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I know firsthand how scary it can be to walk into the weight room for the first time.  I remember the day I first decided to start lifting… the weight room was full of grunting, sweaty dudes.  It was foreign territory to me, because I was used to being a cardio bunny. 

Honestly I did NOT want to do it. But I made myself. 

It was awkward at first because I kept catching guys looking over and it made me nervous because I wasn’t sure of myself or how to do some of the exercises I had looked up.  But I kept at it and returned the next day.

Now looking back, I am SO THANKFUL I did not allow my fears and insecurities get in the way… because I would not be where I am today if not for the weights. They’ve taught me discipline, they’ve shown me I can push past my mental boundaries, they’ve shown me the strength my body is capable of that I never DREAMED it could be.

Weights completely transformed not just my body, but my life as well. For you girls out there scared to do it, TRUST me.. you won’t ever regret pushing past those fears and stepping into that weight pit.   

I have workouts and tips posted on my website!

"big mountains need runners to tickle them every once in a while"
21 People On What They Would Tell Their 19-Year-Old Selves
  • Jonathan, 55: There is no such thing as “the only one”. You will meet lots of “the ones”. Only commit when the timing is right for the both of you – that can take years for some, and that’s okay.
  • Miranda, 24: Drop pre-med.
  • Isaac, 48: Deodorant does not count as a shower, and that haircut only looked good on Bon Jovi.
  • Anya, 42: Make the conscious decision to be happy, and then stick with it. Society will do everything in its power to convince you that your personal happiness is dependent on something external – beauty, success, wealth, etc. – it isn’t.
  • Parker, 55: 60% of the things you think are important now won’t matter a whit to you by the time you reach 50. The trick is to figure out the important 40% and work it.
  • Megan, 34: He doesn’t love you, and you will be okay.
  • Peter, 58: Don’t let anything stand in your way of taking part (or all) of your junior year abroad. You’ll never again have quite the same opportunity to experience a foreign land, for an extended period of time, in your youth. It is destined to be one of the most memorable aspects of your life.
  • Eleanor, 67: Talk less. Listen more.
  • Donald, 27: There’s a huge difference between who you want to be and who everyone around you wants you to be. Figure out which is which.
  • Camille, 56: Always remember: when falling off a horse, pull your tongue in.
  • Jackson, 57: No one knows anything for sure. They’re all just doing the best they can with what they have, just like you.
  • Vicki, 47: You’ll never have all the answers, so make every question count.
  • Donald, 38: You don’t have to grow up to be the dad you never had.
  • Katelyn, 30: Make the most out of college. You will never again be at a place where your only goal is to learn. Learn a lot, learn often, and learn with reckless abandon.
  • Joshua, 55: Women love to laugh.
  • Annabelle, 38: Drugs are not beautiful, glamorous or opulent. They are not a remedy, a solution, a cure-all, or a cure-anything.
  • Colin, 50: You miss so much life when you sleep until 3 PM. Wake up to see sunrises; they are the most stunning of nature’s masterpieces.
  • Eleanor, 26: Eating two pints of ice cream won’t make you happy. Neither will sprinting 10 miles. Be nice to yourself.
  • Aaron, 52: Don’t forget to ask that girl in the Oberlin library what kind of perfume she’s wearing. You’ll buy it for her in 20 years.
  • Scarlett, 54: Don’t be afraid to be yourself. Those that get you will love you, those that don’t, well, their loss. Just remember: Wherever you are, it’s a party.
  • Zack, 9: I hope you’re awesome. And be nice to girls.

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Queenstown to Glenorchy. Magic. #roadtrippinnz #febfifteen by cyclingtips le Vélo
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One of my favorite core and shoulder exercises!
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(via Tree Pose taken in Whistler, Canada by Katarina Arneric)