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How to deal with life changes

If you told my 19-year-old self what my 29-year-old self is up to career-wise, she would be like 😱 what the hell happened?!⁠ ⁠ Everything I do now is a massive departure from what I had envisioned.⁠ ⁠ When things don’t go to plan (which, hello, has been all of 2020 and 2021) we need skills on how to pivot and cope.⁠ ⁠ Other examples of life throwing you a curveball could be:⁠ ⁠ - you get to college and realize you actually hate what you chose as your major⁠ ⁠ - a long term relationship ended unexpectedly⁠ ⁠ - you never got the promotion you wanted, or you want to change career paths⁠ ⁠ I’ve experienced all of these in one form of another over the past 10 or so years 🙋‍♀️⁠ ⁠ My top tip when life throws something like this is to just have an open mind. It may not necessarily be a bad thing, it’s just not my original plan.⁠ ⁠ Having confidence in yourself that no matter what, you’ll get yourself through it WILL get yourself through it!⁠ ⁠ I’m beyond grateful for how my life has shaken out, even if it’s a 180 from how I thought. More on that for another post... but if you’re facing life changes or debating on making one, go for it. Follow your gut and trust yourself ✨

Fitness Instructor tips - class pass reviews

Raise your hand if you've ever been victimized by a ClassPass review 🙋‍♀️.⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ As a fitness instructor, you get used to people anonymously sharing their opinions on how you do your job.⁠ ⁠⁠ This feedback can me helpful, thought out, and well-intentioned. Other times you wonder if that person was in a whole different class altogether.⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ I used to live for reviews and wait for them like I was waiting for hit of a drug. There was this rush while the page was loading, having no idea what would be written about you - if anything at all.⁠ ⁠⁠ I'm over that now.⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ As you can see from this small sampling of actual reviews I’ve received over the last year or so, they can be all over the place. Sometimes you will get two literally opposite reviews for the same exact class.⁠ ⁠ At the end of the day, you can't control everything.⁠ ⁠ Your client could have had a bad day, you may like trap music and they only love pop hits, whatever. You aren't going to be everyone's cup of tea, AND you're wasting a lot of brain space worrying about it.⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ You will find your people. Your people will find you. Trust the process and focus on being yourself and it will all work out.⁠⁠

Fear Set Mindset - My Story

Are you operating from a fear mindset?⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ Growing up, I was bullied, had a hard time finding friends I could count on, and was unhappy in my skin. As an adult, this translates to me subconsciously always waiting for shit to hit the fan when something seems to be going well.⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ I was talking to my friend this weekend about life and what some of my goals and aspirations are, and following them up with sentences like "but I don't think that will happen because ...." or "I'm worried that it won't work because ....".⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ She stopped me in my tracks and told me, “Meredith - that is your fear talking. You are always waiting for the other shoe to drop... what if it doesn't?⁠⁠” ⁠⁠ Ya'll I really just stopped in my tracks like.... oh shit you are RIGHT 🥵⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ So if you've been losing sleep over a decision thinking it might go terribly wrong - you're operating from a fear mindset. Switch it up and think from abundance.⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ Manifest good shit into your life and stop waiting for the damn shoe to drop!!⁠⁠

Size-Inclusive vs Plus Size: What's the difference?⁠⁠

"Plus-size" = clothing made above a size 12. This term makes people buying those clothes feel othered. This can be particularly harmful when those clothes are in a completely different section of a store.⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ "Size-Inclusive" = clothing made in a full range of sizes, from 00-40. The same articles of clothing, available in a full range of styles, available in the same rack in-store or drop-down menu online.⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ The term plus-size has been reclaimed as a way people identify, if they so choose, and come together as a community.⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ The goal is for the industry to evolve, and we won't need terms like these because all brands will offer every size.⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ #themoreyouknow ⁠⁠

How To NAIL Your Spin Instructor Audition

In this episode of #SweatingShirtless I sit down with Raisa Hoffman (@raisa617), Director of Talent at the Handle bar and we give you the whole inside scoop on auditioning for, and landing, your first spin instructor position! Raisa began her journey first as desk staff and then onto an instructor, then senior instructor, then Director of Talent at the Handle Bar in Boston. We talk about what to expect from auditions, how to prepare, what you should (and shouldn't!) wear, and what music to play. Raisa also tells us more about the intricacies of her job as Director of Talent at a studio with 4 locations. Love it? Know a friend who wants to become a fitness instructor? Send this to them! #spininstructoraudition​ #spininstructor​ #groupfitness​ #groupfitnessinstructor​ #fitnessinstructor​ #fitnessinstructoraudition​ #howtobecomefitnessinstructor

Week Guide to Austin, Texas

Whew! what a week in Austin! Dave and I spent the best week here getting to explore the city. While there is so much to explore this is a breakdown of what we did in Austin. Accommodation: Booked a cute AirBnB in Hyde Park, a neighborhood north of the University.⁠⁠ Food: We tried lots of incredible restaurants you should checkout! - June's All Day - Veracruz All Natural - Terry Black's Barbeque - Koriente - Juice Land - Lamberts BBQ - Fixe Southern House Drinks: From coffee to cocktails, these were our favorite spots! - Southern Moon Coffee - Alfred's - Edge Rooftop and Bar - The Blind Pig Pub - Baron Creek Vineyards - The ABGB - The Holdout Brewing Explored: Some of our highlights outside exploring the city. - Mount Bonnell - Fredricksburg, Texas
- Live Love Paddle

size inclusive athletic brand round up

Athleta Girlfriend Fabletics Beyond Yoga Lukafit Activewear Good American Super Fit Hero (size L-7LX) Balance Athletica WVVY Addition Elle Booty By Brabants Melt Fit Target's All in Motion line Old Navy K.deer Nike Women Reitmans

3 easy ways to feel good about yourself instantly

February is notoriously the month were a lot of us get into a funk. After the rush of the holidays we jump into new year resolutions with new routines, and burn ourselves out. We are left feeling defeated, unhappy, and a failure. If you are feeling like this you are NOT alone! My friend recently polled her Instagram followers and about 75% of 500+ responders said they were not doing great. So what's the best and easiest way to pick ourselves up and keep moving toward the bigger picture? Next time you're feeling blah, try these three things to trick your mind into thinking positive again:⁠ ✨ wake up and workout⁠ Movement is medicine. It's amazing how different you feel during your day when you wake up a little earlier and start your day intentionally. ✨ get dressed⁠ I know we are living in sweats these days - I'm in a sweatshirt and leggings as I type this - but putting on a nice top or even doing some simple makeup really helps me. Even if nobody’s home and you’re not going to see anyone, when you look like crap, you usually feel like crap, too. ✨ make a pep me up playlist⁠ Music is therapy. We all have those songs that are instant mood boosters, that take us back to a fun fond memory or just make us feel better! Compile a list of all of those songs for yourself and put it on when you need a boost. Want it done for you? Spotify has a Mood Booster playlist already done for you! Three simple things! The truth is, when you act as if you feel good, your mind will follow.⁠ ⁠ Does this help? Let me know if you're looking for more quick tips like these! 💛⁠ #wellnessjourney #healthyliving #selfcare #mentalhealth #bodywisdom #wakeupandworkout #musicistherapy

mantras 101

I recently started the 75 Day Hard program - well, my version of it, and one aspect of it is repeating your personal mantra out loud 3x a day. What is a personal mantra, anyway?
> A personal mantra is little motivational and inspirational phrase or affirmation that resonates with you. It can be as short or as long as you like. I first really got into honing into a mantra when I started teaching spin. It took a lot of courage for me to get up onto that stage and really lean into the whole THING of it - being present, being myself, bringing my A game, getting out of my head and into how to make it a great class for my riders (and I still need courage every time!). I read a quote once that resonated with me then and still resonates with me now: Inhale Confidence, Exhale Doubt I use this mantra like a little reset. It's simple but effective. Whenever I'm nervous, I step up to the plate and take a moment, close my eyes, take a deep breath, and repeat that phrase in my mind. It calms my nerves and centers me, and it works every time. How do I find my personal mantra? > Pinterest is a great resource. I have a folder of quotes that I like and when I need a little oomph, I pull from that. Find a quote that resonates with you and adopt it as your own! You can always adjust and adapt as time goes on, but this is a great starting point. One big tip I have is, make them punchy. Instead of "I will inhale confidence and exhale doubt", go full on and just say it. Get rid of the filler words. Instead of "I will persevere", just "persevere".
Instead of "I'm moving in the right direction", just "keep moving".
Not "I want to inspire", just "I inspire others". If you are still lost and you want an easy way to make one for yourself, fill in the blanks: I am______, I will ______, and I'm on my way to _______" What's your mantra? I want to know! Share it with me in the comments below or DM me! XO Mer

My OFFICIAL LEGGINGS GUIDE!

Hi fam, some of the links below are affiliate links via my LIKEtoKNOW.it page. I earn a small commission if you buy through my link. If you like what I post, I would appreciate it if you shopped through it! Thank you! 💛 MOST SUSTAINABLE: girlfriend collective. No only does this brand blow all the others out of the water with their sustainability practices, but they are also very size inclusive and pull from their customer base for their marketing. So, on all their ads you see real people modeling their products which I think we all love. Also, my first pair I bought while I was still living with my parents after I graduated college in 2014 and I still wear them. Quality on point. I will say they are not as stretchy as other pairs I own and I don’t reach for them as often as others for that reason. I wear a medium in these. OLD FAITHFUL: lululemon “Wunder Train” leggings. These are one of the first nice pairs of leggings I invested in - they’re not too thick, not too thin, have a nice thick waistband, breathable and moisture wicking, flattering, perfect rise, and fully spin approved. I wear a size 8. SMALL BIZ SUPPORT: Booty By Brabants has taken the Boston group fitness scene by storm. If you haven’t heard of the name you’ve probably seen them around, they have a trademark texture to them. Available in one size fits most and a new Curvy line as well, these are a great option to give as a gift without having to guess sizing. DRESS UP DRESS DOWN: Carbon38 Takara leggings. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know this one was coming . C38’s signature Takara leggings have a leather like look while also being super stretchy, flattering, and 100% spin approved. You can also wear them with booties and a sweater for a cute afternoon outfit. Unlike the other leggings I own, these have a thick waist band. I like the high waist style because it really cinches my waist to accentuate my figure. Another female founded business, Carbon38 also encourages community over competition, recruiting fitness professionals as ambassadors and organizes monthly networking meetups. I’ve been an ambassador for two years and I’ve met some really great friends through it.
PS: you can use my discount code MEREDITHDOTY to save some $$ off your order. I wear a size medium. BUSINESS VALUES: Balance Athletica. Great, stylish, quality pieces and super size inclusive. I will say the waist band comes high on me and rolls down a ton, but not enough for me to not reach for them. I also love their sports bra designs. You have to be in the know for when their exclusive drops launch, because they sell out fast! FOR GETTING COMFY ON SUNDAY: Lululemon Align leggings are where it’s at. Yeah, they tend to pill where my thighs rub together but I bought a depiller from Amazon to fix that. Comfy, cozy, flattering with a little compression so you feel smoothed out- I reach for these weekly. I wear a size 8 in these. Best on a BUDGET: Colorfulkoala Leggings on Amazon. Made popular on TikTok as a Lululemon Align dupe!! When you want COMPRESSION: sometimes you just wanna be sucked in, ya know? My favorite used to be from Victoria’s Secret (I know, random) but they discontinued them! Second runner up here is Croco Skin leggings by Booty By Brabants (mentioned above). Feeling festive? Checkout Goldsheep. I don’t know a ton about this brand but this is instructors’ go to brand if you’re sticking to a theme. Peep leggings? Got them. Champagne bottles? Yup. Lobsters? For sure. You name it, they probably have a pair with them. You just want to be BOUJIE? You may think lululemon is the top when it comes to expensive leggings, but honey unfortunately that is not true. Ultracor has very fancy leggings that are custom made how you prefer them. If you want to find leggings $200+ for fun - look here. SENSUAL leggings: Adam Selman Sport French Cut leggings. I have a set from ASS (as my friends and I lovingly abbreviate) and I like them a lot. The fabric is almost like mg Lululemon Wunder Train leggings, thin but compressive. But, these have a thin elastic waistband, so if that’s not your thing- beware. Honorable mentions: Terez: high quality, fun prints, new size inclusive initiative WVVY: brand new line from one of my favorite influencers, WVVY has some fun prints and is designed for those of us with some curves to support. The brand is working out some kinks but I’m excited for the direction it’s going in!

announcing: sweating shirtless

Join me as I virtually sit down with some of my inspiring, creative, intelligent, and honest friends to unpack their world through a body confident and inclusive lens. You can find Sweating Shirtless on YouTube, Spotify, and wherever you normally listen to your podcasts 🤩🥳 The name Sweating Shirtless is inspired by the first time I worked out in just a sports bra. It was almost like a small mini protest where I took control over my body and showed up as I am. After years of being bullied over my body in my youth and growing up in a time with Facebook and Instagram and iPhones where we constantly see advertisements of perfect bodies, I knew I didn’t fit society’s beauty and body standards. But that day I said fuck it. And from that day forward I say fuck it! It’s not always easy and I certainly don’t always feel confident but choosing to go shirtless that day was an incredible act of self courage. It serves as a reminder that I can do amazing things by showing up just as I am ✨ #bodypositive #bodypositivepodcast #bodypositiveblogger #bodypositivefitness #bodyconfidentblogger

5 favorite things

Thank you for joining me for another 5 favorite things post! I know it has been longer than usual between blog posts, and that is because I have been busy - but I'm back with you! I still think it is crazy that I am on Spotify! Check out my podcast, Sweating Shirtless, here or watch the vlog on my YouTube channel here! If you could follow, subscribe, and/or like that would mean the world to me! Thank you for your support! 1. One of my newest finds for virtual entertainment is signing up for courses at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. Recently, Dave and I took a virtual cooking class via Zoom where we learned how to cook 5 different one-pan dishes in our cast iron! We had a lot of fun and learned new recipes that we loved. Here is a picture of our Tarte Tatin and Osso Buco (made with chicken thighs). 2. Newest skincare obsessions: liquid blush and this sheer glow foundation. Blush is underrated! 3. My quest for the perfect fitting mom jeans is over with this find: curvy fit, super stretchy, distressed and the perfect vintage wash. Comes in sizes 000-24 AND they are currently on sale with a very reasonable price. I think I'm going to get them in the black, too! 4. Feeling fierce with my new Supermajority tee. Learn more about Supermajority here. 5. Celebrated my birthday at Nashoba Valley Winery! We had a great time and it was so nice to get out of the city and have a little vino. If you haven't been before, I highly recommend! Here I am feelin myself after a glass or two: