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Why Kellie finally felt accepted after she joined a fitness community

Why Kellie finally felt accepted after she joined a fitness community

Though Kellie's fitness journey began prior to joining PumpUp, she didn't have anybody to share her triumphs and challenges with. "I was at that point where I kind of felt lonely," lamented Kellie. "No one in my circle of family and friends understood why I was doing what I was doing. At times, they were negative." Though Kellie did receive motivation from Instagram, she was dismayed that it wasn't a platform that was specifically tailored to fitness. "I really wanted an app that I could join for fitness," she shared.

How one comic illustrator bounced back from Bell's Palsy

How one comic illustrator bounced back from Bell's Palsy

Never take your smile for granted. Sharean had to overcome the fear that she wouldn't ever smile again after she developed Bell's Palsy, a condition that results in the paralysis or weakness of a person's facial muscles.  "I was afraid that I would lose my eye because I couldn't close it," she recalled. "[Because] I draw comics and art illustrations, I grew even more afraid."

How popular Brazilian Instagrammer Jade Picon stays healthy with PumpUp

How popular Brazilian Instagrammer Jade Picon stays healthy with PumpUp

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Jade Picon is a Brazilian teenager whose captivating Instagram page garnered a great deal of attention over the last year.  Though her star rose modestly on other social media platforms, it skyrocketed on PumpUp. Jade joined PumpUp in August 2014 and used the app to keep track of her health and fitness goals.  She since amassed a massive following of over 10,000 members, many of whom look up to her as a role model. PumpUp's positive fitness community gives Jade the motivation to stay physically and mentally fit. In turn, she inspires others with her healthy and active lifestyle. PumpUp caught up with Jade to chat about how she maintains healthy habits and a healthy sense of self esteem. How popular Brazilian instagrammer Jade Picon stays healthy // PumpUp Blog

Before Jade began her journey with PumpUp, her friends sparked her initial interest in health and fitness.  "My friends lived such healthy lives and they always told me things like, 'Jade, you should start eating healthy and exercising'," she explained. Jade became more conscious about her lifestyle choices after she joined the PumpUp community. She strongly relies on a strong support system in order to stay organized and motivated. "My goal is to stay healthy," she insisted. "I don't want to lose weight, nor gain weight. PumpUp helped me to live a healthier life." Because Jade had to keep pace with a hectic school and work schedule, it was awfully difficult for her to take care of her body. "The greatest challenge that I faced in my health journey was definitely time," she lamented. "I couldn't find the time to be active. There were so many things I had to do! To solve this problem, I started to make lists so that I could organize my life according to smaller tasks." 

How popular Brazilian instagrammer Jade Picon stays healthy // PumpUp Blog

Although Jade is constantly working on different projects, she assured that it is possible to stay healthy in spite of a busy schedule. "It was really hard at first," she shared. "But to be healthy, you need to exercise and eat well. A nutritionist helped me with my diet. After that, I just needed to organize my schedule so that I could find the time to work out. I love how easy it is to stay healthy with PumpUp."

Now that Jade is on vacation from school, she has more time to focus on her wellbeing. "Every day, I wake up at 9 am to exercise," she elaborated. "Working out is a great way to start my day. Another important factor is my diet. I have a schedule that tells me what I have to eat every day. Of course, I drink a lot of water." Her best advice for others who hope to live a more active lifestyle is to focus on eating healthy, exercising regularly, and to love your body as it is. "I maintain a healthy sense of self-esteem by loving myself first," she counselled. "When I'm having a bad day, I don't take pictures of myself and I look at my good pictures instead."

How popular Brazilian instagrammer Jade Picon stays healthy // PumpUp Blog

Jade's biggest motivation

My biggest motivation is Alessandra Ambrosio, a Brazilian top model! She has an incredibly healthy lifestyle!

Fun facts about Jade

My favorite sport is skateboarding and I love Japanese food!

Find out more about Jade Picon on her PumpUp page @jadepicon and on her Instagram! Motivate her with positive words of encouragement in the comments below!

How Monica revived her depleted motivation

How Monica revived her depleted motivation

Many people adopt healthier habits with a plan of action and an indomitable drive to succeed. But what if your motivation dissipates over time? This happened to Monica, a PumpUp member who hit a plateau after losing 15 lbs. "I began my journey [back] in 2012, but it was a slow process," she said. "The only problem was that I didn't know anything about nutrition. I ate what I thought was healthy, and of course I was wrong sometimes." 

How I lost my baby weight for good - Vanessa's PumpUp Success Story

How I lost my baby weight for good - Vanessa's PumpUp Success Story

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Baby weight isn't impossible to lose. When Vanessa joined the PumpUp community in June 2014, she was fiercely determined to shed the 50 lbs that she gained while she was pregnant with her son. "As soon as I got clearance from my doctor, I dived right into PumpUp," she recounted. "I shared photos every day and my PumpUp family would motivate me by commenting and pushing me daily, especially @randiashley and @tweetii. PumpUp workouts and a program called T25 got me started, because I didn't know too many exercises when I first started out." Backed by motivation from the PumpUp community, Vanessa lost over 30 lbs of her baby weight. Prior to PumpUp, Vanessa's eating habits went astray. It was common for her to eat several hot dogs and a large-sized pizza in one sitting. "I didn't know anything about planning my meals, or what eating healthy really meant," she professed. "On an average day, I would look at fit people and wish I was them. While I was pregnant, I knew that I would bounce back as soon as I had my baby."

Vanessa Mejia : Her PumpUp post-pregnancy story

Since Vanessa joined the PumpUp community, she exercises on a daily basis and shares about each of her workouts on PumpUp to keep herself accountable. "I became a wellness coach too," she added. "I know there are people who look up to me now. Using PumpUp daily and putting my life out there actually keeps me motivated to work out, especially when I don't want to." Vanessa likes check up on members who motivate her the most on PumpUp. She's also inspired by those who are just beginning their fitness journeys. "Looking at progress pictures really motivates me to work out," she insisted.

Making time to exercise isn't always easy when you have a baby, but Vanessa worked hard to create a schedule that accommodates her lifestyle. She stays positive by maintaining a firm resolve to never compare her progress with that of anybody else's. "Be patient, be persistent, and don't compare yourself with others," she advised. "Use PumpUp to track your journey and don't be afraid to share about your concerns. PumpUp has amazing motivators who are always positive."

Vanessa Mejia : Her PumpUp post-pregnancy story

As Vanessa continues her journey on PumpUp, she strives to make as many fit friends as she can from around the world. "I love how this app allows us to connect with people from other countries in a close setting," she shared. Vanessa ultimately hopes to gain 10 more pounds of muscle and might even consider training for a fitness competition in the future. Finally, she's trying to help her father, mother, and sister overcome their less healthy habits. "My dad had a dialysis a few weeks ago due to his diabetes and bad eating habits," she said solemnly. "Trying to stay consistent with my workouts has been hard, but I make time for it when I can."

Vanessa's Biggest Source of Motivation

My biggest source of motivation is my son and family. I want to set a healthy example to the people around me, I want to be here for a long time. Thus, I need to eat healthy and active. The people who have always kept me motivated have been @Randiashley and @Tweetii on PumpUp. Since day one, they kept pushing me to lose my baby weight and they made it happen! 

Vanessa Mejia : Her PumpUp post-pregnancy story

Favourite Workout Routines

I love the ab and lower body workouts that I can put together on PumpUp, I love how I can decide which body groups I need to target with the equipment I have on hand. It helps me because I work out at home. When I go to the gym or want to try something different than a Beachbody Workout, it is easy to put together. I usually do Beachbody programs because I am a coach, and I also love weightlifting.

Vanessa's Meals

I love everything organic. 85% of my food is organic. It does cost more, but I'm passionate about investing in my health. Recently, I had stomach problems when I attempted to eat processed food. My body has completely changed and I won't go back to the way that I was eating before.  

Vanessa Mejia : Her PumpUp post-pregnancy story

More about Vanessa

I am a stay at home mom. Over the course of my year-long fitness journey, I lost over 30 pounds by eating healthy, doing Beachbody programs like 725 and the 21 day fix, and using PumpUp. I became a wellness coach through Beachbody to help others lose weight and become healthy. I also became P90X certified and will become a group exercise instructor and personal trainer soon. I recently told my husband (2 weeks ago) that I was going to quit nursing school to pursue my business with Beachbody and to become a fitness instructor. I LOVE the fitness lifestyle and everything about it. I want everyone to have the chance to build a business from home if they need to, so that they too can stay home with their children without missing out on opportunities.  

Keep Vanessa pumped by cheering her on PumpUp @vanessamejia! Have any questions for Vanessa? Let us know in the comments below!

The difference between these two photos is striking | Transformation Tuesday

The difference between these two photos is striking | Transformation Tuesday

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Daisy shared her first ever transformation photo with the PumpUp community on Transformation Tuesday and she's making incredible strides. She took these photos exactly 1 year apart. "I was the heaviest I've ever been: 210 lbs," she recalled. "I took the photo on the right this morning, in the same exact dress. Since the left photo, I lost 50 lbs and I'm starting to love the way I look." "This is the first time that I have actually been comfortable to take a picture like this," she elaborated. "I have lost 3 pant sizes in 3 months. Thank you PumpUp for all the support: I'm making 2015 my year." Daisy has been exercising consistently with workouts that she made for herself on the PumpUp app. Pairing regular physical activity with healthy meals has been the key to her success.

Keep Daisy pumped! Self love is the most crucial aspect of any Transformation Tuesday story. Encourage anybody who shares a Transformation Tuesday photo with the PumpUp community.