Finding My Center (In Two Ways)

It seems like the older I get, the more I feel I don’t know. As most of you are aware, I’ve battled knee injuries since May. A self-proclaimed fitness influencer, I’ve questioned my expertise during recovery. It’s been 7 months since I’ve been able to run, squat, lunge, or jump. If you haven’t noticed, these exercises made up the bulk of my workouts.

The physical pain has been limited, but the emotional turmoil has been strong. I know this issue is insignificant compared to what so many people are suffering through. But I’ve felt a loss of identity and a rush of anxiety because of it. I’ve been “that fit girl” for so long that I feel like I’m not only letting all of you down, but also the people in my life by not being as physically fit as I normally am. I’ve questioned continuing this blog and the ebooks I’m so close to finishing. I worry about why I haven’t fully healed yet and tend to blame myself. How can I inspire others to be their healthiest selves when I, myself can’t practice what I preach? What if my body changes during this process?  What if I lose all my muscle and/or put on weight? Will anyone want to listen to my advice if I don’t look a certain way?

And then it hit me. What I preach is self-love and kindness. What I preach is listening to your body. What I preach is doing everything you can with what you have. What I preach is accepting your body no matter what it may look like. What I preach is to love every stage of your journey. What I preach has nothing to do with what my body can do or what I look like. So why should I base my own self-worth, influence, or success on either of these?

20 Minute Home Core Workout

As I find my emotional center, I’m going  to help you find your physical center! 😉 Oh, you thought you’d be out an informative, helpful, and uplifting blog post today?? Girl, then you don’t know me. There’s one thing I won’t let my personal struggles get in the way of – helping as many women as I can find strength physically and mentally (while I do it right along with you)!  I’m not perfect, and neither are you. But that doesn’t mean we stop fighting to be better every day. I’ve created a 20-Minute Home Core Workout that is going to light your metabolism on fire, help you stand taller, and build a strong center.

Insider tip – I shoot my workouts in batches. Yep, all the workouts you’ve been seeing lately on Life in Spandex were shot pre-injury! I appreciate all your support as I search for my center.

20 Minute Home Core Workout Pinterest

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Health and happiness,


Hi and welcome to Life in Spandex! I'm Emily, a personal trainer who believes there should be no secrets standing in your way to getting fit. I am sharing my knowledge here on this blog in order to help you reach your goals. Fitness should be fun, eating healthy should taste good, and feeling your absolute best is the ultimate goal. Let's get fit together!
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  4. I hope you are soon feeling back to normal – but don’t worry, we all have injuries from time to time. Try not to be hard on yourself. This is a great core workout – and I’m so glad you shared it with us at the Hearth and Soul Link Party, Emily. Have a great Thanksgiving!

    1. Thank you April!! Appreciate the advice and words of kindness ??

  5. We are hosting the Whisk It Wednesday Link Party and thought you might want to share there too! Have a wonderful week! Carrie@ Carrie’s Home Cooking

  6. Injuries are tough mentally and physically. Focusing on what I can do rather than what I can’t gets me through it.

    1. Thank you Jill! Love that top

  7. Injuries are hard on so many levels! Hope you find the answers soon. And in the meantime this workout looks awesome.

    1. Thank you Julie! Hope you enjoy it xo

  8. I’m sorry to hear about the injury! Your workouts always kick my butt!

    1. Haha yay! I can live vicariously through you ?

  9. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I am currently feeling this way, but we gotta keep on keeping on.

    1. Yes definitely!! What’s gotten you off your grove? Here for you girlie

  10. Thanks for your honesty girl. I know how you feel! Self love is harder than it should be, but I’m glad you’re taking steps to fight for it.

    1. Thank you! It’s so easy to have self-love when everything is going “right.” It’s most important to develop it when things don’t go as planned though!

  11. When I was pregnant and unable to do some of the exercises I had been doing for so long, it was so much harder than I expected it to be. I hope you can keep healing your body and your heart and feel like yourself soon!

    1. So appreciate the support!! Means a lot to hear I’m not the only one 🙂

  12. Bummer about the injury, but way to play through and spread the love. Good luck finding your center again!

    1. Thank you lady!! Really appreciate it

    1. Your physical core or emotional center?? Both easy to neglect lol

  13. This is truly a great post! Everything you need to be well inside and out

    1. Aaww thank you so much!! Just trying to be a better me every day! And sometimes that’s about letting go of how I look on the outside and listening to how I feel on the inside

  14. Ugh, I’m sorry to hear you’re injured. I’ve found cross training helps me the most but I’m a runner so any cross training helps really.

    This looks like a great workout!! Bicycles are so hard. Well, for me. Haha. But they’re so good!!!

    Heal up, lady!

    1. Thank you love!!! Yes it’s an overuse injury I’m almost sure. So right now I’m just doing light non weight bearing lower body exercises and still training my core and upper body. This takes so much patience!!

  15. Amazing post girl. I’m glad you were able to find the positive and focus on providing self love, which is so essential.

    1. Thank you love! Feels good to be finding my groove again!

  16. When an injury takes you out of your routine it’s easy to feel lost. Hope you find something to get you back on track

    1. Thank you Deborah!! I know I’ll get there :). One day at a time

  17. Core is always something I am working on. Love these ideas.

    1. Thanks Jessica! A strong core is so important for a healthy and pain free life ?

  18. I’ve been looking for some exercises to do while I have been on the road to help keep myself in shape. This is really helpful. Thanks!

    1. You’re so welcome!! I’m all about workouts that can be done anywhere 🙂

  19. Great pics and a lot of great information!

    1. Appreciate the positive feedback Solmari!! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  20. Amazing! Very easy to understand and lovely image to show all the steps! Thankyou for sharing ?

    1. You’re very welcome Kiarna. Let me know once you try it out

  21. Lovely use of pictures and an infographic to explain the exercises. Great post.

    1. Thanks lady! I’m glad I could help

  22. Emily, you never cease to amaze me! What a beautifully humble and honest blog…….and also very inspiring to show up as we are!!! Talk about being present – wow! Thanks Honey,
    Your Mama

    1. Thanks Mommy!! Feel so supported and loved ??

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