Being happy and secure in who you are is the key to feeling fulfilled. It starts of by being honest with YOU and with what you really want in this life.
Stop hating yourself for what you think you AREN'T -- and start loving WHO YOU ARE
As for changing your body: Challenging your muscles with heavier weights, not ONLY light "mini-weights" in your workouts is what you need to get toned. What is "Heavy" is PERSONAL (I do get asked "Alicia, what is 'heavy?'").
For someone who works out regularly with 5 lb weights - graduating to 10lb'ders will force your body to change, adapt, grow - TONE AND TIGHTEN UP. If you use 10 lb weights bring it up 5 pounds for a few sets. Your body adapts - to change it, you have to shake things up.
Yes, keeping less crap in your overall diet and more of the good stuff that your body can "recognize" and process is BIG HUGE part of the whole "get lean and toned" process. The food thing is where I see more people "failing." Because most people LIE TO THEMSELVES. I have seen people that feed their dogs healthier than they feed themselves. Be honest with yourself: is your diet really that tight? Is happy hour keeping your from where you want to be with your bod? And I am NOT TALKING starve yourself. You will never hear those words come out of my mouth. However, I can't sugar-coat that a HUGE majority of what you eat has to be good stuff. REMIND YOURSELF of this when you are reaching for the THIRD SLICE of pie. Do you want MORE PIE or do you wants abs? Do the work. You get out what you put in. Start there. Overly-restrictive diets can set you up to fail. Learn to balance your diet without extremes and deprivation (NOTE: I am NOT talking to you contest folks, that is NOT my arena) -
A lot of fitness is trial and error after you get past the "basics." Once you get where you want to be, how can you push it to the next level to create YOUR BEST BODY and then take a look at yourself and BE HONEST…are you REALLY DOING IT?
Ugh sorry. I'm passing out slowly here. More much later. The 6am "LA wakeup call" is starting to weigh on me a bit LOL. AM x
PHOTO: Through the years I've changed the WAY I workout and eat so that it worked better for MY BODY. Yes I still eat carbs.
….I also did away with the excessive contest/appearance/photoshoot tanning and I don't miss it sorry LOL x
Photographer: Robert Reiff
#StretchhhhyySaturday! Grab your mats!
Back in the day when I was competing in the actual fitness 'routine' division, my coach Cathy Savage taught me that the best fitness athletes can display '3' distinct traits while performing on stage: Strength, Endurance and FLEXIBILITY.
The last one is often lost on fitness folks even though it is a very important part of the getting in shape cycle (increased range of motion, anyone?). It's a misconception that in order to have muscle you have to sacrifice all flexibility. You have to work at it to maintain it -- like all things.
Whether you are training hard or just sitting at your desk day to day - muscles get TIGHT. Really tight. To the point where you can actually hurt yourself because you have very little to no flexibility...
Your hamstrings (backs of your legs) and your hip flexors (group of muscles that run from the tops of your thighs upward) are very important to keep limber because those muscle groups can protect the rest of your body from injury.
Pictured are '5' of my favorite "floor" hip flexor stretches.
Take it easy and go slow. These are much simpler if your muscles are already warm.
1, 3 and 5 are easy and can be done lightly or to a more 'extreme' degree depending on your own flexibility.
2 and 4 are more advanced stretches - HOWEVER if you are on a soft floor don't be afraid to try it out! GO EASY: They're like splits: practice in order to limber up.
***NOTE: Don't discount the basic 'standing' hip flexor/quad stretch -- that you can ALSO do lying face down on the floor (where you balance on one leg and bending one leg up behind you, hold it tight and pull toward your buttocks). I just didn't include it in my pics because it's the "basic" stretch
Don't forget to #STRETCH today - open dem hips up! - AM xo
#FitnessWearShoppingHaul courtesy of my messy hairs!
Bought a pair of those HIGH-WAISTED leggings that I keep seeing on some ladies at the gym. Cute, right?...
Who is feeling my pain on this?
Off to the tailors! #SquatProblems #Booty #wat
@alsassociation #ALSIceBucketChallenge Because I still haven't had a chance to come up for air - I donated to both the National and the Local ( The ALS Association Golden West Chapter ) chapters of the The ALS Association in between takes. Blessings and Happy Friday AM
HEY PEEPS!! Right now I'm sweating my bum off at YouTube Space LA shooting two BRAND NEW *quick but killer* workouts I created for you!
(So sry - had to blur my timing cue cards, no hints!) -
Stay TUNED - I'll let you know when they both launch on Lionsgate BeFiT!!!!
#MakeupTransformation Such incredible. So makeup. Wow. #JeremyMeeksWTF
"Doral ana'diel?"...New #cosplays are a-brewin'... @Warcraft spending Saturday...creatively. #FortheWho? ;)
YES! To the #MERMAID STRETCH! PICTURED: Start to Finish.
My signature stretch lol. #Random #balance
I do this stretch and upper body isometric move at home - at the gym...if I can find a wall, I'm heads up!
It's an advanced move that will challenge your upper body and core strength, as well as your balance.
Interested in learning how to DO, but are scared because you don't have a gymnastic or yoga background? You can start teaching yourself to do this by just creeping your feet up the wall a little bit, holding for a couple beats and then jumping back down. ATTEMPT the full stretch ONLY if you feel confident (and don't have wrist issues). Why? Because at the end of the stretch the "air" leg could carry you over and onto your back = #tragic. O_O Namaste ~AM
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