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A journey to self love : How to blossom in all aspects of your life

A journey to self love : How to blossom in all aspects of your life

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Although it can be difficult at first, self-love is something that everyone should invest in. It’s similar to coming out of a dark place and into the light. Though it may hurt your eyes at first, you soon realize that the magnificent view was worth it. My journey to self love started when I decided that I could not move forward without making peace with my past. I tried to jump on the road to happiness several times, but I always stumbled and fell whenever I encountered the tiniest cracks, not knowing why and blaming myself for being weak. I realized then that I owed myself to stop for a moment. I needed to look back just long enough to understand and learn where I came from and where I was heading. I stopped being selfish and started being generous instead: with my time, energy and, most of all, patience. It’s something I have always neglected. That’s how my journey to self-love and self-improvement finally began.

A journey to self love // The PumpUp Blog

It’s a never-ending road. It’s a road that’s meant to make you finally understand the deepest layers of your soul. I have learned so much since I adopted this lifestyle and became a much happier and healthier person. I read somewhere that “being happy is a very personal thing, and it really has nothing to do with anyone else”. These words still resonate in my mind. Every single day, they remind me that I don’t need to prove anything to anyone. I owe it to myself to be genuine.

A journey to self love // The PumpUp Blog

I still get angry, sad or frustrated sometimes, but I have learned to accept these emotions. I no longer run from them or repress them. Feeling that way doesn’t mean that you are failing. It means you are still on this amazing journey and you are not willing to give up even if you stumble a little. Be gentle, be honest to yourself and allow yourself to feel everything.

Acknowledge every emotion and question why are you feeling it. When it’s possible, do something about it. It’s not too late for anything. It’s never late to become who you want to become. If you need to apologize, apologize. If you need to thank someone for a gesture they made months or even years ago, don’t waste any second longer. If you feel like it’s the right thing to do and it will make you feel lighter or happier, do it.

A journey to self love // The PumpUp Blog

But burn bridges if you must. Eliminate the negativity and cut it out of your life without feeling guilty. It can be scary, but it is worth it. You need to protect yourself and immerse yourself in a healthy and positive environment that allows you to grow and blossom, just like a cute little plant. That was a very important step for me. Once I did it, I felt so much better. Sooner than you think, your energy will attract similar positive energies and will slowly distance itself from the negative ones. Surround yourself with good people, listen more and learn. Never stop learning, never stop growing and don’t let anyone ever take away from you the chance to do and be better.

Last but not least, I am here to tell you that no matter how many times you give up or fall and feel like you hit rock bottom, there is a way to get back on your feet and stand back up again. As Beau Taplin said, ”(…) Your body is not a temple. Temples can be destroyed and desecrated. Your body is a forest – thick canopies of maple trees and sweet scented wildflowers sprouting in the underwood. You will grow back, over and over, no matter how badly you are devastated.” Rely on your bones, flesh and blood, but most of all, your mind. Every tiny cell in your body is working so hard to keep you alive and your mind – your mind can do wonders. Love each of them back, as they unconditionally love you. Love yourself and become invincible.


This journey to self love was shared by PumpUp member @sophievcr. Follow her blog on Tumblr to keep track of her journey!

12 quotes about self-love that will boost your confidence

12 quotes about self-love that will boost your confidence

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Take care of how you speak to yourself. You're capable! Don't dwell on the opinions of others. Rather than focusing on what you 'hate' about yourself, focus on your capabilities with laser-like precision. Thinking about 'failure' will only set you up for a fate that involves disappointment. Positive thoughts will eventually manifest into positive outcomes. Let these quotes about self-love boost your confidence, so that you can truly and fully embrace an active lifestyle without any inhibitions. My legs are strong and allow me to run and climb // Quotes about self-love that will boost your confidence from the PumpUp Blog

You are not a mistake — you're capable!  - Quote shared by PumpUp member @medserendipity

I've finally stopped running away from myself. Who else is there better to be // Quotes about self-love from the PumpUp Blog

Who else is there better to be but the best version of you? Embrace yourself. You're all you - Photo via PumpUp member @lustucru

So you plant your garden and decorate your own soul instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers // Quotes about self-love via the PumpUp Blog

You are the creator of your own destiny - Photo via Lauren Hom on Dribbble

The only person who can pull me down is myself // Quotes about self-love from the PumpUp Blog

Don't give others the power to pull you down. Own your own accomplishments and climb over the obstacles that you encounter along the way. - Photo via PumpUp member @climberjones

Putting myself first isn't selfish but necessary // Quotes about self-love via the PumpUp Blog

Take care of yourself. You're just as important as anybody else - Photo via Pinterest

Fill in the blank. I am ____ // Quotes about self-love that will boost your confidence (via PumpUp)

Fill in the blanks. You are everything you set yourself out to be. - Photo via I Love Romantic Loves

Whatever you believe about yourself on the inside is what you will manifest on the outside // Quotes about self-love that will boost your confidence (via PumpUp)

Manifest your beliefs. Turn positive thoughts into positive actions. - Photo via BeHappy

This is the year I will be stronger, braver, kinder, and unstoppable // Quotes about self-love (DwellBeautiful via the PumpUp Blog)

This year is your year. Own your actions for the years to come - Photo via DwellBeautiful.

Every decision I make is the right one for me - Quotes about self-love // Louise Hay via the PumpUp Blog

Your decisions are ultimately up to you. Make ones that are right for you - Photo via Louise Hay

Get out of your own way // Quotes about self-love that will boost your confidence (Ann Marie Loves via the PumpUp Blog)

Don't stand in your own way. Pave your own path and set an example for yourself and for others - Photo via Ann-Marie Loves

The world you desired can be won. It exists. It is real. It is possible. It's yours // Quotes about self-love that will boost your confidence (via the PumpUp Blog)

The world is yours. Love yourself enough to realize your potential - Photo via Lovely Clusters Shop

Look up at the stars and not down at your feet // Quotes about self-love that will boost your confidence (via the PumpUp Blog)

Hold your head up high and walk with confidence - Photo via Refinery29

Did these quotes about self-love help you today? Let us know what your favorite quotes and sayings are in the comments below! Share your best quotes about self-love on PumpUp with the hashtag #MotivationMonday.

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

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!

 

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

Give yourself a hug. Too many people forget to do so.

It’s easy to forget how difficult it is to love oneself. The statistics on the State of Self Esteem paint a sombre portrait: 7 in 10 girls believe that they are inadequate in some capacity, be it through their relationships with others, their academic performance, or their appearance. We’re surrounded by images of unrealistic beauty everywhere we go: polished and filtered Instagram images that show us what we don’t have (thigh gap, we’re looking at you) and who we could never measure up to be (are we ever going to be as funny or as Twitter-savvy as the enigmatic Retta? No). 

Remember: you have as many hours in a day as Beyoncé, and even she can’t escape the tyranny of Photoshop.  Lines of wisdom and age etched across one of the most celebrated names of the 21st century are smoothed away to oblivion with the meticulous and instantaneous click of a mouse.

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Photo c/o nymag.com

It seems like there’s an app for everything. But there isn’t an app that will teach you how to love yourself. Luckily, you can teach yourself how to love yourself. No app. No magic wand. The only thing and person you need is you.

Give yourself an enormous hug, hold on tight, and never let go

  • Love yourself with positive affirmations. Wake up and tell yourself that you are beautiful. Say something over the top; something that you can’t resist giving yourself a smile to. Rather than focusing on what you feel inadequate about, congratulate yourself on something that you’re proud about every morning. Even watch cute puppy videos to restore your faith in humanity (yes, that part of YouTube will instantly make your bleak morning a much brighter place)
  • Nourish yourself with nutritious food. Eat well. Drink well. Drink water! Never punish yourself for eating poorly. Focus on what you did right, and do even better the next day.
  • Immerse yourself in an environment of people who encourage you. Communities like PumpUp are wonderful at doing this! Reach out for help when you need it; loving yourself doesn’t always have to be a lonely journey.
  • Compare yourself to nobody. Make each day an opportunity for self-improvement. Congratulate others and support others, but never ever feel inadequate if you aren’t making progress at the same rate as they are. Everybody has different needs, different goals, different bodies, and different circumstances. What makes you unique already makes you beautiful.
  • Forgive yourself. The past is in the past; let it go! Your future is uncertain, but it’s brimming with possibilities. Build upon your past, learn from it, and grow stronger. It helped shape who you are today.

How Miranda lost 81 lbs in one year - PumpUp Success Stories

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Miranda has been a member of PumpUp for just over a year and has made leaps and bounds throughout her transformation journey. To say that she is amazing would be an understatement. “I was doing short cardio workouts at first, and 30-60 minutes of walking about 3x a week,” she stated. “Not long after joining PumpUp, I amped up my workouts to incorporate strength training and weight lifting. I currently eat much healthier than I used to and exercise 5x a week. The app has motivated to mix up my routine withab workouts, cardio, and strength training.” 

Since the very beginning of her time with PumpUp, Miranda lost an incredible total of 81 lbs! “I managed to tone up my belly and I finally feel like I’m bikini ready,” she gushed. “I am much more happy, confident, and most importantly healthy.” Within the span of a year, she went from a size XL to a size S and documented all of her progress with her PumpUp family.  The community couldn’t be more proud of everything that she has accomplished.

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What’s more, Miranda professed that her transformation enabled her to embrace a more profound sense of self-love. “I recently started to love myself,” she insisted. “I’m 100% confident with how my body feels and looks. I overcame a very low sense of self-esteem. I really disliked how my body looked before my transformation.” Miranda is a regular fan of the customized workouts that the app creates for her. She uses her profile as a photo diary to keep track of her progress and log her workouts as well.

As Miranda continues her journey with PumpUp, she hopes to lose a bit more body fat and enhance muscle definition all over her body. “I’ve made a lot of progress with my midsection recently,” she revealed. “I’m most proud of that so far. I’ve done all of my workouts and lost all of the weight by myself. I couldn’t have done it without the support from my friends, my family, my boyfriend (who recently got PumpUp @bradlong92), and of course everyone on the PumpUp community.”

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Biggest motivation

I love sandrafitness’s  posts. Her body is perfect!

Miranda’s eats

“Protein bars are my absolute favourite snack and I adore protein shakes—this girl loves her protein!”

Motivational mantra

“Fitness is not about being better than someone else. It’s about being better than who you used to be.”

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Workout routine

I love PumpUp’s ab routines and full body workouts. They really make you sweat! “

Keep Miranda pumped up @mirandahoffman520!

How do you value yourself?

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Love yourself by valuing yourself just as pumpupapp member mandynom did throughout her transformation.

“I’ve lost 20+ lbs and learned to value myself more. The number is not the point. The amazing thing was that I learned how to love myself, which made me strive to be the best that I can be. Do what makes you happy and you’ll be amazed by the reward.”

When was the moment that you learned to value yourself?

You are enough.

Love Yourself. You are enough. Don’t let anybody tell you otherwise! Someone out there loves you : listen when they choose to tell you. Have a great Motivation Monday, PumpUp! What’s your positive affirmation of the day? Connect with others on the pumpupapp for more inspiration: http://bit.ly/trypumpup

Transformation Tuesday: Learn to love your past

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Love Yourself and let your past make you better, not bitter. pumpupapp member @getdolledupsd has begun to see changes in her mood and confidence since she started her journey 4 years ago, losing 40 lbs in the process.

“It’s good to look back to see how far you’ve come. I have much more energy to take care of my children. I’m in a much better place.”

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Love Yourself by seeing yourself in the eyes of your biggest supporters: those who have been positive influences throughout your journey.

This practice is called mirroring, as self love doesn’t have to be a solitary endeavor.

pumpupapp member killiancarreau’s handstand workout is one for the books :) Tag someone you admire to let them know how you ‘see’ them

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

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 to love yourself enough

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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.

So you’re working out. There are all of these hashtags to accompany this (#FitFam, #FlexFriday, #SquatNation, to name a few). But we work out…to what end? To look good, right? 

Work out to let your outside match the beautiful person you are on the inside. Be mindful about what you eat because it has long term effects on your health, and not solely because you want to look good this summer.

Do this for you because you deserve tolook AMAZING. Do this because you deserve a happy and healthy life. The fact is that when you were fat or extremely slender your whole life and you start to achieve your ideal body weight; you begin to love the attention you receive and the hype gets to you; that’s human nature. Do not do this for the hype – itain’t worth it!

We often work out for all the wrong reasons and in turn we achieve short-term goals; or maybe we initially worked out for the right reasons but along the way - somewhere between the compliments, the lingering glances and the followers we gained on the pumpupapp  - we lost sight of the true vision – to be healthy and happy. That’s fine. That’s why I’m here, to help you to change your thought process! 

Now don’t get me wrong….

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.” - Rick Warren

Let’s not be obsessed with ourselves but love ourselves enough…

  1. Love yourself enough to know that you should do this for you and no one else. #TheHypeFades
  2. Love yourself enough to know when to stop – we all know that you want results and we know that you want to share those results with the PumpUp community. But remember: your health is of utmost importance to us – take care of yourself.
  3. Love yourself enough to block out the negative energy from those who doubt that you are capable of achieving your goals – the fact is, some people just love to sip on that Haterade!
  4. Love yourself enough to be happy with who you are, work towards your fitness goal and be happy for others.
  5. Love yourself enough to not lie to yourself and allow people in your life who don’t mean you well – even your so called ‘friends’ – never allow anyone to make you feel less of yourself – you are enough.

I’ve been there - fat, sad and alone.  It took me awhile to live up to my own advice. It took me awhile to remove the veil from my eyes so that I could see that I was not being healthy but I was destroying myself physically and mentally and allowing others to destroy me mentally as well. When I realized that I was enough, I came to the conclusion that I should love myself enough to know that I can workout at my own pace and achieve my goals just for me – because I am enough.

Achieve Self-Love then Spread Love…

-        Abigail Brady

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How Whitney got fit for her family - PumpUp Success Stories

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If there’s anybody who knows about loving herself throughout her fitness journey it’s Whitney. She’s a mother of 2 who has lost 60 lbs so far with the motivation and support of PumpUp! She’s a beacon of light, always brightening the skies of the PumpUp universe with her inspiring posts. In March 2014, Whitney adamantly put her foot down and firmly set her mind on becoming healthy for herself and for her family! “[After the birth of my son], I was determined to get in shape,” she elaborated. “I began to get more active even before I recovered from the delivery.” Her diet was the first aspect of her lifestyle that changed drastically. “Before PumpUp, my eating was horrible: pizza, macaroni and cheese, cookies, ice cream, fried chicken, you name it!,” she explained. “I’m not talking about small portions. I ate LARGE portions of food.” Since she became a member of PumpUp, Whitney is motivated to work out 5 days a week and incorporates a lot of protein, vegetables, fiber, and water into diet.

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Whitney may have lost dress sizes since the beginning of her wellness journey, but she has gained an entire new outlook on life. “I told myself that by my birthday [towards the end of 2014], I was going to get to 250 lbs (down from 306 lbs) and I did,” she said breathlessly. “I have lost a total of 60 lbs. My journey is still ahead of me. I love the encouragement everyone on PumpUp gives! I have met a lot of people that don’t even know me. They push me harder than my own family!”

Whenever she feels like she’s in a rut, Whitney knows that she can trust her family on PumpUp to help her find the motivation that she needs to succeed. She has been a member of the community since July 2014 and never fails to share purely positive and upbeat posts with everybody on the app. “PumpUp is the best fitness community EVER,” exalted Whitney. “I feel pressured to make everyday count and I’m glad to have met some amazing people on this app! I want to say THANK YOU to everyone what has pushed, supported, and encouraged me on PumpUp to get back on the grind.” 

Loving yourself isn’t easy, but Whitney has awesome advice for other PumpUp members who are just beginning their journey towards self love and self acceptance. “It’s going to take hard work and dedication,” she affirmed. “There will be times when you feel like giving up. If you want it badly enough, you will fight through it! Fight through your bad days! Just fight.”

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Whitney hasn’t been alone in her journey. Her husband has lost over 150 lbs himself! Family has remained at the core of Whitney’s priorities throughout her fitness journey. “My biggest motivation is getting healthy and fit for my kids,” she professed. “I’d love to eventually have a body like Jordan Sparks.”

Whitney’s Favourite Drink

Chocolate banana protein shakes

Motivational Mantra

Train insane or remain the same!

Whitney’s Workouts

1 hr of cardio and exercising one muscle group daily!

 

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Fun Fact About Whitney

I love shopping, going out to dinner, walking on the beach, and going on vacation.

Keep Whitney absolutely pumped along her journey on the pumpupapp @carmel23shine!

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