A different kind of hump day post in case anyone needs to see or read this. Cellulite, Hip Dips and Stretch Marks are all completely normal. A majority of us have them and it is nothing to be ashamed of. People with higher hips tend to have hip dips, that's just the way our bodies were made. Cellulite and stretch marks can be caused from losing/gaining weight, genetics, pregnancy etc. and believe it or not 90% of women have at least one of the two. You are not alone, we all need to learn to embrace our imperfections. Not everything you see on social media is real life, everyone posts photos of their best angles in good lighting. I get messages all the time asking how to get rid of these things yet I have them all, I have noticeable hip dips when I stand up tall without posing, I have cellulite under my bum and I have stretch marks on my legs from working out because IM HUMAN and so are you. Stop stressing over something that makes us human, you are a perfectly imperfect💗
2017 (130lbs) ➡️ 2018 (125lbs)
What did I do differently??🤔 read below⬇️
🌟BOOMARK🌟 this for future motivation!!
When I started to get into lifting back in 2015, I made it all about lifting heavy, definitely had the mind of a power lifter but wanted the body of a bikini competitor. I would do single reps all the time just to go for a new max with each time I trained. Although that’s totally fine if you do that, for me I wanted to do so while having the mind set of cutting down and I also didn’t have a proper diet. For me what made the biggest difference was doing TIME UNDER TENSION!!! I stopped being an ego lifter, dropped my weight and would do low weight high reps very slow. Which in terms of booty gains, I’ve noticed the most gains from doing time under tension in the past year than anything else combined.
Second, I got on top of my diet. For the most part I ate good, but I definitely went out and drank.... a lot. Not saying you can’t go out and have a drink every now and then, but excessive drinking will definitely catch up to you ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I’ll have a drink every now and then, just don’t care too much for it anymore(such an adult thing to say🤭) But yeah watch what you eat!! I’ve recently got back to tracking my food but tracking isn’t for everyone, back then when I would binge and purge I had to delete it bc I was causing so much harm to my body.
Lastly, stress. 2017 was a very hard yet rewarding year for me. I definitely put my body through a lot because of stress so my advice is find your happy, find what calms you down or relaxes you and do that!!! This lifestyle definitely isn’t easy or quick, but be patient and trust the process and you will see results😘
Be Careful who you call “Fitspo”🤔 Take your “inspirations” with a grain of salt. Instagram photos are perfectly angled, taken in the best lighting, sharpened, air brushed and some go as far as editing their bodies. We live in a World where the beauty and body standards are almost unrealistic and we wonder why so many women have trouble loving themselves. So be mindful, be careful who you look up to and remind yourselves that Instagram is NOT real life. Hip dips, scars, stretch marks, you name it.. it’s all normal and couldn’t be more real. If you are exercising, nourishing your body and feeding your mind & soul.. you are WINNING. That is enough. You are ENOUGH + more 💕 #FckTheseBeautyStandards 🖕🏼 Cre @nicholefreedom
It’s okay to not be okay...
For so long, I was too ashamed to talk out about my depression. I was afraid my family, friends, etc. would think that I was crazy. When I was 18, I lost my best friend in a car accident and it rocked my world. It tore me down to the very core..I can’t even explain how bad it hurt. I guess you never know until you personally go through it. I didn’t know how to cope so I pushed all my feelings, emotions, everything to the side and didn’t deal with them. Then, BOOM they all came rushing back when I was about 21. I had just lost some friendships..that I know now weren’t right for me. I wasn’t speaking with my family. I lived with strangers and I felt so alone. I went to bed at night crying, sitting in a home where I didn’t feel comfortable and stuffing my face with any fast food that I could get. I ate my feelings and slowly the weight piled on. In a few short months I gained 50 lbs. I honestly didn’t notice at first...but when I started to be in physical pain..I knew I had to go see a doctor. When I got there, I stepped on the scale and the doctor said, “wow you don’t look 190” then proceeded to tell me I needed to watch what I was eating and that I had to start logging everything. Her telling me this made me wanna die. (Not literally but it hurt so bad knowing I did this to myself) During these times of my life I was so broken, so lost. I took away every ounce of confidence that I had. Mentally I was just screwed up. As hard as it is sometimes..I love sharing this with you all because it truly made me who I am. My life has improved so much since then and it was all because I decided to go for it. I decided to start living a life that would fulfill me. I started living a life that brought me motivation, determination, self love, and confidence. If I hadn’t found fitness..I have no idea where my life would be today. I’m so damn grateful. I never expected all of this but wow I feel like the luckiest person in the world. 💘 @brianakfitness
Tips to a successful weight loss:
1.) Believe in yourself! If you don’t, how do you expect you’ll stick through it and accomplish what you’ve set out to? No one can do this but yourself, give yourself pep talks that you have what it takes to succeed!
2.) Make a short term goal, start a weight loss journal! Don’t set an unrealistic goal for yourself because it will only make you feel overwhelmed and like you’ll never reach it. Small steps, small goals, big determination! Make yourself a long term goal as well—ultimate goal weight—but store it and leave it to the side. The closer you get, the more real it will feel to you on reaching that ultimate goal!!! 😄👍🏼
3.) Take pictures. You will see changes when comparing photos that you may not see in your everyday reflection when looking in the mirror. And even though you may never want to post them or share them with anyone, the point is that you will be able to always look back and take pride of how far you’ve come!
4.) Be prepared to do it alone. Don’t make others accountable for your life choices. It is within you to commit, get up everyday to workout, and to eat healthier.
5.) Make healthy choices/choose healthy alternatives. Don’t expect progress if you fail to prepare for success! Grilled/Baked lean meats, whole grains, more veggies, lots of water, low sugar fruits, 3 healthy snacks and 3 healthy small meals daily to keep your metabolism going.
6.) Aim for 3-5 days of exercise, 30 min-1hr at the least. Healthy eating accompanied with physical activity boosts weight loss results!
7.) Understand that plateaus happen, take a breath, and push harder! Our bodies get comfortable with our routine. Look into your diet, go harder longer on your workouts. Push your body to start moving and losing again! It’s all within your power to do so.
8.) Be proud of every little accomplishment! Celebrate your victories, you are a badass!!!
9.) Enjoy every second & have a treat meal to stay sane! Hope these tips help you my loves! ✅ BE STRONG, LIVE LONG💟️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ @adry_bella