Fitspo: Exercising/ Motivation

All of us are busy bees. Buzz buzz. We all have so much on our plates. Jobs, college, kids, rent, responsibilities galore!! Many of my coworkers have multiple jobs, and with school beginning soon, there is so much stress. 

I experience this personally. What 19-early 20 year olds don’t? We are constantly running around trying to get ahead in life. But we aren’t ACTUALLY running. 

Freshman 15 (pounds that is) packs on, we load up on the sugary coffee, the fast food in between classes or shifts, and do what we can to stay awake. How then, do we stay healthy? How do we keep track of it all? 

A healthier lifestyle, while maintaining a pretty good cash flow, a decent sleep schedule, a fashionable look, and an above average social life, has been a goal of mine. I’ve finally found a pretty good pace for me to move at without feeling like a walking zombie. 

Last Friday, the post before this one (got a little distracted with the 4th of July holiday) I wrote about Intermittent fasting. Basically, it’s a dieting technique that’s great for beginners. Along with dieting and documenting my food, I have also been trying to exercise on a regular basis. 

It is so hard to get started. You think to yourself “I’m already SO busy, and I’m pretty healthy as it is.” You’re lying. I would tell myself I’m fine, and then something would happen to prove I’m basically not. Here’s what you gotta do:

1) Sneak it into your schedule. 

Even if it’s as minimal as possible. Even if it’s not even the muscles you want to work on. Feel the burn somewhere. I personally like to do squats whenever I’m not in the right area to do crunches or cardio. I will literally do a few squats in the restroom, shower, while I brush my hair or whatever. It’s an easy exercise to do. Just a simple way to get started. 

2) Carve out your free time. 

Another good thing to do is figure out when you have free time. Do you have more leisure time before work, or do you have more after work? How long is this free time? For me, I usually have 5 minutes free time before going into work. I always seem to estimate 5 minutes too long. This is when I do a few crunches, just to get a little exercising into my day. 

3) Ultilize yourself. 

I am not a morning person. I like to sleep in. So if I’m already not a morning person just to be lazy, I am definitely not going to become a morning person just to work out. This means I work out at night. Even if I just get off work, even if I already took a shower that morning, even if it’s the weekend, even if I’m tired af. Utilizing myself when I am most comfortable. That’s the easiest way. 

4) Pep Talk

This is a necessity. This applies to daily life, but it’s also a good tip for exercising. People could tell you everyday you can do it, but if you tell yourself the opposite, you’ll do the opposite. 

I try to challenge myself as I exercise. If before I start I tell myself I’m gonna do 15 squats I’ll then make my goal of 15, then try to do 20 or 25. I do this with all the different exercises I do. I’ve gotten up to 30 with each set I do before feeling sore. This makes me feel like I accomplished my goals, and did extra. Major confidence boost. 

You can do whatever you set your mind to. For whatever reason you’re trying to be healthier, it is totally worth it. You will see results, and you will thank yourself for it. 

5) You are Beautiful or Handsome anyways. 

Many people go on this journey thinking they aren’t good looking enough as it is. If exercising will give you the confidence you want, go for it. That’s what inspired me in the first place. But throughout this process I keep checking my reflection. Seeing changes definitely makes me happy, but I mainly just want my body to be healthier and take better care of it. 

Thank you so much for reading. I know there’s a lot of pressure out there to have a summer body, and constant pressure to look perfect anyways. But if you do in this for yourself, the rewards will be priceless. You’ll notice a difference, not only physically but mentally as well. 

Until next time, peace, 

Emma Katy

My New Healthy Self

Recently my boyfriend and I have been talking about getting more into shape. We want to eat better and exercise more, without giving up a lot of food or activities we already take part in. 

Let me rephrase that: we want to be fit without being very very fit. 

One year in high school, I would exercise every morning before school. And I would bring salads everyday for lunch. And that was before my “coffee nearly everyday” obsession. Life got busy, and I stopped exercising, taking my food intake seriously, and doing anything to stay awake during class. 

But life has slowed down due to school being out for the summer and a job with a predictable schedule, I’m trying to get back on my feet with taking care of my body. My boyfriend and I are taking this journey together, encouraging each other to exercise and eat better. 

Since we don’t want to give up our leisure lifestyle, I think it would be best to do a little exercising every morning (or whenever my body decides to wake up). I like to do crunches and planks, and my boyfriend likes to do pull ups and push ups. And as far as eating goes, I want to start eating better for lunch, and being more open minded for dinner. For my boyfriend, he wants it to be the other way around. More open minded for lunch, healthier for dinner. 

I’m also trying to limit my coffee, milkshake, and sugary drink intake more often. Sugary drinks are my weakness, so this will be a big step for me. Seeing as I work at a coffee shop now, it makes it so easy to indulge in an unhealthy drink very often. But now I’m making myself have a healthy drink, like smoothie or juice, for every unhealthy drink I have. Hopefully that will work.

We want to eat better food, or really just balance out our diet. We want to eat more sushi, we both love salad, and we really enjoy cooking. The eating part I’m not too worried about, it’s more of keeping up the exercising. Today I actually made myself because my boyfriend exercised yesterday so I was like “okkayyyyy I should”. 

Another way I want to start being more healthy is by reading more and being creative. I love learning, and I feel like there is always something to learn from everything there is to read, watch, or listen to. My friends and I are trying to start a bookclub, to get me more educated and smart. I also watch Netflix All. The. Time. I do it because it’s fun but also to learn you guys. I’m educated myself in front of the TV. Maybe I should start doing crunches whole watching Netflix. Sounds like a plan to me. 

With Summer coming up, I’ll have more free time to invest in my personal wellbeing. I’m looking forward to it. 

Thanks for reading. If you have any ideas on how to better yourself and your life this summer, let me know. I love hearing from y’all. Be safe out there. Hopefully, I’ll have more clothing to show you soon. 

Peace,

Emma Katy

Sushi Obsession

If you follow me on Snapchat, you know that I love sushi. There’s always room for it in my happy belly, and it’s incredibly good for you. So since I love sushi so much, I figured I should invite my friends to try it out and explore some health benefits that come alone with eating sushi on a regular basis. 

Depending on what kind of sushi you prefer, the health benefits will differ. But usually all sushi contains rice and rice vinegar that helps the sushi stick together. Rice is a good grain to eat, and accompanied by seafood and veggies makes sushi an ultimate healthy food. 

The most important element of sushi is the seafood. Fish contain different levels of Omega-3 fatty acids. These are considered to be good fats, and help balance out the cholesterol in your body to prevent clogged arteries. 

Nori, the seaweed staple in sushi rolls, is also beneficial to consume because it contains vitamins such as Vitamin A, B-6, and C. And of course the veggies that come on sushi rolls is healthy for you. Options like carrots, cucumbers, asparagus, and green onions are packed full of nutrients. 

I ate this entire helping of sushi in one sitting. The best part about it is that afterward I was full, but not exhausted. I felt like I had a lot of energy, which is good considering I have to park a little ways away from the sushi shop sometimes. To ensure you get the best health benefits out if your sushi, limit your use of soy sauce. Soy sauce is delicious, and I’m notorious for loving it, but it is full of sodium. I’m not saying don’t eat it, just use it cautiously. 

And let’s not forget about the sides that come along with a sushi meal. I usually get edameme, but there’s plenty of other healthy options you can find available. Our sushi shop offers cucumber salad, miso soup, wontons, and other delicious treats to accompany your sushi rolls. I consider sushi to be a great way to satisfy my appetite, while also maintaining a healthy diet. 

If you’ve never tried sushi before and are afraid of it (like I once was), try to find something that already has what you like. For example, I first tried a sushi roll with salmon, avocado, and cream cheese. Some may think that sounds disgusting, but to me it was a dream. Now I’m more adventurous with what I try, and have yet to be entire grossed out. 

Thank you so much for reading. Consider trying out sushi, and don’t forget where this great cuisine comes from!! I hope you enjoyed this post. Follow me on my socials:

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