Selfie Saturday because I spent the day at the woman's march here in Chicago and did not go to the gym. Which is 100% ok. Better than ok in fact. My body, instagram, gym outfit, does not dictate the level of respect I deserve as a human. My physical self is MY own property and therefore MINE to do with what I please. That is the premise of democracy and something which not all women are lucky enough to experience. I march for those who are unable to do so. #whyimarch#mybodymychoice#women#gainingweightiscool
I am roughly 10-12lbs heavier on the right. Isn't that wacky?! A little #tbt from when I started to now. I didn't really play sports as a kid. I don't work with a coach, I don't get trained, I never have, and I don't really think I ever will. I train alone, and every fear I conquered in the gym I did so alone. My family doesn't weightlift, and neither do my friends. I understand what it means to start being unable to do a single push up. When people ask me how it started, I tell them the truth. It started with me learning to cook. Fueling your body appropriately is THE hardest part. From there, I worked with body weight exercises until I felt strong enough to try a barbell. Here is the second hardest part, EDUCATING YOURSELF. You can go to the gym & spend 2 hours there but if you don't have an idea of what the correct form is, you're risking injury & exerting effort which will not give you maximum results. The internet is a glorious thing people, use it. The last thing is patience, time, and lots of photos/videos. You want to see if you're doing things right? Record yourself. You want to see the physical differences? You live with yourself, try looking at photos from 3 months ago next to your current self. And whatever you do, don't stop. If you fall off, get back on it. I've had weeks where I don't train. But ^^ these are two years apart as a full time student, now working full time all while maintaining a social life AND eating 🍕 when I feel like it. #gainingweightiscool
Happy lumps 🐪 day. It's my best friend Lauren's birthday today so we went out last night & will be going to get Italian tonight. For a long time I would punish myself for eating poorly. Even now I still get food guilt if I over indulge. But something I've realized is one day doesn't ruin your progress if you keep at it. So now, after days I over do it a bit, I wake up and I make myself a nice breakfast. I eat a good balanced lunch to make sure my body gets what it needs. That extra pizza or tacos gets put straight into my workouts. I'm not someone who competes in weightlifting/body building/figure/powerlifting. I'm just a normal girl who really loves to train and thinks everyone should learn the freedom/happiness that comes from understanding what is/is not beneficial to your body. #happyhumpday
99% of working out, as far as I'm concerned, is defeating your own mental barriers. There are days I don't want to go workout. When I am working out, I get scared about lifting heavy weight. I get nervous that people around me might look at me critically. But at the end of the day in order to make progress you have to push past your own mental roadblocks. It's never being a size 0 that gives someone pleasure or happiness. Rather, it's the setting of a goal and achieving it that makes people happy. Large goals are good, but setting yourself up to fall short isn't beneficial. Aim to be better/stronger/more rested/happier/nicer than yesterday. It's ok to move backwards sometimes as long as you push yourself to keep 💃moving. ***************************
So here's a selfie cause I procrastinated hard af yesterday but still got that sh*t done. 💁
Mobility and foam rolling is the hardest part of fitness for me. I always find the motivation to get up and go to the gym, I even do pretty good at monitoring my diet/don't have issues when flexible dieting. I struggle with finding the motivation to focus on mobility. Everyone has their own favorite/least favorite aspect. But having goals means sucking up those things you like less for the greater achievement. So...WE ROLLIN.
I feel I've made little to no progress on my hamstrings so thank the LAWD for #tbt posts to prove me wrong. Consistent work pays off more than anything in the world y'all. It's not about going to the gym every day. Rather, it's about always pushing yourself forward. The only person you should be competing with is the individual you were yesterday. #choochoo 🚂🚂#gaintrain 💪🏻💪🏻 #booty
Cause #triceptuesday 😜🤷♀️💪🏻I love seeing my body develop. Being able to visually experience the ways in which my muscles support my organs/bones and see the ways in which they allow me to physically move excites me. I think most people get into fitness to gain or lose weight. But the thing which keeps people coming back is witnessing the muscle and strength development because it is SO cool. Oh and it's pretty dope that I can do wide grip pull ups now. 💁🙋💪🏻