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Love Your Body Instructor Spotlight – Tina & Sarah

Love Your Body Instructor Spotlight – Tina & Sarah

. 6 min read

As a part of our Love Your Body Week celebration, we are sharing the stories of body-positive leaders on the Moxie platform.

Today we have the opportunity to celebrate Tina Wilson and Sarah Kitterman. Read below to hear their stories around body image, self-care, and celebrating our bodies in all forms.

Tina Wilson

Tina Wilson a triple threat! She teaches strength, spin and yoga classes. Read more about Tina below and visit her Moxie studio to join her for her #LoveYourBody YOGA FLOW

Q&A with Tina:

How has fitness (or yoga) impacted your relationship with your body?

When I began my fitness journey, I was over 200lbs. I lost about 50lbs; I looked and felt amazing. Even though I looked great on the outside, on the inside, I still felt like that fat girl. It wasn't until recently that I finally felt happy with my exterior because my soul was healed. I have had many tragedies in my life, so I would always run to food or exercise. Since I started taking yoga, it has taught me to be still. By being still, it has forced me to stop running from my pain. I also started meditating, which has deepened my practice. I am still healing, but I no longer negatively look at myself. The belly may not be a flat as I want, and my booty may not be as tight as I want, but I love how I feel. My goal is to teach women how to love themselves from the inside out. If you aren't happy with who you are you will never be happy with what you look like. My goal is to be fit and fabulous. I had to be happy with who I was mentally before I could be physically happy.

What does body positivity mean to you?

Body positivity means being content with the way you look. That doesn't mean that you don't want to be fitter or look better. It means you are grateful for where you are on your fitness journey. As a mature woman, I have noticed changes in my body over the years. In my 20's I could do a few fitness classes, and the weight would come off. In my 30's I had to work out and eat a little better. My 40's have been a journey. It feels like I can look at food, and it just sticks to my body. As I approach 50, I have finally come to a place in my life where I understand it doesn't matter what the scale looks like. I wish I could say I don't get on the scale, but I jump on every morning. I would not suggest this to anybody. I want my clients to be happy with who they are from the inside and then they can achieve anything they want physically. I believe I have a little body dysmorphic disorder, a mental illness involving obsessive focus on a perceived flaw in appearance. The flaw may be minor or imagined. The person may spend hours a day trying to fix it. The person may try many cosmetics or exercises to excess.

  • In what ways do you aim to empower yourself or others to love their bodies?

The way I empower people is by giving examples. When I speak from my heart and am authentic, it makes them feel a lot better. I also provide examples from my experiences. For example, when someone says they don't want to eat, I explain why it's important to eat how I dealt with that issue. My goal is not to make someone skinny or thin. My goal is to make my clients fit, fabulous, and healthy. To empower anyone, I believe we need to dig deep and find our why. Why do you REALLY want to work out and be fit? I believe like all things in life you have to dig a little deeper like peeling an onion. I first began my fitness journey to fit into my clothes. As I dug deeper it was not to be lazy or tired all the time. Something I do to help me peel that onion is to ask WHY over and over again until it makes me cry. At the core of my onion I realized I am on this fitness journey because of my dad who died at 49, and my grandmother, who died young. They both could possibly still be alive today if I knew then what i know now. I empower people like my mom to be better and do better by finding their why to motivate them.

  • What are some insecurities you have about your body? How do you work through them? How do you overcome it?

This is a great question. I have many insecurities but I am only going to talk about one of them because we will be here all day. I have two beautiful children. After my daughter was born, I didn't get any stretch marks. I call her my love child. After my son, my body just looked like I was in a car accident. My body was all sorts of colors, shapes, dimples, and rimples, not to mention the tiger claw marks on my stomach and back. I said that must have been my punishment for something. Anyway, I have pushed through, and my biggest insecurity is the stretch marks on my stomach. I used to be embarrassed by them. I work very hard to keep my core strong, and this is not to have a flat belly but to be strong from within. I look at my stretch marks much differently now. I wear them as a mark of excellence and honor. I was honored to be the mother of JAMAL GAINES. I realize if someone has a problem or doesn't like my stretch marks, it isn't my problem; it's their problem. I'm not particularly eager to show my body, but I want my ladies to be empowered when we work out. I want you to come to your workouts like you're going to the club. I don't get out much even before COVID, so my classes are my party.

Sarah Kitterman

Sarah Kitterman is a Certified Pilates Instructor, former professional dancer, and busy homeschooling mom of three. Read more about Sarah below and visit her Moxie studio to join her for her #LOVE YOUR BODY CORE RESTORE FOR BUSY MOMS

Q&A with Sarah:

  • How has fitness (or yoga) impacted your relationship with your body?

Pilates and Ballet can appear very similar. They give off the feeling that you have to ALREADY be slim and trim to be any good at it and that if you can't do it perfectly, you're a failure. As a ballet dancer, I had some negative body image issues to overcome and even struggled with (undiagnosed) Anorexia. Pilates helped give me more confidence in the strength of my own body, and the more I train and practice pilates, I know that pilates is for everyone, there are modifications for everyone at every stage. It's about the practice, not perfection. The practice helps you become stronger, feel better, and do something good for YOU. Now, as a busy mom of three, I especially value my personal time on my mat. And, practically, getting back into a regular pilates practice for myself after my third child was born helped heal a nagging injury that rest, walking, and yoga couldn't.

  • In what ways do you aim to empower yourself or others to love their bodies?

I aim to empower others to love and listen to their body by reminding my class attendees to thank themselves at the end of class for making the time to do something GOOD for themselves. And I always encourage them to respect what their body is saying it needs today (maybe it doesn't need that level 3 variations, stick-on level 1 for today) and embrace that. Don't worry about tomorrow; today is just practice for the next class.

  • What are some insecurities you have about your body? How do you work through them? How do you overcome it?

I've often felt insecure that my bottom is too big and my chest is too small. Then I went through four pregnancies, three babies born, and nursing till the last one was nearly three; my body completely reversed itself during those years to have a flat butt and bigger chest. Now that I'm done nursing and back to a body shape similar to what I was before kids, I have nothing but tremendous respect and awe for my body!

  • What about advice for someone struggling with body positivity?

Sometimes it's so hard to get out of your own head. I would tell someone struggling with body positivity to find a friend, or maybe a fitness coach, that has that positive mindset and is good at engaging and inviting you to join in with that mindset. Sometimes we need a little help re-setting our self-talk track. If you can be around those who speak positive around you, you may find it easier to start speaking that way and accepting yourself.

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