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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.

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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.

One of my biggest challenges: Pull-ups and Dips

13 Apr

Alright so, I love the gym.  I love lifting, squatting, curling….all that jazz.  Lately I have been trying out a new approach to my workouts doing longer and more intense sets with a lighter weight so I can really develop some definition in my arms, core, back, and legs.  So for a minute I considered doing cross fit but then I realized I’m not about that life.  Don’t get me wrong I love a challenge and I know cross fit would make me look like a Nubian Queen but I also know I need to be able to walk across campus without feeling like my legs are jello.  With that in mind, I think I’ll stick to the more traditional approach to working out.  

Most recently I have started the venture of pull-ups and dips.  Now I already do push ups, curls, pull downs, side lats, front lats, dumbbell press etc.  Yes, I do all of that wonderful stuff without making too much of a fool of myself with all of my animal sounding shrieks when I reach the most intense part of the work out.  For some reason though, pull ups and dips are some of the MOST CHALLENGING things I’ve ever done.  It’s something about lifting my own body weight that makes me feel like there is NO WAY I’m doing this.  

Fortunately my mama did not raise me to be a quitter, and with that in mind I recently attempted(once again) pull ups and dips and this time my results were quite different…..how is this you may ask?  I discovered this wonderful thing called ASSISTED pull ups and dips. Instead of struggling to lift my own weight the very first try, I was able to get an extra little boost and cranked out a solid 15 pull-ups and a solid 15 dips. I’ll be honest it was 3 sets of 5 but hey it’s a start.  Hopefully soon my assist weight will be down and my pull-up and dips count will be up or at least 3 sets of 10…whichever comes first.

Ladies, I know some of y’all may be afraid that doing those types of workouts will make you “bulk up” but trust me you will have some lovely definition and your clothes will fit FABULOUSLY! So don’t let the fear of getting toned aka building muscle keep you from trying out different workouts, you’d be surprised at how well you do.  Not too mention, muscle burns more calories than fat(look it up).One last piece of advice….If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you! Don’t let something that seems difficult prevent you from reaching your physical goals whether its losing 50 pounds or toning that core.  Whatever it is you want to do you can do it.  All it takes is some hard work and consistency!  Comment and tell me some things that you’ve struggled with while working out.  I’d love to hear from y’all!

Stay Sweet,

KL

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