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Teaching your Kids to Love their Bodies

Published on June 8, 2015 at midnight by XC

One of my biggest goals as a mom is to teach my kids to love their bodies. To accept how God has made them and be confident in who they are inside and out. Since finding out we are expecting another sweet baby girl, I have been thinking about the responsibility to raising two young women in today’s culture and practical ways to teach them body confidence.

Yes, I know Sienna is only 2 and the other isn’t even born, but I think it’s never too early to start. A study by the National Eating Disorders Association found that girls start being aware of dieting and body types by the time they are in first grade. And 50 percent of girls between 6 and 12 say they are concerned about their weight. I wanted to share with you some of my thoughts and some things I am striving to do to teach my kids to love their bodies.
1. It starts with you – You probably guessed this, but the way you talk about your own body is the biggest influence in how your kids will feel about their bodies. A 2012 study published in the journal of Body Image found that when kids hear their parents talk about being dissatisfied with their own bodies, that it makes them much more likely to feel unhappy about their own bodies, which leads us to #2.

2. Nix the negative self-talk – Even if you think something negative about your body, don’t say it out loud and try not to make a face.

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Tips for a Fit 1st Trimester

Published on March 30, 2015 at midnight by XC

I am thrilled to share that we will be welcoming another baby into our family this September! I’m 13 weeks along and so glad to be able to finally share this exciting news with you. So far this pregnancy has been totally different than I felt with Sienna. I was so blessed with Sienna to feel great pretty much the entire time with almost no morning sickness and just mild tiredness.

Unfortunately I am not as lucky this time around. It’s been pretty challenging thus far with some nausea and serious fatigue. But although I haven’t felt as great, I still recognize that it is an amazing blessing to be a part of the miracle of growing life! I have walked with several friends down the road of infertility and struggling to get pregnant and I know that despite not feeling great, this is a blessing.
It’s going to be so fun to see Sienna embrace her role as a Big Sister. She will be amazing! She has a crazy innate desire to take care of everyone. I came downstairs the other morning to find her like this. She had set her little table and counted out crackers for each of us for breakfast. So cute!

In honor of this exciting news, I want to share a few of my tips for a fit 1st trimester and some things I plan to do differently this time around.

1. I packed up my scale

I am not a big fan of scales in general and rarely use mine when I am not pregnant.

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I choose Respect over Body Shame

Published on Feb. 17, 2015 at midnight by XC

February 22-28 is National Eating Disorder Awareness week. Eating disorders are the most deadly of all mental health illnesses and they are often a battle that is fought alone.

Eating disorders are almost always tied to a warped self concept and shame about your body. Fortunately I have never struggled with an eating disorder, but I have definitely struggled with a negative body image. Growing up in our culture of perfection, I felt shameful that my body did not fit the standards of perfection portrayed in the media.

Fortunately I have come a long way in this area and I can now confidently say that I chose to focus on what my body can do instead of how it looks and embrace and love the body God has given me.
Becoming a mom helped me make huge progress in this area. How could I hate a body that carried my sweet girl to term. So although my hips may be wider, my chest flatter, and my belly decorated with a c-section scar. I can confidently say I love and appreciate my body.

I recently got a chance to participate in Potentia Therapy’s I choose Respect Campaign. I stopped by their office to share my story and snap a photo in an effort to stand up for this important cause.

We need women today to stand proudly and say “I choose to love and respect my body and I will not let negative thoughts control me.”

All throughout this month Potentia has been sharing photos and stories of men and women standing for respect and for healthy body image on their Instagram Feed. If you have a moment, check out the powerful stories. Thank you Potentia for the reminder to stand proudly if the body I have been given!

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Learning from a 15yr old cancer patient

Published on Jan. 12, 2015 at midnight by XC

Hi Ladies,
Happy Monday! A quick shout out to all of you ladies who are participating in our Lean & Clean 2015 class. You all did a fabulous job this past week! We have some awesome workouts and clean eating info planned for this week too so get ready!
Today I am honored to share a post from my sister and Tailored Fitness trainer Rebecca. She shares some important reflections on the WHY behind our resolutions this year.
So, I worked with this amazing group in Phoenix called Partners That Heal where I got to go into Phoenix Children’s Hospital with six other crazy actors and entertain the patients through improvisation, ukulele serenades, storytelling and general silliness.

The program was intended to make a difference in the lives of the sick kids, but honestly, I think it made a larger impact on my own. Maybe it’s in the nature of working at a hospital where life and death battles are fought, but I witnessed some incredibly profound moments. One echoes especially loudly to me now in this season of new beginnings and resolutions; maybe it will impact you, too.

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What’s one thing you would change about your body?

Published on Nov. 17, 2014 at midnight by XC

So what was your first response to that question? Was it easy to come up with more than one thing? You may have seen this video by the Jubile Project. If not, take a peek.

Isn’t it startling the differences between the adult’s reposes and the kid’s responses? The mermaid tail one is my favorite!
I have always been inexplicably drawn to kids. When I am out in public, my eye is naturally drawn to the kids in the room, far more than the adults. I find talking with kids fascinating, especially in that 3-5 year old range when they have so much to say. Getting a glimpse into how their brain works fascinates me.

I think one of the reasons I am drawn to them is because of their innocence. I love how completely confident they are in themselves. I told my 2 year old the other day, “Sienna, you are so smart and beautiful!” And she simply responded “yeah.” Like “of course mom, tell me something I don’t know.”

I want so badly to freeze her self confidence at this point and keep her from being affected by the influences of the world that tell her she isn’t enough.

Sadly, I can’t. I know one day she will grow up to dislike parts of her body and want to change things just like the adults in this video.

Body image and self confidence is something close to my heart and I know you’ve heard me talk about it a lot on the blog.

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Meet TF Member Maddie

Published on Nov. 10, 2014 at midnight by XC

This week we get to meet TF member Madeline Stein, a former professional ballet dancer who has discovered how important it is not just be “skinny,” but to be strong!

1. Tell me a little about yourself, what do you do for work, family, what do you do for fun?

I am originally from San Diego, but left home at 16 to pursue a career as a ballet dancer. I’ve since lived in Philadelphia, Charlotte, New York City, and currently in Minneapolis.

I danced professionally for 8 years, which is how I met my husband, Adam, who was also a professional ballet dancer. I currently teach ballet and Pilates, and Adam is in his 3rd year of medical school at the University of Minnesota. We live with our crazy cat, Ziggy.

For fun we like to spend time with friends and family, cook new meals, go for walks, go to nearby lakes, do wine tastings, watch movies, and explore the twin cities.

2. Before Tailored Fitness, what were your struggles with fitting in exercise? What about eating well? Give me a little background on yourself in the fitness/exercise arena.
I stopped dancing professionally about 8 months prior to joining Tailored Fitness. It was quite an adjustment to go from doing 6-8 hours a day of intense physical activity and not having to think about working out or what I ate, to the exact opposite.

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Fit Jeans Challenge – Week 3

Published on Sept. 28, 2014 at midnight by XC

{*New? You can read all about the Fit Jeans Challenge & join in here}

Hi Ladies!

I can’t believe we are already half way through our challenge. My hope is that you are feeling stronger and more energetic from spending time taking care of yourself. Even if things haven’t gone as you planned, you still have 2 more weeks to make progress. Here are the details for this week, including what No Fat Talk week is all about:

Monday 9/29 – Terrific Tabata {And see what I looked like 6 months pregnant with Sienna}
Tuesday 9/30 – ARM Yourself
Wednesday 10/1 – Rest + Nutrition Challenge (Link will be live Wednesday)
Thursday 10/2 – Bootylicious
Friday 10/ 3 – Strong is the new Skinny
Saturday 10/4 – Get active with family or friends (ie: Run, bike ride, hike)
Sunday 10/5 – Rest

Either click the links above or subscribe to our YouTube channel for easy access to these videos.

*Tailored Fitness Members, log in and look for your extended workouts in the My Tailored Plan section.
No Fat Talk Week
I am officially declaring this week No Fat Talk Week! Throughout the week, I will be sharing articles about positive body image and the power of your thoughts in our #FitJeansChallenge Facebook Group. Let’s agree to these 3 rules for the week:

1) I will not think about or say out loud negative things about my body (aka Fat Talk)

2) When a negative thought comes to mind, I will replace it when a good one. (For example, if you think, I wish my stomach was flatter, instead of dwelling on that, think I am grateful to have a strong core so I can do planks.)

3) I will give myself a compliment each time I look in the mirror.

To start things off right, hop over to our Facebook Group and share a photo and something that you like about yourself. (I don’t care if it’s your pinky toe, you can find something!) Yes, I know this is hard, but if you don’t learn to love yourself as you are now, you won’t love yourself, no matter how great of shape you are in! I’ll go first:

This picture is from our Summer Style Week a few months back. I chose to share it because I like my waist. It’s a part of my body I worked really hard to get back after having Sienna. As I have shared before, I am not one of those naturally skinny girls, and I appreciate things especially when I have to work hard for them! Can’t wait to see your pictures and what you like about yourselves! You can do this!

Upgrade for your last 2 weeks…for Free
If the 15 minute workouts are starting to feel easy or you just want to increase your results you can upgrade for extended workouts and additional support as a Tailored Fitness member. Since your first 2 weeks as a member are free, you can enjoy the rest of the Fit Jeans challenge as a member for free. After that you can decide if you want to continue your membership for $19/month. Start your free trial here.

Let’s make this a fabulous week ladies! And remember, I’m here to help with anything you need!

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Hungry in the Big Apple

Published on Aug. 25, 2014 at midnight by XC

Hey y’all! Rebecca here. I am super excited to be in New York City for the next couple of months to take classes, audition my butt off (not literally…I’m still doing glute work), and give the Big Apple a test run! I’ve learned a ton so far, and not just in the realm of my career.

For example, the apartment where I’m living doesn’t have a microwave, so I’ve learned that frozen vegetables don’t actually taste that bad when they’re still frozen. It adds a certain crisp texture.
I’ve learned that you can do vocal warm-ups on your walk to the subway and the people on the street won’t pay much mind since it’s not the oddest thing they’ve seen that day.

I’ve learned that getting lost is an adventure of its own, but that if you are persistent you can usually find your way (even if you pass the same street vendor 3 times and he’s giving you a look that says he’s starting to doubt your sense of direction).

One of the more astonishing things I’ve come face to face with, though, is the extreme of our media’s influence on women. I have been taking dance classes at the Broadway Dance Center, which is super great (even when I’m looking like a fool in the hip-hop class).

What’s not super great is that 90% of the women there have got to be hungry, and hungry by choice.

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The Power of Words

Published on June 16, 2014 at midnight by XC

Language creates reality. No, I’m not saying that if you speak the word “spoon” that magically, out of thin air, a silver utensil shall appear before you. Though, that’d be really cool. If that was the case, people would probably say the words “Lambourghini” and “Jimmy Choos” a lot more than they do now. But I digress. I truly believe that the words we speak and the words we hear greatly influence our present and future. Sometimes it even determines it.

We have all seen the truth of this in the media. They scream at us that we are not skinny enough, not pretty enough, and not good enough, so that we will buy their diet pills, their plastic surgery and their clothes. Those messages start seeping in and becoming not only an effective selling tool, but what we believe. The reality is that this acerbic language has created eating disorders, insecurity, and unhappiness.

It’s true in regards to fitness, too. You will be as fit as you decide to be. If you say, “I’ll never look like that,” or “Being that toned is just not for me because of my genes/past/lifestyle,” then you won’t. Plain and simple. What you tell others and what you tell yourself becomes the truth for you. Perhaps you’ve hired the world’s leading dietician and the most qualified personal trainer, but if you don’t decide to make a change, if you don’t speak positively and determinedly about your end goal, it will not happen.

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Summer Style: Bright Yellow Sundress

Published on June 15, 2014 at midnight by XC

Well I hope you have enjoyed Summer Style Week on the blog. If you liked it and would like to see more style posts, be sure to let me know in the comments below! I am always looking to create great content that you will enjoy reading. If you missed any of the outfits, you can see them all here.

We will finish up the week with this bright yellow sundress. I have actually had this dress for a couple years now. My husband says I look like a Lakers’ girl when I wear it, but I don’t care. It makes me feel happy.
I love the sunny yellow color and the length is just right. If you’ve learned anything from this series of blog posts, I hope it’s that you should wear what you love because when you do, you will feel confident and a confident smile is the best accessory!

**Linking up with Art in the Find’s Funday Monday Link up**

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