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You are absolutely enough. Here are all the reasons why.

You are absolutely enough. Here are all the reasons why.

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I am trying to remember when I first became self-conscious of my body.   When did I go from being a happy-go-lucky girl to being ashamed of my body? I can’t pinpoint when that happened exactly. I remember when I was in fifth grade, wanting to look like other girls in my class because I was bigger. I remember boys in middle school making fun of my c-cup sized boobs. I remember when the insult “fat” was hurled at me like a torpedo when I’d get into an argument with my friend’s sister. In 6th grade, I remember crying myself to sleep a lot of nights because I thought that I was just so hideous and not good enough. This all breaks my heart. I’ve always thought that those experiences have made me into the strong confident woman that I am today. But looking back, I was a pretty strong person all along.  One of my favorite quotes is from Mother Teresa, “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” I had this written on a sheet of paper that I carried around in my purse when I was in high school. Another quote from that same sheet of paper said, “Sticks and Stones can only break bones, but words can shatter the soul.” I’ve seen this quote attributed to Adam Savage. I think I came across it in a Chicken Soup for the Soul book. I read a lot of those back then. And my, how true those words are.

Words can wound pretty deeply and cause a lot of emotional damage. People can be so cruel, especially when they are hiding behind a computer screen. It is so shocking to me, some of the savage things I have read on the Internet – complete strangers hurling insults and unsolicited advice at anyone who is different than they are. I shudder to think about how my life would have been if I grew up in the age of social media. Being different or uncool was hard enough without the pressures of living life in such a public way - Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Tumblr, and probably a ton of other social media platforms that I am too old and out of touch to even know about. I don’t understand the desire to tear someone down to build you up. You are enough. Although I guess I can understand it a little since I tore myself down on a daily basis in the past because I didn’t realize that I was enough.

Sometimes, you just have to be your own superhero

 

I don’t pretend to know the answers. How do we stop bullying? I know that education is important - education about bullying, education about positive body image, education about self-worth, education about love. I also think that some bullying is learned behavior. It’s up to all of us to be positive role models for our youth. Let me say that again: It’s up to ALL of us.

I try not to preach about things because I definitely don’t have the answers. People get bullied for all kinds of reasons, not just about weight or body image. All I knew to do was to cry and let it out and tap into that inner strength to get through it, because it did get better. It took me a while to get to the place in my life where I knew that I was enough, but I got there. So for all those that are out there struggling, please know that you are not alone. You are never alone. Also know that you are enough. No matter what, you are enough. All of our strengths and weaknesses and quirks make up this wonderful tapestry of life. I know that sounds so cheesy, but I realize it more and more every day. If any of you ever feel that it’s a little overwhelming or you're struggling with the “enough” part, please reach out to me. And for everyone else that gets it - all of you who realize your self-worth and know that you are enough in life, don’t you want to lend a helping hand to others on that journey from time-to-time?

You are enough. Here are all the reasons why - PumpUp Blog

This is a post by PumpUp member @k_c, a vivacious blogger based in Central Arkansas. Learn more about her through her blog: voluptuousmisadventures.com

How Maryann learned to love herself through PumpUp

How Maryann learned to love herself through PumpUp

Regardless of our shape, size, or fitness level, we all deal with weight-based comments sooner or later. Maryann was just 14 years old when she took another person’s remark about her weight to heart. “Several summers before I began to use PumpUp, somebody made a comment about how I gained some weight, and I didn’t like that at all,” she recalled. “But it’s very hard to break away from old habits because most of the time, you’re helpless. You don’t know how to change.” Maryann wasn’t able to control most what she ate at such a young age. But from that point onward, she made a commitment to love herself by embracing a healthy lifestyle. “I’m proud of how far I’ve come, as I’m almost 18,” Maryann gushed. “Before PumpUp, I tried to eat healthy and workout on a daily basis using at-home workouts (I’ve only been to the gym once in my entire life). The problem was that I often gave up on my goals. Maryann lacked the motivation to be consistent about her objectives but quickly found inspiration from the PumpUp community. “Seeing everybody else’s progress and learning how others live their own health journeys really interested me and using PumpUp was the best and only way to pursue my own journey,” she affirmed. “Since I started with PumpUp, I learned new things about being healthy and about myself.”

For one, Maryann learned to love herself by not being too restrictive about her eating habits. “I used to eat completely healthy all week and allow myself to have a cheat day on Fridays,” she explained. “But I’d end up eating all of the bad food I could eat in such a short amount of time. I knew I wouldn’t be allowed to have it during any other day.” Her eating habits are much less restricted, and much more balanced since she joined PumpUp. “I no longer deprive myself from certain foods and snap every weekend. When I want something, I have a small portion of it. It’s all about moderation.”

This attitude has extended to other spheres of Maryann’s life since she began to interact with the PumpUp community. “I’ve learned to accept my body: being perfect does not exist,” she said strongly. “I can change my body but I’ll never look like that person on television. I’ll look like a different version of me, and I’m okay with that. I began to learn that appearance is not important. What’s important is being healthy.”

As an aspiring nutritionist, Maryann hopes to leverage her PumpUp profile to help others just as they’ve helped her. “I want to make sure that others shouldn’t always believe unfounded myths about food or exercise,” she insisted. “What we see on the Internet or on television might not necessarily be good for you. I want to help others live a healthy lifestyle and make sure that they aren’t harming themselves.” In the short-term, she also hopes to run a half-marathon and improve her stamina. “I know that PumpUp can give me the support I need,” she professed.

Biggest Motivation

My parents would be my biggest motivation. As I said earlier when I was 14 I wanted to change my lifestyle but my parents didn’t really want to. But one year ago for my mom and around two years ago for my dad, they decided to change their eating habits and they started walking and gradually running. Their goal is to run a 5k in every province in Canada and they already ran in two provinces. They both lost more than 100lbs each, I couldn’t be more proud!

Favourite snack

A peanut butter and banana sandwich is literally the simplest and most delicious thing you can eat. You just need two slices of multigrain bread, both covered in peanut butter and you just need to add banana slices on one of the bread slice and put them together… voilà!

Favourite motivational saying

’’Giving up is like telling yourself you are not worth it.” It’s a saying from my best friend Jean-Luc.

How Maryann stays active

I love to run and walk (my favourite activity). I also really love Fitness Blender videos. I have been using those for three years and I still can’t get enough. I also use Jillian Michaels videos or any other workout DVDs I find in stores. I am falling in love with kickboxing and HIIT workouts which I love to do and also Yoga. I just do a bit of everything depending of my mood.

More about Maryann

I really want to become a nutritionist and my main goal is to help the most people I can to be healthy and happy because if you’re not healthy the rest doesn’t really matter. I have always been interested in food and how it impacts your body, how your muscles function and how training affects them, etc. I’d also loooove to open a restaurant when I’m older (a healthy food and ecofriendly one of course).

Keep Maryann pumped on the PumpUp app @mani_the_blueberry!

We think you look lovely today

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We think you’re pretty lovely all day, everyday! #MemberCrushMonday is a real thing on the pumpupapp.

Tell somebody (or many people) that they look lovely today by rebloggging. Warm up your week by including a warm-up song in your #8tracksPUMP captions!

Bringing joy to others will help you to find joy in yourself

What does loving yourself mean to you?

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Question of the day: What does loving yourself mean to you? Was there a moment when you learned to #LoveYourself? Use this hashtag all February !

Photo credit: pumpupapp member alexl. Check out the PumpUp community for more daily inspiration! Bit.ly/trypumpup

PumpUp's February Theme: Love Yourself

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To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. All of February, #LoveYourself and embrace all aspects of a healthy lifestyle out of love rather than out of pure necessity. Create captions with the #LoveYourself hashtag to share how you’re doing something every day to fuel your body, nourish yourbody, and love your body. #TeamPumpUp

Tell somebody that they look lovely today

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Tell somebody that they look lovely today, both on PumpUp and in person! Reblog to #SpreadPositivity! Open the app to find out who won yesterday’s swag challenge!

Motivation Monday: Body Confidence

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Here’s a photo that one of our contest winners from this weekend shared from @allygawrys on Instagram  Love yourself! As Sophocles wrote, “One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: that word is love.”