Alicia, 30, Land of the Jayhawks.
Passionate about Life, My Love, Our Kids, Becoming Strong In All Aspects. I know what I'm capable of, and I want to prove it to myself.

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Rant ahead…ignore if you must

There isn’t anything worse than people treating others badly.
My husband and I volunteer with a boys youth group—pretty well known little group, and it was honestly the best thing we had ever done with our son. There was a lack of parent participation, and my hunny and I were able to fill a lot of leadership roles. Everything was great until one *clicky* group of 40 year old over bearing mothers decided that we were too hard on another parent when they blatantly broke a rule during a sanctioned trip. We followed protocol for the situation, and ever since then it feels like we are just being used to handle things, but basically have been shunned by a large part of our group. We are basically the scapegoats for situations no one else wants to handle. It has taken such a toll on me, him, and even our relationship. We are a very strong team, I can’t believe that when it comes to this one matter we can totally turn on one another.
The easy solution would be to quit the group, but I can’t do that to my son. It would crush him. I feel like there is no solution. I can’t give these sad individuals the satisfaction of thinking they broke us. We aren’t quitters.
I swear, kids. Some people just can’t move past their High School mentality. Back in the day I would just handle the situation outright, but my 8 year old is involved and his happiness is at stake.

It doesn’t help that I feel like an outcast in our neighborhood. I’m 10 or more years younger than everyone, I have no career, I don’t go on vacations, or to Starbucks everyday, etc, etc. Its all bullshit!! I just want to leave and move on, but my son……and these types of fucking people are everywhere. I’m trying to enjoy my life-not compete with anyone. jfc

HOW IT FEELS TO TAKE OFF MY BRA AFTER A LONG DAY

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werewolfsquad:

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STOP…

What happened to the bear’s original face?!?

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werewolfsquad:

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STOP…

What happened to the bear’s original face?!?

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yogamimi:

FAVORITE YOGA POSES AT THE WALL

Using props can be a great way of easing/helping yourself attain a certain pose and it can be wonderful for restorative poses. These are some of the poses I most often find myself doing by the wall:

Forward fold: (uttanasana) This is a great variation because it activated your hamstrings and prevents you from leaning back for further flexibility. It also activates your feet a lot and you can even put weight in your arms.

Squat pose: (malasana) This variation is great for activating the entire back and though some pressure is taken of the thighs other areas are forced activated. It’s great for lower back pain (try sitting against the wall if this is too much for you) 

Lazy split: (viparita karani variation) Favourite pose. Let’s you stay in your split, with ease and comfort (somewhat) The back releases so that it’s the inner thighs that are worked. You can place your hands on your inner thighs for a deeper stretch. 

Standing splits: (Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana) This gives the standing legs hamstring quite a pull and is a good way of practicing flexibility for the full pose. There are a lot of variations for your arms, if you place them like I do you can eventually lift that bottom leg right of the floor - activating both legs ALOT. See full post on splits here

Half handstand: (Ardho Mukha Vrksasana) A wonderful pose if your practicing pushing into handstand because you get to push “into the shoulders gradually and eventually you can push of the wall and straddle or pike down (reverse handstand pushup - doing things reversed creates muscle memory for when your doing it the right way, so do it a couple of times. I also find this great for my back and finding alignment for handstands.

Superman pose: (Viparita Shalabhasana) Well kinda. This variation is the easiest of the three shown backbends. Go on all fours. Put your hands on the wall in the appropriate height and let your pelvis sink forward SLOWLY (or you will face plant into the wall, believe me I’ve tried) This is AMAZING on the shoulders and lower back

Superman pose II This is basically just a variation of the former, but activates your thighs and if you push of the wall with your arms - it increases the stretch in your lower back and creates strength in the shoulder.

Locust/pigeon/superman-ish pose (if there is a name please let me know I’ve been searching frantically)  Also a variation of the former where you grab you foot or the belt. This practices the movement of the shoulder that has to “go through” it’s rotation if you’re not grabbing it overhead. REMEMBER both sides. 

Legs-up-the-wall pose: (viparita karani variation) ) Best thing in the world for back pain! This is a restorative pose, and if your feet fall out you can tie them together with a belt. Put a bolster or blanket under your bum if you need to and BREATHE. Even when your feet fall asleep, let yourself go even more and let your back be straight along the floor. 

Please remember to warm up, be safe, listen to your body, be present and cut yourself some slack :) 

As always, don’t hesitate to comment or ask (especially if you come up with a name for the nameless pose) 

Love & light

mimi

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toethefinishline:

How to prevent Emotional Eating.
We all emotionally eat from time to time. Why do we do this? Most likely to take our mind off of whatever is wrong and distract ourselves with something else, food. According to  Dr. Susan Albers, when you are stressed out, your body is flooded with cortisol, a stress hormone, which makes you crave carbohydrates, sugar and fatty foods, which may be another reason why we turn to food. 
But how can you stop this? 
It is important that you recognize the times when something is wrong and you are turning to food. How can you recognize this?
Emotional hunger isn’t satisfied once you’re full. Instead you will continue to mindlessly eat to the point where you may feel sick.
Emotional hunger isn’t located in the stomach. Instead you are focused in your head. You are craving specific foods, smells, tastes, etc. You do not actually feel hungry.
Emotional hunger often leads to regret, guilt, or shame. You feel this way because you know you ate poorly and you know that food was not needed- you were not actually hungry.
Emotional hunger craves specific comfort foods. When you are truly, physically hungry - you would be willing to eat almost anything- including healthy options like fruits & veggies. However when you emotionally eat you often crave your comfort foods like sweets & other unhealthy options.  
Emotional hunger comes on suddenly, while physical hunger comes on more gradually.
How can you stop/prevent emotional eating?
Learn how to recognize physical vs. emotional eating. Catch yourself when you are about to emotionally eat and ask yourself if you are really hungry. Figure out what is wrong and causing you to turn to food.
Is it stress? Many people emotionally eat when they are stressed out with something! You need to realize emotionally eating will most likely make the stress worse- you are not actually dealing with what is wrong and you are going to make yourself feel worse by overeating.
How can you manage your stress? Figure out what you can do when you feel stressed. Instead of turning to food, call a friend, go for a walk/run, take a bath, go on tumblr, whatever relaxes you and will take your mind off of things!
Also, figure out how to deal with what is bothering you. While you can go for a walk or take a bath to take your mind off things for now and hopefully prevent yourself from overeating, that may not actually solve what is wrong. Talk to someone about what is wrong and try to figure out what you need to do to get through it! 
If you are eating out of boredom then find a new activity you can do! Take up a new hobby, make plans with friends, look for a job, or something that you would enjoy that would keep you busy more often!
Learn to deal with your emotions. Instead of turning to food when you are angry, upset, lonely, or even happy, find another outlet for your emotions! Whatever would help you personally. Write it down, as mentioned above, call someone, whatever helps YOU! 
Emotional eating can be put to an end and you will feel so much better if you learn to deal with what is stressing you out rather than turning to food! Follow these tips and do your best to work through these situations! It may be hard at first but eventually you will be able to work through stressful times with no problem at all! I know you can all do it ! And I am here if you ever need anything! 
If you have trouble with binge eating - I have a post about that here.
And if you just binged or had an off meal - I have a post about that here!
I hope this helps and my ask is always open if you need anything ! 
-Casey (toethefinishline) 
Source: helpguide

toethefinishline:

How to prevent Emotional Eating.

We all emotionally eat from time to time. Why do we do this? Most likely to take our mind off of whatever is wrong and distract ourselves with something else, food. According to  Dr. Susan Albers, when you are stressed out, your body is flooded with cortisol, a stress hormone, which makes you crave carbohydrates, sugar and fatty foods, which may be another reason why we turn to food. 

But how can you stop this? 

It is important that you recognize the times when something is wrong and you are turning to food. How can you recognize this?

  • Emotional hunger isn’t satisfied once you’re full. Instead you will continue to mindlessly eat to the point where you may feel sick.
  • Emotional hunger isn’t located in the stomach. Instead you are focused in your head. You are craving specific foods, smells, tastes, etc. You do not actually feel hungry.
  • Emotional hunger often leads to regret, guilt, or shame. You feel this way because you know you ate poorly and you know that food was not needed- you were not actually hungry.
  • Emotional hunger craves specific comfort foods. When you are truly, physically hungry - you would be willing to eat almost anything- including healthy options like fruits & veggies. However when you emotionally eat you often crave your comfort foods like sweets & other unhealthy options.  
  • Emotional hunger comes on suddenly, while physical hunger comes on more gradually.

How can you stop/prevent emotional eating?

  • Learn how to recognize physical vs. emotional eating. Catch yourself when you are about to emotionally eat and ask yourself if you are really hungry. Figure out what is wrong and causing you to turn to food.
  • Is it stress? Many people emotionally eat when they are stressed out with something! You need to realize emotionally eating will most likely make the stress worse- you are not actually dealing with what is wrong and you are going to make yourself feel worse by overeating.
  • How can you manage your stress? Figure out what you can do when you feel stressed. Instead of turning to food, call a friend, go for a walk/run, take a bath, go on tumblr, whatever relaxes you and will take your mind off of things!
  • Also, figure out how to deal with what is bothering you. While you can go for a walk or take a bath to take your mind off things for now and hopefully prevent yourself from overeating, that may not actually solve what is wrong. Talk to someone about what is wrong and try to figure out what you need to do to get through it! 
  • If you are eating out of boredom then find a new activity you can do! Take up a new hobby, make plans with friends, look for a job, or something that you would enjoy that would keep you busy more often!
  • Learn to deal with your emotions. Instead of turning to food when you are angry, upset, lonely, or even happy, find another outlet for your emotions! Whatever would help you personally. Write it down, as mentioned above, call someone, whatever helps YOU! 

Emotional eating can be put to an end and you will feel so much better if you learn to deal with what is stressing you out rather than turning to food! Follow these tips and do your best to work through these situations! It may be hard at first but eventually you will be able to work through stressful times with no problem at all! I know you can all do it ! And I am here if you ever need anything! 

If you have trouble with binge eating - I have a post about that here.

And if you just binged or had an off meal - I have a post about that here!

I hope this helps and my ask is always open if you need anything ! 

-Casey (toethefinishline

Source: helpguide

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mulanlifts:

3 Different Rep Ranges for Strength, Hypertrophy & Endurance
There are three rep ranges that correspond to the three biomotor capacities: strength, muscle building, and endurance:
Strength training entails lifting heavy loads for low reps. Specifically, the 1-5 rep range is best for gaining strength. Powerlifters tend to lift predominately in the 1-3 rep range (i.e. heavy singles, doubles and triples) for their main lifts.
Hypertrophy training, or training to build muscle, entails lifting moderate loads for moderate reps. Often, 8-12 reps is cited as the best rep range for hypertrophy. However, I contest that the 6-15 rep range is more inclusive and accurate.
Endurance training entails lifting light loads for high reps. Specifically, doing more than 15 repsper set trains muscular endurance. Doing such high repetitions places trains the muscle fibers that are resistant to fatigue under stress. In other words, you get better at doing more reps of a certain weight, as opposed to getting better at lifting a heavier weight within a lower rep range.
How Long Should I Rest Between Sets?
How long should you rest between sets? It depends largely on what type of training you’re doing? Here are the basic guidelines:
Two to four minutes of rest between sets is recommended for strength training.
One to two minutes of rest between sets is recommended for hypertrophy training.
Thirty seconds to one minute of rest between sets is recommended for endurance training.
Consider Intensity, Volume & Frequency
The number of reps and sets in your workouts should take intensity, volume and frequency into consideration.
Intensity (or load intensity) technically refers to the percentage of your one-rep max weight used on a set for any given exercise. Practically, though, you can think of intensity as the weight’s “heaviness” (i.e. how heavy it feels, not the actual weight in lbs). High intensity workouts always involve low reps, and usually involve relatively few sets. Low intensity routines are the opposite.
Volume refers to the total work (reps x sets) done in a particular workout session. High volume routines typically involve moderate to high reps and more sets per workout. Low volume routines are the opposite.
Frequency refers to how often you train a particular muscle group or exercise, per week. A high frequency routine can have lower reps and fewer sets and per workout if it involves mostly high intensity training; or it can have higher reps and more sets if the intensity is moderate to low. Low frequency routines are the opposite.
This is not my article. You can check out the who article here 

mulanlifts:

3 Different Rep Ranges for Strength, Hypertrophy & Endurance

There are three rep ranges that correspond to the three biomotor capacities: strength, muscle building, and endurance:

  • Strength training entails lifting heavy loads for low reps. Specifically, the 1-5 rep range is best for gaining strength. Powerlifters tend to lift predominately in the 1-3 rep range (i.e. heavy singles, doubles and triples) for their main lifts.
  • Hypertrophy training, or training to build muscle, entails lifting moderate loads for moderate reps. Often, 8-12 reps is cited as the best rep range for hypertrophy. However, I contest that the 6-15 rep range is more inclusive and accurate.
  • Endurance training entails lifting light loads for high reps. Specifically, doing more than 15 repsper set trains muscular endurance. Doing such high repetitions places trains the muscle fibers that are resistant to fatigue under stress. In other words, you get better at doing more reps of a certain weight, as opposed to getting better at lifting a heavier weight within a lower rep range.

How Long Should I Rest Between Sets?

How long should you rest between sets? It depends largely on what type of training you’re doing? Here are the basic guidelines:

  • Two to four minutes of rest between sets is recommended for strength training.
  • One to two minutes of rest between sets is recommended for hypertrophy training.
  • Thirty seconds to one minute of rest between sets is recommended for endurance training.

Consider Intensity, Volume & Frequency

The number of reps and sets in your workouts should take intensity, volume and frequency into consideration.

  • Intensity (or load intensity) technically refers to the percentage of your one-rep max weight used on a set for any given exercise. Practically, though, you can think of intensity as the weight’s “heaviness” (i.e. how heavy it feels, not the actual weight in lbs). High intensity workouts always involve low reps, and usually involve relatively few sets. Low intensity routines are the opposite.
  • Volume refers to the total work (reps x sets) done in a particular workout session. High volume routines typically involve moderate to high reps and more sets per workout. Low volume routines are the opposite.
  • Frequency refers to how often you train a particular muscle group or exercise, per week. A high frequency routine can have lower reps and fewer sets and per workout if it involves mostly high intensity training; or it can have higher reps and more sets if the intensity is moderate to low. Low frequency routines are the opposite.

This is not my article. You can check out the who article here 

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jaycubs:


A Glasgow nightclub has installed a two-way mirror which allows male revellers in private booths to spy on unsuspecting women as they visit the toilet! With no notification or signage anywhere in the venue many female club goers have been left feeling embarrassed and used. Although they do briefly show the mirrors in a promo video, the club has been quickly deleting comments and posts on their social media from club goers trying to alert others to the situation. This is pretty much illegal and hugley violates privacy. Thank you The Shimmy Club for giving us a shiny, new, creative and cool take on objectification. article here

i’m never leaving my house again, this world is just too fucked up.

WHAT!?

gross gross gross gross gross

Good morning disgusting. Remember ladies:
 “No space, leave the place” (fingernail test)
A two way mirror must be set INTO the wall, not placed on top of it.
If you rap/knock against the mirror, one installed onto a wall (a normal mirror) will make a dull sound, because there’s something behind it. A two-way will have more reverberation.
Use the flashlight on your phone to shine on the mirror, if it’s a two-way, you’ll be able to see into the other room.
You can also shield your eyes and see in if you lean up against the glass.
The room being viewed will have to be brightly lit (10x brighter than the room looking in), so if you’re in a typical dimly lit club bathroom, you’re ok.

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They have this in Continental Midtown in Philly, it’s fucking creepy and not cool at all

the most obvious solution i can think of is to break that motherfucker. what are they going to do? sue you for breaking something they shouldnt have had?

That’s fucking disgusting.

Hey, fellas. You ever feel like you have to check if you’re standing in front of a two-way mirror? Women do.

This needs to be known

Just adding that what durnesque-esque put, the fingernail test, DOES NOT in fact work. You have to cup your hands and look through it because if it’s a two way mirror you should be able to see the other side at least faintly.

Just adding that it DOES work but is not reliable nor a single guarantee test which is why I put ALL THE OTHER  tests after it.

durnesque-esque:

valvesoftware:

zimpirate:

bigbigbigday006:

strangelyobsessedwithstuff:

void-the-sinner:

spoiledbabe:

hazelandglasz:

durnesque-esque:

thehippiejew:

extrafeisty:

jaycubs:

A Glasgow nightclub has installed a two-way mirror which allows male revellers in private booths to spy on unsuspecting women as they visit the toilet! With no notification or signage anywhere in the venue many female club goers have been left feeling embarrassed and used. Although they do briefly show the mirrors in a promo video, the club has been quickly deleting comments and posts on their social media from club goers trying to alert others to the situation. This is pretty much illegal and hugley violates privacy. Thank you The Shimmy Club for giving us a shiny, new, creative and cool take on objectification.
article here

i’m never leaving my house again, this world is just too fucked up.

WHAT!?

gross gross gross gross gross

Good morning disgusting.

Remember ladies:

  • “No space, leave the place” (fingernail test)
  • A two way mirror must be set INTO the wall, not placed on top of it.
  • If you rap/knock against the mirror, one installed onto a wall (a normal mirror) will make a dull sound, because there’s something behind it. A two-way will have more reverberation.
  • Use the flashlight on your phone to shine on the mirror, if it’s a two-way, you’ll be able to see into the other room.
  • You can also shield your eyes and see in if you lean up against the glass.
  • The room being viewed will have to be brightly lit (10x brighter than the room looking in), so if you’re in a typical dimly lit club bathroom, you’re ok.

boosting the fuck out of this

They have this in Continental Midtown in Philly, it’s fucking creepy and not cool at all

the most obvious solution i can think of is to break that motherfucker. what are they going to do? sue you for breaking something they shouldnt have had?

That’s fucking disgusting.

Hey, fellas. You ever feel like you have to check if you’re standing in front of a two-way mirror? Women do.

This needs to be known

Just adding that what durnesque-esque put, the fingernail test, DOES NOT in fact work. You have to cup your hands and look through it because if it’s a two way mirror you should be able to see the other side at least faintly.

Just adding that it DOES work but is not reliable nor a single guarantee test which is why I put ALL THE OTHER  tests after it.

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Back on track challenge day 12!!!

-plan your meals for the day (either day 12 or 13) Planned ahead for everything except lunch because I didn’t realize we were out of some items. Had a bowl of cereal ;)
-drink only water!! Have to have my one cup of coffee, sorry :)
-listen to your body, take care of it Done!

My family’s favorite salad, we call it Santa Fe Chicken Salad. Just chicken salad with crushed tortilla chips on top. I put a dollop of sour cream on mine. According to MFP it is just under 500 cals (without sour cream.)