I didn’t know it when I was a child

Posted October 2, 2017
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Written by Melissa

I didn’t know it when I was a child, but my childhood on a horse farm set the foundation for my journey in health and wellness. Activity and healthy eating went hand-in-hand when horses needed to be fed, cleaned and exercised 7 days a week. Stalls needed to be mucked, full wheelbarrows needed to be dumped, floors swept, water buckets emptied, hay bales needed to be stacked. My sister and I didn’t have to think about moving and exercising; it was just a part of our life. I learned early that my body needed to be strong and healthy in order to be able to do my chores efficiently.

In my 20s and 30s, I had the same struggles a lot of young women do with body image and never feeling like you look the way you want to. What I did know is how good working out and moving my body made me feel. Just getting outside to in-line skate or ride my bicycle was enough to get me out of a body and mind funk. Luckily, exercising was always a part of my routine and I’m positive that helped keep me sane during the university exams, relationship break-ups and job searches.

Exercise, health and wellness in my 20s and 30s was all about impressing other people and little about my actual health and well-being. Being lean and mean meant looking good at the nightclub and in my new outfits. This changed dramatically when I became pregnant and had my daughter, Marquesa at age 37. All of a sudden, I didn’t know whose body I was in! I wasn’t one of those people who could just settle in to the physical changes I was undergoing in pregnancy. I was in panic mode, especially as I entered the last few weeks of pregnancy. I was obsessed with two things: meeting my new daughter and being able to exercise again! Of course, as I reflect on this now, it all seems absurd. Today, I would tell that person to embrace the wondrous capabilities of the female body and to slow my roll! Exercise would always be there and what’s the rush?!

So now that my daughter is almost 5, my relationship with my body, mind, health and wellness had completely changed. Now, exercise is a means to stay fit so that I can keep up with my child today and tomorrow. Exercise is as much for my mind as it is for my body. Of course, I still love looking great in my latest online purchase, but this is secondary to being able to run up a flight of stairs with my daughter effortlessly. I am getting better at having a long view of health, one that ensures I look and feel great today and 30 years from now, not for others, but for me and my family.

I’ll be diving deep over the next months into my workouts, approach to food, anxiety and meditation and of course, fitness fashion and more!

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