The Teeny Bikini Body

just a girl's struggles of trying to be lean


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Revamp it: A retrospect on the challenge of constant exercise

Hello Friends.

What to discuss.  My absence is a given.  In life, we need a break sometimes…from writing, from fitness classes, from friends.  What I found out is this: You must return from your break at some point.  Face the reality of why you are breaking, and what it is you truly need.

The problem is this.  Not everyone will understand.  Some people might get hurt… especially if your break is too long.  Here’s the other thing.  The longer you are away, the harder it is to come back.  You don’t want to miss important events, etc.  No matter what.  You can’t be selfish.  You must be there for important events in peoples lives.  That means birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, etc.

So that being said, I’m back.  In full force, ready to go rogue and fighting every step of the way.

I’ve revamped the work out.  Sometimes we get in a rut, doing the same thing day in and day out.  Sometimes progress seems slow because we can’t see it instantly.

To fight boredom, I am revamping my workout every 6 weeks now.  My workout has no limits.  On my break, I discovered that I had to completely change my routine due to my injury.  I had to be creative, finding ways to make it challenging enough without getting hurt again.

I’ve been working out since I’ve been 18 and boredom is a big thing for me.  I’ve evolved tremendously, experimenting with so many types of workouts and what the results could be.  I know my body’s strengths and limitations.

You have to look for a workout that comes close to what your needs are.  I have a series of workouts I follow from John Romaniello that I’ve been working on for a good year.  Now, I’ve completely revamped it, changed it to challenge me in different ways.  His workout plan by far the best workout plan I’ve encountered.  It’s challenging, exciting and I use it again and again.  Here’s what you do.

1.  Find a workout plan that comes close to your level of fitness.

2.  Adjust it to make it harder or easier (or if you are injured)

3.  Be limitless in your pursuit of fitness: Only you know what would challenge you.

4. Rest accordingly.  Over training can put your body to a complete hault so I take this very seriously.  If you can’t workout one day.  Don’t fret.  This is your rest day.

5.  Be consistent.  You can’t get anywhere if you are only working out once a week.  Commit to at least 3 days a week.

6.  Stop following the rules.  You have to experiment to discover what your body can do.

7.  Feed your muscle.  Make sure you are getting enough protein.  Look at your macros. Don’t starve.

8.  Cheat once a week.  It’s not do or die.  Cheating will keep yourself sane.

9.  Stop hating yourself.  Self-defeat is one of the biggest barriers of success.  Just keep going.  You may not see results, but other people do… and they will tell you.

10.  Remember: Life is a journey.  Make friends, be open, be non-critical and stop the comparisons.

That’s it.  Peace always.

Hearts,

L.

My revamped workout:

Interval Sprints and Running, 3 miles 3x a week

Hill Sprints 1x/Week

Spin 1x/Week

HIIT training 1x/ Week ( box jumps, squats, etc.)

Weight training, Dynamic, Pyramids, etc. ( changing every 6 weeks)

Mixed with Boxing classes, gravity classes etc. to break things up.

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Back to Basics – Self-Obsession

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When I was younger a no makeup selfie would have been out of the question. We live in a world of selfies, self-obsession, and an ultra-connected, scrutinizing world.  And the more that we scrutinize the celebrities, we inwardly examine ourselves, trying to determine our worth.

Maybe social media allows us to peek into other people’s lives, obsessed, envious, yet competitive.  It’s a new kind of survival of the fittest, where the “have’s” and the “have-nots” become categories.  The haves are the followed, and the have nots are followers.  We follow to be followed.

Yet here we are in our mundane lives, seeking excitement by social media.

Nonetheless, we learn, we read, we share and advancements have taken new strides. We become informed.  No more having to go to the library to read, or wait for the daily paper for yesterday’s news.  Twitter allows immediate news no matter how insignificant posted every second of the day.  We are all being watched.  You cannot commit a crime, make a fool of ourselves, be a bully to someone else in public without being photographed or filmed by phone.  We are the paparazzi.   We cannot speak freely without criticism. Hawkers of racism, inappropriateness, are waiting to tell you why what you did is wrong.

That being said, we are all going back to basics.  The “#nomakeupselfie” is a new trend to show that we are real, we are not photo-shopped, and despite the world of beauty, basic is beautiful as well.

So now what? Narcs of the world are watching and sometimes you have to realize that criticism is good to a point.  Social media keeps us in check in some ways.  Just stay away from the negators, haters, the ones that don’t hold any validity in what they say.

That being said, self-obsession has brought the shy hermits out, allowing them to express themselves with their fingertips.

Here’s some tips to keep sane:

1) Do a #nomakeupselfie

2) Ignore all haters

3) Check yourself.  Sometimes you are wrong.

4) Read, read, read. Information will keep you keen.

5) Who do you admire and why?

6) Selfies say it’s okay to love yourself

7) Always see positivity

8) Be a cheerleader

9) Never be a hater (wasted energy)

That’s it.

Hearts,

L.


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Friends, groups, and like-minded people…

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This is my friend Carol who I adore.  She’s in one beautiful person in my circle and she belongs there.

Recently,  I joined a fitness/diet circle and I realized that it was the wrong circle.  Why should it matter you ask?   Well it does matter?   Yes!!!!!

In this circle, that I recently joined, most of the people in the group were just starting to diet, beginning to exercise and trying to lose weight.

I’m trying to lose weight too, but this group would never understand.  I’m trying to get from 19% body fat to 15%, a difficult feet for a woman.  The lowest I’ve ever been was 17%. I already have a muscular physique and they are just beginning.

The group wanted you to post what you ate daily and what kind of exercise you did.  The diet they recommended was a 1200 calorie diet which wasn’t enough to sustain the lifestyle I had.  I work out approximately 2 1/2 hours a day with cardio and weights, six days a week.  Exercise is second nature to me.  My calorie intake has to be at least 2000 calories a day minimum.  If I started posting what I did, I would be pissing off all these people.

They were posting a 20 minute walk, and their diet was a diet that I could not realistically follow, etc.

You get my jist on this?  So I opted out. 

Friends are the same way in some ways.  If you’ve got several interests, obviously, you probably have different friends that fill that interest. I have some friends into the gym, some into art and some with similar career minded individuals.  Why is this important? Because you need people that you can bounce off ideas.  Most importantly, you must be with people that are within the same level of you in every interest that you have.

I’ll give you an example.  I have a bachelor’s degree in fine art.  I went to one of those paint by numbers and eat dinner things by Groupon for fun.  I painted in a seemingly more advanced way than most of the people because I had been painting for the past 20 years.  I understand shadow and perspective and color.  In reality, I was not painting by numbers, but by experience.  One girl asked me If I’ve done this before, and I said no because I didn’t want to be outed (and I meant the painting by numbers thing).  She seemed angry at me for some reason because she said she’s gone to a lot of those things.  I didn’t consider it a real class because it was not teaching you anything.  Anyway, again, I needed to be with people more on my level, who have been painting close to the time I have to truly learn something.

With friends, you want people at your level.  Why? I think because it’s unhealthy to be in a relationship where one person is in a lot lower level than you or you a lot lower than them unless you are in a teaching relationship.  That is not a friendship, but an agreement between teacher/student.

I always talk about the pessimists and the negators of success or sometimes they call themselves realists.  Some realists believe that their negative reality is real.  We all have these negative people in our lives and sometimes they are our parents, our brothers and sisters, our friends and our colleagues.  I believe that you must keep your distance as much as possible from them or if you have to be around them, take their advice lightly.  They can suck every last hope you have out of you. The real reality is that success is actually possible but without belief you will never get there. You have to be choosy about our friends and that includes friends that can be clingy, or possessive, or create too much unnecessary drama in your life.  Consider your time precious.  You cannot be friends with everyone and that’s it. It’s not cruel.  It’s selective and it’s your life.  Those people will find other people to hang out with.  This is a big wide world.  Remember that.  People who act like they need you are developing an unhealthy codependent relationship.

How do you start believing in success in anything if you don’t have those type of people around you?  I got a reading list for you.  Start reading some of these one at a time and start finding people close to your level… positive people.  See below:

  1. How to Win Friends and Influence People (Paperback)
    by Dale Carnegie
  2. Rich Dad, Poor Dad (Paperback)
    by Robert T. Kiyosaki
  3. The Richest Man in Babylon (Paperback)
    by George S. Clason
  4. Magic Of Thinking Big (Paperback)
    by David J. Schwartz
  5. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams (Hardcover)
    by Deepak Chopra
  6. Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time (Paperback)
  7. The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Achieving More with Less (Paperback) by Richard Koch
  8. How to Win Friends and Influence People (Paperback
    by Dale Carnegie

I know some of these might sound a little too motivational for some but maybe that’s what you need.  Think about it.  Don’t surround yourself with people who suck the life out you.  It’s your life.

 

Think about it.

Lilitte

 

 

 

 

 


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La Femme – Muscular vs. Feminine

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My new girl crush is Jessica Alba.  I just so want to be her.  You know, I didn’t even care about her until I saw Sin City where she played this exotic dancer.  Somehow her dark character enveloped me… especially since lately I’ve been going through such a dark period myself.  Obsessed about her physique, I decided to do some research and found this article:

http://bretcontreras.com/how-to-attain-a-slender-look-like-jessica-alba-zoe-saldana/

It’s a great article I thought.  Well written, getting into the nitty gritty of being slim.  As I’ve mentioned before, I have friends that are in the fitness world, entering competitions, bodybuilding, getting a low body fat, showing veins cut muscles to the extreme.  Don’t get me wrong, they look great.  In fact, they look more than great, I commend them for such great work.

However,  in the end I’d really rather look like Jessica, smooth and toned but not overly muscular.  As the article stated, it’s easy to get caught up in the pump.   I noticed I’ve been doing that lately, building muscle.  Honestly, I’d like to slim down my arms (which are getting to muscular… I can’t fit into my sleeved shirts anymore which I hate).  The only plus side is that I’ve built a nice firm round butt… which is a huge benefit and I want to keep that up.

Ohhhh the vanity.  What’s a girl to do without it. Some girls shun the vanity girls because they believe they are ostentatious, disingenuous, narcissistic. However, vanity has its place.  It forces one to love oneself.  Ohhh how dare you love yourself? What a sin, to love yourself first before others…..!!!!????  

Have you ever heard of Maslov’s hierarchy of needs?

What does it all mean?  It means that in order to reach self-actualization, you must have self-esteem but esteem doesn’t come alone.  It comes with confidence, achievement, respect of others.

Think of it this way, in the world of selfies, we must embrace who we are.  We are mothers and fathers, and daughters, teachers, students… we should promote self-esteem, because without it we become crooks and liars, and criminals.

I had this class once and we all supposed to get up and sing.  No matter how bad anybody sang, we had to clap and applaud like they were the best.  It was awesome and in the end, everyone felt great!  If only this world was more like that. 

Anyway, getting off subject a bit here.  My point is,  determine what it is you want to look like.  Be vain. Be confident. And mostly, don’t let anyone stop you.

Lilitte

More later friends.