This is a hard post for me. I have been extremely lazy about working out this year. I had been swamped with work and blogging, and I was just exhausted. One of the first things to go was the gym. I just didn’t have time. Besides the fact that my body obviously did not stay in shape, I noticed a huge change in my mood. You know the whole endorphins thing (think Legally Blonde)…well it’s true.
The past few weeks I have been working with Trainer Kelli through the Level 212 Fitness App. I’m starting to see some progress already, but I think the biggest change is that my mood has improved! I feel happier and like I have more energy. I always thought I would get more tired if I worked out, which happened at first, but overall I feel much better and have much more energy during the day. I also sat down with Kelli this week and we went over how important wellness in all aspects of our lives is to our health! While I am working out with her app about 3 times a week right now, I am adding some wellness components to my training. My project for this week was to make a list every night of the things I like about myself. Surprisingly and sort of sadly, this was really hard for me. But as the week has been going on it’s getting easier. Which is also why I decided to do this post.
When I first got these photos back I did not want to post them. I am not in shape. I am soft. My arms aren’t toned and my jeans don’t fit right. I have always been small, but there is a big difference between being skinny and being in shape. I have struggle with being unhappy with how I look for a long time. I have tried extreme diets and I have gone about “getting skinny” in some unhealthy ways in the past. With Kelli’s training plan I am hoping that I can adopt some healthy ways to get in shape! I hope this will be motivating to you guys as well! So I decided to still post them because I am trying to have a healthier view of myself. I don’t need to continue to dwell on or list all of the things I dislike about my body, but I can work on improving them. This is where I am starting. This is a good motivator to get back in shape and improve myself as a whole. I think being able to feel about myself mentally is just as important as keeping my body healthy and in shape. I can’t wait for you guys to come along on my journey and see the results!
Now it’s time for a GIVEAWAY!
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How many of you are like me and find yourself lacking motivation to work out? I would love to be one of those people who is super consistent and super motivated. Working two full time jobs limits my time and sometimes I’m just so exhausted when I get home. I have made it a goal this year to try and be more consistent! I love working out, but sometimes I fall out of the habit and it’s harder for me to start again. So I’m going to try to make it a habit again! I have put together a little list of ideas to help you gain motivation and maybe even trick yourself into liking working out. If I can trick myself for a month, then I’ll probably be back in the habit and will be back to loving it! (My first workout of 2017!!!)
Try Something New!
Sometimes doing the same thing over and over can get mundane. I love trying new classes and new exercises to see what I love the most. For example, I recently just started working out with an online trainer! At first you may think that getting a trainer online is not as good as the real thing. I’m here to change your mind. I started doing Kayla and I had such a hard time staying motivated and wasn’t seeing results because I couldn’t stay consistent. Recently I started working with @trainerkelli through the @level212 fitness app. It’s COMPLETELY PERSONALIZED! I love it. She asks me what my goals are and tailors my workout to me specifically, so I can focus on which parts of my body I want to improve or what fitness goals I want to achieve. It’s 100 times better than a workout app that has the same workouts for everyone. If I have a really hard time with a certain workout, I can message Kelli and she’ll switch it up or I can ask her for advise on how to do it. She sets up my workouts for how many times I can fit in during the week and I have to check in with her, so I have a lot of motivation and I don’t want to cheat since it’s a real person and not a computer! There are videos linked to each workout and describe and show you how each one should be done. I’m going to be doing a post specifically about this later, but this has helped me so much over the past few weeks because it motivates me to get there!
Get a buddy!
Lots of people think this means you have to have someone who is going to do your whole workout with you. Most people want totally different results or just have different bodies that respond to different things. If you find someone you totally match with then woo hoo, maybe you found your “swollmate”. However, I think just having someone to go with makes it so much harder for me to say no! Half my problem is just getting there so if I have someone that is counting on me or who is willing to just go at the same time that helps me a ton! This helps me so much, even if it’s just driving to the gym together and we separate and do our own workouts!
Make a Bomb.com Playlist!
What is the worst thing that could possibly happen to me at the gym…forgetting my headphones! Music totally pumps me up and keeps me going! I read somewhere that music actually helps people work out longer and harder. Who needs pre-workout when you have Beyonce right?
Make it Convient for you!
You don’t have to go to the gym for a good workout! If you don’t have tons of time to drive to or spend at the gym, pop in a Jillian Michael’s video at home! Or go out for a quick run! Sometimes I just go over to the gym at my apartment complex when I’m trying to save time. It doesn’t have all of the machines that my normal gym does, but if it makes it easier for me to work out, why wouldn’t I take advantage of it?! Also you don’t have to work out at 5 AM! You workout when you have time. Don’t force yourself to do something that is not going to work for you. Remember we’re trying to make this about loving your workout again!
Set Realistic Goals!
I always over exaggerate mine. I’m like I need to lose 20 pounds! I need to work out every day! But when I look at my schedule 3 days a week seems much more likely. Start small and work your way up to your big goals. By hitting the small steps first you’ll see progress and it will be motivating. Then you can keep reaching for your ultimate goal. I get discouraged when I don’t see it happening right away and I think coming to terms with that will help me in the long run.
Don’t Overindulge, but Don’t Deprive!
As far as a diet goes, my best option is balance. I struggle with eating chicken and rice every day, so I don’t do it. I try to eat healthy, but I don’t deprive myself of a little treat or cheat day! If I go completely crazy on a diet I’m miserable. Some people are amazing at this, but for me a little bit of moderation goes a long way. If you’re miserable you won’t want to stick with it and ultimately you’re not going to see goals.
If you hate running, don’t run! Maybe try a Zumba class or Yoga! Find what you love and what makes you happy and stick with those exercises. Remember you are not the same as the girl next to you and different things are going to work better for different bodies! If you find something you love, and are having fun while doing it, you are much more likely to have it become a habit and you will look forward to your work out.
I hope these tricks were helpful and I’d love to hear what your thoughts are and also your goals and progress! Leave me a comment with what your health goals are for the year and if you have any other tricks you think work the best send them my way!!!
Home is where my heart is. I may not live in California anymore, but it will always be where I grew up. It will always be home. Besides representing your home pride, these shirts serve a greater purpose! With every order purchased, they donate to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to help support their research efforts. Help support this great cause and your home by purchasing your favorite Home T!
I was especially glad to have this shirt, this last week. I’m from Redlands, CA which is next door to San Bernardino which had the largest mass shooting in the U.S. in the last three years. 14 people were killed and even more injured. There were searches in my hometown of Redlands, where they found the residence of the shooters. My brother is a police officer and was called to help out the efforts that day. I was glad to wear my Home T in memory of the people who were killed and injured in this attack. I was glad to wear it in support of all of the men and women who were protecting my home and tending to the injured. I hate that this happens every day and I hope one day shootings like this will stop.
California is my home, but so is the U.S. This attack did not only affect the residents in California, but it affected everyone. I’m wearing my Home T in hopes that this kind of violence will end.
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A while ago I was asked to participate in The Stripped Project. We were supposed to come in a simple outfit, with absolutely no makeup on and do a photoshoot like that! I’m used to getting way more ready than I usually do for photo shoots! When I read about the reason behind it, which I will share in a moment I fell in love with the idea. I was also asked to answer some questions after the shoot, which made me think a lot too. You’ll see those below the photos. Feel free to leave any comments or tell me how you feel about this shoot or the topic in general because I love to hear from you! Please visit www.thestrippedproject.com to see the other participants!
About The Stripped Project (from the creator):
A compilation of raw portraits featuring bloggers with NO MAKE-UP and NO RETOUCHING. Women stripped of any facades, exposing their real beauty for all the world to see. These are the most beautiful photos I have ever taken. The most transparent. The most raw. And the most riveting.
As women, we think the word ‘beautiful’ only describes someone who fits within strict, media-defined parameters. Meanwhile, our flaws disqualify us from making the cut. We couldn’t be more wrong. Our unique strengths AND weaknesses make us beautiful; a beauty that no one else can replicate.
It is time for honesty and transparency in social media. Let’s stop defining beauty by a lack of flaws and start defining it by feeling comfortable and confident within our flaws. We all have them: physical, mental, and emotional. As a result, we all have something uniquely beautiful to offer the world. We have enough women pretending to be perfect. We need more women who are real and relatable; women who are not afraid of imperfection.
The Stripped Project was created to help women feel confident and beautiful in their own skin. Women do not need makeup, a new wardrobe, and perfect hair to be picture-worthy. As a photographer, I often find that what my subject considers to be her biggest flaw is actually her most beautiful and defining attribute.
With these photographs, I am starting to grasp my capacity for art, expression, and perspective. I am discovering more and more what it means to be beautiful. Most importantly, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the courageous women who were a part of this project. I admire you all so very much. Thank you for letting me capture the real you.
So here it is! My stripped shoot. And I thought I would leave you with a quote that I feel fits this shoot so well. I don’t know who said it. I just found it on pinterest one day and I love it.
“HEY YOU! Yes you. Stop being so unhappy with yourself. You are perfect. Stop wishing you looked like someone else or wishing people liked you as much as they like someone else. Stop trying to get attention from those who hurt you. Stop hating your body, your face, your personality, your quirks. Love them. Without those things you wouldn’t be you. And why would you want to be anyone else? Be confident with who you are. Smile. It’ll draw people in. If anyone hates on you because you are happy with yourself then you stick your middle finger in the air and say screw it. My happiness will not depend on others anymore. I’m happy because I love who I am. I love my flaws. I love my imperfections. They make me me. And ‘me’ is pretty amazing.”
What made you want to start blogging?
“I actually just started doing it for fun and I’ve always loved fashion. I started doing it more seriously because it’s something I love and I started meeting some really great people through it.” When do you feel most beautiful?
“I love being tan in the summer and just throwing some lotion on my face and some blush and mascara!
And, honestly this may contract everything I say below, but I love getting ready for a Friday or Saturday night and going out to dinner. I don’t get very ready all week so finally taking some time to myself and just putting on a little makeup and picking out a fun outfit kind of relaxes me. I loved showing up to the guy I have been dating’s house and the first thing he says is you look so beautiful. But at the same time, one of my favorite texts from him was something along the lines of “Don’t get too done up tonight, you’re so beautiful without all of it.” I don’t need someone else to tell me that, but my heart kind of melted when he said that.” Has becoming a successful blogger affected the amount you think about your appearance? If yes, how so?
“Yes and no. I definitely have always wanted to look cute and my outfits to be fun because I’ve always been interested in fashion like I said earlier, but there’s also a part of me that really doesn’t care. I will still go to work in my gym clothes with no makeup on all the time. I go to Target or even shopping like that and my hair in a top knot because the older I get I realize I just don’t need to be done up all the time. I love getting dressed up and going out with my friends or when I go to dinner, but sometimes you just need to be chill.” How much do you think your success as a blogger is tied to your physical appearance?
“I think so because if you didn’t put yourself together as a fashion blogger I think people would be like “Why would I follow her? She isn’t even cute and doesn’t know how to match!” Which is sort of a sad fact. But there are tons of people with other types of blogs that get lots of followers. I hope so people follow me for what I write about, or maybe I’m a little funny sometimes, or to find out where great sales are. I don’t think I’m the cutest person on the planet so I don’t think that it’s all my physical appearance! ” Have you ever struggled with a lack of confidence? If so, how did you get through it?
“Yes, definitely. I come off very confident, but I have had times when I am the most self conscious person you will ever meet. I’ve had to learn to get over it. I’m definitely not over it yet. Some days are better than others. I have had times where I look at myself and I’ve said I hate my body. I’m not small enough. I hate my hair. I hate my nose. I hate my face. I hate my legs. I’m not funny. Guys don’t like me. What’s wrong with me? She’s so much prettier than me. I hate myself. I still do it. But it’s honestly true that if you do not love yourself that no one else is going to. Not guys, not your friends, and not your followers. Confidence really is key. So if you have to fake it until you believe it, then do whatever you can. Comparison will kill you. I just have to look at what I have and I have to talk myself in to what I like about myself. I am so blessed. I have so many amazing people around me. I have an amazing family. I am smart. I am funny. I am cute. And sometimes I have to look at myself in the mirror and tell myself that even when I don’t think it. I’ve spent a lot of time crying to myself or my mom or my friends because that stupid voice in the back of my head tells me I’m not. But the biggest thing to remember is that I’m the one that needs to tell myself that. I don’t need a guy to tell me that or my mom or my friends even though it feels really good to hear it from them. Focus on one thing every day that you like about yourself or that you are grateful for and little by little it starts to help.” What are 5 things you love about yourself?
“I like that I am outgoing. I like my lips. I like that I am smart. I like my olive skin. I like my feet :).” What made you want to be a part of The Stripped Project?
“I think that I wanted to do it because I am pretty self conscious. I wanted to do it because I just love the idea that you don’t need everything else to be pretty. All of my photos are pretty done up and I have fabulous outfits and this just seemed like something that would stand out. Everyone is beautiful for different reasons and everyone has flaws. I wanted to just be me.” How did you feel being in front of the camera with no make-up on?
“At first I thought it was going to be weird, because I feel like I almost only put makeup on for my shoots sometimes! I’m so lazy and I don’t even wear makeup during the week at work. But then I just started acting like it was a normal shoot and I didn’t even notice!” How do you maintain positive self-esteem while being involved in social media?
“I don’t get too many negative comments which I am very lucky for. I have awesome followers. But I think you just have to look at everyone that loves you and all the positive. Take the bad with a grain of salt and not let it get to you. Sometimes venting or sharing it with your close friends (and for me, other bloggers in the same position) helps because they know how you feel. But mostly you just have to ignore it. If it gets to you too much, maybe it’s not worth putting yourself out there that much.” Have you ever felt pressure to look and act a certain way on social media?
“Yes. But I think the thing that I have learned is to stick to who you are. The people that will stick with you want that. If you conform and change then it’s not really you and your brand. If you do it just to get more followers, you wont’ actually be happy. If I want to post a personal picture or quote, but I know I will lose followers because of it, I just do it anyway now. I don’t care anymore. It’s my site and it’s my choice.” How do you feel social media can be used to empower women?
“This makes me think of that picture that floats around from time to time that says “I’m not interested in competing, I hope we all make it.”
I think that supporting each other rather than tearing each other down is so important. Working together instead of competing is the best form of building yourself as well. I see all these comments on bigger bloggers posts all the time, like why would she wear this or she’s obviously not being modest or etc. Well it was her choice and you reaching out and commenting negatively just reflects poorly on you. Just don’t take the time to comment unless it’s going to be positive. I don’t know why you would even follow someone if it’s to bash or be rude to them. If I don’t agree with something someone did then I don’t take the time to publically be rude to them. So I think that supporting each other and posting positive things can completely help to empower each other at least on a small level. Another example the other day, a couple of my friends were posting the reasons that they are brave on instagram and I saw a HUGE support from people commenting back and just telling them how awesome they were. Small things like that can help boost a persons self esteem or at least make them feel so loved. I know that when I get a comment from someone it can make my entire day.”
I hope you guys enjoyed the post and you all feel your worth and know you are amazing!
(A lot of people have asked me where I got my necklace and my tank so I added a shop the post for you guys!)