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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Dreamer

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2015

Groans and moans won’t get you there.  Take one hard look in the mirror.  Be truthful. Yes, re-evaluating your life every year.  It’s tough.  Remember when you realized you were an adult and you had to act accordingly?  Do it then.

Why do we not do things unless someone tells us to?  We are trained to be told.  Well, this is a way of telling yourself. Write it down and post it somewhere to remind yourself of what your goals are.

It’s time to not look back. What’s the plan? Exercise more, eat right? Be a better person? Give up some vice? I know it’s all the same cliche. Year after year. Yada, yada, yada.

Why do you make a list? Yes, You want to be loved, live with meaning, be happy. Doesn’t everyone? It takes work… that means dedication.

Time to make the lists:
What’s mine?  I’ll share, and if you want you can tell me yours.  Or at least tell someone.

1. Lose weight. I gained tons of muscle, but I don’t have the lean look I want. It’s going to take a different type of exercising. (How? Look for a structured plan.)
2. Run 3x a week every other day. 3-5 miles (I don’t want to lose too much muscle so setting some limitations with recovery times.)
3. Paint more. (My hobby.)
4. Take better pictures. (I mean more artistic….!)
5. Write better.
6. Figure out a monetary way of doing something I love.
7. Have calorie deficit days. (Specifically, eat less on days I don’t work out.)
8. Rest more. (Get more sleep!)
9. Evaluate every situation before losing your cool.
10. Make my existing relationships better by being present.
11. Don’t take it too hard and move on.
12. Practice dedication in every way.

Touchy – Feely goals:
Love, laugh, sing, dance, quality not quantity.

Take time to make a list.  What’s yours? Don’t do it in your head.  Success comes from writing it down, and seeing it.  Make 2015 a good year.  It’s up to you and tell people you love.  Good people will always support you.

Happy New Year Friends!

HEARTS ❤

L.