This is for the people who find themselves getting annoyed when they hear how much someone loves the gym.. because you despise it. 😋
If you’re still somewhat new to exercise (particularly lifting weights), the gym can be a VERY different experience. It’s basically equivalent to comparing a new person’s feelings about his or her job to someone who has been there for 5,10 yrs..years of experience, comfort with the tasks at hand, and perception of stress varies greatly!!
I started going to a gym regularly when I was in high school.. continued while at college, and when I moved home after I graduated. It was before graduate school that switched from cardio only to weights (as the main part of my workout) and cardio on the side. The gym become a stressful experience, to say the least!
If you follow any other health blogs or read fitness magazine, you’ve seen the push for women to start lifting weights. On social media, it seems weightlifting among women has grown tremendously.
At my gym, there still are only a few women who I see in the weight section. I mentioned this to my sister and she agreed- even though more of us know we should do it, we’re still shying away from it at the gym.. or trying to just lift in the comforts of our home!
As someone who had to start once too I admit it was soooo stressful to go the gym (without anyone showing me the equipment or giving me a workout.. I never followed health blogs so I had to google “weightlifting workouts” and I was brought to bodybuilding.com 😉) I felt embarrassed to bring in a small piece of paper with my workout, cringed as a guy would walk by and pray he wouldn’t comment that I was doing an exercise wrong, hoped no guys would try to hit on me while I was basically in “fight or flight” mode (no offense to guys-but I was just so uncomfortable there I just hoped I could blend in as much as possible without being detected lol). If I had planned to try a new exercise, I might totally alter my plan depending how many people were there. Maybe it depends on your level of shyness, but to me, being a beginner is never fun no matter how outgoing you are!
If any of this resonates with you (or you’re currently feeling like this and it’s stopped you from attempting to weightlift) I urge you to keep it up! I’m going on 3 yrs and I still occasionally feel like this.. BUT it is so much better, and most of the time, going to the gym is stress relieving, even if I go at 5-6pm.
Sure, there are plenty of days where I’m the only girl, but I can count on one hand how many people have approached me at my gym since I joined this one last fall (if that’s what you worry about) and a huge part of it is just knowing what you’re doing…people leave you alone!
My main point is to relax- know it takes some time to get used to it but it WILL get better! Keep going and don’t give up when it’s uncomfortable ☺️
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I came across an article and I could not agree more.
How crazy is it that so often we’re told we need to count calories, follow a strict plan or we’ll never get the results we want?
And at what cost?
"The study found that individuals who engage in rigid dieting strategies reported symptoms of an eating disorder, mood disturbances, and excessive concern with body size/shape. In contrast, flexible dieting strategies were not highly associated with BMI, eating disorder symptoms, mood disturbances, or concerns with body size."
C.F. SMITH,D.A. WILLIAMSON,G.A. BRAY,D.H. RYAN, Flexible vs. Rigid Dieting Strategies: Relationship with Adverse Behavioral Outcomes, Appetite, 02/2002, Volume 38, Issue 1, p. 39
Over the past 3 months I posted weekly workouts.. some were more “traditional” workouts, some were “strength” workouts (lower reps) and some were “high calorie burn” workouts. I’ve alternated my own workouts to mirror these.. so that even with keeping the same exercises within a workout, you really can challenge your body in different ways.
I want to highlight the “high calorie burn” workouts. By this I mean performing a set, followed by active rest (burpees, mountain climbers, jump squats and other plyometrics moves) and going back for another set. Sure, you’ll notice strength takes a dip due to fatigue or depending which one you chose to do (mountain climbers in between arm exercises kill my strength). BUT this is such a great way to workout if you usually split up cardio and lifting. I’ve read that even competitors (like bikini division) should try to workout like this. If you’re not trying to build a significant amount of muscle, these are perfect (not to say you can’t gain muscle working out like this). But you’ll see- exercising like this can be so exhausting.. you certainly won’t feel the need to do cardio because you didn’t sweat much from your weight workout! ☺️
You can try my workout or try searching for “metabolic workouts” and see what you find. Once you try it, you’ll be hooked!! I really believe you’ll have better results in your physique as well.
Yes, we’ve all heard about how carbs: spike your blood sugar and insulin - causing fat gain - lead to all sorts of inflammation, and aren’t even essential nutrients, like fat and protein. And, yes, the anti-carb folks are pretty vocal about this stuff. But these are only half truths. So, in this article, I’ll share the whole truth. I’ll even help you find the right amount of carbs…for you.
Sesame seed oil is a great way to have a different flavor on a salad (I promise there is lettuce under there lol). Drizzle it over your salad with rice vinegar and it makes the perfect dressing. This one is w/ tomato avocado mozzarella turkey (usually do cooked chicken but this is what I had). If you haven’t had this oil it’s easy to find in the Asian section.. so nutty and delicious!
Perfect summer meal.. or perfect meal when you want it to feel like summer!!
There are tons of ways to make it (scroll down on the link and you’ll see the different ingredients you can add). I try different types of vegetables or fruits and add the fish to that.
This time I used tomato, cucumber, red onion, cilantro, pineapple, jalapeno
For fish, chilean sea bass looked incredible when I was at the store so I used that (pricey but worth it if you don’t make this often). You can use a mix of that with cod (any white fish is fine) or with shrimp as well. If you’re worried about the raw aspect of the fish (even though it sits in the lime juice) try starting with cooked shrimp.
Changes to this one- might leave out the cucumber. I don’t think I ever made Ceviche with it before and I didn’t really like it to be honest! But that’s what’s nice about it.. always different and you can experiment to see what you like.. I’m sure we “Americanize” it to our liking!
Seasoning- salt + a little sugar
Eat with- Stacy’s pita chips are perfect for this (more so than tortilla chips) because they hold up much better. You can either scoop with them or have a bowl of this and crush a few on top for an added crunch.
Fun recipe to try if you’re craving something different!
So excited to announce I’ve been chosen to be a FitFluential Ambassador!
This was a goal of mine soon after I started my blog. I had my doubts about whether or not I’d be chosen.. it’s an incredibly popular site and I know my approach to health can be pretty different from what else is out there
I’m thrilled that my blog will be able to reach more people and I’ll also get opportunities to expose you all to more health-related products :)
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Thank you to all of my current followers for helping me get here!!
Hey what do you think of full body workouts? I've been doing typical bodybuilding splits for a long time (about 5 days a week) and wanted to try out doing 3 days of full body workouts plus 2 days of hiit/abs training. Is this as effective? I love your blog too Rachel! Such an awesome role model :)
Thank u! This was sent right before my trip to New Zealand so I’m sorry for the delay!
Yes, I do think that’s an effective way to workout. I’ve noticed there’s been a shift from “traditional” bodybuilding workouts to either full body workouts or lifting w/ active rests (like mountain climbers, burpees.. similar to how some of my workouts where in my 12 wk workout from the past few months). I’ll alternate between traditional weeks (I call them “strength weeks”) and weeks of the active rest workouts.. which can really be full body depending on what you do for active rest.
So yes, I think it’s a great way to workout! :)
Coffee w/ half & half is non-negotiable in my diet! Depends how much you like it but to me, it’s not worth giving up and drinking it black.. 40 calories of creamer are not setting you back. Watch the sweetened ones (u could always add a small amount of sweetened with plain) and go for simple ingredients! @organicvalley is a great brand
My abs tips 💪
1.Healthy fats- huge difference in how I look since I added more fat.. dropped some carbs as a result. Still eat them but smaller portions.
2. CLA (has to have tonalin.. I’ve posted both kind but I went back to vitamin shoppe brand w/ tonalin bc without I don’t think it works)
3. Hanging leg raises- I crunch up more than this tho to get more upper abs engaged!
4. Add mountain climbers, burpees, plyometrics into your rest periods between strength training to increase calorie burn in your workout.