Women of Grace & Grit: featuring Meg Connelly
Tell us a bit about yourself. What lights you up?
I’ve been in training in gyms for around 10 years and been a personal trainer for the last 3. I love how my fitness has evolved over time going through many phases, one being a body building competition, that has largely shaped me both professionally and personally. I learnt so much from that journey and would not be where I am today without it.
Today, I still love the gym and training my body but I enjoy using my fitness for hiking and rock climbing – anything adventurous and outdoors. Being with Mother Nature is my favorite. It’s like I turn into a different person. I become light and free with boundless energy, a smile so big my cheeks hurt. It refreshes me and helps me to stay grounded.
Why did you start working with Courtney?
I was feeling a little off track and unsure with my own health and wellness. I felt like I was learning (and should know) all the things to do but I either wasn’t doing them or it didn’t feel like it was working.
I decided to chat to Courtney after I had been binge listening to her podcasts and felt like she really got it. She understood the missing pieces to this health puzzle and was providing such great information, I wondered what she could do for me on a more personal level.
And boy did she deliver. I had no expectations as I hadn’t had a health coach before but she was so much more than I ever thought.
What has been your greatest accomplishment along your health journey?
Always being open to learning and growing. The key word is “journey”. Health is one big beautiful journey that will never be done. We don’t get to a point and say, “Yep! I’ve got this all figured out now, tick that off the list, don’t have to worry about that anymore”. There is always something else to learn, always a way to be a little better than before.
What has been your greatest challenge?
Realizing that your self-worth is not determined by how your body looks. This still creeps us every now and then but the difference is I am aware of this thought pattern now and I can choose to change it.
The rollercoaster ride of preparing for a body building competition and getting your body into this “perfect” shape was such a great lesson, albeit a hard one. I realized that your never actually happy with your body, it’s never good enough, thin enough, muscle-ly enough. Until you learn to accept yourself exactly as you are – and that’s the key to change.
What things have helped you moved through that challenge?
Courtney has guided me back to focusing on my own health and not worrying about what everyone else is doing. Learning to listen to my body, noticing how I’m feeling after training, after eating, after resting.
I moved from a space of training to improve my physical body so someone else will judge it “good enough” to moving in ways I actually enjoy, learning new skills to improve my physical abilities and improve my fitness to climb bigger mountains (literally).
How has improving your health, improved other areas of your life?
The biggest difference I notice is in my confidence and my self-belief. When I’m feeling physically strong I feel I can move forward in all areas of my life. My relationships with others improves, I am able to be myself rather than worry about what other people think of me and try to be someone I think they will like as opposed to being my authentic self. I am able to give more attention and energy to my clients which then helps them on their health journeys.
What is your definition of Grace?
That flow state, when it feels like ease to move through life. It’s showing compassion others and more importantly to yourself, understanding we are all on a different path.
What is your definition of Grit?
The resistance/blocks/hardship we feel and work through, in order to come out on the other side stronger. It’s given to us so we can level-up, to grow stronger physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
What advice do you have for other women who are feeling lost on their health journey?
Seeking guidance is a great start but couple that with deciding to listen to your own body. Become aware of your thoughts, feelings you have, your emotions, your physical signs. Start observing and noticing when you feel good and when you don’t and do more of the things that make you feel good.
Tell me about a woman who inspires you to dig deeper and why.
My mum. She has taught me how important it is to listen to your own inner guidance. Through her own life journey so far, she shares with me her stories and I watch her as she continually learns and grows. Witnessing her desire to always aim to ‘feel better than she did yesterday’ is my inspiration to do the same. I think in the end we all just want to feel a little better… healthier, happier and more peaceful.
What is next for you?
I plan on continuing my education with fitness and nutrition, to always be bettering myself as a coach and as a human. I know this is just the beginning for me and honestly, I’m just excited to see what unfolds next.I decided to chat to Courtney after I had been binge listening to her #podcasts and felt like she really got it. #womenofgraceandgrit #MegConnelly Click To Tweet