What it Really Means to Have the Dream Body.
During this morning’s yoga class I was thinking…I know, I know you’re meant to quieten the mind, but stay with me, about what it means to truly have or rather inhabit your dream body. I’ve often said that it should be a physical manifestation of you simply being true to you, your values and owning your individuality, but I was thinking today that when all is said and done, it should feel like home.
And the sad thing for most women, when it comes to their bodies, is that they are living in a house and not necessarily a home, and I think there is a big difference. So, I know where you are expecting me to go with this metaphor, that you should maintain your home and keep it tidy and ideally not trash it, but I don’t think that’s you really need to hear, because I know you know all that, but consider this…
Do you know anyone who is so obsessed with keeping their house tidy and spotless that they never allow themselves to just BE in it? And when you visit them, it’s really hard to relax in their company, because they are frantically cleaning everything you’ve touched. And it’s like the pursuit of perfection blocks them from actually receiving the house as a home, and it essentially turns what should be a sanctuary into a prison. I know I can think of at least one – sorry Mum you know I love you, but you’ve vacuumed over that same spot five times already today 😊 A couple of months ago I dared to sit on her freshly made bed – YIKES, WILL NOT BE DOING THAT AGAIN!
Or perhaps you know people, who have all the bells and whistles, and their house is a beautiful space, but something’s just not right about it, and you can’t quite put your finger on what it is, but it lacks warmth and comfort?
Or the people who have no sense of individual style, who desperately copy what everyone else is doing, and it just look plane wrong?
And, finally have you ever been to a house that has really bad energy, and it’s almost as if you can feel years of anger and conflict circulating throughout the entire house?
So, if you were to consider your body as being a home for your soul…
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I'm starting to feel worse and worse and it's my own fault ugh. I overslept my alaram clock by 2 hrs?! when I woke up by myself I already knew that I fucked up again and I was literally too #scared to look at my phone and check the time. I mean #school always starts w the second lesson for me anyway on tuesdays but oversleeping again? somehow I cared less over time and thought I might as well do my #morning#workout bc otherwise I couldn't manage #breakie . I stuffed myself and at that moment I was #proud that I pushed myself but now I think it ws the worst thing ever and I'm in so much pain and (tmi) gassy af (over) and it's raining outside and I just didn't want to leave home but I once did that where I stayed home after I overslept and dad was furious!! also I guess it's braver to face the situation?? but I only see #negative things to it. and omg there's a much smaller period of time between breakie and lunch now how am I supposed to eat lunch later???
Normally in times of high stress like I've just been under I would turn to food to help numb my feelings, I would hook into cake, chips, chocolate, you name it, anything that was fast and gave me a fleeting feeling of pleasure. What I have learnt on my journey to loving my body is that I need to love my body all the time, especially when it's under stress. When my body is under a lot of pressure the last thing it needs is for me to fill it with things that aren't nutritious. Today I chose to love my body and even though all I wanted was a huge piece of cake I opted for a healthy salad. My body has thanked me for it.
Don't compare your body to the snapshots you see on social media! It's all in the power of the pose
I haven't done one of these shots for a while, so I thought it's about time I do another one. I see women posing like I have on the left, constantly on social media - imaginary heels, underwear pulled up higher to make the waist and stomach look smaller. It's really hard to look at these images and not compare your body to theirs. I wanted to let you know though, that the picture on the left is a carefully constructed image - I spent almost an hour getting it right and to be honest it was painful, my legs were shaking, I was on my tippy toes, my stomach hurt from sucking it in. These images are planned and so much work goes into perfecting the pose, manipulating the body to make it look completely different to it's natural state
Each moment of each day our bodies shift and change, from one position to another. Our bodies look completely different in each position, from each angle and that's pretty evident when you look at my body in the photo on the right. AND there is absolutely nothing wrong with that - you are beautiful and your body is beautiful from every angle and every position that it is designed to take
Don't hate it - embrace it
When my ex and I first started dating, he said he thought I was vain. I told him that I'd not liked what I saw in the mirror for about 22 years, and I'd not become comfortable in my own skin fully till I was about 25. So now I had finally fallen in love with myself, I was gonna make sure everyone else knew it too. I will tell you that I am pretty, I have a great smile, and my figure is on point. My personality is 10/10, and I'm funny AF.
When I was younger, I used to live in oversized men's clothes to hide my body, smile with my mouth closed because someone once said I looked better when I didn't smile and I never forgot it, and I thought the only good feature about my face was my eyes, that no one could see anyway because I wear glasses.
I'm not vain. I don't think I' m better than anyone else, prettier than anyone else, more deserving to walk on this earth that anyone else, but I do think I'm some kinda awesome, and anyone who disagrees can leave me alone cos I don't need that kind of negativity in my life. #bodyimage#selflove#confidence
Winnie Harlow 👑 || we've all heard people speak about "embracing your skin"; but this beautiful woman walks the talk ✨✨✨ --------------------- "...my mum use to tell me that I looked like a beautiful globe, a representation of many nations...I think she was right" 🌎❤️
Question: How Badly Do You Really Want It? #realtalk
Introducing, Alma Topete, 45, born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico. "Over the last three years, I've lost over 100 pounds. I was tired of being tired, of being fat. So I decided to take charge of my health and my body. I changed the way I ate and started to go to the gym. It was very difficult in the beginning, because I had no physical conditioning, and I was an emotional eater for a very long time. I realized that part of my difficulty in losing the weight, was that my mind was making up a lot of excuses to prevent me from my goal. I would watch myself postpone the diet or postpone exercising. One day, I wrote on a piece of paper, "What would happen if I lost the weight" and on another piece of paper I wrote, "What would happen if I didn't lose the weight". I would look at both pieces of paper to keep me motivated. I realized how badly I wanted to lose the weight, so I stopped making excuses, and found a way to lose the weight. When you want something bad enough, you will find the way!"
Day 248 of 365 days of Planet Real Talk
#Flashback to the days of carrying fortisips around the Melbourne suburbs with me ✌🏻😎❤️ Drinking nutrition supplements is nothing to be ashamed of‼️ These high energy, high protein, vitamin and mineral rich milkshakes are what helped save my life 🥛🐮👊🏻 Refeeding after an eating disorder is the body's process of gradually increasing its metabolic rate with a steady increase of intake 📈 As it gets closer to being restored, it goes through a stage of HYPERmetabolism, where the body needs a lot MORE energy to function properly, before settling back to its constant rate ✨ This is probably the hardest part for recovering anorexics like me because not only do we need to slowly increase our eating but we need to suddenly eat significantly more than the normal person would 😣🍽 This can seem almost impossible as the act of eating already is a massive challenge! How do we overcome this? Well say hello to supplement drinks 👋🏻 Throughout my recovery i went through countless Fortisip, Sustagen and Resource drinks as part of my diet in order to meet the sufficient energy intake my body needed to overcome starvation 💪🏻 I admit that YES I did get to a stage where I simply couldn't bring myself to eat any more 'real' food, meaning I got my extra calories from compact liquids. I am not ashamed of saying that I didn't restore my weight on all 'clean' all solid food diet 🥗❌ In fact its unrealistic to even consider. A lot of us struggle with beginning eating again and have to initially live off a liquid diet because the act of eating is so frightening 🍴🙈 It doesn't mean that we are too weak to manage solids or that we're taking the easy way out. I am 10 months into my recovery and I STILL have a Sustagen supplement everyday 💪🏻 Not only is a great way to help ensure my body is fuelled but gives me all the goodness of electrolytes and protein. And yes sometimes I do get a funny look when I pull out my drink at uni but I DON'T CARE! I see supplements as medicine to help my body heal and I know that's what I need right now. Don't feel embarrassed for consuming liquid calories - it's an act of bravery and a big F*CK YOU to your ED 💪🏻❤️
I think it's important to remember you never "get there". I still have moments where I don't like my body and stress that I've eaten too much of this or not enough of that. But they're few and far between compared to how it used to be. And I'm able to bounce back quicker.
If you've got a "I'll be happy when I have healed all of these challenges with food and my body" belief, let it go sista.
You'll never "get there". No one ever gets there. But it will get a lot a lot easier. ✨
That skinny little thing on the left.... Yep, that was me.
Under Eating, restricting calories, training twice a day most days and feeling AWFUL. Did I loose weight, yeah at first and then plateaued and lost a tonne of muscle! Not to mention I lost a heap of my hair, lost my period, my skin was dull, no libido among other issues. I hated myself, had terrible body image and would constantly feel anxious and guilty around food. WHY LIVE LIKE THIS? IS IT WORTH IT? NO!!! There is more to health and fitness than simply being "shredded" or looking a certain way. Mindset and having a healthy relationship with food, knowing how to train effectively, knowing how to fuel your body to support your training/hormones and knowing how to enjoy a social life without restricting etc is SO vital!
Do you struggle with these things?
🔸 over training
🔸 not seeing results
🔸 healthy relationship with food
🔸 hormonal issues
🔸 fatigue / low libido / mood swings
🔸 low self esteem / confidence 🔸 lack of knowledge when it comes to training and nutrition.
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- SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT -
It’s with great excitement that I would like to announce the pre-launch of my brand new program – BODYLOVE BOOTCAMP – which kicks off next Monday the 1st of May in Brisbane!
Comprising of a more holistic approach to health & fitness, this program has specifically been designed to help empower young women with the right level of knowledge and hands-on training so they can truly learn how to live a healthier, happier and more confident life in bodies they feel proud to call their own. Mind, Body + Soul.
If you would like to apply for our pre-launch round, or know of anyone who would, tag them in this post 👇🏼 and then click the link in my bio and apply NOW!
Please note, spaces are strictly limited so make sure you get in quick if you want to secure a spot! At this stage we only have 9 places left. Check my website or email me for more information on inclusions and pricing 💕
Ps. Watch this space for more exciting information over the coming days and weeks – the face of health and fitness in Brisbane is about to change! 💕 #bodyloveiscoming#selflovealways
Tag #112von365 : Hast du bereits realisiert, dass Liebe überall und immer da ist? Überschüttest du dich und andere Menschen jeden Tag mit Liebe und bist verschwenderisch mit ihr? Wir denken immer "Wenn..., dann...", doch das ist Quatsch. Wir sind dafür da, um dieses eine Leben, welches wir haben, selbst zu füllen und zu gestalten. Wer darauf wartet, dass es gestaltet wird, wird enttäuscht. Wir selbst sind für unser gesamtes Erleben verantwortlich und haben unser Leben in der Hand. Oder wie siehst du das?
Ein Hoch auf Uns 🙌🏻
I thoroughly believe in the universe,
The energy that your skin releases,
It touches other souls,
Because our souls are energy,
And our energy- our souls.
Think about that the next time you frown, or scoff.
You're negating light,
Instead I encourage you to become those things,
Be still and full of energy.
Surround yourself with the the universe of your choosing,
Whatever you hope to become.
And you can become it.
Started out with grey t-shirt on then ended up with no grey t-shirt on.😂😂at least I had my fave sports crop top on underneath 😜🖕 3km run happened this evening should have pushed myself to do 6km or 8km but was super lazy to begin with so atleast I ran. 3km is better than no km's. I guess. Meh.
// 🌈💟 I had an enlightening conversation w/my mom earlier tonight on the phone about the positive & negative effects of social media 😘. People will make their lives look so full of happiness & wanderlust 🌏. Like they never have bad days & that everyone should live their lives a certain way and everybody's body should be within a certain size range.😑
Social media has a HUGE impact on body image & self esteem of all genders. 💢 I'm sure we are all aware of that, but it didn't really hit me until today when I realized the true reason I started posting workout/yoga pics & vids 🙊. I saw other people doing it & looking AMAZING and I wanted to look amazing too. 🙋
Obviously I have grown along with my yoga practice. It's not so much about looking cool 😎 & strong in completely challenging yoga poses but more about connecting to my breath 💨, finding that balance & inner peace that does exist within me & not just building my physical strength but my internal strength as well 🔆. But it hasn't always been this way.
There was a time where I let social media in one way or the other determine what I should look like, what my life should be like, what things I (thought) I was into, & even what I should wear 😲 Yikes. But as I continued to post these (ungenuine) posts of me working out & doing yoga I started to actually really get into them 👍 and this allowed me to realize that I had a true passion for Health & Wellness. 🌿
This is where the positive effects of social media come in 🌸 I wouldn't have realized that I wanted to be a health coach if it weren't for social media. I wouldn't have been continuous with my yoga practice or my vegan journey 🐰 if it wasn't for all of the gifted yogis & plant based rockstars 🌟 I've followed, gotten to contact, & been inspired by over the years.
The positive & negative effects of social media are 50/50 👈. It truly depends on if you're using your account(s) to send hate 😈, negativity, and violence OR to spread (self)love, positivity, & peace. ❤
Just a tad sore 😂 Feeling great after my gym session earlier. In 2weeks I've made more progress than in easily the last 3-6 months. This might get interesting now 🤔 Day off so Ive got my organising hat on 😂😀 #nerd#cantbelieveit#quitsmoking
YOU ARE WHO YOU BELIEVE YOU ARE RIGHT NOW || Dr. Divi || "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." I just finished day 4 of an incredible intensive w/ an incredible group of women & my mentor/teacher: WOW. I feel so many things. I feel broken open. I feel connected. I feel the divine. I feel powerful. I feel inspired. I feel scared. I feel hesitant. I feel excited.
The thing that I find most hesitant about is social media. For many years, it has been a powerful & beautiful tool for me. It has brought me ALL OF YOU (whom I love so dearly), friends, business, connections, information, inspiration & so much joy. And yet, it is also a source of resistance. Social media can very much be a source of suffering for all of us, including me. Comparison, competition & disconnection is hiding underneath all forms of social media. Whether or not we are aware of it. It can disconnect us from our purpose & lure us into a space of limitation.
I have certainly fallen into a few unhealthy habits with my phone & with social media & I know that my heart is ready for some change. I'm excited to change some things up & find a new normal that is balanced and supports all spaces of my being.
Because most of all, what I have learnt from this incredible weekend is- I am right where I am meant to be and this work that I am doing means the world to me. I just can't wait to do more of it with more of you.
I'm ready to connect, share & show up. I'm so excited.
When we met I was skinnier. But that was almost 10 years ago now & I don't have the same body or metabolism I did when I was 23. I thought if I got skinner he would love me again. It's sad that females usually assume if they were prettier, taller, skinnier, or could alter their appearance somehow that would bring happiness. It wasn't until recently that I realized that how could I expect anyone to love me if I couldn't even look at myself in the mirror & not hate the way I look. It's been a long road of recovery, & I'm not completely there yet, but I am proud of my progress & my journey ❤️
Weight Loss Motivation| Are You In Tune With Your Body Weight Set Point?
There is a theory about the body having a "fat set point". In this video, I explain my personal experience with this. I follow something called intuitive eating and over the years on my weight loss journey, I have seen my body at different weights and also have experienced losing weight, then gaining weight and being so aware and in tune with my body that now I know what triggers my body to jump to a certian weight. For example, I maintain nicely at 127lbs. At this weight, living a healthy lifestyle is my focus. I focus on eating foods that my body wants in that moment, choosing nutrient dense foods that will supply my body with the proper nutrients and energy that it needs... some days when I am disconnected to my body, I listen to my mind and go for maybe not the best choice and choose what I want instead of what I need.
When life becomes stressful and chaotic , my body will start to crave certain foods. When I am unaware of what my body is trying to tell me and do whatever I want as well as eat whatever I want, my body will jump right back up to 142lbs. Due to stress, how I handle my stress, potentially reverting back to old habits, old habits leading to familiarity and the body recognizes this pattern and behaviour and for me , my body goes to a weight its most comfortable.. 142. I believe my body does this due to the stress hormones being pumped heavily and cortisol rising and adrenals are working overtime! So this weight gain is a way of my body protectig itself... (just my own awareness and perspective)
Wach the full video to hear more! Click the link in the bio ☝️
Happy healthy ANZAC Day! Insightful Food Intell - If you're an A Type Blood Type here is a little inspiration for a healthy snack- Greek Yoghurt, Blueberries, Strawberries, Chia Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds & a beautiful Tumeric mix - yum! 😍
14 hour car rides with momma means lots of laughing, reminiscing, planning ahead, butting heads, and talking about our struggles and triumphs.... so thankful for the incredible support system I have in my life. Even when life seems to fucking suck...there is ALWAYS something to thankful for. 💚💚💚
When you're a bigger person, spandex suits can be quite a problem for #bodyimage . So when it comes to cosplaying as #catwoman , in any of her incarnations I immerse myself into a train of thought that is hyper confident, hypersexual, and hyperbole #englishjokes . I am at my most #confident when in any of my #catwomancosplay . #yearone was a highly underrated suit for #selinakyle but it's one of my favorites and any opportunity I can #genderbend Catwoman I take it....Also...CAN WE APPRECIATE HOW BANGING MY BODY LOOKS IN THIS SHOT!?! #datcakedoe#legsfordays cowl by @malmeystudios whip by @noreastwhips boots painted by me.
Look who finally has her first road bike a Specialized Dolce Sport in wine red.
After searching for months and even having buyers remorse on my first purchase. I finally came across an awesome LBS that provided exceptional service that made buying so much easier.
I'm so excited I can't wait to take her on the road.
Now she needs a name, what do you suggest?