This is Magnifica, my superhero alter ego. She's a lot like me, but stronger and fitter: she has a bionic right leg, a cute black and blue uniform, and has my hair and face. She also generates energy and shoots energy beams, which aside from vanquishing evil, powers my workouts, especially when I'm feeling lackluster.

This is Magnifica, my superhero alter ego. She’s a lot like me, but stronger and fitter: she has a bionic right leg, a cute black and blue uniform, and has my hair and face. She also generates energy and shoots energy beams, which aside from vanquishing evil, powers my workouts, especially when I’m feeling lackluster.

It takes 4 weeks for you to notice your body changing, 8 weeks for your friends to notice, and 12 weeks for the rest of the world to notice. Give it 12 weeks. Don’t Quit….Earn It!!! (I heard it from Jared but this floats around the blogs, apparently.)

A year from now you’ll be glad you started today, or you’ll wish you had.

Weight loss isn’t a sprint; it’s not even a marathon. It’s more like a through-hike: mountains, valleys, bugs, snow, boulder scrambling, blisters, REST DAYS — in other words, a journey, with all its ups and downs.

“I don’t have time to eat healthy or exercise” actually means “Eating healthy and exercise are not priorities.” Prioritize health and fitness and good changes will come.

Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

Just because you don’t see changes after a day or even a week, don’t give up. You may not see changes, but every good choice you make is affecting you in ways you’d never imagine. awesome ashild

An amazing series of images of fit people of all sizes celebrating their bodies. 

“It took me a year and a half to lose 80 pounds. And when I got to my goal weight, I was healthy and strong, with a healthy metabolism and my lean mass intact. I’ve maintained that weight loss consistently for 6 years.  My weight loss was slow, but it was permanent. And it improved my health. It didn’t set me up for regain.” Amber at GoKaleo

Something great I found on reddit:

“I despise when people are praised for losing weight or being thinner (that doesn’t necessarily equate health or happiness)..I despise when people praise anything that changes in one’s physical appearance as if they were not good enough or pretty enough before.

“Exploring this issue has ironically helped me lose weight…by accepting and loving my body as it is, overweight..I have learned to nurture it and want to be as healthy as possible…not to be beautiful, not to be thin or look pretty for anyone else. but for me. I do it to feel fantastic and have energy and it comes from a place of love. and that is what is sustainable. of course I have some superficial reasons that I want to lose weight but those are fleeting and they’re not consistent and they’re usually fairly negative so I try to get over those.

“I love who I I will be as healthy as I can, so I can live as long and as happily as I can possibly can. and if I’m overweight/at an unhealthy weight..that is inevitably going to mean weightloss..but that is a trivial result, in the end. I like to focus on the extra years I’m adding to my life, and the energy and joy I experience each day.

“if people praise you for being thinner…nod your head, smile..move on, it’s okay…people can delude themselves into thinking such a trivial thing as thinness/fatness is meant to be complimented. ignore it.

“if your body settles at a weight that is not technically thin (my body seems to have a higher set point) then EMBRACE that…as it seems like you do..embrace your body at whatever weight it chooses to be when you’re at your healthiest. you don’t need to coerce your body to do things, it will fall into step with your mentality…people may disagree with me..but that is what I have found to be true.

“if that means you can’t identify as “fat” anymore..that’s okay, that doesn’t mean you reject your fat-self, and it doesn’t mean you value thinness over fatness. it’s just your body, at its natural state..and it is a fluid state…it never remains the same..I will always be the fat girl, but I have been a thin girl too (or at least I kind of am now)…and each state is my body through time, and I love my body wherever it is…if my body is hurting me at a certain point..then I strive to be healthier.

“You can be fat, healthy and beautiful. you’re right! but for me personally, (and maybe for you in the future)..when I’m the healthiest I can be, I’m not overweight (it’s not the same for all people obviously and it may change when I’m older), and that doesn’t mean I reject fatness and am ashamed of myself when I’m fat…I just allow my body to settle where it needs to be.

“I have a lot of ambivalence when it comes to this issue as well…but I know that as long as I make my choices out of self-love and affirmation..then it doesn’t matter. my health choices are not a political statement…I just want to nurture myself. if I remain fat,..hell yes! that’s fine! I can be happy fat. if I am thinner..hell yes! I can be happy thin…but health is always my priority, because I love myself. (at least that’s what I’m trying to tell myself now haha)

“I can change my body while still loving and accepting my body as it is and how it was before. I can do this by removing hatred and desperation and shame from the equation.”   –found on Reddit


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