Robin Konie of Thank Your Body

Hey, I’m Robin Konie.

I’ve spent a lot of my life being consumed with health. It’s been both good and bad.

First the good.

My love for the human body has taken me on an incredible journey of discovery. I’ve spent hours researching, learning, writing, and thinking about movement, nutrition, and natural living. I’m a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (RSMT), Certified Movement Analyst (CLMA), and ‘retired’ university professor.

I’ve helped countless individuals learn how to eat, move, and live better. I am humbled by the response this little piece of cyberspace has had. It’s my mission to keep helping as many people as possible.

Now the bad.

Like so many women, during my teens and twenties I yo-yo-ed my way through diets and fitness programs. As a dancer I wanted to look good in a leotard, have a flat stomach, and feel beautiful. At a young age I would vow to avoid sugar or fat or whatever else was in vogue.

What did it do for me? Not a whole lot.

I was dancing 8 hours a day, eating lots of “diet” food, and spending too many minutes of my life worrying about my body. My weight was at an all time high. My self-esteem at an all-time low.

“Healthy living” became my mantra, my reminder of my imperfections.

I always felt like I needed to try harder, dig deeper, and keep searching for the elusive answer that would bring me the kind of health I thought I needed to be good enough.

Everything changed when I got pregnant.

Suddenly the idea of healthy living wasn’t about trying to reach some perfect version of myself. It was about nourishing my body, and my baby.

Just like that, my world shifted. Eating nutritious food was enjoyable and easy. Exercising and movement were about listening to my body and doing something that made it feel good. Avoiding dangerous toxins became second nature.

When making healthy choices grew from a desire to nurture my body instead of trying to perfect it, I was not only healthier, I was so much happier.

I lost weight. My acne cleared up. And I was on a mission to help other people feel as awesome as I felt.

I wish that was the end of my story.

Around the time I was pregnant with my second child things started reverting back to my old mindset. Sure, my habits were much better than before. Processed food and toxic chemicals weren’t really found in my home, but once again I found myself chasing this idea of “perfect health.”

I found myself feeling too flawed. And in the same way some women worry about wearing the right clothes in an effort to fit in and feel worthwhile, I was stressed about the perfect diet or perfect workout—trying to fill the gap between my own insecurities and wishes for a future “better” version of myself.

The sad reality is that the health world is one of the most toxic, shame-inducing industries.

People are making a lot of money trying to convince you that you’re not good enough. You’re told you need special supplements, high-priced superfoods, and die-hard discipline to chisel away your imperfections. Each new health article brings more fear that you’re doing something wrong, that there’s one more “issue” to consider, and that no matter how hard you try you are just one-slip away from some horrible fate.

My story has a happy ending. And so can yours.

Shining a light on my drive for perfection was the first step in reclaiming real health and happiness.

Here’s the thing, you’ll never achieve “perfect” health. It just doesn’t exist. You have to let go of that myth and find the freedom that comes when you do.

There will be sick days. There will be setbacks. That’s life.

Those things are not an indication of your worth as a human being, nor are they reasons to stop doing the good things that make your body thrive.

You shouldn’t eat nourishing food out of guilt. You eat it because it makes you feel incredible.

You deserve to feel incredible.

It’s time for a change.

It’s time to nourish, respect, and thank your body.

That means accepting, honoring, and taking care of your body. Small and simple changes toward healthy living is how you talk to your body. You’re saying, “Hey, thank you. Thank you for sticking with me. Thanks for adapting when things get stressful. Thanks for letting me move, feel, express, and experience the good things of the world. I couldn’t do it without you. And for that I’m so thankful.”

When you seek healthy living from a place of self worth instead of shame you are working with your body instead of fighting it. You can’t heal something you hate. You can’t move forward when you’re trapped in fear.

Simple, healthy living is SO doable.

Here’s the thing. I am not a nutritionist, doctor, or scientist. I don’t even like using the term “health blogger.” I don’t have all the answers.

What I’m good at is sifting through the noise and clutter to offer well-researched advice and a common-sense approach to healthy living that will help you feel incredible.

If you are struggling with a serious health condition, by all means, please go see a professional. But if you’re just trying to create lasting habits by eating well, moving more, and avoiding toxins – I’m your gal.

I want you to let go of the worry, confusion, and shame that is far too often promoted in the name of health.

Honestly, I want you to make this “healthy living” thing so easy and habitual that you’ll never have to read another health blog again. Even this one.

Why? Because when you get to that point you’ll have the energy and support to live out the life of your dreams. Health should help you live better, not consume your life.

So here’s to your healthy life and being able to thank your body everyday.

I’m thrilled you’re here.

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