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I have hypothyroidism. That didn't stop me from losing 75+ lbs

I have hypothyroidism. That didn't stop me from losing 75+ lbs


"I sometimes get frustrated with the super slow progress that my body makes with my hypothyroidism," explained PumpUp member fitpanda007. She has a unique condition in which her thyroid gland ceases to produce enough hormones to keep her body working efficiently. Her metabolism slowed, and she felt a sense of defeat. "On hard days, it feels as if I work ten times as hard, eat fifty times better, and see very little improvement," she said solemnly. "I wish that the hard work that I put in on a daily basis would show more on my body." How progress photos keep me on track when my hypothyroidism discourages me

When fitpanda007 becomes discouraged, she takes a look back on her incredible 5-year journey. Despite her hypothyroidism, she beat the odds. Fitpanda007 lost over 75 lbs and carefully tracks her progress with the PumpUp community. "I like to do comparison photos on PumpUp so that I can see how far I've come," she insisted. "It has been a very hard journey for me, but I know I will accomplish my goals!"

How progress photos keep me on track when I get discouraged by my hypothyroidism

The PumpUp community is a great source of encouragement for fitpanda007. "Joining PumpUp has been really great, and everyone is inspiring and encouraging," she shared. "I truly appreciate the support and I thank everybody who shares their story with the PumpUp community. Our PumpUp family rocks!"

A behind the scenes look at these PumpUp transformation stories | Transformation Tuesday

A behind the scenes look at these PumpUp transformation stories | Transformation Tuesday

Contrary to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, there is no “class” or “spell” that Muggles can learn to charm their way into different physical forms. But able-bodied humans are capable of extraordinary things. Most drastic physical transformations are a gradual manifestation of many small changes. They’re representative of so much more than a side by side picture. Transformation Tuesday embodies the strength, resilience, and improvements in the overall wellbeing of anybody who had the courage to share about their progress.


Behind the scenes look at PumpUp Transformations | Transformation Tuesday


It’s been nearly one year since mikaylaeddie joined the PumpUp community. On Transformation Tuesday, she shared her first-ever full body comparison photo. “My journey is 2 years in the making and I’m proud of how far I’ve come,” she shared. “Don’t be afraid to lift heavy. Since I started weightlifting, I couldn’t be happier with the way my body has shaped up.” With the help of PumpUp, Mikayla disavowed the stigma against weightlifting and embraced strength training wholeheartedly.


Behind the scenes look at PumpUp Transformations | Transformation Tuesday


After receiving overwhelming help and support from PumpUp’s fitness community, little_birdy was able to completely transform her body in mere months. “I couldn’t have made it this far without PumpUp and my PumpUp family,” she nodded emphatically. She achieved her progress with patience, persistence, and perspiration. “It took me about 2 months to see results and another 5 to get to where I am today.” Tons of behind-the-scenes work went into little_birdy’s transformation. “I work out for about 1.5 hours a day and eat 3-5 healthy meals every day."


Keep them pumped and share about your amazing transformations on #TransformationTuesday with the PumpUp community.

How does progress make you feel? | Ashley's Transformation Tuesday

How does progress make you feel? | Ashley's Transformation Tuesday


"I've never been this fit and I don't plan on slowing down," said Ashley (actually_oh), who shared about her stunning transformation with the PumpUp community. "A few years ago I was over 150-160 pounds and I have NEVER been anything less than overweight my whole life. I'm happy I've come this far, I never thought I would look like this!" Ashley adopted a healthier lifestyle and regular, consistent workout routine since she began her journey with the PumpUp community. She began her journey at 155 lbs and lost more than 20 lbs thus far. Every day is a chance for progress— not only on Transformation Tuesday. "My PumpUp fam just inspires me so much to keep on going. Never forget why you began."

Keep Ashley pumped! Share your inspiring photos with the PumpUp community on Transformation Tuesday and let us know how progress makes you feel.

This is what heavy lifting does for your back (Hint: awesome things)

This is what heavy lifting does for your back (Hint: awesome things)


When PumpUp member @sharksbitesoflife took up heavy lifting one year ago, she never could have imagined how it would transform her body. Not only is her back definition much more pronounced, this PumpUp member looks and feels stronger and more confident. "Obviously the lighting is different, but I think I made some progress between then and now," she said modestly. "I have seen a huge improvement in my upper body strength and definition over the last few months." @sharksbitesoflife has been hard at work preparing for her beach vacation to Mexico. She's alternating between intense cardio, weight-lifting sessions, and resistance band workouts. She frequently documents her progress by sharing photos with the PumpUp community. "My reason for posting this photo is to hold myself accountable, so that I can post proof of progress," she mentioned. "I'm motivated."

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Keep @sharksbitesoflife pumped! Do you have back progress pictures to share? Tag them on PumpUp with #throwbackthursday so that we can see them! Do you have feedback about how heavy lifting changed your body? Let us know in the comments below! 

Here's how PumpUp members sprang into action this week | PumpUp Progress

Here's how PumpUp members sprang into action this week | PumpUp Progress


PumpUp members are up to all kinds of amazing things. They're fitting into all kinds of clothes that they haven't been able to in a long time, they're defying their own self-imposed limitations, and they're smashing through personal records. April is a month of firsts, accomplishments, and steady progress. Here are some highlights from the PumpUp community over the past week.

They absolutely crushed their personal bests

@shotgunsamx beat her personal best 5K time

PumpUp member @shotgunsamx set a new 5K personal record at a race on Saturday, April 18. She finished at a very impressive and speedy time of 26:04. "I used to think 27 minutes was impossible," she exclaimed. It's clear that she's come a very long way from when she first started.

They fit perfectly into new clothes

This PumpUp member dropped 1-2 sizes in her clothes

Shirts and shorts are fitting better for PumpUp members more than ever before. This was especially true for @jazigrace when she took a trip to the mall this past weekend. "I went shopping for clothes today and I discovered that I'm one or two sizes smaller than the last time I went shopping. I haven't been able to fit clothes this size since my freshman year in softball!" She looks absolutely terrific: it's palpable in her bright smile!

...They also grew out of old clothes

This PumpUp member grew out of her old shorts from last summer

PumpUp member @cris_cc took our Spring Into Action message to heart. She worked so hard prior to summer that she realized that her old shorts no longer fit. "Last summer's shorts are too big for me now," she lamented. "I'm so happy and sad at the same time. I'll keep working. Looking forward to summer!" We're excited to help her achieve her goals for the rest of the year and beyond.

This PumpUp member grew INTO a shirt that didn't fit her last summer

Similarly, @camillagwp grew out of a shirt that fit tight around her stomach last year. "Now it's actually comfortable to wear, and I don't worry about it crawling up," she gleamed. Keep her pumped! She's been working so hard at improving her running pace!

They became much more flexible

This PumpUp member made progress with her dancer's pose

The dancer's pose in yoga is no joke.  If you've ever tried it as a beginner, you probably experienced a lot of flailing and falling. Not PumpUp member @gorgeous303. She became so much more flexible between the months of January and April and she's been able to get her leg up much further than she ever expected.

They ran forever. Literally, forever.

This PumpUp member beat her personal best distance, running her first ever 15K

5K is hard. 10K is brutal.  15 kilometers? Absolutely, mind-numbingly difficult. @limitlesstyle challenged herself to finish her first-ever 15K anyway. "Today wasn't about my time or improving my time," she affirmed. "It was about running a first ever 15K that my son challenged me to run. I may or may not have crawled the last mile home, but I finished and feel accomplished!" She definitely deserves an amazing rest this weekend!

They're improving their form in a big way

This PumpUp member is seeing improvements in her upper body strength

By concentrating on her upper body strength, @clodaghsiobhan has really been able to improve her form with tricep dips. "I can feel that my strength has improved a lot. Persistence is key for sure!"


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

Alyssa's leg progress will stun you - Transformation Tuesday

Alyssa's leg progress will stun you - Transformation Tuesday


"Nothing makes me happier than seeing all of this hard work pay off," said PumpUp member LyssDiane, who made tons of leg progress over the month of March. "I never want to be that incredibly skinny again. I'm nowhere near where I want to be, but I'm so far from where I was." Alyssa has been working out 5 times a week to achieve her transformation, often fighting the demons of procrastination and lethargy to work out. "All I want to do when I get home from work is [lie down], but I feel 1,000 times better when I get home and workout!" she exclaimed. "My leg transformation has been my favourite to watch. I thank my PumpUp friends for being so motivating!" When Alyssa was much skinner, her friends reacted poorly to her exercise routine. "I remember their reaction being, 'Why? You're already thin'," she elaborated. "A health complication made me realize how important my life and health really is. 6 months ago I began lifting and I am happier and more confident than ever." Alyssa loves herself and her figure and we're incredibly proud of all of her positivity and her leg progress! March to your dream by demonstrating any kind of progress that you made over the month of March! The PumpUp community welcomes all kinds of transformations, be they scale-related or not!

Sweaty Sunday : Why this PumpUp member's headstand progress will always be great


Remember to strive for progress, not perfection. pumpupapp member anneprins10 made some incredible progress with her headstand this past weekend! “It’s still not fully straight, but I was able to lift my legs up all the way! That was a big step! Progress is progress!” Keep her pumped! What’s one awesome thing you accomplished last week?

Transformation Tuesday: Desiree

Progress: it’s more about the journey than the end result, and PumpUp member @dezireeryonna can confirm!

"I was always overweight. I wanted to be ‘skinny’ so bad that I lived a very unhealthy lifestyle to do so. Don’t ever sacrifice your health. I’m doing it right this time, and so can you."

She lost over 60 lbs of her pregnancy weight, going from 189 lbs to 128 lbs by eating lots of protein, complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, as well as fruits and vegetables. She works out from home with 45-60 mins of high intensity interval training.

Cheer her on! She wins some #MyResolution #PumpUpSwag

Check out our full photo challenge.

Daisy got the body she always dreamed about with one simple New Year's resolution


Fitness has always been Daisy (@daisymuscles)’s passion. When she purchased her first gym membership 4 years ago, however, she was a self-professed ‘rookie’. “I was so into ‘working out’ but I didn’t know what was right for my body,” she explained. "I only did cardio and some weight machines, but my nutrition was bad. I’d eat 2-3 times a day and I wouldn’t eat ‘clean’." 

Years went by and though Daisy was fit, in her eyes she still seemed too skinny. “It was very depressing to see no progress,” she lamented. "One of my goals was to have thick and toned legs, as well as a slim waist." Frustrated by this conundrum, Daisy resolved to stop going to the gym in 2013, eating much more without incorporating exercise back into her routine. "Of course, it didn’t work out," she confessed. “I did gain weight, but it was all fat. That was even more depressing. I went from skinny to fat, and all I really wanted was to look fit.”

At the end of 2013, Daisy challenged herself with a New Year’s Resolution: to transform her body into the body that she always dreamed about. She took charge of her transformation with full force. "I asked around for help and advice, followed a lot of fitness accounts on Instagram, and began my journey with PumpUp," she mentioned. "It is really inspiring to see other peoples’ transformations and it’s reassuring to receive so much feedback from other PumpUp members. We are all a true fit fam."

When she first started out, nutrition was the hardest for Daisy to get ‘right’. “I began to body build and was advised to eat 6 times a day, all in small portions,” she explained. “This was something I never had to do before! I had to do a lot of research about what to eat, what kind of carbs, protein, and fats are good for my body, etc.”

Needless to say, Daisy’s one New Year’s resolution changed her life. Body building was at first introduced to her by one of her brothers. She quickly fell in love with the concept of giving time and attention to each section of her body in order to build muscle. “That’s why I embraced this lifestyle. My progress is my motivation,” she enthused. "Weights changed my body and gave me the definition of muscle that I always dreamed about."

Her rigorous schedule manifests in more confidence than she’s ever had in her whole life. Here’s a peak at Daisy’s routine: she performs cardio 1-2 times a week and does weight training 5 days a week. "After years of struggling to have a fit body, I’m finally seeing progress and I’m in the best stage of my life," she professed. “I’m inspired by my own progress as well as PumpUp members and fitness instagram accounts. I challenge everybody to not give up on their dream bodies. No matter how much time it takes, no matter how many struggles, regardless of the circumstances: just do it.” Daisy successfully achieved her 2014 New Year’s resolution. She’s ending it on a happy note and is motivated to keep striving for the best version of herself in 2015. 

Transformation Tuesday


We are excited to share that PumpUp member camillemckenzie reached her goal weight this year since joining PumpUp

Zoe achieved all of her progress without the help of a gym! Here's how- PumpUp Spotlight Series


Zoe (@zoetigran) has a luminescent smile and the warmest heart. She joined PumpUp in October 2013 to keep her heart healthy in light of her family’s history of cardiovascular disease. “I realized how important it was to live a healthy lifestyle and I didn’t want any problems as I got older, particularly with my heart,” she elaborated. “A lot of people in my family don’t lead a healthy lifestyle and are now afflicted with heart problems. I didn’t want the same thing to happen to me. I know I’m young but you can never start too early!”

Being proactive about her holistic wellbeing, rather than being reactive towards problems that arise from unhealthy decision-making, was the solution that Zoe sought when she became a member of the PumpUp community. “Before PumpUp I wasn’t that healthy. I ate a lot of junk food and I’d go to McDonalds every Saturday with my sister,” she lamented. “The only exercise I performed was one hour of hip hop…and that was once a week.” Though she was never overweight, Zoe went on to explain that her changes in her body began to reflect her sedentary lifestyle. “I didn’t drink enough water, and my body had no shape at all,” she elaborated. “In 2012 I realized that I wasn’t healthy but I didn’t know what to do. I started my journey by eating more wholesome food in the summer of 2013. Then I began to think about fitness—although I was hesitant because I had the impression that you could only exercise at the gym.”



Believe it or not, Zoe has achieved all of her progress without the help of a gym. She prefers calisthenics and at-home workouts. “I’ve NEVER been to the gym and I don’t use anything when I work out. I first and foremost want to prove to myself and to others that you can reach your goals without pouring tons of money into a gym membership, machines, and weights,” she affirmed. “You can do it with just you, your body, and your own bedroom.” After she joined PumpUp, Zoe began to realize the benefits of training every part of her body, rather than one single area. She particularly enjoys the Ultimate Lower Body Gainer and the Ultimate Body K-O workouts on the app. “At the beginning of my journey I only performed core exercises,” she admitted. “The rest of my body wasn’t in shape at all. I now make sure that I do full-body workouts as well.”

Zoe more regularly incorporates exercise into her busy schedule as a student and she has a greater flare for culinary creativity. “I like to go through the popular page on PumpUp to look for motivation or healthy food,” she explains. “Healthy food sounds boring, but there are so many ways to make your food healthy AND delicious. After joining PumpUp, I try to perform a 30-minute workout at least five times a week.” Though she does treat herself to McDonalds from time to time, she hardly eats fast food as frequently as she used to. “I also make sure to get enough sleep and drink more water,” she added.


She encourages other PumpUp members to be resilient. “Never give up!” Zoe exclaimed. “It sounds cliché and I’m sure everyone says this, but once you start something, you have to finish it. I promise: You won’t regret any minute of your workout!” She also advises that members shouldn’t let lactic acid buildup discourage them from continuing their workout. It’s all about mentality: “When I felt my muscles burn during a workout at the beginning of my journey, I’d stop completely,” she continued. “That wasn’t the best decision. Now, when my muscles burn, I get excited because I know that I’m really working my body. I exercise ‘through’ the temporary pain.”

In the future, Zoe aspires to become a personal fitness trainer. She explained that she uses PumpUp not only to focus on her own progress, but to help others achieve their goals as well. “Now that I’ve accomplished my goal of living a healthier life, I make smaller goals for my self like gaining more muscle mass and slimming out my thighs a little bit,” she explains.


While Zoe’s best friend Jente helps to keep her accountable in her daily life, she derives inspiration not only from PumpUp’s popular feed, but when other people leave motivational comments on her account. “It feels good when you know that others believe in you,” Zoe said happily.

Zoe’s Favourite Meals 

“When I don’t have a lot of time in the morning I like to put a banana, an orange and a couple (or a LOT) spoons of muesli in the blender. Delicious breakfast!”

Motivational Mantra

"If you work hard, you’ll reach your goals before you even realize"


More About Zoe

“I’m 16 years old and I live in a small city in the Netherlands. When I’m older I want to become a personal fitness trainer in Florida. I have big dreams, but I know I can do it!”

Keep Zoe motivated as she tracks her progress on the app @ZoeTigran!


PumpUp member seahaynes struggled with her eating habits over the past year and she posted her first #transformation pic, so keep her pumped! “From eating nothing (113 lbs) to eating everything unhealthy (130 lbs, top pics, Oct 17) I’ve finally found balance. I’m currently at 126 lbs after losing weight and gaining muscle.” She’s making great progress and wants to #SpreadPositivity by encouraging everyone to stay dedicated to their goals!


Get this, kellergetsfit lost 7.5 lbs between today and 8 weeks ago and look at the progress she’s made! We’re super excited for her!! Keep her pumped on Transformation Tuesday and remember to post up your photos!!


Our spotlight this Saturday absolutely goes to @beau3. She has so many positive and encouraging things to say to others and has been making so much progress with her personal goals. “I said I wanted to change. That I wanted to become healthy and fit. So I just did. Stop wishing, start doing!” You’re fantastic, @beau3!


Why do you #PumpUp? On #TransformationTuesday @Mak_johns shared this photo of herself and also admits,”I’m working on the new me. Not because the old me was bad, but because the old me can improve.” She’s breaking through personal running milestones and just started her own blog about her journey, keep her pumped!


We couldn’t be more proud of carmel23shine and ALL of her hard work! Through clean eating and working out 6 days a week, she is admits that she is in the best shape of her life, saying “I’m down 60 lbs in 6 months! Anything is possible if you believe.”

This is an incredible #Transformation!!! We congratulate you and everybody in the PumpUp community sharing your amazing progress on Transformation Tuesday.

New Update: Activity Logging & Custom Sharing

When it comes to your fitness, there are many ways to stay active. To help you keep track of all your fitness activity, we’ve launched Activity Logging and Custom Sharing!


Activity Logging: Did you just get back from a run? Dance? Hockey? Whatever it is, log it in PumpUp to keep track of all your activity! You can also see how many calories you burned.

Custom Sharing: Do you have a fitness tip or a healthy recipe for others? Share it with the PumpUp community to help others like you achieve their goals! You can also attach a pic for even better post.

From all of us at PumpUp HQ, we wish you a happy and healthy 2014. Now let’s start this year off right — track your first activity on PumpUp today! 

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