Hi, we're Body Love NZ!
Courtney Durr & Abbey Palmer
Court & Abs here, checking in for Body Love NZ, our two halves make up one whole of BLNZ, Yay. We love:
- Laughing at rubbish jokes/ each other
- Dancing to club bangers, when not in the club
- Eating/ Adventuring/ Singing poorly
- Connecting with passionate people
We have built our business on a shared passion for inspiring health and happiness! Changing lives has become a sole purpose for us and we are so grateful to have you with us on this journey.
Here at Body Love NZ we like to get real, real often! We share our lives with you; the good, the bad, and the ugly, we blog, we vlog, we post, and we host! Events, group fitness classes, and a dedicated online community are our chosen methods to inspire you to live a life full of infinite possibility.
Officially Body Love NZ since 2016, we are here, there and everywhere for you to fufuill your very own self-love journey; no matter what stage you're at. You know 'The secret to getting ahead is getting started', so come on get started! Join our community and be a part of our movement.
Be sure to check out our personal stories below for more details.
All our love and admiration, Abbey and Court x
I'm a 25 year old entrepreneur living in Wellington, NZ, with some big ol' dreams.
But I haven't always been a dreamer, I haven't always wanted to help others. In fact, I used to care only about the way I looked and whether other people liked me or not. I was hugely involved in the gym scene and worked as a personal trainer for 3 years. My perception of my beauty was based on what number was on the scales and if I had abs or not.
I was constantly dissatisfied with the way I looked. I compared myself to other women and their seemingly perfect life and bodies. Happiness was always out of reach. But I wasn't alone, my clients were going through these same emotions, these feelings of unworthiness and I felt responsible as a trainer and role model. I was following the way personal trainers were running their business - fit test, body composition, body fat, scales, diets, punishments. Gyms were a place of competition instead of health. Social media was destructive instead of empowering. And what a women's body looked like was more important than what she did with her body.
But, little did I know, I had the power inside of me to change the stereotype, to redefine health and beauty. To broaden society's view.
In 2014 I trained for 7 months and completed my first half ironman. I forgot about calories and focused on fuel for my body to perform. I slept more and exercised smarter. Everyday I had a purpose to work towards, to live for. It was no longer about what my body looked like but the things my body was capable of achieving. As I stepped over that finish line in December 2014, I transitioned in to a stronger minded and driven self. I reflected on my life changing year and I thought to myself, I can do this for my clients. I can help them make that same transition.
So from that moment I made the decision not to weigh any of my clients. This decision was welcomed and it was the inspiration that started the Body Love Blueprint. Fast forward to today and the Blueprint has grown in ways I couldn't have imagined, and I have grown with it. So take it from me - wherever you are in life right now, know that you have that same power inside of you to change the world. All it takes is belief and action. Believe in what you stand for, know your values, and be courageous in the pursuit.
Registered Nurse, BN. PG Dip
My journey into Body Love started right back in the days of 2014.
It was Spring time and Courtney and I found ourselves dorm room buddies at the training weekend of a rad organisation called ‘Camp Quality’ a week long summer camp for kids who have, or have had a battle with the big C. We bonded over our mutual obsession with active wear, and quickly learned we told equally hilarious jokes! The terrible accent Courtney and I often sport was born, and the rest is history. Kind of.
I am a Registered Nurse by profession, I have been for a total of five years now. Mid 2015 I sold up all my belongings and shipped myself to China, where I took on a volunteer posting as a nurse to children at the palliative care facility of Nanjing Orphanage. The centre was accessible to infants and children with life limiting conditions, there, we would care for them until they passed away, or, in some beautiful cases, found them life saving surgeries or treatments.
I came home 6 months later, with some crazy stories, a new level of compassion, and what I guess would be labelled as post traumatic stress disorder. By November I was termed clinically depressed and suffered frequently from anxiety attacks, walking down the street was stressful and I often spent my spare time in my wardrobe crying. Why? I could barely explain it to myself, I felt guilty for leaving the babies, I felt in despair having seen how so many other people live compared to “us”, and I basically just felt like I had lost who I was, China had swallowed me up and spat me out. I didn't want people to know how bad it was, so I didn't really tell anyone, and I existed for a few more months.
It was when I reached out and started talking about how lifeless I had been feeling that things started to change, I chose to talk to people that I knew gave a big damn about my wellbeing, this included friends, family, and trusted professionals (Connection). I watched a lot of ‘Ted Talks’ too, with one really hitting home for me: focussing on becoming a self-expert, finding your unique strength, and channeling your deepest values in order to live a life that centred around these (Growth). I challenged by comfort zone and started something I had always wanted to do: Crossfit, and I planned myself something to look forward to every week (Adventure). And finally, I underwent a restorative gut cleanse to rid my diet of processed foods, as the effects of my chinese lifestyle also took its toll on my physical health (Wellness).
I truly hold the four values of Body Love NZ close to my heart and believe that they are our building blocks to a life of love, health, and fulfilment. My life isn't perfect, and I'm not immune to tough times, anxiety, and depressive episodes, but I do know I have the skills and the strength to navigate my way through life's challenges, I only hope you will join me.
I want to spend the rest of my life helping people lead happier healthier, more resilient lives.
I want to live out my legend!
I want to inspire possibility!