Tell Us How You Started Your Big Weight Loss Journey

Describe your very first steps to weight loss and you could be featured in a future BuzzFeed post.

When you’re trying to lose a good deal of weight, actually getting started might be the hardest part.

When you're trying to lose a good deal of weight, actually getting started might be the hardest part.

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Like, the very first things that helped you get started, stay motivated, and actually stick with it.

Maybe the first thing you did was swap out packaged snacks for delicious homemade ones.

Maybe the first thing you did was swap out packaged snacks for delicious homemade ones.

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Or cut down a bit on soda or booze.

Or cut down a bit on soda or booze.

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Here’s A Day-After-Thanksgiving Workout For When You Can Barely Move

Don’t worry, you basically don’t have to get off the floor.

Holidays are mainly a time for chilling and eating.

Holidays are mainly a time for chilling and eating.

That's why they're awesome. But all that celebrating makes it tough to stick to your regular workouts. Plus, once you've eaten your weight in stuffing and pie, jumping into spandex capris for a vigorous workout doesn't sound super appealing.

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So BuzzFeed Life asked a personal trainer to create a no-impact, no-equipment workout you can do in a cool 15 minutes.

So BuzzFeed Life asked a personal trainer to create a no-impact, no-equipment workout you can do in a cool 15 minutes.

It's designed by certified strength and conditioning specialist Albert Matheny, of Naked Nutrition and Soho Strength Lab. And it's food-baby-friendly — you can do the whole thing on the floor.

All you need is the timer at the bottom of this post and enough space to perform the moves. You'll do each move for 30 seconds, then rest 30 seconds and repeat everything four more times. You got this!

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24 Photos That Prove The Rock Won 2015

All hail Dwayne “Rocked 2015” Johnson.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a man of many hats: actor, producer, pro-wrestler, dad, serious fitness inspiration, Instagram extraordinaire… The list goes on.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is a man of many hats: actor, producer, pro-wrestler, dad, serious fitness inspiration, Instagram extraordinaire... The list goes on.

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But above all, he also makes a kickass unofficial life coach.

But above all, he also makes a kickass unofficial life coach.

Here are just a few times he was motivational AF this year.

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When he kicked off the year with some quality goals:

When he kicked off the year with some quality goals:

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When he put your fitness regimen to shame in a single video:

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30 Sports Movies That Will Get You Pumped Up AF

LEFTSIDE. STRONGSIDE.

Rudy

Rudy

Why you should watch: Because everyone loves an underdog.

What it'll get you pumped for: LIFE. Literally it will pump you up to take on life, all while chanting “Rudy, Ruudy, Ruuuudy, RUUUUDY!”

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Miracle

Miracle

Why you should watch: It follows the US National Hockey Team's journey to the epic match with the Soviet Union during the 1980 Winter Olympics, where Kurt Russell delivers one of the best pump up speeches of ALL TIME.

What it'll get you pumped for: HAWWWKEY! Hot guys playing hockey. Great moments that are born from great opportunities.

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The Sandlot

The Sandlot

Why you should watch: For important life lessons, like how to make the perfect s'mores, the best comebacks for when you get into a fight, how to get the girl you're crushing on, and to never play baseball with a ball signed by Babe “The Sultan of Swat” Ruth.

What it'll get you pumped for: Stirring up some shenanigans with your best friends.

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Remember The Titans

Remember The Titans

Why you should watch: Because Coach Boone is an absolute badass who took no shit at a high school where racial tensions were running high after desegregation. The movie also has one of the best soundtracks of all time.

What it'll get you pumped for: Sticking to your guns in the face of adversity. Jamming out to Marvin Gaye!

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22 Genius Running Hacks For When It’s Cold AF Outside

Because windburn, chafing, and frostbite are really not ideal.

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Running in the cold actually isn?t so bad…if you’re prepared.

Running in the cold actually isn?t so bad...if you're prepared.

But before you get outside, make sure to check with your doctor to figure out what's best for your body — especially if you have asthma. And if you ever feel pain, numbness, faint, disoriented, or abnormally fatigued, stop exercising, get inside, and seek medical attention immediately.

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Dress like it’s 15 degrees warmer than it actually is.

Dress like it's 15 degrees warmer than it actually is.

One of the toughest parts about running outside is choosing the best outfit for the weather, says Jason Fitzgerald, USATF-certified coach, speaker, and the founder of Strength Running. He suggests dressing like it's about 15 degrees warmer than it actually is outside to account for how your body will warm up once you start running. The first few minutes might be a little chilly, but you'll be glad you're not overdressed once you heat up.

If you need help deciding exactly what gear to wear, check out this handy tool from Runnersworld.com, which will advise you on your outfit selection depending on your the temperature, weather conditions, time of day, etc.

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Just go ahead and accept that you’re not going to be running your best times.

Just go ahead and accept that you're not going to be running your best times.

To survive outdoor winter runs, you need realistic expectations. “You have to realize that if it's snowing and freezing outside, you're not going to be running your fastest times or running at the pace you normally do,” he says. “The elements are going to slow you down, and if you push yourself too hard you're going to risk getting seriously injured. Just focus on getting your miles in and be proud of yourself when you do.”

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15 Things You Should Know Before Trying To Get Jacked Arms

On sale now: tickets to the gun show.

Not everyone wants jacked arms. And that's cool. But if you do want those Popeye-style pythons, you should know how to do it effectively. BuzzFeed Life talked to some experts to give you real helpful advice for getting the jacked arms of your dreams — minus the bro science. Remember, this isn't medical advice; be sure to talk to your doctor before starting any kind of new diet or training program.

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The first thing to know is that getting jacked arms simply means making the muscles of the upper arm bigger.

The first thing to know is that getting jacked arms simply means making the muscles of the upper arm bigger.

Specifically we're talking about the biceps brachii (on the front of the upper arm between the elbow and shoulder), the brachialis (the small muscle on the lower part of the upper arm that connects the bottom of the bicep to the forearm, also part of the biceps), and the triceps brachii (the back portion of the upper arm between the elbow and the shoulder), explains Tony Gentilcore, Boston-based strength coach and certified strength and conditioning specialist.

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But you can’t just do a billion bicep curls.

But you can't just do a billion bicep curls.

Or even a million! The most efficient way to actually get jacked arms is to get stronger all over. “Most people don't have big arms not because they don't do enough bicep curls, but because they're really weak,” says Gentilcore, who doesn't even prescribe isolated arm work for clients until they can do five chin-ups. You don't have to follow that rule exactly, but keep the spirit of it mind: Focus on getting stronger all over, which will allow you to move more weight in all exercises, including those that involve your arms. And then when it comes time to do arm-only lifts (more on that in a sec), those will be heavier, too, giving you more bang for your buck.

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Start doing squats, deadlifts, presses, rows, and chin-ups.

Start doing squats, deadlifts, presses, rows, and chin-ups.

As we've previously reported, compound, multi-joint movements (like deadlifting, squatting, and pressing) involve the largest muscle groups in your body, which allow you to move a lot of weight and work lots of muscle groups at once. And all that can boost your strength and size. These moves should make up the bulk of your weight training.

But also make time for exercises that strengthen your whole upper body — like rows and chin-ups. “Rows and chin-up variations are, for my money, the best bicep exercises,” says Gentilcore.

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19 Things Everyone Who Does Military Fitness Knows To Be True

If you were really in the army you would be 100% dead AF right now.

When you arrive at the park you’re like, “Oh it’s so nice being outdoors, this will be so much better than the gym”.

When you arrive at the park you're like, "Oh it's so nice being outdoors, this will be so much better than the gym".

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And then you see the instructors in their army gear and you start to panic.

And then you see the instructors in their army gear and you start to panic.

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Because they are equal parts scary and attractive, they’re quite an intimidating bunch.

Because they are equal parts scary and attractive, they're quite an intimidating bunch.

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There’s always one instructor you’re deathly afraid of.

There's always one instructor you're deathly afraid of.

The one that doesn't understand there are different levels, the one that seeks to destroy all.

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