June 20th, 2014

beauty-crusade:

Reasons To Get Fit: 9/∞

Comic book workout shirts
I wanna be an agent of SHIELD! (Although that Superman shirt is hilarious!) They’re all found at lookhuman.com
June 19th, 2014
rubyreed:

Blogger Takes Shape Magazine To Task For Refusing To Show A Real Picture Of Massive Weight Loss

Brooke Birmingham, author of the health and fitness blog, “Brooke: Not On A Diet,” was able to lose over 170 pounds without surgery or fad diets. She dropped the weight the good ol’ fashioned way: cutting out processed food, counting calories, and exercising more. The process took her four years of hard work (“I literally worked my ass off,” she says of meeting her goal weight in May of 2013), so she was understandably thrilled when she was contacted by Shape magazine editors who wanted to feature her in their “Success Stories” section. After doing a phone interview and sending over a photo of herself in a bikini for the “after” photo (shown above), Brooke couldn’t wait to see her story in print. But then an editor of Shape emailed her, saying there was a problem: if she wanted to be featured in the magazine, she would need to put a shirt on.
Say what?!?!
As anyone who’s ever flipped through Shape knows, it’s quite rare to see any women in the magazine wearing shirts. Bikinis, sports bras, and skintight booty shorts are de rigeur, and that’s exactly what they requested of Brooke — until she sent them her photo, they saw the loose skin around her waist (a very, very common result of massive weight loss), and changed their minds.
Brooke handled the magazine’s request like the badass that she is: she refused to put a shirt on, and toldShape if they wouldn’t use her original photo, she would have to respectfully decline being featured. Then she wrote a post about it on her blog, including screenshots of her email exchange with the Shape writer:

If anything, they should want my picture on their site. My body is real, not photoshopped or hidden because I feel like I should be ashamed. This is a body after losing 172 pounds, a body that has done amazing things, and looks AMAZING in a freaking bikini… This is the type of body they should have featured because it can give people hope. Hope that they can lose weight healthfully and even if they don’t end up with airbrushed abs of steel, they’re gorgeous and shouldn’t be ashamed of whatever imperfection they believe they have.

The blog post went viral. Shape has yet to issue an explanation or apology, but it’s safe to say that more people have now seen Brooke’s bikini photo than if it had been featured in the magazine, and the vast majority of them aren’t telling Brooke to put a shirt on, they’re telling Shape to get a damn clue.
Dishonest practices like Brooke’s Shape debacle are a perfect example of how women just can’t win. We’re constantly told, “Lose weight so you can wear a bikini!” then, if we do, and our bodies show any evidence of that weight loss (loose skin, for example), we’re told, “Yuck! Put a shirt on!” Shape measured Brooke’s success by her weight loss, but when that “success” didn’t look the way they wanted it to, they changed their definition. Fuck that noise.
“If I couldn’t have the picture of me in my bikini to go along with my story, then it wasn’t MY story,” Brooke writes. “So, if I couldn’t tell it my way, then they weren’t going to be able to tell it at all.”
Amen.

rubyreed:

Blogger Takes Shape Magazine To Task For Refusing To Show A Real Picture Of Massive Weight Loss

Brooke Birmingham, author of the health and fitness blog, “Brooke: Not On A Diet,” was able to lose over 170 pounds without surgery or fad diets. She dropped the weight the good ol’ fashioned way: cutting out processed food, counting calories, and exercising more. The process took her four years of hard work (“I literally worked my ass off,” she says of meeting her goal weight in May of 2013), so she was understandably thrilled when she was contacted by Shape magazine editors who wanted to feature her in their “Success Stories” section. After doing a phone interview and sending over a photo of herself in a bikini for the “after” photo (shown above), Brooke couldn’t wait to see her story in print. But then an editor of Shape emailed her, saying there was a problem: if she wanted to be featured in the magazine, she would need to put a shirt on.

Say what?!?!

As anyone who’s ever flipped through Shape knows, it’s quite rare to see any women in the magazine wearing shirts. Bikinis, sports bras, and skintight booty shorts are de rigeur, and that’s exactly what they requested of Brooke — until she sent them her photo, they saw the loose skin around her waist (a very, very common result of massive weight loss), and changed their minds.

Brooke handled the magazine’s request like the badass that she is: she refused to put a shirt on, and toldShape if they wouldn’t use her original photo, she would have to respectfully decline being featured. Then she wrote a post about it on her blog, including screenshots of her email exchange with the Shape writer:

If anything, they should want my picture on their site. My body is real, not photoshopped or hidden because I feel like I should be ashamed. This is a body after losing 172 pounds, a body that has done amazing things, and looks AMAZING in a freaking bikini… This is the type of body they should have featured because it can give people hope. Hope that they can lose weight healthfully and even if they don’t end up with airbrushed abs of steel, they’re gorgeous and shouldn’t be ashamed of whatever imperfection they believe they have.

The blog post went viral. Shape has yet to issue an explanation or apology, but it’s safe to say that more people have now seen Brooke’s bikini photo than if it had been featured in the magazine, and the vast majority of them aren’t telling Brooke to put a shirt on, they’re telling Shape to get a damn clue.

Dishonest practices like Brooke’s Shape debacle are a perfect example of how women just can’t win. We’re constantly told, “Lose weight so you can wear a bikini!” then, if we do, and our bodies show any evidence of that weight loss (loose skin, for example), we’re told, “Yuck! Put a shirt on!” Shape measured Brooke’s success by her weight loss, but when that “success” didn’t look the way they wanted it to, they changed their definition. Fuck that noise.

“If I couldn’t have the picture of me in my bikini to go along with my story, then it wasn’t MY story,” Brooke writes. “So, if I couldn’t tell it my way, then they weren’t going to be able to tell it at all.”

Amen.

concernedresidentofbakerstreet:

i think we found the opposite of nash grier

(Source: the90sk-i-d-s, via applepiewithextrafreedom)

One of my favourite games is walking down the Street, finding one beautiful thing about every single person.

Dita van Teese (via dita-van-teese)

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve made a conscious effort to look at each person I passed and think, “This person is very much loved by someone.” (An idea sparked many moons ago by the Tomyam Pladib” Everyone Likes Someone as You Like Someone exhibit in Bangkok.) I’m not sure if it’s changed me in any way, but it’s been a much nicer way to approach the world.

(via amypop)

(Source: featherfoxed, via cleolinda)

June 18th, 2014

(Source: nationofamanda, via rubyreed)

piecesinprogress:

This 3 level workout will give you what you put in it so push yourself! These plans should seem “easy” through the first cycle but by the end have you just making it through. Remember that you should always have good posture/form & hold your core firm. I highly recommend taking it slow, especially with push ups, bicycle crunches, and bridges, doing a 3 or 5 second count will significantly increase how hard your muscles have to work AND help you engage fully to get the most out of each move!

What I love about body weight based training is that you can do it anywhere. Personally, I really enjoy working out in my apartment or outside, you can even invite friends over to workout with you!

For more at home workouts go here! :)

ps- I called these warrior workouts because they’re so tough it takes a warrior to get through them haha!

June 17th, 2014
nothingbutacheat:

loki-of-sassgaard:

thedailysuperhero:

When Marvel wants you to play the lead in Guardians of the Galaxy you get ripped. Chris Pratt one year ago compared to now.

Now, how many horrible questions do you think he’s going to get about what foods he misses, or how hard it was to be able to fit into his costume?

#spoilers: none

nothingbutacheat:

loki-of-sassgaard:

thedailysuperhero:

When Marvel wants you to play the lead in Guardians of the Galaxy you get ripped. Chris Pratt one year ago compared to now.

Now, how many horrible questions do you think he’s going to get about what foods he misses, or how hard it was to be able to fit into his costume?

#spoilers: none

(via supersizetosuperhero)

rosalarian:

Short shorts and tiny tops are not an invitation for your commentary. The temperature is higher than my patience.

rosalarian:

Short shorts and tiny tops are not an invitation for your commentary. The temperature is higher than my patience.

June 16th, 2014
the-exercist:

One legged Deadlift

Holding 8- to 10-pound dumbbells, stand tall (A) and shift your weight to one foot. Slowly hinge your upper body forward at your hips, letting your weighted hands hang down and raising your free leg behind you in line with your torso. For good form, keep your hipbones even and parallel to the ground (B). Reverse the motion, slowly hinging back up to stand using the strength of the standing leg. If you can, keep the moving foot off the ground(C), but rest it briefly between reps if it’s too intense. 

the-exercist:

One legged Deadlift

Holding 8- to 10-pound dumbbells, stand tall (A) and shift your weight to one foot. Slowly hinge your upper body forward at your hips, letting your weighted hands hang down and raising your free leg behind you in line with your torso. For good form, keep your hipbones even and parallel to the ground (B). Reverse the motion, slowly hinging back up to stand using the strength of the standing leg. If you can, keep the moving foot off the ground(C), but rest it briefly between reps if it’s too intense. 

(Source: womenshealthmag.com)