Andrea Matthes,

CPT-CFL1, Lifestyle Coach

Letting go of perfection to live a happy, healthy lifestyle.

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Even though I have lost 164lbs and  I am at my doctor’s goal weight

Even though I have been doing crossfit 4-5 days a week for almost 2 years and eat a very clean diet (90% of the time)…

Even though I am a certified personal trainer and a Spartan, a Rugged Maniac, a Warrior and a Triathlete

This is what my body looks like (almost) naked

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Because of this I try very hard to stay focused on fitness goals as my measure of success rather than my appearance, or the number on the scale, or the size of my jeans, but sometimes, just sometimes, I forget…

I am extremely passionate about sharing my story and the lessons I’ve learned in hopes of inspiring others to live their own I’mperfect Life!

MAY 16, 2014

A few weeks ago I did just that…I forgot. I was faced with a “Look Good Naked Challenge” at my gym that I knew I had no chance in hell of winning. I remembered that summer was just around the corner and realized that I would go a 25th year wearing shorts over my bathing to hide the legs I’ve hated since I was 11.  I tried on a jean skirt that I wanted so bad only to see my misshapen knees that have kept me from wearing anything above them throughout all of my adult years, and out of nowhere it hit me like a ton of bricks…I felt frustrated, discouraged and sad. Like really, really sad.  I even cried a little. I felt like all the hard work that I’d been doing wasn’t paying off and it made me want to give up.

I spent a good  week or so feeling sorry for myself, getting caught up in the vanity of it all.  I didn’t work as hard at the gym, I didn’t eat as well as I usually do and every time I looked in the mirror I felt worse than I had the time before.

I can’t recall if there was something specific that got me to pull my head out of my ass, but fortunately something did. (could have just been the end of my period…fricken hormones!) Regardless of what it was, I decided that it was time to REALLY celebrate what my ugly body CAN DO rather than focus on what it looks like…or doesn’t look like. So I asked my friend Emily, the amazing photographer, take some pictures of me DOING the THINGS I have NEVER, EVER…EVER in my entire life…not even as a kid (with the exception of the cartwheel) have been able to do until now.

So here you go!  Today I am celebrating what my body is capable of doing because of the lifestyle changes that I’ve made and the hard work I’ve done in and out of the gym.

I am PROUD of my ugly body because...

THIS BACK AND THOSE ARMS

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ARE STRONG ENOUGH TO DO THIS (no strings attached!)

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THIS BACKSIDE

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CAN DO A CARTWHEEL A GRACEFUL AS ANY (NOVICE) GYMNAST

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THESE SADDLEBAGS, STRETCH MARKS AND CELLULITE

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CAN’T STOP ME FROM BEING SUPER FLEXIBLE

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THAT LOOSE UNDERARM SKIN

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DOESN’T MEAN I CAN’T CLIMB THIS THING

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THE REMAINING FAT ALL OVER MY BODY

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DOESN’T MEAN I’M NOT STRONG ENOUGH TO FLIP A FLIPPIN TIRE

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MY FLABBY TUMMY

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HAS THE CORE STRENGTH THAT ALLOWS ME TO ACT LIKE KID

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THESE PUDGY LEGS

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PROVIDE ME WITH ENOUGH STRENGTH AND STABILITY TO DO A ONE LEGGED SQUAT (with great amounts of concentration!)

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AND THIS…ALL OF THIS

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WOULDN’T KEEP ME FROM LOOKING STRONG AND SEXY…

IF I LIVED ON THE MOON

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 Besides, I still look cute in a pair of jeans…

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AND I’M…

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BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY

NO MATTER HOW UNCOMFORTABLE I AM DISPLAYING MY BODY DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS…

I NEVER, EVER WANT TO BE AS UNCOMFORTABLE AS I WAS IN THIS BODY 365 DAYS A YEAR

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Love Your Body from the Inside-Out

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It may seem hard to love your body the way is it right now. You may feel at war with your body, wishing it looked different, weighed less, or was a smaller size. You might feel like you’ve failed yourself and your body time and time again, trying to change the outside in order to love the inside…you are not alone. 

Check out this quick read from Andrea Matthes and start changing your perspective on your healthy and happiness by loving your body from the inside-out. 

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How about you?  Do you feel good about your body?  I hope so!

Let’s celebrate together! Do this…

Grab a picture of yourself doing something that makes you feel PROUD then…

Post it to the I’mperfect Life Facebook Page

Tweet it to me @imperfectlife2

Tag me on Instagram @imperfectlife2

Use the hashtags #ilovemybody #imperfectlife so I can celebrate WITH YOU!

I can’t wait to see what makes YOU proud!

PLEASE SHARE THIS POST WITH SOMEONE YOU KNOW WHO COULD USE A LITTLE CELEBRATION TOO!

PS: If you have ever, even for only one second, measured yourself against pictures I’ve posted, assuming that I looked like an athlete under my compression wear and wondered why you didn’t look the same, I hope that this post assures you that just like the scale, pictures don’t provide the whole truth either.  Although I try to be as honest as possible in my photos and posts, it’s hard to find balance between the truth and what sounds like self-deprecation–which is something I avoid.  Regardless of how ugly my body is under my clothes, it is STRONG and it’s getting stronger every day.  I am proud of my accomplishments and look forward to continued improvement.  While I toy with the idea of plastic surgery, the thought of taking time off from doing the things I love like Crossfit and races and LIFE in order to recover appeals to me far less than my reflection in the mirror.  So for now, I am just going to keep on doing what I’m doing– eating right, working out and embracing my I’mperfect Life.

PPS:

Mad props to Athletics 8 Compression Wear for keeping my water balloon of a body TIGHT during my workouts so I can kick ass at being awesome.

And THANK YOU to Emily at Emily Marie Photography for reminding me that I am beautiful and strong!

Just a heads up, for those new to seeing this post…This was written in May 2014 and while I’m still on the same journey the path has changed multiple times since then– I experienced a few injuries that caused fitness related setbacks, a few family emergencies, a pregnancy, a miscarriage, a subsequent 20lbs weight gain and successful pregnancy resulting in a beautiful baby boy

I share it all here on my blog and I hope you’ll take time to look around for further inspiration. 

Thank you for taking the time to read and share. I can’t tell you how much the response to this post touches my heart, making me want to do more and be better. <3  

My heart is full of joy.

 

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