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Love your IMPERFECT body

I’ve learned this concept during my lifetime …  to love your imperfect body.

As a female, living with a massive scar down my chest, I’ve learned to appreciate my body and not focus on my imperfect body.

Imagine being a teenage girl and living with a huge, red scar down your chest. That was me! Yes, it would sometimes dictate what I wore and how I felt but I learned to appreciate it … and the meaning behind my perfect, imperfect body.

I was born with VSD, Ventricular Septal Defect. What that means, I was born with a hole in my heart which causes the heart to pump harder to deliver enough oxygen to the body. Sometimes the hole closes on it’s own but mine did not. My doctors decided I needed to undergo Open Heart Surgery when I was 8 years oldMissy Kent Chest Scar.

My scar looks a thousand times better now than it did when I was younger. It was red and large when I was a teenager. I guess it was during that time when I realized my life and good health were more important than an ugly scar. Although … I didn’t see it as ugly, maybe other people did. I saw it as a new life, a healthy life, an opportunity to live a better life … it represented endless possibilities. It’s also why I value my good health and move my body, fuel my body and work to inspire others to do the same. It’s an amazing gift that you don’t completely realize until you don’t have it — good health is better than wealth!

Now as an adult … as a mom … as a 40+ year old women … I have many more imperfect areas on my body.

::: I have stretch marks and a dark vein on the back of my leg which might look bad to some people. To me, they represent a healthy baby boy who added 40 lbs to my body. Thank god for those stretch marks and dark vein.

::: I have a new scar on the front of my body, which changed the look of my abs. Thank god for that scar because we had an emergency C-section for my daughters safe delivery. She was breech and the umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck which we did not know!

I could go on and on. We all have parts about our body that bother us, that might look different, that might affect our confidence. My goal is to challenge you to see yourself and your body with more confidence, more appreciation and with more love. Treat your body like the amazing gift it is. If you need help or motivation, please contact me.

– Exercise so it (your body) has more balance, more strength, more health to live your best.
– Eat well so it (your body) can look it’s best, feel it’s best, have more energy and fight disease.

There is no perfect body, no perfect health, no perfect life … just perfect imperfection that makes you YOU. Respect and love yourself, your body and your life! “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” ~Jim Rohn

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Spring Creek

Fitness Videos

Sample workouts and exercises that can be done in the Spring Creek Clubhouse and neighborhood playground. 

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missy@workoutwithmissy.com
Missy Kent, Certified Personal Trainer
Online Health and Fitness Coach

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Missy Kent

Hey, I’m Missy! I help busy people live healthier, happier, more fulfilling lives. I show them how to look and feel totally fit and confident. I also teach my coaches how to turn their passion for fitness into a lucrative home business. You can find all things health and fitness on this site.

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What’s Your Why?

Everything in life has a “why” associated with it …. Why you go to a certain grocery store, why you like a particular brand of coffee, why you work where you work …..

Our health also has a why. What’s your why? It changes throughout our lifetime, I believe. My why has evolved and continues to change as years pass.

When I was 8, I had open heart surgery. My “why” growing up was to remain healthy. I recall the doctor talking to me and stressing the importance of growing up healthy and active. As I became older, I understood that concept more clearly. I began to value my health and felt lucky to have no limitations. Not that I always made the healthy choices and I would veer off course from time to time, but I would always come back to my “why” and that would get me back on track.

Then, I became a mom … and my “why” changed and evolved. At that time, I wanted to set a good example; especially having a girl. I wanted to eat healthy, exercise and be a strong, positive role model. I wanted it to be a way of living …. Not a diet, not a binge, not a yo-yo lifestyle and I didn’t want her to learn bad habits – so many of our girls learn bad habits early and spend a lifetime being miserable. So, I made a lot of conscious decisions — I never had a scale in the home when she was young and I never talked about weight or being on a diet. I always made exercise and being active a daily part of our life and I always shared the idea of appreciating our good health, and bodies and treating them with respect; if we don’t, who will??? Now, time passes .. we continue to live as a healthy family. My daughter is 15 and my son is 12, so the challenges are different. Her, I’m trying to teach her to eat enough good calories and food to fuel her body and give her energy. Him, he’ll eat anything and everything, so I’m trying to make sure he adds some healthy options into his meat and potatoes wish-list! But, what I continue to stress is that it’s a lifestyle … living healthy and taking care of your body every day, for the rest of your life.

Now, I move into the future and my “why” continues to evolve. 2.5-years ago my mom was diagnosed with early on-set Alzheimer’s, at the young age of 60. While this disease is horrific, has no cure, and scientists don’t know what causes this or how to avoid it, study after study shows that exercise could be a benefit – Dr. Ronald Petersen, director of Alzheimer’s Research Center at Mayo Clinic, said on ABC: Regular physical exercise is probably the best means we have of preventing Alzheimer’s disease today, better than medications, better than intellectual activity, better than supplements and diet.” So, guess what …. I’m working hard to fight this disease. Right now, my “why” is really being terrified of getting this disease. And, if I can last another day, week, month, year — knowing who my kids are, knowing my husband, having my memories of our lifetime together … I’m doing everything I can do, now, to create my future – and that is my NEW “why”.

What’s your why? Use your why to improve your life. It can be so powerful! Many of my clients have shared their why with me: “because my dad had heart disease at an early age and now my daughter is getting older and I don’t want to be like him”, “I want to look good for my high-school reunion”, “I want to feel better and like looking in the mirror again”, “I’m tired of being fat”, “I want to be around as long as I can to enjoy my kids and grandkids”, “I want a good quality of life” …….

Use your why! Only you control you, only you can make the change. Decide to live better. Decide to use your why to motivate you.

My final “why” … to support people, to motivate people, to help YOU appreciate your health, your body and your future. I feel lucky to be a coach and love what I do!

Share your why below, email me and let me know if I can help!

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