Ok ok ok ok I knowwww I just posted a transformation but I was really feeling myself today and wanted to take some pictures.
Somedays, honestly, it is really hard for me to see a difference in the before and after pictures. I actually almost always send my transformation pictures to my sister first. I ask her if she can see a difference between the before and after. And of course she's always like "OMG YES!" And then she asks me "can't you?" The answer is no, well at least not always. I was over weight/ morbidly obese (I probably still am technically according to some Drs) for most of my life. When I walk around all day I'm not looking at my mirror image. It takes the brain a long time to adjust. Body dysmorphia is a real real thing for me. I'm not used to my strong, toned body. It takes adjusting. And that's ok. So that's why I take the pictures and share them here. Because I need to look at the results constantly to know why I am here and to see my progress.
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A few weeks before my 16th birthday, I took the photo you guys see above on the left. I was at an all time low in my life... had a hard time in school, didn’t take care of my health, had absolutely no social life, and spent my days playing video games because I felt as if that was the only thing in this world I was successful at. From the majority of my childhood (since maybe the 3rd grade) I was always “chubby” and hoped that one day id magically wake up to toned muscles and fitness model like abs not realizing I had the power to achieve that my self. I truly started to make my self believe that the way I looked was the way I would look forever. I was barely 16 and had no knowledge on exercise and nutrition, what could you expect... On June 17, 2016, I made one of the best decisions of my life and signed up for my first ever gym membership. I really had no idea what I was doing there and wasn’t expecting significant results but after becoming more comfortable in the environment and making a ton of new friends, I found my self drifting away from all my old habits and transforming into a completely new person. Within months I became more confident and outgoing, became more productive and for once felt like I had a purpose. Once the newbie gains started packing on, the fat started melting off, and people around me started to notice these changes, I got hooked and only wanted to keep progressing ever since. The photo you see above on the right was taken on 5/5/18, about 2.5 years after I got that membership. Im now the happiest and healthiest I’ve ever been and am going in the right direction in all aspects of life. This transformation was more then just physical, my whole mental state evolved. This transformation post is only a 2.5 year check point. We only getting started... Last thing I wanted to add: if you guys look back to my first ever post from September of 2017 from the day I made this page, you’ll see my first transformation post. Crazy to see how far we’ve come! Thank you all for the endless support 🙏
Thank you @suckerfreehq
For allowing me to share your story with my followers. Stay strong, Positive, blessed and keep raising awareness. We are mightier in numbers. "Pain is temporary - It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever! Quitting was not an option for me- I had a daughter to raise! I
don’t think people realize how much strength it takes to pull your own self out of a poisonous situation with nowhere to go and no money in the bank. So if you’ve done that today or any day, I’m proud of you! I remember dragging everything I own onto the front lawn of the house I owned at that time to sell it- covered in bruises, wounds, strangle marks around my neck, teeth dangling by roots from my gums, a broken spirit and holding my ten month old baby girl tight because I was scared Eric would kidnap her! I needed to sell everything and RUN- I’ll never forget the faces or eyes of the people who saw me this way, it will forever be burned into my memory. My ex husband had fled the scene the night he almost took my life and no one knew exactly where he was! My Dad and my Uncle were on the prowl to find this monster and my Grandma stayed with me until I was able to move out safely. I struggled for multiple years financially, emotionally and mentally- I was really FUCKED UP!
It took me facing my truth and my pain head on for any chance of happiness or peace- that was the hardest thing I have ever done to this day. I’m not sharing this for pity, I’m sharing this to empower a woman that is being abused to find that strength inside her to LEAVE!" -
I want to talk fat loss!
Let’s get a few things straight.
To lose fat you DO NOT have to ⚡️Cut out carbs ⚡️Cut out gluten ⚡️Go high fat
⚡️Go Keto ⚡️Eat 6 small meals a day ⚡️Go Paleo ⚡️Eat excessive amounts of protein ⚡️Cut out your favourite foods
Or any of the other diet culture rubbish we have been fed.
What you do need to lose fat is a calorie deficit - PEROID!
Is food quality important? Hell yes it’s important. But it’s important for health, and health is more than what you eat or how you train. It is your recovery, your sleep, your stress levels your relationships. Health is holistic. Fat loss - doesn’t necessarily have to be. If you are in a calorie deficit then you will lose weight even if those calories are made up of “unclean foods”. If you’re a person who is all about “clean eating” then cool - you do you boo! But let’s be honest, majority of the population enjoys chocolate, chips and alcohol! Get over it!
Why does it matter?
Because we have a rising obesity problem and epidemic. And that is a problem. Not a problem because we are all supposed to be a size 6 and 15% body fat! It’s not a self love problem.
✨But it is a health problem. ⚡️Because people die from obesity related illnesses ALL THE TIME!
If anyone wants to challenge the correlation between obesity and mortality (death) then come and work in the ICU for a little while. You’ll see what I mean.
But how does a person who has little to no nutritional knowledge or education find out their information?
Google and the instafit chicks. What they will learn is that you have to eat chicken and broccoli and swear to the Gods that you will never ever eat chocolate again and carbs will send you to hell. Which tends to make people think that losing fat is impossible and just down right torturous. And living that kind of lifestyle is fricken depressing.
What does a person with excessive body fat need to do to dramatically increase their quantity and quality of life? They need to lose body fat! They don’t need to become Sally the naturopath who only eats from the Garden of Eden and it the purest mofo out!
It’s simple - to lose fat, get yourself in a calorie deficit! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
So I’m not sure what it is but I’m claiming it as a mid life crisis at 28.
But after getting home at 2am then being woken up at 6:50 to kids yelling at each other it’s time for some oxyshred & a shit tonne of water to recover & get on with another jam packed day!
This wave can crash now... time for the next one, ok thanks!
Happy Friday 🤟
& Happy Xmas Break for those nursing students who finally get to catch a break either this week or next. (Insert family bragging rights)
Shout out to my baby sister @angelicalra who passed first block this week!! Whoop whoop! .
Nursing school is harrrd. Honestly one of the hardest things I’ve been through in my life! .
On this holiday break make sure you take time to enjoy life, give attention to the ones you’ve had to place on the back burner during those study sessions, skills practice, & clinicals because next block is in session in a couple short weeks. Also, congrats to those who have graduated! I was a winter graduate ADN in my RN program back in 2012 and studied my butt off to pass NCLEX the following Feb. You got this! 👩⚕️ 👨⚕️
This was the last photo I took of myself, I left the gym unable to train due to organ damage and an eating disorder caused by comp prep and now I have gained weight.. I feel like I am fighting an on going battle, back and forth, up and down.. No one can say they understand because we are all different.
I step foot back in the gym today, I joined a new gym to get away from those memories and start fresh, I know I can do this.. It's just those thoughts from my eating disorder I am trying to fight.
I'm not here to prove anyone anything, I need to prove to myself I'm stronger then I think!
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🔝👏 🏆Even on hot summer days & nights, (the photo on the left was taken in Mexico), I was so conscious and uncomfortable about my arms that I’d wear sweaters or cardigans — no matter what the temperature was outside
I embrace all the sleeveless shirts, tops, and dresses!!
There is no covering up now.
And no, it’s not because I have “smaller” or “magazine fitness sculpted”-like arms..
My arms are real.
They tell my story.
I have excess skin.
I still have my stretch marks.
And even with all of that in mind, there is no need to cover my arms
These arms allow me to excel in my work, allow me to do things independently but most importantly — these arms allow me to hug and embrace those I incredibly love.
So with all that in mind, why would I want to hide them? ☺️💛
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When people think about starting up a healthier lifestyle, they get caught up in all of the things that they are going to lose (fast food, pop, candy, etc.). But if you stop focusing on what you’d be losing, and start focusing on everything you’ll be GAINING, it’ll really puts things into perspective ❤️
MY 100th POST IS A.... #FLASHBACKFRIDAY 👀💫 because these are fun and it’s nice to see progress🤷🏻♀️ ▪️FIRST PIC: MAY 2016
▪️SECOND PIC: JULY 2018 (laughing because my face is literally the same in the pic🙄😂)
Needed some motivation these friday evening so why not take a look at my own progress🤷🏻♀️ (it be like that sometimes). Super proud of the upper body strength i have gained over the past year. Upper body strength is something i’m always aiming for although it’s a tough one and definitely takes time! 💪🏼👀 Just gonna keep being patient and working hard🤗
Goodluck on exams to all you uni/college students🥂♥️
(don’t forgot to relieve some stress at the gym! IT HELPS!) __________________________________________________
During my jury duty lunch break i choose to go to gym and i only had 18 minutes to workout ..
In 18 minutes i did one mile. 2 sets of robes for 40 second
2 sets of row 80lb 10 times
Chest 2 sets
Triceps 2 sets . But 2 years ago when i started my fitness journey it would have taken me half hour to run half mile. We are created to live the best version of ourselves so keep pushing yourself.
It is amazing what we can do when we use our time. And i did eat my lunch in the car while going back to court. Love pushing myself to be comfortable in uncomfortable situations.
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Looking back at the last 4 years, I would have never pictured it this way, .
⚫️moving to the Midwest, CHICAGO ? A Cali guy and moving to expand our business .
⚫️Leave our families back in LA, if you know us we both love hanging out with them and we have lots of family events weekly! .
⚫️you name it, these past four years have been a struggle, but have been the most growth that I have had in my life: rediscovering who I am, what I stand for and who we are as a power couple and business owners .
⚫️Speaking on stage, leading a region into a movement that we are creating for others to become better 1% each day, around a healthy active lifestyle. .
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One day I was making an excuse why my belly would beat my feet everywhere and I looked down and said f that. Now I don't have that same issue. It took me a solid year to realize I wanted better for myself and made the change. Now I've helped many others not only physically, but financially as well. It's up to you to leave the excuses and move forward with a no matter what attitude. Only you can do the work for you, it's not going to always be easy, but at the end of the day it will be worth it!
Two and a half years, 100+ classes, and 2380 fitness class participants later, my time as a fitness instructor at UT Austin came to an end yesterday.
If you scroll through these pictures (shown in chronological order starting at picture #2), you can see just a fraction of the classes I’ve been fortunate enough to lead during my time in college.
I haven’t really ever told my full fitness instructor story, but it all started back in October of 2015. At that time, I’d been an online coach for about 4 months and wanted to start teaching students about fitness in-person, too. So I hopped on a bus, drove to Waco, and got certified to teach P90X Live. However, UT didn’t offer P90X as a format at the time, so I auditioned to be a Tabata instructor. I led Tabata classes for one semester to prove my abilities and was then approved to lead P90X Live classes for the first time in UT’s history.
I led P90X for a full year and doubled class sizes during that time period (pictures 3-7). I absolutely loved teaching the format because P90X was how I first got into fitness, and I sort of got to pass along that gift. However, due to a knee injury I developed in late 2015 that never went away, I had to stop teaching P90X after the Spring of 2017.
Then in fall of 2017, I got word that a new exercise format was taking the fitness scene by storm and was making its way to @texasrecsports. That format was @f45_training, and to this day, it is the best group fitness format I’ve ever seen.
I was in the launching class of instructors for the F45 program at UT, and it has been incredible seeing the program grow to consistently be the strongest class offering of all the exercise class offerings at UT.
To every individual who has ever taken a class from me, thank you for making a commitment to your health, and thank you for letting me be a part of it. It has been an absolute pleasure and has taught me so much about fitness in university life. Above all, it’s been so so validating to my pursuit of the health and fitness industry. I’m sad to leave UT Recsports behind as I take the next step in the journey of life, but I know you’re in good hands. #HeartOfALyon
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It. Is. Happening! 😆 This writer is left without words right now. 🤯 Break the Violent Fetters: Life Beyond the Closet and the Pulpit- Amazon Kindle publication date: 12/18/2018. ✨❤️😭🙌🙃🌎🙏
From the back cover: “In 2009 I laid in a Beijing hostel room, 750 yards away from Tiananmen Square, for 2 days, waiting for my friend to leave China, so that I could kill myself for being gay. I prayed to God for 15 years to heal my sinful desires. In that hostel room I began to realize there was never any sin to begin with.” That’s how suicide impending, spiritually-awakened, David-Bowie themed Chapter 9: Little China Girl, begins. It begins this way because that was the water-shed, Eureka-shouting, Fear-and-Loathing moment of my own life.
This is the book I wish I could have read as a young teenage boy coming out as gay- in the religious Christian South. It is told through my own experience before broadening the horizon to patriarchal, political-religious, quantum reasons that brought us here. Intermixed with photography and poems are lessons of empowerment offered to the reader- and a blueprint to where I hope we and society are going.
It is my intention that each reader will walk away from this story with the same self-confidence, love, and acceptance written and living within these pages of which I found in my own life.” ❤️✨ The words flowed easily to me- but delving unto past wounds and sharing them for all to see has been difficult at times. I have poured my blood into this book because I firmly believe in its importance. That you don’t have to die because you are different. That marginalization and erasure of your personhood is not your destiny. I truly can’t believe this is happening I hope these words helps heal hearts and open minds!
😃😭🙌 😃😭🙌 .