Why You Should Join The Tone It Up Team!

Why You Should Join The Tone It Up Team!

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What is Tone It Up?

TIU is a California-based, multi-million dollar brand, founded by Karena and Katrina. Sound familiar? You may have spotted them in Shape, Self, Seventeen, People, or Women’s Health, just to name a few. With over 30 million views on their youtube videos, and nearly 650k followers on Instagram, these ladies are not new to the fitness scene. They’ve built an online community of women that are dedicated to living their healthiest lives. With a Nutrition Plan, numerous fitness dvds, a youtube channel, website, and annual challenges- TIU is one of the fastest growing fitness empires of today.

My TIU Story:

I stumbled across TIU one day when I was perusing Pinterest when I was fourteen. Although I was thin, I didn’t know much about nutrition, and I never worked out. Thanks to Karena & Katrina, all of that changed.I fell in love with TIU, and I purchased the nutrition plan two years later. I own the workout dvds, the protein powder, and the apparel. I participate in all of the TIU challenges, and I have a fitness Instagram that I document it all on. I’m a TIU girl through and through- and today I’m here to tell you why it’s so amazing. Here’s a few reasons why you should join TIU

It’s about being strong, not skinny.

TIU has always promoted health and happiness, not losing a bunch of weight quickly. That’s what initially drew me into TIU. I saw these transformation stories of beautiful women, of all body types, who ended up feeling so confident in themselves.

You will make so many amazing friends.

The community is hands down what makes TIU so special. I initially started with a personal Instagram, and a fitness Instagram, but now I’m only on my fitness one, because I love the community so much! I’ve met so many inspiring women through it, and the best part, is that each city has its own community! There are hashtags by state and city, with groups in each one. There are all sorts of meet-ups and events that are constantly going on, so it’s easy to make friends in the TIU community.

The positivity and encouragement is through the roof.

I have never met such a lively, happy, supportive group of people in my life! Even just the online presence is incredible. If you go to scroll through #TIUteam, you’ll find thousands of photos of smiling, sweaty women drinking their smoothies, eating their salads, and going on runs.

You will feel so wonderful.

The confidence and happiness that I’ve found with Tone It Up is so amazing. I may have found TIU by accident, but it was the best accident of my life. It’s been over five years since I first discovered them, and they continue to be one of the biggest influences in my life. Because of TIU I ran a Rugged Maniac 5K this year. Because of TIU I’ve tried new workouts, tried new foods, and reached out to new TIU friends on social media. TIU is the gift that keeps on giving.

It will spill over into every area of your life.

There is no way to keep the blessings of TIU from showing up in every other area of your life. I live in workout clothes these days, because I’m always active. I’m always talking about TIU, checking-in with TIU on Instagram, and watching TIU videos. Thanks to my Instagram (and me constantly talking about it) all my friends know about Tone It Up.

It will change your taste buds.

The TIU Nutrition Plan is a real game changer. I used to never eat veggies, but fill up on sugar and carbs instead. Now, I can’t eat enough kale, I never turn down a salad bar, and I love green juice. I can’t get enough kombucha, sweet potatoes, or quinoa. I live for the mornings that I get to make the coveted TIU protein pancakes, because I know that they are delicious & nutritious! It’s funny how much your taste buds can change. People never think that they can love “healthy food”, but all you have to do is give it a try.

You will push yourself in ways that you never thought possible.

I’ve faced and overcome so many physical and mental challenges. I love that TIU pushes me out of my comfort zone, and makes me face obstacles head on.

Why am I talking about this right now? Because the TIU 31 Day Challenge kicks off NEXT week, for the month of October! TIU challenges are like one giant party. It’s going to be 31 days of new recipes, new workouts, lots of check-ins, meet-ups, and a whole lot of energy! To join, just go to ToneItUp.com and enter your email address. This is going to be an amazing challenge, so you don’t want to miss out!

To keep up with my TIU girl antics, and crazy day-to-day life, you can follow me on Instagram @em_tonedup.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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Being Skinny Isn’t As Great As You Think

A reflection on the struggles that come with a person's body image.


Body image. It is one of the most powerful and harmful things on a person's self-esteem. Society and media have placed so many images of what we "should" look like. How we need to be eating, exercising, dressing, EVERYTHING. According to others, we always need to change ourselves or second guess how we see our bodies.

For as long as I can remember everyone has called me "tiny". Sure, being small and being able to fit into a lot of clothes is fun, but being tiny or thin isn't always a good thing. I am your typical college kid eating whatever I want whenever I want.

The only difference between myself and other students is that I almost never gain weight. Some girls or guys may read that part and think that I have a gift or blessing. That I can do whatever I want and still stay small and "pretty".

Have you ever finished a meal then looked at yourself and felt like something wasn't right? Some people in today's world and in history will spend time looking at themselves and seeing multiple things that are wrong with their body.

Some handled that by exercising and losing weight or gaining muscle, others have gone as far as throwing up their food or taking pills that force their bodies not to gain ANY weight. Hearing about that from adults or doctors seems crazy but people do it all the time. Possibly the people around you and you would never know.

I went to middle school with a girl that always finished her lunch walking to the trash and then taking herself to the bathroom. She wouldn't come back to our table until the lunch bell rang. Most people didn't give a second thought to this situation, me however, I followed her one day. What I saw next was something I wasn't prepared for as a 7th grader.

Two sinks, a mirror, and three stalls. One was occupied and the rest were empty. I walked into crying and nothing else. The girl had already taken care of her food and was trying to gather herself after what she just did.

People told her that she was gaining weight, that she was "chunky" or fat. She wasn't the only girl around that dealt with horrible comments like that. It's also not just girls dealing with issues like this.

Boys and men are constantly judged and only "ideal" if they are muscular. Young boys are called pigs or disgusting only because of their weight and looking bigger than the "average" person. Men are downgraded to a lesser meaning when they are thin and "stick like".

Even as we grow up kids and sometimes adults say things without realizing the effect. Being called tiny or skinny all of the time can make someone just feel small. Getting comments to eat a hamburger and fries can make someone feel insulted.

Having comments made about your skin or hair and people making assumptions about you can make someone feel misunderstood or judged. Being told that you need to eat more or go tanning because your body doesn't "look right" can torture a person.

There are so many things that play into a person's self-esteem. Average size, too small or too big is simply just words coming out of someone's mouth that don't understand the true beauties in life.

Do you ever look at a big oak tree and say, "You're too fat, you should really lose some weight."

Do you ever see a flower that blooms smaller than a quarter and tells it, "You are tiny! Why don't you go eat a burrito or something?"

No. You probably don't. Just replace the oak tree with mom and see how that feels coming out of your mouth. Replace flower with a teenage girl and see if you can actually say all of those things. Imagine if you were a parent and it was your little girl or boy that you were talking to and you said those words. Would you be happy with yourself? Would you feel guilty? Would you push them to make their body unhealthy just to fit society's standards?

I hope that you wouldn't

There are so many of us out there being told what to do with ourselves in order to be happy with our bodies. How can someone else determine our happiness for us? I have personally gotten to the point of breaking.

I see friends on a daily basis that want to change their body because it's "ugly". Many of those thoughts are because of things society has put in our minds, and not what truly matters.

As a society, we need to push towards total acceptance. Now, I am not meaning the sexuality or ethnicity type of acceptance because those are important on a different level. Respecting each other and our bodies are something that needs to be understood and enforced as much as sexuality acceptance is pushed.

I want to live in a world and raise children in a world that doesn't make people feel horrible about their bodies. It is THEIR body, not ours. The only body we should be worrying about is our own. I want my future daughter to grow and love playing dress up without wondering if her body looks right in what she's wearing. I want my future son to go to gym class and be able to do only one pull up with all of the other boys cheering him on to do better.

Is that too much to ask?


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