#Fitspiration: My Favorite 3 Instagram Fit Chicks

If you know me, you know that I am really into fitness and being healthy but I am not without fault. So, I like to follow fitness Instagram accounts that will keep me motivated and inspire me with new routines and maybe even a few tips on how to eat right when I’m not too sure what I should be doing. Here are a list of my go to accounts:

 

  1. Qui2health

Qui2health, or Quianna is extremely inspiring. First of all, she is total #bodygoals! She give us fashion fierceness and she changes up her routine regularly. If you are ever lost in the sauce and wondering what you can do with your workout today to try and switch it up, head over to her page and you will definitely leave with some good ideas, whether it’s her working out or a videoclip of one of her clients. Side note, she also trains Bernice Burgos!!!! And these things aren’t even the best part, she also goes live on Instagram some mornings and evenings and does Q&A’s:

 

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2.Mankofit

A lot of fitness journeys come as a way to cope with other things. It’s no secret that exercising and diet changes can contribute to a healthier and happier lifestyle. So when you come across someone like Mankofit, or Massy Arias it can be very encouraging to see her progression. Before starting her journey she said, “[She] spent seven months in a dark room,” she says. “I would not shower. I started losing my hair.” Fast forward to now and she has 2.2 million followers, a new man and a newborn. If that isn’t enough to make you want to follow, here are a few pics of her below, BTW’s some of her workouts may come with a warning label:

 

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3. Trainwithmarissa

Last but definitely not least is Trainwithmarissa. She’s body goals, business goals and life goals. And she doesn’t mind sharing her tribulations in an encouraging way. She has stated that in the past she was living a lifestyle that didn’t allow her to love herself. Fast forward to now and this #curvyfit ambassador is inspiring others to never give up. Everyone has hard times, but in the end you have to remember to pick yourself up and dust yourself off. Below is a pic of her, caption included because it is a much needed #message:

 

These past few months have been extremely trying for me emotionally, to the point where I felt like I couldn’t catch a break. As a result, my goals and happiness took a backseat and I allowed myself to become consumed in everything that has been going wrong, but that’s changing TODAY. I had to realize that although I can’t always control what happens in my life, I can always control my reaction to each trying event. If you’ve been going thru it, it’s time to regroup and find your happiness. It’s easy to fall into the trap of letting life’s hardships consume us but resiliency is key. 🔑 BOUNCE BACK‼️Know that you’re not alone and whatever you’re going through, you CAN and WILL get through it. Don’t dwell on things – learn the lesson, keep it moving, and get back to your destiny. It’s time to glo up 👑 . . . . #TrainWithMarissa#ThickFit#CurvyFit#FitLife#NikeWomen#ChicagoFitness#WomenWhoLift#FitChicks#NaturalHair#TeamNatural#FitNaturals#NaturalHairDaily#FitThick#Results#Goals#Abs#ThickThighs#Fitness#FitWomen#NikeWomen#WSHHFitness#LegDay#FitAndThick#HealthyLiving#ChicagoTrainer#Natural#UpperBody#NoFilter#BounceBack#Motivation#Fitspiration

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These three ladies are my go to when I am not sure what to do in the gym or if I need to remember what I am working for. I swear the universe will always answer your calls, you just need to remain open. I don’t have money for a trainer so I try to find my answers elsewhere. Between these three ladies you can find the answers to almost any question, inspiration and encouragement. Do you follow any Instagram accounts that inspire you? Share them below!

#LostandFound: What To Do When You Feel Lost And Have No Motivation

No matter where you are in life, it’s not uncommon to feel lost, listless and purely unmotivated. Anyone who is in this moment knows that you can’t stay in this spot forever.  It could pass on its own or you can be proactive. If you can’t afford to be in this funk then here are a list of things that just might help!

1. Fasting! There’s nothing like a little deprivation to clear your mind. When your mind is clear you will be able to connect with the things that really matter to you. It has also been shown to have mood boosting affects. Fasting has also been known to help with weight loss when done intermittently. There are several ways to fast. Such as ingesting nothing but water up until a certain time of day, or only ingesting fruits and veggies. I’ve found this to be very helpful when trying to overcome negative situations and energy.

2. Write your feelings down! This can be a good accompaniment to fasting as well as prayer. Getting those ideas, fears, negative thoughts on paper can be like release therapy. You can burn them or save them to go back to later. When your mind is clear you may have some great gems to go back to and revisit. You can also revisit your goals or things you are working toward. Reminding yourself what you are doing and why can help reignite  the flame. Don’t lost track of where you’re going!

3. Travel! To me, there is nothing more soothing that sitting on a beach watching the waves come and go. Even the drive to your destination can even allow you time to clear your head and reconnect with the things that matter most to you. You can literally leave those worries behind for a moment and escape whatever is that is bothering you. When you comeback, you’ll have a new attitude and be ready to conquer. If you can’t travel, take a walk. I’m cheap, theres always an alternative!

4.Rest! You don’t always have to be on top of it every second of the day. It’s okay to take a day off and do absolutely nothing but stuff your face and binge watch Netflix. You have to take a break sometimes! Give yourself a specified amount of time to be in this funk and once it’s over get back to business. You have goals to reach! 

When you’re feeling like you might not be going down the right path, or you have no motivation to continue down the one you’re on try these steps. They’ve been a great help to me, let me know if they work for you!

 

**If you have any other ideas or tips to help get you back on your path leave them below or send me a message!**

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5 Tips to Stick to a Lifestyle Change

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Are you thinking about changing your lifestyle, whether it be going vegan, becoming more thrifty or becoming more spiritually centered. We’ve all heard that phrase that Rome wasn’t built in a day but how often do we actually consider that our Rome won’t be built in a day either. When we are ready to reach a new level in life often times we want that level up to happen quicker than it can or will. We have to prepare ourselves, we might have to jump over a few pits and break down a few barriers before we rescue the princess from Bowser. Here are a few tips and tricks that can help making your transition from who you were to who you want to be and trying not to get overwhelmed while you are doing so.

 

Make Small Changes: We tend to think that either it is all or nothing and there’s no room for mistakes. This may work for somethings and some people. But you can’t apply this same rule to everything and everyone in life. In the mean time, you don’t have to go all in and throw every single snack you have away you’ve ever enjoyed or stop getting your hair done and your nails fixed. All this means is that we want to make better decisions. So, instead of getting the extra blinded out nails, try getting a nice color that can last you a few weeks you won’t have to worry about touching up. Try substituting one meal out of your day for something home cooked and healthy. Small changes will lead to bigger changes over time after you build you confidence.

Envision What You Want For Yourself: I know it sounds silly, but envisioning the outcome that you want for yourself can be very helpful. When I was learning to play basketball, my father used to tell me to envision the ball going into the hoop. Envision your ball going into the hoop! This can help especially when you are filling like you’ve lost your way. It can help you get back on track sooner than later! That brings us to the next step.

Don’t beat your self up: This is a Major Key Alert! I know how easy it is to feel down when you didn’t have a cheat free day or week, but we all make mistakes. If you broke down and bought a bag that cost too much, or you ate meat after doing so good. It can feel like it’s the end of the world but you can’t give up. Dust yourself off and try again! This one mistake or 50 mistakes don’t define who you are or what you want in life. What defines you is whether you give up or not. Mistake does not mean the same thing as failure or giving up and you can’t fail when you try.

Talk to friends and family: More often than not, when you share your struggles with friends and family that support you they will let you know just how far you’ve come. I know it sounds simple but sometimes you need to hear that your hard work is being noticed and that you are working hard.

Don’t give up: I’ve mentioned this a few times but it bears mentioning again. If you wan’t to reach your goals, the cardinal rule is to not give up. If something is important to you, the worst thing you can do is to give up or never try. You’ll never know what you could have accomplished.

I know that changing your lifestyle can be really hard, even though the benefits are great. This means shifting things in your personality that have been ingrained in you, possibly from birth. Don’t expect things to happen overnight. If it does, that’s awesome but if it doesn’t keep trying and never give up. That better you is waiting on the other side!

Do you have any tips and pointers on making a lifestyle change that weren’t listed above? Leave something in the comments, we can all benefit!