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ATLANTA Yogis! I'm teaching next weekend at @highlandyoga! Come practice my 90 minute signature flow (without sand πŸ˜‰) on Friday and two Yoga workshops on Saturday.
April 7 & 8
ALL levels #noperfectpeopleallowed
Sign up: beachyogagirl.com
Space is limited β€’ Only a few more spots left!
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See you soon ATL!

"There are few people who know how I am naturally."
-Eminem

Social media only shows one side of who we all are in this life. Be careful of what you do, say, and act, because karmas a bitch and always comes full circle.

Kicking the shit out of these weights tonight with @richvellucci we still at it! @centurion_labz @centurionlegion @officialgasp @nutrichefnyc @cardilloweightbelts @official_otomix @6packbags

Body positivity 🌿
I used to be terrified of looking like I had extra weight on me. I'd do everything to appear smaller, suck my tummy in and try and flex whenever I noticed someone was looking at me. I was so ashamed that even though I workout a lot, I still had extra fat on my tummy. I thought people would judge me for that and think "she isn't working out properly or eating properly" . But you know what? I am. I'm doing what makes ME happy. I'm not here to please other people. Your life is meant to be lived for you, not anyone else. I know that you are your own worst critic, but that needs to stop. You are doing so amazing. Look at yourself in the mirror, look at your insecurities and tell that voice in your head to shut up and stop telling you that you're supposed to be insecure about those things, because you are beautiful! There is nothing wrong with your body.
Posting a photo like this is still weird to me, In the past I would never have posted these photos because I wasn't wearing any make up, my double chin is showing and my tummy looks weird. But there's no point in being so harsh on myself. I now know that there's nothing wrong with being the shape I am. This is how I look naturally and I'm proud of it. People come in all different shapes and sizes, there is no "right size" to be. So please don't be so hard on yourself. Stop picking apart photos of yourself where you think you look bad! Because you don't ! People in ads are always photoshopped and have photos taken from their best angles. That isn't real so please don't use those photos as motivation because they're unrealistic. Just love the skin you're in and you'll be so much happier!! I hope you all have a lovely and positive day πŸŒ΄β˜€οΈ

Love yourself at every angle
Weight loss and a life style change is more than just progress pictures and feel good photos, but that doesn't mean they're not important :) Others can't feel the way you feel, but you certainly can show it! You deserve to show your results, your pride and that feel good photo that best depicts all your hard work and the thrill you hold inside.
Follow your goals your aspersions not others ideals for what's perfect or pretty; show it off, even the pudge! It's your journey, and it's your body, accept yourself and love how far you've come. Admire other women, plus size/ fit and shapely for not being afraid to show their curves, their love for themselves or than beauty comes in more than one outline.

#transformationtuesday #selflove #loveyourself #nevergiveup #weightlossmotivation #fatloss #fat2fit #losingweight #girlswholift #fitspiration #dedication #motivation #weightlossjourney #weightloss #progressnotperfection #transformation #weightlosstransformation

I never had any sign of abs until I turned 40 but this is when I finally cleaned up my diet enough to lose the belly fat. Exercise will help you build up the muscles underneath but they aren't visible until you shed enough fat for them to show.
It's never too late though and it's still possible after having children. I do have some stretched skin after my two pregnancies but it's not evident when I'm standing with good posture.
I stopped working out my abs directly for quite a long time as I found that when I introduced lifting at home I was working my core enough.
Lately though I've been favouring short YouTube workouts so I'm adding in some ab workouts and thought I'd share a workout I came up with (below) and also a quick but very tough youtube workout for those of you wanting more of a challenge. - 7 Minute Ab Workout (6 PACK PROMISE) - Athlean-X (link in bio). This one is a killer! 😱

10 MINUTE AB WORKOUT
Ab Bikes
Straight Leg Raises
Heel Touches
Mountain Climbers
Reverse Crunches
Russian Twists
Plank With Alternating Leg Raises
Scissor Kicks
Bent Leg Jack Knife
V-Ups

I use the interval time app on my phone and do each exercise for 45 seconds and then rest for 15 seconds before moving on to the next exercise. πŸ˜ƒ

#TransformationTuesday at every stage in my fitness journey.
πŸ‘‰πŸ»2015- I was at one of the lowest points of my life. I was depressed, used food for comfort and didn't know where to turn. I was binging and restricting and living in disordered eating patterns.
πŸ‘‰πŸ»2016- competed in 2 bikini competitions and loved my body for the first time in my life, but I felt like death. It was hard to stand up from a chair, I was cold allllll the time and laughing took everything out of me. I loved my new bod but I felt like death.
πŸ‘‰πŸ»2017- I'm finally feeling fit and healthy and learning to love THIS body. THIS is the closest I've ever been to balance and I'll keep working until I find it πŸ’•

#transformationtuesday back edition πŸ’ƒπŸΌ Have you ever lost weight, then gained it back? Me too. I lost and regained a lot of weight 2 times. When I finally quite yo-yo dieting & doing only cardio and when I started Lifting and finally making it my lifestyle is what keeps it off, and keeps me making progress. Don't be discouraged, don't quite! You fall you get back up.

#TransformationTuesday - Truly is about #ProgressNotPerfection
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A few weeks back I put up and old photo from my 2011 competition where I weighed 140 on show day. I got some pretty negative comments about being "so small" and basically looking like a skeleton. This enabled some of those old emotions of being insecure and embarrassed to resurface. But guess what? If I quit back then like a lot of people would've liked me to, I wouldn't have built what I physically carry today.
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I'm still far from being a "big& #34; guy (currently 163lbs while prepping) and I'll never be the "biggest& #34; but I'll be damned if I don't try to be my best.
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It's hard to do something competitively without comparing yourself to your competition. But I see so many amazing physiques day in and day out that it can almost be discouraging. I even have the opportunity to coach some incredibly gifted athletes that I'll never be on their level.
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What I'm trying to say is, stop comparing yourself to others and just focus on being the best you, you can be.
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You'll never be truly happy until you learn to love yourself. This will also enable you to love and appreciate those around you for who they are at their core, not at the surface.
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#DamnThisPrepIsMakingTheFeelsPourOut #YouVSYou #CompetitiveBreed #NaturalBodybuilding

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Learning to find balance with food is a challenge and it's not a perfect process. Allow food to be one of the ways you care for yourself by nourishing and fueling your body. If you allow food to meet your needs, it becomes less of a battle and becomes easier to work with your food--not against it! .
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2014 vs. 2015 vs. 2016 ✨

Let me start off by saying, I miss my stomach being that flat & toned up (middle picture)! Definitely my goal, while maintaining my thick legs. It's all a process ladies, and it's all about your commitment. I've had my own struggles being committed & it took me way longer to gain weight or muscle mass or even cutting down & toning, because I was lazy, but once I finally committed & stayed consistent, the results came! You can do it. Don't put yourself down. Don't feel discouraged. 😊 Join me in your fitness journey, and email me about my customized meal guides & workout plans - mandaafitness@gmail.com ✨
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Breakfast! Not the healthiest with that peanut butter bar, but I needed something low calorie/high fat to be able to take my meds. Off to the gym after this for core/back work! The usual coffee (x2) with skinny cow peanut butter heavenly crisp bar ~210 calories. πŸ’ͺπŸ¦„
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Returned to some #tuckjumps for Day 88/365 of #handstand365_2017 with @inversionjunkieapparel πŸ˜‰πŸ‘β€πŸ™

I know a lot of you guys have them and wanted to know what are some things you would recommend that I try? Thank you! 😘❀️

Day 24: cardio high and low and core
Things to know:
1. This workout was fun! It incorporated 60 seconds of a move that alternates at high and low intensity.
2. Many of the moves burned my quads terribly and I know I'll be feeling this later!
3. The first move in the video was actually the last move of the workout. It's called donkey kicks. I actually laughed when I saw it at first because in my mind it was impossible. However when I tried it I was surprised I was able to do the full move. Not for the entire 60 seconds but for about 3/4 of the time. I attribute this to the wide variety of workouts I've done in the last year or so. Functional fitness at its finest.
It's Wednesday but it feels like a Monday!

Today I am my own #womancrushwedensday I'm working on myself and I'm proud of my progress😌 today I'm showing myself extra love. I just finished a 2 mile interval training and my legs are dead! I love feeling confident and good about how I'm treating my mind, body & spirit. Take care of yourself today... and be your own #womancrush

I'm a country girl through and through! ❀ I usually listen to The Highway while working out or Y2Kountry! I have a gym playlist as well, which is a super crazy mix of music. There's anything from Kelly Clarkson to Nelly to Faith Hill!
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What's your preferred music to listen to when working out? 🎢

Want it? Work for it!! Which is exactly what I'm doing now πŸ’ͺπŸΌπŸ‘ŠπŸΌ #workhard #lifestylechanges #abs #oosh #eatclean #trainhard #gymlife #gymlover #fitnessjourney #myjourney #progressnotperfection

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