ELISSA JEWELL

Founder of Directional Strength

 

I used to think of healthy eating and exercise very differently.

It was a means to one end and one end only - looking leaner.

I used to hate my big legs and hips.

But now that I realise my big legs and hips are powerful, robust and unbreakable, I love, accept and respect them for what they help me achieve.

I used to hate how my lower half was so much bigger than my upper half.

But now that I've stayed consistent with my lifting and lifestyle for so long, my upper body has been built with fortitude, care and balance. 

I used to lift weights to change how my body looked.

Now I lift weights to learn and to celebrate what my body can do. 

"Diet" was something that meant restriction,deprivation and something I did to get smaller.

Now it means that I am free to choose what is best for my body, to be both giving it what it needs and also accommodating what I want. 

But it doesn't have to be this way.

You can be where I am today, in this place of happiness. 
There is no chore, no obligation to go to the gym because if you don't you won't be "good enough."
There is no shame that you don't look a certain way. 

You don't have to be torn between what you feel you "should" be doing, or how you "should" look - and how you want to live your life!

When you know who you are and when you know what you want, you are strong.

I learned how to accept my body, feed it what it needs and care for it - and because of that strength I can now support you on your own version of this journey. 

Your physical body doesn't matter, save for how it's used to serve your spirit.

It's not about what you look like.
It's about how you feel.

And you can feel powerful.