Welcome to The Brisbane Barre Studio’s, beginner challenge. My name is Adriana, owner of the studio and over the next 4 weeks we’ll be introducing you to the principles of the BBS Lifestyle. A lifestyle that helps you discover an approach to looking after your health that is based on ease, elegance and high quality. Not on the typical approach of fad diets and a no pain no gain mentality.
This challenge is all about learning to think for yourself, and setting your own standards of what health, wellbeing and fitness mean to you. So many women get confused about looking after themselves because they think that following every experts is the answer. But you’re the only expert on yourself. You’re the only one who can decide what’s right for you.
This challenge is about giving you a framework. So stay committed, consistent and have fun with it! Have a read of this week’s article, experiment with a new delicious recipe and make sure that you also have some downtime.
See you in class!
“The first thing you lose on a diet is your sense of humour.”
How Does A Woman Lose Weight?
“The first thing you lose on a diet is your sense of humour.” ~Unknown
How does a woman lose weight? This is not the question we need to be asking, but rather it’s how does a woman find peace with her body? Because I can tell you from my decade of training women, that losing weight is not complicated, but finding peace with your body, where you feel feminine, elegant and confident is MUCH harder, and it has NOTHING to do with the number on the scales.
Here’s what I’ve discovered:
It’s not our bodies or weight that we’re unsatisfied with. It’s our internal world – our self-worth, confidence and emotional maturity that really need the work. Firstly we need to acknowledge that constantly thinking “I shouldn’t be eating this” or “I’ll start being good on Monday” or “I’m so sick of feeling fat” just sucks, and there’s nothing elegant about this way of thinking. So here are some ideas that I’d like you consider over the next 4 weeks:
1. Ditch every diet book you own.
Seriously. Diets keep you stuck in guilt and deprivation, inviting in the perfect storm for weight gain and self-loathing. There’s no ease or high quality about this.
2. Develop a true love and appreciation for HIGH QUALITY food.
Women think that because they love for food, they’ll never be slender. Wrong. Instead start channelling your inner foodie, and use it as a way to experiment with new flavours, buying local produce and cooking more at home. You don’t abuse
something you truly appreciate. You slow down and savor it. I eat delicious food (which includes veggies), enjoy wine and chocolate AND am really happy and confident with my body. Approach your nourishment with elegance and ease. And
remember, pleasure is a necessity, gluttony is not.
3. Develop your own personal style.
Your personal style isn’t just about what you wear but how you show up in your own life. If your desire is to be a fit, healthy woman then starting being that woman now – not when you “finally lose weight.” When you present yourself as the woman you desire to be, confidence grows. And, where there’s confidence, there’s power.
4. Practice the Self-care
I thought that I could only love my body after I had pushed it into a certain size. Then, I got to that size, and I still wasn’t happy. I still compared myself to others. The lesson: self-love is a choice. It’s one that you make every moment. A woman
who adores herself wants to take immaculate care of herself. So if you want to create a body you love, love the body you have.
5. Own your body and understand it.
Listen to your body. It is far more intelligent than any diet you’ll ever find. I found my happy weight when I stopped following insane diets and became the connoisseur of my body and life. Listen to how your body feels after certain foods. Listen to how your body feels after you’ve moved it a certain way.
6. Create rituals and routines.
In today’s society, women are so scattered, there doesn’t seem to be anything to ground them. Rituals and routines in a woman’s life are important. Whether it’s sitting down to have three beautiful meals a day, morning journaling or a decadent
night time routine, create something that brings you a sense of ease.
7. Infuse your life with quality.
One of the core BBS philosophies is the importance of quality. Not just what you eat, but the thoughts you have about yourself, the people you surround yourself with, the books you read, what you watch, and basically anything in your life.
Increase your standards and you’ll decrease your waistline.
8. Get the support you need to develop the emotional maturity to deal with your life.
Diets treat the symptom of weight. If you want to create lasting results, you must be willing to think differently, heal the deeper issues that drive you to overeat and battle against your own body. And you need to start to remember that being a
“perfect size” really means nothing. It doesn’t mean you’ll be happier, more successful or more confident. But caring for yourself, having high standards and discovering a healthy outlet will.
When it comes to food and your body, finally finding peace is the goal. And, that is much more important than a number on a scale.
X - Adriana BBS