Today I have the pleasure to feature Amy (@algeorge14) on my blog! Amy is someone I have connected with through the Blogilates community. We actually both became POP Pilates certified AND we're both Canadians! Amy is a sweet soul and she has a lot to say about self-love, body image and all the pressures we face. She's also hilarious. If you have been doing the #AdoreTheCore challenge on Instagram, you will see her videos... and seriously, I need to hangout with Amy ASAP because she is so funny. And I want to take her POP class!
Check out the interview I did for her over on her website!
Alright! Let's get into the interview!
How do you try & improve your body image on a day to day basis?
It’s so easy to judge our bodies everyday since we are always with ourselves, looking at all of our imperfections. When I wake up in the morning, I don’t look at myself. I used to up until very recently. But I’ve realized that no one is looking at my body. Seriously. You’re your own worst enemy. Your body is just a body. It doesn't mean you’re a good person. That’s what I try to remind myself of when I’m feeling really insecure about my body. I am kind. I am loving. I am funny & fun to be around. That’s why people like me, not because of my body.
You're having a terrible body image day. How do you get through it?
This is something I have a hard time struggling with. Once that one negative thought plants itself in my head, I find it dreadfully hard to rid myself of it. I’ll be honest, sometimes I cry. Some days it’s hard for me to cope with the daily activities of life & I’d much rather hide in bed but there’s always a new day tomorrow. A chance to better myself. Being with friends really helps. Just this week actually I was having a mess of day. My friends at dance randomly told me how awesome & perky my butt was. And I secretly felt “fat” that day. Sometimes a compliment can turn your frown upside down. I was in a better mood for the rest of the class! Having a great workout always lifts my spirits too. I don’t force myself to exercise if I’m truly not into it. There once was a day where I looked at exercise as punishment. This is wrong & dangerous. Exercise is vital to mental health. Forget about the physical bit.
Does your diet impact your mood in any way on a daily basis?
Since we are being honest here, I would say yes. I recognize this isn’t normal behaviour, so that’s definitely a step in the right direction (I think myself & Stephanie are in different stages of “recovery” at the moment. I’m kinda in the middle. So bad things are happening to me right now, but I am able to realize these things aren’t healthy) If I am eating my “safe foods” I am on cloud nine. The moment I veer off course & consume a food that isn’t on that mental list, I feel an immense sense of failure & guilt. Sometimes it’s really difficult to make those feelings go away. This is something I know is going to take a lot of work on my part, but I’m ready to change the way I see & think about food for good.
When faced with a fear food situation how do you handle it?
Nine chances out of ten I go through some sort of mental mind game with myself. But, at the end of the day, I’m about nourishing my soul so if I truly don’t want to eat something, I’m not going to. If I want it, I eat some. I don’t compensate by overexercising or restricting (although sometimes I’ve felt the urge to act on these feelings, I can identify this isn’t healthy or normal behaviour). Baby steps!
What does the word healthy mean to you?
In my opinion, being healthy is a state of mind. It means treating yourself with respect on a physical, mental and emotional level. It can be different for everyone & there’s no one size fits all approach to being healthy. I actually made an entire blog post going into more detail on this topic if you’d like to read about it!
How has Blogilates changed your life?
Similar to Stephanie, Blogilates saved my life. That might sound quite dramatic, but I have no idea where I would be today if I hadn’t found Cassey Ho on YouTube. That’s not meant to sound depressing at all, I just literally don’t know what my life would be right now haha! I decided to take charge of my health & I became a Group Fitness Instructor which is something I had never dreamed of doing. I never thought I was capable enough, but Cassey showed me I’m all that & more. I just needed to put my fears aside & try.
If you could go back in time & change one thing related to your fitness journey what would it be?
I wouldn’t put so much pressure on myself to “be somebody.” I was incredibly strict on both my diet and workouts a while back. I thought this was normal since some people were way more strict than I was. I got stuck in a mindset that everything I was doing wasn’t enough. If I just spent 4 hours in the gym like all of the gym rats I’d have the perfect life. In reality, I didn’t want that at all. I think social media plays a large role in mental health. I’d look at all these washboard abs & toned legs online. I mean, those super ripped IG fitness models have to dedicate their lives to looking the way they do…& sometimes it’s just good lighting or angles. You have to put an incredible amount of dedication in & eat a certain way. I finally realized I didn’t want that.
What is your advice for someone going through an ED?
That it’s not your fault. As much as you’d like to think you brought this on yourself, you didn’t. Recognizing your ED behaviours is a positive step in the right direction. Don’t ever be scared to ask for help. It might be a friend, parent, partner, a professional. But don’t ever feel scared or ashamed. Reaching out means you want change & that’s a great thing.
Wow! I loved getting to know Amy more. What honest, raw and real advice. THANK YOU, Amy for being amazing! We hope our advice about self-love and eating disorders can help you.
Check out my interview HERE.