Warrior Spotlight: The Butterfly Effect, Binge Eating & Getting Comfortable with Feeling Uncomfortable
November 20, 2020
Our Warriors community is filled with real-life warriors.
Starting today, we will be highlighting our member's stories as part of our new Warriors Spotlight Series. These spotlights will touch on topics including fitness challenges, relationships with food, motivational tips, favorite mantras, and what it means to be a warrior.
So without further ado, meet Edina (@ervenienne).
We asked her some questions (Q's) about her life. These are her answers (A's):
Q: What is your current biggest life dream?
A: To achieve persistence in my life daily. I believe that persistence is the root of being well-balanced, and that being balances can change every aspect of your life. I like to think of it as the Butterfly Effect.
Q: What kinds of struggles have you faced along your fitness journey?
A: Anything you can encounter on a fitness journey...I've lived it.
I like to call my journey a "roller-coaster ride of weight gain and loss, progress ups and downs, twisty motivational turns, and unexpected injuries."
All of these are normal parts of the fitness ride - you just need to find a way to stick to your current goals. Methods can and WILL differ almost every time. For example, if you just had surgery and cannot attend your Pilates class, then you go for walks, or lift a book sitting up in your bed - you can always find a way towards staying healthy.
I think keeping ourselves healthy and young SHOULD be one of our collective passions.
Q: What does being a warrior mean to you?
A: 'Warrior' is actually my favorite word in the world. Every person has their own life stories, experiences, and difficulties.
For me, being a Warrior means acknowledging the challenges in my life, facing them even when I am scared (let's be honest past wounds CAN be hard to face), and constantly working on myself and being proud of the path behind me. I also think a warrior resits when the world tempts them to be comfortable all the time, to ignore their inner needs, and to chase short-term satisfaction.
We make the most progress when we're pushing ourselves to grow and expand.
Q: What is your favorite saying or mantra?
A: "One day at a time."
Q: What advice would you give to someone who's struggling to stay motivated?
A: Get comfortable with feeling uncomfortable.
Motivation does not come from outside. When it comes to working out, my advice would be to invest first without expecting anything specific. As soon as the results start to show, THAT will be your motivation to keep going.
(this is just one of five great motivation tips Edina shared. To read her full response, click here)
Q: You shared the book "Brain Over Binge" (written by Kathryn Hansen) in the group-chat. Can you share a little bit of your own story regarding your journey?
Note: The full book title is Brain Over Binge: Why I Was Bulimic, Why Conventional Therapy Didn't Work, and How I Recovered for Good.
A: Just like for most of us it is a lifelong journey. My unhealthy relationship with food originated from not being supported and educated on how to stay healthy. I also received constant mixed messages (at home everyone told me I should be happy with how I look while I was constantly bullied in school... to the level that I got a knot in my stomach every morning).
From this anger and frustration, I've made some not-so-great choices. But, I know that I have tried my best, and have achieved a lot. So there are no hard feelings with between me and myself.
With that said, I have developed certain intolerances so I need to figure out how to heal my body AND reach my new goals at the same time. What I'm trying to say, is that I'm still on my own path.
Q: Any advice for giving help when someone asks?
A: I think whenever someone is asking for help, the keys are PREVENTION, EDUCATION, and SUPPORT, without forcing OUR OWN beliefs and ideas on them.
Thank you Edina for Being Our First Spotlight - Your Sharing Creates More Sharing.
We are excited to continue highlighting our Warriors stories. And we could not agree more on Edina's last point. When giving help of any kind it's important to remain open minded and focus on how you can support the person who's asking.
The Path You're On is the Right Path
Edina touched on the fact that she's still on her own healing journey...and in one way or another, so are all of us. Remember that if you ever need support, your community is here for you.
Way to be a warrior. Keep going.