Happy New Year, everybody! The past year was pretty good. I learned my lessons, overcame some of my struggles and fears and now I feel stronger to move on and keep living a better life, full of purpose! That’s why I decided to sum up some of the best articles on InspiredFitStrong(click it) for the past year! I divided them in 4 categories:” Motivation”, “Women, Strength Training and Nutrition”; Healthy eating, High-Fat- Low Carb Diets and Grains” and “Strength Training”!Go through the posts and read the once you’ve missed! I promise that I will provide you with a quality content during the new year! Thanks to everybody who is following my blog, reading and sharing my posts and just making my life more complete! I appreciate every one of you!
And now let’s move on… READ MORE
I went to the gym this morning and as usual I had a pretty tough workout. I am often asked why do I do all this crazy stuff. I am often asked “ What are you preparing for? In what sport do you compete?”. I always say “Oh,nothing. I workout for fun.”When I tell them I workout just for fun,they never say it but I can tell by their perplexed look that they consider me crazy! I am always challenged to persuade the average person why working out isn’t just for professional athletes. I can’t always find the right words to explain how sports develop your mind, personality, character and how the lessons learned in the gym can be applied in a difficult situation in our daily life.The principle is to learn to compete against yourself…and when the going gets tough to push a little more! Below I will try to give vivid examples. Hope more people will get my point of view!
I do overhead squats, so when life is giving me a hard time, I can hold on to the pressure for one more day, a week or a month.
I do burpees, so no matter how many times I fall, I will make sure that I will stand up one more.
I bench press, so when an earthquake happens, and I find myself under an object, I can push it up and save my life.
I drag tires, so when something in my life is holding me back, I can make sure I will still give my best to move forward.
I do double unders, so I can get used to stumbling over…and later on when I stumble over in life, I will get up, dust myself off and try again!
I do plated push ups, so when somebody is trying to knock me down,I can fight the resistance and get back.
I do pull-ups so when I get used to my life and keep hanging in the same place, I will have the strength to put myself together and rise above mediocrity.
I do deadlifts, so when I want something, I will know how to concentrate, give my best and get it.
I lift weights, because the stronger I am, the more I can take from life.
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I love berries! They taste absolutely delicious and are pretty much the best fruit option! What could be better, than a healthy superberry smoothie. I found the recipe here and it turns out pretty good. So go shopping for berries and let’s make this colorful, tasty smoothie!
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It’s time for my favorite reads of the week. I’ve head a really busy week, and I am ashamed that I didn’t read as much as I wished, but I still have some really great articles for you! I didn’t update my workouts this week, but I promise I will do my best to update them the coming week!
In the meantime, just check the great articles on the list below, eat clean, move more and love yourself! Have a great weekend!
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Interview with Marianne Kane from MyoMyTv: Kettlebell Workouts, Intermittent Fasting and Finding Balance
In order to succeed a person needs strong passion, strong desire coming from somwhere deep inside and strong will to be persistant and endure the obstacles that are gonna be on the way to the top! Today I have the opportunity to introduce you Marianne Kane. A woman who inspires, leads by example and changes lives! Truely great people, are those that manage to make others feel better about themselves, those that manage to light a fire inside people’s hearts and help them find their true meaning in life. That’s what Marianne does for her readers, her followers and everybody that ha dthe opportunity to know her! Enjoy her words…
Ines Subashka: Thank you for agreeing to give an interview for Inspired Fit Strong, Marianne! Tell us a little bit more about yourself and how the idea about MyoMyTv was born.
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Today it is time for me to get in the role of answering questions, and my invisible friend will be asking them! Our conversation is gonna revolve around low-carb, high-fat diets; common myths about them and the use of a ketogenic diet!
Q: Ok, last week I think I understood why a high fat diet isn’t going to raise my cholesterol and that it is insulin I should watch like a hawk. I’ve been thinking a lot to start eating a high fat, low carbohydrate diet, but I still have some concerns.
A: Glad you understood my explanation. Go ahead and tell me what scares you about eating a high fat, low carbohydrate diet. Hope I could help!
Q: You know that carbs are essential nutrients for life. After all they are the preferred body fuel. How am I gonna be healthy if I rely on fat to be my main fuel?
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Have you ever been on a diet? I bet you have! What was the reason behind the diet? You wanted to lose some pounds and fit in your favorite jeans? You wanted to look good for your prom? You wanted to look better for the summer and walk proudly in your swim suit?
That looks like a good reason, BUT I see a problem in setting these kind of goals. They are SHORT TERM GOALS. That means, that when you achieve them, you are more likely to abandon your healthier habits and go back to the see-food diet… You see food and you eat it!
Do you think I am wrong? Then, look back on your experience with READ MORE
Lately I’ve been reading a lot about the correlation between knee pain and injuries on the quadriceps, adductors and hamstrings. Nowadays what I am observing is that most often than not, people are trying to cure the symptom, not the real cause of the pain.
People often complain of knee pain, when they squat, lunge or jump. The reason might be hidden in different places, like bad technique, muscle imbalances, tighten muscles and so forth.
A month ago I wrote about the correlation between IT Band Syndrome and knee pain. Today I am gonna raise the topic about adductor trigger points, knee pain and IT Band Syndrome.
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Yesterday I “got lost” in a bookstore, when a book from the upper shelf caught my sight – “How Come This Idiot Is Rich and I’m Not?”, by Robin Shemin. I spent about five minutes, holding the book, fighting with myself, like a woman on a diet, trying to fight her chocolate cravings. But because I already bought a couple books, I decided that I will first read them, and then come back and buy this one.
Even though, the headline of the book, somehow occupied my mind and I decided to write my own version of “How Come This Idiot Is Successful and I’m Not?” and later on, when I buy the book I will see how it is gonna influence my point of view.
So here is how I see it. There are two reasons “why this idiot is successful and I’m not”!
1.Both have READ MORE
It is the season of delicious fruits! There is no better dessert than a fresh fruit. But if it sounds lame to you, you could make it taste even better, by preparing a tasty smoothie. I experimented with this strawberry smoothie and it is a great pick if you need to eat something sweet! So throw away the chocolate and prepare this healthy smoothie!
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Beauty, strength, intellect, inspiration… all that is impersonated in one person-Nia Shanks. She is a beautiful women, who has dedicated her life to her passion- helping people achieve their health related goals, heal their body image issues… helping them start loving who they are and doing what they love! Whatever I say about her, would belittle the person she is, so I will let her introduce herself!
Nia Shanks: READ MORE