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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!

 

Time Management: Finals and the Gym

18 Apr

Alright so I’m a Senior at the University of Florida and the next few weeks consist of final exams, projects, and papers. Because of that, so far I have missed two days for the gym….and you know what….it is soooo aggravating! I just want to be able to get a good hour work out in without my mind wandering to the assignments and exams that I have to do. I would love for the next few weeks to move quickly but I know they will be painfully slow so what is a girl to do about the possibility of missing more days for working out while trying to prepare for my exams?

Right now, all I want to do is scream my head off….I can’t seem to get any early morning workouts in because I spend late evenings trying to review for exams etc…..then normally I am sleeping during the day(after my classes) to try to make up for the sleep I miss in the evenings due to studying. You see the cycle? I really want to balance out the time but when I’m studying I feel like I need to get through as much material everyday that I can. Not because I’m behind but because the oh so wonderful University of Florida seems to love the idea of cumulative exams and 40page projects and 10 page papers. Not only that UF loooovees to schedule your final exams back to back so you literally are driving yourself to your wits end while you are trying to maintain a semblance of a life.

I just want to workout….is that so much to ask? I guess the best thing I can do right now is eat healthy for the next few weeks and try to do squats and lunges and stretching and all that til I can get back into someone’s weight room. Well I guess this post is really just a rant.

Stay Sweet,
KL

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

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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