My name is Natalie, Director of Education for FreeMotion Fitness, and welcome to my ARENA! Over the next couple of months I have committed to a journey to the stage, swapping out my cleats and running shoes for high heals and a figure competition bikini. We will document and share the journey, the good, the bad and the ugly right here on the FreeMotion blog and FreeMotion Fitness Facebook page. Ill share fitness tips, show you the food I am consuming, take you to posing practice, show you how I manage it all on the road when I am traveling for work and the best part, take you with me to the STAGE!
VULNERABLE would be the most ACCURATE word to describe my current emotional state. It’s scary and exciting all at the same time. I made the decision to take on this challenge and share it with you because frankly…it scares me. Outside our comfort zone is where we find and experience growth! My hope is as you follow my journey over the next few months you will be inspired to also DARE GREATLY, take ACTION, and step into your own ARENA. My WHY is to accomplish and inspire.
Courage met Fear when I pushed send on the email to my coaches, Jenny and Jeff Later, with my before pictures attached. Honestly, I debated whether or not I would include those in this opening blog post and even had some people say “don’t do it” BUT quickly remembered that I’ve made a COMMITMENT to myself and to you that I will be as authentic as possible on this journey. Posting these before pictures without the after picture attached to it makes me feel incredibly exposed and liberated all at the same time.
Some will look at this picture and think wow she has a great body and others may think I cannot believe she posted this picture of herself in a sports bra. BUT REMEMBER “its not the critic that counts” when stepping into the arena!
The reality is this…
The loose skin on my tummy is a beautiful reminder of two amazing little girls that call me mommy. That skin stretched to Guam and back while growing human life. The infamous “Sozio Pouch” will transform to an 8 pack and I will prove that you are not a prisoner to your genetics! If you look closely at my right knee you will see a massive vertical scar left behind from 5 knee operations. A knee that continues to support me in everything I love to do, even after everything it has endured. An imperfectly perfect body, my body, my tool!
Over the next few months I will put in the work to transform my body using FreeMotion equipment, strength training, efficient cardio, intelligent coaching, spot on nutrition and steadfast will power.The day I stand on that stage I will have trusted the process, put in the work and “will at best know in the end the triumph of high achievement or at worst, if I fail, I will at least fail while daring greatly”. Excited to have you along for the ride!
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For my first fitness tip I want to show you a great HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout on the FreeMotion Incline Trainer. Do you want to learn about the MANY benefits of Incline Training? You can do so HERE.