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8 Exciting Oatmeal Flavor Combos – All Under 400 Calories

8 Exciting Oatmeal Flavor Combos – All Under 400 Calories

Full of whole-grain fiber, oatmeal will keep you satisfied all morning, which can often equal weight loss! Buying plain oats is healthier than buying packets that are already sweetened, and less expensive too, but that doesn’t mean you have to go witho…

This CrossFit-Inspired Workout Is All About the Number 20

This CrossFit-Inspired Workout Is All About the Number 20

You can absolutely get a kick-ass, leave-you-breathless-on-the-floor, muscles-on-fire workout at home, and you don’t need a ton of time either. This CrossFit-inspired workout can be done in about 15 minutes, and all you need is a pair of dumbbells and …

These Cute Cartoons Remind Us to Love Our Bodies

These Cute Cartoons Remind Us to Love Our Bodies

Loving ourselves is a daily practice, and whether it comes easily for you or not, here are some little reminders that we should send ourselves some extra love and kindness.

These 2 Gym Selfies Remind You to Stop Doing This

These 2 Gym Selfies Remind You to Stop Doing This

In the journey toward accepting our bodies, we may lovingly refer to ourselves as “thick,” “big-boned,” “curvy,” or “voluptuous.” But Kaila Narum thinks these labels can come with positive or negative connotations and make us feel a certain way – good or bad – about our bodies. Kaila is all about promoting self-love and says, “Your body is just your body. It isn’t good or bad. It just is.” She encourages you to “Stop labeling your body,” because “it doesn’t make up who you are. 💕”

We can definitely see how even a label that’s meant to be sweet or endearing can actually promote a bad body image, because it brings too much attention to what our bodies look like. Do you agree?

I Gave Up Sugar to Cure Belly Bloat, but These 2 Surprising Things Happened

I Gave Up Sugar to Cure Belly Bloat, but These 2 Surprising Things Happened

Giving up sugar for an addict like myself was one of the hardest things I ever had to do – and I’ve been through two natural childbirths! Yep, I am comparing not eating chocolate, cupcakes, and ice cream to pushing a 7-pound, 11-ounce baby out of my va…

This Is the Only Person You Should Be Comparing Yourself To

This Is the Only Person You Should Be Comparing Yourself To

As women, we have grown up learning to compare ourselves to other women we see – mostly those in magazines, TV, and other media – but also to the women we know. We say things like, “I wish my thighs were as thin as hers,” or “I wish I had her firm butt,” or “she doesn’t have a flabby belly like mine.”

We beat ourselves up because we don’t look like so-and-so, but guess what?! We shouldn’t! We are our own unique, glorious, individual selves, and we love the message posted by Nichole Freeman that says, “Stop wasting time comparing yourself to this girl and that girl on social media. Stay focused on YOUR journey and you will be surprised what you can get!”

It’s so true. The only person you should compare yourself to is you, and you should always strive to be your best self, which probably looks way different than everyone else’s. Just remember to always be kind to yourself, celebrate when you reach your goals (no matter how small), and accept the ups and downs you may have on your journey to a more awesome you.

Struggling With Push-Ups? This Tip Will Get You Off Your Knees

Struggling With Push-Ups? This Tip Will Get You Off Your Knees

In high school, my gym teacher referred to push-ups with your knees on the floor as “girl push-ups.” WTH?! It’s up there with “you run like a girl” and utterly pisses me off. It sends the message that women aren’t strong enough to do traditional push-u…

You Know You Want to Know: Is It Safe to Have Sex in a Pool?

You Know You Want to Know: Is It Safe to Have Sex in a Pool?

There’s something incredibly sensual and natural about the feeling of water on your skin. If you’re swimming in a pool with someone special, wearing next to nothing, and maybe sipping down a few cold cocktails to help cool you off, your inhibitions may…

This High-Protein Hunger-Controlling Smoothie Is Whole30-Approved

This High-Protein Hunger-Controlling Smoothie Is Whole30-Approved

If you’re in the midst of embracing the Whole30 diet, you’re probably hating life because you miss food so much sick and tired of eating eggs for breakfast. But you want to fuel up on protein so you stay satisfied all morning long. Then grab your blend…

Something About This Before-and-After Transformation Will Shock You

Something About This Before-and-After Transformation Will Shock You

I ain’t afraid of no pizza ☝️seriously I have all the feels rn and here’s why. What if I told you that gaining weight is OKAY? The picture on the left is from two years ago, 151 lbs. the picture on the right is from two minutes ago, 151 lbs. the third pictures are both from today! Please don’t be offended by this I’m just proving a point! For the longest time I’ve been so petrified of the scale, I was gaining weight and refused to look 👀 luckily I have the worlds strongest support system including my friends, my boyfriend, and people I’ve met through fitness that help me realize that numbers are so relative!! @hillon_dassett snapped some sense into me when I freaked about the weight I’ve gained. But the 151 lb girl on the left who spent hours running on the track, starving, yo-yo dieting, overeating, self-consciously looking in the mirror at all times- is NOT the woman I am today. I refuse to count myself out of having fun and enjoying my 20’s and more importantly skip out on family vacations. F*ck that!! I enjoy training and weight-lifting just as much as I love how I look right now. Just because I’m always training does not mean I’m trying to “cut” for a show. Here’s to big booties and even bigger hearts 💕 ☝️🍑🙏

A post shared by emsowers (@emsowers) on Apr 20, 2017 at 7:28am PDT

For anyone who’s tried to lose weight through exercise only to not lose a pound or even gain weight will relate to these before-and-after pics. Emily Sowers, a bikini competitor shares, “The picture on the left is from two years ago, 151 lbs. the picture on the right is from two minutes ago, 151 lbs.”

Two years ago, Emily was so obsessed with weighing herself and “spent hours running on the track, starving, yo-yo dieting, overeating, self-consciously looking in the mirror at all times.” And with the help of her support system she’s finally come to terms with it being OK to enjoy herself and even gain weight – “numbers are so relative!!” Plus there are plenty of ways to determine your progress on the healthy path that have nothing to do with the scale. Now she says, “I enjoy training and weight-lifting just as much as I love how I look right now.” She closes with, “Here’s to big booties and even bigger hearts 💕”