5 Easy Moves For Strong and Sexy Abs

5 Easy Moves For Strong and Sexy Abs

When we set out to lose weight, many of us focus on getting a toned, flat stomach first. After all, it's motivating when you find yourself slipping into jeans that haven't fit you in years, and the compliments that come flying your way can help you stick to your healthy eating and exercise routines. Sure, a more toned midsection can ease your bathing-suit anxiety. But it can also protect you from injury: Research shows that a strong transversus abdominis—the muscle that wraps around the torso—stabilizes your back, which makes it easier to lift anything, whether it’s kids or grocery bags. To work this tricky-to-target area, try these 5 easy moves that you can do at home.

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I've Completed the #21DaysofMe Challenge

Hello Lovely,

It’s Day 21! I made it to the end of the #21DaysOfMe challenge. How did you do? Did you stick to the plan or did you give up half way? I hope you saw it through like me. Let’s finish strong with a body-weight workout led by Katie Dunlop and end with a guided meditation c/o Cassandra Bodzak. You’ll feel strong, empowered and completely centered.

While I had to skip much of the gym during this challenge because of the flu and a hectic work schedule, I still took time out to show myself some self love and practise self care (which is what this whole challenge was about). I pushed myself when necessary but I also took time to take a few steps back before getting overwhelmed. This challenge really helped me to stay focused. I also grew in my perspective on several relationships during this time. I can be a real hothead and cut people off easily. But when I started taking time to love and work on myself, I found it easier to communicate with people I knew I had difficulty with. I was more understanding and patient. I watched people around me get frustrated but during this process no negativity affected me. I was able to see the positive in almost everything and even when something just sucked, I stayed focused on what I actually had control over. How did it help you?

Today’s Challenge: Post a celebration pose pic wearing your fave Fabletics outfit. Use #21DaysOfMe in your caption.

The Fabletics #21DaysOfMe Challenge: Food For Your #WorkoutWednesday

Hello Lovely,

Today we’re focusing on what to eat for your #WorkoutWednesday. I know that #WorkoutWednesday would've been yesterday, but I was super busy yesterday with the talk show, and spending time with my family. Even though this info would've been perfect to have yesterday, it's better late than never, right? According to Miss Nutritionist, Rosie Millen, glucose is your bodies’ preferred energy source so if you want to fuel your workout to smash those goals then you need to consume it before hand. The optimum time to eat before a workout is 30 – 60 minutes. Make sure it is not too heavy but not too light either. Protein assists in the recovery of your muscles after exercise. Eggs, tuna and chicken are some of the most well-known foods that are rich in protein. Although they are healthy foods that you should incorporate in your everyday diet, they might not be the best foods to eat after your workout. So here are five easy post workout snacks to fuel your workout. 

RED VELVET FUDGE BITES

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Have you ever had (or even heard of) all natural, low sugar, high protein, high fiber, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and 100% healthy RED. VELVET. FUDGE??  Well, if you haven’t made these Healthy Red Velvet Fudge DIY Protein Bars, then I’m betting you haven’t.

CANDIED BACON AND NUT BRITTLE

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This candied bacon nut brittle is spicy, sweet and outrageously delicious. It also makes the perfect DIY food gift during the holiday season!

HIGH PROTEIN BROWNIE

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Most of us are looking for a quick post workout snack and sometimes it’s tricky to fill the spot. Keira Rumble has kindly shared her awesome healthy brownie recipe that tastes divine and should do the trick. These little gems are gluten free, high in protein, vegan and have no added sugar. They also keep really well in the freezer and made the perfect post workout snack/dessert, for a good two weeks. 

VANILLA CHAI PROTEIN SMOOTHIE

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Vanilla Chai Protein Smoothie. This healthy recipe is simple to make and made with chai tea, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, bananas and protein shake powder. Try making this for breakfast or as a post-workout snack. 

CARROT CAKE BALL PROTEIN BITES

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These Carrot Cake Protein Balls are the easiest carrot cake recipe ever. It is perfect for those night when you are craving a guilt free carrot cake and they're the perfect reward for that hard workout!

Today’s Challenge: What’s your fave pre or post workout snack? Share your faves in the comment section below!

THE FABLETICS #21DAYSOFME CHALLENGE

Hello Lovely,

I FINALLY got my Fabletics leggings about two weeks ago. I say finally because I ordered these in January. Fed Ex claimed it was delivered January 17 but we never got it until mid February. I was so angry I thought someone stole my package or it was never actually delivered. I immediately cancelled my Fabletics account because I honestly felt betrayed and was gearing up to write a negative review about it. But when my package finally magically showed up I was over the moon! I could wait to get them on!

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They feel absolutely amazing! The ones I'm wearing are high waisted and the other pair I got have pockets so I'm super excited! They're made from a really high quality material. The thigh is thick and well insulated so moisture doesn't get out from sweating but the calves have a breathable mesh that prevents you from overheating! In honour of getting my Fabletics leggings, I decided to join the #21DaysofMe challenge and I thought you guys would want to do it with me.

So welcome to the #21DaysOfMe challenge. Get ready to try new workouts, recipes and routines that will get you in the best shape of your life. I'll be sharing updates of this challenge on my Instagram page and I can't wait to share the end results! Here's a message from the founder of Fabletics, Kate Hudson to give you a little more info on how this works!

Today’s Challenge: What are your intentions and goals for this #21DaysOfMe journey? Share them on Instagram or Twitter using #21DaysOfMe and tag a friend!

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My goals for the 21 Days of Me Challenge are to lose 2-3 inches on my waist and to develop a sustainable, budget friendly diet. What's yours? Share your goals in the comment section below!

How Yoga is Helping Me to Build Body Confidence

Hello Lovely,

Can I be honest for a moment? I don't have the biggest body confidence. I know that most women actually struggle with this. As a kid, I was a late bloomer and always felt invisible to boys. I experimented with my look a lot going from tomboy to emo to sophisticated chic. It took me years to find a style that suited me. Why? Because I was ashamed of my body. To this day there are parts of me or angles that I would never want photographed. I'm sure you women know what I'm talking about. That one angle you insist on being photographed from because it's your best side? Well today I'm sharing that side me of I always try to hide.

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I recently took a yoga class at Ohana Studio on the Cable Beach strip. I loved the class. It was perfect for beginners but still challenged my muscles that haven't seen a workout in months! I tell people that I have what's called, "Skinny Fat Girl Problems". As I looked back at the video I saw something that made me want to delete the video immediately: MY BELLY! I have a petite body but a size 30 waist that as you can see in the video protrudes. This bothers me because people expect my body to be "perfect" because I'm slim and hate to hear me complain about my size. This has made me stay away from wearing certain clothing items like bodycon dresses unless I could hide my stomach somehow with a jacket or holding my stomach in the entire time. I am really self concious and there's never anything anyone can say that makes me feel better about it. It's even gotten in the way of a lot of intimate moments in the past. But after that yoga class, I began to think about my body in a different light.

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The fitness instructor Lauren made sure everyone was comfortable and it was something she said that actually inspired this post. When we told us not to worry about what the other person is doing or how they look doing it, simply focus on yourself, your body and your breathing. I kept trying to suck my belly in, in the beginning of class, but as the class went on I stopped focusing on that and started focusing on what really mattered: How my body felt. Did a pose hurt? Could I push myself more? Should I pull back? And when I started to do that, I felt taller, stronger.

I decided to share snippets of the workout below because I know there were moments that I could not fully get into a pose because I lack the flexibility or moments where my belly hung. But a part of building my self confidence begins with self acceptance. I may not be the most flexible, my butt may be flat and my abs may not be toned, but these are all temporary things that can improve with work and effort. I start by looking at what I do like about myself and it definitely outweighs what I don't like. I also remind myself that beauty is beyond what we see on the outside. Beauty is in your personality, your intelligence, your mannerisms, your accomplishments. Working out can be a pain especially in front of a group of people when you don't feel totally confident, but I plan on joining a gym today (or at least looking into it). You can workout to the video below, just remember to do the reps as they are not shown.

How do you build your self-confidence? Share your tips and techniques in the comment section below!

How to Not Fear Yoga with Emey Robinson

How to Not Fear Yoga with Emey Robinson

Going to your first yoga class at a yoga studio can be an incredibly rich experience.But going to a yoga studio can also be REALLY intimidating if you’re new to the basic practices and expectations that most studios follow. Some people have a few misconceptions about what takes place in a yoga class and can either end up disappointed or enlightened. So this weekend, I took a yoga class at Studio Ohana, then sat down with Emey Robisnon, yoga guru extraordinaire, to talk about these myths and how to overcome any fears you may have regarding yoga.

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How To Stay Fit During The Holidays

How To Stay Fit During The Holidays

The last three months of the year for many people are basically a food fest. So many different holidays and you eat so much food be it candy or turkey for all of them. Here's a quick post on how to stay fit throughout all the holiday mess.

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This is The Best Way to Increase Hair Growth

Hello Lovely,

Everyone is looking for the secret to hair growth. If you're like me, you've probably tried and tested over a dozen myths for stimulating hair growth. Whether it's brushing your hair 100 times a day or standing on your head to increase blood flow to the scalp, I'm sure we've all done something silly thinking it'll make our hair grow faster. But has anyone ever thought of simply eating well and exercising? While most people work out in order to lose weight, get fit, or relieve stress, many fail to consider how exercising can affect your hair health. There's still a lot of untruth out there but there are a few undisputed facts.

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Stress Reduction

An element that most adults can benefit from, stress reduction is important for every healthy, well-adjusted adult. A fairly well-known fact, exercising regularly has the ability to improve one’s mood as well as keep mental disorders such as seasonal depression at bay. Moreover, given that an abundance of stress is said to cause hair shedding, by reducing your stress levels, you will also be inadvertently reinforcing your natural hair health. Stress is stressful for your hair. When you are stressed, your body produces stress hormones (cortisone). Stress hormones affect your whole body, and may also cause hair loss. 

How important is exercise for healthy hair?

Exercise is one of the Important Key for good health and good hair. When we exercise we sweat. Through sweat, toxins and waste substances are flushed out from the skin pores, giving us a fresh and radiant skin. Likewise, when we sweat from our scalp, it helps to unclog the hair follicles, giving enough space for the new hair to grow. Exercising also increases blood flow to our muscles, skin and scalp. The increased blood flow brings with it more nutrients and more oxygen. This provides nourishment to the hair roots, and thereby promoting healthy hair growth. Some of the effects of exercising are comparable to effects of oil massage. Both exercise and oil massage can increase blood circulation, open clogged pores and has relaxing effect over all. 

The effects of exercise are not just limited to hair, but your whole being will feel happy and healthy. Plus not exercising and eating healthy is like applying oil on the scalp and leaving it on without massaging. Its doesn’t help much. So even if we may we eat healthy, by not exercising we deprive our muscles, skin and scalp of effective nutrients exchange. The result is lifeless skin and hair.

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People generally think exercising is very time consuming

There are lot of myths associated with exercise. Firstly you don’t have to go to gym and exercise for hours. You can exercise at your very home or nearby park or ground. You can start with 5 minutes of brisk walk and then gradually build up on that. Secondly shun the stereotypes and find an activity that you enjoy like dance, martial art such as Taekwondo, Tai Chi, or any sport or physical activity. It’s all about reprogramming your thoughts and having fun with it.

Hair growth is affected by many different factors but in the end, there is still one universal truth: Exercise is beneficial for all-around growth. So get active and watch the changes!

3 Tips for Protecting Your Hair at Night

3 Tips for Protecting Your Hair at Night

Caring for your hair as you sleep is just as important as caring for it when you’re awake, and even more-so because what you do before bed can be the difference between your curls being on point and being a big matted mess in the morning. Whether you’re rocking a TWA or waist-length Locs, it is important to protect your hair as you sleep in order to retain moisture and preserve your style. 
 

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How to Make Baobab Juice

This post is sponsored by Panda Vita Baobab Fruit Powder. We were given a free package of their product to review. All opinions are honest and unsolicited.

Hello Lovely,

Back in January, we gave you a discount code to get 10% off Baobab Fruit Powder, a new innovation on protein powder! Baobab fruit powder has immense nutritious properties. It's a wonder for your digestion and a rich source of vitamin C which provides you with natural energy; this makes it perfect for livening your body and mind up and to keep you from feeling tired during the day.

Organic baobab powder can be added to many things and included in a vast range of food recipes. Here I have come up with a very simple, yet very tasty, baobab juice drink. I added one small red apple to mine because I love apples and carrots together.

Ingredients

Method

  1. Wash and peel the carrots.
  2. Add the carrots and fresh ginger root to a juicer (NOT A BLENDER, IT WILL TAKE FOREVER TO SEIVE) and juice them together.
  3. Peel and juice the oranges to create a separate juice.
  4. Mix the two juices together while adding the baobab powder.
  5. Drink and enjoy!

Tip: If the juice is too thick, add a little water and mix well until the right consistency. I used 100% apple juice