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How Thomas Gained Muscle and Unwavering Confidence

How Thomas Gained Muscle and Unwavering Confidence

"I learned quickly that no matter how hard I worked out, I would never get stronger [if I didn’t] fuel my body with enough calories and nutrients,” Thomas shared. “It took a lot of trial and error, but I feel like I truly figured out what worked for me and how to reap the most rewards through diet and exercise.” 

How Brenda Became Her Most Confident Self

How Brenda Became Her Most Confident Self

When Brenda started to adopt healthier habits, she lacked motivation and support. Her workouts and meals lacked variety. "My life before PumpUp was really tedious to be honest," she revealed. "I would eat the same things every day [...and] I didn't know which workouts to do other than run. People around me weren't into fitness and health, so it was very difficult for me to get motivated."

Marissa's Journey to Greater Self-Confidence - PumpUp Success Stories

Marissa's Journey to Greater Self-Confidence - PumpUp Success Stories

Fast food used to be Marissa's ultimate vice. The more she consumed it, the heavier she became. "I gained 40 pounds in two years," she recalled. "I didn't go to the gym at all either. [Somebody on YouTube] mentioned PumpUp. I decided to check it out and fell in love." Marissa's sedentary ways changed when she joined PumpUp in August 2014. With the help of the PumpUp community, she resolved to live a healthier and more active lifestyle. Now, Marissa cooks most of her own meals rather than opting for takeout food. "I eat mostly chicken breast, veggies, and brown rice," she said proudly. "Once in a while, I may have a cheat meal. A girl's gotta have burgers and fries sometimes!" What's more, Marissa makes it a point to exercise at least once a day. Her hard work has paid off - Marissa lost 20 lbs since she joined PumpUp. "I am just living my life and along the way, if I am inspiring and changing lives, that's amazing," she insisted. "So many people inspire me on PumpUp. I have a great support system and that's what keeps me going. I would not have gone this far if it wasn't for this app. I know that for a fact."

Weight aside, Marissa's confidence has taken the biggest turn. "I'm 28 years old and it has taken a very long time to get comfortable with myself," she revealed. "Now, I am falling in love with the person I am growing into. Not only am I changing physically, but mentally and spiritually. I have to give props to specific PumpUp members:  @gtbadams and @tweetii are always motivating me and are big inspirations to me."

Marissa's Biggest Obstacle 

Just lack of confidence mentally, I lost a lot of friends and I refused to get into a serious relationship because I lacked so much confidence. I am reading help books and rediscovering the things I want out of my life and it's really helping me to focus on myself.

Marissa's Workouts

I do 40 mins of cardio in addition to whichever muscle group I'm focused on, be it arms, legs, or glutes.

Marissa's Best Advice

Consistency, hard work , and determination is key. No matter how many times you fall get back up, it's going to be hard and you will want to give up but next year you will be proud that you started and what you accomplished." You only fail when you stop trying."

Marissa's Favorite Recipe

Silk milk+ whey chocolate protein powder + Herbalife dutch chocolate = double chocolate shake(my addiction).

More about Marissa

I have never worn a 2 piece bikini or bathing suit (it's my 2016 goal). I wrote story that inspired a children's book called Little Red Envelopes. It is in schools throughout Florida.

Keep Marissa pumped! Find her on PumpUp @itsrissabae and leave positive words of encouragement for her in the comments below. 

How Danielle Finally Found Motivation To Be Healthy

How Danielle Finally Found Motivation To Be Healthy

Making a lifestyle change can be overwhelming. For the sake of convenience, Danielle often ate out at fast food joints such as McDonalds and Kentucky Fried Chicken. "I never did any exercise - I was really lazy," she recalled. "I would come home from work, sit in bed on my laptop until I went to sleep, and I would snack a lot." Eight months ago, Danielle joined the PumpUp community because she wanted to live a life full of intention, positivity, and accountability.

How Makayla cleaned up her diet and lost 39 lbs.

How Makayla cleaned up her diet and lost 39 lbs.

Healthy eating and regular exercise were hardly priorities for Makayla.  "I ate what I wanted and when I wanted it," she remembered. "Fast food, chips, pizza, candy, etc. I would nap or watch TV on the couch all day." Makayla barely drank water and munched on processed snacks all day, rather than eating real meals. "I was never actually full," she admitted. Seven months ago, Makayla joined the PumpUp community because she wanted to start living a healthier lifestyle. "I was at the highest weight I've ever been: 209 lbs," she recalled. "I wasn't happy with that number and I definitely wanted to make a change. I found PumpUp through Instagram. I was looking for more ways to get motivated and it has changed my life since!"

Julie's 70-lb. transformation is about more than weight loss

Julie's 70-lb. transformation is about more than weight loss

Anxiety negatively impacted Julie's life, to the point where her physical health was in danger. "I've always had bad anxiety ever since I was little," she admitted."I think it started when my grandfather passed away when I was 5 years old." Julie hardly ever slept and ate large portions of comfort food to cope with the emotional turmoil that stirred inside of her.  "[The eating], combined with not caring for myself got me to my highest weight of 361 lbs," she stated. 

Angela proves that a positive mindset changes everything

Angela proves that a positive mindset changes everything

Where do you turn to when your motivation is low? At the start of her fitness journey, Angela was too intimidated to push herself to the next level. She couldn't walk up a flight of stairs without struggling for breath and was hesitant about joining a gym. "I've always been a jack of all trades, but a master of none in all aspects of my life," she revealed. "Why? Because I was scared. Scared of failing, hard work, and commitment."

How Eileen kicked her junk food addiction for good

How Eileen kicked her junk food addiction for good

If you've ever struggled with repeated cycles of weight losses and gains, Eileen knows how you feel. Her addiction to salty and sweet snacks failed her time and time again. "When I was younger, I treated myself with sweets and junk food," she revealed. "On weekends, my parents always went hiking with my sister and I. On holidays, we went cycling in France. Exercise was never a problem, but I failed with junk food.

The Ultimate Wellness Guide : 10 tips to get your mind on the right track

The Ultimate Wellness Guide : 10 tips to get your mind on the right track

We all know that being healthy can improve the quality of our lives. Sometimes, we need a little bit of a push to get into the right mindset. This Ultimate Wellness Guide will help you to change your approach to health and fitness. You'll be able to maintain positive changes, regardless of what your circumstances are.

Quotes About Courage That Will Inspire You To Take The Next Step

Quotes About Courage That Will Inspire You To Take The Next Step

There's a mystical realm that lies beyond your comfort zone. That's where the magic really happens. Sadly, it isn't Narnia and it certainly isn't Hogwarts. You won't be able to enchant your way to a healthier you, but you can mentally prepare yourself to take the next step. Having a positive and supportive fitness community to encourage you along the way is an extra (and often, necessary) bonus. Here are a few quotes about courage that will certainly inspire you to dip your foot into fresh waters and take the next step in your fitness journey.

Why well-made workout clothes make us feel confident

Why well-made workout clothes make us feel confident

Is it enough to exercise in your collection of boxy, oversized T-shirts? Of course it is. If that’s what you have on hand, that’s how you make do. I even ran a 5-kilometre race in an extra-large "Lord of the Rinks" shirt because it happened to be at the top of my laundry pile that day.  But, if you're constantly toughing it out in cotton T-shirts, it might make sense to give your workout wardrobe a bit of an update. When you invest in well-made exercise apparel, you cash in on key functional and psychological advantages that impact the quality of your routine, your emotional wellbeing, and your long-term fitness goals. You won't have to empty your wallet to do this, either. Here are a few reasons why well-made workout clothes make us feel confident.

4 Do-Able Strategies For Staying Positive During Big Transitions

4 Do-Able Strategies For Staying Positive During Big Transitions

During big transitions, it's pretty common to feel like you're drowning underneath a waterfall of feelings. They can be positive or negative – excitement or anxiety, for example. Most of the time, you're overwhelmed by emotions. At the start of big transitions, you should try your best to remain as calm as possible. Don't consume yourself with other problems or tasks. They may leave you feeling completely drained in a short amount of time. Things have their own way of falling into place. They will just run their course, no matter what our actions are. Take a step back and remind yourself where you are.

Why Sara finally feels confident in a bathing suit

Why Sara finally feels confident in a bathing suit

Sara was constantly immersed in an atmosphere of negativity. This stifled her from achieving her health and fitness goals. "I put on a fake smile and pretended that I didn't hear the laughs," she recalled. "I joined PumpUp at 186 lbs. [Though I experienced] a lot of ups and downs, I never gave up. I kept going, and it's only because of the endless support that PumpUp gave me. 

Carla's brave journey to recovery and self-acceptance

Carla's brave journey to recovery and self-acceptance

"I thought that having a thigh gap would make me happy because so many girls had one," said Carla. "My body isn't built for that, and it's okay. Now, I feel happier, stronger, and full of self-love." For Carla, the hardest step was making the decision to prioritize her health over all else. The more she endangered her body, the less support she received from her closest friends and family members.

11 quotes that will convince you to believe in yourself

11 quotes that will convince you to believe in yourself

There's a saying that self love often seems unrequited. It doesn't have to be. With a bit of positive thinking and fierce determination, you'll be surprised about how much you're capable of if you take the time to believe in yourself. Self-belief has transformed hundreds of lives and it can transform yours. Here are a few positive quotes that will convince you to believe in yourself, forever.

Why Ina finally feels proud of her body

Why Ina finally feels proud of her body

"I was unhappy with myself but [never considered] working out. [My friend] recommended PumpUp as a source of inspiration." When Ina joined PumpUp in the summer of 2014, she began to develop a more positive relationship with exercise. "My journey basically started when I [began] to use PumpUp," she confessed.

How Stephanie reclaimed her life and healed from bullying

How Stephanie reclaimed her life and healed from bullying

Stephanie was always 'the bullied kid' when she was growing up. "I dealt with bullying for every reason possible," she lamented. "I had acne, kids made fun of me, and I wasn't as outgoing as everybody. I was always sick, so I was called 'the virus'. I was overweight and didn't take care of myself, so I was humiliated for that."

Hannah's progress proves that weight is just a number

Hannah's progress proves that weight is just a number

'Healthy' isn't a weight - it's different for every body. Although Hannah always had a smaller frame, people judged her for it. Comments about her weight gradually undermined her confidence and aggravated her anxiety. "I've had anxiety since 2010, so setbacks aren't uncommon, but they're something I've learnt to overcome with the right mindset and support," she mentioned.