Soon after the pandemic hit, social media was lit up with all sorts of online fitness challenges. About a month ago, I was tagged by who I consider now to a one of my new fitness accountability partners, for a 25 Day Push Up Challenge. As a part of her obligation, she needed to nominate a new person everyday of the challenge to do 25 pushups a day while raising awareness for mental illness.
For those who know me, I'm always up for a challenge. And at that point, I had fallen into another episode of stagnacation (a stagnant vacation) and needed a quick boost into my next level of fitness. It took about a week for me to prepare my mental, but I eventually got started. (Tauruses have to take a moment to change course, but when we do... we get results!)
At the end of the challenge, I'd actually gained a few new friends who cheered me along with comments on my posts. I call those friends my new accountability partners. We still continue to push each other just like we did in the challenge. Overall it was a rewarding experience and it inspired me to start a new challenge with a new direction.
Starting October 1, I'll be hosting my own #AAAChallenge and anyone who would like to participate can let me know by tagging me everyday on social media so I can comment, like, and share your posts. This challenge has 3 parts to it to keep you focused.
Affirmation- These positive statements about yourself, whether you believe them or not, will start to reprogram your brain at a subconscious level. (As a man thinketh, so is he.) Say these statements out loud every day. Feel free to make adjustments to the affirmations as you feel the need.
Action- Choose an exercise or activity you would like to perform everyday for the next 25 days and post a video or picture of you performing it. Theories suggest it takes 21 days to form new habits... I give you a few more days for errors.
Accountability- We fall off because we don't have the support. Tagging me and other friends along this journey will make the journey that much more exciting. Seeing the progress of others will usually inspire and keep the desire fresh and new. We support each other by commenting and giving positive words of support.
How TO Participate
Copy and paste this next section as the text for all your posts. Add and make adjustments to the Affirmations, Actions, and Accountability sections as you feel necessary.
Today is day 1 of my new 25 day #fitnesschallenge for October. My #AAAChallenge is about Affirmation, Action, and Accountability.
Affirmation | Everyday I tell myself
•I am beautiful
•I am 10 pounds lighter
•I am a weight loss success story
Action | Everyday I perform
•a 45 minute fat burning activity (heart rate in the fat burning zone)
Accountability | I’ve got an amazing set of fitness friends that inspire me to keep striving on the daily basis. Thank you @bigbonedfitness
I am looking forward to seeing my results on day 25.
#weightlossjourney #weightlossstory #thickandfit #fattofit #plussizefitness
I am looking forward to interacting with all my new accountability partners by commenting, sharing, and liking your posts!!! Good luck!
I was inspired to write this article after I ordered a pair of tights online that were too small. I'd waited over a week to get them, only to be disappointed when jumping to get into them did not work for me. Because I loved the tights so much, I now had to send them back, wait for reimbursement, order a new pair, and wait another week. Too many spontaneous disappointments begin to eat away at time and money you could be using to enjoy your best life!! So here are a few good points to consider when shopping online.
#1- Know Thy Own Measurements
The easiest way to find your measurements is to measure yourself. You will be amazed at how easy it is take your measurements. Most people do not own a tape measure. But here's great news... They are cheap and inexpensive! If you do not own a tape measure, please visit Ebay and grab one for less than $4 with free shipping. This is the same exact one I've had for over a decade. It has never faded or frayed. I simply roll it up and put it away in a drawer until the next time I need to measure myself. Tape Measure from Ebay.
How To Measure-- There are three main measurements you will need to grab; the bust (chest), waist, and hips. Wrap the tape measure around all three areas (one at a time) and wrote those numbers down on a sticky note somewhere. Whenever you lose weight (or gain weight), you will want to measure yourself again.
#2- Look For The Size Guides
Size guides are charts or graphs that will help you to decide the size of the garment that will fit your body best. Unless you are familiar with how a particular brand or label's clothes fit, it will be helpful to compare your measurements with the measurements listed on the size guides. And now that you know your personal measurements, you can plug those numbers into the size guides posted with virtually all retailers online. For example, if your measurements are Bust (44inch), Waist (36inch), and Hip (49inch), you will see those measurements fall into size 1 for this company.
Just one thing to remember, although these guides are very helpful, they are not always perfect. You may have to make adjustments to the size if your hips are very large in proportion to your bust and waist. In this case you will have to account for other factors not listed in this article to find a good match.
#3- virtual dressing rooms
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the virtual dressing room is becoming popular again. Most retailers have closed their fitting rooms until conditions are better. As a result, many of the larger retailers have teamed up with third party developers to create online virtual fitting rooms and 3D avatars to help you select the best size. This also helps retailers by cutting the costs associated with returns from clothes that don't fit.
So with that information I hope your shopping experience will be a more productive and less frustrating when you receive clothes that fit the first time around!!
We are so pleased to announce that we offer Weight Loss Bracelets in our new Etsy store. Whether you need energy for everyday living or to take your endurance to the next level, there is a bracelet for you. And to make sure you get optimal results, we have suggested a few Weight Loss Affirmations for daily motivation!!
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So get your energy up! Get ready for your next level! Visit our Etsy store to find a Weight Loss Bracelet to suit your needs!
One of my biggest fears about pregnancy was the stretch marks that I would receive during my pregnancy. I have enough stretch marks on my hips from when I was young. I was not interested in anymore. I heard women say that stretch marks are the battle scars they embrace from child birth. I've seen the images of the stretch marks and I just could not accept that there was nothing I could do to prevent them. So I researched and found a recipe that I used from the end of month 5 until I had my son. As a result, I had one teeny tiny little stretch mark. I am a satisfied customer.
But nonetheless, I decided to go public and make this serum available to anyone else who would like to prevent stretch marks. My thoughts while I researched was, hey, it is worth the shot... if it works then whoo hoo!.. If it doesn't then I will wear my battle scars with pride as well... either way, I had to try something. And it paid off, AND it was less expensive than plastic surgery.
There are there main ingredients, neroli oil, lavender, and mandarin essential oils. The magical ingredient is neroli oil. It has properties that help to improve the elasticity of the skin.
The best time to start using this serum is about month five of your pregnancy.
Your unborn fetus will love how this massage feels. By the time your baby arrives, he or she will be ready for the world! I know my son came here ready to cuddle!
When I was first introduced to the idea of meal prep, it was from my fellow "gym rat" co worker trainers at a gym I used to work. They would always tell their clients to meal prep for the week to make sure you have enough to eat. It's an opportunity to put your brain on siesta mode without having to actually make a decision about what to eat. This is an "Easy" button we all need to have. But where I kept getting in trouble and veering off the plan was that part about making the same thing every day. EVERY DAY. Soon I started going back to my ways of "take out" and ordering food I didn't need to eat just because I needed variety in my life. My palette deserves spontaneity and variety. I didn't really give up on meal prep, but as I continued to move my journey forward, it hit me out of nowhere, an amazingly easy way to meal prep and freeze meals without eating the same thing every day, unless the entree was very tasty and an encore was needed. But preparing the meals is not a departure from how food is already prepared.
My plan starts with the use of a crockpot. In my plan here I'm not outlining the recipes, but I'm providing the idea that will walk you through the process. Once you see how easy this process is, you can use it to prep any other type of dish.
After Just three days of working this process with your favorite meals, you could have 24 servings for lunch in your freezer. And this is important. Instead of buying all these TV dinners, you now have made your own TV dinners at a fraction of the price.
Just a few things to note...
Life is too short to have to constantly think about what you are going to eat every day. Get an easy process that keeps that palette engaged... Set it and forget it!
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