Kris Deminick juggles a wealth of talent – from a corporate role as a digital marketing specialist, to a TRX and Pilates instructor and Wellness Coach; and while physically strong, life hasn’t always been so smooth.
“I grew up as the books and brains of the family, and was always praised for my academic achievements. That’s not a bad thing, but I what I failed to realise was that much of my self worth was attached to having perfect grades – a mindset that led me to pursue ‘perfection’ in more ways than one, including my body.
In my quest to surrender the control of disordered and restrictive eating, I realised I was looking at life the wrong way. I was either wrapped up in guilt over the past or in anxiety about the future; never living within the present. ”
It wasn’t until Kris realised this by looking back on time travelling with her husband – walking the Inca Trail in Peru, hiking glaciers in Argentina, and camping down the West Coast of the USA – living off cereal bars and packing hand weights everywhere she went; that she woke up to the impact her obsessive pursuit of the perfect body was having on her life and relationships, “That realisation led me to discover the non-negotiable need for self love”.
“Ironically I learnt this at only 13yo after losing a family member, I just didn’t realise it. I was told ‘love must overcome any trauma or pain – it’s the natural law.’ At the time I thought it only applied to traumatic events, but as I sit here now, I realise just how important love is in everything we do – without it we suffocate our ability to be courageous and live our best life”.
With a new lease on life, Kris had the courage to exit out of a stable career in digital marketing to pursue her passion for educating women on the importance of fitness with a healthy mindset.
Kris is now enjoying a ‘bento-box’ career, wearing many hats as a fitness instructor, copywriter, student and entrepreneur developing her own Wellness Coaching business, “I have to admit it comes with a lot of uncertainty, less security and for now, less financial independence, but my motivation is stronger than ever to help change our culture into one that values, accepts and encourages self love and wellness.
I’ve learnt to accept that our bodies are the only one we’ve got. It’s my duty to work with others to help them love what they have, unconditionally”.
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