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I don’t have a true “thigh gap”.
But I can run 7 miles straight.
And then bike another 12 miles.
And do squats until my legs tremble.
And do lunges until my butt feels like it’s going to fall off.

I don’t need a thigh gap to achieve my goal body. I need strength, determination and dedication.

Love this message…

i will forever reblog this. She is sooo strong

Amazing

Her legs are PERF anyways! & they look so toned. I love them <3 she’s amazing!

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7 EFFECTIVE THIGH EXERCISES


Bikini season is almost here, and if shopping for a new suit gives you a nervous twitch, you’re not alone. I took a long look in the mirror and decided it’s time to hunt out some new exercises for thighs… six weeks is more than enough time to firm them up and get them beach ready! Who’s with me? Lace up your trainers, grab a bottle of water, and let’s try these exercises for thighs… next stop, the Victoria’s Secret swimsuit catalog!

1. SQUATS

Squats are an easy, effective exercise for your thighs that you can do at home or at the gym. The best way to describe the proper form for a squat is to stand straight, legs at shoulder-width apart, then pretend you’re sitting down. Just as your knees are bent at 90 degrees, stand back up again. You might want to hold your arms in front of you, or keep them on your hips, for balance. Do three sets of 20 squats. Want to amp it up a little? Rather than rising slowly from the squat, leap up, then land softly in the squat «sitting» position again.

2. FRONT LUNGES

Ah, lunges. Perhaps the most perfect exercise for thighs! They’re easy to do, and again, they can be done at the gym or at home. Stand with your feet together, hands on your hips. Take a step forward with your right leg, dropping your left knee to the ground, then stand back up again in one fluid motion. Don’t over-step, and don’t hit your knee on the ground too hard! Repeat, stepping forward with your left leg and dropping to your right knee. Do three sets of 12 for each leg.

3. SIDE LUNGES

Side lunges are nearly identical to front lunges, only (you guessed it) rather than stepping forward, you’ll step to the right or the left, depending on which leg is your «step forward» leg. Again, repeat for three sets of 12 for each leg.

4. RUNNING OR JOGGING

Running, jogging, or even brisk walking is also an excellent exercise for thighs. Be sure, of course, that you have the right trainers for your feet, and that you stay hydrated.

5. LEG PRESS

Ever wondered what the leg press at the gym was for, exactly, or how to use it? It’s for your thighs (and the rest of your legs) but the key is proper form! And you don’t have to use a lot of weight; start with 20 pounds and work up from there. Be sure that, as you’re pushing up, your knees never go further out that your toes.

6. SINGLE LEG «NAME»

The longer your name, the more… difficult… this exercise will be. Lie flat on your back with your arms at your sides and your legs straight. Lift your left leg in the air, toes pointed at the ceiling (or as close to the ceiling as you can get) keeping your leg as straight as possible. Using your toes as your «pen,» «write» your name on the ceiling. Now switch legs and do it again! Repeat ten times with each leg, and do three sets. Yow!

7. YOGA

There are several yoga poses and maneuvers that are excellent exercises for your thighs, including the utkatasana and sun salutation. Find a yoga DVD to do at home, or take a class at a local gym or studio. Who knew yoga could give you awesome buns and thighs?

With so many awesome, effective (and frankly, «feel the burn») exercises for thighs, there’s no reason to have bikini bad-dreams again… at least, not this season! Which of these thigh exercises has you winded, and which are a snap? Or do you have another exercise for thighs that’ll help me tone up? Do share!

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Breakfast

1. Frittata it. We love starting the weekend with an egg-heavy brunch. Mix eggs with veggies for a healthy and hearty breakfast. Bonus points if you make enough to munch on all week!

2. Add finely minced broccoli to scrambled eggs. This veggie addition doesn’t change the texture of eggs and fits in at least a whole serving of veggies.

3. Steam and puree or finely grate cauliflower to mix with scrambled eggs. Try it with chicken or tuna salad for an entrée.

4. Bake ‘em. Breakfast sweets can be packed with veggies, too. Try making some travel-friendly bran muffins packed with zucchini and carrots in addition to the classic raisins, walnuts, and cinnamon.

5. Veg out on savory oatmealYeah, the classic might be brown sugar with fruit, but oatmeal (or steel-cut oats) can be savory, too. Cook plain oats with water and add your choice of steamed or sautéed veggies. Top with an egg for extra protein and season with salt, pepper, or a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.

6. Make pudding a healthy breakfast. Only if it’s avocado-based!

7. Try pumpkin or butternut squash pancakes or waffles. When the skillet is heating next Saturday morning, throw some pumpkin or squash puree into any pancake or waffle mix to fit in an extra serving of veggies (and get a fun orange tinge, too).

Smoothies

8. Add greens to breakfast smoothies. A handful of spinach or kale blends well with any fruit smoothie. Try the classic “Green Monster” by blending 1 cup milk of choice, 1 frozen banana, 2 handfuls spinach, and 1 tablespoon almond butter.

9. Grab an avocado smoothie. Like the green smoothie, this avocado-based treat is perfect for breakfast or a nutritious midday snack. Packed with healthy fats, vitamin E, and vitamin B6, avocados are definitely one superfood we’d love to learn to liquefy.

10. Slurp a carrot smoothie. Carrot juice is pretty easy to find, but without an expensive juicer at home, it’s hard to make on demand. Luckily, grated carrots are easy-peasy to fit into any fruity smoothie. Bonus points: Because we’re using all parts of the veggie, none of the fiber is lost from the juicing process.

Pasta and Grains

11. Green up pasta dishes. When spaghetti and meatballs is on the menu, add a load of extra veggies to the dish itself instead of opting for a boring ’ol side salad.

12. Substitute veggie strips like zucchini, squash, asparagus, or spaghetti squash and skip the pasta altogether. Add veggies to the sauce too for bonus points.

13. Remember herbs are leafy greens too! Add fresh herbs to any rice, pasta, or grain dish. Or whip up a quick homemade herb pesto to add to scrambled eggs or use as a sandwich spread.

14. Fancy up macaroni and cheese.It’s a childhood favorite, but grown ups crave it too — don’t lie! When guilt sets in for wanting to demolish the whole box, throw in a load of fresh veggies to justify the choice. Spinach, tomatoes, peas, and broccoli make awesome additions. Extra credit for skipping the boxed mixes and making it all from scratch.

15. Mix the potatoes. Sweet and regular mashed potatoes are perennial favorites. To add some extra nutritional value, mix the two types of potatoes 1-to-1 in a mash.

16. Sneak them in casseroles.Anytime that casserole dish comes out of the cupboard, get out the grater, too. Finely shredded zucchini or summer squash can be added to virtually any casserole without changing taste or texture!

Sandwiches

17. Sub greens for sandwich wraps or breakfast burritos. For tougher greens like collards, kale, or chard, blanch the greens and pat dry before wrapping.

18. Try veggie grilled cheese. Cheese sandwiched between two slices of bread doesn’t have too much green value. Every time the cheesy craving strikes, throw in a few layers of veggies, too. Spinach or arugula, tomato, and avocado make awesome additions.

19. Make vegetarian quesadillas. Instead of opting for the classic chicken-and-cheese, throw in a variety of veggies and cut down the cheese by half for a healthier version. Some favorite fillings are corn, peppers, onions, and greens.

20. Bite a better burger by adding carrot puree to ground beef recipes. From hamburgers to meatloaf, a few steamed and pureed carrots (or a mix of carrot and sweet potato) go a long way.

Sauces and Condiments

21. Pick a pumpkin marinara sauce. Tomato sauce is a great vehicle for any extra pureed veggies. The easiest? Throw in a can of pumpkin puree!

22. Load up. Basic tomato sauce is great — definitely counts as one veggie! But the more veggies added, the better. Try adding pureed carrots or winter squash, peppers, onions, or greens.

23. Health up the Hollandaise. Nothing’s better than a Sunday-morning plate of Eggs Benedict, but the classic Hollandaise sauce can be less than healthy. Try subbing this avocado Hollandaiseto fit in some extra green.

24. Mix butternut squash puree and grated cheese to use as a spread in grilled cheese, quesadillas, or pizzas.

25. Spice up salad dressing. Say bye-bye to classic oil and vinegar and hello to veggie-based dressings. Some ideas include butternut squash, tomato, beet, or zucchini.

Snacks

26. Bake an egg in an avocado. It’s the perfect healthy vehicle for some seriously awesome protein!

27. Turn it into a fry. Slice zucchini, avocado, carrot, or green beans, lightly bread and bake until crispy.

28. Cook up kale chips. Lightly coated in oil and sprinkled with salt, crispy kale chips are a great (and much healthier) stand-in for potato chips.

Pizza

29. Serve a colorful pie. Yes, a cheesy, meaty pizza pie is hard to pass up, but a really great pizza is a great vehicle for a big pile of veggies. Practically anything works, from greens and tomato to roasted squash or root vegetables.

30. Prepare a pizza salad. If pizza’s on the dinner table, throw a salad on top for a fun meal to eat, and an easy two-in-one dinner. A favorite? Arugula salad with tomatoes and Parmesan on top of a mixed veggie pizza.

31. Splurge on spinach. Tomato sauce is a great way to get a serving of veggies. Even better? Spread a layer of spinach puree on the pizza dough BEFORE spreading the sauce for another dose of veg (and some extra greens).

Soups and Stews

32. Add veggie puree to chicken soup. Making classic chicken soup? Add a can of pureed tomatoes, squash, or potato. It will make for a thicker soup and will sneak in some extra veggies.

33. Add carrot, sweet potato, or butternut squash puree to any chili or stew recipe.

Baked Goods and Desserts

34. Bake veggies into bread. Another sweet veggie-packed delight, zucchini bread can be a great way to get in a serving of veggies while fulfilling that sweet tooth.

35. Disguise greens in chocolate! These spinach brownies use pureed spinach leaves in the wet mixture to get in that extra dose of greens in the dessert course, too! (They’re vegan, too.)

36. Choose chocolate cake with carrot and squash. Chocolate cake base is perfect to disguise the veggies packed in the batter. Make avocado frosting for even more veggie bonus points!

37. Pair chocolate and beets. The cocoa covers the earthy beet flavor well and the sweetness of the beets pair well with the sugary cake.

38. Stick to the sweet stuff. Lets just admit it, chocolate is basically the best way to hide veggiesin pretty much anything. Case in point: sweet potato brownies.

39. Add carrot or sweet potato puree to chocolate chip cookies.

40. Pack avocados in chocolate pudding. Yes, we can even sneak some extra nutrients intochocolate pudding. Plus, avocados’ silky texture gives this pudding another plus.

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8 Reasons You Should Be Eating Cucumbers

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Interesting list:

spineandsports:

  • One of the 30 Most Hydrating Foods.
  • Made up of 96% water, naturally distilled (better than normal water)
  • Contains alkaline-forming minerals (regulates ph levels in your blood)
  • Good source of vitamin C and vitamin A (great for your skin)
  • Prevents water retention (reduces puffy/swollen eyes)
  • Helps normalize body temperature during hot days
  • Can help regulate blood pressure 
  • Can help heal sunburn by applying to your skin

Read full story here.

I love cucumber even more now!

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What are hip dips and why you stop caring about them.

Lately on my dash I’ve been seeing posts about hip dips, and anonymous questions on how to prevent hip dips or how much they hate theirs.

I just want to let you know that it’s normal. The celebrities or girls in your thinspo tags that you see that don’t have it either are wearing spanx, they’re photo shopped, or you just plain don’t see it.

I have never met any one that didn’t have one. It’s part of our anatomy, and on some is more noticeable than others. It all depends on your body type, muscle, and fat distribution. 

Most children in north america have heard this song in pre-school and kinder garden, but for most it’s been a while so I thought I’d give you a refresher course.

With the leg bone connected to the knee bone,
and the knee bone connected to the thigh bone,
and the thigh bone connected to the hip bone.


That is exactly what a “hip dip” is. It’s because the femur attaches to the acetabulum which is made up of all three hip bones: the ilium, ischium, and pubis.

You get a hip dip from being born with a skeleton. 

Those celebrities/thinspo girls that you look up to and think, “oh I wish I didn’t have a hip dip. They are so lucky they don’t have one.” Hate to break it to ya (not really), but they have it too. 

Hey look it’s Mily cyrus, Beyonce, and Kelly brook. They all have one!

Oh wait, I have more! All in their unphotoshopped glory! :D

Even ryan gosling has one.

Everyone has one, but sometimes it’s not as noticeable. Men and women have it, but it’s more noticable on women because our hips are generally wider. Like I said earlier it’s really about fat, and muscle distribution. Some women have it more noticeable, some don’t, but it doesn’t mean it’s not there. I know I have it, and I have never met anyone who is like “ew your hip dip is so gross.”

Remember the picture with Brittany spears vs Photoshop? Even she has one.

We have to Remember that we live in a world where spanx is readily available to smooth out our lumps and insecurities to common folk and celebrities alike. Along with photoshop to take away “imperfections” on celebrities so we can feel shitty about ourselves. All while we read magazines or see adverts with conflicting messages like “you’re beautiful” and an advert for make up right or weight loss tips next to it. 

You’re in trouble when you want to stop looking human. Seriously guy and gals, everyone has one as long as you keep your skeleton. 

aw yeah! i love the shit out of my dipping waist line, it reminds me of beautiful marble sculptures 

maybe this is just because i’m an artist but i’ve always thought hip dips gave bodies a very appealing shape

i don’t understand why people have problems with them

To the OP: if you’re SO bothered by this, why don’t you go and stop the media companies, or teach kids to feel comfortable with their bodies responsible instead of whining about it on tumblr?

As an artist who normally draws quite slim female figures (note to self: I should look at making more buxom figures for some of my characters), I make the hips curvy because it’s easier for me to draw that way. I don’t do it to accentuate the beauty of the figure, I do it so the viewer of the art can tell apart males from females.

So yeah, I don’t approve of all this over-airbrushing malarkey either, but have you ever stopped to think, oh I don’t know, people have DIFFERENT PERCEPTIONS OF WHAT BEAUTY IS?

OP here.

I was not aware that people didn’t have any reading comprehension.

The reason why I made this post is to tell everyone that is striving to get a flat curve isn’t always realistic, because you have a skeleton. Everyone has it, but whether it’s visible or not is totally dependent on fat/muscle distribution.

True, everyone has a right to have different beauty perceptions although if I may ask where in my post did I say that people didn’t? You’re getting butthurt over something that wasn’t even said in the post.

^oh snap bitchez

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