My legs might look pale af, but ayeee, i finally have a bit of fat on my body again!! 🔥🤙🏼 It’s been a while since I’ve felt comfortable posting photos that show my arms or legs or any exposed parts of my body for that matter. 😕 You see, over the past few years, I’ve been through multiple emotionally wrenching experiences that have led me to be cheated on, taken advantage of and emotionally abused like I never thought possible. Although I thought I was strong enough, I wasn’t able to handle the pressures of societal norms and cope with everything that had happened to me that it all built up, until one day I just snapped. 🤕 I fell into a state of depression, followed by anxiety and PTSD, and in the process, lost over 30 pounds. I stopped getting my period, my hair was beginning to shed and I would subconsciously shower less to avoid having to see how disgustingly thin my body had become. .
That was how I was living my life less than a year ago today and I am so proud to show how far I’ve come since then. Only a few days ago, I stepped on the scale to see that I’m only 1 pound away from the goal that I had set for myself for the beginning of summer. 🤗👊🏼 I know I’m about a month or so behind, but one thing I’ve learned during my recovery process is that it takes a hell of a long time. I’m proud to say that I’ve worked my ass off to gain about 14 pounds over the past year and although it may not look like much of a difference to some people, I can 100% tell you how much different and better it feels. 🌱🌸 I finally feel comfortable enough to go shopping at the mall with my friends again, or to wear something that doesn’t hid my arms all summer long. I’m proud of my progress this far and am excited to keep going on my journey and share my steps along the way. Here’s to the next 14 pounds! 🤙🏼🎉
Time for bacon cheeseburgers, grilled in the rain...as seen on my story. Also, is it just me (which is a completely logical assumption) or did anyone else feel really funny videotaping (showing my age, there is no tape 😂) themselves to post on their story for the first time?!?!? I mean...my voice sounds goofy, I make ridiculous faces (I am Italian and expressive) and I can’t figure out all the doo-dads 😂😭🤣 Thankfully, if you check it out, there IS an appearance from my dog who is not nearly as spastic 💞 His name is Oscar and he is the best golden retriever in the world 😍 Foe your viewing pleasure...please check out my first attempt at a story and let me know if I should NEVER TRY AGAIN 😂🤣😂🤣😂
Since I haven't done so, I do suppose it’s time to introduce myself.
Soooo, my name is Peter Cui. I’m a fitness and nutrition coach, both in person and online. I live just outside of Des Moines, Iowa. I grew up in a small town in southern Illinois, enjoying the opportunity to be a 3 sport athlete in high school, and going on to a 4 year collegiate soccer career.
My passion for fitness started at a very young age, but exploded during my sophomore year of high school, when I gained 30 pounds over the course of a year through intense training and changing my nutrition habits. After that, there was no going back. I went on to study Exercise Science in college, have been personal training for 3 years now, and coaching nutrition all along the way.
Along with fitness and nutrition, I also place a major focus in coaching mindset and helping my clients change their belief systems in order to create change that will last a lifetime as opposed to crash course programs that get quick results that don’t last and put you in a worse place in your health than when you started.
With my fitness and nutrition systems and strategies, my clients build/maintain muscle while burning and losing fat, all with a balanced approach of 3-4 days a week in the gym, and never starving or restricting food intake. There’s no quick fix/crash course approach to my work, I’m focused on helping all my clients create a lifestyle that they LOVE and will be able and WANT to maintain for the rest of their lives. My goal is that every client I work with walks away with the tools and knowledge in order to be able to go to their full potential in their health and fitness.
If you’ve been looking for a system to learn that will give you the body you’ve always dreamed of having, while only spending 3 - 4 hours a week in the gym, while eating 2 to 3 big meals a day, instead of the acclaimed 6 days a week in the gym with 6 small meals a day approach, shoot me a DM. I create Elites, in mind and body, and I’d love to bring you to a state of mastery of your physical, mental, and emotional state. Together, we can decide if we're a great fit for working together to take you to your goals 💪
How far I've come in the past year.
This time last year I wasn't doing the best I could of, i was junk eating and putting loads of weight on, to the point where I couldn't stop, I ended up putting weight on till I was 15.10. Deep down I was depressed how my friends was 12 or 13 stone.
I started to diets which I kept it for about 3 or 4 weeks and got bored and then yet again junk food came into it. October 2017 I thought yet again let's diet and did the diet for 5 weeks lost about 6 or 7 pounds and gave up December came and thought I need to loose weight and I'm doing it lasted for 7 or 8 weeks and started to loose weight. And then yet again stopped till the middle of March, March came and ive managed to keep diet going. I've managed to get my weight from 15 stone down to 13stone 7lbs.
Last year i was touch size 20, this year I'm down to size 14/16 and couldn't feel any better then I do today. When you put your mind to something you can do it.
Why? I started painting and making jewerly to help my battle with depression, anxiety, isolation, memory loss, fine motor skills as well as cognitive n processing issues...its going on two years now and the benefits has been amazing. I'll leave it at that...I'm trying; doing my best and know God made me to endure. Hidden sickness is a battle that takes a lot of strength to not resort to some prescription medications thats side effects are sometimes worse than the actual reason it is prescribed for. The mental and emotional battle is torchure but appreciated. One day i will be able to be all i want to be and help those around me. I wish for a simple life of purpose, love, friendships, creating, living, helping and being appreciated because I'm able to do for others, smile and grow in unity with others! ❤ remember instagram, snap chat and Facebook are only pieces if moments captured, filtered beauty and the illusion of a perfect life for most.....to know someone is to interact and have fellowship of communication, support, sharing, and love. Nothing is better than to feel needed, wanted, included and valued🙌 May we ALL experience llthis kind of life! In the meantime, do things that puts me in a better mindset with purpose and hope💋 #mystory#journey#grateful#blessed#value#unitu#purpose#mentalhealth#emotionalhealth#selflove#growth#healthylifestyle#endurance#acceptance#forgiveness#faith#passion#creativity#positiveenergy#goodfriends#moments#memories#live#laugh#love ....regardless😘❤👍
Hey, Gorgeous Girl 😘 I know it might not seem like it now BUT I’ve been where you are. *I put on weight 👉🏼 I lost my self confidence. *Nothing fit anymore 👉🏼 I bought bigger clothes. *I didn’t feel sexy 👉🏼 I stopped looking at myself in the mirror. *I felt ashamed 👉🏼 I hid inside my house. And believe it or not, during that whole time I kept convincing myself that I was “okay” with how I looked and felt. But I wasn’t. I wasn’t even close. Then I saw THE PICTURE 😫 You know - the unedited, unfiltered, unsnapchatted, gross, big, fat, disgusting, make you throw up in your mouth picture. I froze in disbelief. That wasn’t me. No way that’s me. But it was me. The me that even my own convincing couldn’t cover up. That’s when it hit me. That’s when I reached my healthy level of disgust. That’s when I KNEW I needed to make a change. A REAL CHANGE. The problem? I had tried it all. Literally. * the gym * the shakes * the pills * the fad diets * the health magazines * the diet books * the running* the spin classes * the hot yoga classes * the personal trainer 😜 ALL. OF. IT. 😜And obviously none of it worked for me because here I was, overweight and miserable. They say the definition of Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. I was done being insane. I needed to find something that was different than anything I’d done in the past. One that would stick with me long term. One that would makeover my BODY and MIND. That’s when I stumbled upon Beachbody. And when I say stumbled, I mean got hired to work on their corporate team. 🤣 Talk about taking this whole “get healthy and fit thing” to the next level. I sat down with a coworker and had an honest and open conversation about my past and what I wanted to achieve. All I can say is THANK GOD I was “convinced” to see if it would work. I have all my self confidence back, everything in my closet fits perfectly, I feel sexy as hell and I love getting out of the house. So gorgeous girl, what are you waiting for? Come join me on this journey and get ready to achieve the mind and body you’ve been searching for with the complete package. You, me, fitness, food and fun 😘 #mystory
T H I S I S M E••• Today I can finally accept everything and stop blaming everyone and everything for what makes me feel sad or weak, cause I’m not!!! I am a strong motherfucker •and WORLD • you should know this! cause now its me going after you👆🏼, be careful☝🏼I’m not scared anymore I don’t care if I have hair or not 🙌🏼I know now!! I got muscle, I got brains, I got stretch marks, I have the most AMAZING body, strong and beautifully imperfect, I got extra happiness and funstuff, now I hatched skills that you actually taught me now watch me bitch this will be the most amazing ride that you will be able to witness! ✨
No more shadows, no more hiding, time to be free of the past.
So I had a pretty frustrating weekend. I try and face those annoyances with a positive attitude, just as I'm always saying on here, but I was just straight frustrated with everything. Every little thing was bothering me and making me think of James.
Dealing with taking James' name off my our bills etc was a royal pain in my butt. I can't believe it's still going on 19 months after he passed away.
For example, I receive a monthly bank statement. This is addressed to James when his name has been taken off of the account. I also have asked to go paperless. So every single month that little piece of paper annoys me. I've tried to change it time and time again, and it just keeps coming.
So...back to this quote. You do the best you can. Sudden death when things were not in order means it's going to be more difficult to get everything squared away. It's going to take much longer than anticipated. I channel that rage into a killer workout or into planning my next trip.
So, today is Monday. A new day that seemed to start out just like my weekend. BUT the unbearableness passed. I'm here and I'm alive...and I'm ready to have a good week.
Monday Motivation ☀️
This time last year I was working in a beautiful remote region of France, making crepes and eating croissants. C'est la vie. 💞 Whilst I don't dwell on the past, it's important to remember to look back, to see your progress, and remind yourself of who you are, and who you want to be. 💪 It's the journey that makes us. 🗺️ Time to have some more adventures and make some more memories. ✈️
Let me tell you a little bit about myself.
I am person who loves. I wish with all my soul to always express it, but I often choose to keep it concealed with the reasoning that it builds “thick skin” when in reality, I’m just afraid of not receiving it. So I’d hide everything away, and subconsciously praise myself for hardening my heart.
This unhealthy cycle has led me to look at myself in the mirror differently...forget what my love looks like and how to accept it from everybody in my life. If I’ve known myself to be a person who loves, but cannot receive or give it, what kind of a person am I?
For the last 12 days, I’ve been taking myself out of myself, stepping up to battle my inner turmoil, and finding joy in rediscovering who I know myself to be by the grace of God.
Happy to be back ❤️😊
"Ever wonder just what it's like
Talking to yourself every night
Will I ever make it through the day?
Never thought I'd make it this far
Kinda wonder just where you are
Will you ever make it through the day?
Last night I had a long talk with myself
And I told myself I can't depend on no one else"Krayzie Bone, Talk To Myself, Thug On The Line... #MyStory
Every night after wife and kids sleep I listen to my recorded songs to ensure they stand the test of time or I did not say a word wrong or every generation can enjoy atleast three songs. Some of the chapters in my books have the same content because it is all true.
I call my style of writing everything "Constructive Narcissism". It's Constructive (has a job, a point, moves world forward, builds, helps) & Narcissistic because it is all about me. Basically, when I say was this or that but I changed or I was still never abusing women whether I was in street fights or hustling, I want some young man or any person to see a better way to be and STOP ABUSE.
If I write about blacks are this or that I get in trouble, but we have some problems in how we move. So I write about this black man; ME. A sad example is in 2018 I did business with 5 black people/organisations, 2 Indian organisations and 2 coloured people/ organisations. Very bad customer service from the black folk, Indian orgs good yet less than courteous but the coloured people did a perfect job. A CD I ordered was delivered to my house. Plumbing services were perfect. Could be different next year. My black bosses were disrespectful and cruel but the white bosses treat me like a human being and like a man. See, my people, my people. One day I'll be more qualified but is almost ALL I study; how to make life better for us by us.
I could go on about blacks because I'm black and talk theories based on a few people and sound like I'm trying to say I'm better and get in trouble. OR I can talk my journey in #MyStory and you take what you will. See? It is safe. All you can do is call me crazy and self-centred but I will make my point.
My friends of all races are great people though. So, I focus on them. I don't care what happened on TV.
Peace on earth!
Seriously babe, I’m not going to sugar coat this one. You’re the one who holds yourself back. With procrastination, with excuses and especially with limiting beliefs. (You know, those bullshit thoughts that flow in your head telling you you’re not good enough? Yeah, those. Screw ‘em). ⠀
Currently this is showing up for me in the form of my podcast intro. Every time I sit down to find the right music and the right words I get stuck and I give up. I know I can do this, and I know it won’t be perfect at first, but I’m also getting so overwhelmed that I’m stuck. I’m standing in my own way of something I so badly want to create. And it’s so, so stupid you guys.⠀
It’s time to get out of my own way and ask for help. My action plan for this? Reach out to my community of artists and see who can help. Getting out of your own way doesn’t mean going at it alone. So now I want to know… what is ONE thing you can do TODAY to get out of your own way? ⠀
Oh, and if you want to help with the podcast intro, shoot me a DM! 😉
Doing a lil get to know me post... cause I’m feeling cute.
So to my 9k followers hello if I don’t know you and here is my story ❤️
My name is Jessica Pinkney and Iv been running my beauty business since the age of 14, 5 years running. I self taught and then further qualified at 16 in a private salon which I paid for myself. Costing me around £8000 over a year. While doing my GCSE’s I also did work after school and trained whenever I could! I then left school with at least 10 private qualifications and at least 7 A*-c’s. I then went to college to do media makeup for two years and left with all distinction stars ⭐️ Iv now taken on running my business full time 6 days a week. I do love my job and for all asking yes it is hard but at the end of it all I love all my clients like family ❤️if you have any questions or even want someone to talk to about anything please always talk to me ❤️❤️❤️
“This is Adeline Jade our 3 month old baby girl who was diagnosed with Down syndrome the day after she was born. We were in shock when we found out, we couldn’t believe it. But here we are 3 months later and we wouldn’t change a thing about her. She has this spark in her eyes that makes everything better. She always has a cute little smile on her face and the cutest giggles that always makes our day. She’s our perfect girl!” 💙💛✨@jacqueline_1027 #IAMABLE#theluckyfew#downsyndromeawareness
Happy Monday! It’s another week to put your best self forward and fill your body and home with all that is healthy and vibrating positive and high! Serenity is my ultimate oil for getting to sleep at a reasonable time and it smells lovely. Lavender will be free with a Serenity purchase, today only. Lavender enhances the throat chakra; the Vishuddha chakra or “pure place,” is our seat of communication, inspiration, truth, and our inner voice. Lavender can help balance our throat chakra and it has one of the highest vibrations at over 300Hz. One 15ml bottle like the one in the photo is packed with hours of farming, distilling, and 20 pounds of Bulgarian lavender💜This flower, she’s powerful and astronomically healing. She’ll help ease pain and headaches, balance the emotions, reduce anxiety, help skin irritations, and open your throat chakra. It’s a great time to get closer to nature with these two. DM me to get started! All oily friends in my tribe get a free yoga wellness plan and endless oil education from yours truly, because we all deserve to feel our best, mentally and physically. 💌Essentioily yours, Jessie
True story: Once on christmas holiday there was a homeless man on the tram station. He was shaking because it was so cold, but he sat there on the floor and was begging for money. Head-down with his last energy he supported hisself on his arms. When I saw that it was really hurting me. I let the tram go away, bought a 1€ sandwich from a bakery on the train station and put it in his hands instead of money. First he did not notice that but then he stand up and eat the whole sandwich in less then one minute. I saw how much hunger he had and it honestly made me cry. On the one side I was really proud of me because I helped someone just because I care about people. But on the other side it made me realize what a good life I am living. Of course not everything is always perfect but I can eat all the time and do what I love and do not have to worry if I have enough money for that.
What I wanna tell you is that even if you have struggles, you are able to read this text on your smartphone and you are not a homeless person. So estimate that!
I also hope this story inspired you to do some good things sometimes. I mean I had also the opportunity to give the man just 1€ but I decided to give him a sandwich instead, because money is not the thing that makes people happy. It is love and humanity that is the most valuable present you can make❤️🎁 #inspration#life#lifelessons#beautiful#story#me#mystory#hope#pretty#amazing#fitness#love#humanity#instalove#gorgeous#vacation#summer#holidays#nature#beach#body#hair#naturephotography#beauty#palm#smile#lifestyle#sun#fun#instagood