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Mar 20, 2018
Courtesy of Devon Day and Emily Ho
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1 The Fitnessista
Most random item you’ll find in my purse: a resistance band loop. 🤓#fitnessnerd I love that they’re so easy to tote around, especially when you’re training a client and want to take their workout to the next level. I also add them for a little *spice* in my barre classes. Some of my fave loop exercises: Hip raises (in the pic above. Try it with one leg to make it more exciting) Low squat walks Clamshells Side leg raises Donkey kicks Hip extensions and banded burpees (<-- try it, you'll love it) Any favorite loop exercises? What's the most random thing you have in your purse or gym bag right now? : @capturedbycolson
A post shared by Gina Harney (@fitnessista) on Mar 14, 2018 at 5:55am PDT
After losing 40 pounds, certified personal trainer Gina Harney was on the hunt for guides on weight maintenance. But at the time, her options were limited. So she started The Fitnessista, which is focused on fitness advice and healthy recipes that only sound indulgent (think: pecan pie oatmeal, pumpkin pie protein smoothie bowl, and chocolate protein donuts).
Check out The Fitnessista.
2 Carrots N’ Cake
Happy Friday! The weekend is almost here, and I’m dreaming about this “Crack Coffee” that I tried at @dfgrille last week. Listen to this epic iced coffee combo: Black Barrel @mountgayrum, St. Elizabeth All Spice Dram, Chai Tea Syrup, @chameleoncoldbrew Nitro, Half & Half, and Whipped Cream. How does THAT sound as a Friday pick-me-up? ️🥂 #signmeup #dfgrilleVIP #happyhour #icedcoffee
A post shared by Tina (@carrotsncake) on Mar 16, 2018 at 5:07am PDT
Love food but hate dieting? Certified personal trainer, CrossFit coach, and nutrition coach Tina of Carrots N’ Cake is right there with you. That’s why her blog is all about balance. She’ll eat cheese and chase it with CrossFit—or indulge in birthday cake but balance it out with a run.
Check out Carrots N’ Cake.
3 The Real Life RD
Boston winter is growing my tolerance for never ending snow and cold. If you can’t beat it, get out there in it. And keep telling yourself, I LOVE SNOW DAYS ️Keep the foot and a half of snow and howling winds coming Beantown.
A post shared by Robyn Nohling, FNP, RD, MSN (@thereallife_rd) on Mar 13, 2018 at 10:14am PDT
Nurse practitioner Robyn Nohling, R.D., the blogger behind The Real Life RD, proves that the mantra “everything in moderation” is actually possible to live by. Seriously, she eats cupcakes as often as she eats kale.
Check out The Real Life RD.
4 A Black Girl’s Guide To Weight Loss
A post shared by Erika Nicole Kendall (@bgg2wl) on Mar 19, 2018 at 4:12pm PDT
Erika Nicole Kendall—or Evil Fitness Barbie, as she calls herself—went from a self-proclaimed couch potato to a NASM-certified trainer who specializes in weight loss, women’s fitness, and nutrition. The “Emotional Eating” subsection of her blog, A Black Girl’s Guide To Weight Loss, is worth checking out for its unfiltered look at postpartum depression and self-care.
Check out A Black Girl’s Guide To Weight Loss.
5 Body Kindness
What are you doing this weekend? I hope you’re signing up for MEND our new virtual 6 week workshop with the wonderful @rosiemolinary We launched a BONUS #bodykindness #podcast today and we have a coupon code for listeners. Enter SpiralUp at registration and you’ll save $130— all 6 weeks for $299 included our live session and Facebook group. Head on over to the podcast for Rosie and Rebecca insight. Then sign up for MEND with us… the only thing broken is how you see yourself. Starts 3/14
A post shared by Rebecca Scritchfield, RDN, EPC (@rebeccascritchfield) on Mar 9, 2018 at 1:11pm PST
On Body Kindness, written by R.D. Rebecca Scritchfield, you’ll find permission to ditch food rules, embrace your body, and challenge the negative voice in your head.
Check out Body Kindness.
6 Strong Chicks Rock
I laid on the floor, crying, and said “so this is being an adult.” Then I belly laughed. ⠀ My feelings were all over the place, stress was present but it wasn’t unbearable, I had a lot of work, but not too much that I was drowning, Cooper was gone, but I knew he was okay and happy with his dad—I was seemingly okay, but I didn’t feel okay. ⠀ So I did what I do when I feel off, I reach into my toolbox and grab the tool that makes the most sense in that moment. First, it was calling a friend. She allowed me to cry. Knowing that I didn’t want advice, I just needed someone to receive my vulnerability without judgement. ⠀ I laid on the floor because I liked the way the pressure of my body felt on the ground. I cried, well, I sobbed. I was in pain and my body hurt. She listened, and then said something that made me laugh. Within moments I was in the depths of pain, then belly laughing. “So this is being an adult”, I said. But looking back now, it has nothing to do with being an adult, but being a human. Allowing ourselves to feel the full range of human emotions without fucking judging them. ⠀ Self care can feel like a bunch of bullshit and fantasy land ideas. So how can you filter the BS and get through your hard as hell moments? Don’t focus on being 100% better. Try just 1%. Because 1% is a whole hell of a lot better than nothing. By the way, this crying ordeal was last night—we all have bad days and moments and adulting is hard AF sometimes. As I was about to hang up the phone, I said “I feel 3% better”. Not 1, or 2, I felt a confident 3% better. That, was progress. ⠀ Maybe you need to draw your feelings, cry them out, dance them out, call a friend and just speak, yell, masterbate, breathe, watch a show, mediate—whatever you need to do, remind yourself that 1️⃣ you’re so human. You’re imperfect and it’s okay to have off days. 2️⃣ self care is all about trial and error. Adjust and pivot with each present moment. 3️⃣ 1% better IS better. Reframe what progress looks like to you ⠀
A post shared by Rachel Turner|Coach (@strongchicksrock) on Mar 14, 2018 at 5:42am PDT
Rachel Turner is obsessed with breakfast food (especially toast and eggs). Her blog, Strong Chicks Rock, gives you an up-close-and-personal look at her always-evolving relationship with food and her body.
Check out Strong Chicks Rock.
7 Yum Yucky
My morning beverage of choice is a tall glass of spring water. When I get to work I will have my apple cider vinegar water, and then some tea. Hydration plays a huge part in your weight loss. #fitmom #keto #lowcarb #foodplan #mealplan #lunch #dinnerideas #dinner #lunchideas #intermittentfasting #beforeandafter #beforeandafterweightloss #fitness #fitnessjourney #weightlossjourney #weightloss #tea #acv #Applecidervinegar #hydrate
A post shared by Yum Yucky (@yumyucky) on Mar 15, 2018 at 4:06am PDT
Josie Maurer started blogging to keep herself accountable during her weight-loss journey—but now she has a serious fan-base. Written with-sass and packed with humor, her story is absolute proof that you can have your cake and eat it, too (at least sometimes).
Check out Yum Yucky.
8 The World According To Eggface
It’s National Cake Day! #NationalCakeDay #CakeDay Celebrate with one of these #BariatricSurgery friendly Microwave Protein Cakes. You can make one of these In 5 minutes from start to finish (like those microwave mug cakes) #Recipes: https://tinyurl.com/35vop7b #WLS #WLSeats #WLSfood #lowcarb #sugarfree #protein #WLSCommunity #WLSSupport #GastricBypass #RNY #VerticalSleeve #VSG #weightloss #weightlosssurgery #weightlossjourney #fitness #Eggface
A post shared by Michelle Vicari (@theworldaccordingtoeggface) on Nov 26, 2017 at 8:38am PST
After getting bypass surgery (what she calls having her guts rearranged) in 2006, Shelley took to the internet to chronicle her 150+ pound weight loss. And just as the name The World According To Eggface indicates, you can count on her posts to be laugh-out-loud funny, a little self-deprecating, and always encouraging.
Check out The World According To Eggface.
9 Authentically Emmie
Happy Valentine’s Day! ️ Feeling sassy in my favorite recent purchase, this @eloquii jacket. Layered over a $22 dress! See the full outfit (the shoes ) at link in bio. Shop your screenshot of this pic with the LIKEtoKNOW.it app http://liketk.it/2uEoE #liketkit @liketoknow.it #LTKcurves #xoq #ootd #psootd #louisvilleblogger #celebratemysize #plusmodelmag #stylebeyond22 #the24plus
A post shared by Emily Ho (Authentically Emmie) (@authemmie) on Feb 14, 2018 at 3:28pm PST
If fashion is your jam, Emmie Ho, who just happens to have lost over 100 pounds, has you covered. Authentically Emmie started as a weight-loss blog in 2009 but has since evolved into a blog about life, plus-size fashion, and fitness.
Check out Authentically Emmie.
10 Peanut Butter Fingers
If you are looking for a satisfying and delicious meat-free Bolognese sauce, you must add this Hearty Vegetable Bolognese sauce to your dinner menu this week! This recipe gets its meaty texture from walnuts (inspired by @livingkitchen — a local #CLT-area fav!) and is a healthy and filling vegetarian dish we LOVE in our house!⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ INGREDIENTS ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 2 cups peeled, chopped carrots ⠀⠀ ½ cup chopped bell peppers⠀⠀ 8 ounces fresh mushrooms⠀⠀ 2 small yellow onions⠀⠀ ¼ cup kalamata olives⠀⠀ ¼ cup Cabernet Sauvignon ⠀⠀ 3 garlic cloves, peeled⠀⠀ 1 cup walnuts ⠀⠀ 1½ teaspoons Italian seasoning ⠀⠀ 1 teaspoon sea salt ⠀⠀ 1 25-ounce jar marinara sauce⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ DIRECTIONS ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ In a food processor, shred the carrots, bell peppers, olives, mushrooms, onions and garlic until they are shredded into very fine pieces.⠀⠀ Drizzle a large, deep nonstick skillet with olive oil and heat to a medium-high heat. Add the shredded vegetables and allow them to cook down, as the water sweats out and they reduce in volume for about 5 minutes. Add the wine, reduce the heat and allow to simmer longer (approximately 7-10 minutes), until almost all of the liquid is gone.⠀⠀ While the vegetables are cooking, place the walnuts, Italian seasonings and sea salt into the food processor and grind into a course meal, taking care not to over grind, as a paste will form.⠀⠀ Add the walnuts to the skillet and stir.⠀⠀ Add the marinara sauce and stir to combine. Simmer on medium-low heat for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.⠀⠀ Serve on top of whole wheat spaghetti, zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash or your favorite pasta and enjoy!⠀⠀
A post shared by Julie 🤗 Peanut Butter Fingers (@pbfingers) on Feb 26, 2018 at 6:30am PST
Certified personal trainer Julie Fagan eats ~mostly~ healthy meals. Her at-home workouts can fit into even the busiest of schedules, and her one-pan recipes make healthy cooking easy.
Check out Peanut Butter Fingers.
11 KH Nutrition
Last January, I started the year off training for a big kickass squat PR. ⠀ ⠀ This year, my weights are lighter. My body looks and feels unfamiliar. My training is different, but I’m still thankful for the days I can move and feel strong. Something tells me the end result will be better than a squat PR. In fact, it’ll probably the best accomplishment of my life. 🤰⠀ ⠀ #birthfit #babybuilding #movementislife #squats #fitpregnancy #secondtrimester
A post shared by Kim Hoban, RDN, CDN, CPT (@kimhobanrd) on Jan 2, 2018 at 3:05pm PST
Food doesn’t need to be complicated, according to certified personal trainer Kim Hoban. Her blog is a celebration of the non-diet approach to weight loss.
Check out KH Nutrition.
12 Devon Day Moretti
Try this upper body workout: ⠀ 8-10 half kneeling oh press superset with 8-10 single arm bent over row – complete 4 rounds ⠀ 10-12 incline hex press superset with 10-12 chest supported row – complete 4 rounds ⠀ 12-15 half kneeling single arm lat pull down superset with 12-15 downward dog push-ups – complete 4 rounds ⠀ : @jasminexmariah
A post shared by Devon Day – Personal Trainer (@devondaymoretti) on Feb 19, 2018 at 12:40pm PST
Breaking up with restrictive dieting, excessive exercising, binging, and self-hatred taught Devon Day Moretti to love herself, but it wasn’t easy. On her blog, Devon dives into the emotional aspects of weight loss by giving a raw look at her personal experiences with holiday weight gain, break-up bingeing, and more.
Check out Devon Day Moretti.
Gabrielle Kassel is a New York-based sex and wellness writer and CrossFit Level 1 Trainer.
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