This month marks my 4 year anniversary with Blogilates! It was the summer of 2013 that I decided to pursue a healthier life. I began with a search for an exercise routine. I really wanted to find something I loved and something I could commit to. Something that was free, and home accessible. At the time, Pilates was all the rage, so I decided to give it a go. That’s when I found Blogilates. I remember searching “pilates for beginners” on Google, which led me to YouTube where I found my first ever POP Pilates workout with Cassey Ho.
Since then, I have become a committed POPster, as well as a POP Pilates Instructor. Can you believe it? One video changed my entire life! I am now happier and healthier than ever before, all thanks to Cassey Ho, myself, and the Blogilates community.
I have learned so much over the course of four years, and today I would like to share with you a list: 20 Things I’ve learned since beginning Blogilates! I hope other POPsters can relate and can grow as much as I have in this beautiful community. If you have just discovered Blogilates, get ready. You are in for a life changing experience!
20 Things I Learned Since Beginning Blogilates
- Health is wealth. Nutritious food and exercise are not just tools for looking good, but feeling good too. They are the keys to living the best life possible!
- You can love your body and want to change it at the same time. People think that losing weight means self loathing along the way. It’s not true. You can, and I encourage you to, love your body AND work on improving it.
- Fitness can be fun. That’s right, you heard me. I learned that exercise is not a chore for me to check of my list…it’s my happy hour! You just have to find what you enjoy!
- Nutritious is in fact delicious. You don’t have to live off of raw vegetables and tasteless chicken breast to eat nutritiously! There are many amazing dishes that are healthy AND yummy!
- Everyone struggles with body image. EVERYONE. I used to think it was only me. That “skinny” girls and “muscular” girls never struggled with negative body image a day in their life. It’s not true.
- Strength is more satisfying than vanity. I started working out to be skinny and therefore pretty. I soon realized I felt more accomplished measuring my strength than my waistline.
- You get out what you put in. Hard work really is the key to any success. I’ve learned that I can’t sit around complaining and expect life to work out for me.
- Fast food is never off limits. Although a McDonald’s meal is in no way healthy for you, that doesn’t mean you can’t eat it. It won’t turn you fat over night. Eat it, that shit is good.
- You don’t have to work out 7 days a week. Missing a workout is not the end of the world and there is nothing to feel guilty about if you do. Some weeks I work out 6 days and some weeks I work out 3. There is no right or wrong weekly number.
- There is no bad workout. I used to think I was a failure if I didn’t do a full hour in the gym or on the mat. Boy, was I wrong. Exercise is not about the length, or even the strength. Giving your body even 5 minutes a day of fitness love is doing amazing things for you!
- Balance is sacred. After playing around with extremes for four years, I’ve finally discovered that I actually like being the balanced girl. I do my pilates and I eat my pizza, and that’s just fine with me.
- Fitness is not life. Letting fitness consume your life will end you. If you’re married to the gym, you’re missing out. Relationships, fun, and experiences are all so much more important. So do them all!
- Goals are essential. Whatever goals you may have in life, body goals, job goals, family goals, etc. They are essential to your happiness! Working towards something will keep you thriving!
- Comparison is the thief of joy. Nothing good ever came from me comparing myself to girls on Instagram. Nothing.
- It’s okay to talk about your problems. You don’t have to stay silent about your eating disorder, your anxiety, your depression, your negative body image, your bad relationship with food, etc. There are thousands of people there to relate. Talking about them brings relief, not judgement.
- There is a lot of fake in this world. Not everyone and everything will be real or genuine. You will experience the best kind of people/content and the worst kind of people/content. What’s important is who you choose to be and what you choose to share.
- Do what makes you happy. I’ve never felt so empowered by the choices I’ve made like I have in the past four years. Living and making decisions for your happiness is so rewarding.
- Friendship is better than fame. The relationships I have made within this community are treasures. They mean more than the number of followers, likes, or comments I have. What’s the point of having a following if you only use it for personal gain?
- Dreams are made for living. They don’t belong to your mind when you fall asleep. They belong to your actions! Anything can be made possible if you work hard with enough passion.
- Being yourself is the most important kind of person to be. I have met so many unique individuals. We are all so precious, like stones and gems. We need to celebrate who we are and who others are. Individuality is the beauty of the world!
I could probably write a list twice or three times as long as this one. I love Blogilates. Cassey Ho has created something so special. I’m blessed to be a part of it. Happy Blogiversary!