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Don’t Let Food Control You

2 Nov

So as some of you may know I really enjoy eating…..I mean I LOVE eating! Precious praise the lord!

However, eating whatever I want is not exactly the best recipe for getting the healthy body that I want. So what is a girl to do? Between completing assignments for school(which I will be doing as soon as I finish this post),going to work, and trying to balance time between the gym and sleeping enough…..my days are starting to seem a little chaotic, in a good way. To be quite honest I actually enjoy being really busy…..I feel like I am actually doing something with my life and not just sitting around waiting or being idle.

Anywho, I have always enjoyed watching food network. I love seeing the competition shows and the regular cooking shows with all of their different recipes and ideas. It makes me want to jump in the kitchen and start whipping up a ton of different things to try. Downside is, I do not have the time or financial resources to ruin a perfectly good roast or cornish hen and on top of that a lot of the recipes I am dying to try require a truckload of butter, salt, cream, cheese, sugar, or a combination of three or more of these ingredients. Don’t get me wrong….I’m not saying that these foods are bad for you but too much of them is not exactly the best thing either. It’s all about balance…but for someone like me who loves rich and hearty foods…..well the balance thing kinda is not my strongest point. I am still working on learning when to tell myself “That is enough” ESPECIALLY when something tastes really good to me. I tend to lose focus on my fitness goals and dive right into whatever it is I am eating.

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What can I say? I really like good food! So since I know what my problem is concerning cooked meals and junk food alike I have come up with a few suggestions for those of you that are like me…..

1.)Eat to Live…not Live to Eat

This can be pretty challenging with all the great foods you have access to. Trust me….I get it. That chinese food spot is your go to after a long day….or you HAVE to have that crab tray every weekend….(yes that is me lol) I am not saying there is anything wrong with snacking on some cookies or eating the fried chicken but don’t let food consume you….unless of course you are a chef/culinary student….then I understand and respect your love for food. However it does not mean you have to overindulge…moderation is key!

2.) Be honest with yourself

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We all know what our weaknesses are. For me it is sweets….some people have sweet teeth….but I have a sweet MOUTH…especially for chocolate! Since I know what my weaknesses are…..keeping chocolate snacks in my apartment may not be the best idea….although I do actually have some Oreos in the pantry right now LOL *kanyeshrug* what can I say…I am a work in progress.

3.) Set realistic goals

This is something that I have really started to better understand. I have all of these fitness dreams and aspirations that are almost reserved for people that have the time to dedicate countless hours in the gym. See….the way my life is set up now….I have a solid hour that I try to commit everyday…but honestly sometimes I fall short either because I am being too lazy or really just do not have time…or maybe I just don’t make the time….hhhhmmm questions that need answers….

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Anyway bottom line is that as you ocntinue your fitness journey you don’t set these astronomical goals and then give up because you don’t reach them. Maybe you could start off with weekly goals. For example, this week you can commit to walking at least 20 mintues everyday. As you progress you can up the ante and turn that walk into a power walk or light jog. So instead of focusing on your ultimate goal of say, losing 30 pounds, start off small.

4.) Get an accountability partner

Oh this makes SUCH A HUGE DIFFERENCE!!!!! When I was in undergrad….having someone workout with me made me make much better and responsible choices from what I ate to how often I worked out. We motivated each other to continue to improve and it has such an impact on your overall well being. When you know your gym partner is going to call you out for missing the gym for a week straight or for how you ALWAYS eat junk after you leave the gym…it makes you more aware of the choices you make.

5.) Don’t be so hard on yourself
Finally….we will not always get it right. Sometimes you will fall off. Sometimes you will be at the top of your game. Either way….the ultimate thing is to keep going….even if you have to crawl.

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Fitness and being healthy is a daily lifestyle choice. Just like you choose to brush your teeth each morning(hopefully) because you are aware that it is necessary….the same applies to your health. Because you know that it is necessary…you have to learn to choose the healthier options. Of course you can have the occasional indulgences….but do not be like me and indulge so much that you end up back at square one…because it can be discouraging to see yourself set back.

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xoxo-fitgirl

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.

Publix Pineapples and West African Dance

21 Aug

Alrighty,

So today was the first day of classes here at the University of Florida….GO GATORS!!! I am officially in my last semester and I am super excited because this semester there is only one class that I have to physically attend and that is West African Dance.  Before I get into that I would just like to say I LOVE PUBLIX FRESH PINEAPPLES!!!

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I’m not sure if they put sugar on them pineapples or what but GOOD LAWD those pineapples are soooooo good! There are really sweet and juicy and I really like them super cold! Not frozen, but really really really really cold.  I know pineapples have a lot of sugar but the way I see it, it’s better to have natural sugars than getting sugar from processed sweets like cookies, cake, and ice cream. Don’t get me wrong, I love all of those things too but I think pineapples are a little bit better than all of that other stuff.

Anyway, West African Dance……

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I AM NOT IN ANY WAY GOOD AT THIS!!!!! However, I absolutely LOOOOOVVVEEEE the class.  Of course I am really shy and I don’t like to be taken out of my comfort zone but it is a great work out so that’s part of the reason I am writing about it now.  When class started today we did the warm up and of course in my mind I’m thinking this was the actual dance starting….it was not…..and I was looking really sad LOL.  It’s ok though, it was excellent cardio, had a great time getting my sweat on while dancing.  I can’t lie the drummers were pretty cute but I’m to shy to talk to any of them…..and the fact that I’m jacking up their cultures dances probably won’t help.

It is my first day so maybe once I get to the end of the semester I’ll be really good at it.  I’m looking forward to the good cardio though because I hate doing cardio in the gym.  Anyone who doesn’t like doing traditional cardio…..like running….West African dance and Zumba are EXCELLENT  ways to break a sweat and get your heart pumping.

What’s with these guys?

11 Apr

Alright so it’s safe to say that you all know I’m a gym junkie, specifically the weight room.  Unlike most women, I work lower and upper body because I’d prefer not having chicken wings for arms and massive steroidal looking legs.  You know what I noticed though, guys and girls alike don’t work out very proportionally.  For example if my week starts with leg day then I’m going to rotate to upper body the next day and then back to leg day and so forth.  What I don’t seem to get is how folk, guys in particular, will dedicate there every waking moment in the gym to upper body. Case in pointImage

This guy walks in with this massive upper body and the legs of a thirteen year old.  Grant it his upper body is fabulous but will his chicken legs be able to hold all that up for much longer?  What’s even more frustrating, as I mentioned yesterday, is how these guys seem to hog all of the equipment.  I mean seriously bruh?  I’m just trying to get my swole on like the rest of y’all. For some reason, I can’t seem to ever get to the bench or the free weights without fear of being trampled by an army of  big chested but wobbly legged guys trying to strut his stuff.  Don’t get me wrong we all have our vices.  Mine is the absolute detest of cardio. If I could avoid it I would but we all know weight training with know cardio means muscle being built under fat and that is UNattractive.

Seriously, come on guys, lets be proportionate.  Besides, you need to give your arms a break.  Did you know that you get small micro tears in your muscles when you lift? Yep! Its because of the extra stress you’re putting on your muscles lifting the heavy weights.   Because of that reason it’s best for you to rotate workouts because to much tearing can lead to serious injury( especially if you go ham every time) which will push you further away from your goal of being Mr. or Miss Swole.  How can you say that Kyra? After years of basketball and track and field in high school I’ve learned a thing or two from experience.  So guys take a break, step away from the free weights and do some leg presses or wall sits for a change.  It might surprise you but women find nice (guy) butts attractive too. 😉

Stay Sweet,

KL

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