Summer Bod Challenge

Summer is officially here! If you are like anyone here in North Carolina, I’m sure you will agree that this season definitely came out of nowhere. We are already breaking average temperatures in Wilmington! With the warmer weather comes beach days, pool parties, vacations and many outdoor activities that we can’t hide behind heavy jackets in. Summer seems to be the season many love but also hate, because it brings out the insecurities in us all. For this post, I want you to challenge yourself to learn to live and accept work on the future you.


I know of so many people who won’t better themselves, especially this time of the year for so many reasons. They feel as though it might be too late, or that maybe this just “isn’t their year” or even just be flat out afraid to wear those pair of shorts sitting in their closet. Whatever it may be that is holding you back, please know you are not alone. I want to share my tips to help break that mold and shape you to have the best summer possible, and believe me it isn’t what you think it may be.


First things first, learn to live! Don’t let the fear of wearing a bathing suit stop you from visiting beautiful places or doing fun things. As a trainer, I had so many clients who wouldn’t step foot on the beach, but I live in one of the most beautiful places next to the ocean in North Carolina. Something about that didn’t sit well with me, in fact it really upsets me. You are only granted this one life, don’t waste in looking at four walls.


The more you dwell on the negative, the more your positive is shut out. When you harbour all of the things you may dislike about yourself, you resent yourself and feel unworthy of experiencing life. This will then cause you to not want to do anything, which will in return cause you to be become unproductive or make healthy choices. No matter how hard it may be, try to find something you may love about yourself. It doesn’t even have to be a physical trait, personality goes far as well. Whatever it may be, do not allow yourself to go down that downward spiral.


While all of these might seem like simple tasks, please trust me when I say I know from experience the doubt you all are facing. I have worked on this with so many of my clients, and if you can master just those two simple tasks, I promise everything else falls hand in hand. When you look good you feel good, and when you feel good you look even better!


If I can offer one piece of advice or just take 10 minutes of your time. I really suggest watching this Ted Talk. Focus on positives and the positives only. Break out that pair of shorts and OWN them. Put on that bathing suit and LIVE a little. Try and start your day with something positive and shine with the sun!

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