A Work in Progress
13 April 2014 @ 4:42 PM
4 days ago via fit-fab-fun (originally fit-fab-fun)
11 April 2014 @ 10:15 PM

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6 days ago via runmywaytofit (originally divinefitness)
11 April 2014 @ 6:52 AM
"I’ve failed over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed." - Michael Jordan

"I’ve failed over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed." - Michael Jordan

6 days ago
9 April 2014 @ 11:30 PM

Well, after falling off the wagon for a short spell, I am excited to say that I’ve recently started working out with a friend. For as much as I like order and structure, routines are so hard for me to establish. I keep reading that after 21 days of consistency, it’ll become a habit so I just need to think short-term for right now and it’ll become a routine for me.

I think I do better with a partner anyway - whether it’s a personal trainer pushing me and telling me I’m not giving it 100% or a friend I can laugh and joke with while sweating on the elliptical. I was just thinking how much easier it is for me to get in my car and drive seven miles to go work out with her than it is for me to go walk around my neighborhood for 30 minutes. I always find an excuse not to - it’s too hot; kids are outside playing (kids are just the worst, let’s be honest); I waited too long and now it’s too dark. If you want excuses, I’ve got ‘em. 

So at least for now, working out with a friend is great for me. We’re keeping each other motivated, even though we have different goals, and we’re having fun getting fit. And hopefully one day soon, I’ll feel comfortable and confident enough to do stuff outside on my own and not worry about what anyone else may think.

I haven’t weighed myself but plan to later this week to see if anything at all has happened (doubtful, if I’m being honest) but right now my goal is to lose at least 10 pounds by the official first day of summer, June 21st. I know I can do it as long as I stay focused and motivated. 

1 week ago
6 April 2014 @ 12:29 PM
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1 week ago via fit-fab-fun (originally fit-fab-fun)
5 April 2014 @ 9:54 PM

moseby:

BE COOL TO YOU. LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND TELL YOURSELF YOU ARE THE HOTTEST MOST INTERESTING AND WORTHY PERSON YOU COULD EVER IMAGINE. EVEN IF YOU DONT BELIEVE IT!!! ONE DAY YOU JUST MIGHT!!!!! GIVE YOURSELF SO MUCH LOVE

1 week ago via borntobeabeast (originally moseby)
5 April 2014 @ 1:34 PM
1 week ago via fitandskinny (originally liquid-diamonds-flowing)
26 March 2014 @ 8:23 PM
3 weeks ago via borntobeabeast (originally guykneecologist)
20 March 2014 @ 9:05 PM
losing-every-extra-pound:

Sexy Arms in 6 WeeksIf you’re just starting out, aim for two sets of 8 to 12 reps of the heaviest weight you can handle for each exercise. Looking for more of a challenge? Shoot for two sets of 15 to 25 reps per exercise.
Bent-Over Row Step IPrimary muscles worked: lats, back extensors, rhomboids, rear shoulders, biceps, core. Stand with a slight bend at the knees, holding the weights at your sides. Lean over, extending your chest while reaching your hips back. Allow your arms to hang straight down toward the floor with your palms facing your thighs.
Bent-Over Row Step II  Looking forward at the ground (not up), pull your elbows up and rotate your hands until your palms are nearly touching your upper rib cage and your elbows point toward the ceiling. Lower the weights to the starting position with control. Repeat.tip: Keep your belly button pulled in toward your spine to engage your core and protect your lower back.
Upright Row Step IPrimary muscles worked: shoulders, upper back, biceps.Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart with the weights hanging down in front of your body, their ends touching.Upright Row Step IIRaise your upper arms, leading with your elbows while bringing the weights up the front of your body as if you were tracing an imaginary midpoint, stopping when your elbows become level with your shoulders. Lower the weights back to the starting position.tip: Keep your chin up and your belly button tucked in.
Chest Press on Ball Step IPrimary muscles worked: chest, front of shoulders, triceps. Sit on a ball and walk out so that your head and shoulder blades are resting on the ball. Lift your hips by contracting your glute muscles to make a bridge. (Your feet should be shoulder-width apart and below your knees to give you stable support.)Chest Press on Ball Step II Bring the dumbbells to your shoulders. Then extend your arms over your chest and bring the dumbbells together to make a triangle over your chest. Lower the weights back to the starting position and repeat. tip: You will need to engage your core throughout the exercise to avoid falling off the ball.Overhead Press on Ball Step IPrimary muscles worked: shoulders, upper back, triceps. Sit on an exercise ball with your belly button pulled toward the spine. Hold the weights in front of your shoulders, your palms facing in.Overhead Press on Ball Step IIPush the weights up until your arms are extended. When your arms are extended, they should be slightly in front of you rather than directly overhead. Lower the weights to the starting position and repeat.tip: Keep your chin lifted slightly and your core stable.from this website

losing-every-extra-pound:

Sexy Arms in 6 Weeks
If you’re just starting out, aim for two sets of 8 to 12 reps of the heaviest weight you can handle for each exercise. Looking for more of a challenge? Shoot for two sets of 15 to 25 reps per exercise.

Bent-Over Row Step I
Primary muscles worked: lats, back extensors, rhomboids, rear shoulders, biceps, core. Stand with a slight bend at the knees, holding the weights at your sides. Lean over, extending your chest while reaching your hips back. Allow your arms to hang straight down toward the floor with your palms facing your thighs.

Bent-Over Row Step II  
Looking forward at the ground (not up), pull your elbows up and rotate your hands until your palms are nearly touching your upper rib cage and your elbows point toward the ceiling. Lower the weights to the starting position with control. Repeat.
tip: Keep your belly button pulled in toward your spine to engage your core and protect your lower back.

Upright Row Step I
Primary muscles worked: shoulders, upper back, biceps.
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart with the weights hanging down in front of your body, their ends touching.

Upright Row Step II
Raise your upper arms, leading with your elbows while bringing the weights up the front of your body as if you were tracing an imaginary midpoint, stopping when your elbows become level with your shoulders. Lower the weights back to the starting position.
tip: Keep your chin up and your belly button tucked in.

Chest Press on Ball Step I
Primary muscles worked: chest, front of shoulders, triceps. Sit on a ball and walk out so that your head and shoulder blades are resting on the ball. Lift your hips by contracting your glute muscles to make a bridge. (Your feet should be shoulder-width apart and below your knees to give you stable support.)

Chest Press on Ball Step II 
Bring the dumbbells to your shoulders. Then extend your arms over your chest and bring the dumbbells together to make a triangle over your chest. Lower the weights back to the starting position and repeat. 
tip: You will need to engage your core throughout the exercise to avoid falling off the ball.

Overhead Press on Ball Step I
Primary muscles worked: shoulders, upper back, triceps. Sit on an exercise ball with your belly button pulled toward the spine. Hold the weights in front of your shoulders, your palms facing in.

Overhead Press on Ball Step II
Push the weights up until your arms are extended. When your arms are extended, they should be slightly in front of you rather than directly overhead. Lower the weights to the starting position and repeat.
tip: Keep your chin lifted slightly and your core stable.

from this website

4 weeks ago via losing-every-extra-pound (originally losing-every-extra-pound)
20 March 2014 @ 7:14 PM

What I’ve noticed in checking out other people’s fitblrs and seeing their before and after pics is that you don’t have to lose a ton of weight to start seeing changes. I’ve seen pictures of people who have lost maybe 10 - 15 pounds but the change is visible - their bodies are more toned, even though the scale may not reflect their ultimate goal just yet. That’s pretty inspiring for someone who’s just starting out on their weight loss journey.

I also think it’s beautiful how supportive people are of one another. This world can be an ugly place, especially online sometimes, so it’s awesome to see complete strangers rooting for others to succeed in their goals.

4 weeks ago