So OK – I’ve dropped hints and briefly discussed my new attitude to weight loss recently, but I haven’t gotten down to the nitty gritty. For years it’s been a struggle for me to get motivated. I know what I need to do to get my health back to where it needs to be…but doing it has been a whole ‘nother story.
Until I met Renisha.
We’d been part of each other’s social circle for a little while – Renisha is part of Team Red Pump, so we’d met at the Red Pump Project events I have been happily attending since I moved into the city. But it wasn’t until Felicia Leatherwood’s Loving Your Hair With Natural Care Workshop, that she clued me in to what she does.
“Oh, I’m a personal trainer!” she said. And a lightbulb went on over my head.
That very day I asked her to help me get myself together.
Renisha and I have been meeting up once or twice a week, and she’s been helping me discover a new love for fitness. She’s helping me to slowly but surely realize that exercise can be enjoyable. It can make me feel physically better in an instant. And most importantly, she’s helping me realize that YES – I can DO THIS.
I’ve been waiting for a while to announce this, but FINALLY it’s up! Renisha has launched a fitness blog. Bellas, please check out Renewed Fitness. I am SO proud of my friend!
Renisha explains her fitness philosophy in her very first post.
My approach to fitness is simple, yet powerful: If you renew your mind, you’ll change your life. Accomplishing anything starts in your head with a thought. The rest is action. But it’s the subject of that thought that determines whether or not you will get to your goal. If you think you can’t, you won’t. Renew that thought and change the way you’re thinking about the task at hand. In my experience, my clients have accomplished so much more by changing their thoughts about fitness and health.
Her philosophy has been so tremendously inspiring to me. For years I’ve been making excuses for myself, and having an unhealthy approach. I’ve been thinking of it as diet and weight loss, as opposed to strength and fitness. In the past my goals have been more about being a certain dress size or idealized weight, rather than putting in the work and sweat required to stave off hereditary health problems like high blood pressure. For years I’ve been telling myself that I could totally do this alone, if only this wasn’t such a busy day/week/month.
I needed help. Admitting it was the first step, and Renisha’s gentle and nurturing, non judgmental and spiritually uplifting approach has been helping me achieve things I didn’t think I could. Slowly, but surely.
If you need a little inspiration and a little guidance, or new ideas for a workout routine, visit Renewed Fitness, or follow Renisha at Renewed Fitness on Twitter. Leave her a comment, let her know what your questions or concerns are – she’s awesome and patient and helpful, trust me!
Welcome to the blogosphere, Renisha!