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Are you joining us? It’s ON baby!

2 Weeks until Xmas, and we’re getting our bad ass on with a 14 day challenge! Some of you have already started (day one was posted yesterday on FB), but many of you are only starting today.

It’s a big ONE, but we can handle it, right?

Totally. We got this.

Based on YOUR feedback, we’ll do one BIG challenge (Gimme, Gimme, Gimme), AND mini-daily challenges (Stocking Stuffers) every day from now until the 25th! You won’t need any equipment, unless you want it, and you can split things up as you like.

Your only job is to complete each mini daily challenge, while working your way up to 1000 burpees before the 25th, BUT you get to decide how and when you get it done. You won’t need a ton of room. You don’t need any equipment. And you don’t need to be in the best shape to do it with us! Anyone and everyone can do it.

Even YOU. See the challenge breakdown below!

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Speaking of boobs and fitness, I asked the AMAZING people on my fan page to suggest sports bras for large breasted women and they came out in FORCE! Loads of suggestions and links in the comments if you’re looking for a bra for your assets! Everything from D-cups to F’s: they got you covered. 

Best fans ever. Ask and ye shall receive! Click here for their recommendations (should be public to see, even if you’re not on Facebook!)

Feel free to add on if your favorite isn’t listed. People helping people!

I asked my Facebook fans to help me plan my circuit today…

I think they’re trying to kill me. :)

Combined Insanity, Body Rock, Tabata, P90X and TRX, with some bonus basics for good measure. This is gonna be CRAZY intense, but I’m game!

What’s your workout today?

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Do photos of friends & co-workers trigger self-esteem bombs? You’re not alone. 

When it comes to comparing ourselves to unrealistic images, most of us wouldn’t think to include our Facebook timelines. But maybe we should. According to the Center For Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt in Maryland “600 Facebook users, ages 16 to 40 about their body image and self-esteem. More than half said that Facebook makes them more self-conscious about their bodies and weight. And, surprisingly enough, men were some of those with the most negative feelings”.

The last 10 years have seen a dramatic rise in images, social media and instant sharing. We’re only starting to see how this drastic shift is affecting our behavior, our sense of the world around us and our self-esteem. Do you find yourself carefully untagging photos where you think you look ‘fat’, are making a ‘face’, are too ‘shiny’, are showing some muffin top, are at a bad angle or is otherwise maybe unflattering (to you)? Hey, we all do it - I’m not judging. But while we’re all trying to put our best face forward, we may be guilty of sending out an unrealistic portrayal of the real US. It’s true: not every picture is flattering, but we don’t always look ‘awesome’ in real life. So why hide it online?

Digital cameras + social media = acute hyperawareness of our “image”. It’s become currency, and every photo taken carries the threat of being posted somewhere. This knowledge makes us more likely to screen our photos, pose a certain way, make ‘camera ready’ faces, ask to see photos for approval and remove photos we believe to be unflattering, even if the photos themselves may not be all that bad.

We’ve also become very particular and careful about what kind of image we want to represent us on our profile pic or what we want others to see … which may not be ‘us’ at all. The majority of Facebook photos have been through an editing process even without photoshop: they are carefully chosen, planned, tagged (or untagged), filtered, cropped, “grouped” & presented in a particular way.  A highlight reel, if you will. We tend to avoid posting the images we don’t want people to see. Images that make you ‘jealous’ or may incite negative self-thoughts have been carefully selected from dozens of others that didn’t make the cut (or were deleted on the spot thanks to digital cameras). Comparing ourselves to the Facebook photos may be just as unrealistic a practice as comparing us to women in magazines.

We focus a lot on photoshopping in the media, but perhaps we should focus a little more on our own image ‘editing’. 

If we want the media to start portraying women in a more diverse light, maybe we should start with ourselves. Would letting our friends see us in our less than flattering light really be all that bad?

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Well, this is good news!

With several young suicide victims in the news this past year, we’ve seen an unprecedented documentation of their world through what they leave behind on their social networks they used. Their posthumous messages & status updates are shedding light on the warning signs that could have gotten them help. It seems only appropriate that social media step up in the fight to prevent suicide. This measure could actually save lives.

For the moment it’s simply an alert system to connect the individual with helpful resources should anyone be concerned about their posts. It’ll work as a reporting system, and I believe it will be anonymous (in terms of reporting). Even with no further action, the reporting itself can help: it’ll let the user know that someone is worried about them, something so, so critical to a young person who feels very alone.

We need to start helping each other. It’s too easy to turn a blind eye and then wonder what you could have done after the fact. If you’re worried about someone you know, let them know you care, talk to them about it, and offer them judgment free resources. It can be tough territory to navigate, so seek out resources designed for concerned friends and family. If you’re not sure how to help, start there.

Excerpt from Huffington Post

MENLO PARK, Calif. — Facebook is making it easier for people who express suicidal thoughts on the social networking site to get help.

A program launching Tuesday enables users to instantly connect with a crisis counselor from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline through Facebook’s “chat” messaging system.

If a friend spots a suicidal thought on someone’s page, he can report it to Facebook by clicking a link next to the comment. Facebook then sends an email to the person who posted the comment encouraging that user to call the hotline or click a link for a confidential chat.

The service is Facebook’s latest move aimed at improving safety on its site.

Facebook says the goal is to get a person in distress help as quickly as possible.

Hey Kixies!

Wanted to thank all of you SOOOO much for your feedback here. It’s helping shape the site, and there will be tons more coming in the next few weeks! I get TONS of questions, comments & more here on my lovely Tumblr. Thanks so much for sharing your input, you guys seriously rock!

But…. I don’t post everything here. Some things are just easier to share on Twitter & Facebook. Not everything (you guys get the best stuff), but some stuff. And for some of you, I can answer your questions faster there than here. I also share cool stuff and my followers ALWAYS have the funniest things to say, and inspire some pretty wicked chit chats. They also give tips, so it’s like ‘liking’ a ton of awesome pages all at once.

Don’t miss out! ‘Like’ my Facebook page & add me on ‘Twitter’.

Feel free to share questions, tips, your favorite blog posts & more. It’s much quicker for me to answer your burning questions if you know where to reach me, right? (I have FB & Twitter connected to my phone, so I can usually reply right away!)

See you there! (and here too!)

NOT SO TOP SECRET: Will be launching Google + for Chichi Kix very, very soon. It’s not set up, but if you’d like to add me into a circle, you’ll be the first to get updated when the posts go up! If you need a google + invite, send me a tweet or post on my FB wall. Haven’t announced it there yet, so Tumblr peeps get first dibs!

- Chichi

Erin Brown, of Fit Mama Training.

Like' her. 'Like' her a lot.

Apparently, it’s the end of the world tomorrow. You know what that means?

DOOMS DAY GIVEAWAY!

If the world DOESN’T end tomorrow, one of you LOVELY ladies or gents will win a copy of Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 on DVD! 

Whatcha gotta do? Answer this question:

If you had the power to fulfill your WILDEST bucket list wish before the end of the world, what would you do?

Get your comments in before tomorrow at 11:59 pm! Fingers crossed that we’ll all make it to see the announcement Sunday! 

Get down with your bad ass self today & live life like there’s no tomorrow! But… just in case there IS a tomorrow, make sure you’ve entered our giveaway so that it’s the best tomorrow yet. :)

Love,

ChiChi Kix

(p.s. there’s no WAY the world is ending with 3 episodes of Oprah left. No freaking way.)

They’ve got trainers, money, tons of pressure to look good and we get bombarded with their gorgeous bods constantly. Can you recognize who’s who by their abs alone?

How many celebrity six-packs can you name?

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Love it!

I’m pretty sure that most of you are aware of how much photo-shopping goes into these covers (yes, especially fitness magazine covers). However, it’s rare that the models behind these super-fit shots come right out and let you know that they DON’T look that way in real life, or that their flaws were hidden through creative angles, cropping, airbrushing and lighting.

Kudos to Jillian! Here’s her quote from her facebook page (although I think it’s the Shape photo team who should take credit for the creative concealing).

Ok my May Shape cover is out! I have to tell you this cover shoot was utterly mortifying. I have NEVER shot in a bikini and hated every second of it. Fortunately due to angling I have still managed to conceal the cellulite on the back of my ass.


- Jillian Michaels on her Shape Magazine Cover

Some other tidbits? She eats about 2000 calories a day, gives herself treats once in awhile & hates (yes HATES) working out!

See behind the scene footage of her shoot (and some great details about how she got into shape & learned to love her bod) after the jump!

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Talking Pet Peeves this AM with some ladies at the gym… they include…

  • Cell phone talkers
  • Women sporting a flying V (thong straps over the top of their pants)
  • People who swipe, & don’t wipe, sweat off the machines
  • People who clearly were smelly BEFORE they stepped into the gym.
  • Men trying to make small talk while I’m on the treadmill (I’m trapped!).

Any pet peeves that bug you at the gym? See what people are saying after the jump!

http://www.facebook.com/ChichiKix

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Feels like the other AMAZING benefits of fitness often take a backseat to the one benefit that changes the way we look.

Question: If you could keep ALL the other benefits of exercise but remove weight-loss/maintenance as one of them, would you continue to push through your workouts?

Answers from Facebook….

Join the conversation!

www.facebook.com/ChichiKix

xo

So after a few weeks of AMAZING suggestions on Facebook & Tumblr, it’s come down to the final 2! We’re choosing a group name for my lovely followers and the final two picks are…

1. Kixies (Cat Mungal)

2. Kixie Chix (April Pitarra)

2 AWESOME ladies have offered up their suggestions, and now it’s time to vote on which one will win the Grand Prize!

Head over to my facebook page and vote on your favorite! The winner will get $50 at Lush.com and these ladies REALLY want to win!

Congrats to Caitlin Shortfall who won a $25 Giftcard to Lush this morning!

Make a wish come true before 9pm EST!

Thanks lovely Tumblr! And BIG kisses!

www.facebook.com/ChichiKix

International Women’s Day! Nothing makes a lady smile & strut with pride quicker than a genuine compliment. “I love your hair”, “Great shirt”, “You look beautiful”. Entirely too many women have NO idea how stunning they are, inside & out. It’s like they’re going through life broke ‘cause no one told them they’re LOADED!


Genuinely compliment a friend, co-worker, sister or BETTER yet a STRANGER today.


Quote from the Fit Villains Facebook Page! Come Join The Fun!


The first cover is a parody… the rest? Not so much.

Seeing the “fake” Cosmo cover got me thinking about the messages we’re getting sent. Aside from the first, these are all real covers from Cosmo. Seeing them like this really makes me think about what we’re buying in to.

Things I took away from these covers…

1. Clearly, I’m doing sex wrong.
2. I need to know more about Cancer & Date Rape
3. My man is NOT satisfied.
4. Despite any differences, all men want the same things in bed.
5. If I’m happy with my body, I shouldn’t be.
6. Men can be controlled with quick tips & cosmetic tricks.
7. Being yourself is NOT enough.

etc. etc. etc.

Any other messages you can take away? Click here for the album.

P.S. If you LOVE Lush cosmetics & bath products like I do, be sure to join our contest on FB. It’s easy & fun! Grand prize is a $50 Gift Card from Lush. 2nd prize is a $25 Gift Card.

  1. Suggest a group name for my followers. So far we’ve got quite a few from Kixies to Fit Villainettes to Kix Kittens. Suggest a name & get an entry. You can enter this way once a day.
  2. Share the contest on your FB profile & let me know! Bam, another entry. One per day also. 
  3. Re-blog the contest post on Tumblr and yes, ANOTHER entry! You guessed it, one per day.

Good luck!

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