Hey Doyennes,

As I sit here and think about all of the images I constantly see on Instagram of women and men with “perfect” bodies due to some form of exercise and healthy eating habits I think to myself, I will never look like them. But the gag is I am not them, I am me and I am perfect just the way I am; imperfections and all [chuckles].

Some thousands of pictures, likes and comments later I came across a post of this beautiful, optimistic lady whose picture and words made me gasp. It was love at first sight. She is unique with short blonde/brown wavy hair, red hot lips, stylish square shaped glasses, gold diamond shaped earrings, colorful tattoos (drawing attention to her relaxed shoulders) a thin gold necklace; not to mention she wore a black and white designed CROP TOP and black high-waist leggings that showed off her authentic body. If you guessed who she is you are correct! She is the one and only Anula Maiberg of Sixth Street Pilates. Ah, she is featured at the top of the page, duh. This woman worked hard throughout her years leading up to becoming a Pilates instructor receiving a college degree from an arts school where she studied photography <3. You can read more about her by clicking on her name mentioned above. She is now co-owner of a Pilates studio located in NYC also mentioned above. I feel like I have met and taken classes with her before just by reading her story. At least I get the privilege to share her story on my personal blog. God is good.

On September fourteenth, two-thousand sixteen, Anula started day one of a movement she created #croptop challenge where she took pictures of her doing Pilates in a #croptop. You can read more about why she did it here. Obviously I am late writing this post, but I can not helped how moved I am by this woman who is not ashamed of body shame. Her reasoning behind creating the movement is inspiring and you must read about it here. Click images below to view details.

As a Pilates instructor at IM=X Pilates Lafayette I can relate to Anula Maiberg’s story. Most of the time I feel the vexation of clients’ not understanding the reason behind asking them to perform an exercise that seems too difficult. I have been there before. I know what it feels like to want to give up after the first try of an exercise that seems impossible for the human body. Pilates was created with patience being a vital quality.

If you are currently practicing any form of exercise, Pilates specifically, don’t give up. Write down your goal(s) and stick with it. Consistency is key to a Pilates body as said by Brooke Siler, a master Pilates instructor. Anula if you are reading this post, please bring back another “body image” challenge so that people who haven’t had the chance in twenty sixteen will have a chance in twenty seventeen to join the movement. I will definitely be participating in this year’s #MarchMatness. Mark you calendars for March first, twenty seventeen. Read more about it here.

“Patience and Persistence are vital qualities in the ultimate successful accomplishment of any worthwhile endeavor”.

-Joseph Pilates

As always be you.