It’s time to really let yourself go

by Belinda on January 30, 2011

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Countless times over the past several years I’ve heard people say “I let myself go” during a period of time, as a way to explain why they were out of shape.

It’s a phrase I wish I could ban because unfortunately it’s also all too common to hear someone talk about an overweight person and say “they let themselves go.”

If you (or someone you know) has gained weight and is not currently in shape, I suggest it’s because of a lack of letting yourself go, and usually for good reason. For example:

You didn’t let yourself go to the gym because you needed to spend that money on your kids piano lessons instead.

You didn’t let yourself go out and buy weights and a treadmill because you work 10-12 hours a day and just couldn’t see how you could even find the time to workout at home.

You didn’t let yourself go to the local farmer’s markets or food co-ops to buy healthy foods as often as you wanted to because you had a tough year financially.

You didn’t let yourself go for the daily walks you used to love because you were heartbroken after a relationship breakup and your body wanted to curl up on the couch and watch TV every evening rather than go for a walk.

You didn’t let yourself go get in shape because you had a baby and were sleep deprived and could barely manage to eat properly and had no energy to exercise.

You didn’t let yourself go exercise consistently because you love to run and your climate is too cold for half the year and you couldn’t figure out another exercise routine.

For 37 years I failed to let myself go and do any exercise at all and when I went through a divorce I lost even more motivation. My thighs were full of cellulite and with every passing year I saw the body I knew disappearing and being replaced with something I really didn’t like.

If you’ve failed to “let yourself go” for similar reasons, please realize it’s not because you were lazy or selfish.

That weight gain happened because you have a lot of responsibilities and just couldn’t let yourself go and make yourself top priority. That’s understandable. It happens to us all to easily.

Also, it’s also very likely that no one showed you how you could lose weight and get in shape in your current circumstances. It’s hard to do something if you don’t know how.

This is one of the reasons I created my Get Lean Program.  It comes with a high level of support from me personally, so I can show you how to let yourself go get lean in your current circumstances.

I also respond personally to all my Facebook messages and emails.  Why? Because I really care!

When I started to “let myself go” and gave myself permission to live out my dreams and desires – I was shocked at how quickly my life changed for the better.  I suddenly had more energy, exciting things started to happen, I woke up looking forward to the day (!!!!) and I had the courage to take advantage of new opportunities when they arose.

And now I’m here to help you make this the year you finally let yourself go!

PS. Me Letting Myself Go!

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Despina Hatziefstratiou February 7, 2011 at 12:03 pm

I’ve just hoped on board! Thanks Belinda you have inspired me as well. I look forward to a great start!


Belinda February 7, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Despina! Great to see you here, I appreciate your kind words and I am really looking forward to helping you Get Lean. Talk soon 😉


Trish January 31, 2011 at 5:14 am

Hi Belinda

Great spin on the term ‘letting yourself go’ it gives me a whole new perspective. Cheers & thanks for your insight & support.


Peter January 30, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Well put Belinda.
Anyone thinking of getting Belinda’s help should definitely hop on board. I’ve spoken with countless people in this industry and she by far is the most caring and helpful person i’ve come across. She’s the real deal!


Jodi January 30, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Amazing, inspiring words. Once again thanks so much Belinda. How very true. I think every person can relate to this.


Amanda January 30, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Dear Beli, thanks again for your inspiring words! It is such a special gift having you as a friend and trainer! I am lucky for having your support and friendship. thanks and all the best,


Belinda January 30, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Amanda! You know how close you are to my heart – my very first personal training client and now a wonderful friend. The feelings are mutual and your comment here means a lot to me, thank you!
Besos xoxo


Karen January 30, 2011 at 3:24 pm

You can tell you really do care. Awesome. Words from the heart:)


Belinda January 30, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Thank you Karen for taking the time to let me know. Sometimes sitting in front of the computer I try to imagine you all and think about how I can encourage, reach out and make a difference to your day – it’s awesome to know I that I can!


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