “indulgences” and every day I have more and more clients shaming themselves into “sweat penance.” Even worse, I’ve seen more and more fitpros using that same shame to motivate their clients.

My loves, it HAS to stop.

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4 years out eating disorder treatment and one of the reasons I’m stronger than ever is I’ve learned to remove myself from triggering people/environments/situations. While I’m stable, happy, and (mostly) confident in my body, I’m still sensitive…and I know I’m not alone.

Gentle reminder/PSA to my fitpros – anxieties run high during the holidays. You never know what someone else is going through, and being sensitive to that is what makes us a good teacher/coach. When you use food shame as a motivator – when you tell your clients to “torture” themselves because of whatever they did/will do to deserve it – you have no idea who you’re triggering and how your words impact their lives beyond your class.

I got into fitness because it made me feel strong. It taught me how to harness my power, to be ok in my body, and that as long as I’m breathing, I’m ok. I show up day after day not to punish myself, but to remind myself what a badass I am…even on the days I feel the opposite.

My loves, whatever you’re going through, keep going. You’re not alone. Instead of “should-ing” all over ourselves, let’s support each other. Let’s build each other up. Let’s end 2017 stronger than ever.

Ps — If there’s any way I can support you further this holiday season, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Also, if you haven’t read it, my “story” is on my blog
📸Michael Cinquino