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12 Thoughts Girls Who Work Out After Taking a Long Break Have

Easing back into fitness is a lot more painful than it sounds.

No matter how dedicated you are to your regular gym time, summer just has a way of messing with your workouts. Vacations, happy hours, sunburns that turn sports bras into Spandex-laced torture devices—yeah, you aren’t alone. 

Unfortunately, you don’t realize how quickly those days pile up until it’s time to get back to it. Here are 11 thoughts every woman has when heading to the gym after a summer break from fitness:  

1. “I Can’t Wait to Do Some Sprints, Hit the Weight Room, and Churn Out Some Burpees... or Maybe I Will Just Fall Flat on My Face”
You were so confident going into your workout. If only you could pick up right where you left off.

RELATED: What Happens to Your Body When You Stop Working Out?

2. “How Can I Only Be Four Minutes In?”
Can this count as a Tabata?  

3. “I Should Have Gone Jogging Alone”
You thought going for a jog with your former running buddy would make the workout more fun. Now you realize the two of you have very different ideas of what jogging means. 

4. “Thank Goodness These Pants Are Spandex”
Still, you feel like an encased, sweaty sausage.

5. “My Legs Are On Fire, and I Might Die”
"Hurts so good" definitely doesn't apply here.

6. When Do Those Endorphins Kick in Again?”
If only you could remember, you could see a light at the end of the I-hate-everything tunnel.

7. “Could I Really Lift This Much Weight Before?”
Your fitness app says you lifted 40-pound dumbbells, but the 20s are feeling like a little much today.

RELATED: How to Make an Exercise Comeback

8. “Wait, Where Did They Put the Stretching Room?”
Did they move it since you were gone...or did you just forget where it was?

9. “How Fit Would I Be Right Now If I Never Took That Break?”
The what-ifs are natural, but they don’t do you any good. Focus on the now.

10. “Wow, My Playlist Is Outdated.”
You can’t find anything worth listening to on your phone, so you might as well go home now and update your playlist, right?

11. “Why Did I Let Myself Miss So Many Workouts?”
The blame, the guilt, the self-loathing.

RELATED: 8 Acceptable Excuses for Skipping Your Workout

12. “Great, Now I Can Barely Walk. Now I’ll Have to Wait Another Week ’Til My Next Workout.”
The cycle continues...

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5 Special Things We Recently Learned About Channing Tatum’s Penis

He’s promoting a movie, people!

Channing Tatum has been making the press rounds in preparation for the premiere of Magic Mike XXL on July 1. So naturally, that means he's been talking a lot about his penis. Like...a lot. Here are five things the actor's recently revealed about his little guy.

1. It's Named Gilbert
During Channing's Reddit AMA last week, a curious fan asked him whether his penis has a nickname, to which he responded simply, "Gilbert." As another clever fan helpfully pointed out, that technically makes his balls "Gilbert Grapes."

RELATED: What 7 Celebrities Nicknamed Their Penises

2. He Poured Boiling Water on It Once
In an interview with Howard Stern, Channing told the story of the time he was filming The Eagle in freezing Scotland and poured scalding hot water down his pants to keep warm. Long story short, he was left with a "shriveled, burnt penis." Don't worry, though—Gilbert is "resilient." Channing said that the accident didn't leave a scar and actually healed pretty quickly. Thank goodness.

3. You Won't Be Seeing It on the Big Screen
Also in his AMA, Channing revealed that he does "not do full-frontal" in Magic Mike XXL. But don't cancel that trip to the movie theater just yet: "I can promise you when you're standing in front of a bunch of people in a very small thong, it doesn't leave a lot to the imagination," he wrote.

 

4. He Used It to Play a Prank on Rachel McAdams...
After they starred in The Vow together, Rachel told Metro just how genuine her reaction to Channing's nude scene was: "I didn't have to pretend because Channing got the props department to make a prosthetic, um, member. ... It was ridiculous, the scale of it. I thought, 'Is that the real deal?' It was very realistic."

In Channing's defense, he said he just wanted to make sure it was a believable nude scene. He told Entertainment Tonight, "I didn't have a lot of faith in her reaction because it was cold that day, and I didn't want her to be laughing and pointing. I wanted her to be shocked." Obviously, the "stunt pee pee" did its job.

RELATED: You Have to See Channing Tatum Give This Fan a Surprise Lap Dance

5. ...and Amanda Seyfried
Maybe we should actually call him Mischievous Mike? Channing's Dear John costar recently told E! News about how she, too, was the unsuspecting subject of one of his signature pranks, which she says are "not like mean-spirited or like, scary," just "gross." She doesn't go into too much detail about what exactly Channing did, but she says that "he was just, like, standing really close to me, and he was wearing bathing suit bottoms. … I looked down, and I was just like, [gasps]!" Watch her imitation of his gleeful reaction:

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Meet the Kettlebell Queen Who Successfully Lost 80 Pounds

Dina Juve is one of our five Next Fitness Star competition finalists.

Voting is now open for our Next Fitness Star competition, and the search for the fittest female personal trainer is heating up! Check out the finalists' bios and videos all this week on WomensHealthMag.com, and head over to thenextfitnessstar.com to vote for your favorite until August 3rd (you can vote once a day). 

DINA JUVE
Age: 41
City: FRESNO, CA

Catchphrase: "You got this!"
Spirit animal: Wolf

About me: I know far too many women who have struggled with their weight, their health, their self-image. I've been one of them. I was unhealthy and overweight for years, until I realized that I was the role model for my young son and how he would live his life. I successfully lost 80 pounds—and have kept it off for 20 years. I've been through four pregnancies, and my body has never looked better. So I'm not just a trainer who's telling you what to do; I am a living testimony showing you that it can be done. My secret? Kettlebells. I've tested countless training tools over 12 years as a personal trainer, but for me, nothing beats them. As a StrongFirst certified instructor [editor's note: that's the gold standard of kettlebell certs], I design my workouts to be fast, efficient, and results-driven.

1. Advice to newbies? Before you can change the outside, you have to change the inside. We focus so much on workouts and diet plans, but the attitude comes first. Once your mind believes you can do it, your body will do it.

2. Most valuable exercise—go! Hands down, the kettlebell swing. It's a full-body, weight-training, and cardiovascular workout if done properly. It fires up your posterior chain (the muscles in the back side of your body—hamstrings, glutes, lower back) and your arms and core, helps improve posture and overall mobility, strengthens your heart, and torches fat. And it is low-impact but will get your heart rate up like you're sprinting. With one exercise—which you can do at the gym, in front of the TV, or out in your backyard—you can transform your body.

3. Best way to track results? Measurements and photos don't lie! While the scale can also give you info, if it has an emotional impact on you, throw it out.

4. Favorite healthy recipe? Ones that don't require a ton of ingredients or prep work. I love making egg muffins because I can use them for snacks and meals: Mist 6 muffin cups with nonstick spray, then whisk together 6 eggs and 1/4 cup milk, along with any mix-ins (cheese, veggies, deli meats—play around with whatever you have); pour the mix into the cups and bake at 350°F for 25 to 30 minutes.

5. Biggest misconception about fitness and weight loss? That you have to live at the gym to get—and maintain—results. An individual should not have to spend an hour and a half to two hours on a workout to get the body she wants. A strong, 30- to 60-minute workout three to five days a week is all you need.

Check out Dina's video below:

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Check back for more Next Fitness Star finalists, and head on over to thenextfitnessstar.com to vote for your favorite!

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How to Throw a Kick-Ass Women’s World Cup Viewing Party

Smells like team spirit!

The FIFA Women's World Cup is in full swing right now, and tonight, the U.S.will face off against Norway in the quarterfinals. Invite your friends over to watch the games—we've got you covered with decorations, patriotic snacks, and fun activities.

How to Decorate
Set the scene for the gathering by turning your table into a soccer field using a plastic green tablecloth and white crepe paper (both are available at grocery stores or party stores). First, cover your table with the table cloth. Then, lay three pieces of crepe paper down the edges and center of the table to create the half-way line and the endlines. Add more pieces of crepe paper to create the lines for the penalty areas. Then, add the center circle (you'll need to cinch the crepe paper a bit, and it's helpful to use a plate as a guide while you're doing this). Use pieces of double-sided tape under the crepe paper to hold it in place.

RELATED: How to Tone Up Using Nothing but a Soccer Ball

Trick dianthus are green fuzzy flowers that look similar to grass. Fill a vase with several of these for an easy on-theme centerpiece. 

Add an American Flag to the table to show your team spirit. And with July 4th just around the corner, patriotic plates are easy to find a grocery stores.

RELATED: The Chicest Way to Show Your Team Spirit at a Sporting Event

What to Serve

Individual yogurt parfaits make for a healthy red, white, and blue snack. Layer strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and vanilla yogurt, and top with a sprinkle of granola.

A guacamole soccer field doubles as a snack and a decoration: Just make or purchase your favorite guac (or other green dip), pour it into a rectangular tray, and use sour cream in a zip-top bag with the corner snipped off to draw on the endlines, half-way line, and center circle. Square-shaped pretzels make perfect goals.

Create red, white, and blue salads by topping spinach with sliced strawberries, blueberries, and goat cheese and adding your favorite dressing.

Popsicles are the ultimate summertime cool-down treat, and patriotic ones are readily available at the grocery store.

RELATED: Get a Peek Behind-the-Scenes at the Women's World Cup

If you really want to show your team spirit, bake store-bought sugar cookie dough into rectangular treats, then top them with ready-made cheesecake filling and fresh berries to create quick flag cookies.

Serve orange-infused water since most people who played soccer when they were younger remember their parents bringing orange slices for them to snack on after soccer games.

What To Do (Besides Watch the Game)

Get into the game by filling out a bracket predicting which teams will face off in the final match and who will go home with the 2015 Women's World Cup. Here's a printable version we made for you to use.

Place bets with your friends on who will score the next goal, get a penalty, etc.—and make people do 10 crunches or pushups when a goal is scored against their team.

Happy watching!

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Kit Graham is a food blogger, restaurant lover, travel aficionado, social media maven, and a proud member of the Chicago blogging community. The Kittchen is the place to find Kit’s original recipes, restaurant reviews, and travel stories.

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Caitlyn Jenner on New Docuseries: ‘We’re Going to Do Some Good’

Watch the emotional new promo for <em>I Am Cait</em>.

We don’t know about you, but we’re counting the days until the premiere of Caitlyn Jenner’s docu-series I Am Cait.

Jenner released one teaser for the series earlier this month in which she did her makeup and talked about her new life as a woman. “You go through all of this stuff,” she says in the trailer, “and you start learning kind of the pressure that women are under all the time about their appearance.”

She also talked about her hope for living a normal life as she drives with an unidentified passenger. “Isn’t it great that maybe someday you’ll be normal, just blend into society?” she says. “You are normal,” the passenger responds, to which Caitlyn says, “Put it this way: I’m the new normal.”

RELATED: Caitlyn Jenner: I’m a ‘Better Person Than Bruce.’

Now, there’s a new trailer out. In it, Jenner walks around in a gorgeous, flowy peach dress and talks more about her journey. Check it out:

“Why did I decide to do a series?” she says in a voiceover. “I’m telling my story.”

She adds: "People don't understand looking into the mirror and nothing seems right, putting on clothes that you just really don't identify with. This is about getting to be who you really are."

The trailer features shots of Caitlyn hugging several women—her daughter Kylie in one shot, and a group of unidentified women in another—as well as riding a dirt bike.

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Caitlyn promises that she’s going to talk about “everything,” adding, “We're going to do a lot of fun things for the first time. We're going to go shopping for the first time. Maybe even some boy stuff, like ride a motorcycle—because girls do that, too!"

Says Caitlyn: “It’s going to be quite a journey. We’re going to do some good.”

I Am Cait premieres on E! on Sunday, July 26.

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Why This Women’s Soccer Player Got Naked for ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue

"I'm proud of my body, I'm proud of my sport."

U.S. women’s national soccer team defender Ali Krieger is fit, strong, and one heck of an athlete:

But while her tenacity on the field is undeniable, she showed an entirely different type of courage when she decided to pose nude for the forthcoming ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue 2015 (on newsstands July 10):

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RELATED: How to Tone Up Using Nothing but a Soccer Ball

“I'm proud of my body, I'm proud of my sport, I'm proud of being a female athlete,” she tells ESPN. “Being naked is just another aspect of that. It's real. It's raw. It's honest.”

Ali admits to harboring some insecurities (she's only human), calling her calves and thighs big. But she says that she embraces them: “I've trained since I was 6 years old to play soccer, and this is just the type of body I have,” she tells the publication. “I'm proud of my thighs because they've gotten me to where I am today and give me the power that I have to play my best.”

We love your body pride and honesty, Ali!

RELATED: Watch Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers Skewer a Sports Writer Who Criticized Female Athletes

Ali and the rest of Team USA take on China in the Women’s World Cup quarterfinals tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX.

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5 Women Share Their Real-Life Honeymoon Horror Stories

It's not all champagne and great sex.

My husband, Chris, and I were pretty poor when we got married. We weren’t subsisting solely on ramen noodles and sitting on cardboard furniture, but we definitely didn’t have any extra cash to splurge on a splashy honeymoon.

Luckily, my parents stepped in and kindly offered us the use of their new, untested timeshare in Florida. It was a sweet gesture, and we really appreciated it. But the place was basically...how do I say this nicely?...a resort for old people.

Chris and I would hit the pool in the morning and would have to wait until the sunrise aqua aerobics class wrapped up, featuring the smooth moves of seasoned ladies who moved at a glacial pace. We regularly rubbed elbows with couples in walkers and wheelchairs, and nightlife in the area shut down by 8 p.m., leaving our entertainment options limited.

There was also a massive seaweed invasion in the ocean, making it impossible to jump in the water without resurfacing as a sea monster.

RELATED: We DARE You to Try and Guess the Most Popular Honeymoon Spot

But despite the unusual environment, we had a great time and still managed to do plenty of the usual honeymoon-type stuff.

I recently chatted with some friends about their honeymoon experiences and realized I have zero to complain about. While some had the blissful honeymoon experiences you dream of, others definitely didn’t:

“I got sun poisoning on the first day of our two-week Maui honeymoon. It was on my scalp because my hair was parted. A couple of days later, my entire forehead was so swollen because gravity had brought the swelling and fluid down. It even looked like my eyes were crossed because the bridge of my nose was so swollen. We ended up having to go to urgent care and missed the best sunset of our entire trip. My husband will never let me forget it!” —Jenna

RELATED: 9 Things People Wish They Knew Before Going on Their Honeymoon

“We had a honeymoon surprise when we checked into our hotel room in Cancun. When my husband, Ryan, and I got settled in the room and hopped in the fluffy white bed, our make-out session was interrupted by an unwelcome sight: evidence of someone else’s hot sex in the form of a butt print on the glass partition dividing the bedroom from the bathroom. I am no forensics expert, but the two round greasy spots and the handprints higher up told the tale. Also on this trip, Ryan's slippers got doused with insecticide when the hotel sprayed our room for ants, we got so sunburned we spent one whole day in bed with aloe and 30 Rock DVDs, and some dude sent over Champagne to us at dinner when we told him it was our honeymoon, and then followed up that kind gesture by handing us some 'great pills' that would give us the 'best sex of our lives' on his way out the door. We did not consume these pills from this shady stranger. Ryan tossed them in some hedges after we left the restaurant because our route back to the hotel passed by the police station.” —Martha

“We took a cruise for our honeymoon, and my husband was seasick most of the time. When he wasn’t throwing up, he was laid up in bed. On one night, when they were having a fancy dinner on the ship that was like a prom, he rallied and got dressed up…and ended up having to leave to go puke. I stayed at the dinner alone.” —Liz

RELATED: Do These 9 Things And You'll Never Need Couples' Therapy

“My husband and I went to the Dominican Republic for our honeymoon, and it’s one of those places where you’re not supposed to drink the water. We didn’t find out until later that it meant we shouldn’t brush our teeth with the water, either, so we spent the majority of our honeymoon running to the bathroom. It wasn’t exactly romantic.” —Katie

“We made the incredibly stupid move to schedule our flight for our honeymoon early the day after our wedding. We saved a few hundred dollars that way. Of course we missed our flight. I ended up in tears in the airport, which wasn’t exactly how I imagined the whole thing would start off. Luckily, we made it the next day, but day one of our honeymoon completely sucked.” —Sarah

...And that is why I’m now convinced that I had the best honeymoon ever.

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Korin Miller is a writer, SEO nerd, wife, and mom to a little 2-year-old dude named Miles. Korin has worked for The Washington Post, New York Daily News, and Cosmopolitan, where she learned more than anyone ever should about sex. She has an unhealthy addiction to gifs.

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The Food Swaps I Made to Lose Over 90 Pounds and Feel Healthier Than Ever

Tara LaJevic tried to avoid the scale and mirrors for as long as she could, but one day she'd had enough.

Before: 240

After: 148

The Lifestyle
Most of my adult life, I've weighed somewhere around 170 pounds. For someone who is 5'9", that's not the ideal weight, but I felt okay about myself. For the most part, I was eating things like cheeseburgers, fries, pizza, and pasta in Alfredo sauce, and I didn't really think about what I was putting into my body. Plus, I worked in the restaurant industry, where I was around unhealthy yet tasty food all. The. Time. But I worked out a lot and loved taking cycling classes, so my weight stayed pretty consistent.

When I got pregnant in my early twenties, I gained about 70 pounds and weighed 220 pounds. I stopped going to the gym and continued eating what I wanted. After having my daughter, I decided to join a weight-loss program, and it worked! I went back to 175 pounds.

Unfortunately, while I was on the program, I always felt hungry. So when I quit, I went back to my old ways and started putting the weight back on. By the time my daughter was in school, my weight had skyrocketed. Between 2012 and 2013, I'd gained 45 pounds and was too embarrassed to work out anymore. To make some extra money, I picked up another job and was working more than 50 hours a week—and of course, that was on top of taking care of my daughter. I began eating at the restaurants I worked at more frequently, and my weight continued to creep up. Eventually, I stopped weighing myself, began avoiding mirrors, and pretended like nothing was wrong.

RELATED: How My Breakup Motivated Me to Get Fit and Strong 

The Change
One day at work, a news crew came to interview a few people about an incident that had happened in the area. After I was interviewed on camera, I was kind of excited to see myself on TV. But when the newscast aired, I couldn't believe how big I looked. I broke down. I actually went into a little bit of a depression. I felt really hopeless, but I tried to channel those emotions into researching how other people had lost weight. Those success stories inspired me to try to change my life.

My mom told me that she and my dad had used the Atkins diet to lose a lot of weight and that it might work for me—so I went for it. I started by cutting back on the amount of carbohydrates and sugar I was eating and by ramping up my protein intake. I'm not going to lie—it was really hard to avoid French fries at work and order lunches without any bread at first, but I knew that sticking to the diet would help me reach my goal. I actually learned how to stick with my eating habits when I ate out. I started ordering salmon with a side of veggies, scrambled eggs with chorizo, and salads.

After four weeks, I weighed myself and realized that I'd lost 20 pounds, bringing me to 220. When I reached 175 pounds about seven months later, I started going to the gym again. It felt so good to be active! I was surprised how easy it was to work out without the extra weight.

One year after deciding to change my life, I'd lost 92 pounds and weighed 148 pounds. For the first time in my adulthood, I wear a size six. I feel awesome!

RELATED: I'm Sticking to My Diet Perfectly—So How Come I'm Not Losing Weight? 

The Reward
My favorite part about being this size is that I can go shopping and buy whatever I want. I think this is the first time I've worn shorts since I was 12.  Now, I wear them every day.

RELATED: The Diets That Are Proven to Make You GAIN Weight 

Tara's Tips
Hold off on weighing yourself at first. When I began changing my eating habits, I didn't want to get discouraged if the pounds didn't come off right away. By waiting a few weeks to weigh myself, I stayed motivated during the hardest part of any lifestyle change. Now, I step on the scale pretty frequently to make sure I'm on track.

Know that you can change yourself. When I weighed around 180, I thought, "Well, this is how I look, and I can't change it." But nothing is permanent. When I decided to change my life for the better, I did it.

You don't have to starve to lose weight. Though I was cutting back on certain kinds of foods, I never felt like I was hungry after a meal. I felt satisfied by eating lots of protein and veggies—which helped me stay on track with my good habits.

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6 Signs You Shouldn’t Pack Up and Move to Be with a Guy

When it's smart to stay put

Relocating is something either you or your partner has to do at some point if you want to take a long-distance relationship to the next level; but how do you know if it's a good idea? Here are a few red flags that indicate you should probably stay put.
 

If the guy you're dating didn't for a moment consider relocating himself to accommodate your life—or decided to move on his own without asking you and making you part of the discussion, it's not a good sign, says Terri Orbuch, Ph.D., author of Finding Love Again: 6 Simple Steps to a New and Happy Relationship and a professor of sociology at Oakland University.

His decisions affect you and the relationship, and failing to consult you about any major life moves shows that he's not taking your needs, wants, and preferences into account like he should be if you're going to make big changes to your life for him. "You want somebody who consults you and is interdependent with you," she says.

When the communication and the giving is a one-way street, it makes the relationship unbalanced, whereas those that involve equal parts of give and take on both sides are more egalitarian, says Ben Michaelis, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and author of Your Next Big Thing: 10 Small Steps to Get Moving and Get Happy. "These relationships tend to be stronger and stand the test of time."

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If a guy doesn't bring you into his tight-knit world of family and friends, then he isn't integrating you into his life—and that points to a lack of commitment on his end and means he may not be actively planning for a future with you, says Michaelis.

"Partners who are more committed, happy, and stable are willing to talk and discuss what's ahead," says Orbuch. Other signs he sees things as serious (besides making sure you know the core people in his life) could range from planning a trip together to looking into buying a condo or house as a couple. If he changes the topic or just dismisses these types of conversations when you bring them up, you shouldn't follow him anywhere.

RELATED: 9 Signs He'll Be an Amazing Dad
 

"One of the big predictors of stability and longevity in a relationship is being able to resolve conflict well," says Orbuch. But if you or your guy goes silent or shuts down during tough times, it's a bad sign, and you probably aren't ready for the stress of moving to a new place to accommodate his life. So if either one of you currently becomes quiet during conflict, it's best to table any talk about moving and focus on finding ways to vocalize your thoughts and feelings during disagreements first.
 

You don't have to be his one and only priority, but your significant other needs to think of you and your interests when it comes to issues both big and small. If he picks restaurants without thinking about what kinds of food you like or makes plans with another couple without consulting you—even though he knows you dislike them—he isn't giving you the consideration you deserve, says Orbuch. This applies to moving, as well. If your lease isn't up or you aren't prepared to leave your job just yet, he should help brainstorm ways to make the timing work.

RELATED: 10 Signs Your Relationship Is Rock-Solid and Going to Last
 

While this may seem like a good thing, if your bond hasn't endured challenges, then you may not be ready for a serious step like moving to be with him, says Michaelis. Some relationships have only existed in a bubble and aren't exposed to certain pressures that determine whether it can survive a difficult situation, like a health problem or one of you losing your job. Couples who have already weathered a long-distance relationship because of a job, school, or military commitment often hold up well over time. And if you've seen your significant other through the loss of a loved one or something else serious, that's usually a sign that your bond will be able to stand the test of time.
 

For many couples, having the same key life values (such as religion, a focus on family, or a certain approach to money) is what solidifies the relationship over the long term, says Orbuch. If you and your partner don't see eye-to-eye on these things, it's probably not a good idea to relocate. One big issue you shouldn't ignore is how you allocate finances. If you pay all your bills on time and he prioritizes spending on fun stuff, it's a red flag that you need to have a serious money discussion. Ask him how he budgets his paycheck and what kind of saving or investing he does. If may seem unsexy, but it's an important conversation to have; if his answers don't align with your values, you may not want to make the move.  
   

There is one situation in which you can feel good about moving even if one or more of the warning signs above describe your relationship: If you'd be genuinely excited to live in a new place even if he's not in the picture and you're feeling particularly adventurous, you can still consider it as an option, says Jane Greer, Ph.D., a New York-based relationship expert and author of What About Me? Stop Selfishness From Ruining Your Relationship. Just make sure you'd be okay living in your potential new hometown on your own since it may come to that.

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Meet the ‘Burn and Firm’ Trainer Who Will Help You Incinerate Calories

Christine Bullock is one of our five Next Fitness Star competition finalists.

Voting is now open for our Next Fitness Star competition, and the search for the fittest female personal trainer is heating up! Check out the finalists' bios and videos all this week on WomensHealthMag.com, and head over to thenextfitnessstar.com to vote for your favorite until August 3rd (you can vote once a day). 

CHRISTINE BULLOCK
Age: 33
City: Los Angeles, CA

Catch Phrase: "Breeeathel"
Spirit Animal: Swan

About Me: With crazy-busy schedules, I get that it feels nearly impossible to hit the gym. But you don't need a lot of time, money, or fancy equipment to score the shape of your dreams. My workouts focus on building power, strength, stability, and endurance—in as little as 20 minutes a day, using mostly just your body weight. That approach gets you lean and balanced, but more important, it's fun. I want you to smile, laugh, and finish your workout with an "I can't believe I just did that!" glow. Why? Because if you enjoy it, you'll keep doing it. If you keep doing it, it will become a habit. And eventually, that habit will become something you couldn't imagine your life without.

1. Quote that inspires you? Philadelphia Flyers coach Fred Shero said, "Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire."

2. Body part that many women neglect in their training? A strong back helps accentuate your waistline and creates a tall, lean look. Plank dumbbell rows and inverted shoulder presses are great, but I think every woman should work on her pullups. Nothing sculpts your back better—plus, it feels super empowering!

3. Favorite time of day to exercise? I'm a morning person and I love to work out at 7 a.m. It makes me feel energized for the entire day. But sometimes I'll do two evening workouts each week—I think changing things up can help you avoid plateaus.

4. Go-to workout strategy while traveling? Keep it simple! Choose five or six basic body-weight exercises (mine are plank, bridge, squat jump, side plank, lunge, and pushup) and do 10 reps of each. Aim to do two or three total rounds.

5. Biggest fitness lesson you've learned? I used to work out for vanity—to look better in my skinny jeans or bikini. But a few years back, my health declined and I started to realize how deeply fitness and nutrition impact my life on every level. Now I take a more balanced approach and focus on what else I gain from being fit: I have all-day energy, I sleep better, my mood is balanced and positive, and my skin glows. I work out to boost my overall strength and athleticism and, in turn, my confidence.

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