"Pursue your goals, but never lose sight of the reality of things." -Amy Suto
Hey there, love!
First of all, losing weight is a personal decision that only you should make. Would losing weight be beneficial to your health? Are you in the healthy range for your body composition? What does your doctor think?
Second of all, your boyfriend should love you no matter what you look like! I know it sounds cliche, but he’s your boyfriend and if losing weight — or not losing weight — is your decision, he ought to stand behind you!
The best boyfriends love you for your personality.
Thirdly, accepting yourself and finding self love is really important. It’s great that your boyfriend makes you feel beautiful, but why do you need him to feel that way? What disappears when you’re not with him?
Right now, I want you to make a list called “15 Reasons Why I’m Beautiful.” These reasons can be physical traits — maybe you have gorgeous eyes or cute freckles or a great smile! — or they can be internal. Maybe you tell the best jokes or know exactly what to say when a best friend needs your advice.
You’re gorgeous, and you don’t need others to tell you that. Every decision you make regarding your health is yours alone to make.
It is now rebloggable!
So nice of you to offer, though :)
Hey there! I’ve been getting a lot of questions like these, so I went ahead and wrote a blog post for you guys.
It also compares Clif Bars versus Kind Bars! Let the nutrition battles begin!
Way to go, that’s awesome!
Eating right and treating your body well is such a positive thing to do.
I get a lot of questions about how to get rid of stretchmarks and cellulite and whatnot— but in reality, a lot of really really fit people have stretch marks.
One of my favorite Fitblrs who’s a personal trainer and a fantastic role model recently posted this on her Facebook page about her stretch marks.
Marks on your body are normal and beautiful and just like freckles or moles or any other kind of beauty mark, you can’t always just exercise them away.
So I can’t give you any tips, really, other than to eat right and treat your body well!
I know this isn’t the most helpful post in the world, but know that we’re not meant to look like the photoshopped models on magazine covers.
We’re meant to look like ourselves, right now, all of our “flaws” included.
Love yourself, eat well, treat your body right and be happy :)
Hello all of you beautiful people! Today is that magical time of the week where I take a stand against dashboard spamming and instead answer most of this week’s questions in a handy dandy compact format!
EATING HEALTHY IN COLLEGE
This is still something I’m trying to learn!
I have both a microwave and minifridge, and as of yet all I’ve been “cooking” are Quaker Medleys (which aren’t terrible for you… but let’s be honest they still have added sugar) when I don’t feel like going to the dining hall for breakfast.
However, that didn’t stop me from brainstorming some things that I plan on cooking in my dorm later this week!
Here ya go!
Oh, and I also found this pinterest board with a bunch of dorm friendly recipes:
Beware, though — some of the choices (like the microwave cheesecake) are not very healthy!
I would suggest the caprese wraps, and my fellow vegetarians can just omit the chicken.
(and only you people who actually read these posts and like my Facebook page will be able to take advantage of said resources!)
WHY YOU CAN’T LOSE FAT IN ONE SPOT
Magazines lure us in with titles like “lose belly fat in seven days!” or “slim down your calves!” when in reality it is impossible to chose where you’ll lose fat.
Your body is genetically predisposed to lose weight in certain areas first depending on your body shape (Miller).
For example, apple shapes will lose belly fat last. Pear shapes will lose the fat in their hips and thighs last.
I’m a pear, and when I lost weight I dropped a cup size and several inches off my waist way before I lost any fat in my lower body.
You can tone certain areas of your body by gaining muscle and doing strength moves, but you won’t see the definition those muscles provide until you lose the layer of fat on top of it.
Apple shapes can do a billion crunches but they won’t have flat abs until they lose enough fat through a mixture of high intensity interval training and strength training.
HOW MANY DAYS A WEEK SHOULD I EXERCISE?
Hey there! Looks like you’ve got a great workout plan in the works!
Here’s some tips:
As always, listen to your body and craft the workout schedule that fits you.
That’s all for today!
If you like these snazzy posts, share the love and reblog ‘em :)
Miller, Christa. “The Best Way to Lose Weight For Your Body Type.”LIVESTRONG.COM. Livestrong, n.d. Web. 17 Apr. 2013.
Oh wow! I just downloaded and started using it and it’s fantastic! Thanks for the tip!
This app looks even more helpful than Lose It.
Recently I’ve been rewarding myself for reaching my fitness goals with new dresses!
After working out 5x/week for three months, I got the red one, (just in time for Valentine’s Day!) and after not drinking caffeine for two additional months, I got the blue one:
Also by clicking on this link and buying something, I get a snazzy $15 coupon as well!
If you do use the coupon, know that you have my eternal gratitude and I’ll personally send you a thank you note and a ridiculous amount of thank-you gifs such as this one:
Just send me an ask saying you used the coupon and prepare yourself for the abundance of gifs that will inevitably fill up your inbox!
Anyways, I thought I’d pass this on to you guys (and be 100% transparent about how it works — honesty is the best policy!) so if fancy shmancy dresses are your thing, you can use them as rewards for reaching your goals.
Have a great day!
Oh, Cliff Bars. They are so lovely yet so full of sugar.
Seriously, Oatmeal Raisin Walnut has 22g of sugar. That’s a lot for what’s supposed to be a “health bar.” A can of coke has around 39g.
So how much added sugar can you have per day?
For clarity’s sake, I’m defining “added sugar” as table sugar and high fructose corn syrup.
Fruit does not count as added sugar, and you should never worry about how much sugar is naturally in fruit, because your body metabolizes it differently than added sugar (Traister).
The ideal amount of added sugar in your diet is little as possible.
The American Heart Association recommends less than 6 teaspoons (25.2g) per day for women and less than 9 teaspoons (37.8) per day for men of added sugar.
So if you eat one Clif Bar, you have 3.2g left of added sugar for the day.
Choose wisely and eat as little added sugar as possible!
Traister, Jeffrey. “Does the Body Process Fruit Sugars the Same Way That It Does Refined Sugar?” LIVESTRONG.COM. Livestrong, n.d. Web. 17 Apr. 2013.
No problem :) I think you guys are awesome and I want to highlight your lovely blogs!
Hey guys! Today is the first Fitblr Friday here on Reality of Healthy!
When you guys like or reblog my posts or send me a non-Anonymous ask, I love to check out your awesome blogs, and I thought, hey! My followers are really kind of awesome. I should spotlight some of their blogs!
So without further ado, here are two fantastic fitness blogs you should check out:
I’ll be on the lookout for more positive health blogs to feature next Friday!
Have a great weekend!
You’re missing protein! That’s the most important aspect of a post-workout snack.
You need to eat protein right after completing a workout in order to help your muscles repair themselves. Otherwise, you may lose muscle mass and see a decrease in your metabolism.
Check out this article by Web MD to learn more about what you need to eat after a workout.
Additionally, here’s what Livestrong says about eating protein post-workout:
“When they [muscles] suffer even the slightest damage, the most effective method of allowing them to repair themselves is to supply them with carbohydrates and a small amount of protein. When you have some protein after your workout, you’re providing your muscles with amino acids, a crucial building block that aids in muscle repair. Additionally, protein blocks the production of cortisol, a hormone that breaks down muscle tissue and exacerbates post-exercise soreness.”
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/430367-do-i-have-to-eat-protein-after-a-workout/#ixzz2Qjq9CaKs