I am a 19 year old college student who has been trying (and failing) to lose weight for the past 6+ years. This is, hopefully, my last attempt to lose the weight (and keep it off) and live a healthy lifestyle ♡

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5'6 ❃ ugw: 135? ❃ 34 lbs lost

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tiger-ly:

Nicki minaj is an excellent and dynamic rapper, lyrically and stylistically, she’s topped charts in a male dominated space, she started from the absolute bottom and knows how to hustle and work her image, I don’t care wether you care for her style of music or not but if you dismiss her as a trash artist I’m gonna heavily side eye you


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blogilates:

The 5 keys to being your own success story. Which one do you think is holding you back? Let’s be honest. Only in truth will you find the real answer.

blogilates:

The 5 keys to being your own success story. Which one do you think is holding you back? Let’s be honest. Only in truth will you find the real answer.

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start your day off the right way with a healthy breakfast! :)


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yogifindingpeace:

I decided to make my breakfast look pretty today 🙈 Banana Icecream with berries, farmers market fresh nectarines and fresh figgies. More figs were enjoyed on the side and yes I had a bowl full of toppings on the side as well. I like my toppings. 😋 #plantbased #vegan #fruitisfuel

yogifindingpeace:

I decided to make my breakfast look pretty today 🙈 Banana Icecream with berries, farmers market fresh nectarines and fresh figgies. More figs were enjoyed on the side and yes I had a bowl full of toppings on the side as well. I like my toppings. 😋 #plantbased #vegan #fruitisfuel

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piecesinprogress:

Although this list is primarily targeted to a dorm kitchen, these are really great meals for anyone going back to school or busy with work. With all of them you should always feel free to customize them with the fruits or veggies YOU enjoy! This collection of recipes are what I think are best suited for college because of 3 factors.
They store well. You can make them ahead of time and most of them will actually get better as they sit in the fridge and the flavors meld together.
They are easy to make. Even recipes that require cooking are made in 1 pot making your cooking & clean up a breeze. Plus the only equipment you really need is a knife, cutting board, and pan.
They travel well. These are recipes you can eat cold or at room temperature. They’re perfect to throw in your bag on the way to the library, local cafe, or wherever you’re meeting your friends.

Bonus! Every recipe on this list is gluten free. Recipes with a ** are vegan!

BREAKFAST
I don’t know about you, but whether I was going to an 8 AM class or a 10 AM class, it was never easy to get out of bed and breakfast certaintly wasn’t a reason to give up that last 5 minutes of sleep! That in mind, I picked these recipes because they can all be made ahead of time or in less than 1 minute. They’re perfect to grab and enjoy on the way to class (or even in class if you have one of those rare but wonderful professors who lets you have food!).
Banana Spice Chia Pudding 170 calories, 3g fat, 27 carbs, 9g protein
Berry & Date Yogurt Bowl 165 calories, 0g fat, 30 carbs, 19g protein
Chia & Banana Spice Yogurt Bowl 246calories, 3g fat, 35 carbs, 20g protein
Mango Coconut & Granola Yogurt Bowl 225 calories, 5g fat, 24 carbs, 20g protein
Oatmeal Breakfast Bars 98 calories, 4g fat, 12 carbs, 6g protein
Raspberry Coconut Chia Pudding 175 calories, 5g fat, 24 carbs, 9g protein
Raspberry Pineapple Yogurt Bowl 133 calories, 2g fat, 16 carbs, 13g protein
Strawberry Fields Chia Pudding 165 calories, 3g fat, 23 carbs, 9g protein
Strawberry, Tart Cherry & Granola Yogurt Bowl 246 calories, 4g fat, 32 carbs, 20g protein
MAIN DISHES
What makes a main dish great for college is its ability to be made ahead (preferably with 1 pan or less) and stored easily. Each of these recipes is designed to be made ahead of time and portioned into single serving jars. Pick one or two recipes per week, prep them out and you’re set!
**Black Bean Rainbow Salad 272 calories, 10g protein, 37 carbs, 11g protein (salsa, sauteed veggies, spinach, avocado)
**Brown Rice Sushi Bowl 265 calories, 9g fat, 36 carbs, 10g protein (avocado, edamame, carrots, nori)
**Brown Rice Fiesta Bowl 340 calories, 13g fat, 45 carbs, 16g protein (tempeh, salsa, beans, peppers, avocado)
Chilled Pad Thai Jars 312 calories, 9g fat, 50 carbs, 8g protein
**Edamame Rainbow Salad 240 calories, 9g protein, 23 carbs, 14g protein (tahini dressing, zucchini, nori, cabbage)
**Loaded Mexican Rice 280 calories, 2g fat, 56 carbs, 11g protein
**Mediterranean Brown Rice Bowl 312 calories, 12g fat, 42 carbs, 9g protein (avocado, zucchini, hummus, spinach)
Pesto Quinoa Jar 250 calories, 6g fat, 38 carbs, 15g protein
Quinoa Burrito Jar 308 calories, 6g fat, 45 carbs, 17g protein
**Quinoa Rainbow Salad 293 calories, 9g protein, 44 carbs, 9g protein (hummus, tomatoes, spinach, avocado)
Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Jars 275 calories, 6g fat, 46 carbs, 11g protein
SNACKS
What makes a dessert good for college? Well… just about anything sweet seems like a good idea but the goal is to avoid the sugar crash that comes after a big unhealthy treat. These recipes include better for you ingredients like dates & oatmeal but will still satisfy your sweet tooth without the burn out!
Magic Bars 125 calories, 7g fat, 15 carbs, 2g protein
Black Bean Brownies 80 calories, 2g fat, 12 carbs, 5g protein
Parmesan Chips (per chip) 7 calories, 
Vanilla Almond Protein Date Truffles 55 calories, 1g fat, 10 carbs, 3g protein
Zucchini Oatmeal Mini Muffins 42 calories, 1g fat, 8 carbs, 1g protein

piecesinprogress:

Although this list is primarily targeted to a dorm kitchen, these are really great meals for anyone going back to school or busy with work. With all of them you should always feel free to customize them with the fruits or veggies YOU enjoy! This collection of recipes are what I think are best suited for college because of 3 factors.

  1. They store well. You can make them ahead of time and most of them will actually get better as they sit in the fridge and the flavors meld together.
  2. They are easy to make. Even recipes that require cooking are made in 1 pot making your cooking & clean up a breeze. Plus the only equipment you really need is a knife, cutting board, and pan.
  3. They travel well. These are recipes you can eat cold or at room temperature. They’re perfect to throw in your bag on the way to the library, local cafe, or wherever you’re meeting your friends.

Bonus! Every recipe on this list is gluten free. Recipes with a ** are vegan!

BREAKFAST

I don’t know about you, but whether I was going to an 8 AM class or a 10 AM class, it was never easy to get out of bed and breakfast certaintly wasn’t a reason to give up that last 5 minutes of sleep! That in mind, I picked these recipes because they can all be made ahead of time or in less than 1 minute. They’re perfect to grab and enjoy on the way to class (or even in class if you have one of those rare but wonderful professors who lets you have food!).

MAIN DISHES

What makes a main dish great for college is its ability to be made ahead (preferably with 1 pan or less) and stored easily. Each of these recipes is designed to be made ahead of time and portioned into single serving jars. Pick one or two recipes per week, prep them out and you’re set!

SNACKS

What makes a dessert good for college? Well… just about anything sweet seems like a good idea but the goal is to avoid the sugar crash that comes after a big unhealthy treat. These recipes include better for you ingredients like dates & oatmeal but will still satisfy your sweet tooth without the burn out!

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yoga-and-philosophia:

10 Yoga Poses that will Compliment any Runner

If you run, you MUST compliment your running with stretching before and after so your muscles don’t tighten up. 

Here, I’ve put together some easy poses anyone can do after a run. Do them in order after your run. Go at your own pace, be kind to yourself and do what feels good. Don’t get discouraged if you’re not as flexible as you wish…you’ll get more flexible if you keep going. 

You’ll see progress quick if you stick to it. I promise!

1. Downward facing dog-

Stretches basically everything. Hips, hamstrings, shoulders, back, achilles, calves, etc. Also, it can be very cooling after running and a good moment to just relax and slow down.

2. Lizard Lunge-

A great opening in the hips and hamstrings which I always find needed after running. You can even take the hand closest to the instep of the foot and place it on your knee to gently push the knee out to the side. Do on both legs, naturally.

3. Horse Squat-

A good twist and hip opening. The help of gravity makes this stretch extra yummy! Push your knees apart with your hands and let it feel good!

4. Malasana Squat-

After horse squat, take your hips down towards the ground. This is AMAZING on the low back which can sometimes feel jarred after running. Plus another great opening in the hips.

5. Wide Legged Forward Fold-

I love this pose to stretch everything and to improve my posture by opening in the heart space. Make sure you lift at your inner arches here slightly to avoid dumping in your feet and hurting your knees. 

6. Tip Toe Pose-

I encourage all of my students and friends and family and anyone to do this. If you have never done this, it may feel pretty intense at first and you may not be able to sit in it for long. But do it everyday. Trust me, you will thank your healthy feet. Especially after having your feetsies in shoes all day, this is a must.

7. Top of the Foot Stretch-

To counter the last stretch, this one feels great and is crucial for balancing out your feet. It feels so good from the top of the shin down. Again, if you never stretch your feet, you may notice your arches are pretty tight. Either way, do it everyday.

8. Bhekasana/Frog Pose-

After working your quads on that run, this is the best thing you could do for them. It stretches the entire thigh. Don’t leave this one out. It’s way too good.

9. Pyramid Pose with elevated toes-

You could use the street curb for this one. Crazy good hamstring and achilles stretch. This wall was convenient for me to rest my forehead on.

10. IT Band Stretch-

Right after pyramid pose, take this twisty position to stretch out the IT band. You won’t regret it.

Do these stretches after runs and get back to me on how you feel in a few weeks. I can assure you it will improve your running, flexibility and power. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. 

Namaste!


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hard-workpaysoff:

WHY WARMING UP IS IMPORTANT? 
It has been proven by science that warming up helps lessen injuries and aid recovery. Purpose of Warm-up is to Gradually Raise:
The Heart Rate
Blood Pressure 
Oxygen Consumption
Elasticity and Heat of the Active Muscles 
Warm-ups also: 
Release Adrenaline
Increase Dilation of Blood Vessels
Enable Oxygen in the Blood to Travel at a Greater Speed
Increase the Production of Synovial Fluid in the Joints- This reduces friction in the joints which allows a more efficient movement
Increase the Speed of Muscle Contractions
Increase the Induction of Nerve Impulses
Warm-ups will also help psychologically by preparing us for the task at hand and getting us involved in the process. 
WHY COOLING DOWN IS IMPORTANT?
The main goal of a cool down is to decrease the heart rate. 
Cooldowns Help Prevent: 
Blood Pooling*
Dizziness
Fainting
After your workout, your body will be at it’s warmest point, giving you the ultimate opportunity to increase flexibility. Cooldowns also help provide sufficient circulation to the heart, brain and muscles. 
Recovery routines and procedures are vital for avoiding and preventing injuries. If someone begins a workout without being fully recovered from the their previous workout then they are at risk of injury. If you are fully warmed up and things aren’t going right then it is often better to cool down and rest, rather than push through in a compromised state. 
* When exercising your heart is pumping large amounts of blood to the working areas to provide them with the right amount of oxygen, nutrients, etc. When the oxygen and nutrients are used up, the force of the contracting muscles pushes the blood back to the heart be re-oxygenated. But, if you stop exercising and don’t keep moving, the force of the contracting muscles stop too, which then stops pushing the blood back to the heart - blood pooling. This causes the waste products like lactic acid to stay in the muscle and reduces oxygen from getting to the brain which leads to dizziness and even fainting. This is why it is so important to keep moving after any form of exercise. Doing a cool-down after your run is a great way to prevent blood pooling.
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hard-workpaysoff:

WHY WARMING UP IS IMPORTANT? 

It has been proven by science that warming up helps lessen injuries and aid recovery.
 
Purpose of Warm-up is to Gradually Raise:

  • The Heart Rate
  • Blood Pressure 
  • Oxygen Consumption
  • Elasticity and Heat of the Active Muscles 

Warm-ups also: 

  • Release Adrenaline
  • Increase Dilation of Blood Vessels
  • Enable Oxygen in the Blood to Travel at a Greater Speed
  • Increase the Production of Synovial Fluid in the Joints
    - This reduces friction in the joints which allows a more efficient movement
  • Increase the Speed of Muscle Contractions
  • Increase the Induction of Nerve Impulses

Warm-ups will also help psychologically by preparing us for the task at hand and getting us involved in the process. 

WHY COOLING DOWN IS IMPORTANT?

The main goal of a cool down is to decrease the heart rate. 

Cooldowns Help Prevent: 

  • Blood Pooling*
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting

After your workout, your body will be at it’s warmest point, giving you the ultimate opportunity to increase flexibility. Cooldowns also help provide sufficient circulation to the heart, brain and muscles. 

Recovery routines and procedures are vital for avoiding and preventing injuries. If someone begins a workout without being fully recovered from the their previous workout then they are at risk of injury. If you are fully warmed up and things aren’t going right then it is often better to cool down and rest, rather than push through in a compromised state. 

* When exercising your heart is pumping large amounts of blood to the working areas to provide them with the right amount of oxygen, nutrients, etc. When the oxygen and nutrients are used up, the force of the contracting muscles pushes the blood back to the heart be re-oxygenated. But, if you stop exercising and don’t keep moving, the force of the contracting muscles stop too, which then stops pushing the blood back to the heart - blood pooling. This causes the waste products like lactic acid to stay in the muscle and reduces oxygen from getting to the brain which leads to dizziness and even fainting. This is why it is so important to keep moving after any form of exercise. Doing a cool-down after your run is a great way to prevent blood pooling.

- hard-workpaysoff

nofunphillips:

my dad died from ALS when i was 3 years old. he was 36. my mom was 33. that was 30 years ago. now i’m the same age my mom was when my dad died. and there is still no cure for ALS.

this is what happens when you have ALS: your muscles slowly stop working, one part at a…


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