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Shelley Darlington  πŸ‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ HEALTH & FITNESS EXPERT πŸ† Bikini Champion 🍳 Keto Coach πŸ“§ hello@shelleydarlington.com Custom Training & Nutrition Program COMING SOON πŸ‘‡πŸΌ

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I've become ruthless with my emotions over the last few years. If something doesn't feel good to me anymore, I drop it like a hot stone. That sounds harsh, right? But... it's changed my life in so many unfathomable ways and only for the better! I encourage you to do the same.
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YOU are a creator of unlimited potential, capable of amazing things! That voice of doubt that tells you, you are not good enough, that you can't... is not real. It lies to you. How do I know that? Because your deepest TRUTH will ALWAYS FEEL GOOD to you. Listen to your emotions, they will guide you towards everything you've ever dreamt of.
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BE FEARLESS. BE OPEN. BE YOU.
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Goodnight my lovelies πŸ’œ
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πŸ“Έ @quby

Have you watched my Insta story yet? I show you how to train smart, how to master the most important basic leg workout, as well as the best exercises for core! One of the most common questions I get from you lovely ladies, is, "what exercises should I do to get rid of belly fat?"β €
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The simple answer will probably surprise you... it's NONE.β €
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Yep, that's right. You can do a million crunches a day (and by golly, you'd have a core of steel if you did!) but that won't necessarily mean you'll achieve a flat tummy or a rippling six pack.β €
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Because ABS ARE MADE IN THE KITCHEN! πŸ΄β €
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Losing belly fat comes down to DIET! It's true what they say, YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT. Genetically, us ladies tend to hold our body fat predominantly on our lower body and in particular around our lower belly, (thanks eostrogen!). That little belly pouch below your belly button is an important layer of cushioning to protect your reproductive organs. πŸ˜ŠπŸ™ŒπŸΌβ €
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And let's be real here ladies, we're all different shapes and sizes. We all hold body fat in different places. We all have different constitutions and body types. So just because someone has abs, doesn't automatically make them healthy and vice versa. Health comes in all shapes and sizes!β €
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You can't change your body type. And why would you want to anyway?! You frickin' rock, just the way your mama made you! What you can do, is focus on becoming the healthiest and best version of YOU... abs or no abs! Just own it girl πŸ™ŒπŸΌβ €
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Good Morning! 😎
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Have you signed up for my CUSTOM WORKOUTS and MEAL PLANS yet? πŸ’ͺπŸΌπŸ’œπŸ₯‘πŸ³πŸ˜‹
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CLICK LINK IN MY BIO
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Limited spots available so be quick! πŸ™ŒπŸΌ
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I'll be posting a lower body and abs workout today so stay tuned to find out the best way to get rid of belly fat πŸ™ŠπŸ™πŸΌπŸ’ͺ🏼

Practice makes perfect πŸ™πŸΌ
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There is a fine art to posing and that's why I love the stage! You can see from this time lapse that I wasn't always graceful and confident πŸ˜‚ I mean, what is up with those flicky hands and pointy fingers (bikini girls, who can relate?!) 😳
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June 2015 - when I first entertained the thought of actually competing for the first time. No coach, no guidance. Just my feeble attempt at copying other competitors that I'd watched at shows and online.
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Aug 2015 - when I actually committed to competing by joining a federation and had one 1hr posing lesson with a bikini pro who gave me a nudge in the right direction.
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Feb 2016 - when I was a month out from my first ever comp and had been working with a posing coach for the previous 3 months.
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March 2016 - my first state show where I placed first in bikini short (I still cringe at those jelly arms though πŸ™ˆ)
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April 2017 - when I started working with a posing coach again in preparation for my next show.
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May 2017 - the night before competing in my last show with the @wbff_aust πŸ’πŸ»What a diva!!
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This just goes to show that we all start somewhere! If you are thinking about competing, don't just wing it with your stage presence. I wouldn't have improved as much as I have or won shows, if it wasn't for all those hours of practice.
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And even if you aren't thinking of competing, posing builds confidence, it gives you a far better awareness of your body and muscles... and is quite a workout in itself! Oh, and its hella fun to unleash your inner goddess 😜
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I will be taking on posing clients very soon! So if you want to learn from a champion and perfect your technique CLICK THE LINK IN MY BIO πŸ’œ

#FLASHBACK to strutting my stuff on the @wbff_aust stage in an itty bitty sparkly @creativebikinis πŸ˜β €
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Confidence doesn't come from trying to achieve a 'perfect' body. It comes from you owning the one you've already got πŸ™ŒπŸΌβ €
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#happyhumpday πŸ‘β €
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#motivation #fitspiration #fitnessmotivation #ketogirls #skinnytofit #skinnytostrong #fitgirls #ketosis #ketofam #gymmotivation #girlswholift #fitness #ketodiet #keto #ketogenic #shelleydarlington #weightloss #booty #bootybuilding #bootyworkout #healthylifestyle #bodygoals #transformation #lchf #lowcarbliving #ketoandweights #cleaneating #workout

This body wasn't built overnight.β €
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Training your muscles is one thing. But training your mind? THAT'S the real hard work. What you think, you become. I want you to really hear that. So I'll say it again...β €
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What. You. Think. You. Become.β €
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Or better still... What you FEEL, you become.β €
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Let that sink in. It'll be the best nugget of wisdom you'll hear all day πŸ˜‰β €
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Don't be fooled into thinking that just because you've nailed your workout and been a good girl with your diet, that you're going to see your dream body materialise in front of your eyes. Your physical body is merely a reflection of your mind.β €
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Every time you compare yourself to another girl and feel sh*t that your tummy isn't as flat as hers... take one step back.β €
Every time you feel guilty for that naughty treat you ate and think it's going to go straight to your hips... take a step back.β €
Every time you pull on those yoga pants and feel disgusted with those love handles poking out the top... take one step back.β €
Every time you look in the mirror and feel disappointed with your reflection... take a step back.β €
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Those feelings do not serve you. They hinder you.β €
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If you looked at my previous #transformation post, you'd think that I spent a gazillion gruelling hours in the gym and starved myself to get there, but the truth is, I didn't. Nope. Not at all.β €
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Don't get me wrong, of course I worked hard, but I enjoyed my sessions and always left the gym feeling great (and if I didn't, I'd just listen to my body, walk out the door and go for a massage instead). I didn't eat a strict diet that made me feel deprived and miserable. I ate foods that nourished me, made my tummy feel good and that gave me oodles of energy (and if I did eat something 'naughty', I relished it, because life is about balance).β €
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Stop being so hard on yourself. Focus on the things that feel good, the things that you are proud of about yourself, no matter how small. Focus on the only thing you CAN control... your own thoughts. Because the very instant you let go of the negative self talk, oh, my dear... watch how your wildest dreams unfold before your very eyes.β €
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Did you hear that?β €
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Go on, say it... "loud and clear"

#MONDAYMOTIVATION
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LEFT PIC: 20 years old, 40kg, bad posture, skinny fat, pimples, weak af, never stepped foot in a gym in my life! Ate Maccas and Subway pretty much everyday. Smoked, drank & partied hard. This is me on Bondi Beach when I first came to Australia as a backpacker 13 years ago. It's ok, go ahead, you can laugh out loud. Beaded braids Γ  la Monica from Friends Barbados hair circa 2003... Let's not even go there πŸ˜‚πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ™„ #tamingthejewfro
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RIGHT PIC: 33 years old, 54ish kg, better posture, lifting weights 5 days/week, strong af (well, for a mini human at least 😜), keto diet, no alcohol or smoking. In the best shape of my life, the healthiest I have ever been and feeling amazing πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ˜ŠπŸ’œ (still love a good braid though clearly)
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Let this be proof to you that age is just a number and that you are never too old to turn your life around! Sometimes I look back at old photos of myself and I hardly recognise the girl in the picture. Never in a million years did I think this would be my life as it is now... strong, confident, healthy and inspiring YOU to be the same!
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Truly, nothing is impossible. You have incredible potential inside of you that's just waiting to burst out!! You'll be amazed at what you are capable of, if you just believe in yourself. So stop dreaming and start doing!
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CLICK THE LINK IN MY BIO so I can show you how...
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I'm right here with you. Let's do this πŸ’œ

πŸ’œA SMILE IS A CURVE THAT SETS EVERYTHING STRAIGHTπŸ’œ
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I know this sounds cheesy as hell and I don't mean to come across like a FAKEness... sorry, I mean FITness model's "insert motivational quote here" post πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ but, did you know just how good smiling actually is for you? Seriously. It's like, really really health promoting.
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I used to HATE my smile. Now that's a strong word but I really did hate it. I was so self conscious as a kid, teen and even up until very recently. I wore a fixed brace and retainer for over 5 years but my teeth were still crooked after all that. I hated how my face scrunched up when I laughed. I was so insecure that I never smiled in photos. And let me tell you, I PERFECTED the resting b*tch face to a T πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ As a teen I was a skinny, shy geek with frizzy hair and questionable fashion sense. I used to get called names like, bugs bunny, witch, banana face and gappy tooth πŸ˜” Jeez kids are mean!!
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I've had 5 corrective surgeries on my mouth, gums and teeth over the last 20 years. I've had over 30 stitches in my mouth and I've spent countless months eating baby food through a straw. But now I can happily say that I love my smile, even if my face still scrunches up when I laugh.
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All that sh*t that I went through was horrible at the time but it taught me to be compassionate and strong, to always be kind to others and to realise that how you look does not determine your worth!
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Why am I even writing this?! I don't really know, I'm rambling. But the next time you hate on yourself or any part of your body, just remember, a diamond is just a lump of coal that did well under pressure πŸ˜‰ You are so much more than your body. You are so much more than this bag of flesh and bones that you walk around in. You are the universe looking back at itself. You are awesome, you are capable of amazing things and you are perfect just the way you are πŸ’ŽπŸ’«

I'll be honest with you. Today was rough. I had no motivation to workout 😞 I just wanted to stay in and cuddle up on the sofa and binge on Friday Night Lights (I know I'm a decade late to the party but how amazing is that show?!) The Viking and I are OBSESSED. I love it because #timriggins and Bae loves it because #football so we're both happy πŸ˜‚ Plus my neck is still sore and I had a acupuncture last night so my whole left side feels a bit tender and weak. But I'm carb cycling today to maximise on my strength now that I'm not in comp prep and I really want to gain some more weight, which means I might have a cheeky @lionellocookies πŸͺπŸ˜πŸ™Š... or 2!
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If I'm carb cycling I also do a depletion workout before hand. So I train hard, hitting major muscle groups to deplete my glycogen stores. My body responds super well to this method and I wake up the next day with full muscles and oodles of energy!
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Go check out my Insta story for today's workout and let me know what you think 😊 I started with heavy hip thrusts, lying hamstring curl and then finished with the full body circuit. Needless to say, I was utterly spent and left the gym feeling soooo much better than when I walked in πŸ’ͺπŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ’œ
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Hope you all have an amazing Saturday 😘

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Oh and P.S. No BS here. I don't things unless they are FUN & SUSTAINABLE. No chicken and broccoli here! Learn how you can eat MORE food (did I mention you can have 🍫 & 🌰 butter?? πŸ™Š) and get in the best shape of your life annnnd FEEL amazing πŸ™ŒπŸΌ
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Go on... do it. You know you want to 😜

#tbt to exactly a year ago! Wow how time flies. Can I just say... holy mother of glutes!! πŸ˜±πŸ‘πŸ™πŸΌ I remember I was strong af here. Thick, fit, bootylicious AND hitting PBs left right and centre πŸ’ͺ🏼 THIS IS HEALTH RIGHT HERE LADIES! I had a little belly pouch, my cellulite may have made a little comeback, jiggly bits galore but goddam I FELT SO GOOD... and that's really all that matters πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

HAPPY HUMPDAY πŸ’™

Clearly all that nut butter I've been devouring has gone straight to the booty. Amen πŸ™πŸΌ

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