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"Healthy Is Hot" means something different to each person, and that is what makes it such a powerful movement. Below are just some of the amazing people who have been brave enough to share their stories.
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One of my dear friends @thechloewilde started a great movement this year called @healthyishott and asked me to share some of my journey towards self-love and health. Growing up, I suffered from negative body image like many girls. Though I was tall and thin, I did not like myself or my body. During high school, I became annorexic for a few years and got myself down to 80 pounds, which is incredibly scary to think about now. It's only when I started dancing semi-professionally and focusing on sports that I was able to start changing that negative body image and low self-esteem. Though it has been an upward battle towards self-love and acceptance, I can honestly say that I'm proud of where I am today. Choosing a healthier lifestyle and taking care of myself has led to an amazing sense of personal pride and self-love. In my eyes #healthyishot! For 2017, my wish for everyone is more self-love and acceptance and I hope we keep encouraging each other to be healthy positive leaders in this world 💫💪 #realtalk 📸: @lacihavens
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At around 35 weeks pregnant I stumbled across this photo. I barely recognized myself in this person. Weighing in at close to 170 lbs, I was the heaviest I'd ever been and despite the fact that I knew I was carrying a human (and that my body would eventually recover) I couldn't help but wonder if I would ever look like this again. The truth is, I probably won't -- and that's ok. Being pregnant made me realize just how incredible our bodies are and how important it is to take care of them. Three weeks postpartum my waist has slowly begun to reappear and the pounds are shedding by the day, but more importantly I can now see a strength in myself that's so much greater than looking good in a bikini. Thank you @thechloewilde for challenging me to love and appreciate this new version of me and encouraging others to make peace with their own body image issues using the hashtag #healthyishot
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In support of my friend @thechloewilde #healthyishot initiative, I'm sharing my personal story. I was bullied in elementary school and it made me feel like I wasn't good enough or cool enough to hang with the rest of the kids. It affected me most of my life, right up to my adult years. It made me very shy, closed off, and I often felt like I wasn't good enough. It wasn't until I started my blog and overcoming a life changing hardship that I finally came out of my shell. I gained the confidence and courage to express myself and truly be me. I found myself again. Looking back now, I would tell my younger self not to listen to what the mean kids have to say to you. You are beautiful inside and out. Be confident and know your worth. It's your uniqueness that makes you shine. For more inspiration follow @healthyishott #healthyishot ✨
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Celebrating @thechloewilde's brave new project @healthyishott by sharing my own fitness journey. So proud of you, Wilde one. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• I'm a beast. That sounds all good & Beyoncé now, however, it's taken almost 40 years to embrace this notion. I'm 5'10. My arms don't fit through most shirt sleeves. If I'm not 100 pounds overweight, then I'm built like Shaq. There is no in between. For the majority of my life I dessssssperately wanted to have a petite, feminine, fragile physique. I wanted boys to be able to lift me up (most can't or shouldn't...it looks and feels ludicrous) I wanted to be rescued. Wanted to strangle nicknames like "Amazon". My muscles, I was told, were too "masculine". Frightening. Bulky. Brutish. Not ladylike. But, then something shifted after my second child; I have laundry to do. I'm not even trying to be lifted up off the goddamn ground. And if anyone is going to do any rescuing up in here, it's me. I am a beast of a mother and friend. I'm a beast in my work and God knows I'm a straight up wife-beast. So, it is about time that I allow my outsides to reflect what has always existed within; a feminine, frightening, fragile, masculine, lady-like machine. I lift. I run. I healthy. I BEAST. #healthyishot #whorunthismother #outfrontfourseasonslookinlikeadamnfootballteam #beastmode #ladylike #masculine #feminine #machine #workingmom #wife #girlswholift #fitness #health #gymlife #onlyalwaysalady
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"Here's to strong women. May we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.” I was asked by the beautiful @thechloewilde to join the movement to support @healthyishott and share a little bit about my journey when it comes to fitness and health. First off, my perspective has shifted quite a bit since becoming a mom. Once upon a time I had stepped on stage for a figure competition and I don't talk about this much because even though I appeared "ripped" I personally didn't feel my healthiest. Today, I don't have a sculpted 6-pack set of abs, I am not in the gym everyday and I don't deny myself a glass of wine, but I am happy and I am healthy. My definition of being "fit" had changed - I became more motivated to be strong enough to lift a heavy car seat in one arm and 10 grocery bags on the other. I struggled with embracing this shift at first, but now I'm in a good place - mentally and physically - and hope to inspire other mothers to feel the same. Plus it's important to me that my daughter knows that health is a priority in our home. She was the whole reason 'No Tummy Mommy' came to be. This is just my two cents on why #HealthyIsHot and I've tagged a few mamas to share a little too! 📷: @leonchaiphotography
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I don't normally write personal stories like this but I'm part of a new project called @healthyishott and I want to do my part. I write this just hours after trying to find a swimsuit because J and I have booked a staycation this weekend to unplug (and when I moved to Chicago in the winter, the last thing I thought I’d need packed was my bathing suit). Since moving to a new city I have spent a lot of time alone - blame it on having fewer friends or a freelance job, I’ve been spending my time writing and trying to build a better relationship with myself. After the honeymoon period with my new city had worn off, I was stressed and anxious about having so many unknowns in my life. I was confused, embarrassed and angry at myself - and I resorted to old habits like binge eating. While I remained consistent with my workouts, I dropped healthy eating completely. The scale hasn’t changed much but I feel it in my clothes, movement, happiness and ESPECIALLY in that fitting room today. Today I’m sharing a photo from three months ago when I was at my healthiest and happiest. I had just achieved something I never thought I’d do. Despite playing soccer my entire life, I wasn’t much of an athlete, always teased for being the slow one who couldn’t run much distance. Flash forward to September 2012 when J started teaching me to run - there were sessions where I literally begged him to leave me behind and threatened to break up with him. He didn’t leave me behind (and now we’re married!) and because of that I developed a love for running. After training all spring and summer this year, I ran my first long distance in Chicago and returned home soon after to compete in my first official 10k race. Crossing the finish line was hands down one of the most proud moments of my life. Reflecting on that time inspires me to get back to being that girl because #healthyishot!
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My #healthyishot story has been an ongoing journey since child hood. Sitting still has never been my thing. In grade one my report card read something along the lines of " Your daughter gets an A in recess". My parents would let me dip my feet in what ever floated my boat. Swimming, soccer, dancing and Gymnastics just to name a few. Dancing was actually a part of my high school experience, sports were built into my day. I have never had a perfect body and the older I get the more comfortable I am admitting that. I will never have a large thigh gap or defined arms. I'll always want that cookie dipped in coffee. I hope we all find beauty in our flaws and start realizing being different from one another is what makes us special. I make it a priority to stay active and plan to meet others in classes. Sunday Spin has become my favourite morning of the week. I must also include carrying my weight in clothing is a daily passion xx @thechloewilde @healthyishott also spelling... sweet/ sweat 💦 opps
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This post is dedicated to my inspiring friend @thechloewilde ✨As part of her body-image initiative @healthyishott, she asked me to share what #healthyishot means to me by telling a personal story. And so...five years ago, I had one of the most personally challenging days of my life. I was in such a state of distress, I could hardly handle being in my own body. For reasons I still don't understand to this day, I decided, for first time ever, to go for a run. I had never run more than one city block before. I didn't even have an app or gadget to tell me how fast or how far I was going, but I set out anyway, and ran as far as I could until I felt like puking. Then, I walked until I didn't feel like puking anymore, and started running again. In the end, it felt like I had run 10K, but when I checked Google Maps later on, it turned out the distance totalled a whopping 2 km. Still, it was the beginning of a new chapter in my life, and one year later, I ran my first half marathon. Today, I can't imagine my life without running. It's great exercise, for sure, but it's also so much more than that: it's a way to clear my head, a way to connect with others, a way to explore new places and, if I'm being honest, the perfect way to justify a whole new wardrobe 🛍💁🏻Thank you, Chloe, for encouraging us to share, and for reminding us all that health is about so much more than how we look 💗
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I'm sharing this throwback pic (on a Monday!) in support of the lovely @thechloewilde's @healthyishott movement. She's pushing for positive body image, and for us all to share our stories. I've had a crazy year in terms of fitness, running my first half-marathon, and then a second one for good measure. Through it all, I've been hard on my body for the way it looks, the way it performs, even the way it looks while it performs. But in the spirit of #healthyishot, I'm gonna take a moment and just be thankful for my body, and for what it proved it could do in 2016. Not bad for this "definitely not a runner." #running #halfmarathon #nrc #nrctoronto #nikerunning
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For the last two years and half, my work took over my life and funny enough, I thought that launching my blog early this year will make me more swamp. Don't get me wrong, I'm drowning with work but this healthy lifestyle adventure also paved the way for me to appreciate myself and body more. Early this year, I struggled in the way I look at myself. I look at the mirror and I say "hey, do I know you?" ... I was not happy with what I see. I hit the lowest point in my life. In fact, I'm scared to share this to all of you. Thanks to @healthyishott and my @ntensick family, I gain courage to share this to all of you in hopes to inspire each one of you. Healthy lifestyle is not about numbers of pounds lost, it's about how you feel and how much you love yourself. If you can't love yourself, who else will? I've learned to take a little bit of time to take care of myself no matter how busy I am. Although, I learned what taking care of myself really means, the hard way! Ps- this is not the easiest post but I'm tagging @cgnoelle @micabs_ @lyssatista @heatherlynn06 @slytouissant @adlr16 to share their healthy fitness journey or struggles with body-image. To all of you: don't let anyone's opinion about your body or yourself change who you are. #healthyishott @thechloewilde // note: Me on this photo is the first time I've seen myself after 2.5 years so confident. @llbcreative is a witness xo
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When I was 9 years old, I found out that I was very sensitive to MSG and other preservatives. I was sick for many years before we found this out. This discovery lit the light of awareness in my life that food is a powerful force that can either make you feel really good or really bad. It made me hyper aware of my body and that drove me to want to have a career in health. As a Nutrition student I thought I had it all figured out and if I ate the right foods I could always look and feel the same. But, then I got pregnant...and then I breastfed...and then I began working out again to try to get my pre-baby body back. All of this with major sleep deprivation... My tummy will never look like it did before I had my boys. But I housed human life. Which is the best gift my body has ever given me. I've realized that there is no perfect path to health as our body is in a constant state of movement through different stages and ages. I'm approaching another birthday this week and there's one thing that I now lean on as I get older and observe these changes in my life. You have to let go of what you had and allow what IS to shine. The ultimate responsibility is tuning into your body through each stage. This is not about trying to get back the body you had in years past, this is about appreciating what your body has gone through to get you to today. When you focus on the power of your body, what it's done for you, what is does for you and what it will do for you, any negative thought can quickly turn to self respect. Switch your focus to being healthy instead of trying to make your body look and be something it may not be ready to be. This is the ultimate act of self-love. Thanks for the inspiration @thechloewilde #healthyishot
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My friend @thechloewilde is challenging people to own up to their unhealthy pasts and how they decided that being healthy was "hot". This photo is from a decade ago. I used to eat like shit, never train consistently, and relied on my metabolism to take care of everything. The result was that "skinny fat" dude on the steel drums up there. I had low energy, low stamina, and kind of just generally felt like crap. Six years ago I made it a legit New Years resolution to change myself and my body into something I could be proud of. Fitness and athletics have been a huge part of my life ever since. #HealthyIsHot -- I challenge @steve_dao, @alexjack.ca and @thomas_kiriakou to share their own health and fitness stories. @healthyishott
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I was always a little hesitant to opening up about why I'm sore in the winter or why I hold back running certain times of the year. Recently I noticed how much school and work has made such a big influence on my lack of running. I hate thinking there's no time to make for myself or being self conscious to run because my hip cannot handle it in the colder weather. Since I'm off for a couple weeks from school and busy at work I'm going to focus more on my health and create a plan for running and do my best to avoid arthritis pain. If you're in the same mindset of actually putting you first I recommend an awesome movement, @healthyishott #healthyishot Chloe Wilde is behind it and she's a fantastic woman who encourages self love. Be brave and open up about yourself before the new year. Small changes can be good changes. 👟🌞💃🏻💘📋
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Three and a half years ago I used the hashtag #healthyishot for the first time. We had just finished filming a challenge in Ottawa for the reality show I was in, The MuchMusic VJ Search. It was the first time I had seen my boyfriend and family in weeks and they were shocked at how much weight I had lost in the interim. The combination of being thrown into a reality show, travelling across Canada on a bus with other VJ hopefuls, consumed with stress at the thought of elimination and the gnawing concept that the "camera adds 10lbs"... It all became too much and I was not taking care of myself. Their concern was hard to hear but exactly what I needed; that night I ate a healthy balanced meal and went to the gym, where I took this photo and made a promise to myself that "healthy" was the ultimate goal, not a number on a scale or a dress size. For years I've struggled with a strenuous relationship with food, body-image and loving myself, Healthy Is Hot is my commitment to making sure no one feels alone in dealing with issues like these, and today is the day we band together. Join the movement, be a part of the change, let's support each other in our struggles and scream from the rooftops that healthy is hot. 1. Be brave and share your story 2. Tag 3 friends to do the same 3. Include #healthyishot and tag @healthyishott
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REAL TALK // When my friend @thechloewilde asked me to share a story of my journey of self-love for her new @HealthyisHott initiative, I originally wanted to post a fun pic of me on the beach in my bathing suit 👙(posed and curated, of course). Then I saw this pic that Damien took of me and my niece yesterday on the beach and knew it was the perfect one to start the conversation on TRUE self love. ❤️Had you asked me to post this a year ago, unedited and unsmoothed, I would have thought you'd lost your damn mind... because that's what social media has brought us to believe is the norm. Edited versions of ourselves. No cellulite, no lumps, no pale skin. Only smoothed out, perfectly pert bodies that are forever sunkissed. That to be healthy, you have to look flawless. But when I look at this photo now, I don't even stress that my body doesn't look "Insta-perfect" - I just remember how undeniably happy I was to be on that beach, on that day, laughing with people I love. 💕 And there's no amount of editing that can fake that. #HealthyisHot
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Health is as much mental as it is physical. I'm like every other person who's had issues with my body (I used to be so insecure about my thick thighs🙈) but this year, separating from my best friend and husband, messed with my healthy routine more than anything else to date. I've never drank more, ate less or exercised inconsistently. I pushed away my closest friends and family. I either partied too hard or laid in bed unable to start the day. At times I felt like all I had was my work. And in this industry that takes its own unhealthy toll. And on top of it all, I felt guilty. First, it was just a broken heart. I wanted to get over myself. Second, I instigated the separation out of a selfish need to find myself🙄! But the best thing I've done for my health recently is to be kind to myself. It was a 12 year relationship that had the promise of at least another 60. It's ok for me to have a hard time letting go. And it helps that I have such a great support system around me like #NRC, which is more than just running for me. Thank you @thechloewilde/@healthyishott for encouraging people to share their health struggles. No one's alone. I nominate @atothebed, @lesbest and @theshakfile to share their own #HealthyisHot story! ❤ #wereallinthistogether #mentalhealth
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Shout out to my girl @thechloewilde, who asked me to share a personal story for her new body-image initiative @healthyishott. So here goes...As a general pizza-loving, couch-napping lazybones, it’s way too easy to forget how much happier I am when I’m getting my exercise in and eating properly. Motivation to do these things doesn't come naturally to me, especially on a Sunday after two nights of 🍷🧀. The best trick I've got so far is finding inspiration in women who, like me, don't always feel like working out or eating right but still try their best. In a way, it's reassuring to know that nobody is perfect and we all have our own struggles to deal with. Running the #nikewomen 15k in June 2015 was something I could never picture myself doing but miracle of miracles it happened with the support of these ladies, who never questioned my abilities while I was like 😨🙅🏻. Thanks to you Chloe for starting this convo and for reminding me to keep my chin up when I'm feeling like a couch potato! #healthyishot
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A few days ago my lovely friend @thechloewilde was kind enough to ask me to post something in support of the @healthyishot movement that she has started. It’s kind of funny that this came in the middle of a week that felt like an avalanche of unhealthiness to me - fighting a cold, feeling mentally stressed out and very very down, missing my dad who I lost to lung cancer a little over a year ago, all topped off with an emergency room visit to Sick Kids for my son who had a frighteningly high fever (fortunately he is getting better now). Yeah, it's been a crazy one. I’ve talked quite a lot about my pursuit of physical fitness and health and how important that is to me, as well as dealing with the whole complicated business of body image as a woman - especially one that works in front of the camera. That’s always a tricky line to walk. I’ve been shy about talking about my struggle to stay mentally healthy, especially given the challenges that have been thrown my way in the last few years. It bears mentioning because I know I am not alone in this. The pressure to be perfect, to say the right thing, to look the right way and to win all the time - that is some heavy shit that we put our selves through. At times it feels difficult to move forward. But darker days have a way of shedding light - a gift of clarity that have helped me figure out what matters and what doesn’t so much. I have grown to really understand how the health of my mind and my body are completely intertwined. So I am trying to be kind to both. Now as I move positively from one week to the next, poised to step into a fresh new year, I can’t think of a more important thing to focus on than health - mental, physical, emotional. There are some things we can’t control, but there are many that we can. I can’t think of anything more powerful than choosing strength in all aspects of our lives and encouraging it in others. So pass it on, #healthyishot. (📷 by @tobiaswphotos)
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I used to be a gym rat, and I'm sick of saying this. "Used to" is a way I try to feel better about the fact that I have completely let my health and fitness go down-hill. It's not all bad, I've started by own business and had 2 kids in the process but those excuses are worn out to me. Last year, a media coach said to me "wow, Julie, you are looking really great". This was at my thinnest and the most stressed and anxious point since I started my career in food media. He said "when you're on TV, it's always better to be on the thin side". I don't work with him anymore. My happiest weight was 130lbs and I used to boast about it all the time because people couldn't believe I weighed that much-130lbs of solid muscle. I never felt so strong. 20 lbs more than I weigh now. I've made the resolution 100 times since then to get back to my strongest weight and gain muscle mass back. 2017 is the year and this time, I am holding myself accountable. Thanks for the #healthyishot challenge @thechloewilde. Follow the movement @healthyishott -- I challenge @thehealthyitalian and @chrissy_406 to do the same!
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This quote is a great example of a shift in perspective that took me many years as a woman to truly embrace. I have found that along the way, your inner guide knows what's best. When I was 14, I have a vivid memory firmly deciding that to have my dream body (based on comparing myself to a thinner girl in class) I would have to eat very little or I'd be a failure. Thankfully, I enjoy food too much to have taken this too far! A few years ago, I embraced a plant-based diet that recommended eating huge portions all day. I thought it was good to embrace this abundant lifestyle. However for myself and for most, this was excessive. Today, I have found a balance. I eat as many whole foods as possible, and enjoy some treats when I feel called and make sure to move my body regularly. As a result, a natural harmony came about! Letting go of comparison is my key lesson, and again it comes back to honouring yourself! Sending lots of love and the courage to step into your own light and embrace your health with deep care ✨❤️ #healthyishot •If you feel called to share, join the Healthy is Hot movement and tag @healthyishott and use the hashtag #healthyishot, let's do this!•
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