5 Tips to Avoid Weight Gain Rebound

9 Oct

Can I Get an Amen?!

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Few people can stay competition lean (or should). A little extra weight is healthy - but parameters must be set to avoid rebound. Few people can stay competition lean (or should). A little extra weight is healthy – but parameters must be set to avoid rebound.

One of the things I hear a lot after someone has lost a lot of weight is that someone gained all their weight back. It’s a big fear for most people. They join a boot camp or do a competition and they reach all their goals, and a few months later they are right back to where they started – or worse.

While, in our gym, there are more people that keep it off than people who gain it back, it happens – and I sure didn’t want that to happen to me after my competition so I sat down with Steve and we made very specific rules. Here are the parameters I plan to put in my life to help me maintain my weight during our “off season”.

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10 Scriptures about Food & Diet

9 May

Food for thought!

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Transformation Requires Surrender

FOOD - be the bossPeople love to learn what they can do to improve their life. They hunger for tips that are easy to apply, like read this devotional, attend this service, do this workout, take this supplement – but BOY do they NOT like to hear what they shouldn’t do, what they need to give up, what they need to CHANGE.

Most people are willing to work a little harder to get something, but most people are not willing to surrender. Surrender requires giving up something you like. Christianity requires giving up doing whatever you want. Fitness requires giving up eating whatever you want. The gain is worth it, but so many people resist surrender, holding on to what is really making them miserable to begin with.

That’s where the bondage comes in. We hold on to it, and it holds on to us – paralyzing us, and preventing us to be…

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy

9 May

LOVE THIS!!!

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Happy Thursday WordPress Family!

I saw this article yesterday and just had to share! I often blog about tips to help improve your mood & overall sense of being which is exactly what this article is all about!

Just click the photo & you’ll be taken to Greatist‘s fabulous article…

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Stay Happy Friends!

Pose-A-Day: yesterday was Virabhadrasana (Warrior 1) & today is Titthibasana (Firefly) which you can check out through my new handy-dandy instagram link!

Daily Eats

  • Breakfast: Morning Muffin
  • Snack: Cottage Cheese & Apple
  • Lunch: Mixed Green Salad w/Tuna & Lemon
  • Snack: Protein Shake
  • Dinner: Brown Rice Sushi w/edamame & seaweed salad
  • Dessert: Chia pudding w/Walnuts & Unsweetened Coconut

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Fed-Up Challenge

9 May

I just heard about a really interesting challenge called the Fed-Up Challenge by Katie Couric.  Basically,  for ten days you cut out ALL artifical/added sugars and sweetners(honey and mollasses included) .  I’m going to give it a try because I want to see if there really is a big difference in my energy levels, my skin complexion, and my overall well being. 

As some of you know, I come from a family of sweets eaters.  The Hancock side of my family is known for all of our decadent desserts like strawberry cheesecake, pound cake, red velvet cake, sweet potato pie…..you see where I’m going with this?  I have no doubt these dishes have a lot of sugar in them because I have made them myself.  However,  I try to make those dishes for special occassions like birthdays and holidays.  I have to be honest, I’m not sure how well I am going to do with this challenge because I can be a big snacker. My biggest addiction is chocolate.  Oreos, chocolate cake, brownies….anything like that will have me slip up everytime.  I am hoping that after this challenge is over.  I will be able to report back the progress I made cutting out all those extra hidden sugars.  You are all welcome to join me on this journey to wellness and self-improvement.

Here’s to having a happy, healthy fed-up challenge!    

It’s All About Priorities…..

8 May

When you have goals in life,certain things become a priority. It seems like the first thing to take a back seat is your health.  I think its safe to say that not very many people actually enjoy working out or exercise.  Because of that it’s so easy to give it up when things change. Take me for example, I’m working, preparing for graduate school, looking for an apartment etc.  With all that going on it’s easy to push my workout back to “tomorrow” and before I know it, I’ve missed two weeks at the gym.    

Negelct your health now and you will certainly pay for it later.  I suggest making a list of the things that are most important to you.  Is it religion, family, education, your health?  Prioritize this list. 

I know it’s cliche but I’ve picked up a habit that one of my godmamas lives by-write it down. In the Bible there is a verse that says “write the vision and make it plain”(Habakkuk 2:2). In other words, write down what your goals, priorites, aspirations, dreams are so you can have a clearer understanding or vision. You can do this can be for fittness, careers, dream homes, family, spiritually, or finances; anything you would like.

I am in the process of creating a vision board so that I can have in plain sight my goals for the next 5 years. I will definitely share pictures once it’s finished and keep you guys updated on that. Of course fitness is going to be included but that’s just a small piece of the puzzle. There are times where it’s really challenging to stay on track with my fitness, education, and/or career goals but the best part is, everyday is an opportunity to try again.

Here’s to getting back on track!

My Last Day- No More Fast Food

1 Apr

Please take a moment with me to say goodbye to the worst relationship I have ever had and that is with fast food restaurants like Popeyes, McDonalds, Wendy’s, Five Guys, Taco Bell…..just to name a few.  We had a great run but you’ve been nothing but trouble for me.  Your addictive over-processed and harldy nutritional food has been such a major obstacle for me!  I can be the biggest gym junkie in the world (literally and figuratively)  but still see no real results because of your unfortunately deceptive easiness.  

 

So here is my goodbye to you all.  Trust me, this is as hard for me as it is for you but I’ve gota let you go! You’re holding me back from the body I really want.  Some of you we can’t talk ever again…..some of you…..we’ll just be occasional acquaintances(like Chik-fil-a for those blessed milk shakes. Good thing is the closest one is an hour away so I won’t be having many of those either).  My kitchen has become my new best friend and I won’t leave you again. Sorry it took so long for me to come back to you…..and no this isn’t an April Fools joke.

Embrace the Body You’ve Been Given

20 Mar

Alright, so I notice alot of people in the fitness world have that one person they look up to whether it’s  friend, co-worker, relative or Shaun from Insanity….everyone’s got someone they admire or aspire to be like.  I was thinking about it and made me think….that can be unhealthy. I know you’re thinking, “Kyra, there is nothing wrong with looking up to someone or wanting to improve”  and I would say you are absolutely correct.  I would also say that some of the people we aspire to look like can sometimes be unrealistic. For example you have the Victoria’s Secret models who have been touched by the god’s…well maybe I won’t go that far…but they are genetically predisposed to have a lean figure. For the guys you’ve got the Hollister and A&F male models who seem to have been carved by angels and everything in between. 

Of course I know the groups of people I just mentioned are not everyone’s ideal body goal/type/aspiration.  Some women may prefer to be on the more curvy side like Jennifer Lopez or Beyonce.  The fellas may be more interested in looking like Shaun from insanity…maybe, I don’t really know. I can’t speak for the guys.  Maybe they want to have football players build….or a  basketball player.  Those are the body types I find extremely attractive but I digress. 

So to get back on track, everyone has this idea of what they want to look like and sometimes we have a goal in mind and lose sight of who we are. 

The purpose for exercising and being healthy has gone from ” I want to be healthy.” to “I want to look like: x, y, and z.” It’s great to have healthy goals to aspire to but be careful because you can end up compromising your house.  If you get so caught up with this “ideal look”, you can develop eating disorders like bulimia or anorexia nervosa.  Or, you can get caught up in the plastic surgery craze.  So many people have ruined their bodies and lives trying to reach these unattainable physiques.  Now I’m not saying you can not or should not want to become a better you.  What I am saying is, putting your body through countless surgeries, endless hours in the gym, injections, or supplements that are not FDA approved (and even some that are) can give you results you DON’T want.

It’s great to want to ever improve but no one is perfect. There is always room to grow and improve so don’t beat yourself up because you don’t look like x, y, and z. Embrace the body you were given, flaws and all.

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