<div class="paragraph">Every time I browse through Instagram and see the pictures being posted by "fitness professionals," I kinda cringe inside and maybe wish I weren't associated with the fitness industry. <br><br>You see, I've always felt a bit out of place when it comes to the obsession with vanity, calorie-counting, and numbers on the scale. I believe health is <em>so</em> much more than all of that, and it's my mission to show women a different way.<br><br>As women, we might still struggle with the numbers and compare ourselves to others, but if all you know of the "fitness world" is that numbers are king, we are failing you miserably. </div> <div><div class="wsite-image wsite-image-border-none " style="padding-top:10px;padding-bottom:10px;margin-left:0;margin-right:0;text-align:center"> <a> <img src="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/creamy-spring-chicken-soup-9-of-9_orig.jpg" alt="Picture" style="width:auto;max-width:100%"></a> <div style="display:block;font-size:90%"></div> </div></div> <div class="paragraph" style="text-align:left;">When I think of health, I think of pictures like the one above--fresh seasonal food. When I think of health I remember times being in the outdoors, clients who have switched from junk foods to whole foods, and helping women live with more inspiration and adventure in their everyday lives. <br><br>So, how exactly do you get healthy and see results without obsessing over the scale?<br><br>First off, if you are just starting out on your journey to transition to more whole foods or learning to add exercise into your life, just put the scale completely away for the time being. And if you are someone who is prone to obsessing over the numbers, just put the scale away for good. It doesn't define you--ever. <br><br>Secondly, make movement a regular part of your day. Our ancestors never had to worry about counting calories, because 1) they moved all day long and 2) their food wasn't processed. Even if you eat whole foods, movement still needs to be a part of your everyday life. Begin with 15-30 minutes of brisk walking or a 1 mile jog 1-2 day a week in addition to 30 minutes of strength training 3 times per week (think: lunges, air squats, pushups, planks). <br><br>Lastly, take portion control into consideration. I never restrict my clients from certain foods groups like, carbohydrates, unless there is a health concern from eating said food. I help them learn how many carbs they should be eating without obsessing over calorie counting. With just a few tweaks here and there, weight loss, better energy, improved digestion, and more will become a reality for you. <br><br>If you are interested in learning more about my coaching services, you can contact me <a href="/contact.html">here</a>. <br><br>Follow-up Questions: <br>1) What is your perception of the fitness industry at this point in time?<br>2) When you think of healthy living, what are the first few things that come to mind?<br><br>I would LOVE to hear your responses! Also, if you have questions, I will answer any you post below. <br><br><br></div>