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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.

WHERE HAVE I BEEN???? Back in the swing of things!

18 Mar

Okay….okay….so I have to apologize for my extremely horrible blogging pattern.  I have a pretty good excuse I think….I was getting ready for one of the most important days of my life….GRADUATION!!! I am proud to say I am officially an alumnus of the University of Florida and I will forever bleed orange and blue!

Now back to this blogging business, so the issue is now I am living an in area where major companies like Comcast and AT&T  do not provide wireless internet….I’d have to get dial up.  So the only access I have to the internet world is the public library or my cell phone and blogging from a cell phone ain’t gona cut it.   NO

In regards to all things fitness, it is safe to say I fell off big time.  Two days after graduation I moved back to my hometown in Arkansas and a few weeks later I started working.  I did go to the gym consistently initially but awful winter weather kept me locked in the house with plenty of good ole country cooking.  Needless to say, I quickly got out of the swing of things and I noticed my body changing almost immediately.  The tight abs and toned arms were getting softer.  Every day I’d say “tomorrow I’ll go” or “it’s too cold”.   All I had was a bunch of excuses.     Then at the end of February, I lost my Papa LC and I turned to food for comfort.   Sweets and fast food became my best friend( I’m pretty sure I was having some serious emotional eating going on).  It is a daily struggle but I am slowly coming out of it.

Today will be my first day in almost six weeks back in the gym so of course I’m going to hate myself with every rep and every step I take during this run tonight.

It’s going to be challenging these next few weeks but I had to remind myself why I wanted to be healthy in the first place!  At the end of the day the core issue is making time for what’s important….even if that means sacrificing an hour of sleep to get in a workout.  Not only that, I’ve got to get back in the habit of cooking everyday and buying more fruits and veggies to have on hand to snack on.   THANK GOD I didn’t put on any weight but I’m certainly not as toned or in shape as I was but hey, I’ve got a good eight weeks before summer starts.  Let’s get it!  Back on track and loving every minute of it.  Y’all won’t be ready for this summer body!!!! I’m getting fit and staying that way!

 

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You Want to be Successful?

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Some inspiration for all of my fitness enthusiast out there! Of course this video can apply to more than just fitness. Enjoy!

Having a healthier diet(Part 1): Fiber

20 Apr

Alrighty so, I’ve been doing some research about weight loss and all that good stuff because like most people I want to have a super sexy toned core. The problem is, I love to eat. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it I LOVE TO EAT! I come from a family of fabulous cooks….and when I say fabulous I mean NONE CAN COMPARE TO HOW WONDERFULLY EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN MY FAMILY CAN PREPARE DELICIOUS MEALS THAT ARE EXTREMELY UNHEALTHY FOR YOU!….Sorry for shouting….ehem anyway, my grandmother makes pound cakes like nobodies business and anything else she makes is heavenly. From that wonderful turkey dressing, mac and cheese, greens, sweet potato pies for Thanksgiving to the white rice, bacon, scrambled eggs, hash browns, and biscuits for breakfast.

OK……enough of all that my mouth is starting to water. But seriously, I really want to get a really tight core and if you haven’t heard it said before, abs are made in the kitchen but sometimes you just want to fill up on the fried greasy american foods we all know and love. So whats the best way to eat better? Or at least feel full longer so you won’t eat too much of that greasy garbage we call food? Well there is this great thing called FIBER!Image

That’s right ladies and gentleman fiber will help you feel full longer without concern for gaining unnecessary weight. What’s even better is, according to the internet, fiber is a great way to lose weight because of that fabulous way eat keeps you feeling full longer. Some other benefits of fiber is to help you stay regular…..aka have easier bowel movements. Let’s be mature about this y’all. We all do it and some of y’all probably really struggle….pause…..with that in mind fiber and lots of water will be helpful for all of that irregularity.

Now here is my moment of honesty, I absolutely suck at eating healthy. I mean don’t get me wrong I am much better than I used to be. I eat more fruits and veggies and I’ve cut back substantially in the fried food department. However, I do not get enough rest( the life of a college student) and sometimes my idea of a meal is a muffin and slice of turkey all day resulting in ravenous hunger once I finally get home for dinner….resulting in a spread of anything I can dig my claws into. So that’s where I am in life trying to figure out how to eat better on the go. I’ve recently discovered this great thing called meal prep that I plan to put in full swing this summer. Enough about that though, I’ll write about that another time. Now back to the fiber.

The type of fiber I have been referring to in this post is dietary fiber which is found mostly in fruits and veggies. I have never used any of the marketed fiber supplements but hey whatever floats your boat right? Here are some foods that are pretty common that are high in fiber: pears, strawberries, oranges, broccoli, carrots, greens etc. If you want more foods you can just google high fiber foods for a list of different fruits and veggies to try. Next post will focus on consumption of too much sugar. Want to start losing belly fat cut out all the sugary drinks and processed fruit juices. Fresh squeezed is the way to go(you can also use a juicer if you’re into that kind of thing) and the best part about fresh squeezed fruit juices is the increased fiber! Yay fiber!

Stay Sweet,
KL

Living a Full and Healthy Life

16 Apr

This is gona be pretty short post tonight, I’m taking a break from the project that I have due for my management class this Thursday(God help me). So I was thinking about health of course. The thing I was thinking about specifically was why we even workout or eat healthy. I mean I’m not sure about anyone else but some days I just want to throw it all down the drain and have an extremely pessimistic attitude and say “hey, I’m going to die anyway let me enjoy myself while I’m doing it.” Then I started thinking how absolutely asinine that would be if I did decide to do something like that. The reason I say that is because I would be paying through the nose when I got older to try to stay alive. In other words, all the unhealthy choices I make now at a young age I WILL PAY FOR IT IN THE FUTURE! So what does that have to do with living a full and healthy life or people working out etc? Well, some people workout because they want to “live longer”. Honey let me put your mind at ease right now.

You honestly CAN NOT INCREASE THE QUANTITY OF YOUR LIFE!

NO

Meaning, whatever time you are destined to have that is just how much time you have. Yes I know you’re probably rolling your eyes or scratching your head but guess what every one is leaving here ready or not. What’s even worse is the fact that you can actually decrease the quantity of your life. In other words, bad eating habits, excessive drinking and smoking can all contribute to your life being cut short. Now I know that sounds extremely morbid but hear me out. On the flip side, although you may not be able to increase the quantity…you always have the chance to INCREASE AND IMPROVE THE QUALITY! yes_logo What I mean by that is, you can work out, eat right, get enough rest, drink lots of water and give yourself the chance to live a full life.

So in essence you have two choices. You can eat trash, sit on your butt all day every day, wear your body out by doing self destructive things like drinking and smoking…..ooorrrr you can go ahead and build a better, stronger, healthier you. When you do this, you help your pocket smile because you aren’t constantly throwing hundred or even thousands of dollars into hospitals or doctors laps because you neglected to do the basic things to take care of and maintain your health. Trust me, this is literally going to be a life long journey but it can be done and you won’t regret it if you just give it a try.
Stay Sweet,
KL

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