Week One: Always Eat After 7PM- Why I Chose This Diet
As many of you can probably relate, when the gyms and fitness centers temporarily shut down during the pandemic I was unsure about how I was going to stay as active as before. This month would have been my 2 year anniversary of kickboxing. Kickboxing is my favorite workout that I enjoy the most and not being able to go kickboxing has caused irritability, weight gain, and stress. Instead of dwelling on what I can’t control I decided it’s a perfect time to get serious about shedding some excess weight, increasing my energy and just feeling better in general.
Most women can agree, they would rather have a toned body than a body that looks like it lives in the gym. Most women don’t want washboard abs, they want a toned midsection. Would you rather have curvy and full arms or would you rather have ripped and shredded arms? The former option is probably the one you’d sway more to. This is a natural desire for most women because being toned achieves what the classic female look is supposed to be. It’s feminine. It’s not bulky, it’s not ripped, it’s not disproportionate. In other words, it’s not a masculine shape and looks. If some women do want a more bodybuilder type of body, that’s fine too. To each their own. But if you’re one of the women that do want to have a slender, sleek and full-body shape, then being toned is something you need to achieve.
6 Reasons To Work Out That Have Nothing To Do With Looks
Finding reasons to work out that have nothing to do with looks will ultimately lead to the change we are all seeking when we start exercising. I won’t pretend like how you look isn’t a motivator to work out, it definitely is. It’s usually the first motivator for women, but it’s just not enough. There, I said it. If it was, way more people would be pursuing fitness consistently.
It only seems appropriate with the time of year to share some workout strategies. Many people decide on New Year’s “I’m going to live healthier”, “I’m going to work out”, “I’m going to lose weight”. The list is endless about losing weight or eating healthy and exercising. For real though, it will not happen overnight and you need to go easy on yourself. Start small and ENJOY it instead pushing too hard, getting overwhelmed and as a result giving up because it’s too hard. Here’s a thought… don’t make it too hard to begin with!
We all want to live a long life and in order to do that, we need to make sure we are staying healthy and are taking good care of ourselves not only for ourselves but also for our loved ones. Obviously, there are some factors that we can’t change and control such as pre-existing risk factors, however, we can still make great choices to help support a healthy lifestyle. We are able to help reduce things such as heart disease, many cancers, and Type II diabetes.
Let me give it to you straight; you’re not going to wake up everyday wanting to hit the gym or go for a run. Most days, you’ll probably dread even thinking about working out. On these days, I have to remind myself why I workout, how good I feel when I do, and sometimes that does the trick. However, that’s not always the case. You have to motivate yourself to keep going and when that’s not enough, I’ve got 30 things you can do when you don’t want to workout.
Yoga means union and I interpret this as a union of my mind, body and soul. I feel connected to my heart and my desires and as a result, I feel connected to everyone else. I feel at peace.
Yoga is just stretching or another form of exercise to many, and a trendy hobby to others.
For me, yoga is a way of life on and off the mat. Through a regular yoga practice I can bring that self awareness to my life at any point, my turning towards my breath and getting in tune with my energetic body.
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I started kickboxing atthe end of May in 2018, and it was the best desision ever!
There are so many ways kickboxing at ILKB has changed my life, here are a few:
After I started counting calories combined with exercise I have lost almost 16 pounds since August! I weighed 106 pounds in freshman year of college. After I graduated my metabolism stopped, I was drinking too much, and without proper diet and exercise I weighed over 160 pounds! In August I limited my calorie intake to about 1,360 a day and I set a goal for myself to go to kickboxing at least four times a week.
I’ve been steadily losing 1 – 1.5 pounds a week the healthy way. I may splurge here and there on my calories at parties and special events, I’m only human. I’m not depriving my body of nutrients and I make sure I always feel satisfied after a meal! My realistic goal weight is 120 pounds and at this rate I’ll be there at the latest in May of next year!
I sometimes do double classes back to back. After my first class ever I was so sore that I could barely go up the stairs. I was able to complete my first full Tough Mudder (~10 miles, 20+ obstacles), something I never thought I would ever be able to do. Yes, it took me over four hours but I’m so happy that I finished strong.
After getting the heart-rate monitor I realized that my resting heart-rate was a little high (over 120 bpm). After getting into better shape it has lowered significantly. One lady who checks my heartrate when I donate platelets even said, “be a little more excited, why don’t you”.
Mindfulness and being more aware definitely helps. I work harder with the monitor on because I’m constantly trying to burn more calories than before. It’s very convenient to get the e-mails after every class that give you full workout summary. I’m in constant competition with the person I was the day before.
*Disclaimer this is a screenshot of a better than average class. I don’t burn this many calories everyday I usually burn around 600-700 on average*
It’s basically impossible to leave after class and feel negatively or in a bad mood. I feel so awesome and accomplished after each class because I’m getting closer and closer to my fitness goals! There is such a supportive group of kickboxing instructors and peers at my studio. We’re at different fitness levels with different lifestyles, but we all have a common goal: To be fitter, stronger, happier versions of ourselves!
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