Listen to your body. (I know, I know - we hear this message everywhere but stay with me on this)   Last  year I was going to the gym around 6 times a week doing mostly HIIT  training and strength training (for me...too much!). My brother was  working with a personal trainer at the time who offered me a free  session. Because I was in decent shape he kept increasing the weight and  pushing me past what I was comfortable with. He had me doing kettlebell  swings and increased the weight 3 times. Something went off in my mind  that things weren’t right but I followed through.   That night in  the shower I could barely stand upright and couldn’t let the water  touch my stomach. I went several more months with this pain on and off  until finally going to the doctor and discovering I had an abdominal  hernia. Then continued to delay the surgery for several more months  until it was affecting my life in many ways - pain, trouble digesting,  unable to do core exercises, etc.   Don’t ever let anyone push  you past what you’re comfortable with. Good personal trainers don’t  “push you” they know how to work with your body, personal goals, and  your limits in a safe way. I listened to a podcast recently with fitness  expert Sal di Stenfano ( @mindpumposal )  where he likens exercise to getting a sun tan. You don’t go out there  on the first day of vacation lathered up in (coconut) oil and layout in  the direct sun the entire day (teenage me could of used this advice).  You work up to it. Listen to your body and stand up for yourself if it  doesn’t feel right. Only you know what’s best for your body. You’re the  one who gets to live in it the rest of your life, take care of it.    And  yes, the surgery had a slight complication and I have two incisions -  I’ve got messages asking why I have “two belly buttons” and my Dad calls  it my bullet hole. 🙄😝

Listen to your body. (I know, I know - we hear this message everywhere but stay with me on this)

Last year I was going to the gym around 6 times a week doing mostly HIIT training and strength training (for me...too much!). My brother was working with a personal trainer at the time who offered me a free session. Because I was in decent shape he kept increasing the weight and pushing me past what I was comfortable with. He had me doing kettlebell swings and increased the weight 3 times. Something went off in my mind that things weren’t right but I followed through.

That night in the shower I could barely stand upright and couldn’t let the water touch my stomach. I went several more months with this pain on and off until finally going to the doctor and discovering I had an abdominal hernia. Then continued to delay the surgery for several more months until it was affecting my life in many ways - pain, trouble digesting, unable to do core exercises, etc.

Don’t ever let anyone push you past what you’re comfortable with. Good personal trainers don’t “push you” they know how to work with your body, personal goals, and your limits in a safe way. I listened to a podcast recently with fitness expert Sal di Stenfano (@mindpumposal) where he likens exercise to getting a sun tan. You don’t go out there on the first day of vacation lathered up in (coconut) oil and layout in the direct sun the entire day (teenage me could of used this advice). You work up to it. Listen to your body and stand up for yourself if it doesn’t feel right. Only you know what’s best for your body. You’re the one who gets to live in it the rest of your life, take care of it.

And yes, the surgery had a slight complication and I have two incisions - I’ve got messages asking why I have “two belly buttons” and my Dad calls it my bullet hole. 🙄😝

Life by Design was born out of a need for my own self-healing after decades of unresolved illness. It wasn’t until finding the courage to look within that I discovered it was my own belief system holding me back from experiencing a truly thriving life. We all have access to that thriving life. We just need to rediscover our power and ignite the healing-self. Only then can we unapologetically live a life by our own design.