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As you go along in a cut phase or "dieting& #34; or trying to lose weight (whatever your terminology preference is), it becomes very mentally, emotionally, and physically challenging which is why "diet breaks" are important. The past few weeks have been quite tough for me honestly. I've had "on point" days and quite the struggle bus days when my emotional eating has gotten the best of me. I don't care that my weight has fluctuated, but it does get frustrating not always feeling in control.
As your body adjusts to lower calories and you begin to plateau in a cut phase, you must either decrease calories again, add in more cardio, or do a combo of the two. The problem with this though is your body becomes deprived of the sustenance it requires to function optimally. You can easily lose energy, become fatigued, and makes workouts more challenging.
Diet breaks depend on how long of a cut phase you plan to be in. Some people have more weight to lose than others. Ideally you want to take a break about every 10-14 weeks, but it really just depends on the individual goals and circumstances. They can last anywhere from 1-3 weeks with a calorie increase that remains right at or just below maintenance.
A break from cutting helps reset your metabolic rate and sets your hormones levels back to normal. Psychologically, it also provides a much needed relief. For example, if you have roughly 50lbs to lose that could take up to a year if you're losing the recommended 1-2 lbs a week. To think you have to "deprive& #34; yourself for that long almost makes you not even want to start! But if you can think of it as dieting for 10 weeks with a break every 2 weeks with more "normal& #34; eating, it makes the task seem less daunting and easier to stay focused.
Weight loss is not easy mentally, physically, or emotionally. The main goal of a cut should be to be able to lose weight while eating as much as you can and keep it as short as possible. Always be realistic and honest in your approach and keep the bigger picture in mind. It's never a race, always a journey 🌿✨💕🐢

Self love... On a Tuesday ✌🏽️ thank you so much for the overwhelmingly positive response to the articles that give an insight into my struggle with anorexia and how I overcame it in the most awesome way, finding self love and body positivity literally SAVED MY LIFE. Just as was quoted in the article, if it saves one person it's definitely worth it. 🌸
#bodypositive #allbodiesaregoodbodies #chooselifewarrior #bigandblunt #belly #plussizemodel #plussize #plussizefashion #theresnowrongwaytobeawoman #goldenconfidence #effyourbeautystandards #embracethesquish #confidence #beauty #instagood #beyourownkindofbeautiful #loveyourbody #loveyourself #fatbabe #rolls #curves #curvy #thick #thickthighs #bbw #selflove #recovery #anorexia #eatingdisorderrecovery

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 don't feel like leaving my house today so I worked out at home. I feel tired and sore and weird and just want to lay on the couch all day and watch gameplay videos. So that's the plan 😴

‼️IT'S IMPORTANT TO TAKE BEFORE PICS‼️ that way you don't end up using photos from way back when you thought you were a self proclaimed model 😅 oh the embarrassment 😬.
Seeing your body every single day, it's super easy to overlook the HUGE progress you make over time. It's awesome to look back at pictures and not only see the physical changes but also remembering how you felt about yourself in the past and realizing all the mental gains you made along the way. The process is long, tiring, and to be completely honest with you- it's never ending. You don't need all this fancy bullshit to get to where you want to be (yes I mean you don't need, detox teas, body wraps, special drinks/ shakes, special pills, special toilet paper idek what else), you just need food, weights, sleep, and people who do nothing but support you along the way. ❤️.
Also ‼️‼️‼️ a lot of you have been worried that my @EZFitGuide is not on sale anymore because it's not in my bio- but yes it is still available 🤗❤️ I put the link in my bio, but if you're reading this a lil late then you can still find it at EzFitGuide.com ❤️. #TransformationTuesday #Transformation #SelfLove #MentalGainz #FitnessFetus #gymshark #gymsharkwomen

A little dose of REALITY!
I posted this a few weeks ago, but I've had a few more friends join my journey!
And I think this message is so so important! 🙏🏼
To my new friends that have joined my journey welcome! 😍
I like to post reality checks to help keep things in perspective.
We can be our biggest self critics and social media can lead to discouragement because we compare our insecurities to highlight reels. In reality, we shouldn't be comparing our lives at all to anyone else but our own journeys !
In this video:
➡️Relaxed, sucked in & flexed- stomach
➡️Flexed hip flexor vs legs and grabbing skin and fat. ➡️Posed booty pic vs flexed glutes!
YES I HAVE DIMPLES & CELLULITE! 🤗 ( It's normal and it's healthy!! )
I'm not going to lie, being transparent is such a beautiful thing but i'm still incredibly nervous to post this.

I have my flaws, my insecurities and they are beautiful. I love my body in all angles. Flexed, relaxed posing, non posing and bloated!
Being vulnerable to thousands of people is amazing and terrifying at the same time. But our world needs more transparency. ❤

My insecurities don't define me but that doesn't mean that they don't creep up every now and again!
I'm human.
Fighting your battles and your negative thoughts is what makes you strong!

Love your body. Love your curves. Start Loving your insecurities. They make up you! Know your worth and don't let your insecurities define who you are!
Social media is a powerful tool for motivation but don't let it warp what reality is like!
TAG someone who is beautiful! ❤

Repost @rvbyallegra ••UNAPOLOGETIC••
I've had a storm in my mind over the last few days. Conflicting emotions; some good, some not. I thought hard about whether I wanted to actually post this full image from the @underneath_we_are_women campaign.
I'm smiling in this photo - I think it's a wonderful portrayal of my personality and general attitude. I was smiling, but I was also terrified as this was being shot. As much confidence as I may exude and portray to the world in my everyday life, the reality is I've harboured quite strong feelings of resentment toward my own body for a lot of my life. Feelings, I think, which are a reflection of society's deeply internalised attitude towards the disabled body; that it is unattractive, undesirable, shameful, broken and that it should be changed, fixed or covered up. When I note that it's not in fact my stomach or my arms or my hips that I find it difficult to look at, or that I'm wearing almost nothing, some people may be surprised. It's my legs and feet. They're swollen as a result of lipoedema and look different because of my disability. I've been very good at hiding them from the world for years.
Facing the pressures placed upon women to conform to idealised standards of beauty has been somewhat easier for me than it has been for me to live in this world as a woman with a physical disability.
This is why I have decided to post this picture. It needs to be seen. I wish, as a little girl, I had seen something like this. A disabled role model telling me that I was allowed to love myself, that I didn't have to hide, be ashamed of or apologise for my body. That I existed. I had to figure this out (for the most part) on my own, and at times it was incredibly lonely, traumatising and isolating.
This shoot was incredibly liberating and has taken me a step further toward my self acceptance and ability to live unapologetically in this body and in this life. 💕🌿✨🐬
Thankyou @amydfoto for pushing me to do this. You can learn more about and support her campaign here:

Spanish girl, JLO ✊🏽❤
Skirt and shirt: @philanthropyfashion

"J& #39;aimerais être comme toi et oser me mettre en short, profiter de la vie, mais je n'y arriverais jamais"
Peut-être que tu n'y arrivera jamais, car tout est embrouillé et à l'envers dans ta tête 😮
Je suis au dessus des shorts, des tenues moulantes, des strings ou des grosses culottes, le jour où tu va bien tout ça revient à sa place, c'est genre du sel sur la nourriture, important mais on est d'accord la nourriture l'est d'avantage
Aller bien, voilà la première chose qu'il faut viser, car quand on est mal dans sa peau on ne va pas bien 😬
On se dit que maigrir nous aidera à être heureux sauf que les rares fois où on réussit à atteindre nos objectifs, passé l'euphorie des premiers jours on retombe dans la même torpeur 😱
Le body positif pour moi c'est avant tout retrouver son cerveau et l'usage de ses yeux 👀
C'est expérimenté une vie plus proche de la réalité que des illusions dans lesquelles ont s'est réfugié et s'y confronter non pas pour changer les choses mais pour y trouver son Bonheur 🌈
Ca ne veut pas dire être un imbécile heureux satisfait de tout, tout le temps 😄 ça veut dire que l'on est dans le game, on ne subit plus on vit, y compris les bonnes choses, on arrête d'attendre que tout soit parfait pour s'autoriser à sourire, car on sait que demain il sera trop tard
C'est vrai ce qu'on dit, le Bonheur c'est le moment présent, c'est pour ça que c'est si dur, créer l'illusion dans le présent est plus difficile 😅 alors que s'inventer un future ou réécrire son passé c'est easy 😅
Penser à vous et à votre âme qui souffre, pas à la cellulite sur votre cul 😙 les shorts suivront 😇
#muscu #vegetarian #everybodyisbeautiful #regimeuse #newlife #bopo #fitgirl #eatclean #bodychange #selfesteem #workhard #fit #girlsgains #selfcare #strongissexy #selfconfidence #selflove #musculation #onlacherien #girlgang #healthylifestyle #loveyourself #bodypositive #bodypositivity #curvy #girlpower #bodyconfidence #beyou #beyoutiful


Kristina Cavit is the humble, ambitious and beautiful founder of @thekindnessinstitute Her work teaching mindfulness, meditation and yoga to marginalised youth is having an enormous impact on the lives of many young Kiwi kids. She says it best really, "It’s not rocket science what we’re doing for our kids; it’s just love." Steph catch's up with Krissy and hears how she inspires and teaches many through her work.

Link in our bio 💕

Even on bad days and cold nights where it feels it has all but gone. You still have purpose. It has been inside you since the day you were born. A tiny little firefly born from the light of the universe. There is a world of reason inside you, an entire library of thoughts and emotions. For all the moments that steal your hope, just remember the universe intended for you to happen. You have purpose.

#selfie #tuesday #purpose #believeinyourself #selflove #loveyourself #nevergiveup #bestrong #behappy #beyou #love

Dinner By Yours Truly For My Best Friend And I!! Kept It Healthy Per Usual; BBQ Baked Chicken With Peppers And Onions, Cauliflower, Sweet Potatoes With Sugar And Cinnamon. .
#eatingrightwithnay #thankmelater #smoothiedetox #takethisjourneywithme #selflove #iamshe #CHANGE #breakfastsmoothie #dinnersmoothie #Healthyjourney #heartyhealthymeals #getfitwithnay #Allyear2017

A lovely little reminder from my 'self soothe emergency box' . If people are interested I can maybe take a photo to show you more of what I keep in there?? I am taking it to therapy today to show to my therapist. I'm going to put a TW here for talk of self harm. So today is exactly 4 months since I last self harmed. Or 120 days. I still remember the last time. I was in hospital. I was in a really bad headspace. I had just had a fight with my mum. I had been given unescorted leave after about two weeks in hospital. I asked the nurses for my purse and went downstairs to buy myself a drink. I knew I had a razor blade in my purse that I planned to use later that night. I took the blade out, giving my purse back to the nurses. I didn't use it straight away. I didn't really want to self harm. But the urges were so strong. I told my nurse I wanted to self harm. She asked me if I had anything to hurt myself and I said no. I lied. She locked me out of my room so I couldn't hurt myself. I knew I had the blade in my pocket. I wrestled with my urges for ages, until they became so strong. I should have given the blade straight to the nurses. But I didn't . I just wanted to hurt myself. I tried to fight it but eventually it became too much. I ran outside and hid behind a pillar, where I proceeded to start cutting my wrist with the blade. My nurse found me pretty quickly, blood dripping down my arm. Luckily the cuts weren't deep, she dressed them for me. The doctor threatened sending me to the locked ward if I couldn't keep myself safe. I felt horrible afterwards. Yes I felt the familiar relief self harm gives, but it also made me feel incredibly ashamed and guilty. It made the situation worse. I remember that night so clearly. It feels like a lifetime ago. I haven't self harmed since. I still miss it. I miss the physical pain. I miss watching the blood. I miss cleaning and dressing the wounds afterwards. I miss the release it gave. I still get the urges. Not as often. But they are still there. My scars are all healing now. I am more comfortable walking around in public with them on display. They tell a part of my story. They show my strength. They are nothing to be ashamed of.

Day 87
#darriens100daysofhealing #selfcaredarebear | Breaking Free
I do not regret that I have been open with my story. I have shared my experiences about my miscarriages and my fertility journey, the connections I have made are all something I didn't think imaginable! Lessons about life and learning about myself has given me gifts. I am breaking free and sharing my story.
This is a sneak peak of a photo shoot I did with @mellissareceveurphotography 😍 please stay tuned for the other images! I am so blessed! #ttc #ttcsupport #ttcincanada #photography #photoshoot #ttcphotography #ttcafterloss #1in4 #1in8 #fertilityawareness #fertilityjourney #selfcare #selflove

Just call me baker Hay 😂-- Behold-- Chocolate chip chocolate mug cake 🎂 with some vanilla ice cream 🍦!!!!--one thing I'm loving lately is that I can EXPERIMENT with cooking and baking and actually EAT my stuff! AND that smile on my hubs face cause he knows and SEES me trying and working, he sees my actions...my happiness... it's no longer "wishful thinking" (procrastinating).. it's just doing.. not cause I have to, but now I just WANT to--- this is my new norm ❤️️😍💪

Never run back to whatever broke you. Love who you are #embraceyourself #beprosperous #selflove #herestohappiness #happywednesday #startagain . (*'▽& #39;* )♪(♡˙︶˙♡)\( ö )/

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