Dear Jess and Dani....On reflection, for more than 15 years I've been treating exercise and... eating well merely as a means to a (short term) end, whether it was to look good on holidays, to fit into a particular dress, be a skinny bride - whatever it's been I've always had short bursts of intense dedication that have quickly fallen away once the 'event' is over.
Thanks for helping me see that I had my eye on the wrong prize - now I realize that exercise and good eating isn't a means to an end. I know now that it's way more important to be fit than to be skinny and being fit is going to make me a better wife, mother, friend and to be the best version of myself - physically, emotionally and spiritually.
This lesson is especially important for me now that I'm a mum and the very injuries and weaknesses I've sustained as a result of the pregnancy/birth have helped me appreciate the importance and value of being strong and healthy (not the importance of being skinny!)
When I joined Stellar, I'd never felt more physically or emotionally vulnerable in my life and although I'm not where I'd hoped I'd be physically after 3 months, I'm in a much better place emotionally.
More than anything, I've learnt to be kind to myself. I'm headed to the next stage of my life with a much healthier mindset due in large part to your guidance, encouragement and words of wisdom.
So thanks for your support, dedication, attention, humour and good fun. You've created such a lovely, supportive, fun, non judgmental culture and all the stellar girls have always been so friendly, understanding and funny.