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    Guest Post: Overcome Negative Body Issues and Just #BEYOUtiful

    On Wednesday, October 18th, Momentum with be joining forces with Handful Activewear to celebrate National Love Your Body Day in a unique and visually powerful way. Our BE YOUtiful campaign will encourage everyone everywhere to reclaim the beauty and power within. We continue our series of inspirational blog posts with a BE YOUtiful story from Jennifer Langhans, a group fitness instructor full of body positivity.

    "If only she could lose 10 pounds, she would be so pretty."

    That one statement pretty much sums up my life. I've always been the chunky Italian girl. I was raised in a loving family, but overheard that comment repeatedly. I was never brave enough to try team sports, preferring the comfort and safety of books. Reading was my escape, and I embraced my role as an introverted intellectual. As such, it was acceptable to not be fit. I went on to get my Master's in English, and I lived the life of an academic. Fast forward ten years—plus three boys, multiple moves, career and physical changes—I felt like a different person. 

    We recently moved to a very active, physically fit community and I decided to join our local YMCA. I stepped into my very first group fitness class, and I was scared. I felt out of place among the blonde "supermodels" with perfectly sculpted muscles, but this curly haired hot mess was drawn to it. I loved it, and I kept coming back. 

    I was completely uncomfortable, but this class became the highlight of my week. While I was rocking out in the back row, I saw them—the others. The self-conscious, shy, frustrated, and overweight others. Some of them would sneak out and never return. I tried to be helpful and encouraging, but it wasn't enough. This is when I decided to really step outside of my comfort zone. 

    I decided to get certified. I wanted to teach group fitness classes.

    After I recovered from the initial high of my decision, the reality of this leap set in. It was still me, I'm the book smart one. Who would take a class taught by a chunky fitness instructor? "No one," I said to myself.

    The most important words are those that we speak to ourselves, so the self-doubt set in. I sat on my first certification for almost a year, held back by a cloud of negative thoughts. And then I remembered why I got it. My goal was to help others like me. People who weren't looking for perfection, but understand the importance of physical fitness.

    "If only I could lose weight, I'd make a great fitness instructor." 

    That pesky statement made its way back into my life, but I made the decision to be me...to be happy, and hope that my positive energy would be contagious.

    Our inner stream of consciousness drives us to make all of our decisions. As a society, we are becoming more aware of and embracing all body types. The media is flooded with body positive campaigns, but we need to find a way to get through our own hard heads and believe them. We tend to fall into a "great for her, but it would never work for me" mentality—but we need to quite our inner doubts so we an embrace our true passions.

    Truth be told, there's no easy way to overcome our own negative body issues. I'm a work in progress every day, but I move forward. We all need to move forward. Here are three super helpful ways:

    Three Ways to Overcome Negative Body Issues

    1) Realize that haters are just going to hate. This is out of your control, so just let it go. You will never appeal to everybody, so don't even try. Focus your time and talents on being you—the real you. Not who you think others want you to be.

    2) Read personal development books. Yes, they can be fluffy. And life isn't always that perfect, but they can help you grow. Let them feed you ways to help you overcome your weaknesses.

    3) Surround yourself with positive energy. Momentum motivate wraps, mugs, Instagram posts, shirts...find places to project positive messages so when you fall into self-doubt, there will be a simple reminder ready to lift you back up again.

    I'm still new to the fitness industry. I'm still a thick-but-fit instructor in a skinny fit world, but I've found my happy place. My classes are packed with front row divas and new-to-fitness moms with one thing in common—they are there to better themselves in a positive, encouraging environment that I have worked hard to create. I want all of my students to leave feeling strong, empowered, and ready to chase their dreams regardless of their pants size.

    Sometimes I tell my class to look in the mirror. I want them to see themselves lifting the weight, rocking the plank or doing pushups on their toes. I want them to see their strength and take it with them outside the gym. I want you to look in the mirror, too. 

    Remember, your inner dialogue controls what you believe. Don't let it pick a negative  path. Instead, let it provide the grace of body acceptance. Be you, and be happy.

    Join Jennifer and women everywhere on Wednesday, October 18th for National Love Your Body Day. Download your free BE YOUtiful poster and help us show the world what it means to overcome negative body issues.

    Guest Post: Epic Self-Love Makes You #beyoutiful

    On Wednesday, October 18th, Momentum will be joining forces with Handful Activewear to celebrate National Love Your Body Day in a unique and visually powerful way. Our BE YOUtiful campaign will encourage everyone everywhere to reclaim the beauty and power within. We continue our series of inspirational blog posts with a BE YOUtiful story from Genevieve Jerome of Fitty Foodlicious.

    Growing up, I never knew the concept of self-love. I was surrounded by people who constantly checked themselves out and were always worried about what other people thought of them. "She obviously takes care of herself, look at her makeup and clothes," they would say of others. Needless to say, I went to a high school that was very image conscious. In college, I was image conscious and hated my looks and every roll on my body. It wasn't until I turned 30 that I truly knew the meaning of EPIC self-love. 

    I realized how much energy I was wasting agonizing over my looks in the mirror, picking apart my every flaw instead of celebrating the things my body could do. I also realized that my habit of hiding food under my bed and eating until I felt "satisfied" wasn't doing it for me, either.  I needed to find my love from the inside, not from someone or something else.

    One day, someone told me what a light I was to others and it hit me—I am a light! A powerful, strong, bright light. Instead of staring at myself in the mirror all day or eating crappy food, I decided to take care of my body. I began telling myself daily mantras about how grateful I was for my strong body

    Now, the first thing I do every single morning is look in the mirror and say to myself: "I am a strong, capable woman." Then, throughout the day, I'll repeat other mantras out loud, like: "I am so loved" and "gosh, beautiful, you've got this."  Saying these mantras out loud gets me out of my own head and works to solidify my belief system. 

    It'll work for you, too. Repeat any mantras that speak to you. Do it in the car, waiting in line at the grocery store, or while you are running. Whatever you are doing, repeat your mantras, especially in times of self-doubt.

    Something else to try: Do something every day that you love! I go running nearly every day. It keeps me sane and helps keep my anxiety levels down. It helps me feel beYOUtiful. I put on my motivate wraps and run, enjoying every twist of the trail, the sun on my neck and the leaves under my feet. I love every second of it. 

    It's epic self-love, the 3-5 miles I do nearly every day. 

    To find epic self-love, you have to stop the comparison game. Don't look at other people with self-doubt. Don't wish you looked like them. Look at other people and find the motivation you need to do and be better. I played the comparison game a lot, but now I honor other powerful people and find inspiration from them. If we all did this, if we all worked together to empower each other, we would all be successful and feel much better about ourselves, too. 

    In addition to the mantras, I thank my body every day for what it does for me. I lost 155 pounds when I learned that food was fuel and not a coping mechanism. Eating healthy and being active is important, and I can love myself no matter what size I am. My body does amazing things. My legs let me run, and my lungs help me breathe and my arms pull me up to higher places. 

    I learned EPIC self love. 

    So stop tearing yourself down. Constantly remind yourself how amazing you are! You are a powerful human being, and you need to envelope yourself with as much EPIC self love as you can. Because then, you will be BE YOUtiful.

    Join Genevieve and women everywhere on Wednesday, October 18th for National Love Your Body Day. Download your free BE YOUtiful poster and help us show the world what it means to live a positive life full of epic self-love.

    Momentum Ambassadors Reveal New Fall Collection

    Apples, pumpkins and...new Momentum Motivate Wraps! Fall is here, bringing with it our newest collection of inspirational jewelry. Five new sayings, five on-trend colors. We might be biased, but we think you'll want all of them. To help us convince you, we chose eleven of our official Momentum Ambassadors to make the big reveal. Head on over to Instagram and check out what these ladies have done with the new Fall collection:

    Marissa Lee   /   Bridget Hammond   /   Julie Abbott

    Blair Harter   /   Jennifer Chung   /   Kathy Loannou

    Jenn Voss   /   Meridith Daniel   /   Heidi Liggett

    Sarah Schaap   /   Christine Cassar

    Guest Post: Find Your Fitness #beyoutiful

    On Wednesday, October 18th, Momentum will be joining forces with Handful Activewear to celebrate National Love Your Body Day in a unique and visually powerful way. Our BE YOUtiful campaign will encourage everyone everywhere to reclaim the beauty and power within. To get ready, we'll be sharing a series of inspirational blog posts from BE YOUtiful women. Today, we bring you Oneisha Lee from Shape Your Bliss.

    Fitness is hard. It takes work to stay healthy. From eating as clean as possible to finding a fun and effective workout to staying motivated, it's not something that will ever be easy. if you are anything like me, you are constantly scrolling through social media sites, finding before/after photos and thinking to yourself, "she looks so good now, I wish I looked like her."

    Of course, we shouldn't compare ourselves, but social media is a huge part of our life and it's truly too easy to fall into that trap.

    For the last couple of years, I struggled to find the right workout for me. My friend told me about a program that is incredibly popular, and the community on Instagram is unlike anything I've ever seen. Everyone is so supportive of one another, and their transformation photos are incredible. To be honest, the photos motivated me. Everyone looked "perfect" and I felt that if I did the workouts, then I would achieve this ideal body type.

    I gave it a go sometime last year, but never finished it. I tried three more times, but it never hooked me. Suddenly, I felt like an absolute failure, and the success stories made me feel worse. I did some self-searching, and after a few months, I realized that I lied strength training. I really admired the women who were weightlifting.

    Now, every single body type is beautiful, but it's important to figure out what is meaningful to you. As soon as I realized that I wanted to focus on lifting and getting stronger, I got to work.

    The next few weeks were truly difficult. Gyms had always terrified me, but with a definitive goal in mind, I was committed to doing anything and everything required of me to meet my goals. I joined my local gym—gyms had always been a foreign concept to me. I felt like everyone was watching and judging me. To say that I was self-conscious would be a huge understatement. Nevertheless, I was committed and I quickly realized that the community at my gym was really strong.

    So I kept working out. I experimented with all of the equipment, and eventually did my first-ever assisted pull-up. The transformation has been incredible.

    Although my body continues to shape up nicely, I have also transformed on the inside. My confidence is at an all-time high and I feel fantastic. I have so much energy throughout the day, and I am happier now, too. The gym has become my happy place. It makes me feel good. I am proud of my body and all that it can do.

    Like every woman, I still get self-conscious when I take photos. By no means do I think that I look perfect, but I have learned to be kinder to my body. I have also learned patience because the fitness journey is a long one. Results take time—but they don't mean anything if the process doesn't make you happy. 

    Your body is capable of doing so much. Regardless of what it looks like now, you have the power to transform it. So love your body. Cherish it deeply, and thank it every day for keeping you alive and healthy.

    Join Oneisha and women everywhere on Wednesday, October 18th for National Love Your Body Day. Download your free BE YOUtiful poster and help us show the world what it means to live a positive life full of self-love.

    BE YOUtiful with Handful Activewear and Momentum Jewelry!

    On the 18th of October, Momentum will join forces with Handful Activewear to celebrate National Love Your Body Day in a unique and visually powerful way. Our BE YOUtiful campaign will encourage everyone everywhere to reclaim the beauty and power within. Ultimately, it's all about YOU—your own gifts, your true beauty and your inner strength.

    We want you to let your unique light shine brightly. When you do that, we firmly believe that you will live up to your very own potential. Following our dreams allows each of us to have the greatest impact on that which surrounds us, sending ripples of positivity out in far-reaching ways.

    Our BE YOUtiful campaign is about pushing back against a world that passes judgement and measures people against an "ideal" standard that isn't realistic. And quite often, it's hurtful. Together, Momentum and Handful Activewear want to encourage you to be authentic and true. When you allow yourself this freedom, you exhibit true beauty.

    You are beautiful. 

    You are powerful.

    And you are enough.

    Help us make sure everyone everywhere knows that this is true. Help us redefine what it means to be beautiful. Help us create a movement that will inspire others to BE YOUtiful.

    Your goal: Believe in yourself, and always work to be the best version of YOU.

    Join us on Wednesday, October 18th—get ready by downloading your free BE YOUtiful poster! Be sure to stock up on exclusive campaign wrist wraps, too! And then, on October 18th, share an image on Facebook, Twitter and (or) Instagram that exhibits your BE YOUtiful self. 

    Until then, check the Momentum Blog for stories and insights that support the BE YOUtiful campaign. Be sure to follow Momentum on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, too!