hey! i just wanted to share. I read a lot of your stuff and its finally inspired a change for me. I have been constantly trying to slim down and always seemed to plateau and get sad and give up. But after following you it has helped me change my view on things. Instead i am no longer focuses on the inches and instead focusing on my fitness and health. I am officially training for a Spartan Race! super excited! Finally focusing on just getting fit for a bigger cause than just my image and not starving myself. I am eating healthier, but if im hungry i eat, just smart options (; So i just wanted to thank you for that!
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“I have always been overweight - I honestly cannot remember being considered thin. So, in elementary school and all through college, the stigma stayed with me, and I judged myself because I thought other people judged me too.
One day I decided I’d had enough. I was going to love myself, (because, let’s face it, I’m AWESOME), and not let other people get me down. I needed ways to practice body acceptance, and here are a few things I’ve learned.
1) Get a massage. Not only are they really relaxing, but just the act of someone touching you when you feel so self conscious helps towards acceptance. It may seem kind of weird, but that is the first thing that helped me get over my body image issues. And you can always ask your masseuse to just work on your back and arms (that’s what I do), and cheap massages are available through local massage therapy schools.
2) Walk around naked. It’s NAKED time! This is probably the weirdest thing, and honestly, I had a hard time working up to this. But there’s this sort of thing of being afraid of the unknown, and if you’re always covering up your body, you don’t really know it. You come to love certain parts of yourself, and the human body is just amazing - for everyone.
3) Do something to be proud of, every single day. Whatever “proud” means to you, do it. That could mean having a meaningful spiritual experience that day, working out like a beast at the gym, solving a very hard problem, or cooking a delicious meal. Then at the end of the day, you know you’ve not wasted it. The two suggestions above were about body acceptance, but this one is about SELF acceptance. When you love yourself, you’re on a path to loving ALL of yourself.
It’s hard and sometimes all I see is a dumb, lazy mess, but overall, I’ve had more good days than bad since I started loving myself. Because let’s face it, I’m awesome. And so are you!
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1. Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl, mix together the flax egg and set aside.
2. With an electric mixer or in a stand mixer, beat the Earth Balance until fluffy. Add the brown sugar and cane sugar and beat for 1-2 minutes until creamy. Beat in the flax egg.
3. Beat in the remaining ingredients and fold in the chocolate chips.
4. Shape balls of dough and place on the baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes (or up to 14 mins on a Silpat mat). Allow to cool for 5 mins. on the baking sheet and then transfer to a cooling rack for another 10 minutes.
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Ingredients (12-14 large cookies)
First off, I want to say how much I love all the advice and motivation you give! You are fabulous!
I’ve been trying to get in shape and I’ve been gaining lots of awesome muscle and losing some weight but whenever I go to any classes I feel so silly because I still can’t do a single push-up. Am I doing something wrong or are there any OTHER exercises I can do to strengthen those muscles? I can’t even do “girl push-ups” because they hurt my knees. Could it be that I’m still just too heavy to do them?
Thanks for any tips you can give :)
Check the form tips here to make sure you’re in the right position (even the best instructors don’t always have time to check everyone). If you have too much weight in your knees, it could be the reason they hurt so much: make sure your body weight is evenly spread out, and push through the palms of your hands: they should be lined up directly under your shoulders. Think about keeping a straight line from your shoulders, through your back and to the knees and keeping your hips in a neutral position. Core should be braced and tight, and if you’re on your toes, keep your quads contracted for balance.
The easiest way to address the knee pain is to add cushioning: you can fold up your mat or a towel when doing them in class. Place it directly under the knees for extra support: at home you can use a pillow.
The easiest way to get better at pushups is to do them, and do them a lot. Usually, it’s not advised to work a muscle every day, but for beginners, I usually prescribe 50-100 pushups a day, 5 days a week for about 2-3 weeks. It might seem like a lot, but broken up it’s not so bad (2 sets of 10 in the morning, 2 sets of 10 during the day, another set in the evening: total time is about 5 minutes for the WHOLE day). Take breaks when you need to, and start with the easier modifications to build strength (on an incline like a table, bench or sofa OR against the wall - no knees involved). People are surprised by how many pushups they’re able to do within a few weeks. Once you have your base strength, you can add them into your routine at a normal pace (every other workout or so) and try harder modifications when you can handle them.
Other exercises to help with pushups…
1. Plank: builds your chest, core and shoulder strength.
2. Chest presses: you can do them on a stability ball, from a bench, or from the floor. Will help build your pectoral muscles.
3. Bicep Curls & Tricep Dips: Adding muscle in your arms can mean better endurance when you’re at those last few reps.
4. Mountain Climbers: Helps build core strength & stamina.
5. Yoga: Great for flexibility, balance & core stabilization. The more stable your muscles, the easier ALL your fitness gets.
6. Dumbbell or barbell rows: Works your upper back.
Like anything, mastering pushups takes time & hard work! Try my suggestion (pushups 50-100 times a day - start with 50) and try it for a week or two. Take a few days off, then see how well you can do them in class or if you notice improvements.
Everyone knows they have to work to get the body they want. But far too often, we forget that working on our mindset is just as or MORE important than which exercises we choose, or what classes we take.
Today’s mantra was submitted by of “Learn to Love Your Body. Again! with Joyce Hearn”! Thanks for sending it in Joyce, great reminder!
The psychological factor of healthy eating, weight loss, keeping fit and getting into shape is a bigger factor than most of us take into account. We’ve all tried various different routines and plans and most never seem to get a different or desired result.
It is all too easy to blame the plan rather than blame ourselves, when in fact we are entering the new programs with the same old mindset. For things to change we must change! We do not have to make huge changes to make a huge difference.
A few small changes to lifestyle, eating, sleeping and working habits can make the difference that we need.
To your success,
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ChiChi! We watched this in a lecture about a week ago and I thought you and your followers would enjoy it and learn something. It’s all about just doing something. Very good information from Dr. Mike Evans. Have a bomb diggity day! - Karyn
Thanks Karyn! I agree!
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Workouts don’t have to feel like work. You should be able to have fun while being active & games are a great way to do it, alone or with friends!
Submitted by granttomeyourglory
I’ve been overweight practically my whole life. I’ve gained forty pounds in the past three years, and over the last two weeks, lost eight. Why?
Not even joking. I use my old-school PlayStation 2, pop in my DDR (Dance, Dance Revolution) disc, get my mat out, and hit those arrows like none other. It works up a sweat, and it’s goal-oriented. I usually can’t let myself rest until a stage on the quest mode has been all settled and beaten.
Two years ago, I lost ten pounds on DDR alone. Now I’ve changed my diet and I’m working out at the gym, and when I can’t get there, I DDR. I hope to be back down to a size 14 by my junior prom. There are always little ways to burn off extra calories and keep your body going! You just have to find the fun ones.