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Why I'm actually getting fit for real this time, and so can you

Why I'm actually getting fit for real this time, and so can you


I was not born with the athletic/sporty gene at all. All my life, I’ve been pretty average when it comes to athletics. When I was younger, I did tap and ballet dancing which was a bit of a work out each week. The most I’ve ever been active was in high school, when I did color guard and winter guard. Both of these activities were intense and gave me mad muscles, yo. Nevertheless, when I graduated high school, I was not inclined to work out. I would get little itches to be fit after looking at myself in the mirror every once in a while but I wasn’t serious. My mind wasn’t ready for what it actually took in order to get the body I wanted and to maintain it. Needless to say, I slacked off quite a bit in the fitness department up until 2013 when I was a junior in college. I had a fear of being the chubby girl, so I started working out. But the workouts I was doing were not up to snuff. I started that journey by walking on the treadmill at a fast pace because I felt like I wasn’t good enough to run yet. I slowly started to get up to jogging and, to my surprise, I was able to jog a 5k on the treadmill. I was doing well.


I don’t remember what happened but I got complacent and started working out less and less. I think it was the fact that every time I looked in the mirror, I saw no difference in my body. I was looking in the mirror expecting to see an ab or a bicep or something and I saw nothing. I gave in and stopped working out altogether. I kept on this track for a while. Sure, I’d work out from time to time but it wouldn’t be anything intense. During Christmas time last year, I started researching exercises, foods to eat, and running techniques. I wanted to get in shape, for realsies. Finally, on January 5th, 2015, I went to my school’s gym and just started working out with HIIT on the treadmill. The rest, as they say, is history.


getting fit for real

I tell this story because I feel like all those times I “worked out” and “wanted to get fit for real” led to this time in my life. I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been since leaving high school and I’ve been doing this not to just look better but to feel better. There have been two things that have helped me out so far during this journey:

  1. Taking weekly progress photos instead of judging my progress by what’s on the scale. If I went by what the scale says (which is between 180-185 pounds for 3 months now), I’d be severely disappointed in myself right now. I do go by what I can see and I see that I’m gaining a butt, losing back fat, and my stomach is shrinking slowly. The body is an amazing thing and watching myself change each week brings me joy and motivates me to keep going.
  2. Giving my mind the strength to move me in a positive direction. Whenever I’d start these fitness journeys in the past, I’d give my mind strength to lead me down a negative path. I’d listen to the excuses I made up for myself and I’d give up so easy. This go round, I’m harder on myself to keep going with the workouts and it works out for me (no pun intended ;)).

I say all this to say getting into a healthier lifestyle should not be done for the short term goal of looking good because that implies that once you reach that point, you’re going to stop. Getting fit for real is a long term lifestyle choice. It's an ongoing thing. You may fall off from time to time but get back up. You’ll be happy you did.

This is a post by PumpUp member @ohmyitschels. Check out Chelsie’s YouTube page here

Spotlight Series: Allaine T.

If you use PumpUp, then it is safe to say that you know who Allaine is. She is one of the most motivating and dedicated PumpUp members who has seriously kicked butt on her fitness journey. We got the scoop on this 24 year old registered nurse who is living in New Zealand, and how she changed her lazy and unhealthy life to one that is now the epitome of health and fitness. 

Allaine joined pumped a while back in September 2013, you could say she is a PumpUp veteran! At that point Allaine was still unmotivated, she used the app for workouts but would always end up skipping a lot of the exercises. She started to kick it into high gear this Janurary, “I decided to stay focused and consistently use PumpUp at the start of this year because over the past few years I had gained so much weight and felt very unhealthy and uncomfortable in my own body. I wanted to change that and lead a healthy and active lifestyle.”

Allaine’s life before PumpUp was quite a bit different. She was naturally thin and pretty much ate what she wanted. She tells us,  “when I was a student doing my degree, I basically ate a lot of unhealthy food, like instant noodles, processed food, and I was always lazy to cook. I had the occasional healthy meal, but I was very addicted to fast food. When I started working fulltime, that even got worse, I was very lazy to cook, I would always end up buying lunch/dinner from a café. At my work, colleagues always bring treats like candies/chocolate/lollies and I would always end up eating them. Also, my boyfriend and I would eat fastfood like KFC/BK, because we were too tired to cook.” How many of us can relate to that? Being too busy is often a common thing, but is really an excuse, because we can always make time to be healthy just like Allaine eventually did. Allaine’s activity wasn’t the greatest either, “I didn’t really do much exercise. Sometimes I’d join a gym but hardly ever went because I didn’t want to go alone. The end of 2012 is when I had noticed a big change, I started to put on a heap of weight. I tried a lot of online workouts from YouTube but I was still lacking motivation and was not consistent. I wasn’t seeing any change in my body, and I realized that was because of my diet.”

Allaine decided to first change her diet. In September she started clean eating and lost a significant amount of weight, but she was still on a mission to be even healthier.

Allaine tells us, “at the start of the year when I was using pumpup that’s when a big change happened. With PumpUp I began to tone my body and maintain a healthy weight, in fact today one of my subgoals is to put on a little weight in muscle!” At first Allaine was using PumpUp 3 times a week and she has increased that now to 6 times a week, sometimes evern more. She says, “if I have time I like to do a workout in the morning and one in the evening.” Take that “No Time” Excuse!  Food wise Allaine has done a 360 as well. “I have muesli or cereal in the morning with fruits (mostly banana) and some greek yoghurt. For a healthy snack I have fruits and nuts, or a snack bar. And for lunch I usually have salad with tuna or meat or an omellete with a protein shake. Then my dinner typically consist of meat/fish, and veggies. I don’t deprive myself of carbs I eat a lot of sweet potato, brown rice and have pasta at least once a week.”

What is great for Allaine, is that she is cooking her own food unlike before when she ate a ton of fast food, she knows what is in her food and can make healthy choices. Allaine also tells us that she drinks less, consumes less sodas and juice, but still allows herself to treats and candies once a week – but makes them herself, a healthy way, like her vegan mousse that she is currently addicted to!

Allaine gets her motivation from seeing other women who are lean and healthy. She says, “it has motivated me to even work harder. In the past I always used to just wish I looked like them but never did anything about it.” Well, now Allaine, you are those women, congrats! Another big motivator for Allaine comes from looking at her old photos when she was unhealthy. She  tells us, “I push even harder because I certainly would never want to go back there. The Pumpup community and the positive vibes the people give had provided me a lot of encouragement as well!”

Allaine is no stranger to society’s judgements and pressures. She shares with us, “throughout my fitness and health journey I have been judged pretty badly. People telling me that I’m too skinny and that I need to eat. To be honest it was very insulting and I did get annoyed by it. I then realized that no matter what people are going to make judgements about you. I try to ignore them now as much as I can. I’ll admit it’s quite hard sometimes because people have no idea that you work so hard and all they do is bring you down. But then pumpup always brings you up, with all the positivity you get, you end up forgetting that there are nasty people out there.” Allaine also deals with the feeling of not making any progress, “Sometiems I feel like im not making progress and it gets me really frustrated. I just tell myself that I can’t just transform overnight, so then I just push harder.” Some awesome life lessons to learn from Allaine right there, we love your strength!

Allaine’s Favourties:

Fave Snack:  “I usually have greek yoghurt with fruits, I also use my protein shake as a snack at times and I try to be as creative as I can, like adding fruits or cocoa for colour and flavour. I have a new addiction as well; protein bars called quest bars and ceres RAW snack bars.

Fave workout: “Lately I have been focusing on my lower body and abs, because I was never lucky enough to be blessed with a nice round butt haha! My workouts are pretty much a unch of everything. I work my core almost everyday, even on my active rest. I do a lot of squats (front, back, wide stance etc), lunges  deadlifts, bridges, donkey kicks, and jump lunges and squats, I try to use weights on most of my workout. I have also started doing a lot of youtube workout focusing on HIIT!”

Favourite Part About PumpUp:I love that PumpUp is a free download! The fact that pumpup generates the workout for you is great for a beginner and if you aren’t keen on one workout you can always customize a new one and you can also focus on muscles groups, which is pretty cool. Since I started using pumpup I have slowly transformed my place into a mini gym and I have started buying my own equipment.”

Favourite Quotes:You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream. I told myself this on my journey, reminding myself that its not too late for me to change, and be where I wanna be! It wasn’t easy, and like anyone I had my ups and downs, and sometimes lost motivation. But I really was determined to change my lifestyle and improve my wellbeing so I pushed myself to get there.”

“My other two fave quotes are, the start is always the hardest, and motivation is what gets your started and habit is what keeps you going.  As I started becoming more motivated and having the right mindset I found myself becoming more dedicated, or more like obsessed you might say!

Best Advice: “I know its not easy to start, I went through that, but if you keep in mind what you want to achieve, and focus on what a healthy and active lifestyle could do for you in the long run you will get there. I never thought I could do it but now im literally obsessed, and I know you can do it too. I feel so much more confident in myself, I deal with stress better, and most importantly, I am happy!”  

Get To Know Allaine Better:

“I am 24 years old. I am a Filipino loving in New Zealand. I have been a registered nurse for over 2 years now and absolutely love my job, because it is full of challenges, and I am planning on becoming a nurse practioner in the future! I also have a big desire to travel the world, so I basically just work and save money so I can learn about different cultures and see what the world has to offer. I know a ton of foreign songs off by heart and have no idea what they mean, so learning Spanish is definitely on my bucket list. Also, I LOVE cats, karaoke, and being a typical Asian.”


Allaine knows that she has come a long way since using PumpUp and changes have been evident both physically and mentally. Her goals right now are to be, “leaner, fitter, and to stay active.” She also shares with us, “I am hoping to use all the knowledge I have gained to share wih others and be able to motivate and inspire people on the app and people I care about.” We at PumpUp think you are well on your way of motivating and inspiring others! Keep up with your great attitude and zest for life Allaine, you are seriously going places! Follow Allaine on PumpUp @allainetoot, and IG @fit_nursey!