I grew up in the 80’s and 90’s. And back then, we didn’t have cable at home. And certainly, we didn’t have overwhelming channels that today’s folks have to choose from. But, we had a few staple television shows that were watched – The Cosby Show, Who’s the Boss? (my favorite), Growing Pains, etc. And I was obsessed with teeny-bopper magazines that showcased all my crushes (Kirk Cameron and Michael J. Fox), and potential best-friends (Alyssa Milano). The famous were beautiful.
When Full House made its way to my television. I instantly was in awe of Candace Cameron. Aside from the fact that she was Kirk Cameron’s little sister AND had had a small guest appearance on Who’s the Boss?, she was the first girl I’d seen on TV that looked like me: cute curls, a little chubby, and with the “Charlie Brown cheeks” that she referred to in a later episode*. It was wonderful that I could finally identify with someone on TV and in magazines. I was elated.
Although Candace said she never had an issue with her weight while filming early in the seasons, season 4 of Full House aired an episode called *”Shape Up”, in which DJ goes on a crash diet to slim down for a pool party. This was an emotional episode for me for me to watch. Although my eating disorders didn’t begin until a year or two later, I could completely relate to how DJ was feeling and could already see my own disordered eating and outlook. (Note: While preparing this post, I re-watched the episode for the first time in likely 20 years and had the same emotional response I had the first time it aired. To this day, it breaks my heart because I know the struggle and I know that most little girls have and will continue to have this struggle at some point in life.)
Later on, Ms. Cameron Bure declared she developed eating disorders a few years after the show had finished filming. (Although, she states that it had less to do with her weight and more to do with where she was in her life, emotionally and physically.)
Since her days of self-destruction, Candace Cameron Bure has completely changed her body and her health. She has an incredible workout regime, and one of the best (celebrity) trainers, Kira Stokes, as her own. And I have found inspiration in them both.
These two have some of the best workouts I have seen. As a trainer – and a trainee – I am often looking for ways to keep workouts fresh, innovative, and fun. And these two ladies sometimes help me get there.
Aside from gaining inspiration for my workouts, I have found inspiration in Candace herself, from how she approaches fitness and clean eating and even spiritual health. Three topics I already have in common with her. Her approach to how she keeps her body lean and how she looks at her muscle and her strength is refreshing and it’s nice to actually see and hear a celebrity talk about it all and show how much dedication it takes her to keep her body in tip-top shape. Especially when so many celebrities make the claim “I eat whatever I want and don’t work out.” Pffftt!!
Although Candace Cameron Bure is a celebrity and she has personal trainers and has appeared on Dancing with the Stars where she spent endless hours each day for endless months dancing non-stop, she is also a woman who has worked incredibly hard to get to get and keep a strong, toned, lean body. Believe me – that takes work! And, again, I find it inspiring that she has been so inclined to share her journeys with us, the public. Through her books and her social media accounts and her television appearances, she has been delightful in showing us that if you set a goal – and work for it – it can be reached.
And what’s even more delightful, and something I have found truly inspiring since I was a pre-teen, is that when she was a young actress and already a very public figure, she never had issue with her body – even, as it has been stated, when other people had. She was a great role model in childhood and continues to be a role model in adulthood.
I will continue to find inspiration from her. Where do you find yours?