Success can only be achieved by doing; doing is only achieved by decision; and, decision is achieved by choosing yourself. Even if nobody else chooses you, sometimes you have to choose you first. Most of us have had to face some form of adversity in our life, and whether or not you are able to overcome such obstacles (be they external or internal obstacles) depends on your inner resilience.
In today’s society, it is not uncommon for all too many of us to struggle with body image issues, in various forms. Sometimes the goal can just seem so impossible to reach that we just give up, or don’t even really try at all. Well, giving up was never an option for fitness motivator and coach, Bon Collins, who is also the founder of Be More Bon. Bon Collins certainly did not have an easy childhood growing up, but she declares that “quitting just isn’t in my DNA”.
In fact, she goes on to say that overcoming adversity and her resilience are her superpowers.
Normally when one thinks of a fitness leader, the mind instantly goes to the typical physique-focused Instagram ‘fit-fluencer’. How on earth can these people relate to you? Or, the better question, how can you relate to them? How can they understand you, and help you with your goals? Well, Bon is challenging that thought process by promoting body neutrality over how we think we are supposed to look.
“Body neutrality acknowledges that we can feel both positive and negative things about our body, but by shifting our focus away from what it looks like to how it feels, we can be happier and take care of it for the long term, whilst knowing our value as humans is not derived from how we look,” states Bon.
Her passion for promoting this viewpoint stems from her own experiences.
As an adult, Bon endured a chronic illness, even spending time in a wheelchair before teaching herself to walk again. In fact, just three years ago Bon weighed in at approximately 322 pounds. “I struggled to walk more than half a mile, but would force myself to go out for a run to get fit, only to suffer in the days that followed. I was unhappy in a lot of areas of my life, and also tired of trying different diets and forcing myself to do exercise that I didn’t enjoy,” she says.
By focusing on body neutrality, Bon was able reevaluate what her ideal life looked at rather than her body, sparking an incredible transformation! Instead of regarding exercise as something that she did not enjoy doing, Bon embarked on her fitness journey by completely shifting her mindset, teaching herself to fall in love with exercise. Through this newfound love for training, Bon lost over 140 pounds.
Now qualified as a trainer and recognised endurance athlete, Bon enables others to also become stronger, happier and both mentally and physically fitter versions of themselves. “Seeing success in other people’s fitness journeys is what keeps me going,” she says..
Having successfully supported over 175 people in better understanding their health and fitness goals, Bon emphasises that it is never too late to start.