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Autumn Abs| My favourite season and Workout

If you have been following my journey, you would know that I lost over a 100 pounds and got into the world of weight lifting and muscle yoga.

While all of this has ben very rewarding for the fact that:

  1. I feel healthier, happier and WILL NOT die young.
  2. I am stronger, fitter and less lazy

I felt a void in my life because:

  1. I workout 5-6 times a week, lift heavy but don’t have the definition to show for it.
  2. I don’t have muscles or abs that make people think I am a lifter.
  3. I still have loose skin and then my ED demon takes over and fights with me.

All these factors pushed me into working out intensively, consuming proteins, supplements and fat burning pills. Everything was natural and I had an intensive diet that started to make me look good but I wasn’t happy.

Then how do you find the balance between feeling happy and looking good?

I decided to vlog 10 days of this particular workout which is me focussing more on ab exercises, not killing myself in the gym, eating healthy but not overdoing it and trying to live a normal life with the routine and see if I can see any results.

DID I GET ABS???

Lets see:

 

 

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body positivity · Healthy Recipes

Websites spreading fake fitness news

There are so many websites that spread fake fitness news under the garb of a “new Diet” or “Weight Loss Tricks”.

 

So many desperate people are duped by this and succumb to trying silly diets and workout which have absolutely no effect.

 

As I have been saying time and again, there is NO substitute to a good diet and exercise.

 

I make this video to counter the silly claims made by an Indian website, a cheap dupe of Buzzfeed.

 

Comment on the video if you want to know the name of the website.

 

And till then, enjoy, me busting these myths.

 

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Fitness Fads and Rumours

When you are on a weight loss journey, you are inundated with facts and sure fire ways of losing weight and I have been guilty of trying them as well.

Surprise surprise! None of them really worked.

Except a good exercise schedule and mindful eating.

Now that I am in a muscle building journey and free to give advice to people who seek it, I am bombarded with such “facts” once again.

So, I had to make a video debunking them because there really is no substitute to exercise and clean eating.

What are some of the craziest fitness fads you have heard of?

Film and TV

American Horror Story Cult Episode 1 Review

American Horror Story is that classic TV show that has been upping it ante in making us feel as uncomfortable as possible.

With a very literal “horror” start in American Horror Story¬†Murder House, the show has given us gems like “Asylum” and warding me off doctors forever and feminist goals in Coven to Jessica Lange and her singing antics in Freak Show.

I was in love and binge watched the first four seasons.

When it was announced that Jessica Lange would not return, I mustered up enough courage to watch the first few episodes ofAmerican Horror Story Hotel and was disappointed, only managing to watch it last year when my love for the AHS franchise persisted. Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters made it worthwhile.

Then American Horror Story Roanoke was announced and I decided to watch it with everyone else, patiently waiting for the next episode and as the show was built up, it came to a crash mid season and I was left hung and dry. I watched the whole series and had my doubts on a chance of revival for the series.

When posters of American Horror Story Cult came out, they made me feel uncomfortable and had elements of the previous good seasons that I was intrigued.

With the first episode of American Horror Story Cult “Election Night” out, I review the episode, the performance and the easter eggs I spotted along with my bits and pieces of how I found it as a filmmaker.

I recommend, you watch the review (its spoiler free!) and then watch the episode as it will add layers to your watching experience.

WATCH THE FULL REVIEW HERE.

 

body positivity · fitness · fitness journey · Life Lessons

Girls who Lift: My View

As a girl who is a regular entity at the local gym and the weight lifting section, I feel the lack of women every single day.

Even though it is changing, the people i meet at the free weights section are usually strong, big, buff guys, girls with male partners or bodybuilders. I rarely see girls like me, regular non buff girls at the section. The rare occasion that I do see her, we exchange shy smiles, unknowingly created a bond as the only two anomalies in the system, change in the changing rooms and then disappear in the regular medley of life.

Why is it that girls with muscles are just found in the bodybuilding world or weird fetish world? Even if it is changing, it is so slow that my passion of gym and lifting is not taken as seriously as it should.

I am not applauded for bench pressing 200 pounds or not even praised for my brick abs or broad shoulders.

As a social media influencer, I battle crazy messages on a daily basis, people with weird fetishes asking for my pictures, men sending me unsolicited pictures and random people telling me that I look big or manly.

Do we ever pause and think that lifting might just be good for us?

That some girls like to loft and it is no big anomaly?

I made a video on the 5 reasons girls should lift.

Have a look and tell me what you think.

5 Reasons Girls should lift

 

body positivity · Uncategorized

MALE BODY SHAMING

Body shaming is not just about girls getting shamed for being fat but men also deal with the pressures of the society.

Patriarchy does not differentiate between men and women as such. If women are confined to feminine roles, men, too, are forced to be masculine and have a perfect definition of “fit”.

I have been developing a web series called Cocktail Confessions, where I meet such people and talk through their experiences.

Here is a friend talking about Male Body Shaming:

Male Body Shaming

fitness · fitness journey

10 Day Ab Challenge

The Plan for my 10 Day Ab Challenge, which I will be Vlogging.
I don’t know what will happen but here are some things I personally want to work on:

1. Use natural green tea as a fat burner.
2, Graduate to 1000 ab crunches
3. Sustain a clean eating diet with no cheat meals the whole 10 days.
4. Get an amazing Photo.
If you want to follow my journey:

I will be up on insta story:
https://www.instagram.com/liftlikeagirl_samairablack/

And the vlog will be up on my youtube channel after the challenge is complete.: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ8l4GavRyl_z7nepKTkVeA

 

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