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One year, forty + pounds lost, several inches lost, and a ton of confidence later. Thank you to the @tiuteam for always cheering me on, for always being a safe place to open up and for always pushing me to be better, happier and healthier. So grateful that I was able to #lookforlove and found it in the #tiucommunity .
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#tiutransformationtuesday #toneituptuesday #tiutransformation @karenakatrina @toneitup

#tiutransformationtuesday ✌🏼️ I can't remember the last time I did a transformation post, and I've never had abs so this calls for a celebration πŸŽ‰ what changed? Finally got my ish in gear and combined good nutrition from the #tiunutritionplan with consistent workouts. Most recently barre 5 days a week and lifting a few days a week. Once my barre package is up (HOLLER at unlimited barre 😻) I'm going back to lifting 5-6 days each week and adding in more cardio than I'm excited about πŸ˜¬πŸƒπŸΌπŸ˜©πŸ™„ happy #toneituptuesday @karenakatrina @toneitup #tiubride #tiuteam

My own version of #tiutransformationtuesday I wore this outfit today and was reminded when I bought it. I was trying new adventure in fitness but I was not living a healthy lifestyle. I was starting down my fitness journey but wasn't committed to it yet. This shirt was snug and the shorts gave me muffin top. Putting this outfit on today reminds me of how far I've come. How hard I've worked. How even though I'm still working I've done some incredible things since then. Remind yourself of the non scale victories. Those are worth celebrating too!! #tiunm #tiuplan #tiuteam

A little #tiutransformationtuesday here. I am at the point where I have been pregnant for a million years and I can no longer remember what I looked or felt like not pregnant 😜 Finding this picture from a couple months before this adventure started was like looking at another person! It was about a month after finding #tiu and @karenakatrina and I was dipping my toes into the workouts and nutrition plan. I had started to see some results and was feeling pretty good about it all! I'm so looking forward to feeling that strong again!

I am also officially past the "cute pregnant" stage now. I've actually felt super confident rocking my bump for most of this time, at least once I started to look pregnant vs. I ate too many tacos. But now at almost 37 weeks I just feel huge and puffy and if I have to wear one of my same 5 maternity shirts again I'm going to lose it! I'm so grateful we got this far and little guy seems healthy, but part of me is also really looking forward to what comes next! #tiupregnancy #tiuteam

Happy Tone It Up Tuesday girls! πŸ’ͺ🏼 *Warning* Long emotional post coming up πŸ˜‚ Today I decided to share a bit of a different transformation, one I don't talk about often because quite honestly I'm embarrassed. There isn't a huge difference by first glance, but the main difference is health and mental wise. Junior and senior year of high school I developed bulimia. I NEVER thought I'd be "that girl." But after years of hating my body and yo-yo dieting I thought I had to do something extreme to get that weight off. (If only I knew about TIU then πŸ™„) However, I did so much damage to my body. I had heart palpitations, no energy, and overall just looked sick. I kept it a secret from everyone (well tried to) It began to take over my mind! I constantly thought I could get skinner and would do anything to get that way. Eating wasn't enjoyable. I restricted everything I ate. I didn't care about being healthy or having muscles. I thought all my problems would be solved if I was thin. One day I finally couldn't handle feeling horrible all the time. So I stopped, but then I gained weight back and didn't know what to do--so those thoughts came racing back! But before I could act on them that's when TIU changed my life 😊 Ever since that day I never looked back. Those thoughts are completely gone. I look at both pictures and see a completely different girl. Now my health means everything to me! Gaining abs and wearing a few pant sizes smaller are just some extra perks πŸ˜‰ Thank you, thank you, thank you @karenakatrina and @toneitup for changing my life! πŸ™ŒπŸΌ And a huge thank you to this community for making me feel comfortable enough to share this ❀ .
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. #tiubootycall was the 5 DM+5K training πŸ’ͺ🏼 #tiuteam #tiutransformation #tiutransformationtuesday #tiugirl #tiubride #tiumichigan #tiuplan #tiunutritionplan #tiuapproved #tiucheckin #tiucommunity @karenakatrina @toneitup

Having lunch pool side today. Thank you everyone for all the kind words in yesterday's #tiutransformationtuesday post. I love and appreciate all your support ❀️ @toneitup @karenakatrina #toneitup #tiula #tiubikiniseries #tiuteam

#7dsd time! I know a lot of you have been debating doing the TIU 7 day slimdown, so I wanted to repost my #tiuchallenge results from last year. Left is at week 1, middle is at week 7, and right is week 8 after completing the 7 day slimdown. If you are like me, and maybe didn't see as much physical change this challenge as you wanted to... even though you worked hard... don't be afraid of doing the slimdown! It's crazy thinking that the middle and right picture is just 7 days apart. If you were successful in your goals this challenge, raised your fitness, and packed on muscle, the next 7 days will bring your hard work to the surface. TRUST ME! I will be starting the slimdown early this Friday, and this will be my 5th time doing this thing. I've learned a lot, so I'll be posting my tips and tricks for you guys soon ✨
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Well...I'm bugged and I didn't realize until now just HOW bugged.😾 I received the comment today, "Well, you've never been big so you don't know what it's like to feel that way," to which I replied, "Actually I used to be 30 pounds heavier." Y'all, they laughed at me! Laughed in the way that 30 pounds "is nothing."πŸ’” To me, 25-30 pounds on my 5'4" frame was a lot and I have busted my ASS every day to keep it off.
I DO know what it's like to feel different than your friends--I went through puberty in 4th grade and was literally a foot taller than every boy in my class.πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ
I DO know how it feels to be "the fat friend" or the wingman who only gets hit on out of pity. (LOL but trueπŸ˜‚)
I DO know how it feels to be uncomfortable with your body and obsess over every single bite.πŸ™…πŸ»πŸ‘™
I DO know how it feels to struggle with weight loss and feel like you're at a standstill.
But most of all, I DO know how it feels to sweat, work hard, and be proud of my achievements, even if they are insignificant to others.πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ€ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Do you see that picture on the right? That sweatπŸ’¦ is all the proof I need to know my efforts are more than nothing. Maybe I have kept just about 100% of my weight off for almost six years, but don't you dare rain on my parade. Dammit, I'm still marching in it!πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ #transformationtuesday #tiutransformation #tiutransformationtuesday

First of all, LOL to the tourist with the camera. πŸ“ΈπŸ™ˆ Second, I was scrolling through some old pictures on Sunday night and found that gem. πŸ’Ž And I barely even recognize that girl on the left. She isn't anything like the person I am today. Sure, sure, he physical change is insane. I get that. Some days I look back and I literally ask myself, "WTF." 😳 I didn't even realize that I had gotten so bad. But really I think the more profound change is beyond physical. It's mental. It's emotional. I was constantly trying to please people. I felt out of control. I didn't have an ounce of the discipline that I have today. I cared so much about what people thought about me yet felt like I couldn't do anything to change it. I didn't know who I was but I knew I wasn't happy with who I was. ✨Today I am happy. I am strong. I know that I'm in control every single day. I choose what I spend my time and energy on and I am a better person to everyone around me. I don't spend useless energy trying to please people who don't matter. I know that I can achieve any goal I set my mind to and my heart to... and I reach them. And then I set new goals. And guess what? I know I can reach them too. πŸ–€ When I started @toneitup, I didn't set a "goal weight." I just wanted to be happy and healthy. βœ”οΈβœ”οΈ Done and done. But am I done? πŸ€” Heck no! This is my lifestyle now and now I'm just living my life. .
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#tiuteam #cleaneating #strongnotskinny #lcg #tiucheckin #fitness #fit #healthy #girlswholift #macros #iifym #gains #muscle #tiuapproved #tiunurse #tiuteacher #tiuiowa #tiusharks #tiugirls #tiuplan #tiutransformation #tiutransformationtuesday #transformation #transformationtuesday

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These are not "before" pictures. Not even that last one, which I took on the first day of last year's #tiubikiniseries. These are my this-is-what-I-happened-to-look-like-on-a-day-in-my-journey-to-migraine-recovery pictures. @retrocat_fit called them "current" pics and I love that πŸ’•πŸˆ .
But this is, certainly, a #tiutransformation; you just can't *see* the most important things about me that transformed. And I'm looking forward to what transformations await at the end of this year's challenge!! I'm hoping to find myself a few steps closer to peace, love, and self-actualisation πŸŒˆπŸ¦„βœ¨ #tiuwonderbabes #furever
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Happy #toneituptuesday, babes! 😘
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Ⓜ️1: β˜•οΈ with coconut milk + bombshell spell
Ⓜ️2: @perfectfit piΓ±a colada overnight oats
Ⓜ️3: leftover tahini tray bake
Ⓜ️4: superfoods bar...omg you HAVE to try!!
Ⓜ️5: chicken tabbouleh salad
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#tiucheckin #tiuteam #tiugirls #tiucommunity #tiubodypositive #tiuloveyourbody #tiutransformationtuesday #toneitup #transformationtuesday #yoga #meditation #mindfulness #positivity #positivevibes #selfcare #bodylove #bodypositive #bopo #fitfam #fitness #fitspo #butyoudontlooksick #spoonie #motivation @karenakatrina @toneitup

Before photo! Always have nerves before posting this 😬 but definitely makes me feel accountable. Today's highlight was a yummy vanilla @perfectfit banana and cinammon smoothie. 😊
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#tiucheckin #tiubikiniseries #tiuteam #tiutransformationtuesday @toneitup @karenakatrina

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EXCUSE POST WORKOUT HAIR!

Ok.. 2 things. 1. I cleaned this bathroom yesterday... you see that mirror? THANKS HUSBAND πŸ˜¬πŸ˜’πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰. And 2. This belly is going to get BIGGER? (30w2d) crazy what our bodies can do ladies πŸ™‚. We are warrior beasts or goddesses... whichever you prefer 😘😘✌🏼
#30weekspregnant #tiutransformationtuesday #tiuteam #tiupregnancy #tiumamatobe #fitpregnancy #fitmamatobe

#tiutransformationtuesday (before Look for Love on the left β¬…οΈβž‘οΈbefore Bikini series on the right) This is my #tiubikiniseries before picture, but also my #lookforlove after photo. I actually feel better about this before photo than any other before. I'm mentally in a better place about my approach to fitness and nutrition and really ready to take this challenge on. Over the next 8 weeks I'd like to increase my cardio and slim down my legs. Also with the new flex #tiunutritionplan I feel writing down what I want to eat during the day will help hold me more accountable because they are my choices and not someone else's. Hoping for a few less pounds on the scale too. Here we go day two ✌🏻 @toneitup @karenakatrina #tiubikiniseries #toneitup #toneituptuesday #tiuteam #tiula #bodybysean #fitfam #lookforlove

It's transformation Tuesday! The picture on the left was taken at the beginning of my fitness journey, probably February 2016. Progress takes time! Click the link in my bio to see our video about progress and the importance of progress pictures! #tiu #tiuteam #tiutransformation #tiutransformationtuesday #transformationtuesday #workhard #workout #womensfitness #healthylifestyle #fitnesslifestyle #fitnessjourney #weightlossjourney #strongnotskinny #progressnotperfection #progress #progresspic #fitfam #fitness #fitchick #girlswholift #girlsthatlift #loveyourbody #toneitup #gfg #gf8wg #gracefitguide #instafit

#TIUtransformationtuesday Tuesday! The right is before the TIU New Years challenge on Jan 2nd compared to my #tiubikiniseries before! I'm down 20lbs since last challenge and 30 since October. SO excited to see where I'm at in 8 weeks!! Tone it up has been monumental in getting me back on track since breaking my foot 2 years ago. The workouts and nutrition plan have kept it stress free and really helped me get back at it and the healthy pace for my body! Love being apart of #tiuteam thanks @toneitup @karenakatrina @katrinaascott @karenakatrina LOVE YOU!!! #tiuteam #tiubikiniseries #tiu

The before pics! I have a long ways to go, but so proud of how far I have come too! Ready to rock this 8 weeks! #tiu #tiuteam #toneitup #tiutransformation #tiutransformationtuesday #tiubikiniseries #bikiniseries #lookforlovegrouptext #tiumom @karenakatrina @toneitup @perfectfit

Having lunch pool side today. Thank you everyone for all the kind words in yesterday's #tiutransformationtuesday post. I love and appreciate all your support ❀️ @toneitup @karenakatrina #toneitup #tiula #tiubikiniseries #tiuteam

So here's a different sort of #tiutransformationtuesday for ya πŸ’ͺ Here's my current bedtime routine. Those are the meds and the salt I take at night. I use lavender oil or incense, do my Cefaly, and journal and read a little πŸ“š
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Compare that to where I was a very short time ago. In the hospital, I was PICCed up with all kinds of crazy drugs and taking pills on top of that. I had a heart monitor and a daily EKG and I puked pretty much the whole time. That was a year and a half ago.
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And this time last year, that handful of πŸ’ŠπŸ’ŠπŸ’Š was what I took one out of three times a day. And that doesn't even get into all the rescue meds I used a few times a week πŸ’‰ If you saw my story yesterday...yeah. I couldn't go anywhere without that giant bag of meds. That was at the start of last year's #bikiniseries πŸ‘™β˜€οΈ
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You babes who know me know I really, really hate putting drugs in my body. I do everything I can through natural, "alternative" means 🌱 (I put that in quotes because to me, they're effective and necessary. Just because it's non-Western doesn't mean it's not credible). So I am BEYOND thrilled to be down to 3️⃣ pills a night.
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If you've ever wondered about the massive, obnoxious block of hashtags I put at the bottom of every post, well, they're all things and groups of people that are helping me heal. They've gotten me to this point and will continue to help me make progress. And it's important to me that we be able to find each other! Because there's nothing like slaying with a badass girl gang at your side πŸ’•
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So here's to recovery. From whatever you might be facing. Change is real and consistency can be hard, but it works. Sooo ready to crush this #tiubikiniseries with you!! πŸ’•πŸŒˆπŸ¦„βœ¨πŸ€ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈβ€οΈπŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ˜œ Tell me...what's your bedtime routine? What do you have to have on your nightstand??
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#tiucheckin #tiuteam #tiugirls #tiucommunity #tiubodypositive #tiuloveyourbody #tiu #toneitup #yoga #meditation #mindfulness #positivity #positivevibes #selfcare #bodylove #bodypositive #bopo #fitfam #fitness #fitspo #butyoudontlooksick #spoonie #chronicpain #transformationtuesday
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#transformationtuesday bitmoji edition 🀣 I made my bitmoji "fat" as a joke, then I was too embarrassed to change it bc it was starting to reflect how I really looked. Well, not anymoreeee! Byeeee #fatmallory, byeeeee!! #tiuteam #tiurdu #tiudownsouth #tiuraleigh #tiucheckin #tiutransformation #tiutransformationtuesday

Happy #transformationtuesday!!! πŸŽ‰πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ₯‡ I am sharing my #f45challenge results! In 8 weeks I lost 4.7% body fat‼️ (BFP from 21.4%➑️16.7%), gained 4.8 lbs of muscle πŸ’ͺ🏻, and lost 7.3 lbs of fatβ€ΌοΈπŸ’―πŸ™ŒπŸ» A huge shoutout to the people that helped make it happen: my amazing gym @f45_training_coronadelmar, the trainers @unleeshed_fitness_and_health and @aricdamm, and my amazing accountability partner, my hot husband. 😘It's so empowering to stick w something to the end and see results, and my gym friends made it so easy!! πŸ‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ I worked out at @f45_training_coronadelmar 5-6x a week, ate #tiumeals and #f45meals and had @perfectfit protein daily. ❣️
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#f45 #f45family #f45training #f45results #f45winners #f45transformation #tiutransformation #tiutransformationtuesday #tiuteam #tiuoc #tiubabes @toneitup @karenakatrina

In preparation for the #tiubikiniseries one week away I'm throwing it back to my #lookforlove submission photos. Jan 2016 to Feb 2017πŸ™ŒπŸΌ I committed to the 6 week challenge πŸ’― and felt amazing! It's not realistic to go πŸ’― 52 weeks of the year but I dedicated those 6 weeks to giving it my all. During that time I tried new classes, met several new friends and had so many new doors open πŸ’– I look forward to giving these 8 weeks of the Bikini series my all again and seeing where they take me! If you are on the fence about jumping all in I'm here to tell you that you can do it!! 8 weeks isn't forever and you will be surprised with your journey if you are open to it. This is a lifestyle, don't beat yourself up, create your balance and enjoy the journey 😘8 weeks ladies, we can do this!
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#thisis40 #healthjourney #tiugirl #tiuteam #tiucommunity #tiutransformation #tiutransformationtuesday @toneitup @karenakatrina @brian_lisa.journey

Non scale victory alert! 🚨 So I was kinda debating sharing, but it applies to my TIU life so I figured why not! β€’
A little over a year ago I had looked into Stitchfix but decided it wasn't for me at the time, so I saved my profile and figured I'd do it another time. Well yesterday I decided to sign up! I took a look at my old profile and started updating my weight, measurements, etc., the more I update the more I realized just how much I've really changed, and not just with the measurements. It's not just about that number on the scale, or the pant size you wear, it's about what you've done and accomplished that can't really be "measured". My style preferences are different, I didn't choose my "safe" go to pieces to try, and I wasn't afraid to say I wanted to show off my arms and shoulders! I feel so much more comfortable with myself now, healthier, happier, more positive and relaxed, and I definitely feel like I can do anything I set my mind to. The way I view myself now and the confidence I have, are two of the most important things I've ever learned about myself. I know it gets discouraging when you don't see that number on the scale go down, or your pants feel a little tighter then you think they should, I've been there. But I've also been able to see that that's not all that matters. It's been a hard lesson for me to learn and at times to focus on the positives. Not every victory is something visible to the eye, some of the greatest victories are the ones you see within yourself. β€’
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Xoxo - Melissa 😘
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@toneitup @karenakatrina @tiuxoxoxio @tiu_dudette @angry_owl_tiu @tiu_tiffcarson #tiuteam #tiunonscalevictory #tiucommunity #tiucheckin #tiumichigan #tiugirl #tiulife #tiugoals #tiudetroit #tiustudent #tiusistersinchrist #tiu #toneitup #tiutransformationtuesday

Ground turkey with peppers, onion, garlic and mushrooms with sweet potato fries! I am stuffed #tiuflorida #tiugainesville #tiutransformationtuesday #tiutransformation #tiuteam #whole30 #tiucheckin #toneitup @karenakatrina @toneitup @perfectfit

Tone It Up Transformation -
2 Year Anniversary Edition πŸ’œ β€’ What a ride it's been! I can't count how many Bootycalls, failed PFP pancakes, Sunday Runday's, grocery hauls, setbacks, challenges, accomplishments, TIU meet-ups, and pure joys I have experienced along the way, and it has all been worth it. My #TIUtwinny, @tiu_liz1985 told me about Tone It Up and K&K when I was visiting her. I did the #7DSD when I got home and a week later bought the #TIUNutritionPlan β€’ Growing up I was always active, stayed pretty healthy through college and into adulthood. It wasn't until I started following the #TIUplan that I knew how and why I needed to fuel my body to perform at its best and feel good. It was eye-opening! β€’These last two years have been a rollercoaster of progress, setbacks, ups and downs, but I can say without joining TIU and my sister, Liz, I would not be where I am today. And that's a bold statement for me to say!
2 years ago today, my #TIUbf and I set out on my first run as a #TIUgirl and I haven't stopped running! β€’ Karena and Katrina have created a community that builds women up and supports them through their journey. Most of the people I talk to on a daily basis are whom I've met through the #TIUcommunity β€’ I have learned so much about myself. I found dedication, self-love, support from others, patience, and determination. It's a journey and it's a pretty awesome one. 😊 @toneitup @karenakatrina #TIUteam #TIUTransformation #TIUTransformationTuesday #TIUcheckin #TIUMaryland

True story: I have barely been able to move since Sunday because of πŸ‘†πŸΌDecided to spend the evening relaxing with a mani pedi instead of pushing myself to work out. Why are rest days sometimes the most challenging?! Shout out to my amazing friend @bbekss for hosting this weekend πŸ™πŸΌ

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