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Sunday Link-Love

Happy Lazy Sunday Friends. I thought I would jump in on this lil blogger favourite as I happened to come across some interesting reads and listens over the past few days. Thought I would share them and my thoughts associated with their content. Hope you enjoy.

1. Your Child is a Brat and it’s Your Fault.

I have often mentioned that I think that this generation is a disrespectful and entitled bunch and this read brings up some good points as to why that may be. There may be some extremes listed here, but in general I think the main point

Parents are spending more time with their kids then ever (in the form of hovering), but that time is the wrong kind of time.

Sometimes parents need to stop worrying about upsetting their child or being their protector and be their parent and teach them some responsibility. Charging into a principles office following their child getting a bad grade leads to children thinking they don’t have to work hard, daddy will take care of it if I don’t do well. Bargaining with a child and saying if you do X I will buy you Y doesn’t teach them responsibility. Things like chores are just done. That’s that. Plain and simple.

2. Fuck Fat Loss

Pardon my french, but this is in fact true. Ever wonder why things like diets and new years/September resolutions don’t stick? Well it’s because we are obsessed with superficial things like fat loss as a main motivation.

You do not have to always be on a diet or think about burning calories or revolving your life around some bullshit regimen that is too impractical to be sustained beyond a few weeks.

You need something more internal to sustain anything. Working out is hard. Making sure your diet is on point while you are working a full time job and wanting a life can be hard too. Body composition changes take time and so if that is your sole reason for making changes in your life, guess what, those changes are not going to happen fast enough for you to use that as the driving force.

Obsessing over fat loss is effective for one thing: Making women increasingly dissatisfied with their bodies.

As it mentioned in the article, if obsessing over fat loss was actually giving results, than perhaps it would be something recommended to do, but it doesn’t. It does however cause disordered eating, stress, potentially eating disorders and unnecessary restriction.

So take a piece of advice from this article and eat and workout for YOU and your health, not just to loose a few inches. Make that fat loss a SIDE EFFECT and not the main goal.

3. Sigma Nutrition Podcasts

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This is a site full of great research and expert based podcasts on a number of interesting topics related to fitness and nutrition. If you are gym rat or nutrition knowledge-seeker like myself, then this is definitely a site to check out. Some of the ones that I have enjoyed thus far include topics on…

~Exercise-Induced GI Distress and the Impact of Gluten and FODMAPs on Athletic Performance

~Hypothalamic Amernorrhea

And this one is next up for a listen

~Role of Micronutrients on Mental Health and Psychiatric Disorders. 

Cool stuff!

4. Latest Interview from Jeff Nippard

You all know how much I love Em Dunc and so I was excited to listen to her words of (very young!) wisdom. She is such a powerful, positive and insightful person to listen to. She takes life my the reins and goes full speed towards her dreams. She makes mistakes and only uses those to fuel her fire and learn more about herself.

“If you fail at something…don’t be that person that it defeats. Be that person that it fuels.”

The famous line of the interview…

“[regarding prep] you go from being a baguette to a breadstick.” 

5. Nia Shanks Twitter Feed

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This lovely lady is the leader of the “Lift Like a Girl” movement that we have seen more recently. I’m no feminist, but I do enjoy female empowerment, especially in the gym! I just came across her profile and have just been enjoying her tweets.

It’s perfectly OK to finish a workout saying “Hell yeah, I did that!” It should build you up, not tear you down. Exercise is not punishment.

Ever wonder what you could experience and achieve if you didn’t allow fear of the “what-ifs” hold you back?

Well those are what have been catchin my eye over the past few days. Hope at least one of them interests you and can give you some insight or inspiration.

Take on the new week with passion and drive! 

-Chelsea


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Caffeine-Free Buzz…Fitness Friday 16

My friends!

Welcome back to another round of Fitness Friday! Last week I had mentioned that we were going to discuss something erotic, but of the natural variety and, well, here she is. The star of the discussion today is…

Maca Powder.

This ain’t no one trick pony though, oh no! She doesn’t just help with sexual health, but she may help with a whole host of other things..

BUT before we get into those, lets first explain what the heck this powder is.

What is Maca exactly?

As taken from this book,  Maca is found in South America, Peru specifically, and is a root vegetable that comes from the same family as many coniferous veggies such as cauliflower, turnips, cabbage, and broccoli. It looks very much like a beet in shape (as you can see from the image above). It grows in extremely harsh conditions and apparently the volcanic soils in this environment are very mineral rich, which then lends itself to the superior ‘powers’ of this vegetable.

What was it used for?

Traditionally it was used by the Peruvians for food and medicinal purposes with one of the main uses being a fertility supplement for both men and women. As a food supplement, maca is rich in antioxidants, minerals (such as magnesium, phosphorous, iron, calcium) and fiber and it very easy for the body to digest. This last part made it great for helping to treat those who were malnourished, were elderly or very young (Source).

Random facts from the book once again for this nutrition powerhouse:

~Taking size into perspective, maca actually has more calcium than milk

~Due to the fiber, it helps to keep people regular

~It contains almost 60 different phytonutrients (compounds found in plants that promote good health)

What do we know about it now?

Maca has been found to have quite a number of important properties! Here are some of the major ones that have been identified and actually looked into:

Adaptogen

Very generally speaking, adaptogens are those that support your body’s ability to adapt to stress. A 2008 study by Brook’s and colleagues found that when post-menopausal women were supplemented with 3.5g of maca per day (that is less than a tsp), their psychological scores related to anxiety and depression were significantly lower then the placebo group.

Libido Enhancer 

Sexual desire has also been something that maca appears to enhance. In a study by Stone et al (2009), male athletes were supplemented with maca root or given a placebo and than assessed for changes in sexual desire. Following a 14 day period, those who were supplemented with the maca had significantly higher desire compared to their initial assessment while also being significantly higher then those given the placebo

Fertility 

The Peruvians noticed that not only did maca increase the number of offspring in their cattle, but the same boost in fertility also seemed to show in humans. Although most of more recent studies looking into such effect are in animals (for example here, showing higher sperm counts in male mice, here for increases in litter sizes in females mice), there are a few human studies that show positive effects of maca use in both females and males. A nice review was done of both animal and human studies here.

Other potential benefits?

Help with osteoporosis, used as a natural stimulant, contributes to balancing hormones, possible link to cancer fighting properties, and many more. See here

Of course, we must talk about fitness here, SO what about it’s properties in athletes?

Endurance

Maca has been found to increase stamina and endurance in human subjects. Looking back at the study on male athletes (they were cyclists) by Stone and colleagues, when supplemented with maca, the males significantly improved on their 40km time compared to their baseline testing.

So as you can see, maca has gotten quite a lot of attention for many potential benefits in humans. Although it’s still heavily in the research stage, anecdotal evidence suggests that it does promote well being in people who use it. Completely not necessary for good health, but perhaps something to try as a natural boost to stamina, attention and sexual health.

As to how you use it…

It is strong stuff guys. Most tend to throw it in a smoothie or something to that nature as it’s strong flavour and smell will be more manageable. Otherwise, if you’re willing to take a risk like me and just throw in a shot glass with your other morning concoction ingredients, be my guest. Just start in slow is all I can say.

So that’s that for this week friends. Have a great weekend!

Ever tried maca before?

How do you use it?

-Chelsea

 

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When Intuitive Eating Becomes Dangerous

It seems that amongst some of the diet trends, intuitive eating has become something similar to a movement as of lately. I almost get the sense that those who speak on their ability to ‘listen to their body’ and intuitively eat feel as if they are on a higher level then those who are tracking macros or practicing counting of any kind.

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Intuitive eating is understood as ‘natural eating’ or eating the way we all really should be. It’s quite simple. You eat when you’re hungry rather than based on the society’s created meal schedule. You stop when you are satisfied rather than when everything on your plate is done. Finally, you eat an amount based on body signals rather then set macros.

From a psychological standpoint, there is supposed to be zero guilt along with this way of eating because this is eating based truly on your body’s signals. If you are doing it right than you should be able to live without extreme cravings because when you do want something less nutrient dense you can have it in moderation without going overboard and over-indulging in it.

Food is therefore seen in a positive light and not seen as ‘bad foods’ vs ‘good foods.’

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Simple right? So this should be how we look at food…

But this isn’t always the case and I would argue that this idea of 100% following your body is actually impossible in our society these days. In more extreme cases, trying to listen to your body can actually be quite dangerous.

Let’s address the latter part of that statement first. Take me as an example, with all of my IBS symptoms and past ED experiences, I simply CANNOT attempt intuitive eating or I would loose weight like it was going out of style. Recently, I haven’t really felt much hunger. My IBS is really getting nasty and so food is just eaten and without being prompted by my body. Even post workout most days, I’m eating when I’m not feeling hunger because I know I have to eat. If I were to wait until I was hungry, I would be lucky to break 1000 calories I would guess.

The other issue here is satiety. Satiety for someone who has struggled in the past with food issues is not only physical but also equally mental. I may be having a bad body image day and look at a plate of food and assume it’s too much and actually feel full faster.

Your mind is powerful and can actually trick you into thinking you have had enough when you have actually under eaten.

Also, if you’re eating begins when you’re not feeling hunger, then technically you are already breaking the rule of ‘following your body signals’ no?

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So in a case such as mine, I have to track my macros and eat what is in front of me because it’s what my body needs to keep weight on and be able to fuel the rest of my day and training the following day. At the present time, that is just how it is and I have to accept that it is what will keep me on track and healthy.

On the other side of the spectrum, if someone is drastically overweight and used to eating certain excessive amounts of calories, they may have to feel a degree of hunger when making changes to their lifestyle to benefit their health. So in this case, once again, they may need to forgo what their body is telling them and eat based on a plan if that is what needs to be done to get them to a healthier body weight.

Now, I say this BUT at the same time I truly believe that the types of food that people choose to eat make all the difference here. Wholesome and nutrient dense foods are filled with fibre and water much more then processed and fast foods. As a result, they end up being just as filling (if not more) despite being dramatically lower in calories. In this case, people need to be educated on food choices so that they can avoid that hunger feeling as much as possible.

Again the mind may come into play here too, so a change of mind set may be in order. If you feel that something may not fill you up, that may just end up being the case. Be open minded and truly FEEL your body. 

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So these are extreme parts of the spectrum, but I also mentioned that think that even the bulk of the population can never truly be intuitive eaters based on how it was described earlier.

Why?

~ Does anyone these days truly see food as food? Can 100% say that they haven’t changed their choice based the fact that what they wanted was ‘bad’?

~Jobs and school don’t actually allow for us to be 100% in tune with our hunger. You can’t just get up and walk out of class because you got hungry. No, you have to wait. By the time you get out of class you may be starving and eat so fast that you aren’t really listening to your body’s signals. On the other hand, you could decide to eat before when you aren’t hungry…

~Social events are almost always around food. Do you think the majority of people who attend cocktail hour are actually truly hungry…or is it just that the food is there and others are eating it that we eat it too?

~We are generally eating while doing something like driving, watching TV, studying, etc so we are often unable to recognize true satiety. I believe that this is one of the biggest problems these days. We need to be less distracted when we eat, then maybe many wouldn’t overeat as often as they do. 

There are probably other things I could bring up here as well but I will leave it at those. You see, we can never really say we are 100% intuitive eaters. Society has pushed it’s norms onto us so much that we feel guilty about food and label it a junk or bad food, when truly, there is no bad food, just less nutritious options. **Unless it’s legit not even food… We all have to admit that we don’t take the time to really listen to our cues because we don’t have the time to be patient. We restrict ourselves against our cravings so they just grow and become monsters.

So in this case, I believe that the only TRUE intuitive eaters are infants and toddlers, those who have not been influenced so heavily by society yet. Well, maybe physiologically (as they don’t have a choice of food options mostly) they are intuitive. They will tell you when they are hungry and full in most cases. It is us adults who force food onto them and make them eat according to a schedule.

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So, while I’m not trying to say that you shouldn’t be proud of listening to your body and feeling based on cues and needs, because EVERYONE deserves to be at peace with food and just enjoy it, I think this whole intuitive eating movement has gotten a lil dragged out. People just need to do what works best for them and not preach to others how to be a better eater. If tracking is what works best then do it. If eating whenever works for you, than go with that. We are all at different stages and by putting this type of eating on a pedestal, it may leave those who don’t or can’t eat in this way feel as if they are weaker mentally.

It would be nice if everyone could just eat to enjoy and to live without much thought, but that just isn’t realistic for most. I think my major point, I guess, is that we need to stop placing fancy labels on things like this because it isn’t anything special or something that will or can be followed by everyone. It’s just a way of life for some and perhaps a goal for others.

Sorry if this post seemed kind of strange or random, it was just something I wanted to comment on. Thanks for reading friends and happy Tuesday.

-Chelsea

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How Erotic…Fitness Friday 15

Yes fitness can be quite erotic….Well most people think so.

Anyone else see the hashtag #TryAgainChad? So not only did Mr. Potential Bachelor show just how much of a douchebag he was by letting this lil tweet slip, he also started a tweet storm of females posting pictures of their best flexin.

Show off your fine, confident and strong selves ladies!

Now, to be clear, I am no feminist and I’m not going to call him out for being sexist or anything like that, but this is just plain rude and offensive. To both sexes! How highly you must think of yourself to make such a call. Of course, he does proclaim himself to be an asshole so this was probably just some stint to see what reaction he could get as he didn’t seem to respond back to all the follow-up posts, or the fact that this backlash actually caught the attention of buzzfeed and got it’s own article.

I am of the opinion that no matter how much of an asshole you are trying to be (because apparently that is desirable…?), there should be some limits. In a world where Bachelor/Bachelorette is overly hyped by all the young girls and where body image is a problem, why exactly would you post something that attacks females trying to become stronger and more independent versions of themselves?

Let alone to say that someone shouldn’t do some activity that makes them feel better about themselves because they are not portraying your ‘ideal’ body frame…whatever the hell that is.

Since when is strong unattractive?

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Anywho, he’s a douche. We have made that conclusion. What I really want to speak on was the response to his tweet and a growing problem that I see in the fitness industry. You see, although I praise all of the female empowerment going on about how being strong is beautiful, I didn’t appreciate the fact that my twitter feed was filled with half naked girls showing off their booty gains.

Was that really necessary ladies? Did that prove the point that strength is sexy?

I didn’t think so.

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This is strong and beautiful to me, but who am I to say what is attractive…

So that brings me into my rant…

Overly Sexualized Women = Fitness

Again, I’m not a feminist fighting against the objectification of women, but I actually get annoyed that the most highly known females in the fitness industry tend to be those who maybe show a lil bit more sex then fitness and strength.

The fitness scene for women is now all about having abs while also having huge (99% of the time fake) boobs, their ass in the camera and some sexual pout on their face.

So this is what you are apparently going to become when you start to lift?

Like legit there are full on raunchy pictures out there on some of the huge fitness IG and FB accounts that would make many older generations do this..

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Their poor fathers…If only they knew.

Do we really need to see a female squatting in a thong and bra to show that squats are great lower body builders? Or how about the female curling the 2.5lb weight and saying how strong is the new sexy eh?

I’m not trying to make a judgement here on the weight! I’m just trying to make a point that often these ladies are showing far less weight then they can actually do just to have something ‘fitness-y’ in the picture.

Many guys may come at me saying I’m just being ‘a girl about it’ and “it is what it is, get over it”, but I really find it sad. Being fit is sexy in itself. Seeing a female squat more then her bodyweight shows how strength is beautiful. An olympic lifting female shows how amazing the athletic body is and how it moves.

Not to mention that the things many of these top fitness females are flaunting to the camera are often fake.. So explain to me how is that is something that can be earned through years of dedication and work on their bodies in the gym?

So I guess what I’m getting at here is that showing off your gains doesn’t mean showing off your assets. Ladies, showing the boys how it’s done and lifting like a boss is sexy enough. You don’t need to strip down to nothing, sit on the edge of the counter and snap a picture of yourself to prove anything. When it comes down to it, those photos have nothing to do with fitness or being strong.

On the contrary, those are really showing your weaker and insecure side if we are being honest here. The needy desire for attention…

You are better then that and have enough self respect to show off your real gains and if that has to be on social media, well then keep it to the achievements because that is what is truly showing beautiful and strong.

I’m sorry I had to interrupt a more education-based post for this rant, but I just felt with the recent uproar that I wanted to address it. Come back next week for something else erotic, but of a more natural variety. And keep yo minds out of the gutter friends, we are talking supplements here😉

Have a great weekend friends and go lift something heavy!

-Chelsea

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It’s Coming…Currently

School is starting in a few weeks.

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It’s really not that bad, you see I know that we all go through the period of being so happy that school is over due to exam stress but two weeks in we are officially bored.

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Then once school starts, you are all excited to see all your friends again and then one week in you’re waiting for Christmas Break again.

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In light of this, I thought it would be a good time to give an update on life in one of these currently posts. So, I hope you enjoy and please, comment below and let me know what’s going on with you! I miss chattering more with you guys as my comment section has been quite silent over the summmaa months. I totally get that it’s summer and you all are crazy busy with jobs and just trying to still have a life, but I miss you my friends.❤

Anyways, onto the update.

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Totally snagged this from Amanda cuz it’s cute. Hope you don’t mind ;-) 

Current book Youtube watch: Cuz you all know I don’t read…I have recently been following Mr. Nick Tong Strong more closely for his knowledge and expertise in bodybuilding and nutrition. He’s the prep coach of two ladies I follow on YouTube, Emily Duncan and Taylor Chamberlain, and I have just been spending some time getting caught up on his talks. Interesting stuff.

Current music: A few goodies off of the new album for Suicide Squad. Haven’t seen the movie itself, but I really liked some of the music!

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~Purple Lamborghini -Skrillex and Rick Ross

~Sucker For Pain-  Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons w/ Logic & Ty Dolla $ign ft X Ambassadors

~Heathens – Twenty One Pilots

Love these 3 for the gym.

Current [non]-guilty pleasure: Foam Rolling! I have been rolling every morning without fail and I found out the hard way that my legs and hips are not the only things that need some more roller love…

Despite being painful sometimes, it’s actually relaxing and its something I’m trying to do for my body to perform at it’s best. I’m falling more and more into “what would an athlete do for their kingdom” type of mindset and if you break your body down day after day, it needs some self care too for it to keep doing what it does for you.

Current drink: Can I say ACV shots? These have really been helping my tummy lately (although it’s still being stupid regardless). Shoot those things back before you eat and it helps to digest your food!

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So many benefits! I got my Mom doing it every morning (the she started a night shot on her own!) despite her hating it. The face she makes is awesome😀

Just make sure you get a natural one with the mother. Take a tablespoon or so and water it down and take your shot!

Current food: Creature of habit, I don’t tend to change that much as I love every thing  that I eat, but kabocha, now that I found a nice dry one, is a serious love recently.

…not that it really left, I mean all other foodies know the feels when it comes to this golden treasure..

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Current obsession: 90210. Yeah summer is a snooze feast for shows so I started re-watching 90210 and …I’m hooked again.

Current craving: I think it’s the heat but I have seriously been craving a slushy for some strange reason. I tend to put my BCAA’s in my bottle and then right in the freezer for like 2 hours to sip on during my gym sessions. When you take it out and shake it, it’s like a Blue Raspberry slushy and I just find myself wanting more after I finish that one. Haven’t caved yet to get the real sugary thing (my stomach would probably hate me for it) but I need to give in at least once during the last few weeks to ice cream or something. Brave face on and accept the crappy feeling for a few days. It’s been far too long.

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Check out Elle’s Recipe HERE

Something similar catching my eye constantly (and always fuelling an inner struggle) is those smoothie bowls/protein ice cream bowls on IG. I want one so bad but I’m afraid because of a few reasons. My body hates digesting large amounts of liquids at one time. You will never see me eating soup, slurping down a smoothie or having a protein shake for that reason. Too much liquid makes me nauseous. Secondly, the thickeners (xanthum gum) that really give it the right texture will probably leave me on the floor.

Can I please incinerate my IBS ridden stomach and get a new one? -_-

Current need: I don’t need it but I kinda did. This is the Back At It Again Tank.

On zee card…Opps. I blame the “What’s New” Lululemon emails they taunt me with..

Current indulgence: Being done work😉 not that my work was breaking my back or anything..

 

Current bane of my existence: The humidity. I love the heat and will never ever complain that it’s too hot, but the muggy, buggy and gross “I go outside and feel instantly wet and my hair turns into an afro” feeling, not so much.

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Current procrastination: Looking into Masters/Internship programs. I want to do it because I want to be ready, but despite having the time to do it, I just tend to sloth when I actually sit down for the day. Oops.

Current confession: I hate to be that girl…but I’m kind of looking forward to the new school rush at the gym to see if anyone interesting shows up. No no, no early 20’s sillys, I’m done with the early 20’s. Can someone mature and have a goal in life…oh and lifts…walk up to me and be my swolemate yet?

Current quote: Just something to think about

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Re-Posted from here 

When you do something, are they truly for you? Are they something to make you happy. Are they something that makes you excited?

..Or are they something that some force has told you is what you should want or how you should behave?

Current excitement: Working with my new client! I met up with her today for nutrition consulting and both of us are excited to begin our sessions together. She actually happens to attend my gym and live right in my area so I can have our meetings face-to-face which is really nice.

Current mood: Trying my best to keep happy afloat. I know I know I need to stop complaining about feeling sick, but it really does affect my mood. I have a lot of things to be happy about and to enjoy so I’m trying to keep those in the forefront while my stomach and I are at war.

Well that’s the update on moi, so tell me something about your life!

Much love! 

-Chelsea

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WTH Is Toning? Fitness Friday 14

Did you know that there is actually a definition related to exercise for ‘toning’ ?

..give greater strength or firmness to (the body or a part of it).
“exercise tones up the muscles” (source: Google)
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This annoys me because, friends, truth be told, there is no such thing as ‘toning.’ This is some weird word that has been used in the context of leaning down or getting ‘tighter’ through exercising. Personal trainers tend to love this word because it’s a buzz word that brings all the ladies to the gym. Yes, I’m being sexist here because lets be honest with ourselves…what male have you heard say:
I would like to be more toned
Yeah…said no man ever, or maybe 1% of the entire male species.
Friends, in general muscle does one of two things:
Either it grows OR is gets broken down. That is the simple scenario here.
A muscle doesn’t tone up. What does that even mean?
I feel like to most people this means that you will build muscle that is not bulky and makes you look slimmer…

Yet another myth that just doesn’t seem to die…

Muscles lead to bulky women.
WRONG!
Exhibit A: Heidi Somers is tiny (like lil me!) and lifts heavy…
Does she look bulky to you? 
Disclaimer. Remember that exercise is only a small part of body composition. Nutrition is also key to how the body will respond to exercise related stimulation and how your body will appear aesthetically. If you think that a female has gotten ‘bulky’ due to lifting, her body genetically may just be more responsive to exercise related stimulation. However, that would be in addition to her eating and training regime. 
I think toning is seen as a safe word for females because building muscle still appears to freak them out because they assume it makes them larger. Why wouldn’t it though, it does that for guys?

Testosterone friends.

…One big contributor

Us women, yeah, we don’t have the level of testosterone that males have so while they are focused on their bicep peaks and can get quads the size of a small child, it ain’t happening for a female. …naturally that is..
Plus, without getting too much into physiology of the sexes, their bodies are better able to put on muscle mass PLUS they are eating generally double the amount that females are. From an evolution standpoint, females are meant to have babies and muscle building is not really helpful for that purpose. So can we stop worrying about it already?

Okay so back to toning….

So what then really happens with muscle building?
I’m going to be very general here because this is a simple concept. When you lift weights with enough intensity, you tear the fibres and then, provided they get enough nutrients and recovery, they will repair. This repairing is part of the building process. Now, building muscle doesn’t mean that you will start to grow like hercules. Ladies, building muscle takes a lot of time and when it does start to make an appearance, it’s a good thing.
Lean muscle mass provides us ladies with curves. Don’t have a butt? Build one. Have a straight figure? Well then work at providing your body with some shape through your strength training if that is what you desire.
Once again, I think what this idea of toning really is just thinking you’re going to get smaller. If you want to get smaller, that is fat loss ladies and gents. Fatty tissue is bulky. Muscle tissues are lean and dense.
So therefore, if your goal is to get smaller then weight loss will have to be part of the picture. That being said, I don’t think anyone wants to be scrawny, so this is where muscle comes in. As I have mentioned a few times already in this post, adding muscle to your frame will not lead you to getting puffy and big, instead, it will add some definition and shape to your figure

So, the main point of this point…

There is no such thing as toning. Lifting ‘baby weights’ as they call them for 30 million repetitions is not weight training and will not “tone” your body. That’s basically a cardio session.
Instead, lift heavy weights, get stronger and add beautiful, athletic shape to your body through your training. If you’re diet is in check and perhaps throw in some cardiovascular training here and there, you will not become the next woman on roids I can promise you that.
…notice how I threw in a diet component there. If you’re eating too much for your body you may indeed bulk up, but that’s not from muscle…
Of course, that all being said, if the idea of a flexed muscle is what you consider bulking up and is thought of as ugly, then suite yourself and don’t lift weights. Simple as that.
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I happen to love the way muscle looks on a female. I don’t consider myself bulky at all. But hey, thats my opinion. 

So I hope you enjoyed this weeks rant fitness talk. Happy Friday friends! 
-Chelsea


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Guys Need Not Read. Girl Talk

My friends,

A short and sweet post this morning as I have something rather exciting to share. Sorry if this is too much information for you, but to my shock, Mother Nature decided to show her work this morning after about 6-8 months of having amenorrhoea.

To say I was shocked and lost for words was an understatement and although my mind is whirling around all kinds of thoughts, which I’m trying to calm any negative ones, I can say that it is a GOOD THING. No, it’s a GREAT THING. For us females, our cycles really show us that our body is healthy because it’s the first thing to go when the body gets stressed. So to get it back (or at least the first time, as I realistically know that it may be transient as it first starts back) means that my body believes that it’s getting adequate nutrition and it’s trusting me again. It’s not overly stressed and so it feels it can run a body process that isn’t actually ‘necessary’ yet still uses a lot of its resources.

I can say that I was shocked mostly because I’m still underweight, and of course with it’s re-appearance I automatically shifted my thoughts into the negative thinking that the weight I have gained must have all been fat because fat is critical to attaining your menstrual cycle. Give me a day or two and I will fight those thoughts back once again as my rational side comes back to the surface post-shock because those throughs are just that…irrational and eating disorder fuelled.

So yeah, I just wanted to share that lil surprise with you all as this is a big turning point in my journey. Even if I did get it back, this doesn’t mean that my weight restoration stops or that my food will stop increasing because, as I said, the 4 pounds that I have gained is still not enough to make me well and strong. So onwards we continue in the forward direction.

Have a great day my friends

-Chelsea

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