Maggie. 23. Social Work Student. Nerd. Lesbian. Poly. Reasonably intelligent being. Also, I'm in love with the most beautiful & supportive woman on the planet. Post-Op VSG. Highest Weight: 344lbs. Current Weight: 228lbs. Goal Weight: 180lbs

 

“We knew Lady died and they wanted to re home her. My mum persuaded them to let us adopt her.” [x]

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Bittersweet Endings

I’m having a lot of mixed feelings today. It’s my last day of classes at EMU. My last day on campus (I don’t count commencement because that’s not on the main campus). I’m sad… Eastern has been more of a home to me than anywhere else has in my entire life. I found so much here. I found myself, my passion, my friends, and my love.

This place holds so much for me. My college career has had its downsides as well, but everything in life does. The bad memories have still helped shape me into the person I am now. I love who I am now. I fucking love who I’ve become so much. I’ve grown so much and I can’t believe I’m saying this because I never do, but I’m so damn proud of myself. I really am. I’m so proud of where I am in life. I’m engaged to the woman I love, graduating with a degree in a field that I’m passionate about, and I’ve lost over 100 pounds in the past year. I’ve done so much… I sell myself short too often. I’m a good person. I’m smart. I’m funny. I’m fucking adorable. And I deserve to say those things to myself every day.

My time at EMU has really helped push me to this point. A point where I actually have days where I can look in the mirror and say all those things about myself. To me, that says that my college experience has been worth everything I’ve poured into it. I am sad to be leaving… But I’m moving on to new chapters of life and I cannot wait to see where they take me next.

See you later, EMU. It’s been great.

rachaeldee:

rachaeldee:

Yoga for hip openers

hello friends! ever since these photos of me started making the rounds on tumblr, the most common question i get asked is “what are hip openers?” so i thought i would make my next guide focused on that. hip openers are poses that help to loosen the muscles that connect to the hip joints. remember that these muscles are often very tight and be careful not to overstretch yourself. loosening the hips happens very very gradually. incorporating some of these poses into your yoga practice can help to achieve both front and side splits!

ps. i tried to put these in a coherent order so that you can flow through them with one leg, then go back and repeat the flow using the opposite leg! 

  • standing wide-legged forward fold - put your feet wider than shoulder width and bend forward while keeping the back as straight and flat as possible. you should feel the stretch in your hamstrings - hold for a few breaths, then rotate around to downward facing dog.
  • lizard pose - start in downward facing dog and raise one leg up behind you, then swing it through to place your foot next to your hand, on the outside. keep your front knee at a 90 degree angle and sink into a deep lunge, with your back knee on the floor and leg extended. you’ll feel this one in your back leg’s hip flexor (along your hip crease) and also deep in your front leg’s hip joint. 
  • pigeon pose - from lizard pose, move your hand to the outside of your front foot, keep the knee bent, and pull your foot across so it’s near the opposite hand. bend the knee as generously as you want - the closer it is to being parallel with your body, the deeper the stretch. rest here, or go down to your elbows, or even lay forward as you advance in the pose. hold for 5 breaths.
  • seated wide-legged forward fold - extend both legs wide as far as is comfortable. rest here, and then bend forward with a straight back. i also like to stretch by reaching toward one foot and then the other.
  • head-to-knee forward bend - extend one leg and bend the other at the knee. gently bring your head to your knee while keeping your back straight and your core engaged. if you can’t get down far, just keep your back straight and hold for 3-5 breaths.
  • wind relieving pose - come on to your back, bend one knee and interlace your fingers on your shin bone, about two inches below the knee. pull gently toward your body, keeping your back flush with the ground and engaging your core. you can also rotate your knee gently here.
  • happy baby pose - bend legs and grab for the inside of your heels, and try to keep your back completely flush with the mat - this will give you the deepest stretch in this pose! you can also roll a bit to massage your lower back. 
  • reclining goddess pose - release legs from happy baby and let them fall open to the floor. try to keep your lower back close to the ground and put arms wherever is comfortable. relax here and appreciate your fantastic body! 

hopefully this helps to answer some questions about hip openers! these the poses i focused on when i was trying to achieve the splits, but having loose hips can help with all kinds of other yoga poses and can also release a lot of tension from your lower back. happy hip-opening! :)

mat: Manduka Pro Black Sage

clothes: sports bra - lululemon flow Y IV, shorts - nike, hoodie - lululemon scuba, socks - smartwool

so happy you guys like this post! always funny when i’m on my own dash :) 

ittybittybugbones:

malfoysdeliverance:

itsmarshalltime98:

whenyouwishupondisney:

our-fate-lives-within-us:

itstumblingwithgrace:

My sister and I have a headcanon that Jane is Belle and the Beast’s grandaughter.

and I think this further proves our point…

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Which would explain why she understand Tarzan, he sort of reminds me of Beast in attitude…. he is sort of a Beast… hmmm. I like your headcanon. 

I agree. Professor Porter said that she got her wild stories from her mother. Belle had wild stories, which turned out to be true, just like Jane’s story about Tarzan was true.

This must be shared, with EVERYONE!

SCREAMS

O.O

davegrohlio:

benjamin-cumberdash:

davegrohlio:

Is there anything more exciting than getting new bras and underwear

Having someone to take them off

You win this time

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