My Journey to Health + Wellness
What an amazing time we live in. Last month I attended an event where I was able to learn about food oppression and how our food system has been created to benefit a few of the community. In 2018 we still have so many issues we need to address, such as food oppression, gender equality, education, and so much more.
This topic made me think a lot about how much our world needs to change, but also how much we have changed as a society.
As a woman of color (as some might say) that lives away from her family, community has become essential for me. I took for granted living close to my loved ones for so long and how easy making friends was in school. Once I moved away I became very aware of the importance of family and friends. However this new independence opened my eyes to so many new possibilities around me that were both exciting and daunting! Over the past few years, I have been able to see parts of myself and the people around me that I had never experienced before.
Let me give you a bit of background before I get too deep on this topic.
Over 3 years ago, I wanted to get my health and fitness back after living a very unhealthy lifestyle for a couple years. I had never been educated on how to properly take care of my body, my health, my skin etc. I simply thought that people ate less to look skinny and that some exercises would get you abs. But no one told me about proper nutrition and training, gut health or most importantly mental health. Everything I was reading was about looking skinny and losing weight. Perhaps some part of me wanted that but the other part simply wanted to feel confident in my own skin.
After a few months of feeling lost and defeated, I stumbled upon Kayla Itsines Instagram. My partner is an Aussie, so I thought maybe Instagram was showing me more Australian accounts due to all the Aussies I was now following. After following her and reading about her guide, I decided to buy it and give it a go. I struggled through the first week and couldn’t believe how out of shape I was. So, I tried again. I got her recipe e-book and got hooked on avocado toast and chia seed puddings. I was learning how easy, achievable and yummy eating healthy could be! Although the workouts were challenging, I was introduced to this new way of life and I was digging it!
Long story short, like many other BBG girls I created my own fitness Instagram account called @anagoesfit and started to follow and connect with girls locally and all around the world. I even started to plan BBG Meet-ps alongside other girls in my local community. It was a blast!
All the meet-ups and lifestyle changes were opening my eyes to a completely new world where women were friends; supporting and lifting each other up was the norm, instead of the opposite. I was blown away by the kindness, love and encouragement from these women especially when I decided to follow a fitness career.
I was eager to learn more about nutrition, fitness, health, wellness….EVERYTHING. So, I did. I Googled, did my research, got certified and started to teach fitness classes. Something I still can’t believe sometimes, but makes me super happy.
Fitness has brought me a community, a sense of belonging and has helped me to find myself. Every time I go to a class, or the gym, I feel so happy to see more women taking care of themselves, to better themselves - eager to learn and improve.
We live in a time where women can have a voice, where we have the power to do whatever we want to do. We have a few stigmas to break, and still things to fight for, but we have come so far.
We are lucky to be in this era where things are changing and I can tell you first hand that women can do whatever they want. I have proof myself that you can achieve anything you set your mind to. No matter what, I have my girl gang behind me, cheering me on and rising with me.
Some of those women that I met because of BBG are now leading our local fitness community and changing the game. I am so happy to be part of it.
Not only has fitness changed my life it has also changed my view on the importance of having your tribe, to not be scared to change, and to pursue your dreams.