how to achieve a great body

Submitted by @professor-pootis

Hey! I’m considering buying a body-kun, but before I go for it, I’d like to know how well he can take to the poses I illustrated below (highlighted areas being of particular interest to me; to what degree can body-kun slouch? to what degree can his arms and legs bend?)

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If you can help me with this, I would immensely appreciate it haha. And please feel free to let me know if this is the wrong place to ask.

Thanks!

PS. great blog, awesome cause :)

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Admin: Alas, you’ve found most of body-kun’s weaknesses.  Here’s a rundown.

This is the full range of motion body-kun can achieve in regards to a “curling over the knees” pose.  It’s what I consider the greatest limitation.

This is as close as he can get to achieving the forearms together pose in your second sketch.  (Sorry bout the gun; he was… in the middle of something.)

I think he does the forward slouch pretty well, but again, this is about as far as he can bend at the waist and ribs.

He can raise his arm as in your fourth sketch, but as with most dolls, it’s from shoulder rotation.  The deltoids end up in an unnatural position, but the good news is that you can rotate his arm at the biceps/triceps a full 360 degrees so the elbow faces forward, to the side, etc.  As long as you have the anatomical knowledge to fill in the armpit/deltoids, this one is acceptable in my opinion.

The Second House - The House of Possessions

This is the second part of a twelve part series briefly explaining how the signs work in each house. Enjoy!

The Second House is known as the house of possessions because it represents the things we own in life, whether it be material goods or the possessions of ourselves as people with emotions, talents, needs, wants, etc. In today’s time the way we use our second house is by owning things to make our lives better, like owning a house to have a roof over your head, but often times the resources vary, and can also be like making a living out of singing. It is also a representation of our self confidence and self esteem. It is how we project ourselves to the world of what we aim to be. “The First House impulse is to create, and the Second House is to ask if that creation is sustainable.” 

*Do note that the houses are also influenced by the planets they are in, however, I am only discussing the signs and their influences.

Aries in the Second House: With this placement, competitiveness is a large factor. The way you choose to achieve greatness is by always trying to be better than someone else, even a past version of yourself. You always want to continue pushing forward and you’re willing to push your body to its limits as well. Very headstrong, you have the ability to be a leader at work, maybe even CEO. 

Taurus in the Second House: Taurus is the natural ruler of the second house so it is comfortable here. You seek for peace and serenity in its most simplistic form. You want to dig your hands into the dirt, be one with nature, and this is how you put your resources out into the world. You want to heal the earth and the people in it. Very stable, you are a person who is confident in themselves.

Gemini in the Second House: For you, your greatest tool for success is your great ideas and skillful ways of communicating. You can talk up ideas of how to make money, sometimes not achieving them, but you are able to adapt to any financial situation. What you wish for in life is not so much materialistic things but rather things that hold a sentimental value.

Cancer in the Second House: Emotions and the strong impact they have on us play a key part in this placement. You use emotions and seeing beyond the physical to make better decisions for yourself. If you are not financially secure it can cause you to feel weary and stressed. You take pleasure in nurturing others and it can very well become the way you establish your career. 

Leo in the Second House: Believe it or not, but your greatest resource in life is you. You use your charm, and the fact that people like you, to act as a leader. You are confident in standing up for yourself and others. As a Leo, you aim for the pleasures in life and showing others that those are the tools for happiness. Most importantly, you wish for people to admire you and your greatness. 

Virgo in the Second House: Your greatest resource is your thought process and your want to understand everything as a whole. You want to use the information you’ve gathered to build a life of stability. You are very detail oriented and intricate in the ways of planning something to create the best possible outcome. Everyone has a job and you ensure to help them know that for not just your sake but everyone’s sake. 

Libra in the Second House: If there is one skill most people seek to do well in any profession is having people skills. With this placement, you are in luck because that is your greatest asset. Partnership is important to you so you’re a natural peacemaker who wants to ensure everyone gets along. You feel most secure when you are linked to others and have a strong sense of balance with your emotions. 

Scorpio in the Second House: There is an intense energy with this placement because of the strong Pluto influences. Your greatest strength is asking to see the things society wishes to not see. You are not afraid to seek truth in whatever form it is, may it be taboo, sex, obsessions, subjects most people feel uncomfortable to talk about. You have the ability to endure the darkest depths of life in order to help heal yourself and others for greater change.

Sagittarius in the Second House: As ever growing as the Sagittarius is, you are always looking for new ways to be the best you can be. You have a strong thirst for knowledge and you use it to improve your life. You like to spend money on only the basics so you do not wish for a higher income like most. You’re not afraid to take risks with money which can be a positive attribute because you do not let money control your life. 

Capricorn in the Second House: Like most, you seek financial security and you are willing to work very hard for it. You may see that you might have to work harder than others to seek this greatness or even relying on the help of others. You can be cheap in your spending because you’d rather get by in life with the simple things than to spend extravagantly. An authoritative figure, you can be an entrepreneur since you are smart in your business affairs. 

Aquarius in the Second House: In this day and age, with the advancement of technology, you can benefit the most out of it because you have a keen interest on what is new and innovative. Although, you still seek your freedom and independence from the world, you may find yourself wanting to live off the grid. Your strongest desire in life is to seek the proper value in the materialistic world and combine it with the spiritual world. 

Pisces in the Second House: You seek love in the world so to you money is something that cannot give you love. Because of this, money or the desire of financial security is not the greatest importance in your life. This can cause problems in your life because it can put you in financial troubles that can even affect your loved ones. Make sure that you learn how to budget to spread your love the best way possible. 

MAGI 350 Full Spoiler Translation.

Disclaimer: i only to this for fun, to share it with you guys, and to practice my japanese :) which is very basic so keep in mind that i could be completely mistaken in some parts.  This is just a fan translation of incomplete spoilers so: Don’t forget to support the official releases of Magi!

Source: From Tieba Baidu’s Japanese scans and from Jump.Netabare’s texts ^^

@maumauxmau @sayakakat2012


UPDATE:  I added the jump-Netabare info that was missing. I checked it while looking at the korean scans so i would be able order it as if the texts were the in word balloons ( you can read it that way if you want to, while you look at the pics on the korean scans) ^^


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Narration:

Alibaba’s capacity goes beyond Sinbad’s imagination… What is destiny’s outcome!?

Ugo: Are you saying we bind an Alliance with the gods that are like Ill Illah?

Ugo: Since the Alma Torran era, God was always the target of worship, although it was a colossal evil thing that was ought to be repelled*.

TN: that should be repelled*

Aladdin: Why hasn’t anyone come up with this until now?

Alibaba: Sinbad-san thought of it! It’s amazing!

Sinbad: ……!



Night 350: The Impossible great business

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anonymous asked:

Hey guys! So I just want to start off by saying that your blog is my secret indulgence. I've been very stressed with university lately and always know that I'll feel 100% better after reading some of your stuff. I was actually told off by the librarian the other day when I smirked too loudly after reading one of your fluff stories. I am proud! XD Anyway, I was wondering how the guys would react to their s/o being in labour & the delivery room? I can totally imagine Prompto fainting XD

Anon, I literally snorted when I read this. 

The fact that you were scolded for laughing at our stories? Aboslute gold. I’ll never get over that (and now I’m a little curious as to what story you were reading when you got caught 😂)

I’m thrilled to hear that our simple little stories have been helping you get through the stress and struggle of being a university student.

Both Leigh and I are full time students ourselves, so trust me when I say we get it.

With all of that said, let’s bring on the fluff!

As per your request, there may or not be a fainting blonde in the midst of all of the “baby is coming” excitement 🎀

Song: “End Of The Road” by Umphrey's McGee


Prompto would- well, you guessed it: be lying in a heap on the hospital room floor, a mess of limbs and feelings; unable, at first, to handle the sight of his lover embarking on the childbirth process. Once he had awoken, he’d shake off his embarrassment and swallow his anxiety to focus in on his s/o. While he wouldn’t exactly know how to go about being useful in the conventional way, he would end up resorting to the one thing he does best: making people smile. Pulling puns, jokes, and quips out of his back pocket, Prompto would be cracking the entire room up, as laughter and grins filled the air and lightened the mood dramatically. His s/o would be, although decidedly cramped and troubled from the pain, deeply appreciative to have her mind kept away from the matters at hand, looking to Prompto’s pink cheeked expression for positivity. Odds are, the camera would be whipped out every now and again to capture the beaming couple’s excited faces leading up to the big moment. A stellar scrapbook would come about within a few weeks of the birth.

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Worried - Part 2 - Request

Originally requested by anon:  can you do one where Sherlock comes home from a long case which he finally solved but is beaten up and and bruised and he doesn’t understand why is reader is so worried because Sherlock + human emotions = ?
Sequel requested by @wefracturedmotivation:  PART TWO PLEEEEAAAAASSEEEEE! & @eliselulu23​:  Part 2 Pleaseeeeeer

Pairing: Sherlock x reader

Word count: 21,02

Warnings: None.

A/N: I felt like this had to be done now, or else it wouldn’t work and even so I have my doubts, so here it is!

Enjoy!

|Part 1|

Sherlock fell deeply asleep after a while. It was unfair to keep waking up (Y/N) just for the sake of keeping his attention need alive, so he nuzzled against her and allowed her to rest.

The next morning, (Y/N) woke up first, but Sherlock didn’t let her move out of bed so she had to wait until he was up.

“Morning.” He greeted nonchalantly.

“How are you feeling?” She instantly asked. Sherlock rolled his eyes playfully and chuckled.

“I can’t believe the first thing you think about in the morning is how worried you are for me.” He said, moving to his side to free (Y/N) from his grip.

“Sher… Don’t make me explain myself again.” She begged.

“I’m fine… I told you I just needed some sleep.” He assured her. (Y/N) doubted his words and so Sherlock sat up – only complaining once – and lifted his pyjama shirt to show her the bruises. They were darker, but they were no longer swollen. “Turns out you’re a better doctor than Watson.” He joked.

“You’re still not absolutely fine, Sher.” She insisted and got out from the bed.

“Where are you going?” He inquired. (Y/N) looked back at him with a tender smile.

“To make breakfast… You only drank tea last night, and since the case is over its time for you to eat.” And before Sherlock argued, she opened the door and walked out.

Sherlock sighed heavily and followed her out. He was still limping, and no matter how much he tried to hide it, (Y/N) noticed which resulted in her doing the face.

It was a brand new concept Sherlock had developed the night before while he admired (Y/N) sleeping. She was calm when she wasn’t thinking of the bruises covering his body, and so it was easier for Sherlock to differentiate the face she did when she saw him walking out of the room from the rest of her worried faces. It was some kind of “you’re still not fine” mixed with a “I told you to take care”, and even when Sherlock found it hilarious, she was dead serious.

“Don’t look at me like that, I’m fine.” Sherlock gave her a mocking smile.

“Limping isn’t fine.” (Y/N) insisted as she started looking for anything edible, moving the Ziploc bag with eyeballs away. Sherlock didn’t argue, instead he observed how natural she was around the flat, without even caring for the dead people’s body parts, something Watson had never achieved during his time at Baker Street.

(Y/N) took another Ziploc bag out, it contained fingers. “Great idea,” Sherlock spoke, “chicken fingers.”

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anonymous asked:

How do you come up with poses??

Hi Anon,

I’m not exactly sure which answer you are looking for, but I hope that you will find it in this dreadfully lengthy response. 

In my opinion, drawing a pose requires the understanding of two different but related things: human form and body language. Either can be achieved by observing people, each in a different way. 

The first is by learning the many aspects of anatomy, which is an endless path of repeated exercises. For body language, you have to look at how people hold themselves when they behave in a certain way. Live drawing is great, as it teaches you both at the same time.  

Just watching people be, doing stuff, interacting with each other, has provided for great material that I can apply to my own characters, especially regarding their personality. 

However, their personality isn’t necessarily why I portray them in a certain way. Instead, it’s based on how I want other people to see them as (for example, drawing an antagonist, but not explicitly showing they are one).

Taking into consideration who the character is and what I’d like to express about them, the formula for the pose itself would be something like:
Angle + form of the body + gesture + facial expression = final pose. 

I could give you so many examples for every part of this quickly invented formula, however for the sake of this response, I’ve doodled one example in which I’ve combined all these elements, and elaborate on associating a pose with body language. Please note that this is my personal interpretation!

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how to be infj 101
  • _infj: i really want to have a gorgeous body, being tall and all that, and read 10000 books, and write 100 novels, and draw like chiara bautista.
  • _infj: *writes down her goals in her journal, boasting about how great she will be* this day! today is the day for a fresh start! the day that i will change and do something for me
  • a few months later
  • _infj: *didn't lift a finger to achieve her goals because procrastination at its finest* why me? is it that hard to have something that i really want? why is life betraying me? why?
  • _infj: *takes out her journal* ok! this is the day! i have my to-do list! today! yeah! let's go! FIGHTING!
  • one year later
  • _infj: *whining while watching some tv show about the power of hard working and stuffing her face with popcorn. in other words, still doing nothing*
  • _infj: why meee? why is it so hard to achieve something I want? why? am i not good enough? why others can do shit and not me?
  • _intp: because...hard work?
  • _infj: but i work just as hard
  • _intp: i hate you
Hair magick

I already talked about tea magick, so I decided I should also discuss another underappreciated form of craft that is perfect for secret witch: hair magick.
This is very, very powerful and non suspicious form of magick which is not practiced commonly.
You could ask why I think it’s powerful? Well, hair are part of your body. They hold your energies, intentions and in some traditions even your powers. During witch trials every witches’ head was being shaved to make her weak and powerless. Some cultures do not cut their hair at all or cut them only if big accomplishment were achieved.
By adding your hair to spell you bind it to yourself, making it almost impossible to affect anyone but you.
I personally consider it as powerful as blood magick.

Ok, this is great. But how do I practice it?
Traditionally you would cut piece of hair and add it to spell you are already crafting.
But as all of craft hair magick evolved too. So, today hair magick can be adding piece of hair to spell and binding it to you, thus making it more personal and stronger or using hairstyles as a spell itself

You can also take some hair from your hairbrush, twist it into something ‘rope’ like and do knot spell on it. (I did glamour that way. It was very strong. I almost looked like goddess of some kind and have to break it bc I got too much attention.)

Now you must surely wonder: hairstyles? How? Isn’t it ridiculous?

And that’s exactly the reason I’m writing this post. As I said hair magick is very underappreciated and I find it fun and fashionable way to do my craft. Your body is your shrine and every spell made on part of your body is powerful because of it.

Hair magick spells can be (and mostly are) wordless, because focusing on your intention is all that it takes for it to work.

I don’t understand. Could you give some examples?

Hair magick is all about personal associations. Everyone has different, right? So I’m going to give you some ideas about mine associations and spells and you are going to decide if they suit you, ok? You can always make your own for your practice ;)

Hairstyles
3 strand braids: knot spells, basically universal usage. Can be used for everything except curses.
(Twisted?) Ponytails: ‘getting things straight’, motivation, ‘getting job done’,
4 and 5 strand braids: combo spells. For example: combined good luck and money spell to help you win some money. Use for complex goals and long term wishes. Braid ribbon/s into them to connect two spells and add more power to them.
Messy Buns: ani-anxiety spells, anti stress spells, spells to make you get rid of unwanted thoughts
Braid Crowns: honoring your gods if you have ones, glamour, confidence spells
Curls: binding and curses to ‘wrap your target around your finger’ (be careful with curse to not attache it accidentally to yourself!)
Waves: honoring water element, getting hold on your emotions, emotional healing
Twists: getting rid of obstacles,
Chinese Staircase Ponytail: wish spells (this one is very effective. You can find out how to do in on YouTube)

That’s all I have for now. Hope it helped a little and opened you to new kind of fun in your practice!

imke14  asked:

Hey, I was wondering if you have any tips about lunging? A haflinger I ride is super stiff (especially on his right side) and right now I'm focussing on just getting him to relax instead of bucking and pulling away while lunging. But I don't know how to make him engage his core and step underneath himself once he's ready to do some real lunge work. I do use poles at a walk already though and intend to use them in trot too once he's finally calm enough to focus on things like that.

Usually my answer to horses bucking and pulling on the lunge line is to jettison the lunge line and free lunge them until they have learned how to behave all by themselves, but that is largely because I’ve never had formal line lungeing instruction, and also because if a horse pulls hard on me, they’ll pull my collarbone out of joint. This is also only an option if you have a fenced lunge ring; plus free lungeing isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. 

I’m going to assume that free lungeing isn’t the solution here, particularly because you say he’s stiff, which could definitely be behind his bucking and his leaning. Leaning to the outside makes me think that he’s relying on the lunge line to an extent for balance, and that will only be corrected as he gets stronger and more flexible. 

When I’m working with a horse who rushes, whether in hand, on the lunge, under saddle, wherever, I like to take them all the way down to a walk. Walking work is easier on you, because you have more time to see what’s going on and more time to correct them, and both easier and harder on the horse, because they aren’t needing to run to stay on top of their feet, but they also can’t use momentum to propel themselves through an awkward spot. From what you’ve said, I imagine that you’re already doing a lot of walking work, which is great. Also, please forgive me if you know much of what I’m about to say, but I think going through the anatomy and the physics of how a horse’s body works is useful when it comes to figuring out how to improve their movement.

So to get the horse engaging their core and stepping underneath themselves on a circle, they need to bend through their bodies. Bending through the neck is relatively easy - horses can achieve the most flexion at the point where their neck and their thorax meet - but bending through their back is harder, as there’s not much room for lateral flexion in the spine. They can increase bend through their trunk by rotating their ribcage as well - you see this on small circles, when the ribs to the inside kind of contract and the ribs on the outside open up. The motion of their limbs also contributes to the degree of bend. For any sort of bending/sideways movement, there are two types of motion of the limbs: abduction and adduction. Abduction is the term used when the horse steps out to the side with a leg, away from its body. Adduction refers to the horse bringing a leg across the centre of its body, towards its centre of mass. When we talk about horses stepping underneath themselves, we are talking about adduction.

When a horse travels on a circle, ideally they should be bent through the body. This means that the inside hind needs to step up and underneath the horse to support its weight. The adductor muscles in the hind leg are the ones that run from the pelvis to the inside of the femur and tibia - the adductor, the gracilis, sartorius and medial semimembranosus (i.e. the semimembranosus on the inside of the leg). (There’s a nice little FB post on the gracilis here.)

Picture lifted from the Science of Motion website, but no idea what book they originally took it from. The adductor muscle itself is sort of buried in the middle of all the other muscles.

Showing the location of the semimembranosus and the gracilis from behind.

Anyway, when a horse adducts its hind leg, these muscles contract to pull it across the body. Effectively, any sort of work that encourages the horse to step sideways and underneath itself will strengthen these muscles, such as leg yielding. Since I am awful at lateral work, I will add some tags at the end of this for people who actually know what they’re talking about with lateral work, and will focus instead on what I do myself.

So Abba does not like adducting her hind legs one little bit, which is presumably tied to the lump and divot of muscle in her one haunch. With her what I’ve done is an exercise which I picked up from Buck Brannaman’s 7 Clinics and was then re-taught by my trainer. Basically, while the horse is walking a calm controlled circle around you, every so often you roll the hind end over. By that I mean you walk to the hip and the horse makes a much smaller circle around you, which means they are now being compelled to step much more deeply beneath themselves with that inside hind. Abba being Abba, she takes as many small steps as she possibly can, sort of shuffling her hind end sideways, before she gives up and does the hard work of bringing the inside hind forward and across her outside hind. I filmed this today, so will tag you in the video once it uploads. 

At first, as soon as you get one step of adduction, you reward the horse for that and then let them go out on the bigger circle once more, but as they get better at it, then you can ask for more steps where the horse is crossing over with that inside hind. Ideally, though, you want to get to a point where you don’t need to roll the hind end over and away from you to get the horse consistently adducting that inside hind. Also, whilst I start out with it at the walk, you can entirely progress with this to the trot. 

This is the main exercise I’ve used with Abba to get her stepping up and underneath herself with that hind leg. Another one that I’ve used from time to time is really very similar, it just involves laying out a flask-shaped or even just triangular grid of poles, and then leading or riding the horse in, and asking them to turn around within the triangle/bottom part of the flask. The deeper into the corners they go, the further underneath themselves they need to step in order to make the bend they need to get out of the corner again. The challenge here is that they cannot step outside the poles. Abba likes to cheat on this one as well, by going deep into only one corner and cutting off the other one. 

Ground poles and cavaletti are fantastic for getting the horse to start using themselves properly, particularly when you string several of them together in a row. You can do a series of ground poles raised on alternate ends, so that as the horse goes through them they have to alternate between really engaging the protractor muscles on each side. Protraction is the forward movement of the limb, and again, the protractor muscles in the haunches and hind limbs are involved in allowing the horse to step up and underneath itself. Strengthening these muscles (the tensor fascia lata, the quadriceps and the digital extensors) increases the horse’s ability to track up, and this is where polework is so good, because the horse has really got to use the protractor muscles to get the hind limbs up to clear the poles. 

Original image from Gillian Higgins’ Horses Inside Out. The digital extensors are not labelled, but are the pink part running down the front of the gaskins.

I’d say that for improving the strength of the protractor muscles in the hind end you really can’t go wrong with poles. Start simple, with single poles spread out across your circle, build up from there. The more poles you string together, the harder it becomes. 

It’s also fun, when the horse is stronger and fitter, to vary the height and the distance of the poles, so that they have to figure out how to adjust their striding on the fly. I’ll sometimes give Abba say a ground pole, followed by two raised cavaletti, and then maybe another two ground poles, which last will have a shorter striding than the rest of the line. When first encountering these sorts of questions her answer was either to stand on the poles (a very bad answer, make sure they are wearing boots, in case the pole breaks beneath their weight), or to treat the two poles as a long jump. Now that she is stronger and better balanced, she is capable of shortening and going through them like her legs are pogo sticks, which is still not quite right, but a definite improvement.

Obviously, stretches will help as well, particularly the usual carrot stretches, but I imagine you are well aware of them!

One final lungeing solution: lunge on a slope, if there is one available. Encourage the horse to slow as they go down the slope, and keep them moving forward as they go up the slope. You can put poles along the lower part of the circle, for added effort. 

So those are the basic exercises I do with Abba to encourage her to use her hind end better. I’m going to tag @mievzar-equus for further and more sciencey input, plus @heartofhorselords and @clickerhorse, who know more about proper in-hand work than I do. I hope this is useful, and not too much of the same old, same old. And I shall get on with those videos as well.

Appreciate her for every little thing she does, for the efforts she never fails to give, and from her shortest story to the longest. Laugh at her lamest jokes, sing with her until the rain stop falling, dance with her even in the middle of the streets, cuddle with her not just on cold rainy days but on days when she feels like breaking down, smile with her even at the smallest thing, and put an effort in getting interesting things that drives her crazy. Appreciate the way she reads her books, the way she sips her coffee in the morning, and the way she comfortably sits on the couch during lazy days. Don’t get tired of sending her random messages, and be the silliest guy just to make her smile. Give her the love she deserves without second thoughts. Be there for her dreams, her success and even when she fails to achieve it.

Appreciate her even if she looks demented because of the clothes she wears. Tell her how pretty and great she is. It will make her more confident. Stay and hold her tight when her emotions play with her again at 2am. You are the only one who can calm her down when she overthinks, or the times when she’s being grumpy, nagger and bitch rolled in one breathing body. Try to understand all those senseless words and alien words coming straight from her mouth. Sometimes she doesn’t know what she’s saying when she gets mad. Fight and argue with her when she’s being pointless and when her ego is higher than the Eiffel tower in Paris, but know when to apologize to her.

Appreciate her for who she is without being neither judgmental nor asking tons of things, and adjust to fit inside her crazy world, in her crazy life, and in her broken heart. Appreciate her and she will do the same thing to you.

anonymous asked:

hey I haven't eaten anything in 3 days and yesterday has been the last day so I ate dinner and I have actually lost weight. today I'm planning on not eating then tomorrow I'll eat again so basicly I was thinking about eating a day and a day not. do you think this is a good idea? and how much weight will I lose? I'm 170cm 60kg

No this is a terrible thing to be doing. You’re destroying your metabolism, please stop this cycle and just eat clean and exercise. Losing weight isn’t worth destroying your body. Please talk to a doctor about how you can properly lose weight. They will be able to tell you how much you can/should lose and how to do so without destroying your body. 

Please don’t take this advice lightly. Your metabolism isn’t the only thing at stake here.  

Here are a few (but not limited too) things that may and will happen if you continue down this path:

- Mood swings and/or depression

- Thinking will become harder over time because youre starving your brain

- (if youre a female) could lose your period and destroy your chances of fertility

- Chronic Constipation, your digestive track works slowly resulting in not being able to poop as often and being bloated more often and for longer periods of time

- sleeping will become harder 

- MALNUTRITION !!!!

- Slow metabolism (will make it harder to lose weight later)

-  Under active thyroid hormone (causes hair loss/shuts down sex hormones/stress hormones rise)

- Low blood sugar

Some healthy ways to lose weight:

- instead of snacking on chips snack on fruit! any kind any amount

- feeling hungry? GREAT eat all the vegs you want. Google how to stir fry or just get a $3 bag of frozen vegs and go insane with the amount of possibilities (i love making stuffed peppers w/ quinoa yumm)

- replace sugary/diet drinks with water (if you dont like the plainess of water add a lemon!)

- Eat whole foods!! seriously this helps so much, eating less processed and more whole foods helps your body in so many ways

- Exercise but don’t over exercise!! your body needs to rest so it can heal and you can achieve more the next time you exercise

- Calories are not the all and end all of losing weight. 400 cals of fruits/vegs will benefit weight loss where as 400 cals of Doritos will not help at all lol.


Conclusion: 

I’m sorry if this isn’t what you were looking for but it is the truth. IT IS OKAY TO EAT, AND YOU SHOULD. Just make healthy choices and you will lose weight.

Please talk to a doctor about healthy ways to lose weight and/or tone your body and tbh you’re already at a good weight. If you want to tone up great! but please try to get off of this path of self destruction. You’re life is worth more then this. Losing weight this way isn’t worth all the side effects and long term damage it can cause. I only typed all this out because I care. I care about you and your health. I hope you can make the right decision and start off on the right path soon. Take care <3 

butterfliesandsymphonies-deacti  asked:

Hi I just started following your page and honestly your body check and transformation pictures are goals and a motivation. I was wondering how long did it take you to achieve your cw and what was the main method you used (exercise, fasting, eating healthier) I have managed to lose some weight this last month but recently I've been fasting less and eating more because of stress and stuff. Anyway, this is way to long but thank you for taking the time to read this. Have a great day and stay safe x

Thanks sweetheart.  It took me about 2 months to get to my current weight, and I have a page where I put some info about my diet and exercise routines.  Here’s the link, take care <3

http://trinityfair.tumblr.com/MyDiet&Exercise

sometimes i get uncomfortable feelings inside… with signs… feelings of unease … they can hurt
with aries it’s sort of this raw vulnerability and sort of the feeling of everything being unfamiliar like i was just dropped here and i never asked

there is a sort of lethargy i can feel in taurus but that responsibility things must be done, but the body can feel cloudy??? like, i just want to lie down and make the world go away

gemini is this feeling of quicksand, nothing is ever really stable or constant, my inner and outer world changes rapidly, i don’t know who i am, i feel nervous but i don’t know why, i feel scared of being bored

cancer is kind of this abandonment fear, as if suddenly everything you’ve ever known or loved is going to be ripped away from you and i am clawing into my arm like i am sure they claw onto things for that sense of security

leo is this intense, dominating need to always be ‘ON’ and in performance mode even though there is something like weak and scared inside

virgo is a knot in my stomach, nerves surging through me and thoughts blaring and crossing a million miles an hour i almost feel like i am just going to be consumed with this buzz of overstimulation and dread at the same time

libra i feel really fragile and i really feel alone, when i’m alone? my thoughts echo louder, i can’t settle these worries, i feel empty and ruminating on the past mistakes i’ve made with people, that sort of feeling

scorpio is like this deep, deeper than the ocean burn, a wound so buried but still so raw if it is ever touched, there is a profound isolation, what i am feeling and experiencing is not of this world, and nobody could ever understand it

sagittarius is this pressing, restless urgency to move because i feel like i am missing out on something great or brilliant and it’s this sort of discontent with the present moment cause i could be somewhere better

capricorn feels like this shadowy cape that drapes me and reminds me of my mortality, how much i haven’t achieved, how many of my own expectations i am yet to accomplish, how inadequate i am despite the potential i know i’m capable of

aquarius is just this sort of dissociation feeling, being locked way from the body and the world, this sort of fear i will float away and get lost forever in space, a million miles from everyone and everything, because thats how i feel inside

pisces feels of this inability to cope with the present reality. it kind of hurts. noises are loud. i want to be somewhere else so badly. i am tired, so tired i could sleep until death

i guess with the good comes the bad. as dr jung says, No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell. …
-Cherry

anonymous asked:

How do u feel about people using u as thinspo?

I am happy to have people who usually follow thinspo/pro ed blogs to find my blog and my progress and find me as inspiration, because while following my blog and seeing my programs and seeing me answer asks like this one, they will soon find out that I don’t starve myself to have my body. :) everything I have achieved is through a HEALTHY lifestyle eating an ABUNDANCE of food while feeling great longterm. 💗 I specifically want girls to know that they can be fit and slim like me through HEALTHY means! :) yes, I technically am “thin” but it’s through healthy means, you can get thin the healthy way while eating tons of food, never starving, and feeling amazing! 😊 for ex I just got finished eating fried spring rolls and now I’m going out for ice cream :) so happy for my progress and photos to attract girls who normally only follow unhealthy blogs, but I attract them to my blog and help them through recovery and find the HEALTHY way to lose weight, get fit, and keep it off. ❤️ Starving isn’t how to lose weight and keep it off long term!

Keto Tips

I’m updating my links on my page, so I wrote this out from a ton of things I’ve read and learned. 

Keep Calm and Keto On
  • Drink Water. - This is really overlooked by most Keto beginners. You can prevent a lot of the “Keto Flu” by getting enough water. If you have a hard time drinking water add a squeeze of Lemon in it! 
  • Protip for Water - Don’t count Tea or Coffee in your water intake. These are diuretics and actually dehydrate you. 

  • Clean out the house. It’s hard to stay on track if you have anything in your cupboards that can stray you away from your goal. If you still live at home ask your parents/roomies if you can have one cupboard to yourself to help you stay on track. This is the best way to exercise temptation although it seems a little extreme. Try and give the stuff away to friends if you aren’t too hot on just throwing it away. 

  • Make alternative “Treats" Many people, including myself, use food as a reward. i also used it as a way to feel better, maybe you do too. I ate when I wanted to celebrate, and I ate when I was feeling sad. I love celebrations and big family meals but for the little things think of other ways to "Treat yo self” like lovely baths (look at Lush products, they are Fab!) Go to movies with friends, Go outside and enjoy the awesome weather with your pet! Another way is to find your favorite treats and Keto-fy them. I’ve found a myriad of cakes, Ice creams, and chocolates that are perfectly Keto to keep you on track. 

  • Make S.M.A.R.T Goals. Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely. Specific means the: Who, What, Where, When Why. Measurable means having a way to see how you are progressing. Attainable is one of my favorites. Some girls want to lose 20 lbs in 3 months, which is do-able but not without extremes. You didn’t get into this state of health overnight, you’re not going to get out of it overnight. Try and set attainable goals for your body and get motivated to exceed them, but it keeps you from getting discouraged if you don’t make it. Realistic is both how willing and how much you are able to work. If you are really determined to make your gal, it’s more fun than anything, it’s a labor of love. Think of a great accomplishment you’ve achieved in the past, was it hard? Probably, was it worth it? Of course! so make yourself worth it. T is timely, if you don’t set a due date you will just procrastinate your goals until you just give them up. Try and give yourself a time frame to get to your goal and make it realistic and attainable!  So….“I want to lose weight” isn’t a SMART goal, it’s just a general goal. Try “I will to lose 5 Inches around my waist by December 20th”

  • Create Healthy Habits. Take supplements, make a daily water goal, blog about your day, just make it a daily ritual. It will help you stay on track (the first 21 days are the hardest but it becomes so much easier after that!) download some apps that help you or look up don’t break the chain. It’s a great motivator to get started on some healthy goals. 

  • Smell Good! One of the bad keto side effects is Bad breath and smelling slightly acetone. I would recommend a tongue scraper and some good body spray. You can make super natural alternatives if you are aware of synthetic smells by putting a few drops of essential oils in a spray bottle of water and a little coconut oil for moisture. This is a small little hack that will boost confidence. 

  • Don’t dictate your progress with the scale. You can have a scale and weigh yourself but I HIGHLY encourage you to A) take pictures the day you start and often afterwards B) measurements. If you have the ability to download Bodytrack.it do it! It’s a fantastic app that lets you measure your bodyfat, measurements, as well as weight. WEIGHT ISN’T THE END ALL BE ALL. 

  • Keep up with your electrolytes.You don’t realize how much you need these until the “Keto Flu” hits you. Make sure you either make homemade bone broth or add more sodium to your meals. Also Nu-salt is potassium which is fantastic as well. Also try and supplement with magnesium as well. 

  •  Drink Water. Cant stress this enough. Try and get close to 4 liters a day!

  • Monitor Your food and Plan Ahead In the beginning especially you’ll be eating more than you think. Carbs add up a lot faster than you think and fat is usually the hardest thing to get up until you get used to creating your meals. I use My Fitness Pal and it’s helped me a ton (Username is KatZup if you want a friend on there), especially since you can customize your macros to fit within your Keto goals. Also, MPF will let you create custom recipes and will portion out the macros (hello Keto Pies and soups!)

  • Don’t Stress yourself out. Cortisol is a huge hinderance, especially in women, that stalls weight loss and will keep you from seeing improvement with your measurements or weight. Try and relax and make hitting your macros super easy the first few weeks. Try sticking to a few favorite meals and once you get the hang of everything start branching out. Sleep is also super important with this step. Try and go to bed before 10:30 and get around 7-8 hours of sleep. It will do wonders. 

  • Read Labels. Avoid sugar, sugar alcohols (anything ending in -tol (maltitol, xylitol, etc)) I personally avoid wheat products even if they are low carb. And try to stick to whole foods as much as possible. Experiment to make your own snacks and keep that fat high!

  • Keep most of your carbs dark greens. These are the lowest carb veggies and also usually the most nutrient dense. A lot of people often forget their greens and they help SOO much with the inevitable keto constipation. You will see carbs on other products like cream cheese or some cheeses but try and reserve most of them for your veg! 

  • Get Active! Go for walks, start running, and try weightlifting! It won’t make you bulky!! Any kind of activity will help, but don’t overdo it (it raises cortisol!) a fun 20 minute walk around a local park is just fine and will work wonders.  

  • WATER - haha your tired of reading this aren’t you? Well it’s still true. Take a water bottle (glass preferably!) with you everywhere and make it a goal to get through those liters! There’s an app called waterlogged that is great while you develop this habit!

  • Mostly make it FUN. Don’t get too caught up, you’re learning, we all are. Even those who have been keto for a year + are still learning. Join Keto communities and make friends. Tumblr is such an awesome site, so is reddit (r/keto, r/xxketo for the ladies) and Body.io had a great forum too. Just take your time getting into the hang of it and get excited that you’re making a HUGE leap for your health. 
Reasons to live

-cats&dogs

-pets and the little things they do to comfort us when we’re sad or entertain us

-birds that chirp when it’s sunny out

-animals in general

-colors

-MUSIC

-your favorite bands, books, series, tv shows, movies, etc.

-small events or gatherings you look forward to

-flowers

-rainbows

-spring weather with a warm breeze that just relaxes you from head to toe

-long baths/showers

-small interactions with people that leave you in a good mood

-Any upcoming events (the release of an album, book, movie, etc.)

-hugs+cuddles

-stuffed animals that are there for you when no one else is

-clothes that make you feel extra-cute

-smiles :)

-kind acts/compliments from friends or strangers

-you can make someone else’s day by doing something kind

-you can always achieve more if you set your mind to it

-you’ve been working really hard on something and it’s unsatisfying to quit when you’re behind

-making new friends

-pleasant thoughts or dreams

-the feeling of running free across a field

-how it feels when you get a really great sleep

-weekends

-sleepovers

-stargazing

-sunsets

-aesthetic pictures

-sight and hearing

-you are in control of the movement of your body

-the feeling of snuggling up with hot chocolate in the wintertime

-candy/candy canes/chocolate

-Breathe. Take a deep breath. *In* 1-2-3, *out* 1-2-3. Close your eyes and consider the simple pleasures in life. These are not a person. Many of these are a given and free. Open your eyes. Realize you have the ability to do amazing things. Carry on.

PERFECT IN MY EYES (Ben Bruce Imagine)
{Requested by anon :3}

{SMUTT WARNING! ;)}

A/N-Look.At.That.Sexy.Fucker.🙄

It was just an ordinairy night in your house. Just like any other to be exact.
You had just come home from hanging out with your best friend, you haven’t seen her in such a long time so when she called you in the morning it made you happy to hear from her.
You were now relaxing at home eating a big bowl of your favorite chips while talking to your bestie on the phone.
“I’m so happy we got to catch up today by the way, thank you I really needed that.” She tells you.
“Aww no thank YOU, it was such a pleasant surprise to hear from you, I seriously thought you like dropped off the face of the earth or some shit.” You reply making her giggle on the other line.

“I know I’m so sorry I went m.i.a on you, but you know how it is when you score an awesome job in a big city.”
“I know, you achieved your dream of becomming a music producer I am so happy for you!” You happily said.
“Thank you hon, it was hard as fuck though…”
“But you got there!”
“Hehe, it was about damn time. Hey but you know what really shocked me though?” She questioned.
“What?” You pressed.
“How great you look!”
You felt yourself blush at the sweet compliment.
“Oh shut up.”
“No! I’m being for real (Y/N) wow! That body of yours is banging!”

A little bit of laughter escaped your lips.
“You really think so?”
“I do, I mean I remembered what you went through, so honestly I am very proud of you for getting better. You look beautiful (Y/N).”
You stayed silent for a moment, memories of your old self flashed in your mind.
Going through an eating disorder was the worst decision you ever made for yourself.
You still remembered how the days would seem like months, your stomach growling and crying for food but your mind always made you refuse to give in to it.
You shook your head, “Thank you God I’m not doing that shit anymore…” you muttered.

“Hello?…hello? (Y/N)?…”
“OH!! Sorry girly!”
“Did I say something wrong?” Your friend asked, concern evident in her voice.
“Oh no no no, not at all, my mind just wandered off sorry.”
“Soo….you zoned me out?” She asked.
“Yes, I mean no! I mean….fuck.”
You expected her to respond with a dissapointed tone but surprisingly she laughed.
“You haven’t changed a bit (Y/N).”
You snorted and laughed as well, nodding your head agreeing.
“Yeah..still the same dork I guess.”
Suddenly you felt a pair of hands cover your eyes, a smile formed on your lips as you shook your head once more.
You recognized those huge hands anywhere.
“Uuuh, (Y/F/N)?”
“Yeah?”
“Mind if I call you back in the morning?”

“Yeah, no problem, everything’s cool right?” She wondered.
“Everything’s fine.” You assure her, still smiling like an adorable dork.
“Okay later (Y/N) Love ya!”
“Love ya too sweetheart!” Were your last words before you hung up and tossed your phone to the side.
You crossed your arms above your chest, your eyes still covered by the same loving pair of hands.
“Gee I wonder who is behind me..hmm…”
You could hear the male chuckle quietly, sounding like a kindergardener.
“Is it the person that I love with all of my heart? Or Ben?”
His mouth dropped in shock at your words.
“Excuse you?!” He exclaimed dropping his hands.

You busted out laughing, your arms holding your stomach that was immediately beginning to hurt.
“Yup, Ben.”
“It’s babe to you missy.” Ben says, bending down to look at your pretty face.
Smiles formed on both of your lips, you felt your cheeks getting really hot and red as you stared into his gorgeous eyes.
The way he always looked at you always made your heart race, you could almost read what his cute expression was saying.
“I am the luckiest guy on earth.” You figured.
Not even a minute more did his lips connect with yours passionately kissing you with so much love.
His arms wrapped around your shoulders as he continued to feel your lips with his.
He then deepend the kiss, it turned you on a little.
But your eyebrows furrowed when you felt his hand reach down unexpected.

Your eyes then widend as he went further and further down.
Your heart feeling like it was going to burst out of your chest.
“Oh God what the hell is he doing?!” You yelled in your mind.
You continued to kiss him but your eyes rolled to see what he was trying to do.
Turns out he wasn’t even trying to touch you in the first place.
He was reaching for the bowl of chips on your lap.
You immediately leaned away giving him a bored stare.
Ben snorted and ate the chip that was in his hand, “What?”
“I’m gonna kill you.”
“Why?! You can’t share with me?!”

You smacked his arm hard making him flinch and chuckle with a pained expression.
“What the hell baby?!”
“You fucking tease!”
“Tease? I was just reaching for….oooooohhh..” He cooed as he realized everything.
He smirked and sat by your side, your eyes staring into each other.
Your eyebrow raised up high, questioning the sexy smirk on his perfectly shaped lips.
“Dear lord, what’s with the smile?” You pressed.
“You thought I was reaching for your pussy.”
You nearly choaked on your spit as soon as he said that.
“Oh shit you okay?” He tells you, patting your back.
“Not anymore now that you said that!”

“Awww why? Does it turn you on?”
“Babe shut up!” You ordered, your face as red as can be.
Your man scooched a little closer to you, closing the distance between you guys.
“And so what if I was actually reaching for you down there? What were you gonna do about it?”
Your chest began to rise and fall as your breathing turned a little heavy.
Ben sure had a way with words, especially words that got you in the mood.
“Oh look, I’m out of chips, be right back.”
You rushed the words, quickly standing up from the couch and walking towards the kitchen
“(Y/N)!”
“La la la la…” You sang, trying to block him out.

Ben laughed once more shaking his head.
“Yeah try to block me all you want but you can’t block the fact that you’re horny!!”
“I’m not horny!!” You yelled from the kitchen.
“Yes you are!”
“No I’m not!”
“Fine I’ll make you hot then!” He shot.
The bowl in your hands could be heard echoing throughout the house as it hit the floor hard.
“Did he really just-”
“Yeah I just said that.” You heard his seductive voice mutter behind you, his breath brushing against the soft skin of your neck causing goosebumps to rise immediately.
You sucked in a breath as he wrapped his strong arms around you and leaned against your small body.
You ended up against the counter, what was most surprising yet arousing to you was feeling his dick through his jeans against your butt.

“W-What are you doing?” You stuttered.
“What does it look like?…I want you now baby…”
He whispered, soon his hot breath was replaced by his lips caressing your neck.
The temperature in your body rose up, heating itself at the sensual yet romantic touch of the one you love.
His hand almost reached up to grab your breasts but you quickly backed away from him biting your bottom lip.
“No…I’m sorry but I can’t do this…”
“Huh?…” He softly questioned, dissapointment shown on his handsome face.
“I-I’m sorry I….I just can’t….”
Ben came closer and gently caressed your arms up and down.
“(Y/N) why? We’ve done it before, I know it’s not that often but still, it’s nothing new. Why are you scared? Do I hurt you?”

You shook your head and gave him an assuring look.
“No honey you don’t hurt me..”
“Then? What is it? Talk to me.”
You took a very deep breath, your eyes looking down at yourself, you could just clearly see your body underneath the fabric and it wasn’t looking pretty to you at all.
Your eyes closed as you put your head back up.
“It’s just….my body…” you responded, whispering the last two words.
Your boyfriend became a little surprised,
“What about your body?”
“I hate that you have to see it….” you mumbled looking down on the floor.
“(Y/N)…why the hell would you even feel that way?” He questioned.

“Because, I don’t know….Ben you know what I went through…and I guess it still affects me a little. I mean don’t get me wrong most of the time I feel great about myself but other times….I don’t….I feel the complete opposite… and I guess today is one of those days….” You explained.
He shook his head and grabbed one of your arms, pulling you into a tight embrace, he held you close, not letting go not even for a second.
“You should never feel the complete opposite of beautiful when it comes to your body baby.”
“But I do….” you whispered.
“But I don’t.” He tells you leaning away, his hands were placed on your shoulders as he looked straight at your face.

“(Y/N), your body is gorgeous, it’s what makes you sexy to me.
And it makes me happy that only my eyes get such a beautiful creation of God.”
Your eyes felt like they were going to pop out,
“Really?…”
“Of course, you are perfect, from those eyes of yours that stare at me with so much love, your soft skin my hands cannot keep away from.” He says, caressing your cheek with his thumb.
“That cute little nose, those lips that I can’t get enough of.” He continued, giving you a peck on the lips.
“Your beautiful body shape, those sexy legs of yours, your perfect torso, not to mention those hot boobies of yours.”

You snorted and covered your face with your hands.
“Beeen…..”
“Let me finish.” He says gently taking your hands away from your face and holding them in his.
“Your body, is like the perfect shape for my arms to wrap around, and I can never get enough, that’s why I always hold you close every night when we go to sleep. And that’s also how I know that there is a God, because he created the most perfect angel on earth, and she’s standing right in front of me.”
Your eyes watered, you had no idea he felt that so strongly about you that way.
Of course you knew he loved you, but this was a whole new level of love he was expressing.
“Don’t ever think wrongly about your body, or anything else, You are perfect (Y/N), everything about you is, and always will be.”

You jumped into his arms and cried tears of joy.
“I love you so much….”
“I love you more honey.” Ben cooed holding you close like before.
You leaned away and stared into his beautiful eyes for a moment, without a second thought you kissed his lips deeply and lovingly.
He did the same to you but then leaned away.
“Wait, are you sure you want to? We don’t have to?”
“Why wouldn’t I want to make love to MY perfect angel?” You asked smiling warmly.
Your words made him happy and he leaned back in continuing the heavy kiss.

Your hot breaths brushing against your faces as you huffed against each other.
He lifted you up having you wrap your legs around his waist and your arms around his neck.
He pinned you against the wall, his hands pulling down the straps of your shirt.
You helped him take it off and yanked off his black t shirt throwing it on the floor.
You bit your lip as your felt his soft tatted skin with your small fingers.
A low moan escaped you as you felt him getting hard in between your legs.
His dick rising up little by little.
Your vagina felt like it was on fire, you wanted him, you need to feel his length inside of you.
“You’re so beautiful baby…” He huffed into your neck, then proceeded to kiss your breasts with his wet and hot lips.

“Aaahh….” you moaned again, turning him on even more.
Your felt your walls soaking up your underwear as you felt his full boner press against you.
Ben thrusted his hips dry humping you making you moan louder.
“Do you want me baby?” He asked.
“Yes….I want you so bad…” you replied as you unstrapped your bra exposing your nipples.
You felt them pop out as the cold air of the house rushed through your hot bodies.
His teeth nibbling on your tiny nips then licking them and sucking them lightly.
Ben couldn’t take it anymore, he carried you from the kitchen to the living room where he took off the rest of yours and his clothes.

Your naked body was in full sight, and you couldn’t help but blush.
He held you close and gently placed you down on the couch.
His expression turned into that beautiful gaze he always gave you.
“My angel…” he whispered once more.
You smiled and mouthed that you love him, him the doing the same in return.
His sexy lips kissed you everywhere on your radiant body, his fingers touching your area, feeling him grab your clit and rubbing it hard. Your legs automatically opened showing him that he was allowed to enter you.
He grabbed his length and placed on your hole, his tip going inside and the rest slowly but a little roughly entering you.
He groaned and your mouth formed a perfect O shape as you slid up and down.
Your thighs flamming up along with a tingling sensation flowing inside your sweaty body.

“Oooh fuck!” Ben groaned as he slid in and out of you, your juices releasing each time he re entered you, soaking his shaft up as well.
You felt yourself squirt a little as he went deeper making your throat release orgasms.
You felt your cherry being pushed up making the feeling of his penis inside of you intensify.
The heat level of your wet bodies was over the top.
You never wanted this incredible feeling of pleasure to end.
Especially because it always felt special with Ben. It always felt as beautiful as the day you lost your virginity to him. It made you feel even more happy that he was your first.

The orgasms, groans and pleasure continued until you reached your limit and felt his cum release inside of you. The most amazing of all in your opinion.
“Don’t move.” He instructed as he slowly relased himself from your lock.
Once he was out your legs closed and you laid there trying your hardest to catch your breath.
Your perfect man laid down for a moment and caught his breath as well.
You reached out and played with his beautiful hair, leaning in to kiss his lips one more time.
The both of you stayed on the huge couch for a while, not a word was spoken, just stares.
Your eyes spoke every word, your feelings and love for each other written all over your perfect faces.
“I’m gonna go shower.” you notified getting up.
“Wait!” He called out.

You stopped in your tracks and looked at him.
“What is it?”
“Let me just look at you one more time….”
You didn’t feel ashamed or insecure as he stared at you, nope, this time you felt confident.
And that confidence was so up high, that from now on every time you looked in the mirror you will see a sexy, gorgeous, amazing female.
Because that’s exactly who you are.
“What do you think?” You teased giggling.
Ben gazed at you once again and said one word and one word only…..

“Perfection.”


(You all are 💕)
-YessyLove✨

One of the things that you don’t learn at college and even more surprisingly university level is how to write an academic CV. Something just as important as a normal CV for those going into academia. I got a really nasty surprise when I was applying for postgraduate degrees that the kind of CV they ask for in application forms is not the type you hand in at your local coffee shop, and why had I not gotten any information about it like we constantly do with normal ones, so I’m here to save you a lot of embarrassment and stress for postgraduate studies. 

Skills

Of course on a normal CV you write down skills such as “great in a team,” “good organisation,” “ability to think creatively,” etc. – DON’T WRITE THESE. These are vague, unspecific and not at all helpful for what you want to show someone in academia. By default you are expected to have these qualities, what academics want to know is your skills relating to your field. So for me it was:

  • “Great understanding of MATLAB/SPM/FSL
  • Able to design and run psychological tests
  • Fluent in qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis” etc.

See the difference? Applying for a coffee shop or your local Tesco – they wont care about your ability to carry out quantitative research but this is EXACTLY what academics want to know.

Scholarships

Always, always, ALWAYS mention scholarships you’ve achieved, no matter how small, how unimportant they may seem. Scholarships show that you are worth investing in, and organisations will find you valuable because of that so big research bodies can also get funding. You’re basically their key to getting more funding, without you, they can’t do anything as a research body. So always name them and if it’s not obvious in the title of the scholarship then just write a few words about what it is.

Education 

Academics don’t care about anything before your undergraduate degree, so writing down your A-Levels is pretty pointless unless you did 6 of them or something and got all A*s. The layout of this is pretty important because this is the body of your CV, so it has to be easy to read and get through quickly. This is how mine is laid out:

UNDEGRADUATE/POSTGRADUATE [Name of University]

[Degree] [Subject] – [Grade/Classification]

[Here you write down your main interests throughout your degree, any optional modules you did, especially if they relate to the field you’re going into, any other relevant information goes here. Try not to write any more than 3 or 4 sentences in this part.]

[Research Projects] – Here you list off the research projects you did. This includes your final dissertation, and any other projects that you did throughout – this includes the ones you were assigned and graded on. If you got exceptional grades on them then write that down too.

[Year] – [Name of Project]
[Year] – [Name of Project]
[Year] – Dissertation: [Name of Project] 

Work experience

This is just as you would with a normal CV but only write down the stuff relevant to the area you’re going into. A few sentences on what you did, what you learnt etc.

Extracirricular

This gives you an edge and is A+ to have. This is where you’ll write down things such as online courses you’ve done, volunteering (only relevant volunteering), and for plenty of you – BLOGS! Blogs, Vlogs, anything like that are incredible to have! Particularly if you list ones related to your field, so for all of you, studyblrs are fantastic! If you can get a free domain name such as co.vu just to put down on the CV, it may look more professional and If you want them to see a specific part of your studyblr then just link them to that tag, ie. I’ve linked them to my science tag on my website because that’s the first thing I want them to see. Always remember that if you are listing them down on your CV then make sure nothing damaging is on your tumblrs! You don’t want potential supervisors or funding bodies to see posts about how drunk you plan on getting this weekend or the amount of cocaine you’re going to buy next week (not insinuating that you’re all drug users of course but just telling to be aware if your studyblr also has personal aspects to it.)

That’s all I can think of for the moment but if you have any questions or if I’ve missed anything then don’t hesitate to drop me an ask or message!