bigbitchgetsfit:

Every time I make progress pics I’m like woahhh that was really me? I remember the constant discomfort and back pain and shortness of breath but I’m surprised every time by how big I really was.
Left - 2011 230lbs , a couple years before I actually started losing weight Middle - summer of 2013 160-170lbs, a year or so into my fitness journey Right - summer 2014 144lbs, 2 years into my journey.
There have been lots of ups and down emotionally and physically but every day I try to work at better myself. If I get off track I know I will always come back because my health and fitness has become a priority. I just wish that darn extra skin would disappear! Haha.

bigbitchgetsfit:

Every time I make progress pics I’m like woahhh that was really me? I remember the constant discomfort and back pain and shortness of breath but I’m surprised every time by how big I really was.

Left - 2011 230lbs , a couple years before I actually started losing weight
Middle - summer of 2013 160-170lbs, a year or so into my fitness journey
Right - summer 2014 144lbs, 2 years into my journey.

There have been lots of ups and down emotionally and physically but every day I try to work at better myself. If I get off track I know I will always come back because my health and fitness has become a priority. I just wish that darn extra skin would disappear! Haha.

(via healthfitnation)

body-peace:

Intuitive Eating: 


Reject the Diet Mentality. Throw out the diet books and magazine articles that offer you false hope of losing weight quickly, easily, and permanently. Get angry at the lies that have led you to feel as if you were a failure every time a new diet stopped working and you gained back all of the weight. If you allow even one small hope to linger that a new and better diet might be lurking around the corner, it will prevent you from being free to rediscover Intuitive Eating.




Honor Your Hunger. Keep your body biologically fed with adequate energy and carbohydrates. Otherwise you can trigger a primal drive to overeat. Once you reach the moment of excessive hunger, all intentions of moderate, conscious eating are fleeting and irrelevant. Learning to honor this first biological signal sets the stage for re-building trust with yourself and food.




Make Peace with Food. Call a truce, stop the food fight! Give yourself unconditional permission to eat. If you tell yourself that you can’t or shouldn’t have a particular food, it can lead to intense feelings of deprivation that build into uncontrollable cravings and, often, bingeing When you finally “give-in” to your forbidden food, eating will be experienced with such intensity, it usually results in Last Supper overeating, and overwhelming guilt.




Challenge the Food Police. Scream a loud “NO” to thoughts in your head that declare you’re “good” for eating under 1000 calories or “bad” because you ate a piece of chocolate cake. The Food Police monitor the unreasonable rules that dieting has created . The police station is housed deep in your psyche, and its loud speaker shouts negative barbs, hopeless phrases, and guilt-provoking indictments. Chasing the Food Police away is a critical step in returning to Intuitive Eating.




Respect Your Fullness. Listen for the body signals that tell you that you are no longer hungry. Observe the signs that show that you’re comfortably full. Pause in the middle of a meal or food and ask yourself how the food tastes, and what is your current fullness level?




Discover the Satisfaction Factor. The Japanese have the wisdom to promote pleasure as one of their goals of healthy living In our fury to be thin and healthy, we often overlook one of the most basic gifts of existence—the pleasure and satisfaction that can be found in the eating experience. When you eat what you really want, in an environment that is inviting and conducive, the pleasure you derive will be a powerful force in helping you feel satisfied and content. By providing this experience for yourself, you will find that it takes much less food to decide you’ve had “enough”.




Honor Your Feelings Without Using Food. Find ways to comfort , nurture, distract, and resolve your issues without using food. Anxiety, loneliness, boredom, anger are emotions we all experience throughout life. Each has its own trigger, and each has its own appeasement. Food won’t fix any of these feelings. It may comfort for the short term, distract from the pain, or even numb you into a food hangover. But food won’t solve the problem. If anything, eating for an emotional hunger will only make you feel worse in the long run. You’ll ultimately have to deal with the source of the emotion, as well as the discomfort of overeating.




Respect Your Body. Accept your genetic blueprint. Just as a person with a shoe size of eight would not expect to realistically squeeze into a size six, it is equally as futile (and uncomfortable) to have the same expectation with body size. But mostly, respect your body, so you can feel better about who you are. It’s hard to reject the diet mentality if you are unrealistic and overly critical about your body shape.




Exercise—Feel the Difference. Forget militant exercise. Just get active and feel the difference. Shift your focus to how it feels to move your body, rather than the calorie burning effect of exercise. If you focus on how you feel from working out, such as energized, it can make the difference between rolling out of bed for a brisk morning walk or hitting the snooze alarm. If when you wake up, your only goal is to lose weight, it’s usually not a motivating factor in that moment of time.




Honor Your Health—Gentle Nutrition. Make food choices that honor your health and tastebuds while making you feel well. Remember that you don’t have to eat a perfect diet to be healthy. You will not suddenly get a nutrient deficiency or gain weight from one snack, one meal, or one day of eating. It’s what you eat consistently over time that matters, progress not perfection is what counts.

body-peace:

Intuitive Eating: 

  1. Reject the Diet Mentality. Throw out the diet books and magazine articles that offer you false hope of losing weight quickly, easily, and permanently. Get angry at the lies that have led you to feel as if you were a failure every time a new diet stopped working and you gained back all of the weight. If you allow even one small hope to linger that a new and better diet might be lurking around the corner, it will prevent you from being free to rediscover Intuitive Eating.
  2. Honor Your Hunger. Keep your body biologically fed with adequate energy and carbohydrates. Otherwise you can trigger a primal drive to overeat. Once you reach the moment of excessive hunger, all intentions of moderate, conscious eating are fleeting and irrelevant. Learning to honor this first biological signal sets the stage for re-building trust with yourself and food.
  3. Make Peace with Food. Call a truce, stop the food fight! Give yourself unconditional permission to eat. If you tell yourself that you can’t or shouldn’t have a particular food, it can lead to intense feelings of deprivation that build into uncontrollable cravings and, often, bingeing When you finally “give-in” to your forbidden food, eating will be experienced with such intensity, it usually results in Last Supper overeating, and overwhelming guilt.
  4. Challenge the Food Police. Scream a loud “NO” to thoughts in your head that declare you’re “good” for eating under 1000 calories or “bad” because you ate a piece of chocolate cake. The Food Police monitor the unreasonable rules that dieting has created . The police station is housed deep in your psyche, and its loud speaker shouts negative barbs, hopeless phrases, and guilt-provoking indictments. Chasing the Food Police away is a critical step in returning to Intuitive Eating.
  5. Respect Your Fullness. Listen for the body signals that tell you that you are no longer hungry. Observe the signs that show that you’re comfortably full. Pause in the middle of a meal or food and ask yourself how the food tastes, and what is your current fullness level?
  6. Discover the Satisfaction Factor. The Japanese have the wisdom to promote pleasure as one of their goals of healthy living In our fury to be thin and healthy, we often overlook one of the most basic gifts of existence—the pleasure and satisfaction that can be found in the eating experience. When you eat what you really want, in an environment that is inviting and conducive, the pleasure you derive will be a powerful force in helping you feel satisfied and content. By providing this experience for yourself, you will find that it takes much less food to decide you’ve had “enough”.
  7. Honor Your Feelings Without Using Food. Find ways to comfort , nurture, distract, and resolve your issues without using food. Anxiety, loneliness, boredom, anger are emotions we all experience throughout life. Each has its own trigger, and each has its own appeasement. Food won’t fix any of these feelings. It may comfort for the short term, distract from the pain, or even numb you into a food hangover. But food won’t solve the problem. If anything, eating for an emotional hunger will only make you feel worse in the long run. You’ll ultimately have to deal with the source of the emotion, as well as the discomfort of overeating.
  8. Respect Your Body. Accept your genetic blueprint. Just as a person with a shoe size of eight would not expect to realistically squeeze into a size six, it is equally as futile (and uncomfortable) to have the same expectation with body size. But mostly, respect your body, so you can feel better about who you are. It’s hard to reject the diet mentality if you are unrealistic and overly critical about your body shape.
  9. Exercise—Feel the Difference. Forget militant exercise. Just get active and feel the difference. Shift your focus to how it feels to move your body, rather than the calorie burning effect of exercise. If you focus on how you feel from working out, such as energized, it can make the difference between rolling out of bed for a brisk morning walk or hitting the snooze alarm. If when you wake up, your only goal is to lose weight, it’s usually not a motivating factor in that moment of time.
  10. Honor Your Health—Gentle Nutrition. Make food choices that honor your health and tastebuds while making you feel well. Remember that you don’t have to eat a perfect diet to be healthy. You will not suddenly get a nutrient deficiency or gain weight from one snack, one meal, or one day of eating. It’s what you eat consistently over time that matters, progress not perfection is what counts.

(via hannahshealthjourney)

(Source: zimbio.com, via worksweatplay)

ranawayfrom205:

fasterfit:

end-feminism:

stunningpicture:

Fie Friedrichsen…took her two years to lose 150 pounds.

Good for her :) I bet she feels amazing now!

HOLY SHIT

Oh my dear god, freaking amazing!

ranawayfrom205:

fasterfit:

end-feminism:

stunningpicture:

Fie Friedrichsen…took her two years to lose 150 pounds.

Good for her :) I bet she feels amazing now!

HOLY SHIT

Oh my dear god, freaking amazing!

(via hannahshealthjourney)

fit-personality:

It’s summer and it’s hot as hell (I’m in Arizona, so that statement is legitimately accurate). But while it’s too hot to run outside, the treadmill gets boring and I always wonder how the hell anyone could read a damn book/magazine while they’re running. So if you’re like me and need different entertainment… Here is a list to help you with your treadmill struggles.
Race the people next to you.
Copy literally every movement the person next to you does.
Pretend that you are singing the song that is playing to a massive arena filled with people and they are all singing along and you are totally more famous than Ellie Goulding and you’re a star.
Realize that you actually are a star (in your own special way).
Make up elaborate back stories for every person you see in the gym.
Combine the stories to create a really epic battle and/or romantic comedy.
Listen to audio books.
Remember you have homework and start profusely sweating from stress and not from the run.
Force your friends to go to the gym with you so you can talk to them.
Force your boyfriend to go to the gym with you so you can talk to them.
Talk to yourself because you have no friends to workout with.
Wonder if the reason you have no friends is because you talk to yourself in public places.
Realize you don’t care
Watch a TV show.
Think about the vast and terrifying future.
Think about all the cute clothes you are going to buy after you are shredded from this workout.
Go back to conversations from the past where you didn’t have a good come back and make up a really good one.
Be mad that you didn’t think of it sooner.
Decide which guys in the room you would hook up with given the chance.
Do the same for girls (look I’m straight but if I saw Olivia Wilde at the gym I’d still try to get it).
Think about what you will name your future children.
Or dogs.
Come up with some really insightful conversation starters to have in the future.
Forget them by the time you’re done running.
Picture Chris Evans running directly in front of you.
Picture Chris Evans running directly in front of you… Naked.
Try to hide the fact that you are picturing Channing Tatum naked.
Do the same for Ryan Gosling.
And Channing Tatum.
Think about the delicious (and healthy) meal you are going to eat after this amazing workout.
Dance like no one is watching.
Dance like people are watching and just don’t give a fuck.
Pretend you are currently running an Olympic race and someone from Team Canada is right on your tail and if you don’t finish running that damn Canadian and her bacon are going to catch you.
Just run and zone out and let those endorphins kick in because endorphins make you happy and happy people just don’t shoot their husbands. They just don’t.

fit-personality:

It’s summer and it’s hot as hell (I’m in Arizona, so that statement is legitimately accurate). But while it’s too hot to run outside, the treadmill gets boring and I always wonder how the hell anyone could read a damn book/magazine while they’re running. So if you’re like me and need different entertainment… Here is a list to help you with your treadmill struggles.

  1. Race the people next to you.
  2. Copy literally every movement the person next to you does.
  3. Pretend that you are singing the song that is playing to a massive arena filled with people and they are all singing along and you are totally more famous than Ellie Goulding and you’re a star.
  4. Realize that you actually are a star (in your own special way).
  5. Make up elaborate back stories for every person you see in the gym.
  6. Combine the stories to create a really epic battle and/or romantic comedy.
  7. Listen to audio books.
  8. Remember you have homework and start profusely sweating from stress and not from the run.
  9. Force your friends to go to the gym with you so you can talk to them.
  10. Force your boyfriend to go to the gym with you so you can talk to them.
  11. Talk to yourself because you have no friends to workout with.
  12. Wonder if the reason you have no friends is because you talk to yourself in public places.
  13. Realize you don’t care
  14. Watch a TV show.
  15. Think about the vast and terrifying future.
  16. Think about all the cute clothes you are going to buy after you are shredded from this workout.
  17. Go back to conversations from the past where you didn’t have a good come back and make up a really good one.
  18. Be mad that you didn’t think of it sooner.
  19. Decide which guys in the room you would hook up with given the chance.
  20. Do the same for girls (look I’m straight but if I saw Olivia Wilde at the gym I’d still try to get it).
  21. Think about what you will name your future children.
  22. Or dogs.
  23. Come up with some really insightful conversation starters to have in the future.
  24. Forget them by the time you’re done running.
  25. Picture Chris Evans running directly in front of you.
  26. Picture Chris Evans running directly in front of you… Naked.
  27. Try to hide the fact that you are picturing Channing Tatum naked.
  28. Do the same for Ryan Gosling.
  29. And Channing Tatum.
  30. Think about the delicious (and healthy) meal you are going to eat after this amazing workout.
  31. Dance like no one is watching.
  32. Dance like people are watching and just don’t give a fuck.
  33. Pretend you are currently running an Olympic race and someone from Team Canada is right on your tail and if you don’t finish running that damn Canadian and her bacon are going to catch you.
  34. Just run and zone out and let those endorphins kick in because endorphins make you happy and happy people just don’t shoot their husbands. They just don’t.

(via hannahshealthjourney)

gypsetgoddess:

I get by with a little help from my friends. 😃

gypsetgoddess:

I get by with a little help from my friends. 😃

(via hannahshealthjourney)

wakeuphealthy:

Healthy Peanut Butter Energy Bites

Healthy energy bites made from 5 simple ingredients. Perfect for on-the-go! Bites are gluten free if using certified gluten free oats.


yield: 14 BITES




Ingredients:

2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
2 Tablespoons honey (or maple syrup)
1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons old fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup ground flax
2 Tablespoons mini chocolate chips
dash of salt to taste (optional)
dash of cinnamon (optional)
cocoa powder, cinnamon sugar, melted chocolate, or toasted coconut for rolling (optional)



Directions:

In a small bowl, melt the peanut butter and honey in the microwave in 10 second increments, stirring after each increment until completely melted and combined. Set aside.
In another small bowl, combine the oats and ground flax. Pour peanut butter/honey mixture over dry ingredients and stir until fully combined. Add more oats if the mixture is too moist. Stir in the chocolate chips, which will slightly melt upon contact.
Add salt and/or cinnamon to the mixture if you prefer. Roll into 14 balls. I rolled the balls into cocoa powder, but that’s optional.
Store the bites in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 days. Bites freeze well and are good in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.



*These bites are highly adaptable. Add in you favorite nuts or seeds. Add more oats if the mixture seems too moist and likewise, add more melted peanut butter & honey if the mixture seems too dry and crumbly.
http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2012/09/09/healthy-peanut-butter-chocolate-energy-bites/

wakeuphealthy:

Healthy Peanut Butter Energy Bites

Healthy energy bites made from 5 simple ingredients. Perfect for on-the-go! Bites are gluten free if using certified gluten free oats.

yield: 14 BITES

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 Tablespoons honey (or maple syrup)
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup ground flax
  • 2 Tablespoons mini chocolate chips
  • dash of salt to taste (optional)
  • dash of cinnamon (optional)
  • cocoa powder, cinnamon sugar, melted chocolate, or toasted coconut for rolling (optional)

Directions:

In a small bowl, melt the peanut butter and honey in the microwave in 10 second increments, stirring after each increment until completely melted and combined. Set aside.

In another small bowl, combine the oats and ground flax. Pour peanut butter/honey mixture over dry ingredients and stir until fully combined. Add more oats if the mixture is too moist. Stir in the chocolate chips, which will slightly melt upon contact.

Add salt and/or cinnamon to the mixture if you prefer. Roll into 14 balls. I rolled the balls into cocoa powder, but that’s optional.

Store the bites in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 days. Bites freeze well and are good in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

*These bites are highly adaptable. Add in you favorite nuts or seeds. Add more oats if the mixture seems too moist and likewise, add more melted peanut butter & honey if the mixture seems too dry and crumbly.

http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2012/09/09/healthy-peanut-butter-chocolate-energy-bites/

(via fit-and-skinny-kate)

fitpositively:

These have got to be my favorite pancakes! I haven’t posted the recipe in a while so here ya go!
Oreo Protein Pancakes:
1/4 cup flour 1 packet stevia 1/2 tsp baking powder 3/4 Tbsp cocoa powder 2 Tbsp protein powder 1/2 cup milk 1/2 tsp white vinegar 1 Tbsp applesauce Vanilla
Mix dry ingredients together and then stir in wet. Make the pancakes on the stove over low-medium heat.
Layer pancakes with vanilla Greek yogurt. If you feel ok eating Oreos, crush up one Oreo and mix it with the yogurt and then layer.

fitpositively:

These have got to be my favorite pancakes! I haven’t posted the recipe in a while so here ya go!

Oreo Protein Pancakes:

1/4 cup flour
1 packet stevia
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 Tbsp cocoa powder
2 Tbsp protein powder
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp white vinegar
1 Tbsp applesauce
Vanilla

Mix dry ingredients together and then stir in wet. Make the pancakes on the stove over low-medium heat.

Layer pancakes with vanilla Greek yogurt. If you feel ok eating Oreos, crush up one Oreo and mix it with the yogurt and then layer.

(via earningfitness)