11 3 / 2014
10 3 / 2014
fashionablyfitblr asked: Hi! just wanted to say I liked your post on thigh gaps a lot. I've seen sooo many posts glorifying it, and it's been bothering me.
Thank you for your comment! I’m glad social media platforms are taking a stand and alerting people that it’s not something healthy to strive for (though like I said - I have no problem with people who naturally have thigh gaps. Like I also said - It all depends on your skeleton basically!)
Hopefully more girls start to realize this!
10 3 / 2014
2 miles then chest and back day
Time to eat and relax in bed!
10 3 / 2014
Trigger warning: I will be somewhat discussing eating disorders.
When I first started my blog on Tumblr in 2010, a lot of posts I saw were “thinspo” or “thinspiration” which included pictures of girls with thigh gaps. It took me back to the days where a friend told me she wanted a thigh gap, and that your thighs shouldn’t touch. At the time, I wasn’t a personal trainer yet, so I didn’t think much of this, and didn’t think it was unhealthy or anything to want a thigh gap. I was remembering all of this because I saw Cassey from Blogilates posted on her Facebook page about searching for #thinspo, #thighgap and #skinny on social media platforms…I’ll get to that further below.
If you’re not sure what a “thigh gap” is, look it up on Google and a ton of pictures will show up.
As with any desire to change a certain body part, it becomes a problem when it is something one obsesses over. From what I’ve seen through social media platforms like Tumblr, it seems that younger girls are really striving for this. Looking through the hashtags on thigh gap pictures, you may find things relating to eating disorders. There are lots of workouts that also target this “thigh gap.”
06 3 / 2014
05 3 / 2014
Buying a used Lilly dress on FB for $45 and finding it on eBay for $100. eBay was new w/ tags, but still. Mine looks new. I snagged it a minute after it was posted 8)
I NEED WARM WEATHER SO I CAN BE LAZY, THROW A DRESS, NECKLACE, AND HEELS ON AND EERRYONE CAN THINK I’M FANCY!
invite me to these facebook groups? :-P
05 3 / 2014
04 3 / 2014
04 3 / 2014
I am so excited for this post! I reached out to Jenny after we had shared some tweets back and forth about running related things, and she agreed to do an interview through email for my readers!
For those of you who may not know Jenny Simpson, here’s a quick bio from her website:
Two-time Olympian Jenny (Barringer) Simpson has returned to CU to train with Mark Wetmore and Heather Burroughs and will serve as a volunteer assistant with the Buffs for her second year.
Simpson won the 2011 IAAF World Championship in the 1,500, winning in 4:05.40 to become the first American since another former Buff, Mary Decker Slaney, won in 1983. In 2013, she narrowly missed defending her world title as she finished second overall.
Here’s a great pic from that World Championship race:
I had met her in 2012 after the 5th Avenue Mile…she is so nice and down to earth!
This past year, she won the 5th Avenue Mile in around 4:18 I believe…Can I be that fast?
Okay, without further ado, here is her interview:
What race/s are you currently training for? Do you have a goal race in sight?
I’m currently training for the outdoor season. Most of my season will consist of Diamond League races which is the highest level competition circuit for professionals. I can’t wait to get started! I’m really focusing on trying to lower some of my PRs this year. After all these years, I am still looking for ways to improve and get a little bit faster.
04 3 / 2014
the worst way for friendships to end is for literally nothing to go wrong, you just stop talking. they stop messaging you to see how youre doing and you get sick of being the first one to initiate conversation so you just let the friendship go and wonder how that person is doing and never hear from them again
So very true.
03 3 / 2014
I’m not a huge fan of abs/core work, but I incorporate it into my workouts 2-3 times a week, because it is so important.
As a runner, having core strength helps me to run stronger and maintain good running form. Having a weak core could also lead to injuries, due to muscle imbalances (other muscles working twice as hard to compensate for a weak muscle).
Even if you’re not a runner, having a strong core gives you more power, and helps you have proper form in lifts such as squats, deadlifts, pull-ups etc. If you’re core is weak, you will definitely feel that when you are trying to do pull-ups!
And I’m not talking about core as in just your abs – working your lower back is part of that equation too.
Here are some “real-world benefits of strengthening your core” according to Harvard Medical School:
- Everyday acts. Bending to put on shoes or scoop up a package, turning to look behind you, sitting in a chair, or simply standing still — these are just a few of the many mundane actions that rely on your core and that you might not notice until they become difficult or painful. Even basic activities of daily living — bathing or dressing, for example — call on your core.
- On-the-job tasks. Jobs that involve lifting, twisting, and standing all rely on core muscles. But less obvious tasks — like sitting at your desk for hours — engage your core as well. Phone calls, typing, computer use, and similar work can make back muscles surprisingly stiff and sore, particularly if you’re not strong enough to practice good posture and aren’t taking sufficient breaks.
- A healthy back. Low back pain — a debilitating, sometimes excruciating problem affecting four out of five Americans at some point in their lives — may be prevented by exercises that promote well-balanced, resilient core muscles. When back pain strikes, a regimen of core exercises is often prescribed to relieve it, coupled with medications, physical therapy, or other treatments if necessary.
- Balance and stability. Your core stabilizes your body, allowing you to move in any direction, even on the bumpiest terrain, or stand in one spot without losing your balance. Viewed this way, core exercises can lessen your risk of falling.
- Good posture. Weak core muscles contribute to slouching. Good posture trims your silhouette and projects confidence. More importantly, it lessens wear and tear on the spine and allows you to breathe deeply. Good posture helps you gain full benefits from the effort you put into exercising, too.
Now we know core strength is important…
My Top Abs/Core Exercises
Okay first I want to say, I typed bird-dog into Google to get an image, and this came up…