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After Michelle quit smoking, she found the results she was looking for - PumpUp Success Stories

After Michelle quit smoking, she found the results she was looking for - PumpUp Success Stories


With hard work, determination, and a community of support, bad habits aren't impossible to break from. PumpUp member @michellecantin is a testament to this. After joining PumpUp in 2014, Michelle had the motivation to quit smoking, curb her anxiety, moderate her drinking, and achieve the results that she was always striving for. When Michelle officially began her fitness journey in 2013, her drinking and smoking habits hindered her progress. "I was still smoking, but I barely did any cardio. I was eating healthy, but I was drinking every weekend," she elaborated. "I would get frustrated because I was working out all the time. I was seeing no results because of my poor diet and lack of dedication. By the time Monday came around, I wouldn't want to go back to the gym." This vicious cycle made it difficult for Michelle to adapt the kind of lifestyle that would give her the results she was looking for. Michelle also battled severe anxiety between 2011 and 2013, which undermined her sense of self worth. "I didn't want to get out of bed except to go out and drink," she recounted. "I wanted to forget about everything else. I wasn't myself and I didn't feel like anything I did was worthwhile."

Michelle Cantin PumpUp Success Story

PumpUp became the catalyst that motivated Michelle to transform her life. "I was looking for new workouts, stumbled across it and really loved what [the app] had to offer," she remembered. "PumpUp really helped me find motivation in myself and in the other people using it." Scrolling through PumpUp in the morning became routine for Michelle. "I would see pictures of people working out and it would make me want to do the same," she recalled. "Around August 2014 I started to make serious lifestyle changes: I stopped going out every weekend and I quit smoking cigarettes. Aside from random attacks, my anxiety was almost completely gone."

The difference in Michelle is palpable. Her lifestyle underwent a complete overhaul ever since she committed to changing her habits for good. "If I had known that working out was all I needed to get rid of my anxiety, I would have started long ago," Michelle mused. "My skin is softer and zit free. My hair is softer and I am so full of energy all the time." For Michelle, working out became a passion rather than a chore. She resolves to exercise at least 6 times a week, whenever that may be. "If I don't feel like going to the gym on a given day because my body is tired, I listen and make up for it on another day," she explained. "I love watching my body change because of how I eat and exercise. It's an interesting and never-ending journey."

Michelle Cantin PumpUp Success Story

Michelle's lifestyle change didn't happen automatically. Her progress is the product of several attempts, many victories, and occasional failures. "I've given up a number of times, but what made me continue is the fact that I kept trying again," Michelle insisted. "I would give up, but I'd be back at it next week. I would stop for a month, then try again next month. Finally, I wanted it so bad that I kept pushing." Michelle's passion for health and fitness sparked big dreams for her. "I have withdrawal if I miss the gym for just two days!" she exclaimed. "PumpUp makes me want to do bigger and better things. I would really like to create a free eBook for people to use at the gym, or at home. I'm also very interested in going to school for sports and conditioning, then working my way into becoming a personal trainer."

 Michelle's best advice

Don't compare your body to others, because it will destroy your confidence. You can strive to look like someone all you want but everyone has different bodies and shapes. It's impossible to look like someone else's body. So strive to be a better, healthier person. Don't strive to look like someone else.

Biggest motivation

My biggest motivation is Lacey Dunn. She is the newest bodyspace spokesmodel and she has an amazing body. She's strong but petite and she knows her flaws which I love. It's great to find a roll model who knows they have to work on things and that the journey is endless.

Michelle Cantin PumpUp Success Story

Favourite Exercise

I love to squat. I love it because of the journey. When I started, I could only squat maybe 50 pounds. Today I can squat 180 pounds and am on a mission to 200!! I also love to sprint!

Michelle's eating habits

I now eat like a carnivorous rabbit haha. I love all vegetables, but also eat white meat and fish. Of course I indulge every now and then but I will never go back to the way I used to eat.

More about Michelle

I have been horseback riding for over 8 years and have a horse of my own named Nishka! I love animals with a passion and the fact I can join fitness and animals is great.

Michelle Cantin PumpUp Success Story

Keep Michelle pumped! Cheer her on as she makes strides with her progress @michellecantin on PumpUp! Were you inspired by Michelle's story? Let us know in the comments below.

5 reasons you should believe the hype about lemon water

5 reasons you should believe the hype about lemon water


Let me just start off by saying that lemon water is the bomb dot com, I have been drinking it in some way, shape or form for the past 6 months and I couldn’t be happier with the benefits I have received from this small change in my morning routine. I drink a lot of tea, it doesn’t matter if it is -15 or 105 degrees outside, I just can’t get enough. So for me, taking a minute to boil or heat up some water and adding honey with a fresh lemon couldn’t be easier, in fact it’s something I look forward to doing! For me to say I drink it every morning would be false. However I do alternate between lemon, honey or green tea and lemon water frequently and here is why. It’s good for your face

If you just google some of the benefits of lemon water you’ll see that the most popular search result will say that lemons are a great source of vitamin C (more on this in a moment), dig a little further and you will find that lemons balance the Ph levels in the body as well. So what does that mean for you? Well pH stands for potential hydrogen, a pH number measures from 0-14 of how acidic or alkaline a liquid is, high school chemistry ya’ll. We see this a lot in the health and beauty industry, mostly on serums, cleansers, toners and moisturizers. Reason being is  because a balanced pH level means better healthier skin, healthy skin can be generalized as having a 5.5 pH average. Dry skin is high in alkaline or categorized as being too high in pH. So if you have oily skin *silently raises hand, then you (ahem we) have skin that is categorized as being too acidic or low in pH.

Healthy skin can in fact be achieved by eating a proper diet as well as having a proper skin care routine.

It helps with your digestive system and spreads feel goodies from the inside out 

Lemons strengthen the liver, if you follow me on twitter pretty much every other tweet is about wine so you know my liver loves me. Lemons have strong antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting properties. They are often used as a weight loss aid because lemon juice is a digestive cleanser and aids in flushing out unwanted materials from the body. It helps to purify the liver by liquefying bile. It’s great for detoxing, and if you’re looking for more ways to detox your life, check out my YouTube video and listen to the 5 simple ways you can start!


DIY Lemon Toner

Mix 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice with a ½ cup of water Apply to your skin with a cotton ball to help balance out your skin and kill that pesky bacteria

Keeps you happy and feeling energized

No need to take a chill pill when you can just have a glass of lemon water instead. Or you can lick one, I mean whatever floats your boat. Lemons are full of Vitamin C. Vitamin C reduces the production of stress hormones and have been proven beneficial to those who have a weakened immune system due to stress.

Great for staying hydrated!

The second your body needs water it tells you in some way or another. Whether you think to yourself, “Hey! I’m thirsty” or not, your body will tell you in other ways in the form of feeling, sluggish, lack of energy or just simply put lack of clarity. Water (with lemons)  supports your immune system  swell as aids in replacing fluids you lost throughout the day.

Keeps you healthy

I could probably go on and on about some of the benefits I have noticed since I started drinking lemon water, but try it for about 2 weeks and I promise you will notice a difference in your skin and just how you feel overall. It’s just cleansing and has a positive effect on your health. I use both fresh cut lemons and lemon juice from the little lemon shaped bottle. When I make poor food choices, let’s be honest don’t we all, and my stomach hurts this also helps to soothe my stomach and almost acts as a detox when I’m trying to get back on track for eating clean.

Lemon water

My favorite Detox water recipe (as shown above) contains: 2 slices of lemon 2 slices of lime 2 slices of cucumber A few fresh mint leaves

Try adding oranges or grapefruit as well to help rid your liver of toxic sludge. Don’t forget about strawberries and raspberries! If making a large serving, I recommend replacing the mint leaves everyday, however the fruit is good for 2-3 days. Keep refrigerated!

detox lemon water

I prefer to drink out of a clear glass container, it motivates me to keep drinking water all day, I also scored this one from target, it is free of BPA which is a chemical found in most plastics, but check out a few of these fun colored glass water bottles from amazon here.

Happy lemon drinking!

This is a post by fashion and fitness blogger Jodi-Kay Edwards. Follow her on PumpUp @jodikayedwards and on her blog,