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How to get back into shape in a loving, calm, gentle way [VIDEO]


After two months of traveling in SE Asia with no working out + a ton of Pad Thai, my pants have been feeling a bit tight and I get winded just from walking up the stairs.

5 or 10 years ago, this would have caused me to PANIC. Being out of shape felt like a threat to my happiness: if I didn’t look a certain way, I wouldn’t be found attractive, I wouldn’t be loved, I wouldn’t be okay.

Now, I find myself approaching “getting back in shape” in a much different way, a way that feels gentle, calm, and loving toward myself.

At the root of this, it’s because I know that I am OKAY either way.

Over the course of our lives, our fitness levels and bodies are going to change thousands of times, so we owe it to ourselves to learn how to roll with the rhythm of our body’s evolution with grace and calm.

In this video, I go over how to do this.

In the comments below, I’d love to hear: how do you approach getting back in shape? do you need to “break up with” a past or future version of yourself? 



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  1. Sherrie says

    This was a great video Jamie – I can really relate and it was nice to hear your kind words about it 🙂

  2. Sarah says

    I really like the strategy of breaking up with the past image we have of ourselves. I’ve never heard that before and it resonates with me so much. Thank you Jamie!

  3. Colleen says

    Just started the IE challenge and this video really resonated with me. In the past exercise has always been to get back to that previous body or that future vision. Working to choose what exercise and when because it adds to my overall happiness. Thanks for the great video!

  4. Miranda says

    After a week long vacation with a personal chef (seriously it was amazing) and lots of lounging, I absolutely feel out of shape. I so appreciate your video about how to gently come back to “in shape”. I’m not even sure what in shape is right now and that’s ok. This is the body I brought back from vacation and it doesn’t change what makes me happy. Thank you for the video!

    • Jamie says

      wow that trip sounds amazing! Where did you go?? you’re so welcome, glad it was helpful! xo.

  5. Lynn Boustani says

    I love this video and all your other posts! Very helpful, & can relate very much!
    -Xx Lynn


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