__ Too Thin _√_ Not Too Thin

The Biggest Loser season 15 finale aired this past Tuesday, and boy was it filled with some incredible transformations. Both the at home contestants (people who had been eliminated from the show) and the 3 finalist looked PHENOMENAL.

 Rachel Frederickson was crowned the biggest loser after losing 155lbs, 60% of her body weight, during the 7 ½ month biggest loser competition, and boy did she look amazing at the finale!

When 24-year-old Rachel started The Biggest Loser she was 260lbs and very unhappy with her life and some of the decisions she had made. In high school she was a 3 time state champion swimmer and was offered scholarships by many colleges to swim however, turned all of that down, quit swimming, and moved to Germany with a boy she fell in love with. When things didn’t work out with her boyfriend Rachel moved back to the States, went to pastry school, worked at a handful of different jobs, and moved back home just in time to deal with her parents recent divorce.

This is when Rachel realized that she needed to make some changes in her life and applied for The Biggest Loser. In Rachel’s interview video she said “I was very hard on myself for some of the decisions I made. I’m ready to become that strong and confident girl again, to free myself from the past, live in the present and make the changes I need to be happy with myself and live the life I always imagined.”

Rachel proved this when she arrived at The Biggest Loser ranch and was constantly working hard and pushing herself to get through the workouts, win challenges, and stay focused. This all paid off because Rachel made it to make over week, won The Biggest Loser sprint triathlon, and won the ultimate prize of being The Biggest Loser.

However, thanks to the critical lens that many had on, on Tuesday night, Rachel cannot even fully enjoy what she has accomplished because people are now saying she is “too thin” and assuming things like she’s anorexic.

As Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.”

If Rachel hadn’t decided to change her life and lose weight people would criticize her for being a 260lb 24 year old. People would probably stare at her a little in public noticing that she’s on the larger size, they might make jokes at her expense, and just continue to put her down by saying hurtful things.

Rachel has changed her life, lost weight, and people are STILL criticizing how she looks, putting her down, and saying things that are especially hurtful for someone who spent so much time and energy to look how she does today.

You just can’t ever win I guess!

If Rachel started at 130lbs and lost only 25lbs would people still say she looks “too thin”, or would they think she looks good? Do people believe she looks too thin because when you compare the new and improved Rachel to the old Rachel she looks significantly smaller?

I think Rachel looks great! She is 24 years old, a size 2 (something she probably never thought she would be!), she looks strong and happy, $250,000 richer, and ready to start her new life.

How about we just let her enjoy it 🙂

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Jobs vs. Into the Wild

If I were to give you a quick synopsis about these two movies and then asked you to give me a similarity between the two films you would probably only be able to come up with something like “both main characters are males”.

Yes, this is true however, after watching both films and really looking past the main elements of each, (Jobs was based on developing technology, and Into the Wild was all about escaping technology, money, and just about every other part of society) there is one commonality.

Passion.

Both Jobs and Christopher/Alexander had developed these ideas and neither would let anyone get in their way of achieving what they set out to do.

In Into the Wild Alexander met different people along the way and each tried in their own way to get him to either postpone his trip, contact his family, or go about his journey differently, but nothing could stop him. He was determined. Alexander did not worry about what others thought of him or really about anything, he just wanted to accomplish what he set out to do.

Jobs was told many times in the movie that his ideas weren’t quite right and was even taken off his own project, but he believed in his ideas and stood by them. Jobs did not let other people’s opinions stop him from developing what he had become so passionate about. And in the end Jobs proved everyone wrong.

What are you passionate about?

“It’s the lens through which your brain views the world that shapes your reality.”- Shawn Achor

Last week in one of my classes I was given an assignment that I was told would take 21 days to complete. Every day for 21 days I need to tweet (or write down) 3 positive things about myself, and write a short thank you to someone in a word document.

And after 21 days I will have mastered “The Happiness Advantage”.

Shawn Achor, a happiness researcher (who knew there was such a thing!) is sharing with everyone that a positive brain works better than a negative brain (a positive brain is 31% more productive) and how people can achieve this through “The Happiness Advantage”.

Most people believe “If I work harder I’ll be more successful, and if I’m more successful I’ll be happier” however, according to Achor this thought process is backwards. People who think this way will never be truly happy because once they meet their current goal they will make a new, harder goal, and they will continue to do this every time they reach their goal.

I do this to myself all the time, in the classroom, in the gym, with lacrosse, with everything. Achor said in his TedTalk, “If happiness is on the other side of success you will never get there”, which implies if I keep doing what I am doing I will never be truly happy, and I will not reach my full potential. Achor’s research has shown that compared to a brain under stress a positive brain is more intelligent, creative, productive, and causes energy levels to rise.

Lucky for us there is a way to train the brain to be more positive, through reflection, mediation, exercise, and random acts of kindness.

Take the challenge! It’s simple, for 21 days write down three positive things about yourself, reflect on your day and jot down something good that happened to you, write a thank you to someone, and try to exercise! Follow me on Twitter (@JennaDoesItAll1) while I complete the challenge #HappyIn21!

24 Rules For Being A Human Being In 2014

I just LOVED “24 rules for being a human being in 2014” so I had to share it with you all! Check it out! I hope you enjoy!

Thought Catalog

The lovely Chelsea Fagan outlined some rules for ladies and gentlemen to reach their best selves in 2014, and in light of that, I’d like to chime in, to generally blanket over everyone inclusively, as the art of being a good person begins with, first and foremost, recognizing yourself as a human being before anything else. 

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1. Learn to be okay with not being okay.

2. Learn to have conversations that do not consist of lambasting someone else, especially when that someone is you.

3. Give the most kindness to those who seem like they least deserve it.

4. Learn to define and describe people without initially reaching for their sex or appearance as key adjectives.

5. Realize that perspective determines everything.

6. Understand that when something upsets you, it’s striking a nerve of truth.

7. Understand that when someone upsets you, the best thing to do is understand where…

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10 Strategies To Prevent The Holiday Bulge

Since the holiday season is almost in full swing, check out these strategies that can be used to avoid packing on the pounds between now and New Years!! Enjoy!

AVAC Life Blog

via Kim Mueller – Active

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‘Tis the season for holiday feasts, a calendar packed with holiday parties, and weather that can diminish our motivation to train. In November and December we’re faced with every culinary temptation imaginable, which makes it difficult to maintain peak fitness.

In fact, it’s common for some to pack on five to 10 pounds of body fat onto their normally “cut” athletic bodies during the holiday season, which can compromise performance at winter races and make for a slow return to peak form in the spring.

Fortunately, the situation is far from hopeless. It’s possible to enjoy all the festivities–including the special foods that help make the season so enjoyable. Read on to learn about 10 nutrition and fitness strategies that will help you maintain peak fitness during the holiday season.

1. Eat four to six smaller meals rather than “saving” yourself for that special holiday…

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