Fash + Fit

It was a bit of a risk to combine two different industries and expect a good result. 

Fashion – the word associated with runways, glamour, style trends. 

Fitness – Health, gym, marathons.

They are different so how can I really pitch them to be together? I can explain:

Attitude

Coming back to my previous topic about motivation – who are you training for? For yourself? To impress someone else? If you set up the right and healthy attitude, you train to look good for yourself. You want to look healthy, fit, skinnier or toned – all depends on your personal goals. Now, let’s take Fashion. If you are interested in Fashion, you probably have or aim to have a good sense of style and after important Fashion trends. You pay an extra attention to what you wear when you come out. You are getting ready before an important business meeting. What do you need Fashion for? Same thing again – for yourself? Impress someone at one event? Wear someone glamourous for horse races at Randwick? 

You start with the right attitude. You understand that things you build in life starts from you. If you have ever had an experience to move to another continent when you are a teenager that doesn’t know what she wants, you might come to realisation that you have to build self base before you can build something else in life. I cannot build my life looking at someone’s one – I need to look at what I do. I cannot get impressed by someone’s achievements only – I need to set up something for myself each month to feel I am moving. 

Attitude by @Angela_alina

When you go to the gym, you may notice more and more people are “dressing up” to the gym. Not literally. But trying to wear right sports gear, good active lifestyle brands, etc. Many fitness blogs suggest to wear “cool” gym wear to boost motivation to exercise more. I can definitely see the link between those two. You start with the attitude. You want to see yourself successful, fit, healthy and stylish. It is not a secret that you might be toned and skinny and look quite sexy but if you wear a dress that look like a bag for potatoes on you, your toned body disappears. And, of course, you can buy the most expensive suit from the best Italian designer – it probably looked so gorgeous on the runway – but it looks ugly on you because your body is poisoned with junk food, lack of movement and first signs of ageing.  I like to see and promote more on my page fashion in fitness.

It is not only wear something trendy at the gym but wear Fashion and Fitness within you..

Go for Green – Dinner Bowls

I have to share this as it seems working. I put on my old jeans today. When I wore them last time few months ago, it was a slight effort to put them on. It was morning and I put them on not thinking much about it. Only on my way to work I realised that they felt pretty loose on me.

I think I can thank my green dinner bowls. The main idea behind is having various greens and light digestive protein together.

As to light digestive protein, you can pick:

  • Chicken – 150 gram
  • White fish – barramundi is great – 120-150 gram
  • Salmon – never go wrong with salmon – 100-150 gram
  • Tofu (for VG or vegans) – 100 gram

Greens..get creative – make a variety. My top favourite is asparagus, spinach, 4 leaf mix, sprouts, zucchini.

Grilled chicken with snow peas, spinach, asparagus and ricotta

Try to avoid overcooking any of the ingredients is my main rule while cooking. All the ingredients are light and easy to absorb by your body. You can add 40-50 gram of smashed avocado and some spices if you like.

I started this type of dinners a few weeks ago and I can the outcome:

  • Less bloating in stomach
  • Feeling more energy to workout next morning
  • No hunger in the morning

Greens help to absorb any bad elements and toxins from your body. Light protein is digested in your body within 2-3 hours which make you sleep better at night.

HEALTHY CHOICES 🌱

Eventually, you will come to the point where you need to make a choice: work towards being skinny or work on your fitness and lean muscle. 
Either can be good depending on what you want to achieve. My choice is to be and look healthy and fit..especially when I wear swimwear 

👙 Swimwear set from @cheekyswim_

Also, do not be afraid to TREAT YOUR BODY! I came across so many people who have enormous feeling of being guilty for eating a piece of chocolate or having few sneaky chips while watching a movie.

There is a constant circle that you have to break: eventually you will experience craving (even if you are eating super clean), you will satisfy your craving and the sense of guilty pleasure will pressure you. The pressure will develop extra cortisol in your body. Cortisol is the stress hormone that doesn’t bring any good to you: tiredness, weight gain, infections, anxiety, etc. Moreover, you can get stress eating and consumer even triple times more than you have just eaten. I have gone through a lot of stress overeating situations and it takes time to break this..

Just relax and let your self to let it go sometimes!

Photo by @stewartdouglasphotography 💃 Stylist and make up  @angela_alina 🤩 

Eat well and clean including lean meats, healthy fats and complex carbs and your body will thank you. You will feel better; your metabolism will go up; your skin will clear up and glow

Have a cheat day when you can have a sneaky drink 🍸 and a piece of chocolate 🍫, and your body will be challenged. When it’s challenged, you will get boosted metabolism, serotonin level will go up and you will get a better resistance from sugar craving for the whole week ahead. 

When you are working on events and attend events, your healthy dieting can be affected by the social aspect of your life…just enjoy @angelinaalina


Protein Pancakes 🥞

Pancakes 🥞 are a little piece of my childhood. Running around with boys (hence, my nickname was the boy 😆), playing football (or, I’d say trying to do it), then came back home and enjoyed best ever family made pancakes 🥞 
Great times! Obviously, pancakes are very high carbohydrates calorie food and I forgot a moment when I enjoyed some last time.. There is only one way to enjoy my pancakes, healthy & guilt free! Thanks, Blackbelt Protein @blackbelt_protein for sending me fantastic gift and help me discover my guilty pleasure from childhood in a healthy way #healthychoices

Repost from @BlackBelt_Protein

I like easy but nutritious breakfast. When you have just done intensive workout in the morning, it is crucial to have breakfast enriched with protein.

hree forms of proteins are included in the BBP pancake blend. Milk Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Concentrate, and Egg white powder. Pancakes Include vitamins B1, B2, B6, C,D & E and 74 trace minerals which provides bone, joint & digestive health benefits. Great for an intense cardio workout!

Original post from @Angela_alina

Best way of preparing BlackBelt Pancakes that I found is

Mix 65g powder with an 150ml almond milk.
Toppings:
Pancakes already honey flavored so it’s good to add a teaspoon of honey
1 medium size banana
100g protein fat free yogurt 
A bit of cocao

Enjoy! Feel free to share your best Pancake recipes here 🙂 🥞🥞🥞

http://blackbeltprotein.com.au

Truth about Pilates

TRY NEW WORKOUTS 🤙

You don’t want to get bored while training – you want to feel energised, excited and happy after a good session. Then you gotta be more creative and try out something different for your workout routine. 


For instance, I like boxing 🥊 so I LIKE TO COMMIT to this type of exercise. However, even enjoying my boxing sessions, I still find it important to differentiate my fitness journey.

💥 Why not to come out and run along the beach or beautiful landscape area?


💥 Why not to try complete new fitness class that you never tried before?


💥 Why not to include the muscle group that you normally haven’t trained yet?

It is important to differentiate your exercise plan. You get used to same trainings, your body does; and it is just boring to do same stuff again and again.

 
I have recently tried pilates. It’s been known for its benefits in increasing flexibility, shaping your body and improving overall body posture.

I like to choose exercises that are calories consuming. Of course, pilates as any exercise will burn some of your calories – some yoga and pilates studios like to use this fact to promote weight loss programs to sign up more people and get extra $$$ Smart advertising technique; I can only hope that people can be little bit smarter than that and at least make some research before believing in ads. 
Pilates mostly aims to target the back, abdominal and hip muscles – this type of exercise required to use the body’s own weight and resistance. It is great for toning your core muscles and make your tummy flat. When I discovered it, guess, what type of exercise I do the most before bikini shooting? 🤔 👙 💛

It does help you to shape your body BUT it won’t be effective if you are dreaming to become skinnier. 
Well, you might not loose kilograms but you will definitely loose some numbers around your waist and upper hips. Do the kilograms matter much in this instance? 




Tip #1 – Before you start workout

Setting up the goals upfront – this is something that will help you keep moving forward. 
The clearer and realistic you are, the better result you achieve, and better you feel. 

When you walk in to the gym or start your training, you need to understand what you are doing it for. What you want to achieve.

The most often goals that personal trainers hear from their clients are weight loss, body shape, toned body, become healthy, etc.

It is all realistic and achievable, however, there is more clarity needed. Let’s say, you want to lose weight. Great! – how much to do you want to lose? Well, maybe, like 5-10 kg. Ok, how can you measure it? What you mean?

All about setting S.M.A.R.T. goals up

This is where people who start their gym adventures without well-qualified personal trainer or proper supervision normally WALK AWAY and GIVE UP because they don’t see the results or even hurt themselves.

You want to lose weight. There is a check list for you:

#1 What’s your current weight? Make sure you scale in the morning before your breakfast or even liquid for the most accurate results. Check that the scales are working properly

#2 What’s your height? Ideally, your weight should be calculated as Height – 110 = Body weight for healthy functioning (+- 10)

#4 Understand your intensity. The more extra weight you have, the faster you will lose it at the beginning. You need to plan your exercise timetable every week.

#3 Create a nutrition proportion. This is where I can help you. Our bodies need three main macro nutrition elements such as Carbohydrates, Fat and Protein. The best proportion will be more protein lesser carbs and can be circulated around P.: 40%; F.: 30%; C.: 30%. Read my article here for Carb Cycle that can assist with nutrition proportion. As said ask me how to create a nutrition proportion or send me your body measurements and profile details and I can have a look at it.

There are many more factors involved to build successful pathway to achieve your goal(s), however, starting point should be setting up S.M.A.R.T. goals before even touching any piece of gym equipment

Angelina

Keep it Short And Simple

We all want to get back in shape quick, I want as I am very impatient person. Therefore, I could spend hours at the gym…did work but when you got full time work, part time work and your personal life as minimum, not counting events, you start to appreciate your 24 hours more than before. I stopped having too much time in life – I lost my shape. However, getting back to shape is not about work out 💪🏼 for hours, it’s about being smart about it. 


In order to get to shape, you don’t need long exhausting cardio workouts everyday; it is enough to have 45 minutes of weights to achieve the results. ✨ ~ Pick up something heavy (again, be smart). Put it down. Repeat few times. Differentiate it. You are done. ~ ✨

Love to workout because it feels good, not because you feel guilty. Enjoy everyday – and make it different. 
The goal here is not punish yourself for extra meal, not fit into someone’s standards, not being loved by someone. The goal here is to be happy and love what you do.

Actually, I would leave a special place and dedicate a separate blog to a guilty exercising. Based on my personal experience and observation, this is the second worst thing that can happen to you on your way to the healthy life