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Shelley Darlington  ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ ONLINE COACHING ๐Ÿ† Bikini Champion ๐Ÿณ Keto Coach ๐Ÿ“ง hello@shelleydarlington.com

If you told me 6 years ago that I would be squatting 70kg now, I would have laughed so hard in your face ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ™„
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I haven't always been strong. Hell, I was called every skinny nickname under the sun growing up. Toothpick, skin & bones, stick insect, Olive Oyl, twiggy, chicken legs ๐Ÿ˜”
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I wasn't sporty at school, I was super uncomfortable in my body and I felt like everyone was laughing at me when I first walked into the gym ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜’๐Ÿ˜ฐ
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70kg might be nothing to some of you. Or it might seem utterly impossible to you right now. But my point is this:
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There is nothing you cannot be, do or have. So stop saying, "I can't" and replace it with "I WILL" ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ Because what you speak about, comes about.
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If you want to be able to squat 30kg, 50kg, 70kg... then you have to BELIEVE you can first. Even if it seems impossible right now.
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The best way to start believing in yourself, is to practice visualising yourself doing whatever it is that you want to achieve and FEEL GOOD doing it ๐Ÿค—
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See yourself literally doing the lift in your mind's eye. Go over it and over it a million times in your head. See yourself succeeding. Imagine the bar feels like nothing. Imagine it's as light as a feather and that standing up with it on your shoulders is effortless. And all the while reach for feelings that are in line with what you want...
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Feel strong. Powerful. In control ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ
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If you practice this every time you approach the bar and stay focused in that good feeling thought, there is no way you won't achieve it. Because your mind is powerful beyond measure and you have only just begun to scratch the surface of your unlimited potential ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผโœจ
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What the mind sees ๐Ÿ‘€ the body achieves ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ
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Happy Thursday my beauties ๐Ÿ’œ

Happy #HUMPDAY ๐Ÿซ
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I'm wearing a dress for the first time in forever! And I'm feeling pretty shmexy if I do say so myself ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿป I've always struggled to keep what little hard-earned muscle I manage to build and if I skip a meal I literally deflate haha! ๐Ÿ˜ฉ #ectomorph problems ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป but since going strict keto, I've not only maintained my muscle mass but I see gaiiinnnnz ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘€ Hip thrusts + butter, clearly = some serious murves in the Booty department! Feeling gooood and strong af ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ A ketogenic diet isn't just for weight loss ladies! It's hands down THE BEST for building a sexy, curvy and muscular body ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ
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Where my #hardgainer girls at? ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿผ Who else struggles to build and keep muscle?? It's hard isn't it? ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

Trying my hardest to nail the bad ass pose ๐Ÿ˜‚ #bluesteel
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I love unleashing my inner goddess once in a while, but in reality I'm just a goof ball ๐Ÿค“
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Some weird facts about me:
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๐Ÿ’œ I LOVE fantasy movies. Labyrinth with David Bowie is my all time favourite movie EVER. I know all the words & I even have the soundtrack ๐Ÿ™Š "you remind me of the babe... what babe?" ๐ŸŽค๐ŸŽถ
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๐Ÿ’œ I have a lifelong fascination with butterflies. They always seem to show up when big changes happen in my life. I even have one tattooed on my sternum (and on my lower back from when I was 14 years old #trampstamp ๐Ÿ˜‚ but it's since been covered up with my geisha) ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ‘˜
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๐Ÿ’œ I HATE oranges (and coriander, or cilantro as you Americans call it ๐Ÿ˜œ) the two together in a dish would be my worst nightmare ๐Ÿคข I've never liked oranges though, ever since I can remember. But what's funny is that my mum craved them throughout her pregnancy with me! I'm guessing I must have overdosed in the womb ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜ท
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๐Ÿ’œ And I absolutely LOVE interacting with you guys! I read every comment and I try to respond to as many as I can. If you ever have a question or want some advice, don't be shy! Please reach out to me. I love hearing about your health and fitness journeys, your experience on low carb or keto and anything you struggle with... just ask! ๐Ÿ’œ
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Happy Thursday my lovelies ๐Ÿ˜˜

It's that time again ๐Ÿ‘ #humpday ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ what's everyone's favourite Booty exercise?? ๐Ÿค” I have so many I can't choose!! Maybe inverted leg press ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ or Bulgarian split squat ๐Ÿ˜ฉ nahhh... who am I kidding? Hip thrusts win. Every. Single. Time. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

โœจBehind me is infinite power, before me is endless possibility, around me is boundless opportunity โœจ

#humpdaytransformation
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The pic on the left was taken in 2011 on a holiday in Melbourne. I remember being so self conscious of my skinny arms and legs!
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I wish I could tell you that it only takes 6 months to look like I do on the right, but the truth is it took me YEARS ๐Ÿ˜” I started lifting weights over 6 years ago. That's 6 years of consistently going to the gym 5 days a week ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ and consistently eating to support my goals ๐Ÿฅ‘๐Ÿณ๐Ÿ—
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I'm sorry but there's no short cut! My transformation is different from most... I didn't want to lose weight, I wanted to GAIN healthy weight and build CURVES ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘ Losing weight is hard, but building muscle from nothing is soooo much HARDER!!
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I remember when I first started I was clueless. I felt really weak and stupid trying to curl a 2kg dumbbell next to big burly dudes ๐Ÿ˜ณ I felt so out of place! I made a lot of mistakes, a lot of trial and error and failures, until one day it clicked.
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But I didn't have anyone to compare myself to at that time. There were no 'fitness models' or crazy 12 week transformation posts on social media. I didn't have a time frame in my head, I was just determined to get strong and build some muscle, so I put my blinkers on and just did the work... and then somewhere down the track I fell in love with it ๐Ÿ’œ but progress was so slowww!
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It took a good year before I started to see any real change in my body and honestly, I didn't even look like I worked out until maybe 3 years down the track ๐Ÿค”
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I know we all want results like, yesterday, but the truth is nothing can replace hard work, dedication and consistency. I just wish I knew then what I know now because I'd probably have saved myself a lot of wasted time and effort and I probably would have progressed much much quicker ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ
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But I'm proud of my journey and what it took to get there! I worked hard for it with consistency and patience... and when you finally reach your goal it makes it sooooo much sweeter ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผโœจ
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Don't give up, you are stronger than you know ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ
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Happy Lifting you beauties ๐Ÿ˜˜

My poor little arm potatoes have been neglected a bit lately ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ๐Ÿฅ” so I added this triset onto my back workout.

HOLY MOLY. This was tough! ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ˜… Try it on your next back day and let me know how you go! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ
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๐Ÿฅ” Plate Curls x 12-15 reps
๐Ÿฅ” Incline Dumbbell Bi Curls x 10 reps
๐Ÿฅ” Barbell Bi Curls x 8
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P.s See how I push myself to failure? This was my last set of 3 and after smashing back, I was already pretty pooped ๐Ÿ’ฉ Are you training with intensity? Because it's those last three reps where your muscles are screaming and you're fighting to push that weight, that all the magic happens! โœจ don't b*tch out before you get there! Find your limit and push right past it! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜œ

Happy Tuesday my lovelies! ๐Ÿ’œ

Fun fact: I'm a quarter Russian ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ a quarter Polish ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ half English ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง born in Israel ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ, raised in U.K. ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง and I live in Brisbane, Australia! ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿจ Phew! That was a mouthful ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ณ Where in the ๐ŸŒŽ are my followers from??

#mondaymotivation
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MONDAY LEG DAY! ๐Ÿ˜ค๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ˜ต I've been struggling with energy levels and felt really weak since going strict keto... it's to be expected! Nothing like real #ketoflu but still frustrating when all you want to do is beast out in the gym like a #ladyboss ๐Ÿ˜œ So I've been taking @perfectketones exogenous ketones for the past week and I feel amazing! No hidden nasties, no caffeine and the choc sea salt flavour tastes amazing. Really boosts energy levels and my mental clarity has been ridonk. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ (Obviously, this is a supplement and I don't recommend taking it unless you follow a ketogenic diet or trying to adapt!) ๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿป
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Has anyone else tried exogenous ketones to help them get into ketosis? ๐Ÿฅ‘๐Ÿณ๐Ÿ—

An unforgettable woman's confidence is often mistaken for arrogance. That's ok. Be confident anyway. They don't know what it took for you to get to where you are ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ
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Where are all my goddesses at?? โœจ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿป

Ah this song takes me back to underage discos in my hometown of gloomy Manchester in the UK! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜‚
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And It's #humpday somewhere in the world, right? ๐Ÿ˜œ
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Try this killer triset on your next booty day! Trust me, you'll be cursing my name but your peach will be thanking me for it ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜‚
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๐Ÿ‘ Smith Machine Pulse Squat (wide stance, toes out)
๐Ÿ‘ Smith Machine Inverted Leg Press
๐Ÿ‘ Glute Push Down On Assisted Machine
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I did 4 sets of 12 reps with a moderate weight right at the end of my session ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ
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Try it and let me know how you go! ๐Ÿ˜˜
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(P.s have a look at my instastory for the, ahem... not so flattering angles! ๐Ÿ˜‚)

#transformationtuesday ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ
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Age is just a number ladies! Although there's nothing wrong with how I look on the left, I was weak, unhealthy and already on a destructive path that would eventually lead me to a myriad of health issues like hormonal imbalance, IBS and chronic fatigue ๐Ÿ˜”
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13 years later, over 10kg heavier, in the best shape of my life and thriving. I found the ketogenic lifestyle, started lifting weights and completely reversed my health issues ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ
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But the biggest lesson I learned on the way, is that your mind is more powerful than you know! Change your mind and you can change anything. No dream is too big and you're never too old to start ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’œ
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Happy Tuesday my lovelies ๐Ÿ˜˜

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