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