burnout-dontfade asked: Hellooo! My name is Chloe and I have EDNOS. (Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified.) Which means I don't meet the requirements to have an actual eating disorder. I've had a terrible summer and went from 123 pounds to about 154 very fast. I have stopped full on binging, and I started getting back to exercising daily. Thing is, I havent been eating healthy. I know it's bad, but could you tell me specifically why? I usually like to start my day with a nice breakfast, and if i'm lucky a lunch too, it's just when dinner comes around is when I can't help myself anymore. My progerss is slow, but i'm getting there. I really hope to look better before school starts and I hope this will kick me into gear.
Hi Chloe! I really like your blog. Addressing ED’s are extremely complex and beyond the scope of a single posting. I don’t know enough about you or your specific situation to offer personalized advice but I can share what I know. 1st, a lot of overeating has an emotional component. Sometimes the compulsion to overeat doesn’t stem from physical hunger (your body’s requirement for nutrition or energy) but instead from a psychological trigger - stress, fear, pain, anxiety, etc. Uncovering what emotional triggers affect you and resolving the underlying issues is key to getting past this hurdle. Realizing that your urge to eat isn’t really your body speaking is a crucial first step. Then, gaining control of your emotions and realizing that food won’t solve any problems will help you significantly. 2nd, after feeding your body junk food for a while, you can actually get addicted to all the fat, sugar and salt you’ve been eating. And then when you try to stop, your body will go through withdrawal symptoms which will produce the strong urge to continue consuming more fat, sugar and salt. This is exactly the same as when a smoker tries to give up cigarettes or an alcoholic tries to give up alcohol. Despite popular belief, conquering addiction doesn’t require that much will power. Just the redirection of your urges & impulses and channeling them towards something healthy or creative to replace the unhealthy behavior. Finally, surround yourself with a supportive network of people you trust to help you along the way. This is a lot to deal with and your chances will be much better with people you can lean on when you feel weak. Sounds like you’re very in-tune with yourself and ultimately, it will have to be you that makes the decision to change and be healthy. I know I’ve only scratched the surface of this complicated issue but I hope this helps give you some insight that you can apply to your own situation. Best of luck! Stay healthy and inspired!
Being thirsty or hungry sends the same signals to your brain and a lot people binge on food when their body is actually craving water. Doh!
Very effective gym-free workout!
Who says you need a fancy gym?
I love Garage Fitness for this exact reason. BAD ASS. Great ideas (you can use/modify most of these!)
Who says I don’t post anything for the boys! Aww… they’re like Fit Daddies. And I LOVE Fit Daddies.
I want to do this!
See this? Now put down that pizza. Ok? Ok.
Tough love is sometimes necessary. Keep at it and don’t give up!
Shaun T - If you’ve ever tried Insanity, you know that it’s a killer cardio workout. Ridiculously hard!
Cool photo, great motivation!
Wearing a bikini to the zoo? If you’re fit, why not?
ugh-blaine-deactivated20120929 asked: heya my name is Áine :) what is your take on toning belts for abs? do they work, or do you see them as an "easy way out"? would i be better off doing actual ab exercises? thank you :)
Hi Áine! Cute blog. Save your money and stay away from these things. You’ll most likely be disappointed and see very little results from the belt itself. They want you to believe that if you buy their product, you could simply sit on the couch all day and still be walking around with a six pack. The truth is, they pay people who already have six packs (because of their active lifestyles and healthy eating habits) to wear these things and act like their abs were a result of the belt. The companies then also create fake websites that contain fake reviews with fake testimonials on how great their products are. The only true way to get abs (any qualified fitness professional with any knowledge will tell you this) is to reduce your bodyfat % so you don’t have a layer of belly fat sitting on top of your midsection covering your abdominal muscles. You could wear these belts until the end of time and even do sit ups until you are blue in the face - if you have a high bodyfat %, your abs will never show. How do you reduce bodyfat? Reduce your caloric intake and increase your activity level. Remove processed, sugary, fatty, fried and fast foods from your diet. Replace them with fresh vegetables and lean meats. Remove high calorie drinks like soda and juice with water or tea. Cut out alcohol bc it reduces your body’s ability to metabolize fat. Increase your activity by taking up a physical hobby: running, biking, skating, swimming, playing a sport or going to the gym - 5 to 6 times per week. This will be way more effecting than spending your hard earned money on a stupid product. In fact, these products come with instructions outlining a reduced calorie diet and exercise plan. Most, if not all, of the gains people make while using these products come from the diet and exercise, not from the belt itself. Hope this helps. Glad you’re taking better care of your body.
The tape-measure is a much better indicator of progress than the scale.
Flaunt it if you’ve got it. Be fit and proud!
heartsnwaffles asked: Id like to see your face only because it would make this me feel like you're not a fake because I really like this blog and you're super ripped. Why even hide your face.
Hi hearts! You’ve got a really sweet blog. I totally understand where you’re coming from. I’ve gotten this sort of message many many times. I assure you that I am 100% real and that the photos in the About Me page are actually me. I read every single message I receive (had to turn off anon messaging bc there were just too many), write every single response I post and add every single caption that appears. Every fitness tip, nutritional fact or piece of advice I share, I know to be true because I’ve learned it first-hand thru my own years of training. I have 2 main reasons for not showing my face. 1st, I think my photos are more interesting that way. Every time I crop my face, I compare it to the original and I like the cropped one better. Perhaps if I had a face like Chace Crawford or Ryan Gosling, I’d be more inclined to show it. But for me, it’s clearly my body that draws most of the attention, so I focus on that. 2nd, while fitness is a hobby and passion, I have a very successful career in a completely different field that has nothing to do with exercise or nutrition. I know most people on tumblr are still in school but when you start working, it gets a little complicated having the things you do online tied back to you. Besides, the focus of this blog is on motivating, inspiring and promoting healthy habits, not on me. Maybe I’ll show my face one day. For now, just know that Jon is my real name and I actually live in New York City. You can get a sense of my personality bc this entire blog is a pretty accurate reflection of who I am (or at least one aspect of me). So glad to hear you like my blog. Thanks for the note and have an awesome day!