Viewing entries tagged
success

The One Ingredient You Must Have to Succeed

The One Ingredient You Must Have to Succeed

Success can mean many different things to different people. There is career success and personal success. Fitness goals are all about personal strength and motivation. This falls under the personal success category.

If you goal is to get in better shape or lose a few pounds, then I will tell you the secret that will guarantee your success. And, if you can win at the game of personal challenges, you are more likely to succeed at career goals as well.

How Anna overcame her addiction to sweet tea

How Anna overcame her addiction to sweet tea

Food used to be the solution to all of Anna's problems. It was her coping mechanism. "I was always heavier as a child and throughout my high school years," she revealed. "I ate anything and everything whenever I wanted it. I ate when I was bored or stressed [...and] I was a sweet tea addict." Anna hardly ever found the motivation to exercise, either. She spent most of her time sitting down, either at home or at school. Here's how she changed her life.

How Brenda Became Her Most Confident Self

How Brenda Became Her Most Confident Self

When Brenda started to adopt healthier habits, she lacked motivation and support. Her workouts and meals lacked variety. "My life before PumpUp was really tedious to be honest," she revealed. "I would eat the same things every day [...and] I didn't know which workouts to do other than run. People around me weren't into fitness and health, so it was very difficult for me to get motivated."

Here's What Motivated Desiree to Lose 100 lbs

Here's What Motivated Desiree to Lose 100 lbs

In December 2014, Desiree dealt with severe depression and stress. She was afflicted by hypothyroidism, a hormonal condition that can slow down a person's metabolism, making it difficult to lose weight. "On most days, I just laid in bed, hating myself," she confessed. "I hated looking at who I was in the mirror. I was tired because of all of the extra weight I had to move on a daily basis to do ordinary tasks."

From Skinny to Strong : Melanie's Journey To The Stage

From Skinny to Strong : Melanie's Journey To The Stage

 As a former ballerina, Melanie used to obsess over her weight and body image. Training for a figure competition changed that for her. "I used to weigh around 90-95 pounds (BMI around 17-17.5), which is unhealthy," she admitted. "I'm a perfectionist, so I wanted to control everything. I had a hard time dealing with weight gain. When I met my current boyfriend, he helped me get through that fear and accept weight gain." Now, Melanie weighs a healthy 115 lbs and feels more comfortable in her own skin than ever before.

How Jessica Completely Reformed her Eating and Exercise Habits

How Jessica Completely Reformed her Eating and Exercise Habits

Jessica was diagnosed with high cholesterol and hypertension at a very young age. She decided to get her health on the right track in order to avoid medication. When Jessica downloaded PumpUp 8 months ago, she sought motivation that was exclusively related to fitness. "I wanted to be held accountable every single day over the course of my new journey," she insisted. "With PumpUp, I am held accountable every day. Every time I log in, I see motivation. The people and comments keep me going."  

Kristin's 62-lb. transformation will amaze you - PumpUp Success Stories

Kristin's 62-lb. transformation will amaze you - PumpUp Success Stories

Screen-Shot-2015-10-11-at-8.53.41-AM.png

Kristin weighed heavier than ever in 2014. She tipped the scale at 230 lbs, wore double extra-large shirts, and slipped into size 20 pants. She would binge eat after school to deal with the hurtful comments that other classmates made about her weight. "On December 30, 2014, I vowed to make a complete lifestyle change," she recalled. "I was always an emotional eater and I was dealing with depression for 2 years. As I continued to gain weight, I was bullied and harassed more by the guys at my school. I was miserable." In January 2015, Kristin joined PumpUp in search of support. "When I joined, I immediately felt a sense of family," she remarked. "Everyone on the app is so uplifting, encouraging, and positive. I enjoyed seeing everyone else's progress and I wanted to show mine and tell my story." Kristin couldn't imagine how much encouragement she would receive by sharing one simple photo. " In the beginning, I didn't think anyone would care about my progress because it was very small and didn't seem important," she shared. "However, even when I would share about a 30 minute workout, I would immediately get a few likes and even a comment from somebody [who told me] to keep going. Every time I posted my everyday workouts or pictures, there was always someone encouraging me and pushing me to never give up. I was inspired."

Kristin's 60-lb. transformation will amaze you // The PumpUp Blog

Since Kristin joined PumpUp, she lost 62 pounds. "Before PumpUp, I ate whatever I wanted to," she elaborated. "My diet now is 100% different. I [maintain] a paleo diet and drink mostly water.  I still have another 20 lbs to go [until I reach my goal weight]. My biggest source of motivation is seeing people on PumpUp just trying to push themselves every day. They're striving to be better - because that is all I'm trying to do too."

Kristin's Best Advice

Be your own motivation. Don't lose weight because some low-life person called you fat. Don't lose weight for attention or for love . Do it because you love yourself and because you want what is best for you.

Kristin's 60-lb. transformation will amaze you // The PumpUp Blog

Kristin's Workout Routine I love switching up my workout routine. I actually lost weight without ever setting foot in a gym. All my workouts are at home workouts. I really love watching YouTube videos to get ideas for workouts. But I am very simple most of the time. I am a treadmill kind of girl.

Kristin's 60-lb. transformation will amaze you // The PumpUp Blog

More about Kristin I have had 9 surgeries in my lifetime. All before the age of 10. I was born with a rare birthmark that could of become cancerous. I basically grew up in hospitals and got used to them. I also love to sing and am the only singer in my family. I love everything about fall and I am a cat lover.

Keep Kristin pumped! Follow her journey on PumpUp @kristinfitness95! Leave positive words of encouragement for her down below.

Why Sara finally feels confident in a bathing suit

Why Sara finally feels confident in a bathing suit

Sara was constantly immersed in an atmosphere of negativity. This stifled her from achieving her health and fitness goals. "I put on a fake smile and pretended that I didn't hear the laughs," she recalled. "I joined PumpUp at 186 lbs. [Though I experienced] a lot of ups and downs, I never gave up. I kept going, and it's only because of the endless support that PumpUp gave me. 

How Stephanie reclaimed her life and healed from bullying

How Stephanie reclaimed her life and healed from bullying

Stephanie was always 'the bullied kid' when she was growing up. "I dealt with bullying for every reason possible," she lamented. "I had acne, kids made fun of me, and I wasn't as outgoing as everybody. I was always sick, so I was called 'the virus'. I was overweight and didn't take care of myself, so I was humiliated for that."

Hannah's progress proves that weight is just a number

Hannah's progress proves that weight is just a number

'Healthy' isn't a weight - it's different for every body. Although Hannah always had a smaller frame, people judged her for it. Comments about her weight gradually undermined her confidence and aggravated her anxiety. "I've had anxiety since 2010, so setbacks aren't uncommon, but they're something I've learnt to overcome with the right mindset and support," she mentioned. 

How Christine finally developed a positive relationship with food

How Christine finally developed a positive relationship with food

It was tough for Christine to come home after an entire year abroad in England—her whole diet was off track. "I think it was the worst lifestyle that I ever had," she recalled. "I wanted to enjoy myself. I was eating a lot of cake, chocolate, ice cream, burgers, and drinking soda, hot chocolate, and alcohol. Even if I was really happy at the time, I regretted my choices in the end." 

I began to live my dreams. Here's how you can live yours

I began to live my dreams. Here's how you can live yours

image1.jpg

I have always known that it is so important not only to live my dreams, but to encourage others to fulfill theirs. When I was teaching high school eurythmy, choir and gardening in Hawaii, I always worked in this way with my students, to encourage them to take their dreams and goals seriously. There is an importance to the wisdom of parents, but from a teacher's perspective, I've often seen that many parents seem to be trying to fulfill themselves through their children. If this is the case, I think it is wrong, and puts an unhealthy and untruthful pressure on young people. Of course they want to make their parents happy- but what about themselves? The children have to live with themselves for the rest of their life. I had some students who were so depressed and worried because they felt like they had to go to college to please someone, when what they really wanted to do was work with a master surfboard maker or travel the world. I began to live my dreams. Here's how you can live yours, too. // bodysoulspiritfitness for The PumpUp Blog

To think your dreams are impossible is often a conception brought through society and education. Older people inform the younger that when you get older, you learn that your ideals aren’t realistic. This is exactly the sort of attitude that got those pessimistic people so unenthusiastic about life. It is not easy to stand up for or live your ideals, sure- but anyone willing to take on challenges in their life WILL succeed. I’m pretty sure life isn’t meant to be easy. We learn the most and gain the most valuable aspects of ourselves when it is not.

The experience one has when you have reached a goal, unfolded a dream, or upheld an ideal close to your heart, is one of the highest feelings of the soul. To have created an intention once, and through life’s work and adventures finally found your way to its fruition, is a glorious and happy moment. It can be simple: one of my dreams since I was a teenager was to design and sew my own wedding dress if I ever got married. My wedding is in a month and I just finished the dress of my dreams. I wasn’t sure if I could even do it, for one wants everything to be perfect for that special moment; but it happened and passed my quality test with flying colors. I cannot wait to stand in it before my future husband, friends, and family, and be humbly proud that I can wear a beautiful garment I created out of 15 yards of silk and 5 yards of cotton lace.

I began to live my dreams. Here's how you can live yours, too. // bodysoulspiritfitness for The PumpUp Blog

Each of us has so many goals and dreams, of all different sizes, and you just have to figure out when to tackle each one. As you fulfill them, it will give you strength and encouragement, as well as the knowledge that all things are possible when you don’t give up. It’s rarely easy, but it is always worth it. Happiness is the best sustenance for health.

This post was penned by PumpUp member @bodysoulspiritfitness, a teacher and movement artist with a passion for healthy living and adventure. It was originally published on her own blog. Follow her blog here.

Birta's inspiring journey to self-confidence

Birta's inspiring journey to self-confidence

At the start of 2015, Birta discovered that exercise relieved her symptoms of depression and anxiety. After she became an active member of the PumpUp community in March 2015, Birta lost 8 kilograms. She's more confident than ever.  "I have never been more happy and proud of my body as I am now," she insisted.

How Shelby lost 60 lbs with the help of the PumpUp Community

How Shelby lost 60 lbs with the help of the PumpUp Community

Five months ago, Shelby downloaded PumpUp because she wanted to change her circumstances. She was looking for a source of inspiration so that she could fully commit to a lifestyle change rather than a temporary 'quick fix'. "Inspiration is exactly what I got," she insisted. "Since[I began my journey] with PumpUp, I've lost 60 lbs and I'm feeling better than ever!" 

After I lost my excuses, I became healthier than ever before

After I lost my excuses, I became healthier than ever before

Tiffany believes that nothing is impossible if she works hard enough for it. Once she applied that logic to her health, everything fell into place. "I really didn't want it," she remarked about her initial attitude towards weight loss. "But why didn't I want it? That was the question that I began to ask myself. Then I discovered the answer...who would I be if I wasn't overweight?  I didn't know a life where I didn't stuff my face with sweets and exercised regularly and willingly. Those facts left me afraid. Afraid of the unknown, afraid to find out who I really was."

How I lost 45 lbs by being kind to my body - Chloe's PumpUp Success Story

How I lost 45 lbs by being kind to my body - Chloe's PumpUp Success Story

Screenshot_2015-06-17-14-17-20.jpg
Everybody starts somewhere. Chloe's starting point was with the PumpUp community. "I created my PumpUp account around the same time that I began my fitness journey," she revealed. "I never committed to my health wholeheartedly. I did very little physical activity and constantly binged on candy and fast food. After school or work, I'd lie around until my day was over."


Needless to say, Chloe made a drastic departure from the way that she used to live. "Thanks to PumpUp, I'm always on my feet!" she said happily. With motivation and support from the PumpUp community, Chloe commits to working out at the gym at least 5 times a week and is sure to incorporate some kind of physical activity into her day. "I love to eat healthy. When I do splurge, I control my portions and know that there are healthier alternatives," she explained. "I try my hardest to be kind to my body every day." 


How Chloe taught herself to be kind to her body and lost 45 lbs // The PumpUp Blog


Chloe lost over 45 lbs since August 2014, overcame depression, and lifted herself up. "I never wanted to live life outside my home," she confided. "I used to feel like I'd rather disappear than to have people see me. Every day is still a struggle, but when I think about how far I've come, I remind myself that I'm much healthier and have more control over my life."  She beams with positivity and spreads messages of self-love with every post that she shares with the PumpUp community. "On PumpUp, I found a relatable source of positivity and motivation," she enthused. "I wanted to find community of people who were going through similar journeys. I needed a place where I could be completely motivated and feel supported. I definitely achieved that after joining PumpUp."


How Chloe taught herself to be kind to her body and lost 45 lbs // The PumpUp Blog


Chloe's best advice for other PumpUp members is to set realistic goals and to take setbacks with a grain of salt. "At the beginning of my journey, my goal was to work out at the gym at least 3 times a week," she said. "I then reached that goal and added another objective. Now, my goal is to work out at least 6 times a week. It's a learning process. It can be tough, but if you hold yourself accountable, you can do it!" Chloe is her own motivation. She strives to get stronger every day and looks at old pictures to put things into perspective. "Don't fight to be like anybody else," she counselled. "Become to be the best version of you." 


How Chloe taught herself to be kind to her body and lost 45 lbs // The PumpUp Blog


Chloe's Favorite Exercise

Cardio is great! I love to run, but when I don't feel like running, I cycle. I also love hiking and that definitely gets my blood flowing. Lifting weights is also really fun for me, I love pushing my limits and seeing how far my body can go before I need to stop. Exercising makes me feel stronger.


More about Chloe
I'm a barista, I love the outdoors and dogs, and I'm passionate about social justice!


Find Chloe on the PumpUp community @chloedfrance and keep an eye out for her takeover on the pumpupHQ Snapchat account on July 10. Were you inspired by how Chloe lost 45 lbs and gained confidence? Let us know in the comments below!

Why you should dare to believe in yourself

Why you should dare to believe in yourself

Screenshot_2015-06-10-13-59-44.jpg

Do your nerves become tangled in a panic when somebody challenges you to a dare? When the words "I dare you" are uttered, you have a decision to make. Whether you choose to take up the dare or not, your outcome will be positive or negative. How do you normally respond to a dare? What determines your outcome? What will your outcome be? I dare you to believe in yourself. Here's one option. When you choose not to believe in yourself, you might collapse under pressure whenever you don't accomplish a goal. It will overwhelm you mentally, affecting every physical component of your workout.  If you don’t believe that you can overcome any situation or achieve a goal, negative self-talk will drain your drive to succeed. The positive thing is that you can dare to believe in yourself instead.

Here's what happens when you do believe in yourself. Everything will come full circle (and in ways you could never have imagined).  You'll approach life with an extra intensity and the rewards will multiply. You can actively refute critics who don't believe in your dreams. You'll allow your self-belief to carry you through every workout and every healthy decision. Barriers that stood in the way of prosperity and your destiny are now at your feet experiencing their harsh demise.

I dare you to believe. Believe that you can do whatever it is you put your heart to. I dare you to believe that you are worth more than money can buy.  I dare you to believe that your life is worth living for and fighting for. I dare you to believe that now is the time for change in your life. I dare you to believe you can remove obstacles in your life to get to the peace and success that is awaits you. Dare to believe. I dare you.

This is an article by PumpUp member @inspiredone. Find out more about him on his PumpUp page! Did you dare to believe in yourself today? Let us know in the comments below!

12 quotes about success to help you achieve long term fitness goals

12 quotes about success to help you achieve long term fitness goals

Screenshot_2015-06-15-11-57-06.jpg

Remove "can't" from your vocabulary and don't be discouraged if you aren't seeing immediate progress in your fitness journey. It isn't about being 'the best', but rather about being consistent. Set a daily goal and make subtle changes from there. Habits will hardwire you for progress. Whether you resolve to run for 20 minutes a day, plank for 60 seconds every morning, or read quotes about success after you wake up, do what works for you and be diligent about it.

Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success

Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success // The PumpUp Blog

Be patient. Good things take time. Photo by PumpUp member patritsja.

I never dreamed about success, I worked for it

I never dreamed about success, I worked for it // Quotes about success from the PumpUp Blog

Work for your successes. Photo by PumpUp member parisgirl1a.

Think of your workouts as important meetings you've scheduled with yourself. Bosses don't cancel.

Think of your workouts as important meetings  you've scheduled with yourself. Bosses don't cancel. // Quotes about success from the PumpUp Blog

Don't quit on yourself. You've come this far. Photo by PumpUp member ccfromspace

Success in life comes when you simply refuse to give up. With goals so strong, obstacles, failure, and loss only act as motivation.

Success comes when you simply refuse to give up // Quotes about success from the PumpUp Blog

Use your obstacles as a source of motivation. Photo via Pinterest

The more you believe in your own ability to succeed, the more likely it is that you will.

The more you believe in your own ability to succeed, the more likely it is that you will // Quotes about success from the PumpUp Blog

Self belief is an ingredient for successPhoto via Oprah.com

Never allow waiting to become a habit. Live your dreams and take risks. Life is happening now.

Don't allow waiting to become a habit // Quotes about Success from the PumpUp Blog

Live life in the present. Don't wait for your dreams to happen. - Photo via Lifehack.org 

Believe in yourself. The greatest success is being yourself.

Believe in yourself // Quotes about success from the PumpUp Blog

Believe in yourselfPhoto via theultralinx.com

Go ahead. You never know what could be on the other side.

Go ahead // Quotes about success from the PumpUp Blog

Go ahead. - Photo via 99traveltips.com

It's the oomph that turns TRY into TRIUMPH.

It's the oomph that turns try into triumph // Quotes about success from the PumpUp Blog

Try hard. - Photo via Jessica Sporn on Flickr

There is only one way to succeed at anything, and that is to give everything.

There is only one way to succeed at anything // Quotes about success from the PumpUp Blog

Give your workout your everythingPhoto via drinkthepink

I believe in the person I want to become.

I believe in the person I want to become // Quotes about Success from the PumpUp Blog

Believe in your ability to reach your goals - Photo via motivatedwithcarlos

Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.

Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it // Quotes about success from the PumpUp Blog

Change is scary. Change anyway. - Photo via TastyJazzy

Did these quotes about success inspire your next workout? We hope that they, in some way, helped you to maintain your long-term fitness goals. Share your favorite quotes about success in the comments below! Happy #MotivationMonday :)

How PumpUp helped me to become a better personal trainer - Eleanor's PumpUp Success Story

How PumpUp helped me to become a better personal trainer - Eleanor's PumpUp Success Story

Screenshot_2015-05-24-11-09-36.jpg
Not only is PumpUp member @eleanorjane_k a mother of 3 and a personal trainer, she also overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles. This self-professed gym junkie joined PumpUp in 2014 after one of her good friends @mariabellhouse suggested that she'd enjoy it more than other social media platforms. "She was right," said Eleanor. "I post a lot of fitness-related things on social media. Once I joined PumpUp, I knew it would be a better, more suitable, and more positive place to share my posts."
Eleanor nurtured a strong passion for health and wellness ever since she was 15 years old. "I would train at home in my lounge every morning because I was a size 16 (US 12) and miserable with how I looked," she recounted. Three pregnancies later, Eleanor managed to maintain her shape at a size 6-8 (US 2-4) because she's fuelled by her enthusiasm for living a healthy lifestyle. "Training for me goes far beyond aesthetics," she insisted. "It taught me about discipline and commitment. Most importantly, especially because of the help of the PumpUp community, fitness has taught me to love myself for who I am." 
Eleanor's PumpUp Success Story
She was thrilled that the PumpUp community was so compatible with her interests. "I still train hard and eat well every day," she explained. "The main difference is that since I joined PumpUp, I have a more positive self-image. I also feel like I have a lot more support and encouragement for my fitness lifestyle. Most of my friends aren't too enthusiastic about fitness." In turn, the PumpUp community's positivity helped Eleanor become a better personal trainer. "I've learned a lot about other people's perspectives from their posts," she continued. "I feel like this has helped me to empathize better as a personal trainer. More importantly, I value my health and my body much more than I did before I joined PumpUp." 
It hasn't always been easy for Eleanor to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Developing a positive body image with PumpUp ended up being a particularly important accomplishment for Eleanor. She had to overcome immense hurdles in order to get to where she is today. "Mentally, I've had to overcome low self-esteem, depression, anorexia, and self harm," she confessed. "Physically, I've dealt with endometriosis and SPD during pregnancy. Currently, I'm on and off crutches while I wait for knee surgery. I never let it stop me or use it as an excuse. I train hard now because I love my body, not because I hate it." 
 Eleanor's PumpUp Success Story
After receiving so much support from the PumpUp community while she was on and off crutches, Eleanor created the #ReasonsToSmile hashtag challenge as her way of giving back. "I wanted everybody on PumpUp to share a picture of what made them smile, and to give 5 reasons why they do it," Eleanor enthused. Since then, over 100 PumpUp members followed in Eleanor's example by sharing about the reasons why they smile. The success of her hashtag is a testament to the inspirational and supportive nature of the PumpUp community.
Eleanor's best advice
Start small. Small, positive changes are easier to maintain and lead to bigger changes.  Most importantly, be kind to yourself always: No one is perfect.
 Eleanor's PumpUp Success Story
Eleanor's biggest source of motivation
 My biggest  motivation is my job and my children. I feel I need to be a  good role model as a personal trainer and as a mother. 
Eleanor's Favourite Workout
I love Pauline Nordin's Butt Bible. Jim Stoppani's Bulk and Shred programmes are great as well! Currently, I'm doing a 5 day split in the gym, on top of teaching 5 classes a week!
Fun fact about Eleanor
I have an honours degree in English literature.
Keep Eleanor pumped and join her on the PumpUp community @eleanorjane_k! Have questions for Eleanor? Let us know in the comments below or Tweet @PumpUp!

Alexandra committed to a lifestyle change for good, and so can you | PumpUp Success Stories

Alexandra committed to a lifestyle change for good, and so can you | PumpUp Success Stories

Image-1-7.jpg

You know the drill. You're familiar with 'Day 1' scenarios. Time and time again, you commit to maintaining a lifestyle change until life gets in the way and derails you from your goals.  Like you, PumpUp member @thenewalexandra revisited her starting point more than once. "I tried to live a healthier lifestyle many times, but always gave up on myself," admitted Alexandra. "I began to use PumpUp almost a year and a half ago because I wanted to be more healthy, with the support of a great community." Prior to PumpUp, the state of Alexandra's health habits hit an all-time low. "I was less healthy than I've ever been," she conceded. "My friends and I frequented McDonald's more than twice a week. I drank Ice Cappucinos from Tim Hortons every single day. I did absolutely no exercise, which made me feel sluggish and tired all the time." A three-minute run would easily leave her gasping for air. Alexandra's erratic sleeping patterns weren't helping her energy levels either. "I wasn't treating my body the way it deserved to be treated," she lamented.

Paradoxically, a trip to the movies sent Alexandra on the wellness journey of a lifetime after she found out about PumpUp from a preview on Mark Saltzman's Gear Guide. "I instantly fell in love with the whole community of people," she recounts. "The number one thing I love about this app is that there is not an ounce of negativity anywhere. PumpUp is a safe place for all people to document their fitness journey's."

Alexandra's lifestyle change

As a student, it was tough for Alexandra to make healthy and convenient eating choices. Since she joined PumpUp, Alexandra taught herself how to make basic healthy meals: everything from quinoa, to soups, to salads. "PumpUp has inspired me to make healthier decisions each and every day," she confirmed. "I always keep cut of fruit and vegetables in my fridge so that I have no reason to snack on anything unhealthy. Beyond that, I rid my cabinets of any junk and replaced it with healthier snacks." Alexandra now exercises at least 4 times a week, regularly attending yoga classes and walking to and from school on a daily basis.  Over the summer, she plans to take up Zumba and pole dancing and will continue to incorporate physical activity into her routine. "Whenever I have free time, I get an extra workout in," she explained. "It clears my mind and makes me feel amazing."

When Alexandra really began to engage with PumpUp's different features, she taught herself more than she expected. "PumpUp workouts taught me a lot about fitness [and opened my eyes up to] different workouts," she professed. "My little muscles are starting to show more in my abdominals, arms and legs." Beyond healthier habits, PumpUp has helped Alexandra to considerably improve her self-esteem. "There are days when I'm feeling down about myself, whether it be because of my eating habits, or other reasons , and all I have to do is think about PumpUp community members and I'm instantly much more happy," she mused.  "This app really helped me to realize that every single person in this world is absolutely beautiful, and the members of this community aren't just beautiful on the outside, but they have amazing, kind, warm, hearts as well."

Alexandra PumpUp

Alexandra has fresh and realistic advice for those who hope to make a lifestyle change with the help of PumpUp. "Just do it," she counselled. "There have been days where I sit for hours on the couch just staring at my yoga mat, or thinking of excuses as to why I shouldn't go for a run, but I know that when I just do it I feel much better. Start slowly, and work your way up to a more healthy lifestyle, so when you go to eat healthy or exercise you dread it just a little bit less." She reminds that it isn't realistic to expect immediate results from changes in your lifestyle habits. "I want things to happen right now (I'm not very patient), but [remember that] they happen gradually," she said. "One weekend, my mom and dad both told me that I lost some weight. I hadn't really known if I had or not. That validation is amazing, you just have to wait for it (and do a lot of hard work). Fitness is a life long journey, and we all must accept that in order to be the best we can be."

As Alexandra progresses with her journey, she hopes to be as active as she can be this summer. "With my newfound love for hiking, I plan to travel all over Ontario to view Webster Falls at Dundas, and the cool rock formations in Caledon," she enthused. "I [also] plan on taking every single step to the top of the CN tower by the end of this summer. Without PumpUp I would never have thought to be this active, and when I have my doubts I know I'll be able to turn to the PumpUp community through the next steps in my fitness journey."

Image-1 (4)

Biggest Motivation

My biggest motivation is my mother. My family has had a though time over the last few years, and we wouldn't have been able to survive without her. No matter what the situation is, she manages to put a smile on her face  and be the best mother in the world. She constantly puts my brother and my health in front of her own, in order to ensure that were happy. For example, when I didn't have enough money for a prom dress, she took on extra shifts at work in order to help me. When I didn't have enough money to pay my tuition, she did the same once more.

My mom is the most selfless, caring, considerate person that I have ever met. She believes spending her money on herself isn't worth it if she can spend it on her children instead. It's because of everything she has done for me, that I want to succeed for her, whether that be through school, or my own health. After a rough patch, my mom started to take care of herself once again. She began to shop for herself, do her hair, grow her nails, take Pilates, and cut out all the coffee from her diet (and trust me six triple triples a day are not healthy at all!). Seeing her live her own healthy lifestyle is absolutely inspiring. 

Fun Fact About Alexandra

I absolutely adore cats and have owned over 20 in my life time (taking care of and finding homes for kittens). I'm also studying psychology in university. 

Cheer Alexandra along her journey on PumpUp @thenewalexandra and let us know what you thought about her story in the comments below!