Summer bodies are built in the winter; at least that's what someone told me. So I've been working pretty hard lately to build my dream summer body. Now, I'm not going to advocate being envious of someone else's body. We should all be happy with what we have and appreciate the way that God made us. However, I do think that if you want to tone up or shape your body, it's okay to draw inspiration from someone else. I follow a couple of fitness personalities on Instagram but my favorite person to follow is KatyaEliseHenry. I will post a few of her photos below. I think she has a great body (big butt and toned stomach). I like to follow her page because she's also about 5'2 and 108 lbs which is really similar to my natural build. I think it's important to be realistic about your fitness goals and so if you are going to use someone else as your daily inspiration, they should probably have a body type similar to yours anyway. To achieve my goals I've mostly been doing a variety of glute exercises (lunges, squats, donkey kicks, pelvic thrusts) and some ab workouts (planking, crunches etc.)
Following my workout I try to incorporate some protein into my diet because it helps to build lean muscle mass and it also helps you heal faster so that you can get back in that weight room ASAP! Obviously you can find protein in a variety of different forms and I basically choose my protein based on the time of day and how busy I am. If I work out in the evening after class then I will usually have dinner after that which will contain a lot of protein. Steak and eggs is a really good source of protein and so that's a popular choice for me. But obviously I can't have that all the time, so I try to switch it up and think of alternatives. When I work out in the morning before class, I generally don't have time to sit down and have a real meal so I'll opt for a protein shake instead. I may share some of my favorite recipes for shakes in a later post. For now, just know that I'm using the Vanilla Whey Protein from Body Fortress. I like the taste but this is the first protein supplement that I've tried so I'm not married to it. I'm looking to try out some different brands when I'm done with this one. Let me know if you have any suggestions!
Anyway, this is Katya Elise aka. my new fitness inspiration. Y'all pray for me. It's gonna be a long road to get to where she is but I'm working on it. Anyway like I said, let me know if you have any fitness suggestions for me. I'm open to anything really: protein supplements, cool workouts, meal ideas, drinks for during workouts? I don't know. As always though, I will keep you all posted!