12 Months to a Healthier You

 

Hey ladies, and I’m sure we have a few gents who follow our blog as well, hey to y’all too! Happy New Year!!!!! I want to first apologize for not being as dedicated in the past year, life was UBER crazy and I spent half of the year studying abroad!!! However, that is a post for a different day.

This post is dedicated to kicking off a bomb.com 2016 and maintaining an equally bomb.com year. I would like to introduce to you The L&C Twelve Months to a Better You Challenge. This is a year-long challenge, and every month there will be a post introducing what the challenge is for the month. The catch: you have to maintain the challenge from the month before into the next month. For instance, if January’s challenge is to watch more T.V. (it’s not) then when I introduce February’s challenge you have to add that to what January’s challenge is. Got it? Okay, let’s get started!

January:

This month should be the easiest. Drink more water!! That’s it! Studies have shown that drinking more water helps us lose weight because we stay fuller longer. Water also helps cleanse your intestines of toxins and other debris. Now I know that for a long time we were told to drink eight glasses of water a day but that is not necessarily true. We all have different body types shapes and sizes. I want to urge you to drink half your body weight. You don’t have to start with that but by the end of the month I want you to promise Ladies and Company that you will work your way up to drinking half your weight and we will do the same to you. Below is a chart of how many cups of water you should drink depending on your weight. The chart doesn’t give all of the possible weights a person can have but if you want to drink the correct amount of water, use this formula:

Your Weight  x  0.5  =   The # of oz of water a day

 

Let the drinking begin!! Good luck!

Peace Love and Health,

Averi Simone

 

 

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How to start working out (and stick with it)!

Decide you are going to change your lifestyle. Literally this is one of the hardest part of starting to work out. Make the decision to start working out. Start next week, or today, or tomorrow. If you pick a day in the future. STICK TO IT! Do not keep pushing it back. This is basically a date with yourself, why reschedule? Just start!

Pick somewhere you are comfortable with working out at. Maybe it’s the free gym on campus, in your dorm room, at home, Planet fitness, One Life or wherever! Just find somewhere were you feel good about going to work out! (Me personally, I love going to Planet Fitness. I don’t feel judged, or like I have anything to prove to anyone but myself. ) You could even start with doing a challenge like the one below.
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Get a workout partner. A workout partner isn’t just someone to work out with, it’s someone to hold you accountable to keep you on the right path! They can also motivate you to keep pushing yourself further.
Eat healthier. I’m not saying, Cut out all the junk food in your life cold turkey, unless you’re really about that life (I am not). I’m saying make healthier food choices, really control your portions, drink a lot more water, get healthier snacks.
Don’t be too hard on yourself. If you miss a day, or eat something super fatty, it’s OK! Just be sure to get back on track, and do not waver on you path. In my opinion I would worry less about the number on the scale, but more about how you look (before and after pictures!!) and how you feel.  And don’t compare your workout journey to anyone else’s. Your body is as unique as your fingerprints, so how your body changes and the rate at which it changes will be different from anyone else’s.
Overall, just start somewhere and keep going!
How I got started working out: I really started by doing the mini 30 day challenges, and then eventually upgraded to doing like 4 at a time, and then really upgrading to going to the gym. So right now I go to the gym, do a challenge or two, and starting Monday (May 4th) drinking a gallon of water a day (I will do a before and after review in 4-5 weeks)!
Slow and steady wins the race and good luck with your healthier lifestyle transition.
Keep it Classy,
– T.Renae

Focus!

“There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results. ”

 

Use this quote for every aspect of your life, relationships, getting fit, or anything!

I have started using this quote in my life, and I deserve the results!

Let me know about your journey.

Tips to staying on top of your workout regimen in college

 

fit and curlyLate nights, junk food, catching naps in between classes and stress, all of these things affect your health. One of the things that can help with these things significantly is exercise. My doctor told me a few weeks ago while getting my annual check up that her job would be easier if everyone just exercised regularly and ate right. Less people would get sick, that crazy thing that happens when you are stressed would go away because now that you are working out (and managing your time) there should be less stress in your life. So what are some of the ways to keep up your regimen in the midst of tests, papers, and the math homework you don’t understand.

1. Get a buddy – I know for me personally if someone doesn’t go with me, I am less likely to work out. I’ve always been that way and sometime its a bad thing but in this case its good. Having someone to work out with will push you to get up, get out and get it done. You and your friend can help each other reach the goals at hand.

2. Work out in the morning –  Its hard to do, I know, but it’s not impossible. Studies show that if you work out in the morning it sets the pace for the day. You will have more energy throughout the day and are more likely to choose healthier choices throughout the day. Also this way you get the work out out of the way before the other distractions of the day hit. I run three mornings out of the week at 6:30 in the morning. I feel great the rest of the day and I know once I go back to my dorm room at the end of the day its a wrap on leaving to go work out.

3. Create a playlist – Exercising with music distracts you from the fact that you are completing physical activity. Finding that place within yourself and the music will help you to continue on. Create a banging playlist that will get you hype for the workout a head of you.  As long as the playlist is going, you have to push through and finish the reps. You find yourself more into the music than into the current exercise you are doing. before you know it you have worked out for an hour and burned tons of calories.

4. Switch up the exercises – If you do the same old routine everyday or even every other day, of course you are bound to get bored and possibly give up half way through reaching your goal. Switch it up! There are tons of fun and interesting things that can be done to lose weight, or lead a healthy lifestyle. College opens doors for you to try new things. Take a zumba class or kickboxing class, try a cycling class or equestrian. Going to the gym and using weights is great but spice your life up and have fun while reaching your goal.

5. Don’t get discouraged – results are not instantaneous. One workout is not going to give you those hard rock abs you desire. In reality, it takes you four weeks to notice your results and others about six weeks to notice. If people do not say anything don’t think its not working, they may not have noticed yet. Also have somewhere to keep some motivational quotes to encourage you, when you feel like you are not encouraged by others around you.

These are just some tips on staying on track when working out. They will be beneficial in the long run. Happy exercising!!

 

-Averi Simone

Let’s get physical!!

Okay Dolls and Gents, I understand that Christmas was just yesterday but while you are finishing up those leftovers you can also be getting ready for the summer. Why wait for the new year to get started when you could get started today? My work out regimen really started  as soon as I got home from school for winter break, but I decided that I wanted to do a 30 day challenge. There are a gazillion challenges out there but the one I want to start with is the 30 day Guns, Buns, and Ab Challenge.  Lets tackle these 30 days together (in addition to cardio of course) and get the bods we’ve always wanted. Its going to take a lot of hard work and dedication but we can do it! On your mark get set go!!

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– Averi Simone