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Transformation Tuesday: Couples who train together remain together

Transformation Tuesday: Couples who train together remain together

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Couples who train together remain together. This is an idiom that I really believe in. Why? My boyfriend and I are living proof. Let's preface this with our background: both of us were very active during our younger years and we loved to run and play football. We never had to worry about our weight. As I got older, I remained in a job that I hated for 6 years because I desperately needed the money. During that time, I gained 3 stone (42 lbs) because I'd turn to food for comfort.  My boyfriend remained healthy and fit, which made me feel so bad about myself that I became increasingly self-conscious. Then, my boyfriend moved away to college for 6 long months and he started to gain weight: 21 pounds in total.  By living in a college environment where few people were similarly interested in practicing football, he went from playing sports 2-3 times a week to stopping altogether. What's more, he lived in a house where his land lady cooked large, but unhealthy meals for him and his roommates every evening.  He could feel his clothes getting tighter and tighter and my boyfriend lost all interest in trying to lose the weight.

Couples who train together remain together

When I finally got out of my job, I was determined to lose my own weight and feel confident in my own skin. I started eating healthy foods and working out 5-6 days a week. I was a different person and I was determined. I slowly convinced Darren to go for walks with me and convinced him to prep his food.  After college, he began to take up football and was back to his old self. He lost the weight and he feels better than ever.

Over the course of my journey, I lost a total of 42 lbs and worked hard to become a qualified fitness instructor. I motivate people every day through my fitness page on Facebook and also through Instagram. I was named in the top 16 Irish fitness instagramers by evoke.ie (it’s a huge accomplishment in Ireland).

Through working out together we have become closer, we are more organized with our lives. Instead of watching television all the time, we go for a long run in the evenings. We both have a love of fitness and know it‘s not a short term thing. It’s permanent. It’s for life. If you are in a relationship and you both need to get healthier, get fit together. If you start by getting rid of unhealthy food from your house and going for a short walks/ runs, it really can turn into a positive change for both of you. To top off all the good things that happened to us since we lost the weight, we got engaged at Christmas. We are busy planning our wedding in May 2016. We are happy, fit and healthy. What more could we ask for?

Transformation Tuesday: Couples that train together remain together

This Transformation Tuesday story about how couples who train together, remain together was shared by PumpUp’s @DebbieMC1232. Through her weight loss journey, she has been able to motivate and inspire others both on PumpUp and through her own personal fitness page Connect with her on Twitter and Instagram. Featured image courtesy of pixsharx.

6 lifestyle tips that improved my confidence and my health

6 lifestyle tips that improved my confidence and my health

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The weeks are flying by and summer is just around the corner. We all associate summer with the beach, summer clothes, no school, road trips, etc. For many years I used to feel a sense of dread, as I was overweight and felt so down about the prospect of baring so much skin in the summer sun. It affected my confidence and I felt so angry for letting myself get this way. I would browse through fashion websites and would look at all the beautiful clothes that I couldn’t buy. I would feel jealous of the models in the pictures. I was getting frustrated thinking about how I had let myself go. I had lost all interest in my appearance and didn’t even care whether I brushed my hair or not. On top of all of this, I wore extremely baggy clothes that would make me look even heavier than I was. I lost interest in life. DEBBIES CERT In 2014, I decided to do something about it by eating healthy and working out. It's been a year since I began my journey and I recently received my certificate for Gym and Fitness instruction. I'm also getting married next year to my best friend Darren and have never been happier. All of this happened because I changed the way I thought about food. Now, I eat to fuel my body instead of eating everything in sight. I work out 6 days a week and have one day off for rest. Life has become easier, and I am much more organized and calmer because of working out. I can concentrate better and can deal with every situation that comes my way.

When I was mistreating my body, the smallest of things would tip me over the edge. I was extremely irritable and was a nightmare to be around. Ultimately, I became so disorganized with how I handled my life and negligent of my friends and family. I just wanted to be left alone.

WATER I cannot even begin to describe the benefits of transitioning to a healthy lifestyle and working out. It changed my life so thoroughly: I am a completely different person on the inside as well as the outside. If you really want to change and get healthy, you can. I don’t believe in ‘diets’ as they are only a short term solution. Once you start to eat normal food again, you will pile the weight on. I have attempted so many diets and they do not work: they make you feel deprived and hungry. A lifestyle change is for life. I have never felt deprived or hungry at all since I resolved to maintain to a healthy lifestyle in 2014. I lost 3 stone (42 lbs) in 10 months and so can you!

Here are my best lifestyle tips that'll help you stay healthy for good

6 lifestyle tips to help you stay healthy for good - via the PumpUp Blog

  • Clear your home of all rubbish food: white bread, white rice, processed foods.
  • Go shopping and only buy food that you like and will nourish you
  • Have one treat day in the week, but make sure to go straight back to healthy eating and working out the following day.
  • If there is a special occasion coming up, enjoy it, but don’t go to mad that you will feel mad at yourself the following day.
  • If you feel unmotivated to work out when you come home from school/work /college turn on your favourite music and it will motivate you to workout (I swear by this one).
  • Drink hot water and lemon every morning before breakfast; it is amazing for your skin and helping promote weight loss.
  • When you are eating your dinner, turn off the TV because it can distract you and you won’t know if you are full or not.

Keep up the good work guys!

These lifestyle tips are by PumpUp’s @DebbieMC1232. Through her weight loss journey, she has been able to motivate and inspire others both on PumpUp and through her own personal fitness page Connect with her on Twitter and Instagram

It's Time to Talk About Comfort Eating

This is a post by PumpUp’s DebbieMC1232. Through her weight loss journey, she has been able to motivate and inspire others both on PumpUp and through her own personal fitness page 

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Today, I want to talk to you about comfort eating. It is a serious problem that so many people around the world struggle with. I used to have a hard time with comfort eating and would go through so much rubbish food a day.

I had it in my head that if I ate a bar of chocolate, it would make it all better but at the same time I knew that it would make me feel worse! I couldn’t stop it! Throughout the last 10 months of my weight loss journey I came to an understanding that there is ALWAYS an underlying reason for comfort eating. It can be for many reasons but through listening to my followers’ stories and my own, the main reasons that came up were from stress at work, grieving, depression, and the end of a relationship to name  a few.  It is very hard to try and recover from any of those reasons, but at the same time you shouldn’t let them control your life and as a result gain weight, have no interest in your appearance, stop going out, or distance yourself from friends. You should always talk to someone you trust about your feelings.

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I think deep down, when you are eating crisps, chocolate, take-away foods etc., it’s a nostalgic feeling.  It reminds you of when you were younger, when your parents would bring you out for burgers and chips on special occasions or at birthday parties you could eat all the sweets, cake, chocolate you wanted that day. Those were the good times, when you could meet up with your friends, not have a worry in the world and would run around all day playing. The difference between then and now is when you are younger you are always running around the place and keeping active playing sports, walking places with friends and you end up working off all the food you ate. Perhaps, in your case, your parents would only allow you to have treats once in awhile rather than every day. Now we drive most places, we have long days in work/college and literally will eat what ever is the handiest to us, instead of what is healthy and nutritious.

 The reason for my comfort eating was because I was unhappy where I was working at the time and always wanted to be doing something in fitness. But unfortunately my comfort eating had spiralled out of control and had gained 3 stone. There was no way I would do any type of fitness at the time because who would have taken me seriously when I was overweight!

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It’s 10 months later, and I’m a different person.  I have lost 3 stone, I’m studying to be a personal trainer, gym instructor and fitness instructor. I am out of that job and the comfort eating has completely stopped. I started working out and eating healthy and have one treat day in the week. I chose to change and so can you!

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What motivates me to stay healthy, fit, and happy

This is a post by PumpUp’s DebbieMC1232. Through her weight loss journey, she has been able to motivate and inspire others both on PumpUp and through her own personal fitness page

It’s Debbie here again!

I want to talk about motivation and what drives me every day to stay fit, healthy and happy.

It’s been 10 months since I started my healthy lifestyle change. I think the reason it worked this time was because I was no longer stressed due to my old job, I wanted to prove to everyone that doubted me (including myself) at times that I could do it. That I could train myself, eat right and motivate myself. 

The 7th of January was the day I started and I started by searching for motivational quotes on Google and I came across one I loved and felt like it was written for me. I wrote it out and signed and dated it. I only found it there a few weeks ago by chance and it brought a tear to my eye when I could finally say I accomplished everything on it!! 

Throughout my weight loss journey I’ve come to realize that to lose weight permanently you have to do it the right way. Healthy eating, working out, and having one treat day in the week will keep you sane.

Some weeks I don’t always treat myself to goodies, I treat myself to gym gear or health books which I absolutely love. Anytime I go on holiday you are sure to find me in a sports shop or in a book shop in the health/fitness section. 

Every day that I get up I feel so much better and happier than I used to. I no longer have to dread waking up and figuring out which baggy jumper will I wear today. It had gotten to the stage where I literally had one outfit to wear and sometimes I would just wear my work clothes at home on my day off as it was the only thing that would fit me and of course it was black (it makes you look more slimmer, right?)

I had thirty pairs of jeans and not one of them fit me. I would not give into buying size 14(uk) clothes. I would squish myself into size 12(uk). I know there are many girls out there that are a size 14 and happy but for me I just did not want to own a size 14 anything!! I had always been a size 8(uk) so it really affected me mentally being three stone bigger.

I did the hasfit.com “30day challenge to get in shape” and lost 12lbs in the first 2 weeks. It was really so motivating for me to see how much I lost in such a short space of time with working out and eating healthy. It got me into a routine of working out 5 times a week and found it so motivating(it was like having your own free personal trainer at home) I still do Hasfit workouts daily, and mix it up with HIIT workouts, Kettle bell’s, core work and my favorite  the treadmill. I find the treadmill great for running off any negative feelings that you can get sometimes!!

Ten months on from that I am feeling fully motivated, healthier, happier and fitter than I have ever been. I did not give up; I found that ‘bad days are the best days for working out’. You just have to conquer your negative mentality (it can be our biggest enemy at times).  Keep eating healthy, keep working out, keep saying no to other people trying to tempt you with food and have one day in the week where you can look forward to and have some treats, but the most important thing is to make sure that you ‘bring it’ to the gym on the next day and eat healthy consistently!! I promise you that it is all worth it in the end. I have just recently started weight training 3 times a week and I can’t wait to see myself at my next goal! I will be sure to post some new pictures after a few weeks! If I can do it, so can you!! 

PumpUp is awesome, I love it, and I couldn’t live without it now for my daily motivation! Also, have a look at my fitness page on Facebook. I have daily tips and motivation up every day!