23, Ontario, Canada
Finally doing things the RIGHT way.
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I just saw your before and after pictures & theyre so inspiring! I've been trying to get a toned stomach for months & I havent gotten big results at all. I'm really struggling because I don't know what to do to reach my goal. I'm 105 pounds and 5'1. I have fat around my stomach I dont want so Im starting to do weights every other day with interval running for 30 min on days I'm not lifting. I was told by the doctor not to get below 105. Is what in doing going to get results? What do you suggest?herestothemusic-thatkeepsusalive
HIIT cardio and diet, diet, diet. And more HIIT cardio. And then a proper diet.
Probably some more HIIT cardio too.
I’ve gotten so many questions like this, I’ll take some time this weekend to write a big post about the dreaded ‘roo pouch and general fat loss as far as I’m concerned with it! Check back in a couple days, love! Xx
Hey girl! I am trying to transform my flabby body into a toned and tight amazing looking one. One like yours! I have been working out like 4X a week for about 2 and a half months, maybe more and I look a little better, but thats only when i keep my stomach muscles tight! My thighs are still very flabby and my stoamch has that usual belly pooch of fat that looks like a stretched out and rounded w. I jog and do weight machines. How can I get a similar body to yours? also do you have submit?palegettinghealthy
Girrrrrrl, get up on that diet! Sounds like you’re making progress, awesome!! You’ll see some seriously dramatic results with a proper diet though, guaranteed.
I don’t have submit, whatever that is. #noob
What is heavy lifting? Xaneesa-xo
Only the light and saviour of my life! No big. ;-D
Seriously though, generally refers to low-rep sets of heavy weights. None of this 2lb dumbbell “I just want to get toned” bullshit [it IS bullshit though, I’ll save that for another post]. I mean actual WORK, girl. Lifting to failure, to when your muscles are screaming in pain and you push out two more, five more, ten more reps.
Hey Megh! Big fan of your blog and all your hard work. I'm 10pounds5weeks (anon because it's my second blog) and I have a question for you! So I suffered from an eating disorder a while back and gained the weight back and now I'm trying to get fit the healthy way. I’d love to lift weights, but I really have no idea how! How does someone go about it? I know that side of the gym is serious and I don’t want to be injured/have improper form so what do I lift? How? How many reps? Help!Anonymous
First off, con-effing-gratulations on your recovery, girl! That is a HUGE step, and I’m so glad to hear that you’re interested in doing it the healthy way!!!!!!!!!!! [Exclamation points forever on that one]
I know full well how intimidating the “serious” side of the gym can be. Muscleheads, seasoned pros, snotty trainers, oh boy. Plain and simple, everyone starts somewhere. The point is that you’re starting! It’s a learning process, and you’re going to find that some things work for you, and others don’t.
Bodybuilding.com has a fantastic database of exercise guides, searchable by muscle group/level of difficulty/efficiency rating/you name it. When I’m trying a new exercise, I *ALWAYS* go watch their videos. They also have step-by-step written instructions. In that vein, they have all sorts of “sample” workouts. I love their Fitness360 features, where they profile an athlete or bodybuilder and describe their diet and workout routines. I can’t really say enough good things about that website. I could spend hours reading up on it!
My general feeling about starting to lift weights is this: check your ego at the door, start low, get a feel for proper form, and move up the weights as you can. You want to feel it, you want to be working, but not at the expense of form. Focus on mind-muscle connection, which just means you should really be focussing on using the muscle you’re training, not merely throwing weight around. If you’re doing lateral raises for your delts, really concentrate on feeling the burn in your shoulder, don’t use momentum, etc.
I’m going to start posting my workouts this week, so you can use those for some inspiration if you’d like! Otherwise, do your research and give things a whirl! Let me know how it goes!
10 week booty progress.
6 months. Progress isn’t linear, don’t give up.
Two months’ progress. Hardly any cardio up until last week, just a solid diet and heavy lifting.
Yesterday I got my first tattoo. My babe golden retriever passed away last month after fighting lymphoma for two years, and this is the same tattoo she had on her stomach [she was a registered purebred]. I’ve been super nervous about the idea of a tattoo for years, mostly because nothing has meant that much to me, but it’s also hard to wrap my head around the fact that this little serial number is now permanently attached and will go to my grave with me.
I stopped by the drug store to pick up lotion on my way home from the gym a while ago, and overheard a mother & daughter [I’m assuming] talking about nutrition and cheat days/meals:
Daughter: Yeah, but my nutrition coach has specifically told me that while I’m training it’s GOOD to have a cheat day or a cheat meal, it actually helps you lose weight.
Mom: Okay, cheat meals are fine, but you had thai food yesterday, apple fritters the day before, cookies today…
And she continued to list a bunch of junk food this young girl had eaten recently, in a very condescending and snotty tone I might add.
Soooo what’s your point, Megh?
Aside from my initial disgust and urge to spaz out on this woman for DARING to chastise her daughter in that manner, and in such a public place, it got me thinking. As I struggled with my EDNOS through high school, my body seemed like this alien object that I could try, and try, and try, to control and shape as I saw fit. My opinion of my body was so easily swayed by thinspo, and clothing sizes, and the slightest comment, and the more I fought to control it, the more it seemed to rebel.
My tattoo and my recent evolution into healthy, happy, fitness, have really taught me to take ownership of my body and what I do to it. This is the only body I will ever have, and my opinion of it is no longer something that can be influenced by stick-thin models, or people telling me to eat [or not to eat], or those who look down on me for having a tattoo.
The young girl in the drug store today simply responded with “Yeah, you’re right. You’re right. Yeah, I know” over and over, each time you could audibly HEAR the defeat growing in her voice. You know what? No. Fucking OWN that. Whether you feel good about eating that chocolate bar or not, YOU made that decision. Be proud of that! Sure, maybe your decision-making might need some improvement, but no one made that choice for you. And that’s fucking awesome.
So yesterday, I chose to get a tattoo and permanently mark my body with something that I love very dearly. Today, so far, I’ve chosen to get my ass up out of bed after a long night working the bar and very little sleep to hit the gym, and as of this point my macros are on track for the day. Tomorrow, I may decide to pig out on the M&M’s at work, which I do almost every shift. I sincerely hope not but, if I do, no one’s forced, influenced, or told me, to stuff handfuls of chocolate in my face. That’s my own decision, and I will relish the opportunity to make it.
Hia, you mention eating porridge and whey powder for breakfast - what measurements/ingredients do you use? You look incredible by the way - congratulations!Anonymous
Aww thank you!
I actually buy pre-packaged portions of quick-cook steel cut oats. Like the Quaker ones you can buy, but without all the added sugar and nonsense. I’m not much of a morning person these days, since I work nights, so the faster food and caffeine get into my system, the better for everyone haha! I believe they’re Compliments brand, from Zehrs or Sobeys in Canada.
Hey! I saw your before and after, and I'm right about where you were when you started. I'm 5'5 and 180, and I look a little heavier than you, but how did you do it? I'm really trying everything, but I can't seem to lose any weight. I go to the gym nearly everyday and do 30 minutes of cardio and then 30 minutes lifting, but it's not working. What did you do to lose the weight?my-lingering-secrets
What made all the difference for me was my diet. You can find all sorts of information on macro splits online [bodybuilding.com is probably my favourite source], and if you’re serious about losing weight & getting fit, taking the time to count your foods each day is a small price to pay!
Very simply put, all it takes is finding your caloric needs per day, deciding on a healthy, and realistic, calorie deficit, and then splitting the remaining calories between your proteins/carbs/fats. A fairly typical bodybuilder diet follows 1.5g/lb of body weight in protein, 25% of daily calories from fats, and then the remaining calories allotted to carbohydrates. That’s where I started, and it’s definitely not easy getting used to eating like that, but it’s SO WORTH IT.
I also focused a lot more on what type of cardio I did, and how heavy I was lifting. I started getting into HIIT [high intensity interval training], mostly because I hate cardio, but also because it’s the most efficient means of dropping weight/body fat. I also lift HEAVY. Lately I’ll start an exercise with a warm-up set using weight I can push out 15-20reps with. I aim to do 4-5 working sets [so 6 sets total], between 8-10 reps per set, almost to failure on the last set. I’ll use drop sets, pyramid sets, and burnouts as well, to change things up every few weeks.
I highly, highly, recommend spending some time looking through bodybuilding.com. They have exercise guides that show you proper form [with video!], sample workouts, and tons of diet and nutrition information.
Most importantly, stay positive; Rome wasn’t built in a day! I spent a year testing out a million diets and workouts, and it hasn’t been until the last five or so months that I’ve finally smartened up to what works. Progress is progress, no matter how slow or small!
This is important to me:
First picture is Monday night, after a massive “refeed”. I’d been eating low-carb for a week or so, and my energy levels were way down. Tuesdays are one of my leg days, and since I spent most of Monday sleeping and hadn’t eaten much, I ordered the world’s biggest pasta and ate the whole damned thing. To me, refeeds are different than cheat meals. Cheat meals make it seem like a BAD thing, which is a guilty association I try my best to stay away from after my disordered eating habits. Yes, I did have a massive pasta, with toast on the side, two chicken breasts, two servings of avocado salsa, and then went out for frozen yogurt with my girls afterwards. This is what my stomach looked like afterwards, haha. I’M PROUD OF THIS PICTURE.
The second picture is the next morning, after my typical breakfast of oatmeal + whey powder and, quite honestly, the best leg workout I’ve had in a month. Please note how my “foodbaby” has completely disappeared!!
Your body NEEDS carbohydrates to replenish glycogen stores in your muscles, and FUEL your workouts!!! Yes, low-carb diets can be beneficial for fat loss if done right, but carbs are not BAD. They will NOT make you fat. Embrace your carbs, LOVE THEM!
Another progress picture: March 2012 to March 2013.
Lots of ups and downs through the year, binge-drinking, poor diet, uneducated and inefficient exercise. Most of my progress has been over the past five months.
Hey, Megh! I saw your before&after photos and I must say I'm completely blown away by your accomplishment and dedication to healthy lifestyle!! :) You look so stunning! So inspiring! I wanted to ask you is: do you use whey protein? I was thinking of including it into my diet but I'm not quite sure. I eat healthy, workout and do cardio almost every day. What do you think? If you have any experience with it is it any good? Thanks for your answer! :) And keep going, you rock!needtobe-99
Thank you so much, first off. :-) I’m glad you asked about supplements, as I just had a huge conversation with a friend about whey/BCAAs the other day.
To preface this, I am NOT A NUTRITIONIST. Any information is merely my opinion based on the research I’ve done. Your body and mine are drastically different, and you could see completely different results than I have. I also have a general “bodybuilder” standpoint when it comes to diet. I’m trying to build muscle, and get as lean as possible, whereas if you’re just trying to live a healthier lifestyle, this approach may not be your speed.
With that out of the whey [lulz], this is what I’m currently supplementing with:
Left to right, there’s two tubs of whey protein isolates, my Strongman vitamin stack, and BCAAs.
I read a quotation in a magazine a few months ago about how a pro bodybuilder [Jay Cutler, I think] said you shouldn’t be worrying about supplements until your diet is on point. I generally agree with this statement; eating nothing but whey powder and chocolate bars isn’t going to help you achieve whatever fitness goals you have. However, even eating well, lots of lean proteins, slow-digesting carbs, unprocessed foods, and tons of fruits&veggies, it is really hard to get enough protein in [I’m working on 1.5g protein per lb of body weight right now].
Soooo I’ve had my experiments with whey powders, and so far the Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard is my favourite. It’s pretty well known for being downright delicious, and has been voted best whey supplement or something for years and years now. That’s the cookies&cream flavour, which goes amazingly in my coffee and greek yogurt. I don’t like the chocolate Nutrabolics behind it as much, but I bought it cheap from a friend who couldn’t eat it, so it’s nice to have around.
I have noticed a big difference since I picked up the ON whey, but I’ve also made a lot of diet changes as well. Generally, I’d recommend whey powders provided you’ve got your diet working well and you do some research on how/when to use them. The guidelines I was given for buying whey powders: avoid flashy packaging, and watch the sugar content. :-P Other than that, doesn’t hurt to get a smaller tub [like I did] to test some out. Popeye’s and some supplement stores will also give out free samples!
Hope that helps! Let me know how it goes!
Good morning, Tumblr!
Well, I’m back. I originally started this account around the time I took the picture on the left. Me, at 21, my heaviest weight, my boyfriend at the time had just called me fat, and I dove head-first back into my disordered eating habits from high school. I used this account for months as I dropped 40lbs or so eating around 150cal/day and taking fitness classes at a dance studio. I found a lot of “support” in the pro-ana community here, and spent most of my day online, skipping school, lurking thinspiration.
Without getting into all the emotional details [I’ll save that for another post someday], I ended up gaining all that weight back over the course of a few months, and it wasn’t until I had planned a trip to Mexico that I got back into a routine of taking fitness classes every day. I also started training for Tough Mudder, and got a gym membership last May.
I experimented with various “diets”, I forced myself to run, I stopped drinking for a while, I think I tried just about everything. I was working hard, but I wasn’t very well-educated, so progress was agonisingly slow.
It wasn’t until this past November , when I moved out on my own, away from a room mate, and into my first one bedroom apartment, that I finally got my act together. I started buying mens’ muscle mags, I did as much research as humanly possible on bodybuilders’ diets and muscle-building, and I started seeing drastic results.
The picture on the right is from a few days ago. I’m currently eating around 2800cal/day, following my macros, and lifting heavy. I still struggle to eat enough every day, especially with carbs, and it’s always an uphill battle to keep the guilty food associations at bay, but I’m doing it! I’ve seen such incredible progress over the past few months, I’d never dream of going back to my old habits.
So I’ve deleted all my old posts, and I’m starting fresh. I hope that I can show others that it’s not hard, or intimidating, or time-consuming, to eat properly and work out efficiently. I’ve done it, I’m doing it, and anyone else can too!
I am ALWAYS happy to answer questions, or lend an ear, so please don’t hesitate to contact me!