Why I Decided to Start a Fitness Instagram and Blog

Happiness is something I’ve always been struggling to find and was part of the reason I decided to start my fitness journey a little under 2 years ago. I hoped to find my happiness through consistently exercising and eating healthy, since it seemed to be working for all the fitness enthusiasts I followed on social media. Once I indulged in this lifestyle, I realized that happiness is not something you find, it’s something you create. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always been content with my life and the amazing and supportive people in it. But there have been intense moments of high stress, anxiety, and insecurities.

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It began when I started following various fitness instagram accounts and fitness influencers like Katya Henry, Alyssa (Fittlyss), Kayla Itsines, and Emily Skye. Every morning while eating breakfast and every night before going to bed, I would scroll through my feed and read their empowering posts. Their posts slowly gave me motivation to take the next step in changing my attitude towards my life. I decided to make exercise and eating healthy a lifestyle rather than a temporary aberration. Their posts inspired me to take on living a happier and healthier life by creating a lifestyle involving fitness. I’m the only one who has the power to control my life, so I took action. Through this lifestyle my attitude changed and I started to view things in a more optimistic light. My mental health also improved, my strength increased, and I just felt better overall. My confidence skyrocketed and I began to push myself to take on other challenges in life like progressing with my Youtube singing covers, and becoming more proactive in networking in and outside of work.

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The feelings and attitude I gained from this lifestyle change truly are some of the greatest feelings and I wanted to share it with others. I wanted to inspire and motivate others like how Katya, Kayla, Alyssa, and Emily did for me! So I created my fitness instagram and, later fitness blog, in hopes to be able to reach out to others and encourage them to create their own happiness instead of chasing it.

I want to create a community of bright and encouraging people full of love and kindness! I want us to all empower and support each other, because there is way too much hate in this world than should be. When I post on my instagram, I’m not trying to show off or make anyone feel bad about themselves. I’m trying to reach out to make others want to get up and do something active with their bodies and life while alongside, keeping track of my own fitness progress. Posting also motivates me to stay consistent and active with my own fitness goals and routines!

img_3606Social media has the amazing power to connect people and bring people together, creating communities of literally anything and everything! I’ve made a bunch of inspiring connections through instagram and it’s created so many new friendships for me! So join me in creating a community of like minded people full of smiles and good vibes who have a passion for fitness and creating happiness amongst themselves and others! Let’s go Fit Family!

Follow my journey @fitwithtania

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Time vs. Character

“You can meet somebody tomorrow who has better intentions for you than someone you’ve known forever. Time means nothing. Character does.”

I came across this quote a few days ago and really like it. For the longest time I’ve been blaming myself for other people’s’ actions and behavior, almost like I had a duty to keep them mature and civil. When I wasn’t successful, it would stress me out and give my anxiety over the thought of losing friendships or connections. In the end, I began to wonder if those connections were even worth it. Was it worth all that time, stress, and effort to hold onto something that wasn’t moving forward? What other people say and do is out of my control. People can say positive things or try to justify themselves, but it means nothing if their actions don’t compliment their words. Actions do speak louder than words. Don’t always put value over how long you’ve known someone. Their character and how they treat you is more valuable. Time is just an add on to the value of a relationship. Character > Time.

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Legs & Core – HIIT Workout

I love holidays because the gym is so empty! I don’t have to wait around to use equipment or constantly be smelling other people… gross! Here is my HIIT workout I did on Saturday.

Warm Up
10 minutes on elliptical at speed of 6.0 with level 3 incline

After each circuit, take a 1 to 2 minute rest before starting the next one.

Circuit 1: (Complete x2 nonstop)
1. Squat press w/ 8lbs (x12)
2. Leg Lifts (x20)
3. Knee Ups on Stool w/ 8lbs each hand (x12 each leg)
4. Circle Leg Lifts (x20)

Circuit 2: (Complete x2 nonstop)
1. Sumo Squats w/ 15lbs (x12)
2. Standing Side Crunch w/ 10lbs (x20 each side)
3. Jumping Jacks (x50)
4. Russian Twists w/ 10lbs (x40 total)

Circuit 3: (Complete x2 nonstop)
1. Squat Press w/ 8lbs (x12)
2. Bicycle Crunches (x40 tota)
3. Step Ups on Stool w/ 8lbs each hand (x12 each leg)
4. Reverse Dumbbell Crunch w/ 6lbs (x15)

Circuit 4: (Complete nonstop) Notice the weight increase. The exercises stay the same.
1. Cable Twist “Woodchopper” 7.5lbs (x15 each side)
2. Donkey Kicks w/ 6lbs (x15 each leg)
3. Cable Twist “Woodchopper” 12.5lbs (x15 each side)
4. Donkey Kicks w/ 8lbs (x15 each leg)
5. Cable Twist “Woodchopper” 17.5lbs (x15 each side)
6. Donkey Kicks w/ 10lbs (x15 each leg)

Stretch it out!

I hope everything makes sense! If you have any questions feel free to comment or DM me on instagram! Remember, if you find yourself struggling too hard, you can always modify exercises to fit your comfortability level. Or take it slower. Just make sure you keep moving. Make your heart work hard and challenge yourself and your body!

 

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How to Stay Motivated

Some days I wake up super motivated, ready to take on the day. But other days I wake up sluggish and not motivated to do anything. It’s normal and it happens to everyone! It is okay to be lazy once in awhile and lack motivation. The important thing is you get back on your feet and find the motivation you need to get back on track! Here are a few things I do to stay motivated on days I’m feeling lost.

One thing that drives me the most in terms of staying motivated is the idea of continuously wanting to work towards being a better person, inside and out. I consider this as one of my ongoing goals that usually always keeps me motivated. I’m constantly finding ways to improve myself whether it be in fitness, health, personality, or skill set.

BUT sometimes it doesn’t always work. In that case, I have listed some ways to find motivation again!

  1. Set Goals: Usually when I have goals in place, I feel more inclined to pursue and work towards them.
  2. Watch or Read Motivational Videos/Quotes/Articles: This always helps get me in the motivational mood!
  3. Change up Your Routine: Keep it new and exciting!
  4. Give Yourself Fun Breaks: To make sure you don’t overwhelm yourself, do something fun as a small break. Go watch a movie, paint, hangout with friends, whatever it is that you enjoy and makes you happy!
  5. Workout or Do a Physical Activity: It’s crazy what the effects of being active can do for you outside of fitness. This can improve your mood drastically and may motivate you to do other things!
  6. Listen to Some Pump Up Music: Confident by Demi Lovato always gets me motivated!
  7. Don’t Be Too Hard on Yourself: Everyone gets lost and loses motivation once in awhile. It is totally normal and okay! “It’s not about how hard you hit, but how well you can take a hard hit and keep moving forward.”

I hope these tips help you find your motivation! Next time you find yourself lacking motivation, don’t sweat. Pick yourself up again and learn from that experience. Be more willing to go the extra mile to get better for next time! What are some of the ways you stay motivated?

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Weekend Outdoor Track HIIT Workout

I’ve started to enjoy going outdoors and working out on the track and field of nearby high schools. It’s something fun and different and keeps working out exiting! Here is a killer HIIT workout I did this weekend. I hope it makes sense!

Warm up
-Jog 1 lap around track

HIIT Circuit 1: (Complete 3 times)
-Run up and down stairs on bleachers 4 times (2 up, 2 down)
-Jog half a lap
-Run up and down stairs on bleachers 4 times (2 up, 2 down)
-Jog half a lap
-1 minute rest

HIIT Circuit 2: (Complete 2 times)
-Jog ¼ of track
-Sprint ¼ of track
-Jog ¼ of track
-Walk ¼ of track
-1 minutes rest

HIIT Circuit 3: (7 minutes non-stop)
-Squat Jumps (x10)
-Mountain Climbers (x40 each leg)
-Jumping Jacks (x30)
-Bicycle Crunches (x40 total)

End your workout with a slow cool down and stretch for 10 minutes!

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Lower Body & Core – Friday Fun HIIT Workout

This Friday I wanted to do something different at the gym. I wanted to do something random that would keep me excited for my workout and the weekend!

Treadmill
Incline / Speed / Minutes
15 / 3.0 / 2
15 / 5.0 / 1
13 / 2.8 / 2
13 / 5.4 / 1
0 / 2.8 / 2

Lower Body & Core Circuit (x2 non stop)
1. Squat Press w/ 10lbs kettlebell (x12)
2. Leg Lifts (x20)
3. Cross Over Steps w/ Stool (x50 total)
4. Bicycle Crunches (x40 total)
5. Knee Ups w/ 8lbs each hand (x12 each leg)
6. Jack Knife Crunches (x20)

Complete at own time but with minimal rest lengths in any order! Do 2 sets of all the exercises listed below.

1. Squat and Press w/ 10lbs kettlebell on Bosu Ball (x10)
2. Lunges w/ 8lbs each hand, one leg on Bosu Ball (x10 each leg)
3. Sumo Squats w/ 15lbs kettlebell (x10)
4. Circle Leg Raises (x20)
5. Russian Twists w/ 10lbs (x40)
6. V-Ups (x20)

End workout with some good stretching from 10-15 minutes!

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5 Circuit Killer HIIT Workout

Today I completed a killer 5 circuit workout when normally I only do 4 circuits! Half way through I felt like throwing up, but I kept pushing because I was so motivated to finish! I definitely don’t recommend doing workouts so intense they make you feel like or actually throw up, but I was so into this one I had to finish!

Circuit 1: Treadmill
Incline / Speed / Minutes
15 / 3.0 / 2
15 / 5.0 / 1
12 / 3.0 / 2
12 / 5.0 / 1
0 / 2.8 / 2

Circuit 2: Legs & Abs (7 minutes nonstop)
Squat and Press w/ 8lbs (x12)
Leg Lifts (x20)
Knee Up with Lounges (x12 each leg)
Bicycle Crunches (x40)
1 Minute Rest

Circuit 3: Arms & Abs (7 minutes nonstop)
Push ups (x12)
X Crunches (x30 total)
Tricep Dips (x12)
Regular Crunches (x40)
1 Minute Rest

Circuit 4: Legs & Abs (7 minutes nonstop)
Cross Over Steps w/ Stepping Stool (x40 total)
Heel Touches (x40)
Jump Squats (x20)
Russian Twists w/ 8 lbs (x40)
Step Ups w/ 6lbs each hand (x12 each leg)
1 Minute Rest

Circuit 5: Arms & Shoulders (7 minutes nonstop)
Overhead Tricep Extension w/ 6lbs (x12)
Jumping Jacks (x50)
Bicep Curls w/ 5lbs (x12 each arm)
Shoulder Press w/ 5lb Dumbbells (x10)

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