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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.

How PumpUp changed Riley's self-image in the span of months

How PumpUp changed Riley's self-image in the span of months

There's a saying that summer bodies are made in the winter, but that doesn't mean that you can't begin your health and fitness journey at any other time of the year. "I decided that a late start was better than not starting at all, so I made a PumpUp account," said Riley, a member who joined the community at the end of spring. 

Gemma's inspiring recovery journey after a hit and run accident

Gemma's inspiring recovery journey after a hit and run accident

At the start of 2015, Gemma was fiercely motivated to live a healthy lifestyle on her own terms. After she shared her first post with the PumpUp community, her drive to succeed accelerated to new levels. "I started using PumpUp as a way of keeping me motivated," she explained. "When I train, I train on my own. My friends aren't really into health and fitness. With PumpUp, even if you exercise alone, as soon as you share a picture or workout, it feels like the rest of the team is there with you!" 

How PumpUp helped me to become a better personal trainer - Eleanor's PumpUp Success Story

How PumpUp helped me to become a better personal trainer - Eleanor's PumpUp Success Story

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Not only is PumpUp member @eleanorjane_k a mother of 3 and a personal trainer, she also overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles. This self-professed gym junkie joined PumpUp in 2014 after one of her good friends @mariabellhouse suggested that she'd enjoy it more than other social media platforms. "She was right," said Eleanor. "I post a lot of fitness-related things on social media. Once I joined PumpUp, I knew it would be a better, more suitable, and more positive place to share my posts."
Eleanor nurtured a strong passion for health and wellness ever since she was 15 years old. "I would train at home in my lounge every morning because I was a size 16 (US 12) and miserable with how I looked," she recounted. Three pregnancies later, Eleanor managed to maintain her shape at a size 6-8 (US 2-4) because she's fuelled by her enthusiasm for living a healthy lifestyle. "Training for me goes far beyond aesthetics," she insisted. "It taught me about discipline and commitment. Most importantly, especially because of the help of the PumpUp community, fitness has taught me to love myself for who I am." 
Eleanor's PumpUp Success Story
She was thrilled that the PumpUp community was so compatible with her interests. "I still train hard and eat well every day," she explained. "The main difference is that since I joined PumpUp, I have a more positive self-image. I also feel like I have a lot more support and encouragement for my fitness lifestyle. Most of my friends aren't too enthusiastic about fitness." In turn, the PumpUp community's positivity helped Eleanor become a better personal trainer. "I've learned a lot about other people's perspectives from their posts," she continued. "I feel like this has helped me to empathize better as a personal trainer. More importantly, I value my health and my body much more than I did before I joined PumpUp." 
It hasn't always been easy for Eleanor to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Developing a positive body image with PumpUp ended up being a particularly important accomplishment for Eleanor. She had to overcome immense hurdles in order to get to where she is today. "Mentally, I've had to overcome low self-esteem, depression, anorexia, and self harm," she confessed. "Physically, I've dealt with endometriosis and SPD during pregnancy. Currently, I'm on and off crutches while I wait for knee surgery. I never let it stop me or use it as an excuse. I train hard now because I love my body, not because I hate it." 
 Eleanor's PumpUp Success Story
After receiving so much support from the PumpUp community while she was on and off crutches, Eleanor created the #ReasonsToSmile hashtag challenge as her way of giving back. "I wanted everybody on PumpUp to share a picture of what made them smile, and to give 5 reasons why they do it," Eleanor enthused. Since then, over 100 PumpUp members followed in Eleanor's example by sharing about the reasons why they smile. The success of her hashtag is a testament to the inspirational and supportive nature of the PumpUp community.
Eleanor's best advice
Start small. Small, positive changes are easier to maintain and lead to bigger changes.  Most importantly, be kind to yourself always: No one is perfect.
 Eleanor's PumpUp Success Story
Eleanor's biggest source of motivation
 My biggest  motivation is my job and my children. I feel I need to be a  good role model as a personal trainer and as a mother. 
Eleanor's Favourite Workout
I love Pauline Nordin's Butt Bible. Jim Stoppani's Bulk and Shred programmes are great as well! Currently, I'm doing a 5 day split in the gym, on top of teaching 5 classes a week!
Fun fact about Eleanor
I have an honours degree in English literature.
Keep Eleanor pumped and join her on the PumpUp community @eleanorjane_k! Have questions for Eleanor? Let us know in the comments below or Tweet @PumpUp!

5 simple body positive art projects that you can start today

5 simple body positive art projects that you can start today

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All you need is a pen and paper to make a difference. That's the mission of Operation Beautiful, a project determined to end negative self-talk through the medium of positive, thoughtfully-placed post-it notes. The movement recognizes that there is extraordinary power behind random acts of kindness, as good deeds have the tendency to spread like a contagion. If you feel like doing a good deed on Motivation Monday (or any day, for that matter), consider taking up one of these body positive art projects:

A Body Positive Sticky Note Wall

Body positive sticky notes can make a world of difference for somebody's confidence. Consider this a Motivation Monday project for yourself

This is an example of body positive art that PumpUp member @midge623 found at her local gym. It's a wall dedicated to sharing positive thoughts, quotes, and messages about body image.

Thoughtfully-placed Post-It Notes

Body positive sticky note from Operation Beautiful

This body positive sticky note from Operation Beautiful was placed on various mirrors of public restrooms to remind visitors about how beautiful they are.

The positive white-board project

Body positive wall art

In this project, participants were asked to sit in front of a white-board while others were asked to write positive qualities about the seated person. Each participant was not allowed to look at what was being written until the photograph was taken.

Something borrowed : library post-it notes

Stick body positive post it notes between pages when you return library books

This person shares encouraging post-it notes between the pages of library books that they've returned.

Sewing mends the soul

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Artist Augustina Woodgate 'poetry bombs' thrift stores by sewing poems into articles of clothing. The same can (theoretically) be done for body positive quotes.

Inspired by these ideas? Share your favourite ways to motivate others on #MotivationMonday with the PumpUp Community! 

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! 

 

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

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!

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!

 

Spotlight Saturday: Silvia

Spotlight Saturday: Silvia

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"I almost can't believe it's me posting this picture! Mostly because I'm not perfect, and I'm okay with that. Which I never thought I would be. Focusing on small goals and learning to love myself for who I am are the 2 main things keeping me motivated, and those two things are mainly down to joining PumpUp. Trust the process and #MarchToYourDream." PumpUp member Silviamcd shines as our Spotlight Saturday member. She inspires  the PumpUp community on a daily basis with posts of her progress and healthy eating. Keep her pumped as she strives to reach all of her goals. Open the app to cheer her on!