2. "Just remember that no matter what happens in life, you can choose how you react. 10% is what actually happens and the other 90% is your outlook. Happy people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything."
  3. elisetheviking:





    Seriously. Stop with these ridiculous photos. You get more exercise by climbing out of bed than lifting those weights.

    Seriously - This is quite obviously a photoshoot, not the model’s actual workout session. Do you expect her to be able to pose consistently for hours using a higher weight? While maintaining her hair and makeup? And not damaging the clothes or set?

    Low weight dumbbells have a ton of wonderful fitness purposes, and making it possible to pose for a fashion shot is just a perk. Don’t criticize someone else’s workout. just because personally prefer higher weights doesn’t mean that everyone else is obligated to use them. 

    But what we see in pictures like this plays a big role when women and men are actually going to start workout one day:









    athletic young man lifting weights - stock photo

    When media very often presents these pictures we are also presented a standard and most likely that standard will become our own standard of what is “normal” and “expected”. 

    There is a reason why women talk about “toning” in stead of “building muscle and burning fat”.

    And by seeing these different pictures where many of them show women with small, light and colorful weights people think that’s what women should do when training, lift light with many reps.

    While men are presented with pictures of bulging biceps and heavier looking weights(not always as heavy as it looks) - which makes men who have not been training for a long time or are not naturally muscly and strong feel bad about themselves ‘cause they lift lighter weights than what’s expected.

    These pictures are problematic, not because there is a problem with people using lighter weights, because everyone starts somewhere and some might not want to build more muscle and strength, but because it sets a standard which beats down people who are not within that standard.

    I absolutely agree that there is a gendered problem when it comes to how weight lifting is presented in the media. Women are often told that lifting heavy is a masculine endeavor that they should be afraid of.


    Because “Barbie weights” are framed as feminine, they are continuously insulted and demeaned. They are framed as “ridiculous” and not a real workout, like the OP implied. This is also a humongous problem. Using light weights is a valid form of exercise that should not be discredited. For people going through physical therapy, experiencing joint pain, or simply trying to develop safe form for a new exercise, using these light weights is ideal - Their presence isn’t something that a person should be ashamed of.

    I think that you framed this discussion wonderfully, though. I completely agree with your standpoint.  It’s just important to remember that when we criticize the gendered aspect of such marketing campaigns, we cannot do so while throwing disabled readers under the bus. There’s a way of saying “This trend is sexist and harmful” without saying “Those weights have no use and aren’t really an exercise.”

    I totally see your point and I 100% agree with you - no one but yourself and possibly your doctor and pt should be discussing the weight you’re lifting or not lifting.

    But what I have seen is that these photos are not used for people who actually benefits from using lighter weights, but is some sort of misinformation towards the public who want’s to start working out, and I wanted to be clear on that.

    But I see that we are both agreeing to each others point! And thank you for answering so calm and informative - I really respect you for the fact that you’re able to point out your information and point of view in such a great way! :)

  5. anabolicbarbie:

    Those are some big tiger balls


  6. Anonymous asked: Hey there! So i have removed my 4 wisdom teeth so i couldnt really eat. I ate a lot of mashed potato and other veggies, smoothies and so on. I have atteined my PERFECT weight so now that i have recovered i dont want to gain weight back. What should i do? Xx


    Eat healthy & exercise!!

  7. “[Anthony] can be genial. He can be menacing. He can be sexy. He can do all of these things at the same time. I think he’s a very good actor, but I just don’t think that he’s had the film roles that he deserves. His success is limited by the imagination of the film industry. With really good actors, especially actors of color, the opportunities are fewer. Who will be brave enough to put him in a leading role instead of putting him in a supporting role?” Boston Globe film critic and Pulitzer Prize winner Wesley Morris on Mackie (UPTOWN magazine). 

    (Source: anthonymackies, via blackfashion)

  8. (Source: adoreangela)

  9. buffyshot:

    @she_is_fit: Getting in shape is an evolution and the far left was by far the hardest time in my life. One year after my brothers death, I stood outside and took my before pic. It was embarrassing, it was hard, it was humbling, it was brutal and I cried like you would not believe. But, it was simply one thing…. a before pic.

    I hid from that picture for so long because it was truthfully, the hardest ‘pill’ to swallow. How did I let myself ‘go’ like that? Why didn’t I take better care of myself? When did I lose sight with reality and live in an illusion?

    Fact is, I am human. I am human and we error all the time, and this is what happens when you fall into a deep state of depression. My brothers death messed me up for a long time and it took a ton of courage to take that photo. It can literally stop you in your tracks when you are faced with reality, but, I looked at that photo as a starting point and that I would never go back; that photo was taken on a Sunday and Monday, I hit it hard.

    I stepped on the scale at 178 lbs at 39% bodyfat and 18 weeks later, I was 53 lbs lighter. Now, I look at at that before photo differently.

    Adversity hits us all, no one is immune to it. NO one. We all face it with different reactions. And it doesn’t make anyone right or wrong, it just clarifies that I (we) are human. But once the air clears and we see the proaction we need to take to change, it is then, our responsibility to change it all…..that is where it begins. Today, I help people get in shape and get them on the right path!

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  10. Dear 10-Year-Old Self,

    Before you ask me when you have your first kiss or if you’ll ever have a boyfriend, I need to tell you some more important stuff first. What’s more important than a first kiss, you ask? Plenty.

    First of all, don’t let that kid in your class, Danny, who called you fat, make you self-consciously wear oversized sweatshirts for the next four years to hide your body. That kid is horrible and years from now he will be boring and bald and trying to get in touch with you to come to the set of the TV show you work on. No, you don’t work on Cheers. That show’s not on the air anymore. That would’ve been awesome, though.

    Another thing: Say thank you, always. Gratitude is the closest thing to beauty manifested in an emotion. When you’re grateful, people are attracted to you.

    Also: Make sure you appreciate Mom and Dad. Yes, they never seem to let you do anything now except read books. Once you turn 18 you’ll never get to live with them again, and you’ll live far away, and you will miss them so much it hurts.

    Next: Learn forgiveness and bestow it generously.

    Finally: Don’t let anyone give you any crap. Mastering a balance of these last two will take you a lifetime, so you had better get started now.

    Mindy Kaling

    (Source: zachjohnson, via helloimdiva)

  11. raggedyshan:

    Raw Protein Guacamole & Salsa Stuffed Tomatoes…


    • 3 Medium Tomatoes
    • Hemp Seeds (to garnish & add additional protein)

    Protein Guacamole:

    • 1 Ripe Avocado
    • 1 tbsp Raw Protein Powder (plain unflavoured)
    • 1 tbsp Olive Oil (cold press)
    • 2 tsp Ground Cumin
    • 2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
    • 1 Pinch Celtic Sea Salt
    • 1 Pinch Ground Black Pepper

    Green Salsa Topping:

    • 1/4 Red Onion (diced)
    • 1/4 Green Capsicum (diced)
    • 1 heaped Tbsp Black Spanish Olives (diced)
    • 1 Sprig of Spring Onion (finely chopped)
    • 1 Tbsp Cilantro (finely chopped)
    • 1 pinch of Smoked Paprika
    • Juice of half one lime


    1. Cut tomatoes in half, and scoop out centres
    2. In a food processor add all your guacamole ingredients and blitz until smooth and creamy
    3. Prepare all your salsa ingredients in a mixing bowl, and mix when finished
    4. With a spoon divide the guacamole into the 6 tomatoes halves and fill
    5. Top guacamole filled tomato’s with your salsa until all are evenly dispersed
    6. Lastly sprinkle with hemp seeds to garnish

    These are a GREAT Quick bite, fresh packed lunch, or even just an afternoon snack. They are great to look at, and so tasty! I’m always trying to amp up my protein as I eat a lot of raw foods. The protein guacamole is such a great way to do that, yet stay clean and green! I hope you enjoy these as much as I did!

    (via elisetheviking)

  14. Uhhhh

  15. Bedtime… But first let me take a #selfie