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Motivation Monday: How does self-love make you feel?

Motivation Monday: How does self-love make you feel?

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How does self-love make you feel?

Of course there is a lot of talk surrounding how difficult and painstaking it is to achieve self-love. It’s a process. It’s a journey. It takes time. As arduous as the process may be, you may want to consider how loving yourself makes you feel. Open your eyes to your the possibilities that await you. This one statement floating around the boards of Pinterest and WeHeartIt grafts everything together into a perfect, cohesive message: You are an individually fascinating combination of thoughts, ideas, feelings, and emotions. You are worthy of love, health and happiness. Don’t let value-judgments encumber you. Dream about your goals and live them. Live.

Transformation Tuesday: JessicaMazzone

Love Yourself. The emotional aspect of your transformation may just be the most important aspect. This is PumpUp member jessicamazzone, a dedicated biology student who is finding her way to health and happiness through the medium of self love. “High school was a dark point for me. I was injured from cross country and track, left uneducated about a normal diet and health in general. I used food as an emotional crutch. I didn’t realize that I hated myself until I started loving myself. It’s been more than 5 years in the making”. She’s lost a bit over 10 lbs but most importantly, gained a world of confidence. Keep her pumped! Here’s her 3-month progress shot :) Congratulate her on the pumpupapp: http://bit.ly/trypumpup

Transformation Tuesday: EDNOS Recovery

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How Gracie made peace with her past

Love Yourself. Make peace with your past. Share a #TransformationTuesday pic about how your past has shaped who you are today! 

pumpupapp member fit_gracie shared her brave story: "My progress is not only in my appearance, but in my heart as well. I was struggling with depression and hated myself more than anything else," she explained. "[Later on], I had my first go with anorexia, EDNOS, and stress eating. Now I’m happy and healthy. I feel stronger and better than ever. Not only is there an obvious change in my weight, there is a huge change in my smile. I owe it to myself to get better" 

 Cheer her on! http://bit.ly/trypumpup

How Josephine found hope- PumpUp Spotlight Series

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PumpUp member Josephine B (@hey5sos) accomplished so many things in 2014: she lost 14 lbs, fought off bulimia and self-harm, recovered from depression, filled her life with inspiring people, and joined the PumpUp community. She lives in a way that is more fulfilling than she ever could have imagined. 

Josephine’s health and wellness journey got off to a rocky start. “My lifestyle before PumpUp was…pretty bad,” she admitted. “I HATED vegetables and loved junk food, candy, sugar, and other things that weren’t good for my health. I’ve had the app for quite some time, but I didn’t use it much at first because I gradually became motivated to work out.” Josephine exercised about once a week, without making any changes to the way she ate. “I used to wake up in the morning, eat toast with Nutella, then potatoes with meat at lunch, and sometimes junk food for dinner,” she explained.

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Josephine suffered from deep-seated insecurity issues prior to joining the PumpUp community. “I was bullied when I was younger, and this caused me to hate my body,” she shared. “I was unconfident about the way I looked and felt. I plummeted into deep depression two years ago and I was suicidal.” During this period of time Josephine explained that she had bulimia and would go through long periods of time without eating, restricting her self to 100 calories per meal. “I lost 5 pounds but I was still unhappy,” Josephine confessed. “When I began to work out, I started to feel less depressed and more confident in my body.  I spent time with people I love, and FELT HOPE! With the help of the amazing PumpUp community, my family, and my friends, I found strength to start all over again. I now aim to be a fit, strong, and healthier me.” Her ultimate goal for 2015 is to lead a happy and healthy lifestyle: no more restriction, just balance.  

Not only has Josephine’s self-esteem improved with the support of the PumpUp community, she has adopted much more holistically healthy habits. “PumpUp has changed my lifestyle a lot,” she emphasized. “During the month of September, I started to get a little bit obsessed with it! I found so much motivation on there and it made me want to start working out to change my body.” Josephine exercises 6 days a week, alternating between different muscle groups and professed that she also changed her eating habits. “I love vegetables now,she said with enthusiasm. “I cannot go a day without eating them.”

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With the help of PumpUp, Josephine lost 14 lbs and hopes to improve her mental health. “I aim to be more confident in myself as I continue along my journey with the PumpUp community,” she asserted. “Above all, I hope to find a place of love and respect for my body by continuing to exercise and eat healthy.” 

Her best morsel of advice for those looking to lead healthier lifestyles in 2015 is to actively seek motivation, and stick to it. “Once you’ve got that—be it through inspiring quotes, family members, friends, or an app like PumpUp, you can do anything,” Josephine said. “Use that motivation to find an exercise that you truly love doing, and make that activity your workout.”

In addition to finding inspiration from members of the PumpUp community, Josephine’s biggest source of motivation is her sister. “She’s the reason I began my fitness journey,” she said. “We both wanted to lose weight and we decided to take life in our own hands. My sister lives in New York right now, but we motivate each other from afar, even if we miss each other a lot. Obviously, my PumpUp family also acts as an incredible source of motivation.” 

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Favourite Eats

I love eating frozen yogurt. It’s not that healthy but let’s be honest: it’s so good! We don’t have a lot of places that sell frozen yogurt in France, so when I travel I basically live off frozen yogurt! On a healthier note, I do love fruits and vegetables. My favourite meal would be anything that includes salmon. Water is my favourite beverage. One of my favourite recipes is banana oat pancakes: they have a lot more fibre than regular pancakes!”

Motivational Mantra

I LOVE motivational quotes. They always motivate me! A few of my favourites are: ‘Do something today that your future self will thank you for,” and “For what it’s worth, it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over again.”

Favourite Exercise

“I like the ab workouts on PumpUp, even though I don’t do them as often any more. I love cardio so I go to cardio classes at my gym”

Fun Fact

“I love travelling, it makes me so happy! I love meeting new people and learning about different cultures, food, and places. I always find that I’m most calm and peaceful when I’m travelling.”

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Keep Josephine pumped up on the app at @hey5sos and on Instagram @heartoflxis!!

PumpUp's best advice, from PumpUp's own members

Confidence

  • Step back, look in the mirror, and tell yourself that you’re good enough. You can get through anything. You can: no matter what anyone has told you, no matter who has left you, no matter how weak you feel, you are strong enough to change.
  • Accept the fact that everything you need to change is already inside of you. You don’t need anything from anyone and if you want something, go get it. No goal is too big. Get up, tell yourself you’re strong, and go for what you want. Regret is by far the worst feeling ever.
  • Accept yourself unconditionally, right now. Everyday, at least once, look in the mirror and say this. That person is all you’ve got. If you want to be better you have to earn it, but accepting yourself comes first.
  • Your limits aren’t the same as mine or anybody else. Push YOUR limits and you’ll only get better. Better than you were yesterday, or even a month ago.
  • Be yourself. The best version of you is not trying to be someone else. Don’t discourage others because a workout didn’t work out for you, or a certain diet didn’t go the way it was supposed to. We all struggle and we all want support. If you want to advise someone, there are ways to do it without hurting anyone’s feelings.
  • 7 billion humans. Not 1 of us has it all together. Your struggles, your pain: there are 7 billion others going through the same thing in different ways. What if we told you that the rich and famous dread the struggles of their lives. What if we told you that the gorgeous girls with glamorous lifestyles on Instagram are beyond insecure and need confirmation from others. They HAD setbacks. They HAD troubles with their health. They HAD problems looking in the mirror and accepting themselves. Don’t you see? You have a world full of people just like YOU. Realize that people show you their life in “movie mode” with loads of edits instead of presenting their behind the scenes. There are 7 billion of us. Not one of them is perfect. Not one of us has it all together.

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Motivation

  • Nothing is impossible in this world. If you’re willing to try seriously, it might take time but it’s never impossible. Don’t set an unrealistic time limit to your goals.
  • Be positive. Even if you don’t feel like getting up, GET UP! Even when you feel discouraged, KEEP GOING! As long as you try, that’s all that matters. Surround yourself with people who are going to motivate you and push you t o be better than you were the day before
  • Write down your feelings. It will really work wonders if you keep a record of how you feel. It’ll be easier to remember the struggles you’ve been through. You can look back to see how much you fought for your dreams.
  • Learn the art of saying no Don’t make excuses, don’t over explain yourself.
  • Don’t be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try. Do your best and you’ll never fail: as long as you believe in yourself and you know you gave your best, that’s an automatic win.
  • Turn “I Wish” into “I Will”. You can do this! It is the law of attraction: things we passionately think about and believe will come true.

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Exercise

  • Work out daily! It boosts your mood, relieves stress, and fights disease!
  • "If running is difficult, run more" (This lesson applies to anything)
  • Fad diets can change your weight, but working out can change your body
  • Change up your workouts. Otherwise, your body will adapt to them and won’t progress further.

Eating and drinking

  • Aim for 5-6 meals per day: 3 strong ones (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and 2-3 small ones (snacks)
  • Try a new fruit or veggie every week
  • Eat healthy things that makes you happy. Make it fun and interesting and don’t restrict yourself
  • Drink at least 2-2.5 L of water daily. It’s critical to keep your body hydrated

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Rest

  • Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep per day. Sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle and it can benefit your heart, weight, and mind.
  • Avoid overtraining. You body needs a chance to rest. If you hit the gym hard everyday you increase your risk of injury and slow down your progress! Take your rest days. They are as important as your gym days. If you are desperate for exercise, limit it to a walk or a light jog. your body needs to rest in order to heal and build muscle.

Other

  • The best things in life aren’t “things”. Love the warmth of the sun on your face, a good firm hug, saying hello to a stranger, synergy, solitude, and the outdoors.

If you can turn your New Year’s resolution into a lifestyle, you're on the right track.

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This is a post by PumpUp member fitnessriss (@carissamarie2 on the pumpupapp).

New Year’s Resolutions, they are indeed a cast of hope with every New Year that comes; they bring people that extra motivation – “New year, new me.”

I see the promise that comes with a New Year’s Resolution, but I believe that a resolution is something you make permanent. We tend to make a resolution and fall back on it or we try for a while, then we forget, and come up with new resolutions that go through the same circle.

If you can turn your New Year’s resolution into a lifestyle, then you are on the right track. Most resolutions are directed towards health, fitness, and overall wellness – which are ideals that should last, because a healthy lifestyle is the right lifestyle. 

My resolution is to become fully vegan and keep bettering myself in yoga, meditation, reading, writing, and drawing; all of which I love and hope to commit myself to. Another resolution that is more personal for me is to look at myself with more admiration and only see beauty, instead of thinking negative thoughts about my body or my appearance.

Your resolution should be one that will help you to see more clearly. Your resolution should be something you’ve wanted to do all your life, if you’ve been telling yourself that you want to draw or play an instrument. Do it. Nothing and nobody can stop you from achieving exactly that. If it’s to lose 10 pounds, do so, but keep eating right and making those healthy decisions. If you say that you’re never going to drink again, that’s amazing, keep that dear to your heart, because it can only benefit you. School, work, family are all important aspects of life, but your happiness and accomplishing goals or changing your life for the better is even more important than anything.

If you’re not doing what you love, you’re not truly living. Set a resolution that is going to help you grow, open your mind, feel healthier, and soften your soul. If we keep our healthy resolutions it can branch off into something larger than life and inspire the next generations to do the same; little by little creating healthier lives everywhere.

How Elizabeth overcame depression, binge eating, and learned to love herself - PumpUp 2014 Success Story

At this time last year, Elizabeth’s New Year’s resolution was the same as it always was: to lose weight. With the help of PumpUp, she accomplished so much more. “Ever since I can remember, I’ve had self worth issues,” she revealed. "I began to love the way I am, inside and out. I’ve lost 20 pounds and I’ve learned that the halfway point of becoming who you want to be begins with loving who you already are." Be inspired about how Elizabeth overcame bingeing and depression, transcended a weight loss plateau, and learned to love herself by joining the PumpUp community! Prior to her journey with PumpUp, Elizabeth’s struggles with binge eating made it difficult for her to lead a holistically healthy lifestyle. Any progress that might have been made through exercise stagnated due to her divisive relationship with food. “I worked out almost every day, but it was always the same kind of workout…it would barely make me sweat,” she recounted.  “I was so confused as to how I was gaining weight when I worked out every day.” Before PumpUp, Elizabeth would be overwhelmed by cravings and treated workouts as punishments for poor dietary decisions. “I would wake up, eat an unhealthy breakfast, be anxious for lunch, eat way too much food when I did eat lunch to the point of discomfort, come home to have a sugary snack, workout half-heartedly, then head home, eat dinner, and spend the rest of my night wishing I could be anyone but me,” she lamented. “I was miserable.”

This cycle of guilt and bingeing disintegrated after Elizabeth joined the PumpUp community. She’s been a beloved member for quite some time and understands how to live a healthy lifestyle through a different lens. “I learned that weight loss isn’t just about working out; it’s about everything all together—workouts, diet, and everyday activity,” she insisted. At first, Elizabeth turned to PumpUp purely as a source of inspiration. “I would read others’ success stories and I adopted a whole new outlook on how I should go about my weight loss journey,” Elizabeth confirmed. “PumpUp is the reason I actually be came a vegetarian—I look at PumpUp daily for new recipes and workouts to further my progress.” She only truly began to share about her journey with the community once she started to lose weight. “I felt that I should have had a little bit of progress before I started to motivate and encourage others,” Elizabeth shrugged. “Looking back, I can see that I wasn’t right. You can be at the very beginning of your journey and still inspire others. It’s all about attitude and perception.”

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Elizabeth was diagnosed with depression one year ago, and this impacted her journey in ways that she could never have imagined. “When I was first diagnosed, I felt so completely lost,” she recounted. “I felt like I didn’t know who I was anymore. PumpUp was kind of how I began to find myself again. I would read blogs and stories all day long and realized that I had stopped crying.” At first, Elizabeth’s coping mechanism was to ignore her depression. “I never wanted to see my psychologist because I hated talking about my weight and how much I had grown to hate myself,” she recalled. “Slowly, I began to look at life with a different perspective. I would counteract every bad thought about myself with two good ones. Whenever I had a setback (such as having too much ice cream), I wouldn’t beat myself up about it—I would accept it and move on.” Elizabeth picks herself up and keeps moving forward, even when bad tides come crashing at the shores of her life. “There’s no point in wasting your life away by feeling sorry for yourself,” she insisted. “I found a lot of strength through my faith in God as well. It’s been quite the climb, but the view’s been worth it!”

After Elizabeth learned the importance of incorporating variety into her workout schedule, she transcended her weight loss plateau. She works out at least 4 days a week, alternating between yoga, tumbling, dance, running, and weight lifting. Although her food options are limited as a vegetarian, she goes about her lifestyle in a healthy way and makes sure that she eats more than just carbs. “I wake up, have an energizing breakfast (a smoothie, for instance), and go throughout the day happy and focused. I eat a light lunch—a salad or veggie sandwich—then relax when I get home,” she explained. “I work out, and after I eat my dinner I go to bed with a smile on my face. I’m proud of how far I’ve come and of who I am now.”  The  contrast between Elizabeth’s lifestyle prior to PumpUp and her current lifestyle is stark; it illustrates the extent of her successes, both mental and physical, since she became a member of the community.

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All of this was achieved within the span of a little more than one year. Elizabeth’s advice for those looking to achieve their New Year’s resolutions with the help of PumpUp emphasizes the importance of perseverance. “First, do NOT obsess over your goals and constantly worry about them. Goals are something to be taken one step at a time. No need to stress,” she counseled. “Second, learn that setbacks will and are going to happen, and that’s perfectly okay. Failure is a part of success. Third, try something new. Most of the time, if you’re stuck in a rut, it’s because you’ve been doing the exact same things. Trying something new can be life-altering. Be it a new class at the gym, or focusing on a different part of your diet, the more you change and arrange, the better shot you have at pin-pointing what’s really holding you back along your journey to success.”

As Elizabeth continues along her journey with PumpUp, she hopes to maintain all of her hard work by remaining active and eating healthily. She intends to inspire others by demonstrating how anybody can reach their goals if they try hard enough. “It’s not impossible. I’ve not only decided to become vegetarian, but I’ve followed through with that decision. I’ve finally learned how to appreciate myself the way I am,” she said firmly. “By using PumpUp I’ve come to the realization that I’ll never be a model-esque girl with a thin body frame, and that is 100% okay because who I am now is more than enough.” Even if Elizabeth hadn’t lost the weight during her journey, she asserts that the halfway point of becoming who you want to be begins with loving who you already are. “If I could pick the hardest part of this entire journey, that would be it,” she stressed.

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Biggest Motivation

“It is and has always been cheerleaders. As a cheerleader I know how rough it is to appreciate your body type. I’ve met so many cheerleaders who have beat anorexia, binge eating and depression. Professional cheerleaders have so much pressure on them to be perfectly skinny and athletic that it’s unreal. The girls who can take all that pressure and turn it into extreme focus for their dreams are so incredibly amazing to me.”

Favourite meals and drinks

“My absolute favorite drink is the newest low calorie Gatorade. It’s the type of drink that you can take with you to the gym and not worry about feeling weighed down. It gives you energy that will last throughout the day. My favorite meal is a special spaghetti with Morning-Star vegetarian meat. It has the most incredible taste without all the carbs. And my favorite snack is those plain string cheese sticks. It’s a great in-between meal snack to keep you full.”

Motivational saying

My favorite is a poem written by Erin Hanson called “You’re Not”:

"You are not your age,

Nor the size of clothes you wear,

You are not a weight,

Or the colour of your hair,

You are not your name,

Or the dimples in your cheeks,

You are all the books you read,

And all the words you speak,

You are your croaky morning voice,

And the smiles you try to hide,

You’re the sweetness in your laughter,

And every tear you’ve cried,

You’re the songs you sing so loudly,

When you know you’re all alone,

You’re the places that you’ve been to,

And the one that you call home,

You’re the things that you believe in,

And the people that you love,

You’re the photos in your bedroom,

And the future you dream of,

You’re made of so much beauty,

But it seems that you forgot,

When you decided that you’re defined,

By all the things that you’re not.”

Favourite Workout

“Tumbling. Whenever I tumble I love the feeling of adrenaline and I find it’s easier to be proud of myself after I finally hit a new skill. Tumbling is the best kind of workout to me. Half the time it doesn’t even feel like you’re working out. You get so caught up in the fun of it all. That’s what working out should always feel like. It doesn’t have to always be something you don’t want to do. Find something that’s a fun active activity for you and stick with it! The results will be rewarding, I promise!”

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More about Elizabeth

“Something interesting about me is that I play guitar and ride horses. I find so much peace in these two things. I love having “me time.” Because you’re stuck with yourself, so you mine as well learn to love you!”

Find Elizabeth on the PumpUp app making her dreams come true @elizabethgillespie5 and follow her on Instagram @lizzie_53. 

3 ways to transform negativity into positivity

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This is a post by PumpUp’s @toafitme. Follow her blog here.

Hi PumpUp fam! Since we are talking about being positive throughout the month of December (and the months thereafter), I’ll be sharing about the negative thoughts I had during my weight-loss and fitness journey and how I managed to overcome them. These three pointers will absolutely help you to transform negativity into positivity (and trust me, I speak from experience). 

#1. INSECURITIES

When I first started my weight-loss journey, I used to be very insecure about my physical appearance. I was inundated with pictures of ‘hot’ and skinny girls on Instagram, on blogs, and on all other social media platforms, and this made me feel much worse.  I would compare myself to them. I would constantly ask myself why I didn’t have a body like theirs. Sometimes, I was even so depressed that I skipped my meals.

One day, I decided that instead of dreaming about the body that I always wanted to have, my time was much better spent focusing on my own fitness journey. Instead of comparing myself to others, I told myself that since they could do it, I could do it too. This motivates me even till now and I always remind myself about it. I can’t stress this enough: STOP COMPARING YOURSELF! Love your own body and start doing something about it instead! 

#02. BELIEVE

During a weight-loss/ fitness journey, there are moments when we think about of giving up. It could happen when we’re running, working out, or even during simple acts such as when we feel guilty about eating unhealthy food.  I personally found myself wanting to give up whenever I was running. My thoughts played out like this: “I didn’t have enough sleep, so I should just stop here. I don’t think I could do it anymore.”  

Want to kill those negative thoughts? Don’t give into them. Once these thoughts occur, do not stop what you are doing. Tell yourself that these are all excuses and you should not put a limit to yourself. I often found the phrase “mind over body” true, and it really does push myself to strive for my best potential. After all your hard work, you will definitely feel a great sense of accomplishment! The key here is to really believe in yourself and affirm that you can. You definitely can overcome these negative thoughts and push yourself for the best.

#03. PATIENCE

Lastly, the most important element of any fitness or weight-loss journey is to be patient. We often tend to expect results after putting in minimal effort or we often give up after we see little or no results. During this journey, we need to learn to be patient. At certain times, I get upset by the fact that my weight increased instead of dropping; or that my abs were not as defined as the day before.

It is crucial that we should not give up at this moment and we have to keep reminding ourselves that we should be patient. Health and fitness is not about a matter of time it takes to achieve a goal, but about the process or progress it takes to get us there. When we continue to believe in what we are doing and persevere, we will eventually achieve our goals.

I hope that you all will find these tips useful and that you will become more positive during your fitness / weight-loss journey! 

Gerilyn.

 

How Ella healthily overcame stress and spreads positivity in every single way - Spotlight Series

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If PumpUp were to have an award for Spreading Positivity all December, Ella (@ella_emilie) would absolutely be a front-runner. She has made so much progress with the help of PumpUp over the past 8 months! Not only has Ella overcome stress from school with the help of health and fitness, she’s having better control over binge eating and has the most inspirational advice to share—ever. 

The humdrum of Ella’s routine as a hardworking student almost got the best of her before she decided to join the PumpUp community 8 months ago. “My days felt meaningless and unfulfilling as I’d spend them in front of a computer screen or notebook, reading the same line over and over again,” she elaborated. “I found that my eating habits began to worsen and I never had enough energy to make it through the day.” 

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Ella’s diet mimicked that of a typical ‘teenage diet’, which she describes as one in which a person eats and does whatever they want without a second thought. “I suffer with binge eating. When I start I simply cannot stop and I’d eat an entire packet of something simply because it was there,” she bravely confessed. What’s more, Ella’s sweet tooth proved to be her downfall when it came to snacking. Although she played soccer on a weekly basis since she was 8 years old, Ella admitted that she never truly felt fit and healthy. “I found myself losing control of my fitness more and more as the years progressed, as school became a massive burden that took up the majority of my time and energy,” she lamented. “It was an unfulfilling existence that never seemed to make me truly happy.

One fateful day, when Ella stumbled upon one of Carly Rowena’s videos that mentioned PumpUp, she decided to download the app to embark on a new journey. “From that point on, my lifestyle began to change…for the better!” she enthused. PumpUp has helped me understand the wonderful benefits of exercise and that is what has changed my perceptions about a healthy lifestyle. I exercise because I want to and because my body tells me I need to, not as a burden nor as a chore. Throughout all of my exam blocks from that point on, I was able to keep my nerves under control and keep by body fit and healthy thanks to the help of PumpUp.” The more that Ella began to put time and effort into appreciating and taking care of her body, the more she felt determined not to waste away her hard work and to make healthier options for a change. “Don’t get me wrong, I don’t by any means eat what others would consider to be a ‘healthy diet’, however I do my best to make better choices that I believe wouldn’t undermine the impact of my workouts.”

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Her best advice other members looking to lead a healthy and more active life is to simply be themselves. “As cliché and obvious as that sounds, there is simply no point in trying to be something or someone you’re not because it’s just never going to happen,” she mused. “We all have unique qualities, and although fitness inspiration images will drive our determination, don’t let them define your determination.” Though Ella loves browsing through fitness inspiration pictures and can’t get enough of affirming and positive quotes, she knows that comparison is the thief of joy—she can only be the best version of herself. “As long as you’re working your absolute hardest, then that is all anyone can ever ask of you,” she said.

As Ella continues her journey with PumpUp, she strives to maintain a healthier lifestyle. “I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember. My thighs have been my biggest point of anguish,” she confirmed. “I’ve tried my best to have a more positive attitude toward my body and fitness in general.”

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In her estimation, Ella’s most outstanding accomplishment throughout her PumpUp journey is her experience meeting incredible people in the community. “Although some may find it strange that I feel so connected to people that I’ve never met before, I can honestly say that PumpUp has opened my eyes to wonderful people in this world,” she gushed. “People who support and motivate others with the kindest intentions. I love supporting and being supported throughout all my highs and my lows. My PumpUp fam is always there, eager to help me through any situation, and for that I am incredibly thankful.”

In addition to overcoming the hardships she experienced with school, Ella transcended the negativity from petty comments she would receive from other people. “Having found myself in terms of fitness and having achieved many of my goals, I believe I have in fact come out on top,” she affirmed. ‘I have never been the loud mouthed girl, but rather the quiet achiever. To finally gain recognition for my personal successes honestly feels incredible.” She’s achieved all of the goals she set out to accomplish in her PumpUp biography: “I’m doing it for the ‘damn, she got hot’ this summer. I’m doing it because they don’t think I can. I’m doing it for me. All of these goals are ones that I feel I have achieved.”

Ella’s biggest motivation comes from her PumpUp family—regardless of age, shape, size, or country. “I absolutely love observing and acknowledging the progress of such incredible women who inspire me on a daily basis,” she gleamed. “I am so honoured to be part of a community that glorifies and supports anyone and everyone who is willing to better themselves. In particular, my girls: @freakindee, @_harleyjade_, @carmony, @prescilladeschenes, @firandfabmary, @kathreena, and so many more may be considered my key sources of motivation.”

Ella’s favourite snack

“I haven’t been much of a cook as of late, but in the summer I’m in love with frozen grapes and iced lemon & mint water/crushes.”

Motivational Mantra

“Push yourself because no one else is going to do it for you”  — because the only person who can change your life for better or worse is YOU.’ This is something I’ve come to learn recently and as difficult and confronting as it may be, it’s the harsh reality of life that we all need to come to terms with. We are responsible for our actions, our attitudes and for ourselves.”

Favourite PumpUp Routine

“I love the Total Ripper PumpUp workout and enjoy variations of it according to my time limitations. I thoroughly enjoy PumpUp’s tailored workouts that allow me to personalize and target certain aspects of my body, making it a more enjoyable experience.

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More about Ella

“I love skiing, even though there isn’t a lot of quality snow here in Australia and have done so for about ten year now. I have been skiing in America which was fantastic and will be returning there in January 2015. I hope to one day ski in Europe and Japan in order to get some worldly experiences.”

Learn more about Ella through her blog: 

https://anticsofateenagedreamer.wordpress.com

Transformation Tuesday: Becpeachy

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PumpUp member becpeachy has been through a huge #transformation within the span of a year: she lost 70+ lbs and started to try overcoming her anxiety/agoraphobia.

How one less bad thought will allow us to live positive lives

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This is a post by Abigail B. (@shaudae on PumpUp). Follow her on Tumblr and on her Wordpress blog at Inspiration Served Daily

Let’s think one less bad thought about ourselves. Let’s say one less negative sentence about ourselves. Let’s start within.

 “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” - Proverbs 23:7 King James Version (KJV)

Spreading Positivity starts within. We must think positive thoughts. You control your emotions and a positive mind will bring about a positive attitude. Once we start to think positive, we will speak positive words of affirmation to ourselves – “I can do this!”; “I will complete every set in this workout routine”. There may be times when we realize that we are not where we want to be – in our workout progress or in life. In those times, we must think positive and speak positive words to ourselves and over our situation.

When we start to speak positive words to ourselves, our aura will exude positivity which will allow us to spread positivity to others.

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.” – Buddha

There are days when we spread positivity and still receive negative reactions from people. Do NOT let that stop you. There are also days when we may not feel perky or happy. Remain positive.

If it should be measured, our blessings outweigh all the bad things that have happened to us in our lives. We may never know the extent to which we touch the lives of others in a positive way, and therefore we must continue to spread positivity. There is always ONE person, young or old, who actually looks up to you. They value your words of encouragement, your smile; your positive aura. By spreading positivity, we brighten someone’s day and they in turn will spread positivity - ripple effect!

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“If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.” - E. Joseph Cossman

When we continuously spread positivity, we tend to have a positive outlook on life. Therefore when we look at our past, we rarely remember the negative things that have happened to us and if we do, we look at the negative things as lessons.  Use these lessons to encourage others.

Let’s start each day with positive thoughts. Let’s turn our positive thoughts into positive words. Let’s exude positivity, through words and actions, and watch it impact the lives of everyone we come in contact with.

Over time we will realize that one less bad thought will allow us to live positive lives so we can…#SpreadPositivity.

-        Abigail Brady