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thefinalten:

This isn’t your typical transform or life story. I was never overweight because of bad choices, genetics, etc. I didn’t wake up one day and find the fitness life. I didn’t wake up trying to do fitness competitions and dedicating my life to a healthy lifestyle. I was always an active teen and 20 something year old, always slender with no weight issues. The first pic is of me in college.
In my mid 20s I became very ill. I was admitted to the ICU and at one point the doctors told my family they didn’t know if I would make it. Eventually they diagnosed me with Lupus and I spent an entire month in the hospital trying to recover. I was given chemotherapy (the short hair fat pic lol) and high doses of prednisone a very nasty corticosteroid. I gained 40 pounds within 1 month topping out at 200 lbs. Between my hair falling out, the weight gain, the stretch marks the quick weight gain had caused I felt the most unattractive, and thought I would never get into a bikini again. I was on prednisone for almost 2 years. During those 2 years I tried desperately to lose the weight, working out but not changing my diet. I was able to drop 20 of the 40 pounds but was never happy with the way I looked. While planning my wedding I was desperate to finish dropping the weight I had gained but did not succeed, the weight I did lose I gained back because I had not yet learned it requires a lifestyle change.
With my height I had curves in all the right places (and a belly) but looked great in my clothes. Always getting compliments. It was without my clothes that I was ashamed and embarrassed. It was when there was an outfit that couldn’t hide those problem areas that I became upset.
I discovered clean eating soon after and tried it. In two weeks I lost 10 pounds. I was down to 170. It was here that I was again OK with where I was. Not happy just OK. I still had a bunch of cheat meals but still tried to eat clean as much as possible. Still sporadic with how often I ate and indulging more often than I should I didn’t reach my goal.
In early 2012 my husband and I entered a Bodybulding.com competition where we really learned about changing our lifestyle, eating clean and all the things we were doing wrong and the foods that slowly kill you that we were consuming. In the third pic this was my size when I entered the competition. My husband @thefinalten has amazing discipline and self-control.  I like the average person said oh a cookie here a piece of cake there won’t hurt, I’ll just burn it off at the gym. I would get off track; get back on track get bored with the food fall off the wagon again. In the back of my head I always knew well I look great to everyone else so if I fail no big deal! But every day I looked in the mirror I was unhappy. After a few vicious cycles all year of off the wagon / on the wagon It wasn’t until I really came clean with myself, stopped with the excuses and realized no one can do this for me, no one can make me stop eating junk, no one can push you. For me the gym was always the easy part I LOVE working out and the “high” I feel post workout. It was the food that was keeping me from achieving.
I realized 3 problems: 1. I become bored with food easily – I needed new ideas and new recipes to keep me interested in eating clean. Eating clean does not have to be boring. 2. You can’t out exercise a bad diet. I had such a great metabolism in my 20’s my diet never mattered until my body was put thru the ringer with this disease, the drugs, my age etc. so what worked for maintaining my weight back then isn’t going to work now 3. How bad do I want it???
Late in the year when I realized another year was pretty much over, another failed resolution I dedicated myself to eating clean. Dedicated myself to the lifestyle change, no more cheat meals, shortcuts. I committed to making it my LIFE. Look at me now!!!!
It took time, a few fails but I got back up and I know most people struggle with sticking to it. You have to believe in yourself, once you stop eating the bad food you won’t crave it, it’s easy to say no when you eliminate it from your diet.
If I can get up and make it to the gym doped up on Chemo and prednisone you can too. There really aren’t any excuses! Many people I know probably would have just accepted what the drugs did to them and did nothing about it and stayed 40 pounds overweight…. NOT ME!
Although I am not sure I believe I have what they diagnosed me with I DO BELIEVE that my clean eating and active lifestyle has tremendously helped put whatever it was in remission. I have not seen a symptom since I started this journey. Even when I wasn’t eating the cleanest I still was hitting the gym 5-6 days a week, exercise provides so many benefits to your health outside of just looking great. After researching what I was putting into my body I realized how much inflammation processed and junk foods cause your body. I couldn’t help but to wonder if those foods helped contribute to sparking this disease in my body that I had zero symptoms of before.
My journey took a while I made gains along the way. I wish I would have woke up sooner but typing this now I learned so much about myself during the last few years. I understand what it’s like for other people to stick to the lifestyle change and hope that my story inspires you to give it another shot if you have given up or stay on track if you are wavering. Everyone has to take their own journey when they are ready. People often ask me why I work out so much and why can’t I eat this and that and the simplest answer is I love my body. Trash in will be trash out. I look at how much more energy I have than people 10 years younger than me. I see how well I sleep at night. I love my body and it’s the only one I have so I am determined to take care of it. Most people not in this lifestyle don’t understand and that is why I am so thankful to have found this #fitfam on Instagram. I am so proud of what I have accomplished so far. When I started this journey it was all about losing weight but I have seen some amazing women on IG that have inspired me and now I’m off to shape my body.  I’m not done yet!


Wow.

thefinalten:

This isn’t your typical transform or life story. I was never overweight because of bad choices, genetics, etc. I didn’t wake up one day and find the fitness life. I didn’t wake up trying to do fitness competitions and dedicating my life to a healthy lifestyle. I was always an active teen and 20 something year old, always slender with no weight issues. The first pic is of me in college.

In my mid 20s I became very ill. I was admitted to the ICU and at one point the doctors told my family they didn’t know if I would make it. Eventually they diagnosed me with Lupus and I spent an entire month in the hospital trying to recover. I was given chemotherapy (the short hair fat pic lol) and high doses of prednisone a very nasty corticosteroid. I gained 40 pounds within 1 month topping out at 200 lbs. Between my hair falling out, the weight gain, the stretch marks the quick weight gain had caused I felt the most unattractive, and thought I would never get into a bikini again. I was on prednisone for almost 2 years. During those 2 years I tried desperately to lose the weight, working out but not changing my diet. I was able to drop 20 of the 40 pounds but was never happy with the way I looked. While planning my wedding I was desperate to finish dropping the weight I had gained but did not succeed, the weight I did lose I gained back because I had not yet learned it requires a lifestyle change.

With my height I had curves in all the right places (and a belly) but looked great in my clothes. Always getting compliments. It was without my clothes that I was ashamed and embarrassed. It was when there was an outfit that couldn’t hide those problem areas that I became upset.

I discovered clean eating soon after and tried it. In two weeks I lost 10 pounds. I was down to 170. It was here that I was again OK with where I was. Not happy just OK. I still had a bunch of cheat meals but still tried to eat clean as much as possible. Still sporadic with how often I ate and indulging more often than I should I didn’t reach my goal.

In early 2012 my husband and I entered a Bodybulding.com competition where we really learned about changing our lifestyle, eating clean and all the things we were doing wrong and the foods that slowly kill you that we were consuming. In the third pic this was my size when I entered the competition. My husband @thefinalten has amazing discipline and self-control.  I like the average person said oh a cookie here a piece of cake there won’t hurt, I’ll just burn it off at the gym. I would get off track; get back on track get bored with the food fall off the wagon again. In the back of my head I always knew well I look great to everyone else so if I fail no big deal! But every day I looked in the mirror I was unhappy. After a few vicious cycles all year of off the wagon / on the wagon It wasn’t until I really came clean with myself, stopped with the excuses and realized no one can do this for me, no one can make me stop eating junk, no one can push you. For me the gym was always the easy part I LOVE working out and the “high” I feel post workout. It was the food that was keeping me from achieving.

I realized 3 problems: 1. I become bored with food easily – I needed new ideas and new recipes to keep me interested in eating clean. Eating clean does not have to be boring. 2. You can’t out exercise a bad diet. I had such a great metabolism in my 20’s my diet never mattered until my body was put thru the ringer with this disease, the drugs, my age etc. so what worked for maintaining my weight back then isn’t going to work now 3. How bad do I want it???

Late in the year when I realized another year was pretty much over, another failed resolution I dedicated myself to eating clean. Dedicated myself to the lifestyle change, no more cheat meals, shortcuts. I committed to making it my LIFE. Look at me now!!!!

It took time, a few fails but I got back up and I know most people struggle with sticking to it. You have to believe in yourself, once you stop eating the bad food you won’t crave it, it’s easy to say no when you eliminate it from your diet.

If I can get up and make it to the gym doped up on Chemo and prednisone you can too. There really aren’t any excuses! Many people I know probably would have just accepted what the drugs did to them and did nothing about it and stayed 40 pounds overweight…. NOT ME!

Although I am not sure I believe I have what they diagnosed me with I DO BELIEVE that my clean eating and active lifestyle has tremendously helped put whatever it was in remission. I have not seen a symptom since I started this journey. Even when I wasn’t eating the cleanest I still was hitting the gym 5-6 days a week, exercise provides so many benefits to your health outside of just looking great. After researching what I was putting into my body I realized how much inflammation processed and junk foods cause your body. I couldn’t help but to wonder if those foods helped contribute to sparking this disease in my body that I had zero symptoms of before.

My journey took a while I made gains along the way. I wish I would have woke up sooner but typing this now I learned so much about myself during the last few years. I understand what it’s like for other people to stick to the lifestyle change and hope that my story inspires you to give it another shot if you have given up or stay on track if you are wavering. Everyone has to take their own journey when they are ready. People often ask me why I work out so much and why can’t I eat this and that and the simplest answer is I love my body. Trash in will be trash out. I look at how much more energy I have than people 10 years younger than me. I see how well I sleep at night. I love my body and it’s the only one I have so I am determined to take care of it. Most people not in this lifestyle don’t understand and that is why I am so thankful to have found this #fitfam on Instagram. I am so proud of what I have accomplished so far. When I started this journey it was all about losing weight but I have seen some amazing women on IG that have inspired me and now I’m off to shape my body.  I’m not done yet!

Wow.

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Facebook is spying on your mom, your relationships and your political views

Facebook has been spying on users’ ethnicities, political views, romantic partners, and even how they talk to their children. (Unlike the mood study, the Facebook studies listed below are observational; they don’t attempt to change users’ behavior.)

It’s unlikely Facebook users have heard about most of these studies, they’ve consented to them; the social network’s Data Use Policy states: “We may use the information we receive about you…for internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research and service improvement.”

Third parties have always existed. Privacy isn’t possible online. Has it ever been? All data is recorded and sifted for algorithmic pattern testing. Intersection cameras are reminders when we’re away from the computer satellites watch over us all. It’s on principle that an individual or organization would defend digital privacy rights.

prettygirlssweat

prettygirlssweat:

Unity is strength. When there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved. The Teen Diaries Foundation proved just that on Thursday, August 28th by joining forces with model / dancer / NBA correspondent Damaris Lewis for a back to school TRX class for 12 deserving teen girls. The workout was apart of the foundation’s popular Pretty Girls Sweat program, a fitness initiative launched to fight childhood obesity, and took place at Nimble Fitness in New York City.

What is TRX? As explained by the event’s fitness instructor Suzie Gavers, “TRX was born in the Navy SEALs. It is a Suspension Training bodyweight exercise that develops strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously and requires the use of the TRX Suspension Trainer, a highly portable performance training tool that leverages gravity and the user’s body weight to complete hundreds of exercises.”
 
Following the fun yet challenging sweat session, teen guests were inspired, enlightened and entertained as they received health and school related advice from OB/GYN Dr. Afriye Amerson and registered nurse / TV correspondent Anthea Noel aka “Nurse Noel”. Damaris Lewis shared her story of growing up in Brooklyn’s Coney Island neighborhood to being discovered by Elite modeling agency. Lewis’ successful fashion career has included several billboards and the cover of Fitness magazine (June 2013) as well as campaigns for Nike, Clarins, Victoria’s Secret ’s Pink line, and Yves Saint Laurent. The Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts graduate is currently the famed musician Prince’s muse and has traveled the globe as his key dancer. She also shares her love for basketball as a correspondent for the NBA.
 
Mentors Aeshia DeVore Branch (CEO/Founder of Teen Diaries / Pretty Girls Sweat) and Diabetes Awareness advocate Diana Dotel, as well as teen model / fitness enthusiast Cleopatra Lee, broke a sweat with the intimate group of teen girls and shared words of encouragement as they played fun team-building games that helped the group learn more about one another.
 
Guests left with TRUKFIT backpacks filled with Pretty Girls Sweat tanks, back to school supplies, nail polish, bookmarks, FITNESS Magazine’s September issue, UBER gift cards, Kind Bars and SkinnyPop Popcorn. Three lucky girls (Armani, Anisya, and Richelle) scored beauty products provided by FITNESS magazine!
 
Special Thanks to our Event Sponsors:
Nimble Fitness
Suzie Gavers
 
To join us for future fitness events, subscribe to our mailing list at TeenDiaries.net and follow us on instagram @PrettyGirlsSweat or PrettyGirlsSweat.com for event announcements. To support our mission to encourage teen girls to make their health a priority and to fund free fitness events for teens, purchase apparel in our online shop (HERE), make a donation at TeenDiariesFoundation.org or email us at pgs@teendiaries.net to partner with us, become a mentor, or volunteer.

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THINGS WE WILL NEVER SEE AGAIN!

This hurt my heart

THE GAS PRICES

That sprite remix tho..

OH MY GOD FRENCH TOAST CRUNCH

FRUITOPIA WAS MY SHIT

I tried so hard to find that damn purple ketchup again.

the gas prices make me want to punch babies

Surge tho 😍😍😍

The gas 😭