Weight Loss: Losing weight with Reddit

Reddit for weight loss? Have you heard of Reddit? It is the front page of the internet. In addition to the news and other random stories, people are losing weight with Reddit. With over 670,000 subscribers to the weight loss sub-reddit channel LOSEIT, a robust community is forming online. They offer a weight-loss Quick Start…

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Reddit for weight loss?

losing weight with redditHave you heard of Reddit? It is the front page of the internet. In addition to the news and other random stories, people are losing weight with Reddit. With over 670,000 subscribers to the weight loss sub-reddit channel LOSEIT, a robust community is forming online. They offer a weight-loss Quick Start Guide and many 30-day challenges to keep their subscribers motivated. While this is all fine and dandy, there are a few things to keep in mind as you join this community and start your weight-loss journey.

Losing weight with Reddit

  • Don’t forget about “non-scale” victories. Many people get weight-obsessed while completely missing out all the other signs of getting healthier. The scale along with tracking your body fat percentage will show a better picture of your health progress. Not only body fat, but also pay attention to your energy levels, sleep quality, blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and inches lost. These non-scale victories are just as important as the scale ones.
  • “Tantrum Tuesday” is a part of the channel where people go to vent in regards to losing weight. While for some venting helps, it may not help others to read that type of negativity. If you know this is affect you, be sure to steer clear of this channel.
  • Find support outside of LOSEIT too. You need more than just an online community to stay motivated. Seek out support from your friends or co-workers if you can. Or even through social media as it’s less anonymous than Reddit.
  • Take other peoples’ progress pictures with a grain of salt. Photos are a great way to track progress and looking at other’s pictures can be encouraging. But with photo-editing software and apps that are available today, photos can easily be edited to make people appear thinner than they really are. If looking at certain progress pictures makes you negative in regards to your weight loss journey, stop looking.
  • Watch your language. No one likes a negative Nancy! The way we talk about our weight loss journeys is ultimately how we will see them. Try not to demonize foods and instead focus on the positive in regards to what you’re eating and your workouts.
  • Know that LOSEIT doesn’t work for everyone and that’s OK. The community provides a lot, but sometimes it isn’t enough for certain people. Everyone is different. If needed, seek out additional support from a dietitian or nutritionist.

Have you tried LOSEIT on Reddit?

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How to find your Swolemate: Fitness friends

Motivation is key Whether you’re just starting out your fitness journey or you’ve been at it for awhile, you will notice that motivation is needed to get your butt into gear. Ideally, you should find motivation and discipline within yourself. But sometimes, it’s good to have fitness friends to keep us accountable and active. How…

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Motivation is key

fitness friendsWhether you’re just starting out your fitness journey or you’ve been at it for awhile, you will notice that motivation is needed to get your butt into gear. Ideally, you should find motivation and discipline within yourself. But sometimes, it’s good to have fitness friends to keep us accountable and active.

How I met your mother (or father)

Many people reach out to me and ask how can I find friends and/or a significant other to workout with? Well, I’m here to tell you there are many ways for you to find fitness-minded people in and around your local area.

  • Join a local running group. Earlier this year, I joined a local running group that meets once a week for an easy 3 mile fun run. Through the group, I’ve easily made about 25 to 30 new friends who all enjoy running nearly as much as I do.
  • There’s an app for that. Workout Buddies is a great app to find nearby fitness friends looking for a lifting buddy. You never know, you might meet your swolemate through it.
  • Fitness meet-ups. If you haven’t been on MeetUp yet, it’s a great way to social network! Whether you’re looking for a new job, new friends, a date, or a fitness friend, MeetUp is the way to go.
  • Free fitness classes at your local gyms. Pay attention to the local nearby gyms and attend their free classes when they offer them. You never know who you’ll meet in the middle of that Zumba sweat sesh.
  • Talk to someone at the gym (but not in a creepy way). This one is tricky. It’s likely easier to just not try, but I have heard success stories from people just simply saying hi and how are you to people in the gym. You have to ease into it, and don’t force it if they aren’t into it. Also, don’t say hi to someone wearing headphones. That means they’re not there to socialize.
  • Ask a co-worker! Sometimes you’ll be surprised to find a fitness friend out of one of your co-workers. I actually got into running with an ex-coworker of mine. If I never asked her to run with me, I likely wouldn’t have started running when I did. And I likely wouldn’t have ran that Chicago Marathon this past year.

How do you find fitness friends? Do you have any other ideas?

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Rest and Recovery: Epsom Salt Baths

Have you tried Epsom salt baths? I had never used Epsom salt prior to training for a marathon this past year. But I’m here to tell you, they are amazing for recovery, especially after those painful long training runs (I’m talking 15+ miles, bro). Soak in salt.. First of all, who doesn’t enjoy a nice warm…

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Have you tried Epsom salt baths? I had never used Epsom salt prior to training for a marathon this past year. But I’m here to tell you, they are amazing for recovery, especially after those painful long training runs (I’m talking 15+ miles, bro).

Soak in salt..epsom salt baths

First of all, who doesn’t enjoy a nice warm bath? The idea of drawing up a steaming hot bath always makes me feel better, even before getting into the water. Maybe it’s just me, but I am actually naturally lazy. Whenever I get 20 minutes to be lazy and warm, I usually take a bath. And if I’m sore, Epsom salt will be included. Whether it’s after a hard run or a hard training session at the gym, the Epsom salt works it’s magic and I feel better afterwards. Especially as we enter Flu season, rest and recovery are very important.

Facts about Epsom salt

  1. It is named after a bitter saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England.
  2. It isn’t actually a salt, it’s a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate.
  3. Both magnesium and sulfate are readily absorbed through the skin, which makes Epsom salt baths an easy and effective way to enjoy the benefits (see below).
  4. Magnesium plays a number of roles in the body including regulating the activity of over 325 enzymes, reducing inflammation, helping muscle and nerve function, and helping to prevent artery hardening. Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins, and help ease migraine headaches.

Benefits of Epsom salt bathsepsom salt baths

  1. Eases stress and relaxes the body. Stress drains the body of magnesium. Magnesium helps to produce serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of calm and relaxation. Magnesium also increases energy and stamina by encouraging the production of ATP, the energy packets made in the cells.
  2. Relieves pain and muscle cramps. Epsom salt baths help ease pain and relieve inflammation, making it beneficial in the treatment of sore muscles, bronchial asthma, and migraine headaches. Epsom salt softens skin and will even neutralize foot odor in addition to helping your achy feet feel better.
  3. Helps muscles and nerves function properly. Studies show that Epsom salt can help regulate electrolytes in your body, ensuring proper functioning of the muscles, nerves, and enzymes. Magnesium is critical in the proper use of calcium, which serves as a main conductor of the electric impulses in your body.
  4. Helps prevent hardening of arteries and blood clots. Epsom salt improves blood circulation, protects the elasticity of arteries, prevents blood clots, and reduces the risk of sudden heart attacks. This alone makes the salt baths worth it!
  5. Eliminates toxins from the body. The sulfates in Epsom salt help flush toxins and heavy metals from the cells. This helps ease muscle pain and helps the body to eliminate harmful substances.

The best part is..

It’s cheap! You can get a big bag of Epsom salt that will last you weeks for only a few dollars. Hit up your local drugstore, or find some great buys below.

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Embracing nature

To organic or to not organic? That is the question. What do you do? Do you go out of your way to buy organic, or do you just grab whichever is more convenient? This can go multiple ways, but today we’re going to try to focus on two product types: deodorant and sunscreen. Two essentials…

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To organic or to not organic? That is the question. What do you do? Do you go out of your way to buy organic, or do you just grab whichever is more convenient? This can go multiple ways, but today we’re going to try to focus on two product types: deodorant and sunscreen. Two essentials while working out, especially while working out outside (i.e. running or attending my weekly strength and conditioning class).

For natural deodorant, what does that look like? Ideally, at the very least, deodorant without aluminum. Why not aluminum? While aluminum is used for things like cans of soda, it is not ideal on our skin. First of all, you may have an allergy to aluminum. A good amount of people break out in a rash when using antiperspirants. Also, aluminum may cause other issues outside of just a rash, i.e. it can interfere with your hormones. Aluminum isn’t the only thing to avoid, triclosan could be a stronger endocrine disruptor than propylene glycol, so try to avoid it as well.

The tricky part about going natural is finding a deodorant that stands up to sweat sessions, i.e. that super humid run or when you’re doing planks at the gym. The deodorant that I use and find effective is Arrow Protect Natural Deodorant by Birchbox. It smells good and stands up to my tough workouts. Which one do you use?

As for sunscreen, it’s important to read the ingredients on the bottle as well. Many sunscreens claim to be natural, but are they? Ingredients to avoid for SPF include chemicals such as oxybenzone, octinoxate  and homosalate. There are other chemicals to watch out for. Ideally, you want to reach for the organic option that uses mineral filters rather than chemical filters.

Mineral sunscreens are made with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, usually in the form of nanoparticles. There is good evidence that little if any zinc or titanium particles penetrate the skin to reach living tissues. Thus, mineral sunscreens tend to rate better than chemical sunscreens. What sunscreen do you use? Do you read the ingredients before buying sunscreen or just grab the most convenient sunscreen at the store? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks!

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Avoiding Raccoon Eyes

Do you ever get to the gym and forget that you have on a full face of makeup? Or did you purposefully do your makeup to look good for that cute guy at the gym only to leave the gym with raccoon eyes? I’m here today to talk about the options you have in the…

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Do you ever get to the gym and forget that you have on a full face of makeup? Or did you purposefully do your makeup to look good for that cute guy at the gym only to leave the gym with raccoon eyes? I’m here today to talk about the options you have in the ever-expanding makeup world that will help you avoid running out of the gym looking hideous.

While we’re aware of waterproof mascara, there are mascaras that are meant to be worn while working out. For example, the Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara holds up pretty well. If you’re looking for something more affordable, L’oreal and Maybelline make a sport mascara as well.

Outside of mascara, there’s a relatively new brand called Sweat Cosmetics that is meant for use while working out and sweating. It’s available through Sephora. I use the Illuminator when I work out and I like it since it also has SPF 25 which is handy when working out, especially during the summer months. I keep the makeup in my workout bag since it’s super easy to apply with the twist brush that’s included.

Even if you don’t use these brands, be sure to avoid oil-based makeup as that is the type that will trap in sweat and clog your pores as you’re working out. No matter what you use, be sure to wash all your makeup off every night to prevent breakouts and to keep good hygiene.

What do you do for makeup while working out? Do you wash your face before working out? Or after? Is the cute guy at the gym noticing your makeup or raccoon eyes? Comment below with what has or hasn’t worked for you.

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Exercising Sick

Should you workout when sick with a cold? What if it’s the flu? It really depends on how you feel. It also depends on when you got sick. Day 1 versus day 3 are two different times and should be approached differently. The best way to prevent illness in the first place is to stay…

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Should you workout when sick with a cold? What if it’s the flu? It really depends on how you feel. It also depends on when you got sick. Day 1 versus day 3 are two different times and should be approached differently. The best way to prevent illness in the first place is to stay…

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The Importance of Fit

All runners should know the importance of a proper shoe fitting. Unfortunately, beginning and seasoned runners alike make many common mistakes when picking out new running shoes. Some runners just pick a shoe based on brand or how it looks. They think if they look cool enough they’ll run better (illusion). Giving into peer pressure…

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All runners should know the importance of a proper shoe fitting. Unfortunately, beginning and seasoned runners alike make many common mistakes when picking out new running shoes. Some runners just pick a shoe based on brand or how it looks. They think if they look cool enough they’ll run better. Giving into peer pressure or…

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