Why did I create iAM? I never, ever want us to lose sight of what iAM is and what our message represents. I've always been into fitness. In the beginning it wasn't a healthy addiction I had. It was paired with my eating disorder and I worked out for all the wrong reasons. I wanted to be skinny, I wanted the scale to change, I wanted to burn all the extra calories I consumed by spending hours on the treadmill.
When I started getting help for my eating disorder, I had to take a break from fitness. I had to take a break from trying to lose weight, diet pills, meal plans and everything else that my life revolved around. It was the most difficult but best thing I've ever done.
After going through counseling and reading all the books I could find I approached fitness another way. I focused on health. I learned to listen to my body to see what it wanted. If I was tired I would rest, if I wanted to run I would run. I slowly learned to trust my body with food and really worked on loving myself.
It's been about 4 years now since I started this new journey and it is amazing to me how wonderful life is. I never knew it was possible to not stress about food, to eat balanced, feel good, be active and make it a LIFESTYLE opposed to a month long fad.
Last year I wasn't sure what to do. I wanted to help people that struggled with the same things I did. I considered going into counseling. The issue with that is it only took care of one side of things, I couldn't teach people how to eat balanced or how to move their bodies. Every gym I went into preached meal plans, diets, crazy workouts, 21 day fixes, fat burning pills and magic shakes. Those things were all a bunch of crap.
That was when my husband and I decided to create iAM. iAM is a studio where we teach women how to be healthy. We do this by touching on all aspects of health; fitness, nutrition and wellness. We don't do strict meal plans or sell magic weight loss pills, we teach you how to live a healthy life.
We teach you how to fuel your body with natural, whole foods, and also how to enjoy a cupcake every now and than. We don't prep you for bikini competition, but we prep you to be able to play tag with your grandkids. We are a community of women pushing each other to be healthy, and for once, loving ourselves like no other.
iAM is not a gym where you go workout at, its a studio full of friends and family that are working towards a healthy lifestyle.
And trust me i know how great it is to lose weight and fit into old jeans. We have women dropping inches left and right, but the difference is they do it in a maintainable way that becomes a LIFESTYLE.
If you are new to iAM I want to say welcome and congrats on the beginning of your new lifestyle change!
My name is Hanna Kuyper and my mission for iamwell comes directly from my past experiences. Read more