After I reached my one year mark in my recovery from an eating disorder last year; I still felt like something was missing. I saw a lot of newly trending yoga and pilates posts on Instagram, and all over social media sites. Thinking I was immediately going to just be as good as the girls in the pictures, I tried out some crazy yoga pose. And I fell over, and got really frustrated. I started to google yoga for beginners, and all sites pop up on how to control breathing, beginner stretches, posture, hot yoga. Ohh so overwhelming. I then went on Youtube, and accidentally found Blogilates. I typed in Pilates for beginners, and found Cassey Ho’s video from 2009. It was a beginner’s pilates workout, and I died and went to pilates heaven at that point. From the minute I hit play I fell in love with Cassey’s positive and radiant energy. I was hooked! I did that video 3 times a week until I found her actual channel, and started doing all of the other videos. I still cannot get enough.
Since finding Pop Pilates, my entire lifestyle has changed. I came from a weightlifting background. I’ve always been athletic and in shape, but never flexible or truly satisified with how I looked. Pop Pilates has not only taught me how to do splits or and eagle crunch, but it gave me a lot more confidence. My body began to change and become leaner, and my posture had began to drastically improve. But the change was more than physical. It ran deeper than that. The change was mostly mental. I gained so much confidence in myself. I reached not only the physical goal I have been trying to achieve, but the mental goal I never thought attainable.
I have had horrible body image issues my entire life. I developed an eating disorder really early on in childhood years, and have been in denial about it for over 12 years. It was not until I started my graduate program in school that I started opening up about it. I have been in recovery almost two years, and I still struggle with body image issues at times. I still sometimes compare myself to Instagram models or others. I still get down on myself for splurging in cheat meals. It happens, but it happens less frequent ly than it ever did. Doing Pop Pilates, and then joining Cassey’s Piit28 program was the best accidental find of my life. The Pop community is filled with amazing, motivational and insprirng individuals who are all about good vibes, positive energy and empowering words.
Don’t get me wrong, I still go to the gym and lift weights, but I have incorporated Piit28 and Blogilates youtube channel workouts into my regimen, and cut down on the weight training days. I needed this push, and this change. My absolute dream would be to continue spreading the love and vibes of Cassey Ho’s work out programs to help empower others. There are so many great things that I found from joining. I recently became a Pop Pilates Instructor(yayyyy), but I also do the Blogilates youtube channel workouts daily, and guess what??? They are free!! Cassey gives a monthly free workout calendar on her website that is printable full of the workouts broken down day to day. The Piit28 program takes some of her signature pop pilates moves and combines them with high intensivity interval training workouts. Willpower, strength and determination plus piit28 equals a recipe for success. The greatest outcome will be a boost of confidence. I signed up for Piit28 1.0 and completed it. Then she came out wit Piit2.0 and I couldn’t help but to join that too. The Piit28 program comes with a cost, but for me the result was well worth it. To me, the mental strength I gained meant more to my recovery and wellbeing than the money spent. The best part is that I will have access to the Piit28 workouts forever without having to repay! ahhhh! 🙂
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