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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. 

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."

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.

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. 

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.

How Christine finally developed a positive relationship with food

How Christine finally developed a positive relationship with food

It was tough for Christine to come home after an entire year abroad in England—her whole diet was off track. "I think it was the worst lifestyle that I ever had," she recalled. "I wanted to enjoy myself. I was eating a lot of cake, chocolate, ice cream, burgers, and drinking soda, hot chocolate, and alcohol. Even if I was really happy at the time, I regretted my choices in the end." 

A journey to self love : How to blossom in all aspects of your life

A journey to self love : How to blossom in all aspects of your life

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Although it can be difficult at first, self-love is something that everyone should invest in. It’s similar to coming out of a dark place and into the light. Though it may hurt your eyes at first, you soon realize that the magnificent view was worth it. My journey to self love started when I decided that I could not move forward without making peace with my past. I tried to jump on the road to happiness several times, but I always stumbled and fell whenever I encountered the tiniest cracks, not knowing why and blaming myself for being weak. I realized then that I owed myself to stop for a moment. I needed to look back just long enough to understand and learn where I came from and where I was heading. I stopped being selfish and started being generous instead: with my time, energy and, most of all, patience. It’s something I have always neglected. That’s how my journey to self-love and self-improvement finally began.

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It’s a never-ending road. It’s a road that’s meant to make you finally understand the deepest layers of your soul. I have learned so much since I adopted this lifestyle and became a much happier and healthier person. I read somewhere that “being happy is a very personal thing, and it really has nothing to do with anyone else”. These words still resonate in my mind. Every single day, they remind me that I don’t need to prove anything to anyone. I owe it to myself to be genuine.

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I still get angry, sad or frustrated sometimes, but I have learned to accept these emotions. I no longer run from them or repress them. Feeling that way doesn’t mean that you are failing. It means you are still on this amazing journey and you are not willing to give up even if you stumble a little. Be gentle, be honest to yourself and allow yourself to feel everything.

Acknowledge every emotion and question why are you feeling it. When it’s possible, do something about it. It’s not too late for anything. It’s never late to become who you want to become. If you need to apologize, apologize. If you need to thank someone for a gesture they made months or even years ago, don’t waste any second longer. If you feel like it’s the right thing to do and it will make you feel lighter or happier, do it.

A journey to self love // The PumpUp Blog

But burn bridges if you must. Eliminate the negativity and cut it out of your life without feeling guilty. It can be scary, but it is worth it. You need to protect yourself and immerse yourself in a healthy and positive environment that allows you to grow and blossom, just like a cute little plant. That was a very important step for me. Once I did it, I felt so much better. Sooner than you think, your energy will attract similar positive energies and will slowly distance itself from the negative ones. Surround yourself with good people, listen more and learn. Never stop learning, never stop growing and don’t let anyone ever take away from you the chance to do and be better.

Last but not least, I am here to tell you that no matter how many times you give up or fall and feel like you hit rock bottom, there is a way to get back on your feet and stand back up again. As Beau Taplin said, ”(…) Your body is not a temple. Temples can be destroyed and desecrated. Your body is a forest – thick canopies of maple trees and sweet scented wildflowers sprouting in the underwood. You will grow back, over and over, no matter how badly you are devastated.” Rely on your bones, flesh and blood, but most of all, your mind. Every tiny cell in your body is working so hard to keep you alive and your mind – your mind can do wonders. Love each of them back, as they unconditionally love you. Love yourself and become invincible.


This journey to self love was shared by PumpUp member @sophievcr. Follow her blog on Tumblr to keep track of her journey!

Here's how Arielle took her strength and confidence to the next level

Here's how Arielle took her strength and confidence to the next level

Inspiring people all over the world join the PumpUp community at very different stages in their lives. Arielle was nearly at the peak of her fitness when she became a PumpUp member— she was already extremely physically active and aware of her food choices. But after she downloaded the app, Arielle was thrilled to find a community of people who shared her passion for healthy and active living. 

PumpUp's best advice for anybody struggling with low self-esteem

PumpUp's best advice for anybody struggling with low self-esteem

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Take care of how you speak to yourself. You are not a mistake or a problem to be solved. You're capable! Rather than focusing on what you dislike about your body, focus on what you do like. Your capabilities and small achievements will propel you further than you could have ever imagined. We asked the PumpUp community about their best advice for anybody struggling with low self-esteem during their health and fitness journey and here's what they had to say: Hate versus Love. Take care of how you speak to yourself // PumpUp's best advice for anybody struggling with low self-esteem

Hate: "I am stupid for making this mistake." Love: "I am human, I make mistakes. I'll make an effort to do better next time." Remember, you are worth it.  - PumpUp member @millybedilly

You have an infinite power that can make or break you. Control your emotions and be the champion of your own life // PumpUp's best advice for anybody struggling with low self-esteem

You have this incredible, infinite power within you that can literally make or break you. Confidence starts from within and not from external things. Once you realize that you have the choice to control your emotions, you will be the champion of your own life! Tap into your power because you can do amazing things! - @plantbasedbabe

You are still beating the old you // PumpUp's best advice for anybody struggling with low self-esteem
Your speed doesn’t matter, forward is forward. Don’t beat up yourself trying to be like somebody else! Your progress is yours and nobody can’t take that away from you. There’s no place to go but forward. You’re still beating the old you, the one who always had an excuse; the one who said 'Tomorrow, I’m eating healthy'; the one who said, 'I’ll hit the gym next week, next summer, next year'. You and only you have the power to make your life extraordinary. Don’t wait for somebody to tell you this and make you see your potential. It’s all on you! Don’t give up. - @daphnec
No matter how fast you run, you're still lapping everybody on the couch // PumpUp's best advice for anybody with low self esteem
Even if you go slow, you’re still lapping everyone who’s on the couch. No matter how heavy you lift, how fast or slow you run, how many squats you do, or how often you exercise, it doesn’t matter. you’re trying and making an effort to better yourself, which is a huge step that so many people don’t take -@karak
Every downhill has an uphill // PumpUp's best advice for anybody struggling with low self esteem
Be patient, just stay positive about life. Life is hard if you think everything is going to be about and rainbows and happiness. You’re thinking wrong. Change your attitude. Remember that every downhill has an uphill. You just need to change directions and put a little more effort so that push through anything you’re going through. - @marianarobledosegura
Take all the negativity from your life and make it your strength. Follow your dreams & make them a reality. Most of all, believe in yourself because if you don't, no one else will.  Surround yourself with positive people who believe in you. Do not strive for perfection but strive for greatness. Write your own story and keep your eyes on your goal. You never know who you are inspiring.
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If it doesn't lift you up, ditch it. - @hisroyal10ness
Thanks for all of these great pieces of advice for anybody struggling with low self-esteem! Contribute to the discussion by letting us know your best advice in the comments below!

Why you should dare to believe in yourself

Why you should dare to believe in yourself

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Do your nerves become tangled in a panic when somebody challenges you to a dare? When the words "I dare you" are uttered, you have a decision to make. Whether you choose to take up the dare or not, your outcome will be positive or negative. How do you normally respond to a dare? What determines your outcome? What will your outcome be? I dare you to believe in yourself. Here's one option. When you choose not to believe in yourself, you might collapse under pressure whenever you don't accomplish a goal. It will overwhelm you mentally, affecting every physical component of your workout.  If you don’t believe that you can overcome any situation or achieve a goal, negative self-talk will drain your drive to succeed. The positive thing is that you can dare to believe in yourself instead.

Here's what happens when you do believe in yourself. Everything will come full circle (and in ways you could never have imagined).  You'll approach life with an extra intensity and the rewards will multiply. You can actively refute critics who don't believe in your dreams. You'll allow your self-belief to carry you through every workout and every healthy decision. Barriers that stood in the way of prosperity and your destiny are now at your feet experiencing their harsh demise.

I dare you to believe. Believe that you can do whatever it is you put your heart to. I dare you to believe that you are worth more than money can buy.  I dare you to believe that your life is worth living for and fighting for. I dare you to believe that now is the time for change in your life. I dare you to believe you can remove obstacles in your life to get to the peace and success that is awaits you. Dare to believe. I dare you.

This is an article by PumpUp member @inspiredone. Find out more about him on his PumpUp page! Did you dare to believe in yourself today? Let us know in the comments below!

What happened when Alyssa found the positivity she needed - PumpUp Success Stories

What happened when Alyssa found the positivity she needed - PumpUp Success Stories

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PumpUp member @alyssa_a_ford needed a major dose of positivity in her life when she joined the app in November 2014. "I started to use PumpUp because it is such a positive place to be. It's an environment that is inspiring and it is something that I've always wanted to be a part of," she said gleefully. Alyssa wanted a rapid departure from the habits that she adopted in her younger years. "We ate whatever we wanted...all the junk food and soda," recalled Alyssa. "I ate like a piglet. Though my family grew to be more health-conscious, I only exercised because I was enrolled in sports. I wasn't very competitive at them. Besides walking around, I didn't do much. I didn't really care before."  What happened when Alyssa found the positivity she needed | PumpUp Success Stories

Once Alyssa joined the PumpUp community, she gained the motivation that she needed to push her limits as far as exercise was concerned. "Everyone on PumpUp is so nice, helpful and inspiring," she mused. "It's somewhere that anybody can go to if they need motivation. It's amazing what we can do if we work together." Alyssa indeed worked together with the PumpUp community to achieve all sorts of health and fitness goals. She became much more health-conscious and fell in love with running. Not only does she strive to visit the gym every day for at least 45 minutes, Alyssa began to incorporate short runs after her workouts. "I accomplished quite a lot on PumpUp. I lost 25 pounds and began to love my body and treat it the way it should be treated," she shared. "I have gained confidence, which I never thought was possible. I truly love PumpUp and the family it creates for anybody who takes the time to reach out and ask for help. I hope to inspire others and help them when they need it." 

Her best advice for others looking to lead a healthy lifestyle is to be persistent. "I'm a small 5'2 girl at 115 lbs," she began. "I weighed 150 lbs at my heaviest and I was a train wreck. Now I take my motivation from what I want to achieve." Alyssa particularly likes to draw inspiration from motivational quotes. Lucky for her, PumpUp has a wellspring of quotes and photos that encourage others to lead a healthier lifestyle.

More recently, Alyssa has been shaving a lot of time off of her running pace. She can now run a mile at a speed of 6 minutes and 40 seconds and tracks all of her progress on the app. "Sweating makes me feel confident. I love the way I feel so accomplished after every workout," she said emphatically.

What happened when Alyssa found the positivity she needed | PumpUp Success Stories

Motivational Mantra

My quote is a verse from Shakespeare: "And though she be but little, she is fierce." This is part of who I am and is my motivation.

Alyssa's Meals

My breakfast consists of a granola bar or granola mixed with  either yogurt or milk.  The food that I eat is mainly organic. I do eat gluten free often and I do not drink dairy unless it is my only option. I prefer almond and coconut milk.

Biggest motivation

My biggest motivation is my boyfriend. He is loving, caring and can be a bit of a know-it-all. However, he helps me to achieve things I didn't believe I could do. This man pushes me to do my best and never sell myself short. (Although he is always making jokes about my height!!)

What happened when Alyssa found the positivity she needed | PumpUp Success Stories

More about Alyssa

I'd love to open a bakery that specializes in healthier versions of normal baked goods. I love to be in the kitchen, it is my 3rd home (after the gym!!)

Keep Alyssa pumped and check out her PumpUp profile @alyssa_a_ford! Have any questions for her? Let us know in the comments below! 

5 ways to boost your self-esteem

5 ways to boost your self-esteem

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I doubt that anyone feels good about themselves all the time. We all have those moments when we just do not feel good enough. Maybe your teacher gave you a bad grade. Maybe you let yourself down by not following through with your New Year resolutions – again. Whatever it is that caused you to doubt yourself, it's certainly not a good feeling. Here's what you can do to boost your self-esteem and make you feel like you.

1) Exercise!

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It might not be the funnest (at first), but exercise makes your brain produce endorphins that will make you feel awesome. When your body reacts to certain stimuli, like exercising, your hypothalamus signals for endorphins, and the cells that contain them heed the call. When endorphins lock into special receptor cells, they produce a euphoric feeling. And just like that, exercising got a little better than it already was!

 

2) “I look good today”

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Talking to yourself can actually make you feel better about yourself. Try telling yourself something nice every time you look at yourself in a mirror. Whether it is about how amazing you look, or how great of a person you are, eventually you'll start believing it. It might feel a little weird the first couple of times you do it, but who ever said that weird was a bad thing? (It isn't)

 

3) “You look good today”

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While giving yourself compliments can make you more secure about yourself, giving them to others is quite effective too. Giving the small gesture of a smile to a stranger will make you feel great when they return your smile. Challenge yourself by smiling at everyone on your way to work. Or see if you can give at least three compliments a day. It'll be beneficial for you and everybody else!

4) Doing it Ally-McBeal-Style!

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If you know the show “Ally McBeal”, you probably know what I mean when I say this: designate a theme song for yourself. It is absolutely silly, and absolutely worth trying. It’s very simple: pick out a song that gets you in a good mood, and when you walk down the street, you listen to the song on your iPod or simply play the song in your own head. You will feel like you're starring in lead role of the movie about your life!

 

5) I love me because…

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Find your pencil case! It’s time to make a list! Write down all the things you love about yourself! It doesn’t matter how long the list gets, just make sure that it’s full of positive things about you! It could be anything. Do you have nice eyes? Are you a great host? Are you good with animals? Write it down! You can put your list up somewhere, so you get reminded about all the fantastic things you are! Or you can put it away and read it, whenever you’re having a bad day.

These 5 tips to boost your self-esteem were written by PumpUp member @jessicanielsen. Have more tips to share about ways to boost your self-esteem? Let us know in the comments below! 

 

How this PumpUp member surprised herself with her progress

How this PumpUp member surprised herself with her progress

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At PumpUp, we celebrate scale-related and non-scale related victories. Longtime PumpUp member @chocolatefitness experienced both. She was browsing through her profile and noticed a palpable difference between her current photos and photos that she shared with the community in the past. "I saw a big change in my stomach photos," she enthused. "I'm really proud of my self. It's just something I wanted to share as I was looking through my old posts." Image-1 (2)

Since @chocolatefitness joined PumpUp in March 2014, she's made definite progress with her strength, endurance, and confidence. This member regularly finds time to incorporate all kinds of activity throughout her week, varying from runs, walks, weightlifting sessions, and even workouts using the PumpUp app. "I see some good change," she commented. "It might not seem much, but if anything, it's amazing to me because I see myself everyday and don't see progress. [With] this picture, I see lots." Over the course of her journey, she's lost over 40 lbs and made peace with her body. "Yes, I have a tummy and I have thighs, but I will work my hardest to get them strong," she affirmed. "It was all about being skinny at first [and] to want a body that I saw on TV. Throughout this journey I realized that it was about my health, and that's what it is. I love that I still have thighs. I've gained a lot of confidence to appreciate my own body."

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Thanks to the help of PumpUp, @chocolatefitness is getting closer and closer to her goal. She inspires thousands of members with her posts. "I love PumpUp for its awesome positivity, for pointers, and much more," she enthused.

Keep her pumped on the app and cheer her on @chocolatefitness! Have an inspiring story to share with us? Let us know in the comments below or email alessandra[@]pumpup.co!

How I learned to shift focus away from the 'ideal' body image

How I learned to shift focus away from the 'ideal' body image

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It starts when we are children. We look around at the world and begin to see ourselves as individuals, separate from everyone else. As a teacher, I see this in the classroom every day when children call on each other about how different they are. Sometimes they are saying it as a positive experience, other times they are trying to get a rise out of their target by tinting it with judgement or disdain. We are constantly trying to find comfort for ourselves by putting judgements out towards others, to see what they think or how they view us. How do we grow up and stand within ourselves, accepting who we are, where we come from, and where we are going?

 

There has always been an image out there in society for people to grasp at as an ideal. This image has changed a bit throughout evolution but now for a long time it has moved around the physical quality of "skinny". Today, to be "skinny" as well as "fit" are popular ideals. Human beings pressure each other and themselves beneath the weight of this. Unfortunately, just like when corsets were the fashion and women wore them even to sleep just so they could achieve the "ideal" shape despite its affect on their organs, this new idea of how people "should be" is also found to be harmful to some people. Almost all of us hold some insecurities about how our physical bodies look, no matter how they look. Some people take this to extreme measures and become ill because of their insecurities.

 

It is up to us to remember that our body is our instrument. We create with itIt does not define who we are, but it is shaped by who we are wanting to become. If we can remember that our happiness is most important; that a balance in life is always healthy; eating enough for whatever it is you do; sleeping and resting your body and mind; doing things to nourish your own personal spiritual life; our body will begin to reflect all of this. And not only that, but when you look in the mirror or stand before another person you will have a bearing that is most beautiful of all: confident and happy.

 

Ideally, which I think many people know, eating healthy and getting fit should be a happy aspect of ones life, supporting your work and dreams. Back in the days when farming was a bigger part of our culture, we had fitness in the form of physical labor. Today with many of us holding office jobs and the like, we have to fight to create a space for physical activity, and especially in the digital age. If we could emphasize the activity, and lower the stress of the image, would things be different at all? I like to think about that, and wonder.

 

Meanwhile, I meet my students each day with as much love and patience as I can muster, and do my best to help them discover how to be together socially in the most healthful and non judgmental ways possible. If we can give each other enough space and encouragement to grow and live our dreams, endless wonders will be possible.

 

This is a post by PumpUp member @bodysoulspiritfitness, a teacher and movement artist with a passion for healthy living and adventure. Follow her blog here.

Gaining muscle is a great thing. Just ask Samantha - PumpUp Success Stories

Gaining muscle is a great thing. Just ask Samantha - PumpUp Success Stories

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If Netflix's deadly auto-play feature ever spawned far too many television-marathons for your liking, you're not alone. Samantha has been down that road before and emerged triumphant in the best possible way after joining the PumpUp community. "I was super lazy, always watching Netflix right after work," she recounted. "I would eat whatever I felt like eating and paid no attention to how much I was eating. I was extremely unhealthy and I wasn't confident with my body." Samantha has come a very long way from the "old" her. In fact, she constantly reflects upon her past as extra motivation to maintain an active lifestyle. "I don't want to be the old me or feel like the old me," she insisted. "I felt insecure all the time and I don't ever want to go back to that." There was also a time when Samantha abided by a diet that was far too restrictive. "I only allowed myself 900 calories a day and performed intense cardio," she recalled. "I was just under 120 lbs: that's very tiny for a 5'11" girl." Others began to comment on her weight— even strangers took notice. "It got to the point where my body became fragile and if somebody even so much as touched my shoulder, it would hurt because I had no meat on me," Samantha lamented. "I still wanted to lose weight because I felt like it was the only thing that I could control." It's important for Samantha to focus on non-scale victories and she keeps tabs on how she's gaining muscle in particular. "I'm at 164 lbs now and I could never imagine saying that I'd be happy with how little I weighed back then," she affirmed. "I'm so much thicker but in a positive and healthy way." 

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Since Samantha made the transition to a healthy lifestyle with the help of PumpUp, she's been maintaining a rigorous schedule of regular workouts and balanced eating habits. She began to weight train and gained more muscle mass than she's ever had before.  "After day one of using PumpUp I was hooked," she insisted. "To me, PumpUp is a way to share my passion for fitness with others who share the same interests. It's really motivating." Now, you'll be hard-pressed to find a moment when Samantha isn't active. In addition to the fair amount of physical activity that she performs at her warehouse job, Samantha exercises 5-6 days a week, alternating between weightlifting, blogilates videos, or HIIT workouts. She also gleans PumpUp for healthy eating ideas.   "I love to look at other peoples' posts about healthy meals and I get excited to share mine as well," she enthused.  Beyond the digital sphere, Samantha benefits from the support of her friend Patty, who also strives to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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Best advice

Take it one day at a time, and don't beat yourself up over one bad day or one bad meal. Just remember your goals and start over the next day.  Focus on how you feel/look rather than the number on the scale!! I cannot exaggerate this enough.

Samantha's Meals

"My food usually consists of eggs and avocado on toast for breakfast, chicken and veggies for lunch, and a standard dinner. When I want a snack I'll have a protein bar, smoothie, fruit, etc. On weekends I tend to be more lenient and treat myself!"

Motivational Mantra

"Laziness fuels more laziness. Activity fuels more activity' and 'A year ago you will wish you had started today."

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Cheer Samantha on as she strives to reach her goals with the help of the PumpUp community @samanthagonsalves3.

Transformation Tuesday: How Robyn wore a dress confidently for the first time in 3 years

Transformation Tuesday: How Robyn wore a dress confidently for the first time in 3 years

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March to your dream and bring others up along the way! Congratulate PumpUp member @robynwhite for all she achieved! Last week, Robyn shared with the PumpUp community hat she was able to wear a dress confidently for the first time within the past 3 years. She has been documenting her transformation between 2013 and 2015. robyn wore a dress confidently

"Looking at these pictures make me want to scream with happiness," she professed.  "These past months have been so hard for me: I've cried and put myself down about how I looked, but I turned it around! I wore a dress for the first time in 3 years! I am in love with this dress and I'm falling in love with my body." These changes manifested themselves after Robyn adopted a healthier diet. She is far more confident than she has ever been before. With the help of the PumpUp community, Robyn is learning to focus on how far she has come, rather than on how far she has to go. Keep her pumped!

 

Little things you can do to become more confident

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If you lack self-confidence, you aren’t alone. An estimated 80% of the entire planet’s population grapples with some degree of low self-esteem. It doesn’t come easily nor naturally, and there isn’t a magical elixir that will do it for you (we know what you’re thinking, but coffee is not the answer).  It takes time to become self-confident, much like it took Ryan Gosling a bit of time to build his washboard abs.

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Surround yourself with positivity 

Dissatisfaction can stem from the simple act of forgetting to appreciate what you do like about yourself and what you are grateful for. Love yourself and immerse yourself in an environment where other people won’t bring you down (like PumpUp!) and return the favour. 

Identify the sources of your insecurities and eliminate what you can

You don’t have to be a hopeless wanderer shrouded in a mist of insecurities. Pin-point the cause of your personal misgivings and write them down. It may be overwhelming, but this exercise will help you to heighten your awareness about your insecurities and make an actionable plan to address them. 

Compare yourself to nobody except yourself

In the wise words of Bernard M. Baruch, “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” Spend more time working towards your next personal record, running your next race, and making your dreams a reality. The more time wasted worrying about how you compare to other people, the less time you have to help yourself. 

Perform the best exercise that you can do: smile

There’s a reason why so many songs are written about smiles. The simple act of turning your frown upside down (even for one minute) will stimulate your body to release serotonin, a hormone that makes you feel happy (and thus more confident). So don’t worry, be happy. Smile at yourself every day whether you like it our not. It’s one step closer to becoming a more confident and positive you.