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This Fitness Blogger Proves That Self-Love Is So Much More Than Physical Changes

This Fitness Blogger Proves That Self-Love Is So Much More Than Physical Changes

IF YOU ARE BASING YOUR SELF-LOVE AND HAPPINESS ON LOOKING A CERTAIN WAY, YOU WILL NEVER BE HAPPY. Happiness does not come from a six pack or a pant size. There are women of all shapes and sizes who are unhappy with their bodies and of all shapes and sizes who love themselves and treat themselves kindly. I personally have been many weights and sizes and no matter WHAT, was never happy with my body. THAT is why I preach self love, because if we don’t love ourselves we are not healthy no matter how “fit” we are. I promote being active and nourishing our bodies because if we aren’t caring for our bodies, it is hard for that self love to grow. The mental and emotional changes that are NOT seen in these photos began to manifest FAR before any muscle definition did. I have worked hard and am proud of my physical progress, but I am more proud of the fact that it does not define me. For much of my life I was filled with self doubt and insecurities, so I am MOST proud that now I am proud of who I am. I am unashamed of my dreams. I have the courage to set goals, the discipline to WORK for them, and the self belief that I can reach them. Of course at times I still fall back into a negative place. But now those moments are the exception instead of the norm. THEY CAN AND SHOULD BE FOR YOU TOO. Self love is not about thinking you are perfect and never wanting to improve or change. It is about understanding you are WORTHY, and WORTH IT, REGARDLESS of any physical changes; and I believe as we take care of our bodies physically, it is SO MUCH EASIER to treat ourselves with love mentally and truly see the worth permanently within us. Not because you start to look a certain way, but because you start to FEEL a certain way. So yes, get out and sweat! Make the healthy choice! At the same time be aware of your self talk and exercise positive thinking. Strive to love yourself while working on yourself, and you’ll find they both come easier.❤ // mysweat.life . #transformationtuesday #transformation #selflove #bbgprogress #fit #fitspo #fitmom #workout #fitness #fitspiration #sweat #healthyliving #bopo

A post shared by Kelsey Wells (@mysweatlife) on Mar 21, 2017 at 7:40am PDT

Kelsey Wells is just like all of us. She has started and stopped fitness plans countless times, but one day, she decided that was it and Kelsey was committing to Kayla Itsines’s BBG program. Now, more than 60 weeks into the program, Kelsey is reflecting on her journey. For her, it wasn’t about losing weight after giving birth to her son Anderson; it was about finding true happiness and loving the skin she’s in.

The My Sweat Life blogger recently took to Instagram to talk about self-love with her 700,000 followers. “IF YOU ARE BASING YOUR SELF-LOVE AND HAPPINESS ON LOOKING A CERTAIN WAY, YOU WILL NEVER BE HAPPY,” she opened her post. “Happiness does not come from a six pack or a pant size.”

Kelsey talked about her struggle to be happy with herself, and it’s something many of us can appreciate hearing. “I personally have been many weights and sizes and no matter WHAT, was never happy with my body,” she wrote. “THAT is why I preach self love, because if we don’t love ourselves we are not healthy no matter how ‘fit’ we are. I promote being active and nourishing our bodies because if we aren’t caring for our bodies, it is hard for that self love to grow.”

While we are totally blown away by Kelsey’s toned photos, she explains that what the photos don’t show is “the mental and emotional changes” she’s accomplished. “I have worked hard and am proud of my physical progress, but I am more proud of the fact that it does not define me. For much of my life I was filled with self doubt and insecurities, so I am MOST proud that now I am proud of who I am.”

She continued, “Self love is not about thinking you are perfect and never wanting to improve or change. It is about understanding you are WORTHY, and WORTH IT, REGARDLESS of any physical changes; and I believe as we take care of our bodies physically, it is SO MUCH EASIER to treat ourselves with love mentally and truly see the worth permanently within us. Not because you start to look a certain way, but because you start to FEEL a certain way.”

Kelsey brings up such an important point about transformations: the photos mean nothing unless we love ourselves and are truly happy. Transformation photos cannot show your emotional journey, but that emotional journey is something to be even more proud of. She left her followers with a final message, “strive to love yourself while working on yourself, and you’ll find they both come easier.”

This Fitness Blogger Proves That Self-Love Is So Much More Than Physical Changes

This Fitness Blogger Proves That Self-Love Is So Much More Than Physical Changes

IF YOU ARE BASING YOUR SELF-LOVE AND HAPPINESS ON LOOKING A CERTAIN WAY, YOU WILL NEVER BE HAPPY. Happiness does not come from a six pack or a pant size. There are women of all shapes and sizes who are unhappy with their bodies and of all shapes and sizes who love themselves and treat themselves kindly. I personally have been many weights and sizes and no matter WHAT, was never happy with my body. THAT is why I preach self love, because if we don’t love ourselves we are not healthy no matter how “fit” we are. I promote being active and nourishing our bodies because if we aren’t caring for our bodies, it is hard for that self love to grow. The mental and emotional changes that are NOT seen in these photos began to manifest FAR before any muscle definition did. I have worked hard and am proud of my physical progress, but I am more proud of the fact that it does not define me. For much of my life I was filled with self doubt and insecurities, so I am MOST proud that now I am proud of who I am. I am unashamed of my dreams. I have the courage to set goals, the discipline to WORK for them, and the self belief that I can reach them. Of course at times I still fall back into a negative place. But now those moments are the exception instead of the norm. THEY CAN AND SHOULD BE FOR YOU TOO. Self love is not about thinking you are perfect and never wanting to improve or change. It is about understanding you are WORTHY, and WORTH IT, REGARDLESS of any physical changes; and I believe as we take care of our bodies physically, it is SO MUCH EASIER to treat ourselves with love mentally and truly see the worth permanently within us. Not because you start to look a certain way, but because you start to FEEL a certain way. So yes, get out and sweat! Make the healthy choice! At the same time be aware of your self talk and exercise positive thinking. Strive to love yourself while working on yourself, and you’ll find they both come easier.❤ // mysweat.life . #transformationtuesday #transformation #selflove #bbgprogress #fit #fitspo #fitmom #workout #fitness #fitspiration #sweat #healthyliving #bopo

A post shared by Kelsey Wells (@mysweatlife) on Mar 21, 2017 at 7:40am PDT

Kelsey Wells is just like all of us. She has started and stopped fitness plans countless times, but one day, she decided that was it and Kelsey was committing to Kayla Itsines’s BBG program. Now, more than 60 weeks into the program, Kelsey is reflecting on her journey. For her, it wasn’t about losing weight after giving birth to her son Anderson; it was about finding true happiness and loving the skin she’s in.

The My Sweat Life blogger recently took to Instagram to talk about self-love with her 700,000 followers. “IF YOU ARE BASING YOUR SELF-LOVE AND HAPPINESS ON LOOKING A CERTAIN WAY, YOU WILL NEVER BE HAPPY,” she opened her post. “Happiness does not come from a six pack or a pant size.”

Kelsey talked about her struggle to be happy with herself, and it’s something many of us can appreciate hearing. “I personally have been many weights and sizes and no matter WHAT, was never happy with my body,” she wrote. “THAT is why I preach self love, because if we don’t love ourselves we are not healthy no matter how ‘fit’ we are. I promote being active and nourishing our bodies because if we aren’t caring for our bodies, it is hard for that self love to grow.”

While we are totally blown away by Kelsey’s toned photos, she explains that what the photos don’t show is “the mental and emotional changes” she’s accomplished. “I have worked hard and am proud of my physical progress, but I am more proud of the fact that it does not define me. For much of my life I was filled with self doubt and insecurities, so I am MOST proud that now I am proud of who I am.”

She continued, “Self love is not about thinking you are perfect and never wanting to improve or change. It is about understanding you are WORTHY, and WORTH IT, REGARDLESS of any physical changes; and I believe as we take care of our bodies physically, it is SO MUCH EASIER to treat ourselves with love mentally and truly see the worth permanently within us. Not because you start to look a certain way, but because you start to FEEL a certain way.”

Kelsey brings up such an important point about transformations: the photos mean nothing unless we love ourselves and are truly happy. Transformation photos cannot show your emotional journey, but that emotional journey is something to be even more proud of. She left her followers with a final message, “strive to love yourself while working on yourself, and you’ll find they both come easier.”

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The First Woman to Complete the Boston Marathon Returns 50 Years Later

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In 1967, Kathrine Switzer registered to run in the Boston Marathon under the pseudonym “K.V. Switzer.” During a time when women were not allowed to run in marathons (women couldn’t officially run in the Boston Marathon until 1972), 20-year-old Switzer was the first woman to cross the finish line, but it wasn’t without putting up a fight. She was maliciously attacked by a race official, who tried to grab her race bib, number 261. Switzer finished the marathon that day, but her race to the finish line fueled her mission to let women qualify for races in the future.

On Monday, April 17, 70-year old Switzer put on her number 261 bib as she partook in the Boston Marathon once again, exactly 50 years after that life-changing race she entered as “K.V.” Her number will be retired after the race, but it’s her incredible story that 261 will always be remembered for.

Since that 1967 race, Switzer has run 39 marathons and even won the New York City Marathon in 1974, but Switzer did not stop there. She founded 261 Fearless, a running club for women, which pays tribute to her bib number from that fateful first marathon. The non-profit is described as “a global community of women, be she a walker, jogger, and runner, who have found strength, power, and fearlessness from putting one foot in front of the other.”

It’s Switzer’s incredible story that has empowered women all over the globe to run freely in marathons, and at the 2017 marathon, she was given the huge honor of firing the gun for the women’s elite runners.

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I Tried the Kardashians’ Favorite Detox Tea, and This Is What Happened

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I had recently graduated college, and my body was feeling my beer-drinking, late-night taco-eating habits. When a friend offered me the extra Lyfe Tea he had ordered online, I couldn’t help but think of it as a way to jump-start my diet. I’d seen the tea all over Instagram, promoted by the Kardashian-Jenner girls, Ciara, Nicky Hilton, and many more celebrities, but there are a lot of things I wish I had known before starting its basic cleanse for 14 days.

What It Is

According to the website, Lyfe Tea is a loose-leaf detox and weight-loss tea made with all-natural ingredients to “cleanse and detoxify, increase metabolism, assist in the digestion of food, suppress appetite, and much more.” It’s available in either 14-day ($35) or 28-day ($60) packages, which are composed of a morning tea and evening tea.

Lyfe Tea is not a meal-replacement diet but is supposed to help you detox and “reach your weight loss goals naturally and effectively.” The Morning Lyfe Tea is a combination of moringa, yerba mate, green tea, guarana, ginger, and lemon peel, while the evening Detox Lyfe Tea is made from senna leaves, dandelion leaves, chamomile, and nettle leaves. (A full list of the ingredients can be seen here.) The tea is the only component of the detox, however, the company also offers a meal plan and workout guide for an additional $16.

What Happened

After starting the first day of my detox with the morning tea and a granola bar, I was ready to take on the day. It had me energized, though I can’t say my appetite was completely suppressed for the whole day – but I’m also not the type of person who can skip meals and be able to function normally – though I did feel fuller earlier than usual. I’m sure the fact that I was so mentally hyped up to try the tea helped with my energy levels, but when drinking the tea, I found that I also didn’t need coffee the way I usually do. As for the evening tea, it definitely had me running, not so much on the treadmill, but to the bathroom. The website suggests starting the tea over the weekend or when you’re not in a crowded office, but I didn’t listen; luckily I was able to work from home the next day. I did not drink enough water, and after “detoxing” so much upon first starting the cleanse, I found myself getting dizzy during the day.

After 14 days of the teatox, I did see results. I was less bloated and felt like my grotesque college days were behind me, but it didn’t last very long. After the two weeks ended, my long-lost stomach returned.

What I Wish I’d Known

I wish I’d known that at the end of my tea-filled weeks, I wouldn’t have the body transformation that Khloé Kardashian did nor would I turn into a fitness guru. It’s absolutely necessary to drink a sh*t ton of water throughout the day, because I often felt dehydrated. Now that I am two years out of college and have rid myself of all those terrible habits, I would try the tea again with a realistic mindset. Although I did sometimes get full earlier than usual during a meal, I should’ve had snacks throughout the day to make up for the smaller portions I was eating to prevent dizziness.

What I Wish I’d Done Differently

If I’d known that I would see results from the tea, I would have eaten healthier and worked harder in the gym so I could take advantage of the tea’s benefits, but I didn’t really change my normal habits while drinking the tea. Also, I occasionally consumed alcohol during my two weeks, which is not against the rules but not the best decision while trying to “rid my body and life of toxins.” I recommend the tea to someone preparing for a big event, whether it’s a wedding or a birthday, but definitely consult a doctor or nutritionist before starting the teatox.