Thursday, February 13, 2014

Fit & Fabulous

How are you doing on your Fitness Journey?

 Tis’ the season of full gym memberships, packed gyms, and many, MANY people posting about trying to get fit! 
I have to say y’all I am practically one of those people.  BUT, NOT FULLY.  I have been on and off this fit-wagon since college.  I had two people that I would work out with everyday, and they had two different work-out styles.  So something that I learned, that is very obvious, but I am going to say it anyway, is that EVERYONE is different, and everyone has a different style of doing things. 
While Hannah taught me how to accomplish a good core workout, and how to properly circuit a workout, Tyler taught me how to run constantly, not give up, and eat healthier. 
When the New Year comes around, a lot of us make the revolution of losing weight, but then after a week the gym goes from full, to empty.


Let me start off with this, it is NOT about losing weight, it is about getting fit and feeling good about YOU!  When it comes to getting fit and healthy, yes, you can lose weight, or you can maintain current weight and/or gain a little too, because you are gaining and leaning out muscle. And as you have heard before muscle weighs more than fat.
But, gaining muscle, getting toned up, or losing weight, whatever your goals are, it's not always easy. It isn't easy for me either, y'all, or the professionals, they worked hard to get where they are, and I know that you will too! You got this!

Eenie Mini Mynie Mo, where do I start to let you all get up and go, GO?!?

Let’s begin with the basics.

{Even though we all may think that the basics are easy, they can tend to be the most difficult.}
  1. Drink water.
  2. Get good sleep.
  4. Work-out, exercise, stretch. 1 hour out of your day is only 4% of your day!
  5. Never give up.

Number One :: Drinking Water

You should drink about 8-12 glasses of water a day, or because all of our bodies are different, you gotta do something that you have probably heard about before - check your urine.
YES - check it!  When your urine is really yellow, similar to apple juice, you are dehydrated! So, drink up that water! When your urine is basically clear, then that is great!  You are hydrated, and good to go!
The way that I keep up with my water intake is my Victoria's Secret 32 oz. water bottle.  I have an older version, which has cute little words of encouragement on the side.  Saying things like - "hey, have a sip," or "aren't you thirsty?"  I drink many, Many, MANY of these a day! And once you start drinking more water, the easier it becomes.  You won't want that soda, you will go straight to your bottle of water! Go you!!!

If you get bored, make your water more fun! You heard me, more FUN!  Add in some slices of lemon, and lime, and frozen strawberries, or some mint leaves, and cucumber!

Number Two :: Get good sleep.

Sleep is absolutely wonderful.  It quickens your metabolism, you will feel refreshed, you will feel happier and when you exercise, sleep will ease your muscles and give you and your body that time you need to relax.



After doing some research for you, this one is pretty self explanatory.  I have also found a fun fact for you guys!!

FUN FACT :: Don't eat fruit after lunch (1-2pm).
Yes, y'all, you read that correctly.  After reading some blogs from, Blogilates, she mentions that a lot of body builders, trainers, do NOT eat fruit at ALL because of all the sugar and carbs in the fruit (especially during competition season).  but, she said that a solution to this was not to eat fruits after 2pm.
You will have a lot more time, to burn off the sugars and carbs throughout the day after 2 pm, and boost up that energy.

Also, here are some clean and healthy recipes for you:

Number Four :: Work out.

Constantly, y'all.  Don't do it one day, then skip 4 days.  Don't give excuses that you are sore, or it hurts, IT'S SUPPOSED TO! You should feel that burn.  Then after time it will be a good feeling, to get that burn, because you know it is working!
Switch up your routine! You do not want to keep your routine the same, it will cause your body to plateau, which is NOT GOOD!
And I am about to say something that will make you super happy - You don't always have to do cardio.  Yep, I said it.  In order to gain and define muscle (which burns fat) you have to lift weights, and if that is a little too much for you, or something you cannot see yourself doing, try Pilates.  For this, you mainly use your own body weight, and I will tell you it is difficult, but so worth it.

Number Five & Six :: Never Give Up, & Do it for YOU

Y'all, don't give up on yourself.  Do it for yourself.  Train like a BEAST, look like a beauty.
There is a difference in working out for negative reasons, or doing it for others - & knowing that YOU ARE DOING IT FOR YOU, do it because you love yourself, do it for happiness, do it because it makes you feel good.  Keep It Positive, y'all!!  
Stay sane, hit your goals, and remain happy!

But, most of all, HAVE FUN!  It can be fun, listen to your favorite songs, dance instead of run, challenge yourself.  I have seen things like - put $1.00 in a jar after every time you work out, and once you reach 100, go out and buy yourself something nice!  (Like, shoes, everyone loves shoes)

Lipstick & Squats,

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