Posts tagged: healthy
Sorry I’ve been a little MIA. I’ve been job hunting (lame) and it sucks. But, on the upside I’ve been doing Insanity since Monday, and MAN is it painful. I’m so sore, in the beginning it didn’t seem too bad but you feel it about 25 minutes into the workout. I’m excited for today’s workout, but dreading it at the same time, haha. #fitnessproblems
How have your summers been so far? Are you meeting your weightloss goals?
Woo! Finally home, done with finals and such. I did pretty well on them, if anyone was wondering :)
Anyway, now that I’m home I’m doing my 12-week program. I’ll post more about this later, but for now I thought I’d let you guys know what I’ve done for the day. I did some tricep and bicep strength training today. And then I stretched for 45 minutes. For the strength training video I used click here. It was a pretty good video, it didn’t focus only on the arms, it also had a little cardio and lower body strength training which is great. Now I’m off to find a summer job, because this chick is poor. See ya!
“What do you mean I can’t look like this all the time???”
So yesterday I was working out with Kip, and I was telling him how great I feel and how happy I am with the results that we’ve achieved these past couple months. He paused. Then told me that he’s happy too but it can’t be like this year round.
I was flabbergasted. Huh? I said? What do you mean? I have to be in front of the YouTube camera and my fans already saw the transformation. You mean I’m gonna go back????
He said maybe you may go up 5, 10, 15 lbs, who knows. I almost died as I was doing my chest presses.
We had a really long conversation throughout my workout and I was brought to a realization that it isn’t actually natural to look like a bikini model all day long 365 days a year for the rest of your life. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t under the impression that everyone can look like a magazine cover year round, but I thought that once you lose weight, you can pretty much cruise and eat normal-healthy again, workout 5-6x a week, 1 hr a day and maintain. You know, not have to do cardio 2x a day and live in the gym and have no condiments.
Nope. Even me. A fitness guru and healthy living freak. I have been living in a little bit of a fantasy world…big reality check for me.
These past 2 months I’ve been eating extra clean and working out 2x a day. I’ve been dropping fat rapidly and it’s been so cool! The ride has been exhilarating – working hard- seeing results – working harder – seeing better results! Faster results! But how long can I actually keep doing this for? My bikini competition is this Saturday and I will look the tightest and leanest I have ever looked in my life. In fact the past month I have look the best I have ever looked in my life. So to think that after ALL of this hard work, I can’t just keep it???
It kills me.
It kills me to know that once you build something you can’t just relax and bask in all the glory. Well at least not for too long. Maintaining a body is like maintaining a business. You get there but you gotta keep it fresh to keep things looking good, keep the business flowing. Your body is smart. It knows how to find a balance. It doesn’t like losing weight all the time so it will become efficient and figure out how to keep fat around even when your workouts and diets are nuts. That’s why you gotta change your routine every 4 weeks. That’s why you gotta change up your diet, carb cycle…all that stuff…to keep challenging and surprising your body.
At the end of the day, it takes hard work to look like a fitness model. And you really can’t look like this all the time. I am so sad that these flat abs and those lean arms may go away if I don’t keep up this regimen. AHHHHH.
So anyway, I yelled at Kip. I said NOOOOOOO!!!!! I don’t wanna go back! I don’t wanna go back!!!!! I’ve worked too hard! Please no! You must help me!!!! He laughed and said you’re still young and have a long way to go, I don’t want you to hurt yourself. I kept telling him, please please I have to keep these abs. I’ve never had these abs before. Eventually our convo got a little ridic with me being all low carb, emotional, moody, and living in a fantasy land. So we just kept working out. But this topic stuck with me all night and day and I can’t get if off my mind.
Excuse me if I sounds like I’m a looks-obsessed little brat, but just expressing my feelings full blown. It’s not really about the abs or the arms or the body fat or the weight. It’s about all the hard work. I just…just…can’t imagine saying goodbye to the finished product after all that time, dedication, sweat, tears, and umm, money spent on this journey.
So how do some people do it? I am not sure actually. I do know that REAL fitness models have to eat strict all the time and when they have shoots they go SUPER strict. Even they go up and down but on a high level. They have to workout hours a day but it’s their job. And they make $ from it. Is it worth it for me to continue working out that many hours a day to maintain this look? Maybe if it were my job, I’d do it.If I were just a normal person, I don’t think I would. It really is a lot of work and I honestly feel like you need to get paid to put yourself through this!
Also, bikini and fitness competitors all have a competition weight and an off season weight. Everyone has one. Kip says we need to find mine too. It’s just not natural or safe to stay so low in body fat and weight all year round. He said that when he was competing he’d go up 20-30lbs in the off season and then just shed back down when it was time to hit the stage.
Of course we can all work hard once summer rolls around and look great in a bikini. SURE!!!! Do it! But to try to work crazy like that to look bikini ready even during the holidays? Thanksgiving? To miss out on social outings…not have dinner with friends…to not ever eat pizza or burgers or fries…or you know things that bring simple joy to people, yea I don’t know.
Also, I want to mention that the level at which I am training and eating is super vigorous. When I say I may not be able to keep this up year round, I mean eating super duper clean and doing cardio 2x a day 6 days a week plus weight training. Once the bikini competition is over, I plan to continue eating clean, just not crazy clean. I want my hot sauce again. I want it now. I want flavor. Please.
But no. 3 more days. 3 more days!!!!!
Ah, I don’t know if this post makes any sense at all! And I don’t have time to proof read it because I am gonna be late to training but ya here you go.
You can look great and stay fit year round working out and eating clean. No prob. Flat stomach and toned arms are achievable and maintainable. You can strive for that yes. Super cut, ripped, defined, fitness model, bikini competitor look – takes work. You should be getting paid if you’re working that hard. Or maybe you really just love working out 3 hrs a day and eating plain food. It’s just not where your body was naturally meant to be if you want to do other things things with your time. I’m being real here!!!!! I live at the gym right now! I barely have time to do anything else.
OKAY! Time for YOUUUUUU to talk!!!! Tell me how you feel about this. How do you stay fit and have you achieved your dream body? Were you able to stay there? Or did you go back up? How did it feel?
I love this…I have to remind myself that you can’t look perfect 365 days a year, so don’t be so hard on yourself.
If you guys follow me you know how I’ve been talking about this 12 week fitness plan, well along with that I have some fitness goals. Besides just weight loss and general health I have some random body goals.
1. Be able to do a split. I know this seems random, but I really want to work on my flexibility this summer. Hopefully by the end of this 12 weeks I’ll be able to do a split. :D
That’s what I have so far. I have some kinds of ideas about how fast I want to be able to run a mile, but I don’t want to make it a goal quite yet. This is a running list for now.
Do you guys have any fitness or health goals for this summer?
I’m almost done with finals, woo! My 12 week fitness plan starts a week from tomorrow, Thursday May 10th and I cannot wait. It’ll be such a nice stress reliever to all this school work and moving out. Mostly I can’t wait till I’m back home and on my own schedule.
Lately I’ve been keeping in shape by walking around a lot (the weather has been beautiful) which is awesome because I tan easily and walking for miles in the hot sun yesterday made me at least 1 shade darker.
Other random tidbits:
1. I got runner’s knee yesterday. It’s gotten a lot less painful as of today, which is good news.
2. I’ve been addicted to the Biggest Loser recently. LIKE CRAZY ADDICTED. Oh Hulu, you just get me.
3. I’m almost half way done with finals! Sorry, I know I said it already but I’m just very excited about it.
:) I’m glad you enjoyed it. Being attacked for your size, no matter how big or small, can hurt and is totally unecessary. As long as the person is healthy (ie: not over eating, starving, or purging) then their size shouldn’t matter. People make a lot of assumptions about your eating habits based on your size, just because you’re big doesn’t mean all you do is stuff your face, and just because you’re small doesn’t mean you’re anorexic.
Little rant here, be warned:
I hate it when people attack other peoples’ body sizes. Period. In either direction. I hate it when girls say that a size 8, 10, 12, 16 isn’t beautiful, or good enough-but I don’t like this reverse hate either. I’m a size zero/double zero in bottoms, and small/extra small in tops. Is it because I’m anorexic? No, I’m 5’2 and at a healthy weight this is just the size I happen to be at.
Everyone’s body is different, some people are perfectly healthy, fit and beautiful (with a line down their stomach and the whole shebang) but due to their body types will never be a 0 (a few of my friends are like this). Does that mean there’s something wrong with them? Nope, not at all.
But just because I am a size zero doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with me either. Just love your own body, and stop concerning yourself with others. Can we just support each other instead of knocking each other down?
Yum…Portobello Mushroom Pizza (click for link to recipe)
I love this recipe, super easy to make…and delicious. :)
1 Portobello Mushroom Cap
2tbsp Tomato Sauce
1/4cup Shredded Cheese
Whatever toppings you’d like, get creative!
Calories per serving: Approximately 105 calories per pizza (depending on ingredients used)
Clean the mushroom caps with a damp paper towel. Scoop out the gills and cut off the stems of the mushrooms. Once they’re clean, put the mushrooms cap side down on the plate, spread the 2 table spoons of tomato sauces over the mushroom and sprinkle with cheese. Then I just pop it into the microwave for 2 minutes, and top with whatever I feel like-or eat it alone! So easy, cheap, and for college students you don’t even need an oven (but you can do this in the oven too).
Hope you guys like it!