So, sense today was arm day I thought I would share about my arm muscle progress. Although I don't have a before picture of my arm flexed like this, I can assure you it was so different than this picture. When I first started my fitness journey on Oct 1st, I was weak AF! Not gunna lie I still am, but I'm much stronger than what I started! If you look at my shoulders in this picture, you will see a nice bulge of muscle! Woohoo! I NEVER HAD THAT BEFORE!!! My shoulders are shaping and toning up nicely! I mean, yeah my arms are still chubby... but at least I've been making progress and they are more muscular and slimmer than what I started with 💪🏻👌🏻 if you look a couple photos back on my IG, you will see my before and after 2 weeks picture and if you look at my shoulders you can really see that muscle! I'm so proud of myself haha 💪🏻 keep going guys! I know it's hard! But if you put in dedication and hard work you WILL see progress soon 💕🙏🏻 don't give up! #transformation#armworkout#armprogress#muscle#bulking#chubbyarms#blogilates#poppilates#popster#popsters#piit28#poparmy#tonedarms#fitness#fitnessmom#fitnessmotivation#fitnessjourney#weightlose#weightlosejourney#momblogger
Day 6 of #YogiFriendsAmongUs with a double #birdofparadise pose with @talpal46 . Talley was so kind to stay in this pose while I flailed around trying to stay balanced 😆. This turned out to be one of my favorite photos though despite the difficulties!
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Don’t see the booties, see the bags! 😁 No seriously though, let go of “one size fits all” ideals and level 🆙 your life quality! When you compare yourself to others and don’t get the result you want, your brain automatically responds with body dissatisfaction and negative emotions (that may or may not lead to restrictive dieting and raises the risk of ED and obesity). The way your body looks isn’t doing that to you— your mind is. The brain shapes its thought patterns (i.e. the harsh stuff it throws at you) based on what you teach it. If you keep repeating patterns that lead to shape and weight concerns (e.g. constantly looking at and analyzing people’s bodies), you will inevitably end up with weight or shape concerns. Now the cool thing is that the brain doesn’t care what your body actually looks like. So it’s perfectly possible to feel at peace without looking a certain way. For me, working to change my thought patterns has helped me love and accept myself and to feel much more confident in my body than leaning down ever did. That’s fitness for the mind, if you will. ⚡️ #tipsforselflove#selflove#practicepsychology#cbt#healthlooksdifferentoneverybody#fitnessmotivation#stronggirls#popsters#dieting#healthylifestyle#advicefrompsychologist#scientificevidence#evidencebasedpractice
Happy #flexfriday friends! 💪💥🤸🏻♀️
I pushed myself out of my comfort zone this morning & finally used the smith machine at the gym. It felt so good to overcome that hurdle!
If you’re looking to challenge yourself, why not join me for @poppilatesofficial tonight at 7pm at CoreLove!
#AffirmYourTrueSelf Day 4: I deserve
to be happy. I work a lot. And I work hard. In fact, I literally have zero days off at the moment. Right now, I do this because I have to, while pursuing my career and those dreams I discussed, yesterday. Sometimes, I get so focused and so into "work mode" that I forget to let go of my "supposed to's" and have fun. Last night, I took a trip into Austin to see Macklemore perform. It was THE BEST SHOW EVER--and I am a crazy music person, so that's saying a lot. To throw my hands up in the air and clap and jump and sing at the top of my lungs was just what I needed. That music high will carry my for the next week at least. My face actually hurts a little from smiling so hard. Everyone, myself included, deserves to be that happy all the time. So, I am resolving to enjoy each moment, instead of dwelling on things I can't change or that haven't happened yet, so I don't miss out on the present--where happiness in its purest form exists. To quote the incredibly talented Ben Haggerty/Macklemore: "Maybe I've been missing what it's about
Been scared of the future, thinking about the past
While missing out on now"
So. Let's have a serious convo. In 2016 I was at my lowest body fat % that I had ever been. 16%. (I thought I was so cool 🙄) I was eating in a constant deficit, overtraining to the max and completely starving my body of anything and everything it needed. Why? I have no idea. I quickly became obsessed and a slave to my obsessions. I couldn't see that I was completely wrecking my body. My hormones, my adrenals, my Digestion system, my immune system, and the list goes on. I also developed a binge eating disorder.
In May, I had decided that I had enough. Obsessing over the size I thought I NEEDED to be had to go. My body felt as if it were on the brink of shutting down. I had a stint with shingles, candida (which I'm still trying to fix), chronic fatigue, amenorrhea, and absolutely zero gut health.
I stopped weighing myself and my food because those were two unhealthy obsessions of mine. I have no idea the difference between me in these pictures but, it's obvious that I've put on the weight I knew I NEEDED. I haven't been restricted, hungry, and I've stopped binge eating. My body feels like it's thankful for flipping the switch back to actual health and NOT numbers.
My point is this. Do not strive to reach a number. Not a body fat %, not a body weight, not a jeans size, NONE OF THOSE. Strive for health. Strive for using your body for itself, not against itself. Do not force it to be something that it's not. Love it. Thank it. LISTEN TO IT!!! 💕 *I may annoy you with these types of posts but honestly, my thought process is this. If I can keep ONE woman from going through what I've gone through by sharing my experiences, it's worth it. Disordered eating is something society sets us all up to experience. Not everyone falls into the trap but some of us do. We should feel obligated to talk about it so that our daughters, sisters, best friends can learn from it or see hope if they're trapped too
Come party with me for my Birthday🎉🎊🎉! Thursday Nov. 2, come to my POP Pilates class💖 at 12:15pm dressed in fun gear🦄. Wear a cape, cat ears😸, a crown👸🏾, or draw a mustache on your face👀, etc! Lets have a good time! For more info about the event click on the link in my bio.
Day 3 of #AffirmYourTrueSelf : I am worthy of my dreams.
Ah, this one is a little touchy right now. You see, I have worked very hard in pursuit of my dreams, in both the fitness industry and in academia. In the fitness industry, I had someone deliberately try to sabbotage me and, when they were able to, take that thing I worked so hard for, my dream come true, away from me--all out of spite. Even though I wasn't the only one, I took it very personally and it wounded me deeply. To be quite honest, try as I might, I never really recovered, though I hope to trust others in my industry fully again, someday. After that experience, I reshaped my fitness dream and am working on pursuing that, but I doubt I will get there any time soon. I am also pursuing my academic dreams and that gets discouraging, too. You work so hard to get your PhD and then spend tons of time applying to jobs with little to no luck. In my case, its because I had so many major life crises coupled with having to work multiple jobs while in my program that I was unable to find the time to publish any of my work. I do know that I deserve a chance, if only someone would give me one. My professors tell me I have a great gift for writing and I am, as I have been told, a natural teacher. I am bright and have a passion for helping others that is only matched by my tenacity, so I know I will succeed--if someone will just give me a chance. So, this affirmation is definitely one I need. Thanks to the hosts for that. ❤
I chose mountain pose because, short of svasana, its one of the most still and meditative poses--plus, I just finished at my adjunct professor job and lotus in a short dress is not cute. 😜 I feel like my photobomber rescue dog accidentally captured the feeling of being afraid to dream and be vulnerable and I chose to put the red back on my shoes to signify the fire within me and that I am grounded in that.
Post-workout #messyhairdontcare Myspace selfie with a @f.i.t.4all tank remembering all the amazing positivity from #fitfest . Am I doing #throwbackthursday right? 😉
Alsooo spot the classic @popflex_active sports bra peaking out! I still love the peony pattern 💜💙💖
That face you make when your friends are cute and hilarious and all got together for your birthday. 🤗 haha love these!!! I'm gonna have to post some of the candid bloopers you guys 😂 @steph_nerdyogi @randomlynoria @jess_likethat_ @talpal46 @twinkiiex3 @popconnietx
Hi there 🙋 Do you also feel pumped up when you wear new workout clothes ? 😆 Cause I've just finished the most amazing leg day of my life (which means even more endorphins haha) 😋 I can conquer the world right now💃
Stay positive and have a nice day guys 😘💕
Good morning! I'm feeling refreshed this morning after a couple days off of challenges and spending more time with people I love. It's been a wonderful week so far, and today will be a great day, too!
Choose to smile and bring joy to the world with whatever you do today! ⭐️❤️
HOLY COW it was cold this morning! I did not want to get up and teach class this AT ALL. A lot of my students didn't want the make the trip either. However, I couldn't let down those who got themselves out of bed and into the GX room. I owed it to them to give it my all. Once the music started pumping, we were ROCKING.
It got me thinking about how that applies to workouts in general. You owe it to those around you to live the healthiest and longest life you can live. They're counting on you to be there for as many birthdays and holidays your body and mind will give you on this Earth. Are you going to trade in a healthier you just to avoid a little cold weather, or whatever inconvenience is holding you back?
Sorry if this came off as preachy. Hope you're having a fabulous Wednesday so far!
It was just me, my running shoes, and this sunset on the lake tonight. Sights like this remind me that the one who dreamt up the kind of world where pink sunsets can be reflected onto a perfectly still lake is the one who has designed my life. So Happy I decided to get out of the gym and take my workout to the trail.