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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To The Person Who Feels Suicidal But Doesn't Want To Die

Suicidal thoughts are not black and white.

Everyone assumes that if you have suicidal thoughts that means you want to die.

Suicidal thoughts are thought of in such black and white terms. Either you have suicidal thoughts and you want to die, or you don't have suicidal thoughts and you want to live. What most people don't understand is there are some stuck in the gray area of those two statements, I for one am one of them.

I've had suicidal thoughts since I was a kid.

My first recollection of it was when I came home after school one day and got in trouble; and while I was just sitting in the dining room I kept thinking, “I wonder what it would be like to take a knife from the kitchen and just shove it into my stomach." I didn't want to die, or even hurt myself for that matter. But those thoughts haven't stopped since.

I've thought about going into the bathroom and taking every single pill I could find and just drifting to sleep and never waking back up, I've thought about hurting myself to take the pain away, just a few days ago on my way to work I thought about driving my car straight into a tree. But I didn't. Why? Because even though that urge was so strong, I didn't want to die. I still don't, I don't want my life to end.

I don't think I've ever told anyone about these feelings. I don't want others to worry because the first thing anyone thinks when you tell them you have thoughts about hurting or killing yourself is that you're absolutely going to do it and they begin to panic. Yes, I have suicidal thoughts, but I don't want to die.

It's a confusing feeling, it's a scary feeling.

When the depression takes over you feel like you aren't in control. It's like you're drowning.

Every bad memory, every single thing that hurt you, every bad thing you've ever done comes back and grabs you by the ankle and drags you back under the water just as you're about the reach the surface. It's suffocating and not being able to do anything about it.

The hardest part is you never know when these thoughts are going to come. Some days you're just so happy and can't believe how good your life is, and the very next day you could be alone in a dark room unable to see because of the tears welling up in your eyes and thinking you'd be better off dead. You feel alone, you feel like a burden to everyone around you, you feel like the world would be better off without you. I wish it was something I could just turn off but I can't, no matter how hard I try.

These feelings come in waves.

It feels like you're swimming and the sun is shining and you're having a great time, until a wave comes and sucks you under into the darkness of the water. No matter how hard you try to reach the surface again a new wave comes and hits you back under again, and again, and again.

And then it just stops.

But you never know when the next wave is going to come. You never know when you're going to be sucked back under.

I always wondered if I was the only one like this.

It didn't make any sense to me, how did I think about suicide so often but not want to die? But I was thinking about it in black and white, I thought I wasn't allowed to have those feelings since I wasn't going to act on them. But then I read articles much like this one and I realized I'm not the only one. Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, and my feelings are valid.

To everyone who feels this way, you aren't alone.

I thought I was for the longest time, I thought I was the only one who felt this way and I didn't understand how I could feel this way. But please, I implore you to talk to someone, anyone, about the way you're feeling; whether it be a family member, significant other, a friend, a therapist.

My biggest mistake all these years was never telling anyone how I feel in fear that they would either brush me off because “who could be suicidal but not want to die," or panic and try to commit me to a hospital or something. Writing this article has been the greatest feeling of relief I've felt in a long time, talking about it helps. I know it's scary to tell people how you're feeling, but you're not alone and you don't have to go through this alone.

Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, your feelings are valid, and there are people here for you, you are not alone.

If you're thinking about hurting yourself please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or visit suicidepreventionhotline.org to live chat with someone. Help it out there and you are not alone.

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An Open Letter: To The Simple Things

An open letter dedicated to living within the small and simple things in life.


To the Simple Things,

I know there's probably a saying dedicated to the "simple things," that life gives us. I suppose one could label that phrase, indeed, a cliché. However, could it be that maybe, just maybe, the simple things do impact us positively?

Recently, there was something that happened to me that I wished would come to pass a while ago. I let that hope pass as time quickly produced no results. But then, without warning, little bits of positivity would come about: a word of encouragement here or healthy advice there. It all seemed to be smaller pieces of a bigger puzzle. These simple things lead to that one event I wished for long ago.

We often times think that the major occurrences should happen right now. And if they happen right this moment, it'll appease us in all we've hoped for. But what is overlooked is the simple things that helped build your positivity along the way. I understand that it may not seem like much, but any sign that everything will work in your favor is worth remembering and living in. The smaller moments are just as important as the bigger ones.

Life is difficult. However, I wish for everyone out there to admire all of the simple things that come your way. And most importantly: believe that those small moments will lead to something greater for you. Anything is entirely possible, and you're worth all of those possibilities. I've said many times before, but here it is yet again: never let others mute your happy little moments. These simple things in life hold various meaning for each individual. No one in any shape or form is allowed to tell you what exactly that meaning is. That is completely up to you.

As with anything I write, I am only voicing from perspective. But I know how hard it is to see the positive in small bursts and not getting the immediate result. I have learned to look at these simple things as building blocks and relish what they give to me. All things will work out fine; just believe in the simple things.

May you find comfort in these mini bursts of happiness even if, at first, they're hard to place faith in.



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