The Teeny Bikini Body

just a girl's struggles of trying to be lean


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Pink is for Love

Top: Lululemon, Leggings: Old Navy

Sometimes people hate pink.  It symbolizes all that is soft and sweet and lovely.  And sometimes it’s not the color that puts the  point across.  It means that people don’t take you seriously and that you are just a delicate flower.  And other days, it is the ultra feminine color that is attractive, shy, understated brings beauty to a power suit.

And then there’s hot pink, which is bright and bold, distinct and prominent, bringing forth the feminine chic. The cool chic vibe.

Women are pink, and men wear pink to show they are unafraid.  It shows men’s muscles counteract the feminine color.

It’s okay to be feminine, to be womanly, to be bold and soft at the same time.

Pink is all of us, the ballerinas, the muscle bound, the power suit, the men that are unafraid, the willing, the delicate and the daring.

The whole thing is this: Don’t hate at all.

Hate is horrible.  It would be the only reason not to like pink.

Happy Valentine”s …  Valentines is not about couples only.  It’s for those you love: Friends, family, besties, big brothers and little sisters, siblings, and nieces, and Aunts, and Great Grandpa.  It’s for you buddy who waves hello everyday but you don’t know their name.

It’s for the friendly, the lonely, and those who want to hate but can’t because you don’t let them.

Pink is for Love.

Hearts,

L.


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Sleep it off!

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You’re stressed, angry at the world, and your body isn’t recovering.  Have you been sleeping?  Sleep it off baby.

Examine this article on sleep duration:

Is too little sleep a cause of weight gain?

Answers from Donald Hensrud, M.D.

It may be. Recent studies have suggested an association between sleep duration and weight gain. Sleeping less than five hours — or more than nine hours — a night appears to increase the likelihood of weight gain.

In one study, recurrent sleep deprivation in men increased their preferences for high-calorie foods and their overall calorie intake. In another study, women who slept less than six hours a night or more than nine hours were more likely to gain 11 pounds (5 kilograms) compared with women who slept seven hours a night. Other studies have found similar patterns in children and adolescents.

One explanation may be that sleep duration affects hormones regulating hunger — ghrelin and leptin — and stimulates the appetite. Another contributing factor may be that lack of sleep leads to fatigue and results in less physical activity. So now you have another reason to get a good night’s sleep.1

I think each body is different and it’s important to determine what your level of sleep should be.  For myself, I realized that 8 hours is too much because I can’t sleep the next day.  The perfect amount for me is 7 hours.

If you aren’t getting enough, start setting your clock at the same time every day to regulate your wake time and adjust your sleep time until your body gets in a rhythm.

10 signs that you are not getting enough sleep:

1)  You have difficulty concentrating on simple tasks

2) You seem to be making absent minded mistakes at work

3) You are moody and snappy

4) You look tired

5) You are eating too much

6) You are gaining weight

7) You are nodding off at meetings

And that’s it folks!

Get some sleepy in…. your body will thank you.

Happy sleepy time friends!

Hearts, L.

 1. Hensrud, M.D., D. (n.d.). Retrieved January 23, 2015, from http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/adult-health/expert-answers/sleep-and-weight-gain/faq-20058198


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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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Metro World

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Long Sleeve Dri-Fit Shirt by Reebok, perfect for running on cold, cloudy days like today.  No photo-shopping to make my legs thinner, or my waist smaller.  I’m not a model. I’m a work in progress.  I love the feeling that filters convey.

The world is full of mystery and new discoveries.  And the world is not perfect.  Be proud of who you are.  Don’t hide your flaws.  There is something to be said about being truthful.  Being real.

Today’s workout:

Sprint hill 10x

Circuit: Front, Side, Reverse lunges, Squats, Bridges

Circuit 2:  V-ups, Planks, back extensions