Q:Hi, I'm a new fitblr on tumblr, I thought I'd ask for some advice... I'm having trouble with willpower and eating clean. It's really frustrating me; I'm able to exercise but I know the 80/20 rule is key and I won't see proper results without it. Potato chips are killer, it's the one thing I can't seem to cut out or eat less of/moderate. And it's hard because my whole family eats them all the time, they're always in the pantry. Any tips on gaining willpower?! It's hard not to be mad at myself!
The 80/20 rule is oh-so-simple but yet so challenging.
Know that it’s challenging to always meet the standards you set for yourself, so don’t give yourself too hard of a time for it.
Saying that, there are still ways you can improve your willpower.
1. Take the challenge. Eat clean for a week or even a month. Take my Clean Eating Challenge. Tell everyone you’re doing it. Blog about it. Hold yourself responsible and go public with your goals so others can, too. That way reaching for the chips will have bigger consequences. After the 30 days your tastes may have changed and potato chips might not be something you crave anymore as your body adapts to healthier foods.
2. Ask your family to buy healthier brands, not buy chips at all, or hide the chips from you. Not always as effective depending on your family’s views on health and food, but could help if you explain to them what’s up.
3. Fill up on clean, healthy fruits and veggies. When you’re hungry or craving chips, instead go and make a salad or throw together an acai bowl.
Q:This blog is so so helpful. Thank you for being here!
Thanks for your kind message! I like being here. The people are nice and there’s lots of pretty pictures.
Just don’t go into the dog park.
From class to gym mode in five minutes flat.
I did power yoga for the first time this week, which is a change from my usual vinyasa. I’m going to give mat pilates a try on Friday. I’m also improving my running times slowly and steadily. Midterms are making me need to hit the gym more often to stay sane.
How was your workout today?
Q:I work out at home, in a carpeted room, so I don't usually wear shoes to work out. I figured, since I'm not running on asphalt or anything like that, it's alright...? What do you think?
It depends on what kind of workout you’re doing. If you’re doing a lot of high-impact workouts that involve a lot of jumping, you’re going to need shoes to help protect your feet. Yoga and strength training and some cardio videos you should be fine, but anything that is high-impact and putting a lot of stress on your feet you should wear shoes for.
Q:I've been dieting for the past month with clean eating and walking 4x a week for 20-30 minutes. My calorie intake is no more than 1,517 but I can't seem to lose weight. Any tips?
Q:Hi, I thought you'd be the best person to ask (because of all your great advice) I just so desperately want to be healthy and fit but I find it incredibly difficult to get motivated. Do you have any tips on how to get motivated and stay motivated? Thanks!
of course! Recently I’ve been killin’ it in terms of exercise — I’m working out 5-6 days a week for about an hour a two per day, and that’s mostly because I auditioned for intermediate cha-cha and got in and now the practices are intense!
Here’s what my schedule looks like:
- MONDAY: 2 hours of cha-cha practice, 1 hour of self-defense class
- TUESDAY: 1 hour of yoga
- WEDNESDAY: 1 hour of self-defense
- THURSDAY: 1 hour of yoga
- FRIDAY: 2 hours of ballroom dance
- SATURDAY: 1 hour yoga (although not every week) or leg day
- SUNDAY: sometimes 2-3 hours of archery, arm day
Some days like today I take a much needed break. I think I’m coming down with a cold so I’m sleeping and doing computer hacking homework today instead of yoga.
ANYWAYS here’s how I stay motivated:
- Blogging about it on here helps me stay accountable
- The app Pact is my life. It helps make sure I eat enough veggies and workout out a minimum of 4 days/week.
- Getting involved in structured activities like ballroom dancing and self-defense that are vigorous physical activities and also I’m expected to be there every week.
- Tracking my progress. I do this in different ways now (practicing to higher tempo songs, doing my strength training workouts with heavier weights, eating more veggies and healthier meals) and it helps me continue to strive to be healthier.
Hope that helps!
Q:Hey I'm going into my first year of university and living on my own for the first time. I really enjoy your fit student and healthy dorm recipes and I would love to see more! Your blog is great!
Q:Hi, dearie! I'm a brand new fitblr and absolutely love your blog :) I was wondering if you could help me gain some followers? It would really mean a lot to me :)
how to gain followers
- be yourself
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I misses you too <3
I’m an RA and I have been entrusted with the well being of 66 freshman, and that’s been taking up my time. They’re wonderful, most of the time. Some of the time I wish I could help them but I can’t and that hurts.
It’s nearly 1am and I should be sleeping because I have class and RA stuff I have to do tomorrow but I had to post this.
I know so many beautiful people who are tormented by their thoughts, and that’s usually the last place we try and improve. We start with outward goals. If I’m a size zero I’ll find happiness. If my thighs don’t touch I’ll get all the boys. (which we know is wrong. Milkshakes bring all the boys to the yard, this is a scientific fact.)
That’s a picture of me because I stand (or, rather, upward-dog) behind my words. I talk about eating clean and working out and being healthy in a physical way, but the reason why so many people are unhappy or unhealthy or spiraling into disordered eating is because of their thoughts.
So before you decide to lose weight or change yourself, first try and sort out your thoughts. I’m all for self-improvement, but I believe it has to start from within first.
Q:I'm 5"5 and weight 144 lbs. how much should I lose?
How much you “should” lose depends on you. What does your doctor say? Are you at a healthy weight? How much muscle mass do you have? Do you have healthy habits?
Even all of those variables don’t magically spit out a “perfect weight.”
You do you. Love yourself. Don’t stress about the number, just be healthy.
Q:I recently started working out and I've been really hungry lately. Like I eat good healthy food but I'm always hungry. Do you know why? :/ it's weird.
When you work out, you need to refuel! The more you workout, the more you’ll need to eat in order to sustain your workout schedule.
Also, make sure you’re eating enough protein!
I like putting shaved almonds and granola into my parfaits of Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt contains more protein than regular yogurt and less sugar, and the almonds and granola also add more protein. It’s a great snack in between classes!