My time at my very first apartment is almost coming to an end. I am so grateful for the time I had here. Having the courage to move out and pay for the expenses myself was something I was very hesitant to do but an experience I always wanted. I don’t regret a single thing, this was the most impulsive but best decision I made for myself. . Currently, I am trying to sublet my current place as I get ready to move out into my new one this week. Its been so stressful. No one really tells you how hard it is to get on your feet (financially and mentally haha). I was going to post a workout video for you guys today but honestly the gym hasn’t been my priority this past week. . Hoping everything will fall into place soon. Despite all the stressors lately, I know once its all done with Im really going to put my new goals into action for you all. If you’re going through your own tough times, I wish you all good things, and I’m here to remind you that tough times don’t last forever, and you will get through this.
Saturday night spent at my favourite bar🌟 . I’m alwaysss an advocator for balance, I would never advise spending your life grinding away at the gym if it’s not your profession. When you look back you want memories that don’t just include barbells, squat racks and chicken breasts. . Last night I went to the pub, had a few beers and spent the morning under a duvet with the angel that is @ruthbutterfill, drank a lot of coffee and got nostalgic. So this eve I had a quick but brutal leg session. . I’ve been a lot more dedicated recently, mainly because I have nothing else to do🤣, but also because I’ve re-sparked my passion for training. I go because I enjoy it, not because I punish myself. My knee is also playing ball, so I’m able to do more and more each week. I’m stretching every session and making sure I listen to my body’s aches and pains! . I’m excited to see how I keep progressing and I’m thriving on the journey so far ❤️🌟 . . . . . . @gymshark @gymsharkwomen @gymsharktrain #gymsharkwomen #gymshark66
weekly check ins are back in full swing ✅ Weight: 61.4kg Calories: 2400-2500 Cardio: 2 x 10 min HIIT sessions a week . . This may seem like high calories to some and relatively normal to others but I’ve been pushing calories for 7-8 months, and I’m now at the point where my strength has stalled and tbh I’m not comfortable pushing my calories any higher than this. Plus I’ve been fixated on non aesthetic goals for a while and so I’m excited to change the focus 💪🏼 . . Gonna maintain these calories until the end of the month and then it’a time to start chipping away ✂️
I've realised that I've not talked a huge amount about my own mental health, even though I said at the beginning of the year that it was going to be an area of growth for me to prioritise. I. Did. Not. Want. To. Write. This. Caption. But it does have to be done for me to be accountable in any way. Goes without saying, but... trigger warning. I suffer with both severe depression and General Anxiety Disorder. I can trace the early signs of depression to my early teens, and my anxiety as far back as aged 6. I have only acknowledged my suicidal ideation within the last year, although it's been in my mind for a fair bit longer. Whenever a health professional asks if I think that I or others would be better off if I were dead, I always say yes - because even though I know that it would devastate my family, in my irrational mind I don't really know how to feel any other way. Along with the ideation, though, I have no plan or intent... mum would be sad. My conditions impact so many other aspects of my life in the most annoyingly inconvenient ways, but maybe that's for another post entirely. I am currently not on medication and I am still on a waiting list to see a Psychological Wellbeing practitioner. I suppose being open about it does help, even if it has led to trolling in the past. The digs at my mental health don't affect me in the way that trolls assume - I tend to just feel sad that in this age of mental health awareness there is still so much ignorance and so little empathy... also why are you picking on people you don't know, maybe YOU need to talk to someone and get yourself checked out. I don't know how to end this on a positive note except to say that if you have any interest whatsoever in me talking more about my mental health (or lack thereof, lol) or discussing how to talk to loved ones who are having a hard time, let me know. Also, look after yourselves, yeah? #gymshark66 Day 13
I’m so fucking tired of reading everyone’s “motivational” pep talk bullshit on Instagram. Going to the gym doesn’t make you-or me!- a good person, or better than anyone else. It doesn’t make you a warrior or a beast. allocating several hours of my week to the selfish pursuit of strength and aesthetics doesn’t put me in a category above people who literally do not have that luxury. It’s not about motivation or dedication. We DO NOT all have the same 24 hours. I don’t have kids, which saves me HOURS each day not worrying about all of the associated things that come with children. Though it is a stressful one, I have a salaried, unionized job that covers my bills and provides health insurance so I don’t have to work a second or third one to make ends meet. I have access to several free gym thorough my husband’s job. I have a loving and supportive partner who helps out around the house and with our dogs, enabling me to spend several hours a week NOT doing household chores that other have to manage on their own. I have a dishwasher and a Roomba and several other household robots to make my life easier. This is privilege. Privilege is what enables me to do this. Not because I’m better at managing time. Not because I try harder. But because I am financially, physically, and mentally able to make it a priority at this point in my life- sometimes to the sacrifice of other things, even.
Just because I'm on crutches doesn't mean I won't be participating in the @1stphorm New Year Challenge! . If you're ready to make a change & create a healthier lifestyle, then this challenge is for you: • 8 Week challenge starting January 21st • The chance to win $50,000 from @1stphorm • Free meal plan • Free workout plan • Supplement guide • Healthy recipes, workout tips & weekly live videos • Weekly check-in's with me • Accountability & support with my private Facebook group . I'm here to help you, but you have to take the first step & take accountability for yourself. Shoot me a msg & let's get you signed up. 🖤 #Transphormation #1stPhorm #8WeekChallenge
Since everyone has been doing this, I guess I will do it too lol. 2009 me compared to current me. I don’t delete any old photos of me but I do keep them hidden because of how “ugly” I thought I used to be. Through the acne, braces, being overweight, depressed, and being awkward around people, true growth comes internally, not just externally. I’ve learned to select my battles, who and what I want to invest my energy to, prioritizing, and navigating through this journey called “adulting.” In retrospect, what do you guys want to work on to better yourselves and what steps will you take to get there?
It can be extremely difficult to be vulnerable. • To be honest, the photo on the left makes me uncomfortable. It makes me feel ashamed and embarrassed. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned on this journey it’s that your story is what makes you uniquely YOU. • I wouldn’t be the trainer I am today if I didn’t go on the journey myself. I wouldn’t have this platform to help teach and coach hundreds of people every day if I didn’t know what the struggle felt like. • Don’t ever allow yourself to become ashamed of your starting point. The struggle is part of the story. • #fitness #fitspo #fitrepublic #fiitnation #tracycalifornia #bayareafitness #california #transformation #motivation #girlswholift #girlswholiftheavy #personaltrainer #weightloss #weightlossjourney
Was ich nicht verstehe: Leute die sagen: "Ohh sie schminkt sich, die muss aber unzufrieden mit sich selbst sein". Das sehe ich einfach nicht. Ich male ja auch nicht, weil ich unzufrieden mit der Leinwand bin. Ich stehe ja nicht da und denke: "Ohgott dieses Leinwand! Ihgitt ihgitt!". Ich habe nichts gegen die Leinwand. Aber ich habe Spaß am Malen. Und wenn die Leinwand dann bemalt ist, kann ich die ja auch toll finden ohne zu denken: "Boar das war aber auch nötig, dieses hässliche Weiß vorher ging gar nicht". Ich sehe auch nicht: "Ich schminke mich nicht, weil das ist verlogen!". Ja gut, aber wo fangen wir dann an? Wenn ich Kleidung anziehe, die sehr gut sitzt? Wenn ich meine Haare auf bestimmte Weise trage? Wenn ich versuche eine nette Ausstrahlung zu haben? Ich weiß nicht. Wo fangen wir an? Oder auch: "Ich schminke mich nicht, weil ich nicht will, dass mein Äußeres von meinem Inneren ablenkt". Dann spricht doch einfach nicht mit Leuten, bei denen du das Gefühl hast. Es kann ja nicht sein, dass du nicht das mit deinem Äußeren machen kannst, was du vllt. willst, nur weil ein paar dann nur noch darauf achten. Das wären eh keine guten Leute für dich! Oder: "Oh sie schminkt sich, na, die wird wohl oberflächlich sein und sonst nichts anderes im Kopf haben". Entschuldigung. Hier ist der Punkt klar oder? Also: Klar, wenn du keine Lust auf Make Up hast und da keinen Spaß dran findet: Lass es. Wenn du nur Make Up trägst, weil du abhängig davon bist, weil du dich sonst nicht wohl fühlst: Hui, arbeite dran! Aber auch: Lass doch Leute Make Up tragen, wenn sie wollen, ohne sie dann nur darauf zu reduzieren. (Bei all dem seh ich natürlich, dass gesellschaftliche Zwänge groß sind und das alles manchmal nicht so einfach ist. Aber dennoch.) (English in the comments) 🔸🔸🔸🔸🔸 #fitfamgermany #fitfamdeutschland #starkwerden #protein #womenwithmuscles #likealady #krafttraining #kraftsport #gewichte #fitgirls #bodybuilding_motivation #fitnessde #fitnessfun #powerliftingmotivation #gesundleben #healthylifestyles #girlswholiftheavy #ernährung #machdichwahr #lovetheprogress #fitnessandhealth #fitnessgermany
“Your life only gets better when you do. Work on yourself and the rest will follow” • • • Squat progress: slowly but surely moving away from the angled board - stoked to hit 75kg/165# and 80kg/176# for ✌🏻 main priority is to hit depth or go back. • Hang Cleans felt solid today 👌🏻 54 🗝 #girlswholift #olympicweightlifting #progress #weightlossjourney #girlswholiftheavy #trainhere #hustle #fitspo #wcw #weightlosstransformation
Haven’t posted a #transformationpicture in awhile so here’s this little gem for ya insta feed! This is about a 26 pound difference not that I care about weight loss anymore but I’m getting comments like “it looks like it’s all stuffed in your leggings tbh” or “I’m not seeing the benefits of what you’re doing” WELL HERE YA GO, MY BROTHA! ☺️ Keep on keepin’ on, friends. If you train hard, stay positive, don’t give up and trust the process, all those cliches in one, will truly show you what you and your body are 100% capable of. I’m not kidding, it took me two years to realize what I can do when I educate myself and take the contrastive criticism I truly needed to be where I am right now! #fitmermaid #bossbabe #fattophat #girlswholiftheavy #powerlifter #weightlifter #fattofit #fitnessjourney #girlswholift #traininsane #gymlife #gymjunkie #fitnesslife #fitnessjunkie #fabletics #fableticsleggings #fitspiration #liftspiration #thick #thicklife #transformationpicture #transformationpic #weightlifting
The most frustrating thing is when you’re trying to reach your goals and you know what you should be doing, but you just can’t stay on track. 😣 When I started working in the fitness industry a few years ago I still struggled with this. I had events coming up that I desperately wanted to look good for, but staying on track just felt impossible. I didn’t get why. 🤔 Here’s what would happen: I would think “I want to look good for this event in 6 weeks”. So then of course if I slipped up I would think, “omg the event is in x amount of weeks, I better go a little more intense to make up for it so I still get to my goal”. Then I’d go more intense, fall off track again, try and go even MORE intense to make up for it.... it was a vicious cycle. 😥 I am totally someone who’s impatient and wants things NOW. So this was very hard for me to get out of. 🥵 At a certain point I decided enough was enough and something had to change. Rather than having a short term goal, I was going to look at the bigger picture and not be so extreme. ☁️ This way when a slip up happened, I wouldn’t feel the need to “make up” for it. I didn’t have a short term goal, I was simply just trying to have healthier habits long term. If I ate something not planned I would think, “it’s okay, we’ll just get right back on track” and that was that! 😌 I no longer had that frantic, stressed out feeling in the pit of my stomach if I slipped up. I wouldn’t anxiously look in the mirror seeing if it “ruined my progress” I’d just forget about it, move on, and get right back on track. 😁 It’s weird because it’s such a tiny little mindset change, but honestly it’s what made me stop yo yo dieting. 😳 Even though it’s simple, it can take some time to really “click”. But truly think of this when you’re thinking about your fitness goals, and I’m telling you it will change everything 🙌🏼🤗
Say it with me ladies, STRONG IS SEXY💕👑 don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. I don’t do PR (personal records) BUUUT, ya girl hit the 35lbs for 6 reps of bicep curls, and I’m telling you every man that was near me looked like this ➡️😳🤯🥺 because they didn’t think I had in me. But ”mama ain’t raise no bitch”💪🏾 • • • #girlswholift #girlswholiftheavy #strongissexy #confidence #bodygoals #gymmotivation #motivation #fitnessgirl #fitnessmotivation #queen #ebonyfitness
Welp, it’s been a long week and it’s only Wednesday :/ I clearly forgot how to record my sets and did next weeks program this week🙃 Everything moved decently well overall so we are very pleased with that 😬 Squats - 132.5kg x3, 117.5kg - 3x4 Deadlifts - 155kg x2, 140kg - 3x4 Bench - 71kg - 6x4 #girlswhopowerlift #conventionaldeadlift #ontariopowerlifting #lowbarsquat #deadlift #bench #benchpress #archlife #bodybuilding #cpu #deadlift #fitness #girlswholift #girlswholiftheavy #nosupport #cantread #lifting #muscle #powerlifting #powerlifter #futureproofperformance #57kg #56kg #sbd #strength #trainingprogress #training
#gymlife #gains #fitness #girlpower #strongwoman #bodybuilding #gymlover #fit #girlswithmuscles #lifestyle #gym #fitlife #gymshark #gymsharkwoman #hardwork #fitgoals #fitspo #liftheavy #strength #myprotein #girlswholiftheavy #instafit #workout #upperbodyworkout #shredz #shreddedbody #gymrat #fitgam #shredlife #igfitness
What’s Your Favorite Kind of Protein?🥛😋
NO- my feet on not leveraged on anything! I thought at any minute I was gonna fall to a very athletic death 💀😂 I’m a mission to overcome my fear of looking bad by trying something new and hard and then... posting it for the public to see! It’s a small beginning- but it’s only the beginning! “Amateurs built the Ark and professionals built the Titanic”- anonymous #braveryproject #missiontodo #liftingloveers #joinmyjourney #braveryproject #npcbikini #blackgirlmagic💫 #ebonyfitness #girlswholiftheavy #fitfreak #selfmadetrainingfacility #selfmadewomen #beyourgreatness #npcbikiniprep #melaninmotivation #personaltrainer #ranchocucamongatrainer #ontariotrainer #fitfortheculture #blackmuscle #preplife #bootyworkout #StrongHer #fitmom #fitspiration #melaninpoppin #traininghard
Zerchers week 2. Same weight #/59kg, which happens to be my bodyweight right now); still tough, but not *quite* as grindy as last week. Everything feels easier when I’m not lifting alone in my cold basement! Thanks @rahnfleming for the spot and cheerleading. #7weeksout #relentless #onerepatatime #earnednotgiven #headdowneyesforward #trusttheprocess
Redwood might be my new favorite color okay😻 - Feeling hella confident in The new @alphalete. Let me tell you new gym clothes make a MASSIVE difference! MASSIVE launch is this Saturday friends and let me tell you the meridian sets are a MUST. I put a full review up on my YouTube Chanel for you guys of all my favs! The launch is January 19th THIS SATURDAY at 10cst! - No code for y’all but I would appreciate if you shopped the link in my bio to support me ❤️💞 any questions, just ask me in the comments below🙏🏼 - I’m a small in all leggings Xsmall in all bras Xsmall in all tops 5’3 118lb Waist- 25’ Hips-34’ Bust- no titties - #alphalete #gymshark #iifym #bodyrecomposition #healthcoaching #wellnessthatworks #bossladymindset #reversedieting #gymsharkwomen #alphaleteathletics #weightgIn #bulkingseason #summershredding #paystobebrave #workflow #girlswholiftheavy
CHEST DAY!!!! . Swipe. Save. Grow. Lettttsss go!!! . •superset: 4 sets x 15,12,10,8 reps (increase weight each time) 1️⃣db flat bench 2️⃣db flies •superset: 4 x 12 reps 3️⃣single arm cross body plate loader 4️⃣neutral grip plate loader •superset: 4 x 10-12 reps 5️⃣incline db flies 6️⃣db presses •finished with 50 wide pushups😅
Late lift after a long week. And it’s only Wednesday. Trying to pump out this stress and get back on my A game. But first, protein. Keep at it, fit fam. We got this. . . . . . . . . #beastmode #fitfam #fitlife #fitness #wellness #healthy #healthylifestyle #gym #gymlife #strong #fitstagram #strongissexy #strengthtraining #weighttraining #hiit #intermittentfasting #girlswholift #girlswholiftheavy #girlswholiftweights #lesbianswholift
It's not only about looking good, but more importantly, what matters most is how you feel about yourself. Stay tuned for more sneak peeks and the first look at our mens performance gear! #fitnessjourney #transformation #fitness #fit #fitfam #fitspo #gains #flex #lifestyle #girlswholift #fitchick #fitgirl #squats #girlswholiftheavy #healthy #health #training #fitmom #weightloss #progress #goals #weightlossjourney #workout #work #gym #athlete #npc #npcbikini
Next best thing to home cooking when no time to meal prep #MiCocina Thank you Eder for always taking care of me! 💜🥰 #chicken #veggies #guacamole #vickisjourney #wheelchairtowalking #personaltrainer #eatclean #trainmean #npcironwarriorrecipient2018 #bodybuilding #igbodybuilding #fitness #fitgirl #girlswholiftheavy #princesswarrior
Knee has been bothering me for who knows why whenever I’ve tried to squat these last few weeks. Trying to give them a little break and focus more on building CV deads up. I think if it weren’t for the 6 month injury hiatus, these would’ve crept up a lot quicker after switching from sumo. Oh well 🤷🏼♀️🤷🏼♀️ #powerlifting #powerlifter #powerliftingwomen #girlswholift #girlswholiftheavy #girlswhopowerlift #deadlift #sbd #deadlifts #deadlifting #booty #glutes #hamstrings #strength #strong #findyourstrong #upliftandliftheavy #lifting #strongwomen #athlete #progress #uspa #usapl #weightlifting #bodybuilding #powerbuilding #bootybuilding #athlete #training #gains #gainz
All this rain has me wishing I was somewhere tropical and warm!
Yesterday I was supposed to do 3 sets of 4 at 135 for strict press. But I can’t math and realized after my last set that I’d done 140 instead of 135, which you might remember I just did 140x3 for the first time ever last week. So...who even knows what my strict press max is anymore?? 😂🤷🏼♀️ But I’ll take it! It’s so nice to finally see some progress in my overhead. . . . #strongman #strongwoman #badatmath #girlswhostrongman #girlswholift #girlswholiftheavy #officialstrongman #trainstrongman #unitedstatesstrongman #strongmancorporation #log #logpress #strictpress #overheadpress #ohp #badatmath #lift #strong #grrrlarmy #gains #thicc #progress #shelifts #shesquats #strongwomen #fitwomen #pastorswholift
🐫🐫 WHAT ELSE would I post today besides a leg workout!! 😋🍑 I wanted to let y’all know that when you reach out to me about my workouts/fitness it truly means so much to me. The reason I started a fitness page in the first place is to help others and the fact that I’m able to do that seriously ROCKS!!!💕 So THANK YOU for all your support & love. Here is my leggo workout from yesterday: -Warm up- Body weight squats 2x30 Banded abductor 2x30 Light hip thrust 1x20 -Lift- HEAVY hip thrust 3xAMRP Heavy RDLS 4x10 SS bench step ups 4x10e Reverse lunge 4x10e Inverse leg press 4x15 TS banded squats 4x15 TS standing kick backs 4x15e (no rest) Kettle bell goblet squats 4x25 —————————————- Remember I’m here for EVERYONE if you Have any questions or just wanna talk 😊💪🏽 have an awesome hump day Much love🖤 #legworkout #gluteworkout #hipthrusts #squatspo #bootybuilding #peachy #rdls #humpday🍑 #girlswholiftheavy #growingseason
BACK with another pull day workout 🤷🏻♀️ why am I obsessed with training back? Is it because I look jacked occasionally or is it because it’s super fun? Who knows but TRY THESE OUT!!!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . 1️⃣ bent over barbell rows ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2️⃣ lat pull downs ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 3️⃣ dual cable pull downs ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 4️⃣ extensions + 45° angle extensions ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . I LOVE the single arm movements because it takes away the ability for my stronger side to compensate for my weaker one! Try some single arm movements out if you struggle with that! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . ☑️ @1upnutrition code: “Reagan” for $ off ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ☑️ verse of the day: 2 Corinthians 4:5