oh, hi there….

so you may or may not have been wondering where the hell i’ve been - you might actually have a life outside of tumblr, so it would be unfair for me to assume that you would worry about one blogger (i’ve only lost maybe 6 followers since my absence).

i’ve been working freelance jobs that has kept me away from home for about 12+ hours a day. and before that, tumblr decided i needed to renew my password a bajillion times, so i said eff that shit…

i haven’t really made any progress what to ever.

but thats ok honestly. because i’d a few things while being away:
- most people have a work out routine or time set out for them to work out/exercise, EVEN the fit ones. 
- i lack stamina. i want to work on my stamina more so than my weight, with my appearance coming in 2nd place for necessity. 
- my new plan is to just start running every day, with a yoga cool down afterwards. i will run for 30 minutes a day (granted, i need to build up to actually running/jogging that long.)

my big problem with my past routines have been getting over-ambitious, which leads to me setting goals i don’t end up meeting, and getting disappointed in myself more and more.

so after this weekend, i am cutting down on some foods like potatoes and pasta but not cutting out entirely. i’m also trying to wean myself off of coffee.

i love coffee, but my problem is that i put waaaaaaay too much cream and sugar in it. i’ve recently switched to brown sugar, but i still put like 3 huge spoonfuls in it. 
i’m not a big fan of green tea, but i’m thinking of making the switch to that for my caffeine. 

i also haven’t been a big fan of drinking water the last few weeks, which will also be reversed!

with me working on freelance sets, i’ve realized that i have such shitty endurance - which sucks, because i’m on my feet the WHOLE day, usually running between crew members in the hot sun.
i need to make myself a better me!

lets-get-fit-madafaka:

Body acceptance is really the key to be happy!!!!

lets-get-fit-madafaka:

Body acceptance is really the key to be happy!!!!

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Yoga for hip openers

hello friends! ever since these photos of me started making the rounds on tumblr, the most common question i get asked is “what are hip openers?” so i thought i would make my next guide focused on that. hip openers are poses that help to loosen the muscles that connect to the hip joints. remember that these muscles are often very tight and be careful not to overstretch yourself. loosening the hips happens very very gradually. incorporating some of these poses into your yoga practice can help to achieve both front and side splits!

ps. i tried to put these in a coherent order so that you can flow through them with one leg, then go back and repeat the flow using the opposite leg! 

  • standing wide-legged forward fold - put your feet wider than shoulder width and bend forward while keeping the back as straight and flat as possible. you should feel the stretch in your hamstrings - hold for a few breaths, then rotate around to downward facing dog.
  • lizard pose - start in downward facing dog and raise one leg up behind you, then swing it through to place your foot next to your hand, on the outside. keep your front knee at a 90 degree angle and sink into a deep lunge, with your back knee on the floor and leg extended. you’ll feel this one in your back leg’s hip flexor (along your hip crease) and also deep in your front leg’s hip joint. 
  • pigeon pose - from lizard pose, move your hand to the outside of your front foot, keep the knee bent, and pull your foot across so it’s near the opposite hand. bend the knee as generously as you want - the closer it is to being parallel with your body, the deeper the stretch. rest here, or go down to your elbows, or even lay forward as you advance in the pose. hold for 5 breaths.
  • seated wide-legged forward fold - extend both legs wide as far as is comfortable. rest here, and then bend forward with a straight back. i also like to stretch by reaching toward one foot and then the other.
  • head-to-knee forward bend - extend one leg and bend the other at the knee. gently bring your head to your knee while keeping your back straight and your core engaged. if you can’t get down far, just keep your back straight and hold for 3-5 breaths.
  • wind relieving pose - come on to your back, bend one knee and interlace your fingers on your shin bone, about two inches below the knee. pull gently toward your body, keeping your back flush with the ground and engaging your core. you can also rotate your knee gently here.
  • happy baby pose - bend legs and grab for the inside of your heels, and try to keep your back completely flush with the mat - this will give you the deepest stretch in this pose! you can also roll a bit to massage your lower back. 
  • reclining goddess pose - release legs from happy baby and let them fall open to the floor. try to keep your lower back close to the ground and put arms wherever is comfortable. relax here and appreciate your fantastic body! 

hopefully this helps to answer some questions about hip openers! these the poses i focused on when i was trying to achieve the splits, but having loose hips can help with all kinds of other yoga poses and can also release a lot of tension from your lower back. happy hip-opening! :)

mat: Manduka Pro Black Sage

clothes: sports bra - lululemon flow Y IV, shorts - nike, hoodie - lululemon scuba, socks - smartwool

these are pretty great for runners

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*sighing forever*

so, it hasn’t been a good last 2 weeks. 

i had to have an emergency medical procedure - don’t worry, i’m ok and now back to my normal functionality. 
but it had to put my exercise on the furthest back burner ever. 
the only good part was that my stress levels made me have like no appetite, so i haven’t gained much of anything…

now i really am just pissed off.
everytime i start to get somewhere with my weight loss, SOMETHING always comes up. i’m so sick of it, and i’m sick of my health coming second to most other parts of my life (even though this time it was my health that got in the way of weight loss…)

i’ve been getting so mad at myself because i remember last year, the year before, and years before that i kept thinking i would be at a healthy weight by now.

but i’m not. i haven’t taken it seriously enough, nor have i made it a permanent part of my lifestyle. and that’s the problem, i need to make time in my life for this, and it needs to take main priority over other hobbies. 

i want to bike everywhere nearby, like the walmart, publix, or target, or even the gym. i want to bike to work, but its a little too far (by car its 15 minutes over a 6 mile long bridge).
but i can’t bike until i fix my bikes - which basically need all but the frame and seats replaced on them, soooo more money.

i just always feel beaten down by my need for money to get anything fucking done.

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4gifs:

Siblings wont be kept apart. [vid]

how strong is that toddler, like wow

does that baby even lift

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4gifs:

Siblings wont be kept apart. [vid]

how strong is that toddler, like wow

does that baby even lift

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all boobs are good boobs

all stomachs are good stomachs

all thighs are good thighs 

all bodies are good bodies

yes yours, too, and don’t you forget it

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You can do anything you put your mind to. ANYTHING. You are never too young or too old, too short or too tall, to fat or too thin, too ugly or beautiful, or whatever you think you don’t have that is preventing you from doing it. -Source

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