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Empowering a balanced lifestyle between living healthy and living abundantly.

I focus on informing others that food is meant to be enjoyed without sacrificing living a healthy lifestyle. Using myself as an example, I show you can travel and attend local events without fear that you're falling off-track of your diet or workout plan.

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๐Ÿ‰ is my summer fruit. Do not underestimate that I could finish that whole bowl if you dared me to. ๐Ÿ˜‹ Enjoy your summer weekend! Thatโ€™s it, thatโ€™s the post โœŒ๏ธ

Iโ€™ve put a lot of announcements on hold for the past several months out of empathy for others and what everyone is going through.โฃ โฃ ๐˜โ€™๐˜ฎ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ข ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฌ. I donโ€™t expect others to have done the exact same actions as I did, but I hope that at least the thought crossed their minds. Maybe I took some of these too sensitively & was not putting myself first enough. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ Honestly, I donโ€™t ๐Ÿ’ฏ know my reasoning for sharing, other than that I feel I didnโ€™t โ€œshow upโ€ on social & wanted to share why.โฃ โฃ 1๏ธโƒฃ When gyms closed - I had just received AMAZING pics from an in-gym photoshoot (๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ฃ๐˜บ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ป๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ @๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ต!). I decided to postpone those. It simply didnโ€™t sit well with me to share as people lost their primary form of physical activity, canceled meets, etc.โฃ โฃ 2๏ธโƒฃ Same timing as above, I saw a post say something like, โ€œIf youโ€™re maintaining a full time job, please stop doing live workouts for free & open that space to those who have lost their incomeโ€ I heard that & followed.โฃ โฃ 3๏ธโƒฃ As people found outdoor-means of physical activity, I was turning around to the idea of posting again. Then the tragic death of George Floyd happened and I was definitely going to pause to amplify BIPOC voices over my own.โฃ โฃ During this time, Iโ€™ve been silently ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—บ๐˜†๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ณ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—œ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜† beyond being a competitor in powerlifting or #fitspo. As a marketing professional first, figuring that out has been slow moving with the time left in the evenings. But it's moving. Iโ€™m excited to start sharing more. Stay tuned โœŒ๏ธโฃ โฃ โฃ #girlswhopowerlift #powerlifting #meanmug #usapl #powerliftingwomen #barbell #squatrack #squatbenchdeadlift #gwpl #powerbuilding #liftheavy #juggernaut #chadbot #grmi #grandrapidsmi #grfitness

๐—ฃ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—”๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜: ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฑ๐—น๐—ฏ๐˜€ ๐˜… ๐Ÿฐ @ ๐—ฅ๐—ฃ๐—˜๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฌ (๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜บ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜™๐˜—๐˜Œ๐Ÿฟ)โฃ โฃ ๐Ÿ”™ 7 months ago, I recorded a 1RM deadlift of 235lbs.โฃ โœ”๏ธ Today, I did that for 4 full reps! (While also weighing 20 lbs less)โฃ โฃ If I had some chalk on my hands, I definitely would of had another 10lbs. ๐Ÿ˜คโฃ โฃ I find this 7 month increase a big deal because that includes ~๐Ÿฎ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ต๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ๐—ณ due to covid closing gyms AND having ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜.โฃ โฃ โ€ผ๏ธ P.S. Iโ€™ve already gotten a lot of feedback on my form and thought Iโ€™d share it here to make sure Iโ€™m not influencing anyone to follow my lead ๐Ÿ˜‚ โฃ โฃ 1๏ธโƒฃ I sort of forgot the deadlift is a hip hinge ๐Ÿ˜…. While trying to correct some back rounding recently, I accidentally conditioned myself into a starting position that more resembles a snatch or clean start position. Iโ€™m going to keep working on my optimal start position by raising my hips. I donโ€™t want to be squatting my deadlift lol.โฃ 2๏ธโƒฃ With that ๐Ÿ‘†, Iโ€™ll also get my knees more out of the way to keep the bar positions over my feet more.โฃ 3๏ธโƒฃ I got called out for deadlifting in runners. ๐Ÿคญ I want to put myself as close to the floor as I can. Iโ€™ll start training in my vans. I also just got some slippers from @a7intl , so weโ€™ll see how that transition goes!โฃ โฃ Crazy how easily form can break as you go up in weight AND/OR when you try to over-correct yourself. Make sure to video yourself often folks, or get a coach that includes occasional form check-ins.โฃ โฃ โฃ #juggernaut #jugglife #chadbot #homegym #usapl #powerlifting #deadlift #garagegym #girlswhopowerlift #grandrapidsmi #grfitness #grmi #demandgreatness #personalbest

๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐˜€๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜…๐˜ ๐˜๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐Ÿ™‚ โฃ One day, we took a different route for our walk.โฃ โฃ It was forest-y and shady. We critiqued large houses we canโ€™t afford. We breathed in fresh air. We sweat and got forehead tans. We took water breaks on bridges. The puppers did his somersaults in the cool grass.โฃ โฃ It was so nice to enjoy something new and it was boosting my mood. ๐Ÿฅฐโฃ โฃ And then I looked at my watch. โ€œOnly 2.5 miles??? ๐Ÿ˜‘ Only 6000 steps???โ€ Good mood squashed.โฃ โฃ I regret dismissing that nice experience. I canโ€™t believe I cared more about the exercise aspect - how quickly I forgot the past hour.โฃ โฃ ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜ ๐˜๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ ๐—ฎ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ธ, ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ธ๐—ฒ, ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐—ท๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ?โฃ โฃ Not because of metrics. Not because you should burn more calories today. Or, to make up for that extra snack.โฃ โฃ Nowadays, our walks are watch-free. We base whether we want to walk further on the weather, our body stiffness, our mental-state.โฃ โฃ If you can relate to my story, I encourage you to try a day or two without. Tracking metrics is a-okay - but donโ€™t lose deeper purpose. ๐Ÿ’•โฃ โฃ #gooutside #activeoutdoors #gothefuckoutside #hikelocal #puremichigan #dogwalks #outdoorfitness #outdoorworkout #dogsofgr #grfitness #grmi #grandrapidsmi

Thought Iโ€™d reintroduce myself on here - ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ณ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป.โฃ โฃ Hey, Iโ€™m Jessica. Iโ€™ve been lifting since 2011, but majority of that was bodybuilding style with lots of hypertrophy. I took 3yrs off of lifting, and finally got back into it 1 year ago.โฃ โฃ I decided to get into powerlifting about 7 months ago. My starting stats were:โฃ ๐Ÿ”˜ S: 225# / B: 140# / D: 235# @ 84KG+โฃ ๐Ÿ”˜ My federation of choice is @usapowerlifting , raw.โฃ ๐Ÿ”˜ #JuggernautAI Powerlifting is my programming.โฃ ๐Ÿ”˜ I manage my own nutrition with brain gainz from @biolayne and @rpstrengthโฃ โฃ I was SO ready for my first meet in March 2020, but it got canceled. โ˜น๏ธโฃ ๐Ÿ”˜ My (new) first meet is scheduled for August 22.โฃ ๐Ÿ”˜ I hope to compete in the 85KG weight class.โฃ ๐Ÿ”˜ If I were to compete tomorrow, Iโ€™m trending to start all lift openers at least ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ# ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜€.โฃ โฃ Okay now for some fun facts:โฃ ๐Ÿ”˜ My favorite lift is the deadlift, bc itโ€™s not โ€œscary" to me.โฃ ๐Ÿ”˜ Iโ€™m most determined to increase my bench.โฃ ๐Ÿ”˜ My fave brands are @girlswhopowerlift , @sbd.usa , and @a7intl ๐Ÿ”˜ I plan to work on olympic lifts during off seasons.โฃ ๐Ÿ”˜ If I had to eliminate 1 equipment, Iโ€™d pick belt or wrist wrapsโฃ โฃ ๐—ก๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—ถ๐˜โ€™๐˜€ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ป. ๐—ง๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐˜† ๐—ณ๐˜‚๐—ป ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ด๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜€๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜„! ๐Ÿ’ฌโฃ โฃ #usapl #usaplmi #powerlifting #girlswhopowerlift #gwpl #jugglife #juggernaut #chadbot #deadlift #powerliftingwomen #fitnessjourney #deadlifttillimdead #powerbuilding #liftheavy #grmi #grandrapidsmi #grfitness #westmi

What I use to fuel workouts, maintain/build muscle, and recover better.โฃ โฃ ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ-๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜: ๐—•๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ผ - ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ @๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฒโฃ โฃ Pro tip: Keep it simple. Skip the bloating powder and caffeine pills. If you donโ€™t like black coffee, then I guess you could buy those, but pick one with less added ingredients that are only adding to the cost, not adding to your workout.โฃ โฃ ๐—œ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ-๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜: ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฌ๐—ด @๐—š๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ + ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฏ๐—ด @๐—ข๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ถ๐—บ๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ก๐˜‚๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜† + ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฌ๐—ผ๐˜‡ ๐—ช๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟโฃ โฃ Iโ€™ve just started implementing intra-workout drinks thanks to some brain gainz from @rpstrength, and feel that my training and recovery have improved immensely. Thereโ€™s so much to be said about intra-workouts, but to summarize, you want simple carbs (like sugars), sodium, and some protein. ๐˜ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ซ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ข-๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต. ๐˜๐˜ง ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐Ÿง  ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ซ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ป.โฃ โฃ ๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜-๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜: ๐Ÿญ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ข๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ถ๐—บ๐˜‚๐—บ ๐—ก๐˜‚๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜† + ๐Ÿด๐—ผ๐˜‡ ๐—ฆ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—บ ๐— ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ธโฃ โฃ This one is probably the most optional for me and for others. I take it bc I end my workouts after 9 PM and I would rather have something than nothing before bed. Having calories after a workout will help with recovery. So if you have breakfast, lunch, or dinner after your workout, youโ€™re good to go. I also take it to help hit my protein goals to help maintain muscle while losing weight.โฃ โฃ Let me know if you have any questions about nutrition or meal timing around training. Ask in the comments or DM me ๐Ÿ’ฌโฃ โฃ #preworkout #intraworkout #postworkout #wheyprotein #mealtiming #coffeesnob #trainsmarter #trainingnutrition #powerlifting #trainingsessions #girlswhopowerlift #supplementsthatwork #aminoacids #grmi #grandrapidsmi #grfitness

As an advocate for physical and mental health, Iโ€™d like to encourage those who are actively protesting to take occasional breaks. What you are doing takes so much strength and energy. You need to recharge in order to continue standing. Physically: ๐Ÿ’ง Itโ€™s been hotter temps lately, remember to hydrate. ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ Youโ€™ve been marching, rest your feet. โœŠ Youโ€™ve been raising posters, fists in the air, walking, and standing, please stretch or do yoga ๐ŸŒฌ Your heart is heavy, open your chest and research calming breathing exercises. . โ—๏ธImportant note: itโ€™s common for our body to hold onto trauma and stress. If while releasing body tension, should you feel like crying - please allow yourself to. Itโ€™s healthy to release emotions.โ—๏ธ . Mentally: ๐Ÿ’ฅ Youโ€™ve been in chaos, sit in total silence for a bit. ๐Ÿ›‘ Youโ€™ve been exhaustively educating, set boundaries or temporarily disable your DMs. ๐Ÿ“ต Youโ€™ve been consuming, turn off your phone and news for at least one hour at a time. ๐Ÿ’ญ Youโ€™ve been listening, meditate and quiet your mind for 10 mins. Please attempt at least one of these ideas. Your efforts are best articulated when you are in your best health. Commit to me in the comments which one of these you will do today, so I can see you well as we continue to fight injustice. #justiceforgeorgefloyd

I noticed some body positive + fitness bloggers with username's including the word โ€œfat.โ€ Names like fit fat and X, fat to fit, etc. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Majority of these girls who call themselves both fat + fit end up having figures that: ๐Ÿ”˜ have defined upper ab lines/still can see ribcage ๐Ÿ”˜ need to lean over or sit in order to show rolls ๐Ÿ”˜ need to jump in dances in order to show jiggle ๐Ÿ”˜ fit the standard unsupportive S, M, or L bralette โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Girl, if this is what you and society consider โ€œfat,โ€ we have a problem. ๐Ÿคจ But that definition rant is for another time. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Unfortunately, thereโ€™s still a standard that larger women are being held to in order to be considered a โ€œbeautiful or acceptable fat woman.โ€ Look at top influential โ€œbody-positiveโ€ bloggers and curvy brands' catalogs, youโ€™ll rarely find an exceedingly popular curvy woman that doesnโ€™t have the perfect pear shape. Still small enough up top to fit standard bras, blouses, and swim tops so brands donโ€™t need to tailor the most difficult part of the body... But round enough at the bottom to fit into stretchy jeans/leggings that appeals to todayโ€™s obsession with larger butts. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € I want all women to know that no matter where you โ€œhold it,โ€ you are beautiful. You donโ€™t need to have obvious toned body parts to be considered fit. If you work out consistently in your own way, you are already more fit than the 75%-ish of Americans that donโ€™t hit the recommended physical activity. โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € I know itโ€™s hard to believe, bc we are always comparing ourselves to who we end up following for motivation. When your feed is 90% smaller figures and daily workout posts, itโ€™s easy to assume youโ€™re not โ€œenough." โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ €โ € Trust me, your own consistency is the only thing you need to compare yourself to day to day. Do that, and youโ€™ll hit any kind of personal goals no problem. _ #bodypositive #bopo #fatandfit #fitandfat #haes #healthateverysize #findyourbalance #grmi #grandrapids #grandrapidsmi #westmi #girlswhopowerlift #gwpl #powerlifting #womensfitness #womenshealth

I am an ally! โœŠ๐ŸฟโœŠ๐ŸฝโœŠ๐Ÿป๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ I fight next to minorities for their human rights and stand against the injustice they endure. Right now, the main stage belongs to BIPOC, and as their ally, I will do what it takes to help keep the spotlight on them. Sign petitions, show up to vote, donate, and more. The actions you can take to help are there, in your IG stories, on your Fb feed. You know exactly what to do. I understand if you donโ€™t know what to say. I recognize I will never understand what POC go through, but I listen and respect their experiences. If you find yourself struggling to understand, know that it starts with empathy and removing prejudice. No matter how small or large the discomfort your minority friends feel, those feelings are valid. From, โ€œI feel like Iโ€™m getting the side-eye,โ€ to โ€œI feel like I might get murdered.โ€ Those and everything in between are valid. Listen to them, believe them, acknowledge them. #BlackLivesMatter. Racism exists and it is not to be ignored or passed over. Rise against it. Pride month also starts today and I will be doing all the same for the #lgbtq๐ŸŒˆ community during this time. Band together!

๐—–๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐Ÿญ ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜! ๐Ÿฅณโฃ โฃ This month last year, I finally broke my unintentional 3-year streak of skipping the gym. ๐Ÿ˜…โฃ โฃ To others, this might be a silly thing to celebrate, but for me, itโ€™s huge. I started working towards strength & physique goals back in 2011. The list of things exercise has done for me is too long, including happiness, independence, femininity, & health.โฃ โฃ Understandably, not working out for so long reversed some of those things for me. While it felt like betrayal, for my mind & body to refuse consistent physical activity, Iโ€™m glad that hiatus happened. ๐Ÿคญโฃ โฃ Lifting 2011-2017 was not all ๐ŸŒˆ & ๐Ÿฆ„. A number of goals were made & met out of self-hatred & insecurities. It really took 3 years, hitting my highest weight, getting some health-scaries, & a lot of mental reflection to achieve a positive mindset change towards my โ€œWHYโ€ for working out & eating well.โฃ โฃ Joining a strength-focused gym & community, rather than a commercial gym, is what let me finally pivot back into fitness for good. (Thank you @d1grandrapids ๐Ÿ’•) Prioritizing strength goals, rather than physique goals, is what kept me going.โฃ โฃ A few wise people have been touting how โ€œmotivationโ€ is bullshit. I agree. ๐——๐—ผ๐—ปโ€™๐˜ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป, ๐—ฏ๐—ฐ ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ปโ€™๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜†๐˜€ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ. You need a solid โ€œwhyโ€ & have the unwavering commitment to your health. Health doesnโ€™t hit a peak & then just stays there. Work on yourself physically & mentally every day. ๐Ÿ’ชโฃ โฃ โฃ #strengthtraining #strengthandconditioning #fitnessjourney #weightlossjourney #motivation #girlswhopowerlift #powerlifting #usapl #bodybuilding #hypertrophy #powerliftingwomen #barbell #squatrack #squatbenchdeadlift #gwpl #powerbuilding #liftheavy #juggernaut #chadbot #grmi #grandrapidsmi #grfitness

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