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Hey guys! I'm Alli. :) I'm a 23 year old UCLA Alum who's looking to get healthy and fit. I know I've got a long road ahead of me, but I'm going to commit myself to making a big and permanent change now, so that I can reap the benefits and enjoy it for the rest of my life. Want to know more about the woman behind the blog? Swing by my About Me page or just Ask!

Please note that I'll answer to most asks publicly. However, don't let this deter you from talking to me! If you want me to answer you privately, just let me know.

I'm here to connect with other people who are trying to improve their lives by getting fit and healthy. I want to share my journey. Hopefully I can inspire a few of you. This blog isn't a place for hate, self or otherwise, instead inspiration, pride, honesty, and happiness. I'd love to get to know you, don't hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments, thoughts or concerns. If you're ever struggling with anything, I'm always open to listening.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog! I hope you have a great day full of healthy choices!

The Basics:
Age: 23 Years
Height: 5'6"
HW: 268 lbs (02/12/2012)
SW: 252 lbs (12/18/2013)
CW: 252 lbs (12/20/2013)
UGW: 145 lbs

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    ALL SIGNED UP FOR THE WINE AND DINE!

    SO PUMPED! 

    Watching Ice Skating on the Olympics and all I want is to be as tiny as some of these women. I know it’s goofy, and unrealistic, but man some days I just can’t get past it…

    (Source: gettonedandfit)

    (Source: gettonedandfit)

    gettonedandfit:

If you date me know that when we workout I will push you harder and I expect the same in return.

    gettonedandfit:

    If you date me know that when we workout I will push you harder and I expect the same in return.

    handmade-hero:

    beautifulpicturesofhealthyfood:

    Pan-Seared Brussel Sprouts with Cranberries and Pecans…RECIPE

    Oh hell ya

    (via phitness)

    fitnessinprogress:

The 10 Mistakes You Make When Running
You don’t switch your route: Same time, same route can make for a boring workout — and stats that don’t ever improve. Switching up your route will challenge different muscles, keep you motivated, and improve your running skills. Don’t stick to your tried-and-true trail; find a new running route with these tips.
You don’t fuel right: You may be able to power through a short run without any food, but if you’re going long, you need fuel and water. Time your run so it’s two to three hours after a meal, or have a snack full of carbs and protein (like one of these pre-workout snacks) about 30 minutes to an hour before you go for a run. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water well before you step out; drinking too much right before you go can cause cramps.
You don’t warm up: Starting your run at full force is not a good idea. You’ll feel sluggish, tight, and discouraged if you don’t warm up before that sprint. Do a light jog or five minutes of brisk walking before starting your actual run.
You don’t cool down: You came, you conquered, you’re done with your run. Don’t stop now, however; you still need to take a few minutes to stretch your warmed muscles to help you recover. These postrun stretches will help increase your flexibility and reduce muscle soreness.
You don’t check your form: Running may seem natural, but a few body adjustments can make a big difference, allowing you to run faster, longer, and more efficiently. Make a mental note to pay attention to your running form every once in a while; your shoulders should be relaxed and down, your arms should swing parallel to the ground (without crossing your midsection), and your head should be up and looking forward, not down. Get more tips on proper running form here.
You don’t challenge yourself: If you want to be a better runner, you need to up your pace. Intervals and tempo runs help you increase your speed in the short term, so that in the long run, you become a faster, better runner.
You run in the wrong gear: Sweat-soaked cotton shirts, shoes without enough support, and pants with chafing seams — all of these can cut a run short or at least make you not want to go out again. Invest in a few key pieces once you’ve upped your mileage; you’ll be surprised by how much what you wear matters. Don’t worry, we’ve got you — check out our list of what not to wear when running here.
You push yourself too hard: Challenging yourself is great, but doing too much too soon is a common cause of runner burnout, not to mention injuries. Start off slow and gradually increase your pace as you get more comfortable. Remember not to ramp up your mileage too quickly; increase your total by only 10 percent every week.
Your strides are too long: It may feel good to bound down that trail, but if you make a habit of taking too-long strides, you may tire more quickly. Shorter strides are also easier on your knees, so if you find yourself going long, shorten your steps and see if it feels better.
You’re not consistent: It’s not going to get easier unless you stick with it. Try to run three times a week if you want to become a better runner; you’ll be amazed at how much easier that three-miler seems after just a few weeks of running.

    fitnessinprogress:

    The 10 Mistakes You Make When Running

    1. You don’t switch your route: Same time, same route can make for a boring workout — and stats that don’t ever improve. Switching up your route will challenge different muscles, keep you motivated, and improve your running skills. Don’t stick to your tried-and-true trail; find a new running route with these tips.
    2. You don’t fuel right: You may be able to power through a short run without any food, but if you’re going long, you need fuel and water. Time your run so it’s two to three hours after a meal, or have a snack full of carbs and protein (like one of these pre-workout snacks) about 30 minutes to an hour before you go for a run. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water well before you step out; drinking too much right before you go can cause cramps.
    3. You don’t warm up: Starting your run at full force is not a good idea. You’ll feel sluggish, tight, and discouraged if you don’t warm up before that sprint. Do a light jog or five minutes of brisk walking before starting your actual run.
    4. You don’t cool down: You came, you conquered, you’re done with your run. Don’t stop now, however; you still need to take a few minutes to stretch your warmed muscles to help you recover. These postrun stretches will help increase your flexibility and reduce muscle soreness.
    5. You don’t check your form: Running may seem natural, but a few body adjustments can make a big difference, allowing you to run faster, longer, and more efficiently. Make a mental note to pay attention to your running form every once in a while; your shoulders should be relaxed and down, your arms should swing parallel to the ground (without crossing your midsection), and your head should be up and looking forward, not down. Get more tips on proper running form here.
    6. You don’t challenge yourself: If you want to be a better runner, you need to up your pace. Intervals and tempo runs help you increase your speed in the short term, so that in the long run, you become a faster, better runner.
    7. You run in the wrong gear: Sweat-soaked cotton shirts, shoes without enough support, and pants with chafing seams — all of these can cut a run short or at least make you not want to go out again. Invest in a few key pieces once you’ve upped your mileage; you’ll be surprised by how much what you wear matters. Don’t worry, we’ve got you — check out our list of what not to wear when running here.
    8. You push yourself too hard: Challenging yourself is great, but doing too much too soon is a common cause of runner burnout, not to mention injuries. Start off slow and gradually increase your pace as you get more comfortable. Remember not to ramp up your mileage too quickly; increase your total by only 10 percent every week.
    9. Your strides are too long: It may feel good to bound down that trail, but if you make a habit of taking too-long strides, you may tire more quickly. Shorter strides are also easier on your knees, so if you find yourself going long, shorten your steps and see if it feels better.
    10. You’re not consistent: It’s not going to get easier unless you stick with it. Try to run three times a week if you want to become a better runner; you’ll be amazed at how much easier that three-miler seems after just a few weeks of running.

    (Source: the-exercist, via meatless-athlete)

    losing-every-extra-pound:

another important tool to achieving your health goals :) be proud of yourself! you’re awesome! 

    losing-every-extra-pound:

    another important tool to achieving your health goals :) be proud of yourself! you’re awesome! 

    (Source: abnourmal)

    thehealthycook:

If you don’t own a juicer or can’t afford one, you actually can make juice in a blender! Making juice sans juicer is procedurally identical to making nut milk. This is best done in a blender. Hell, you could probably even use an immersion blender if that’s all you’ve got. Do what you gotta do!
You’ll need:
fresh organic produce of choice (I go light on fruit to avoid an insulin spike/crash)
food processor or blender
sprouting bag/cheesecloth/mesh strainer 
various containers, and a funnel helps
Instructions: 
Rough chop all produce and place it into the food processor/blender. Add 1 cup water to start – you may need to add more.
Blend!
Line a large bowl with your sprouting bag or cheesecloth. Pour the entire contents of the blender into the bowl. If using a mesh strainer, pour the blender contents through the strainer, over a large bowl.
Use your hands to squeeeeze all the liquid out of the produce pulp. You’ll end up with a big bowl of veggie juice! Transfer it to a tall glass (here’s where that funnel will help) and drink immediately.
Don’t forget to save your pulp! There’s still lots of fiber and micronutrients in there. Throw it into soups, casseroles, breads (a la zucchini or banana, not so much french or sandwich), sauces, and raw crackers. .So now you have no excuses! Fresh veggie juice, vibrant and alive with vitamins and minerals, is yours for the taking. Drink up! Article is written by: http://bonzaiaphrodite.com

    thehealthycook:

    If you don’t own a juicer or can’t afford one, you actually can make juice in a blender! Making juice sans juicer is procedurally identical to making nut milk. This is best done in a blender. Hell, you could probably even use an immersion blender if that’s all you’ve got. Do what you gotta do!

    You’ll need:

    • fresh organic produce of choice (I go light on fruit to avoid an insulin spike/crash)
    • food processor or blender
    • sprouting bag/cheesecloth/mesh strainer 
    • various containers, and a funnel helps

    Instructions: 

    1. Rough chop all produce and place it into the food processor/blender. Add 1 cup water to start – you may need to add more.
    2. Blend!
    3. Line a large bowl with your sprouting bag or cheesecloth. Pour the entire contents of the blender into the bowl. If using a mesh strainer, pour the blender contents through the strainer, over a large bowl.
    4. Use your hands to squeeeeze all the liquid out of the produce pulp. You’ll end up with a big bowl of veggie juice! Transfer it to a tall glass (here’s where that funnel will help) and drink immediately.


    Don’t forget to save your pulp! There’s still lots of fiber and micronutrients in there. Throw it into soups, casseroles, breads (a la zucchini or banana, not so much french or sandwich), sauces, and raw crackers. .

    So now you have no excuses! Fresh veggie juice, vibrant and alive with vitamins and minerals, is yours for the taking. Drink up! Article is written by: http://bonzaiaphrodite.com

    (via di-running)

    lovehealthlift:

aglynny:

lovehealthlift:

I clearly remember being sat on tumblr trying to find inspiration where I could to help me through the beginning of my journey. I remember telling my mum how I wished I could have before and after photo’s like this one or this person… but how I didn’t think I could achieve something so great such as that.
If you are just starting:
I once felt like youI once felt like I couldn’t run in public or for more than 2 minutesI once believed that these people were superhuman and they had something about them that I didn’t haveI once thought that there was a chance I would fail.
That is OKAY, it’s fine to feel this way. Just know that I am no different to you, you are as capable as I am at achieving your dreams.
You got this! :-)

My biggest inspiration is this girl right here!
She’s such a strong, powerful soul.

As are you, you wonderful lady.

    lovehealthlift:

    aglynny:

    lovehealthlift:

    I clearly remember being sat on tumblr trying to find inspiration where I could to help me through the beginning of my journey. I remember telling my mum how I wished I could have before and after photo’s like this one or this person… but how I didn’t think I could achieve something so great such as that.

    If you are just starting:

    I once felt like you
    I once felt like I couldn’t run in public or for more than 2 minutes
    I once believed that these people were superhuman and they had something about them that I didn’t have
    I once thought that there was a chance I would fail.

    That is OKAY, it’s fine to feel this way. Just know that I am no different to you, you are as capable as I am at achieving your dreams.

    You got this! :-)

    My biggest inspiration is this girl right here!

    She’s such a strong, powerful soul.

    As are you, you wonderful lady.

    (via fittybittystephyy)

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