Emotions From Inside Out, Pt. 1: A Fitness Feels Trip

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  1. Teresa says:

    My kids and I just saw Inside Out and liked it, too! I never thought about it relating to my fitness struggles which have gone on for most of my adult life. Very interesting read! I’m looking forward to your next post about fear.

    • Megan says:

      That’s awesome, Teresa! It was definitely an interesting movie that went pretty deep — very relate-able for everybody watching and the emotions we all feel every day! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  2. Claudia says:

    Love love love your article! I’m not on a fitness journey (at least not voluntarily 🙂 but I can definitely understand the feelings you are describing. I think we get to feel the disgust you talked about in different areas of our life, and it’s great that you help people know how to deal with it. And now I’ve got a new movie to see on my list! thanks! 🙂

    • Megan says:

      Thanks Claudia! I think you’re right…disgust and really, all of the emotions, on a daily basis with everything life throws at us. It’s interesting when you think about how it applies to so many different aspects of our lives. I think you’ll really enjoy the movie! I actually thought it was a little “deep” for some of the younger kids, but totally relate-able for adults, and a great conversation starter to talk about emotions with kids! Hope you enjoy it!

  3. robert Lawrence says:


    Great post. I will admit that I’ve felt all of those emotions for better or worse.

    Discust is a strong word but I’ve felt that way about myself when trying to get back into shape after way too long of an absense from fit and healthy living.

    Sometimes i get crazy cravings for fast food and it’s really hard to resist. I hit up the drive through and as soon as I finish eating I feel guilty.

    But it works both ways, other times I resist the urge and I feel proud of myself.

    Discust is strong but accurate. Cheers


    • Megan says:

      Thanks for the comment, Robert! Disgust is a bit heavy to describe those initial feelings, haha — depending on where you’re at, or how far gone you feel you are. I can totally relate to the fast food cravings! It seems like, no matter how long you stay on a good eating regimen, fast food always sounds good. Makes for a great cheat meal for the psychological break!

  4. Frank says:

    What a fantastic premise for a movie, and I love that Disney decided to do. I wanted to touch on your suggestion about journaling… I stood clear of this for a long time because I thought I didn’t need it, or that the only people who journal were teenage girls. what I’ve found over the years is that journaling is an excellent way to get the clutter out of your brain, regardless of whether it’s disgust or otherwise… you’d be surprised how many successful people journal, too. it can certainly help boost your own self esteem. that said, it’s been a while since I journaled so thanks for the reminder 🙂

    • Megan says:

      Agreed, Frank! Journaling is an awesome way to get your thoughts out, and help organize your mind a little bit. Journaling can take on so many forms, too. It doesn’t have to be eloquently written paragraphs or anything — it can be bullet points, single words that describe how you’re feeling, a PR you got at the gym, highs and lows from the day, goals for tomorrow — whatever people want it to be. It’s also a great tool for monitoring progress, especially from a mindset point of view. Reading back over progress in confidence and mindset from the beginning of any difficult journey is just mindblowing…so much changes over time as we grow and progress!

  5. Carolyn says:

    Hi Megan! What a well written article! I just started a new journey to a fitter me a few weeks ago. I guess I have been feeling disgust about my body ever since having two children. Over the past four years, I’ve been reluctant to put the time in to workout because I would feel bad not being with my children (after working all day and being apart from them.) The thought of that disgusted me as well I guess. As of now, I am taking the kids with me when I exercise in the stroller (although they often fight in their small confinement) and I am planning to work out right after school (when I return to work in the fall) and before I pick them up. I do feel better about myself although it will be a while before I see results. I feel I am setting a better example for my kids and hopefully it will lead to a healthier, longer, fulfilled life! Thanks for putting and interesting spin on this movie (which I have yet to see) and its relation to fitness! Miss your awesomeness and hope all is well!

    • Megan says:

      Seidl!! So excited to hear from you 🙂 Congrats on getting started on your journey — that’s definitely the hardest part. Sounds like you have a good plan in place to keep the iron hot once we get into the school year…really tough to stay away from those delicious lounge treats and such. I bet you can do it though! I have some good stuff coming up soon that might help you out here and there 😉 Miss you!

  6. Travis Smithers says:

    Nice twist on your post using the movie as a metaphor. I personally have not seen the movie but understand the concept that the movie would have portrayed.
    A lot of people would most likely relate to your metaphor with this concept towards there fitness as your mind can certainly have varying thoughts as you mentioned.
    Nice approach on the topic.

    • Megan says:

      Thanks for stopping by Travis 🙂 I think the movie was awesome because it almost MADE you look inside yourself and relate the emotions to your own life — and whatever aspect is most important to you. It was my hope that the lens I viewed the movie through would connect with some other people who have struggled on their journey as well!

  7. Mary says:

    Megan – love your website! I haven’t seen Inside Out yet but it’s definitely on my movie list. I agree that journaling is a great tool. I’m working hard on some fitness goals and can certainly relate to the disgust element that you talk about. What works best for me is to just try and stay on course one day at a time. Most days are good as far as exercise and healthy choices in regards to food. What I find is if you have a bad day in regards to exercise, healthy eating, etc. is you can always reboot the next day and get back on track and don’t give up. Hope all is well with you.

    • Megan says:

      Thanks Mary! I bet you’ll love the movie — it’s hard not to love something that Amy Poehler is in, haha. Sounds like you have a great approach to your fitness goals! You’re right…we’re ALL going to have bad days, and the most important thing is starting back up the very next morning. You can’t fail if you don’t give up! Hope to see you soon 🙂

  8. Justine says:

    I love this post!! Totally got me with this, I have heard about this movie but not yet seen it, now I want to see it even more, I am sure my kids would love it too. Very interesting how you have created this post, these emotions, especially disgust are all emotions we all struggle with at times. Looking forward to more, thanks for this 🙂

    • Megan says:

      Thanks Justine! Definitely recommend the movie — a great, light-hearted way to look a little deeper into things we feel and experience every day 🙂

  9. blubutterfly says:

    Wow, this is a pretty in debt post, I cannot say I have watched ‘Inside Out’ yet, I know my daughters have watched it and thoroughly enjoyed it. I love how you have used this movie as an example to break down our emotions. This is truly a very interesting post and I can relate to a lot of it 🙂

    • Megan says:

      So glad to hear it! Inside out was an AWESOME movie – it totally spoke to my nerdy psych side, and I couldn’t help but bring fitness into it as well. I try to stay hip and current 😉

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