Happy New Year! And What Working Out has to do with Life

Happy New Year! And What Working Out has to do with Life


Well, here we are POPsters! It’s finally 2012. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!

The gyms are gonna be jam packed this month. People setting new year’s resolutions to lose weight, look better, get fit, get healthy! Good for them. But let’s see who can turn that resolution into a lifestyle and last throughout the rest of the year…and their lives.

Yesterday my sister told me that she had been thinking about muscle building in a very deep way. She was talking about the breakdown and build up of muscle fibers and how that relates to building strength, not just physically but as  a person too. I just want to expand a little on that thought and share with you something that may help you better understand your body and your person.


Every time you exercise, you sweat. You curse. You work so hard and it’s painful. You tear muscle fibers. That’s why the next day you feel sore. You should give the muscles some time off to rest. The healing process is a time to rebuild those broken bonds. So maybe you can’t move for a day. No biggie. The next day you’ve created a bigger muscle that can lift more weight. You’re stronger. Time for a newer, harder workout. You look good.


You’re in a relationship that’s somehow gone wrong. You guys fight. You cry. Your heart is in pain. You guys break up and you BREAK DOWN. You can’t move for a few days. You’re numb with feeling. But nothing some friends, chocolate, and movies can’t help with. Once you find that littlest bit of motivation to get up, you’ll notice that you’ve mended your heart together. You’re a stronger person for it and are ready for the next battles in life. You can face other boyfriends/girlfriends knowing yourself better, knowing what you want, and what works for you. You’re a stronger person and girl, you look GOOD!


What a fabulous metaphor. Thanks to Jackelyn for inspiring this post. With anything in life, if you can get back up from a fall, you are stronger. You must be resilient. That is what makes you powerful and unstoppable.


On a different note, I will be posting weekly challenge videos every Sunday night so that we can all bond as a community on a weekly basis. The 90 Day Challenge is about to come to a close so we need mini things we can do together. Wait for something to come up tonight on BlogilatesTV. I also credit Joan for this idea!


Last day to eneter. I will be picking a winner TONIGHT at 11:59pm PST. All you have to do is:

1. Comment on my post about the contest here.

2. Go to ogorgeous.com and comment below the bag you want

3. Turn in a burpee world tour video if you want 10 extra entries! (optional of course!) Directions here.

YOUR TURN! How many of you have gotten stronger from a break up? Bullying? “Failing”? Do you think that the emotional pit you fall into is worth the climb up towards a newer, stronger you?

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  1. Laura Deroles says:

    YAY!!!! Cannot wait for the challenges I think this is such a great idea!!! Also awesome, amazing, inspiring post as usual Cassey

  2. Happy 2012!! I hope you have a great and very blessed New Year! I’m looking forward to all you upcoming videos and blog posts!!

    I used to live in the US but moved to Germany a few years ago and have been bullied at school ever since I came it. It’s been very hard for me but it has made me so much stronger! 🙂

  3. Oh man. I really loved this post Cassey!
    You know me, and you know the thing I told you about at the Ambassador hangout?
    Well, it really got to me.
    I’ve never been popular, and people have mean to me before. But this was like a whole different level of mean for me, that I wasn’t used to!
    Now, I’m usually a confident person, and I love life!
    But this was crazy to me.
    I feel as tho you guys are my friends. And besides my closest friends here in Sweden, you are my best friends.
    I know that I am better than them, and stronger. And they weren’t prepared for me to talk back and confront them. But I did.

    I am not a crazy big fan of confronting, let me tell you! I just want to be friends and happy. But if something is really wrong, I have to say something.

    So yes, I will be resilient! And you, and your workouts are a big part of my recovery. Love this community! <3
    Thank you for being there for me, even if you are across the world!

  4. Danielle says:

    Resilience is so important!! I love that this idea keeps POPing up!! (LOL, I had to…) It reminds me that there is always another day to try again and try to get better.!!

    1. blogilates says:

      nice with the POP haha

  5. Gwgw says:

    I really like this post and the metaphors for sure!!Also i find the idea of weekly challenges brilliant:)
    I’m starting the 90day challenge tomorrow cause the first time i think i didn’t try that much and i want to make it right and get better,i mean it’s better late than ever right?

    1. blogilates says:

      better late than never!

  6. Ina says:

    Loved this! Exactly my life philosphy! If it doesn’t kill you, it will always make you stronger. Instead of cursing your life at every possibility, turn around and look at your accomplishments, then realize that everything happens for a reason. All the obstacles and difficulties you’ve faced have developed who you are today.

    When looking back, growing up was really really hard. But I’m thankful for it all, today, as I can look back and say that all my experiences contributed to making me the strong, compassionate and caring person that is me. When life gets tough, just know that everything happens for a reason and you’re a lot stronger than you might think! Like William Blake said:

    Without contraries is no progression. Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate, are necessary to human existence.

    1. blogilates says:

      wonderfully written

    2. I love what you wrote, Ina, and completely agree! High school was such a hard time for me and it completely broke me down to the lowest level I’ve ever been in terms of my healthy, self-love, and self-esteem. I’ve had to put in a lot of time and effort to work up to where I am today, but I wouldn’t go back and change what happened, even if I could. Everything that first brought me down has made me – as you said – so much stronger, compassionate, and caring. And everything I’ve learned has helped me be the holistic health coach that I am today. Even as I face challenges and setbacks in starting my business, I look for the ways I can learn and grow in each situation.

      And you’re right, Ina – we ARE all so much stronger than we think! We all need to learn to own and embrace our girl power! : )

  7. Lea says:

    This post is really for me! Cuz I had big break up 3 months ago, when car driver crushed in me on bike! So I was without workout, with pain and feeling week. My body isn’t in right shape and I am fighting every day, pushing my right leg…After this I will raise up and be strong! And I know that a lot is in my head…I just gotta keep going and work hard:) I know it is worthy!

    1. Gwgw says:

      i like your “not giving up” mod Lea:)you should know that you’re like a good example for me and i’m so happy i got to know you through this community<3

    2. blogilates says:

      Lea you are STRONG!!! A power woman.