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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.

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!

 

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

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

You Know What Really Grinds My Gears….

10 Apr

So I am a gym fanatic.  Everyday at least an hour, I have to get it in! I’m not the typical yoga doing jazzercise loving chick.  Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Zumba, but the weight room is my territory.  The thing that sucks about being a weight lifting chick is the competition to use machines or weights in the weight room.  For example, yesterday was leg day for me but everybody and their mama decided to be in the weight room which meant I had to sit and wait for longer than 5minutes between exercises and sets to try to workout.

Let me back track and tell y’all some of the leg workouts I like to do.  So we got: leg press, squats, wall sits, box jumps, lunges, leg extensions, calf raises, mountain climbers and burpees.  Ok just to be clear, I am in no way shape or form beast enough to do all of these in one sitting….yet….but that’s just because I try to do 4sets of 10 of each one.  Anyway I’ll tell y’all later about how much weight I do for each another time.

Now back to this crowded weight room.  So yeah, it’s expected at the beginning of the year when everyone jumps on the new years resolution band wagon, but last night was out of control.  I do partly blame myself because I do normally go to the gym at 6am but being a college student that doesn’t always work out when you stay up til 3am doing homework, studying, or partying(not me of course) LOL! So days that I don’t make it to the gym at 6am. I go later in the evening, but last night was just out of control.  This is how the gym looks at 6am Image

This is exactly how I like it.  Very few people, freedom to take my time during my sets.  No fear of people looking at me crazy cause of all the weird animal noises I make cause I’m lifting “that much weight”….pause….anyway this is how the gym looks at night around 8:30-9pmImage

This is just ridiculous.  The weight room is swarming with people that have no idea what they are doing.  So lets examine the different type of people you have in the gym.

You’ve got the bodybuilding hulk type people, you’ve got the trying to be cute type, you’ve got the struggling to get buff type, and you’ve got the being healthy/gym is my life type. Now, the faithful body builders are there everyday at the same time. They have this goal to super freakishly huge, do you boo! Then you’ve got the trying to be cute type(normally chicks) that wear the spandex shorts that let half of her butt cheeks hang out while she prances around and lifts a 2pound weight to “tone her arms”.  Then there is the tiny guy, also known as the struggling to get buff type, trying to build muscle to get the attention of the “butt-cheek” girl who is to busy trying to get the attention of the body building cat.   Then you got me and my type, the healthy living/gym is my life type who just wants to get a good work out in and push my body pass my limits and get RIPPED! Or at least have a sexy core LOL!

Ok soooo we got a gym full of people all with different purposes and goals and some of these people are IN THE WAY! You don’t even know what you’re doing. Like you’re staring at the leg press machine trying to figure out how to put weight on it….seriously?! Please ask for some help or move out of the way.  Not trying to sound like a gym snob but although I love the gym, it’s not my goal to be in their longer than an hour and a half because I have to wait 15minutes for each machine or a bench or whatever because you don’t know what you’re doing or you’re being cute.  Go be cute somewhere else or after I finish my workout. The gym is not where you’re trying to be cute or impress somebody.  The gym is where you work on your body! Get your priorities straight!

Stay Sweet,

KL

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