2013 vs. 2017. When you look at the difference between these two pictures it’s quite dramatic but there were dozens of in-progress pictures between these two! This doesn’t happen overnight. My biggest tip is to not let one bad day or meal ruin your week. Progress is inevitable if you stay consistent. You don’t have to be perfect but you have to learn to bounce back from set backs! The secret to change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but building the new ❤
the taako i drew for tory’s fat taako positivity train! stylin and profilin as usual
i wanted to colour it just as a cool down! to switch things up i used a palette like @djelibaebi used for this taako design (a personal fave)! i hope that’s ok! go check out their beautiful taako design and all of their other taz art, it’s very worth your time!
The struggle is real and will always be real. Sometimes I look in the mirror and still see the girl who was 100+ pounds and freak out only to realize that I’m not that person anymore. It’s scary for me to think about where Ill be 6 months to a year from now. Will I gain will I lose…. these are thoughts that go through my head more than I like to admit. It can be mentally exhausting. All I can tell you right now is that I’m going to keep on pushing.
One big reason so many people fail is because they workout for a couple weeks and either don’t see results or they don’t see enough result. Too many people quite too damn early. Be patient. Results WILL come with persistent workouts and cleaning up your diet.
Hi babes, I’ve been getting a ton of asks about fitness and health so I wanted to make a bigger more generalized post about it!!! DISCLAIMER: I am not a trainer or nutritionist or a doctor- these are just some tips I’ve learned along the way that have helped me!!
-For cardio to burn fat: HIIT. High Intensity Interval Training. Basically, you need to run for 20 or 30 minutes, alternating between walking and sprinting. You can do this on a treadmill, track, or even outside your house, whatever works!! 30 seconds of running and 90 seconds of walking is a good balance for me. This is the best way to burn fat!!! But you have to be consistent with it. Patience is key!
-Muscle burns fat, so incorporate strength training! Google some exercises to do with any weights you have in your house, or just do body weight exercise. Pushups, curlups, and pullups are all great!
-Get some sun!! Vitamin D is very important to overall health. Yes, excessive tanning or any tanning booth usage is damaging, but an hour or so of sun while wearing an SPF is very good for you!
-Drink Water. I know you’ve already heard it a million times. Just do it.
-Eat a diet high in protein and vegetables, and lower in carbs to increase muscle and burn fat! This is what works for me, but you can get a more personalized diet from your doctor. In general, reducing processed/boxed foods is always your best bet!!
I’m going to cut right to the chase on this one… The belief that cardio is for fat loss and weight training is for muscle building is the number one misconception of the fitness industry.
Avoiding the weight room out of a fear of getting bigger or putting off the weight training until you’ve lost body fat from doing solely cardio WILL NEVER WORK. First of all, lets talk cardio. Does it burn body fat? Yes. You will burn calories doing only cardio. BUT our bodies are smarter than we give them credit for being. Lets say you’re running on the treadmill for 30 minutes every day at the same speed, same incline, same intensity. After a few weeks, our bodies adapt. We were built to survive, so when we are constantly putting our bodies under the same situation, they learn how to do whatever the task is while expending less and less energy. This means that after a while you will not be burning nearly as much energy to get in your cardio session as you were when you started. So, you either have to do 45 minutes now or an hour….but guess what? In a few weeks you are going to run into the exact same situation. Doesn’t sound very effective for weight loss does it?
Lets look at resistance training now. Lets super simplify this: I pick up a dumbbell and I raise it up over my head 15 times and then my arms are tired. Why? Because I have expended a great deal of energy (aka calories) to complete this task. Yep. You got it. I’m burning calories lifting weights. Lets say after a few weeks of using this dumbbell my arms aren’t quite getting tired anymore after 15 reps. I grab a slightly heavier dumbbell and do the same move 15 times and my arms are tired again. BOOM. Back to burning up energy. Is this over simplified? Absolutely. But my point is that weight training has this reputation for only being effective for getting bigger when in reality a well planned weight training routine will always burn more calories than cardio. Are your muscles going to get bigger? Probably a little bit, you’ll notice more tone and definition. Are you going to get super buff and masculine looking? Not unless that is your goal. I don’t think people understand just how much focused and intense work goes into building large bulky muscles. It doesn’t happen on accident. A good weight training routine will burn fat, will give you more defined toned muscles, and will always be more effective than running around in circles.
Now, one more thing. I am by no means telling you to cut out the cardio. Cardio is so important for a healthy heart, it can be great for warming up before a weight session, and it can even be good to accelerate muscle recovery on a day off from the weights. Cardio is an important part of every fitness routine. That being said, it is just that: a PART of your routine. It is not the only part, and for weight loss it is not the most important part.