A few months ago, Katie from Katherine Louise Harris Photography agreed to take new photographs of me for my WanderFit business needs. I was so excited! And I was nervous. Really nervous.
Let me back up. When I tell people I’m a personal trainer, I automatically go on the defense in my head. I am not tiny. I have well- developed glutes (with a little extra padding on top) and strong, thick legs. I have abs, but also have hips, excess body fat and arms that wave back at you at times. I workout, and I workout hard. But I also have Hypothyroidism, which causes extra weight, a sluggish metabolism and sheer exhaustion (that’s another post in itself!). I like food (good, healthy nutritious food, but food none-the-less) and good beer. And I’m sorry I’m not sorry.
Based on media’s perception of personal trainers, I should be a size 2, permanently tanned, 8 packed lady who yells a lot and has a vein sticking out of my forehead. I obviously should only eat lettuce and chicken breast, and run thousands of stairs every day. But I’m not, and I don’t (well, ok, I run thousands of stairs a few times a month).
I am bigger than society’s perception of what I should be (literally/figuratively, both?). My career is not defined by what other people think I should look like. My strength is not defined by the label inside my jeans. And my personal training expertise certainly is not defined by the size of my rear end.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you: my ass. Because instead of hating it, I choose to embrace it. Katie did an amazing job of photographing me being me, and shutting down the nervousness. She didn’t shoot a facade, and certainly didn’t shoot a perception of what or who I think I should be. No images of me flexing and looking mean. No photo-shopped muscles or airbrushed abs. Me in the raw.
So here is your challenge. Be you in the raw. Who you are supposed to be. Not what you think you are supposed to be. And if you don’t know who you are supposed to be, that’s ok. Somewhere between the Wander and the Fit you’ll figure it out.