I'm honoured to have Richelle Ludiwg on the blog today for Fit Chick Friday. Richelle write beautiful message of self love and acceptance and I'm so happy to have her sharing her message. Make sure to check Richelle out!
Certified Holistic Nutrition Practitioner, Cognitive Approach Practitioner and soon to be 200hr yoga teacher
Where to find Richelle
Richelle has a coaching business is all online.
What are your specialties:
I work with women who struggle with the diet-binge/emotional eating cycle and body image. I’m passionate about empowering them to break free from the diet cycle by changing their rigid thinking and awareness around food.
What got you into fitness?
To be completely honest, what got me into fitness was a disordered relationship with food and my body. I saw it as a way to control my body. That being said, I discovered how much I actually love moving my body and my favourite way to do that has changed over the years as I improved my relationship with my body. Now it’s all about being strong, longevity and feeling good! I discovered heavy lifting through Crossfit, which was a different mentality for me as I’d always been stuck in trying to make my body smaller and therefore weaker. With yoga specifically, I started practicing to help me calm my nervous system down as I was in phase 3 Adrenal Dysfunction from years of overexercising and being stuck in the diet-binge cycle. I discovered that it had so much more to offer and during a class was the first time I ever experienced really being in my body and feeling good. This hooked me and I continued my journey with yoga during my process of healing my relationship with my body.
What/Who is your biggest motivation?
My biggest motivation these days is just wanting to live a good life and be able to do the things I love as I age. In my day job I work with a lot of seniors and can see the affects of not moving well. I want to continue to move as best I can as I age. I also want to feel really connected to my body, which is why sometimes I just drop a dance party in the kitchen and that may be my form of movement for the day. I used to use exercise to disconnect, but now I really love to balance that out with movement that allows me to go inwards too.
What are some of your favourite exercises/equipment?
After years of distance running I have developed a real love for strength training. I love deadlifts, squats, pullups and pushups. When I was so focused on being thin, I was really weak and couldn’t do a pullup or pushup to save my life. Now I love being bigger, stronger and more capable.
What is your favourite outdoor activity?
Hiking or backpacking in the mountains! Something I really want to try outdoors is MovNat, but Edmonton has yet to get any instructors that I am aware of!
What is your favourite indoor activity?
Yoga, which can obviously be done outdoors too, and of course strength training.
Any advice you’d like to give to other women?
Be honest with yourself about why you choose the type of exercise you do. It’s important to come from a place of love instead of fear with everything in life, including movement. If you are afraid of gaining weight and using exercise to control your weight, burn calories or punish yourself for eating, this is an unhealthy relationship. Choose movement based on how fun it is, how empowered it makes you feel and how energized you feel after it.
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