Bad Days

Saturday I went to a big family get together and didn’t eat terribly- but certainly, around 2500 calories, more than my 1700 daily allotted calories. I had some amazing oreo cheesecake though! Ah anyway, though I ate fairly healthy, I certainly ate more than I should’ve.  It was also an emotionally difficult day.

On days where things are difficult, when it feels hard, when you feel starving, when nothing goes right, or when you just don’t see the point. Take a breath. You CAN do this. You ARE worth it.

Everybody has bad days. One day is a tiny drop in the pool. Don’t worry about one day. Wake up tomorrow with new resolve. That being said, just because you screwed up one day, ate a little too much, or skipped a workout- doesn’t mean the day goes to hell and you should give up. You can’t give in to a bad day. A moment of weakness weighs less than a day of weakness.

You’re beautiful, strong, and worth it. Try again always, love your lifestyle, enjoy the ride.

Getting a great ass without bulky thighs

I’ve heard many complain to me about jeans growing tighter after starting lower body training. This is not necessarily bad, this means it is working.

Of course, thigh fat is hard to shred and muscle takes up less space but both together can create unwanted bulk.

Exercise like the Stairmaster, high resistance elliptical or stationary biking, hill walking, HIIT, sprinting, squats, deadlifts, and CrossFit tend to work out the legs and add bulkiness.  Of course, I love sprints and HIIT over long distance running so I still do but try to mix in more swimming, pilates, walking, and dancing which are lower impact on the legs.

So should leg lifting be avoided? No! If you want a great pair of legs, you need to work those babies, but less than other parts of the body. Try working the glutes for that awesome Kim K booty, and avoid the rest of leg exercise. Any workout with body weight, machine, or free weight exercises to “slim legs” or “spot treat thighs” is bullshit and will grow muscle to tone, not lose fat.

Specific lower impact cardio must be paired with some higher impact cardio (because HIIT and the like are great for fat burning) and resistance training that targets where you want to get toned. It takes a lot for a woman to get bulky, so don’t worry too much, stay patient, and work hard.

 

How I kicked my cystic acne to the curb

In the winter, my acne raged up and overtook my face. Seriously, in December my face became swollen, painful and full of nasty acne that I couldn’t cover with even thick foundation.

I went on Minocycline for a few months. Honestly, this did really make a difference. It did suck because I couldn’t drink on it since the antibiotics mixed with alcohol would make me sick.

That being said, antibiotic use should always be avoided if possible and different types of drugs have varying results on people. If you’re not sure about antibiotics or it’s not working for you (and you’re not interested in the intensity of Accutane) I have a few tips that made a big difference for improving my skin in a short amount of time.

  • change/flip pillows daily- every 3 days, tons of bad bacteria cultivate in the fabric and attack your skin
  • always take ALL your makeup off (try micellar water)
  • moisturize! But if you think your moisturizer is bothering your skin or clogging pores then change it to a higher quality, skin/acne friendly moisturizer
  • try salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide (careful it does dry you out)
  • try not to wear makeup when you can
  • touching up with concealer can do a lot better for the breathability of your skin than slathering thick full coverage makeup on
  • stop washing your face constantly if you have oily skin!! It just dries the skin and causes it to produce more oil.

Body Coach Review

For a time I tried the Body Coach program organized by Joe Wicks.  Joe’s huge following and positive reviews drew me to try the program and pay the nearly $200 for fitness and diet plans.

I ended up quitting about 1/2 way and going on my own fitness program. Why?

Well first, here are some good points of the fitness program:

  • It’s easy. There’s easy access to coaches (though their advice varies and is sometimes not helpful) and the plan is detailed with food weights in grams. The workouts are detailed as well and Joe has uploaded videos for assistance.
  • It is a healthy lifestyle. The coaches would often say to me that you cannot gain weight on this program (I beg to differ, but it WAS healthy food)
  • Joe is adorable and a positive role model.
  • The food plan is tailored to you based upon some measurements and lifestyle quiz details.
  • I did improve my cooking skills and interest through practice.

Okay sorry, that wasn’t a lot of positive… I have quite a bit more to say about the negative bits of the program:

  • It’s pretty flexible but does not teach how much fat, calories, and protein are worth. You know you must eat the way you do, but you don’t get a whole lot of thorough education on the body.
  • I definitely gained weight on the problem. And the first part of the program is HIIT so I didn’t build much muscle. I quit because the second cycle out of three was lifting based and I knew I would gain more weight. I felt SOOOOO bloated and bigger. My tummy was so big I swear. And I didn’t cheat much at all.
  • When I asked the coaches for help they blamed me not doing things right and told me to have patience. I did and it didn’t get better.
  • The meal plan is flexible- but not super creative. It gives man food options and some plans, but these get old and are hard to make for more than 1 person (they don’t convert well).
  • I love the easiness of the quick HIIT sessions, but they don’t burn enough for the HIGH HIGH protein diet. It doesn’t quite add up.
  • The plan allows real carbs after a workout. This pushed me to work out more, but taught the unhealthy practice that you need to burn to eat when in the reality it does not matter when you eat your calories in the day.

In the end, it just wasn’t worth the money or time. I cooked for hours, blamed myself for screw ups, and didn’t have the body change I desired.

Makeup for the gym

A while back, I broke out badly after a lot of sweaty gym sessions. I quickly realized I was going straight from a long day of full face medium coverage makeup and layers of powder (because I’m always oily as fuqqq) to a full sweaty gym workout. Skin care is so essential to your beauty and makeup routine.

When you workout, your pores open as you sweat. When your pores open, they let makeup fall in and give you blemishes.

At the gym, you should try and wear as low coverage makeup as possible, but I understand the want to look cute. I do too!

Besides cute hairstyles and gym attire, a little makeup goes a long way. I use Almay Clear Complexion Concealer, which conceals redness, bags, and acne nicely and is not oily or as bad for the skin. I also use waterproof mascara, lip stain or balm, and a little blush for color. Post workout, I find translucent powder and blotting sheets awesome for decreasing shine.

If you have to wear foundation to feel evened out, try BB creme, especially brands with salicylic acid. It’s low coverage, but your skin will thank you.

 

Fit and thick!!

I just want to give a little love to all the beautiful healthy bodies out there. You’re beautiful!!

How can you expect others to respect or love you before you do it for yourself? You’ll never believe them until you see your beauty.

I love my thick, fit thighs. I appreciate my healthy body! And damn I rock these awesome curves.  My body does amazing things. I get to smell lavender, exercise, taste ice cream and feel glorious summer breeze. How lucky I am!

 

 

 

 

Beating Cravings

Cravings happen to the best of us! Sweet? Salty? I love both. So how do you keep those cravings in check without emptying the cupboards of all your dangerous treats?

Try brushing your teeth when you have a bad craving! I swear this works great. When still hungry snack on something filling and healthy like baby carrots, banana, or avocado.

Drink a lot of water! Sometimes when you’re hungry, you’re actually thirsty. I find this is often the case with myself.

Want some good craving beaters of mine, here are my picks:

  • Mixed nuts — nuts are so filling. Almonds, cashews, and walnuts are amazing. Add dark chocolate and maybe some raisins– you’ve got yourself a trail mix!
  • Pickles! I love pickles. Dill Spears often have more flavor than the dill chips.
  • Beef Jerky- hearty and available in many flavors, this source of protein is low in carbs and lasts a while.
  • Enlightened ice cream– it’s miracle “healthy” ice cream. Highly recommend in that hot summer.
  • Fage Greek 2% yogurt– the best Greek yogurt. It’s awesome with oats or berries and cinnamon.
  • Dried seaweed– although strange at first, it grows on you! Salty and crunchy.
  • Cucumber and watermelon are awesome and filling snacks. Yummy.
  • Laughing cow cheese wedges; these are tasty if you’re a cheese fanatic and also small, light in calories, and delicious.
  • Popcorn: try air popping then drizzle olive oil, butter, or margarine with salt. I love this and you save a lot of calories by making it yourself. Still delicious!!
  • Tea– green tea, white tea, chai tea, black tea — it’s all awesome and I love it. I’m a tea addict 😀
  • Gum: Not food, but great gum can really kill a craving and keep the mouth busy. My pick is Trident spearmint gum.

I hope these treats are as good for you as they are for me. Happy munching!