Story time!

Hola! Jenni here, your leader and chief cheerleader at Rise with Resilience. I’m gonna tell you a little story, so stop what you're doing and listen up!

The first time we went into lockdown I ended up losing a lot of weight. I was stressed about not being able to afford food since I was not able to teach in person, so I ate very little and very cheaply. I walked/biked everywhere I needed to go in order to save even more money. When I went back to work in the gym, many people complimented me for how “lean” I looked and how “fit” I became during our forced time off. Little did they know that my reason for weight loss was not a happy one, and not an intentional one either. It was a result of incredible stress and an incredible fear of the unknown.

The second time we went into lockdown I was still stressed, but at least I had been there before; I knew what to do. I ate normally and whatever I wanted, and I gained my weight back (and then some). This time, however, I received no compliments when I went back to the gym.

Throughout this weight fluctuation (and fluctuation of compliments as well) I grew even more fatigued by the toxicity of this industry and how much we celebrate weight loss. I guess you could say this was the straw the broke the camel’s back, because Rise with Resilience started to become the body neutral fitness platform it is today.

Bodies change, bodies fluctuate. Be kind to yourself, be kind to others, and remember: there is so much more to life than what you look like.