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ĸara нoward  Fitness Enthusiast, T1D 💪🏼💉 Follow @karahowardofficial 🛳🎤🌴🎭🌎 Snapchat: karahowardslife Proverbs 31:25 #diabeticdiaries

Sometimes I find myself suffering from body dysmorphia...

After puberty and throughout my adult life, I always had thick legs/booty but was thin on top - but because I have a slight case of scoliosis, my poor posture along with my thin arms (I always called them my “string bean arms”) made me hate the way I looked in photos or videos.

Nowadays, my posture is *slighty* better (I try to be more aware of it), but when I look in the mirror I often times still see myself with weak noodle arms, even when I have a pump - I didn’t like this pic when I took it. It usually isn’t until I see a photo or video of myself (typically while performing) that I tend to think “oh... maybe I could chill on the upper body days” 😂 Buttt that won’t be happening any time soon... I still want those #bouldershoulders! .
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How often have you let your ego cloud your judgement? Everyone is guilty of it at some point, I know I am. As I’ve gotten older tho, I’ve tried to become much more proactive about checking my ego at the door. I’ve learned that there is always someone who knows more than me, has a better method than me... I can always learn.

But I find I struggle the most with letting my ego go when changing something I’ve done before. I think I already have it figured out, so when I’m asked to change, I tend to put up a fight. I’m hoping that the more aware I become of my own weaknesses, I can focus on making myself better. If you let your ego go, you can learn so much more and become someone that everyone wants to work with, and THAT is my goal 🙌🏼 #checkyourego

Also a day late and a dollar short for #humpday, so a #tbt to living my best life in Puerto Vallarta it is! .
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Just working on that width 🙌🏼
First workout on board in the books! Going back to isolation workouts while I’m here - just easier with the limited equipment. I’m also reallyyy focusing on that mind-muscle connection and feel every muscle I’m trying to work. I only did 4 back exercises with 4 sets each and I was feeling the burn! #backattack #notusuallyamatchingsetperson #butthisoutfitcutetho
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Happy #flexfriday fam!
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I just joined another cruise ship yesterday for a few weeks of work and am being put in a show tonight 😳 so I have a lot on my plate today! Just wanted to check in and say hello, and hope you have a great day! ☀️ #weekendvibes #hotsuncoldbeer
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This weekend I took a break from social media by choice, as opposed to being forced to by bad WiFi connections.
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Sure, I’d pop on for a second or two and take a quick scroll... but no posting, taking time to think up long captions, or losing sleep scrolling and staring at my phone for ages.
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My 3 best friends came to FL to visit, and we’ve never had a girls trip/vacation before. We ate so much food, ordered dessert everywhere, drank our way through Epcot, sunned on the beach (with more drinks), and I went to the gym ONE time because my girl @allizack wanted me to put her through a workout. And if you saw my story from yesterday you know I got my first tattoo, along with my friends. 🔺
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It was an amazing 4 days of being in the moment with people I love, without worrying about what I was going to post next. It was the kind of mental break I needed before I leave tomorrow (😱) to hop back on a ship for a quick month... #surprise lol.
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Taking a break from your phone/internet world is good. I know I forget that sometimes, and I’m happy that I have my friends around to remind me to be here, now. ❤️ #getoffyourphone
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You wanna know something that secretly makes me really happy? When someone asks for my opinion, thoughts, or advice on something. But not for the reasons you might think...
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I don’t think I know best, or that I’m right all the time. Half the time my answer might even be “I honestly don’t know.” Or if I do give them my two cents, I’ll often times follow it up with the suggestion to ask someone who may know better or to do what works for them.
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The reason it makes me happy is really simple - it shows me that that person trusts me, believes I’m educated on a topic, that I have common sense, or they see me as a leader in some area. These are all qualities I strive for - I try to educate myself on a lot of subjects that interest me (and sometimes ones that don’t just to mix it up), I try to use logic and common sense, and above most things I aim to be trustworthy. I think at the end of the day, being able to gain people’s trust is one of the best qualities a person can have. It has to be EARNED, you can’t buy it or trick people out of it.
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On a completely unrelated note, I was totally feelin’ myself in this pic so #noshame #bootytricepsdeltshighlightPOPPIN #humpday lol ✨
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Did you know that diabetes is a catabolic disease?? 💉🏋🏻‍♀️
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If left untreated/poorly cared for, diabetes essentially will leave you undernourished, because the body’s cells won’t be able to absorb the glucose in your bloodstream... resulting in protein breakdown from your muscles, which is basically what happens when you’re starving 😳 (*sparknotes version lol)
But I’m gonna let you in on a little secret... 🤫
If you stay on top of tracking your blood glucose, not only will you need less insulin (which can aid in fat gain but that’s a different post), but you will have fewer hyperglycemic (high) glucose readings = less muscle breakdown = MORE GAINS 💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼 #commonsense #takecareofyourself
COACHES - if you work with diabetics, make sure they are testing their BGs regularly!!!
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Here are some videos from my full-body workout yesterday (mostly legs and back, tbh) for those of you interested in some gains all over! Lol
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WORKOUT:
•Barbell Hipthrusts - 4x8
•Barbell Bentover Rows - 4x10
•Sumo Deadlifts - 4x15
•Reverse Grip Pulldowns - 4x10
•Weighted Lateral Step Ups - 4x15 per leg (not shown)
Followed by 30 mins MISS cardio 💦💦💦
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What are your reasons for working out? Is it for an aesthetic that you enjoy? For health reasons? Because you want to perform a specific physical task in a healthy way for as long as possible? Because you like to challenge yourself?
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Or do you workout because you “hate the way you look” or feel like others would find you more attractive if you looked differently?
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If you answered the latter (even if you don’t want to admit it), I’m here to tell you that you’re in for a world of disappointment. If you’re working on your body while coming from a place of hate, you will have such a harder time seeing and appreciating the progress you make. And guess what - there will always be people who don’t like what you look like, no matter how much weight you may lose or how big you build your butt.
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It is absolutely ok to want to work on your physique, your health, and/or your athleticism. But you have to do it for YOU. Your mind and your body will thank you for it! ✨💕
#selflovesaturday #ilooksoserious #justsupertired #lovethisprocess
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What did you do today that made you feel accomplished? #justdidit ✔️
If I told you that I had a super productive day today, I’d be straight up lying to you lol. I’m one of those people that struggles with not having something to do... I feel completely useless. But there’s a difference between being “busy” and being productive, and at the moment I don’t have much to focus on other than my workouts since I’m on an extended vacay. But I did just finish my workout, so I can at least tick SOMETHING off my list, which makes me feel a little better. 🙈 Anyone else almost feel guilty when they aren’t “doing” something?
#beproductive #notbusy #ifeltreallazytho
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Surround yourself with people that support you and know your good angles 😉
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I can’t stress enough how important it is to have people in your life who believe in you and push you to be your best, even when you might not be feeling it yourself. Sometimes we just need someone in our corner to say “you CAN do it, I’ve got your back.” #knowwhatimsayin? If you feel like you don’t have those people in your life, get out there and find them! Having like-minded people in your circle will take you from 0 to 💯
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Just feeling the gratitude today for the people I have in my life and those that I’ve crossed paths with that have given me that support ✨💕
#gratitudeattitude #inthefeels #takemebackhere #goodtimes
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Bikini: @bershkacollection
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When you upgrade to the iPhone X and your food pics are taken to the next level 🙌🏼🥑🍳
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It’s been so long since I’ve tracked my food, it’s a lot harder now than it used to be lol. But making my own food and knowing what I’m putting in my body is making me sooo happy!
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When I last weighed myself on the ship (4/7), I weighed somewhere around 158lbs, which was pretty consistent/on the lighter end of where I’ve been for the last year or so (I’m 5’8” if you’re curious)... However, when I weighed myself the other morning, the scale told me I was 150.3lbs?! I have no idea if the scale is wrong or if I actually lost somewhere between 8-10lbs in 3 weeks, but that’s a number I haven’t seen in a longgg time 😳 If I did lose weight, it’s strictly accidental and from stress/undereating, so we’ll see what happens over the next few weeks as I attempt to add calories back in!
#foodforfuel #eatforyourgoals #thatavocadotho
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