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Love your Lines

Love your Lines

I used to feel ashamed of my faded stretch marks and loose skin from pregnancy. For a long time, I felt like it was unfair that I could get in really good shape but no matter what I did, I still had soft skin that wrinkled when I bent over and little faded stretch marks everywhere. Self acceptance was a long journey for me. Once I learned that my self-worth was so much more than just my outer shel ...[Read More]

Joanne MacGregor – #ownitcampaign

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  I never had a healthy relationship with my body or food growing up. I was 10 when I first decided I was too fat and my boobs were too small. I was five feet tall and 110 lbs and most of all, ten years old! My mother used to threaten me that I would end up fat like my aunt if I didn't stop eating, and I believed what she told me. I went through binge and purge cycles starting at 12 years old ...[Read More]

Negative Self Talk #ownitcampaign

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  This weekend's event had me surrounded by most of the top people in the fitness industry. On the plane ride home today I started thinking back to the first time I went to an event like this. I always would get really nervous before each of these events and I would really start to internally pick apart all my perceived flaws. It's hard, sometimes, when you are surrounded by so many beautiful ...[Read More]

Stacey Lee – #ownitcampaign

Stacey Lee OIC

Note from Natalie: Stacey thank you so much for sharing your story with us!  You have a beautiful way with words and I was really touched reading about your struggles, courage, and how you have found strength through your fit fam (I can totally relate to that!).  You are doing a great job mama.  Thank you for being brave and sharing your story. Much love, Natalie ---------------------------------- ...[Read More]

Carly Matson – #OwnItCampaign

Carly Matson

**Note from Natalie**  I got teary-eyed when I received Carly's email (good tears).  I feel like she completely understood and got the message we are trying to share here with the #ownitcampaign.  Thank you Carly, truly and sincerely, for sharing your message.  Your words are going to help and encourage so many people. - Natalie ------------------------------------------- I've been following your ...[Read More]

Amanda Cookson – #ownitcampaign

Amanda Cookson

I wanted to share my story… I am through the other side of Post Natal Depression. For a long time I always had in the back of my mind, “I WISH I’d been happier… bonded with my baby … I’d done this differently”… but you know what? No more wishing, I’ve moved to accepting. Accepting that PND is just another aspect of my journey to becoming a Mum. Accepting that I am who I am. There’s no point lookin ...[Read More]

Stretched Skin on Stomach After Pregnancy – #ownit

Stretched Skin After Pregnancy

I put a video up on my Facebook page yesterday, and when I posted it, I had no clue that it was going to go viral. In the 24 hours since I posted it, the video has had half a million views and was shared more than 1,300 times. My heart was pounding when I hit 'post' because it is always scary to share things that make you feel vulnerable, but reading through the comments and seeing everyone tag me ...[Read More]