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How to start yoga practice?

I have been asked a gazzilllion times about how to start a yoga practice.

Do you have to be a yogi and retreat into the Himalayas to get into it or should you be so flexible that you twist and turn yourself into a pretzel?

I have had the pleasure of learning and practicing yoga in both, the western world and lately, in India.

My Story:

My first ever yoga class was at a local teacher’s class and at that point in my life, I did not know that getting a good yoga teacher is half the job done. Now, this woman was all heart but no skill. She mixed up online youtube yoga sessions with her version of jumping around the room chanting Om at the highest volume. Her incense filled room with intensive chakra art was enough to intimidate anyone. Needless to say, I never returned after a month of wierd zumbaish yoga classes and I was crushed.

I later got in touch with an Ashtanga yoga teacher and since was based up north in England and I was down south, our sessions were online and she would make pictures of poses for me to follow and I felt happy with my practice but i wanted to more.

During my last trip in India, I started looking up yoga retreats and classes and most of them were just out to cheat you. One woman asked me to pay up a huge amount of money first before even considering the classes. I felt like this was a bad money making business now and felt a tinge of sadness at not being able to learn yoga in India, the birthplace of yoga.

In the later years, I started lifting more and as I loved getting instant results or just hitting the iron hard, yoga took a backseat in my life.

I met some very funny and crazy characters during this phase. I was still looking for a good teacher and I met an overzealous religious leader who prescribed me to stop eating bread, lay off caffeine and ONLY eat vegetarian food to consider getting results in his classes, I ran for dear life. One woman preached to me about the intensity and greatness of Indian culture and Hinduism and as I am against ALL FORMS OF ORGANISED RELIGION I despised it.

Last month, my father found an Iyengar yoga centre in Delhi and as I was here, I did some research, found it credible and visited the centre.

It was like finding home.

For the first time, I did not feel the oppressive need to trying to prove anything. The teacher was someone who loved yoga for yoga and the only thing she asked of us was to not come hungover to her class.

She taught biology along with yoga with no religion added in and I felt whole with my mind and body.

She did not twist us or even put us in a headstand, she focussed on us understanding our bodies and after my 8 classes were over, as I went over to thank her, i felt so overwhelmed that I bawled my eyes out, crying about finding a good teacher in Toronto. I am lucky enough that she has agreed to help me haha!!

So, here I am, a bodybuilder and a lifter, I practice yoga and I am by no means an ideal yogini but I am so happy with the way my body and mind respond and the amazing amazing teacher I had that I have a new found love for yoga.

Even if lifting is still on the driver’s seat, yoga is right by it as a co-driver.

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The 2 Min Wonder Workout

How to reduce thighs?

How to get thin thighs?

How to get skinny legs?

Every woman with big hips has wondered about this for as long as I remember.

Being body positive, Liftlikeagirl says we should cut loose these labels and insead focus on what is more important.

The thumbnail might be misleading but for me, as a 200 pound girl, labels were important. I wanted to fit into size 0 jeans actually. Yes! The horror of being size 0 unnaturally.

It was when I started exercising and eating healthy and reading up on body image, I realised that we all have different bodies and we should NOT aspire to be like someone.

After losing 100 pounds, I was weight loss queen and compliments flooded in along with some sly remarks on how my thighs were still fat! With fat thighs, I walked and wondered if I did something wrong?

Which is when I came up with this liftlikeagirl 2 min wonder workout. It does not reduce your thighs and will not make you fit in a particular jean size. Nope.

What it does is, make your thigh muscles strong, burn fat and unhealthy toxins and as a result your thighs get to the size that is right for your body.

As mainly sedentary workers, we have lost track of what is healthy for our body. What is healthy for our thighs is not have skinny or round thighs or a particular kind of thighs the media thinks is the new norm.

our thighs will be in proportion to your body and will be the size your genetics, eating habits and workout determines.

And this 2 min wonder thigh workout will aid the process, make your thigh muscles stronger and contract and expand according to your need.

The details of the workout are as follows:

  1. Plyometric Jumps: The plyometric jumps can be done with any box and are high intensity and increase your heart rate which aids in burning fat.
  2. Squats: Squats are the most underused and overused form of exercise. This wide squat will training your thighs and make your muscles stronger. Increase the weight as you deem fit but do not go until failure because you do need to get home from the gym.
  3. Lunges: Lunges are my Kryptonite. I have such bad form but I persevere. With a lunge, you need to ht a 90 degree angle and work out the largest thigh muscle.

Ideally you will want to do 3 sets but if you want this workout to really burn, try and get in 5 sets.

DIET:

  1. Keep your Protein intake high. And if you prefer vegetarian protein: Here is the link to VEGAN PROTEIN SOURCES.
  2. Drink plenty of water.
  3. Eat healthy carbs like banana or brown bread before your workout.
  4. And try some of these FAT BURNING FOODS post workout.

Connect with me on social media;

  1. Instagram: liftlikeagirl13
  2. Facebook: liftlikeagirlsam
  3. Twitter: liftlikeagirl_s

    WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

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Starting Jump Rope Workout

This workout Wednesday, Liftlikeagirl tries a jump rope workout for the first time ever!!
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about jump rope workouts:

1. Can you lose weight by jumping ropes?
2. Is jump rope just cardio?
3. Is jumping bad for your knees?
4. can you chisel a body with just a jump rope?
5. How to workout with a jump rope?

If you have been playing with the idea of a jump rope for the longest time, worry not because I try this for the first time with you.

This is a short jump rope workout and a major fail aesthetically. I look funny as I try to maintain balance and jump and swing but I am positive this will change and I am hoping I will be able to post in some more jump rope videos and show you my progress.

On a personal exercise slash workout goals, I am planning a 4 week jump rope transformation where I do jump rope workouts for 4 hours a week along with my regular gym and lifting workouts and a clean diet.

If you have been following me for some time, you would know I love lifting and I lost 100 pounds by lifting so that is something i can never ever give up. I am all for girls who lift and the fact that girls should lift. And many women still don’t lift, especially Indian women and I am here to change that or at the very east challenge that.

Also, as this is the FALL season, my second favourite season after winter, I share some fall fitness tips in a video and hope that you have the chance to see that.
Because it is fall, I indulged in awful diet habits in the past 1 week and I am back in the clean eating wagon after some time.

So, with this jump rope workout and my 4 week jump rope plan, I am hoping to add in to my fitness, counter the days of bad eating I have had and help myself lose weight, gain muscle, get lean and have a bikini body in fall!!

Hope you enjoy the video.

WATCH HERE

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5 Pro Fitness Tips to say fit this Fall\Autumn| BONUS: Diwali Fitness Tips| Liftlikeagirl

❤Comment with a fitness tip you have for the fall season?❤

🍔 And are there people who have lost the weight and feel guilty eating after I know I do and I need help.🍕

5 Pro Fitness Tips to stay fit this Fall is a way for me to show you that the coming cold months do NOT mean that you will gain some weight and lose the summer bikini bod you worked for all this while.

And as a bonus, since it is Diwali time in India and Halloween everywhere else, I am sharing this at the right time?

By a bikini bod, I mean a body you feel confident in while wearing a bikini. You can be any size or shape but that confidence in your own body comes from healthy eating, exercise and a good mental attitude which the media fails to show.

This fall, I will share some easy to do fitness tips, Diwali dos and don’ts to make you feel not guilty for enjoying the festive season.

You will be inundated by halloween candy and Diwali sweets but that does not mean you let go of clean eating habits and any good fitness tips that you have.

I would love it if you lifters share your fitness tips to keep healthy mind and body during the fall and autumn season when you have loads of hot chocolate and mulled wine to carry you over.

Indian Diwali is one of my favourite festivals, the lights and the atmosphere, the joy of giving, the sweets and the dresses. Diwali is such a colourful festival and is rightly called the festival of lights and as I have lost 100 pounds and don’t wan the weight loss to be a burden on my head, I usually follow these pro fitness tips and indulge during the festive season but then clean up my act to not hamper my weight loss and mental health.

So, without further ado, here is my video with an amazing saree.

FALL FITNESS TIPS

Hope you enjoy the video.

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Instagram: Liftlikeagirl13

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Loose skin After weight loss: VIDEO

After losing 100 pounds, I have tackled issues of loose skin, cellulite and stretch marks. It is not easy losing 100 pounds and is often recommended that you do not go and lose weight fast but make your weight loss slow so that you do not have loose skin.

My personal story of this 100 pound weight loss is a slow one, I started lifting and dieting and I was so scared of getting surgery for loose skin that I tried all possible remedies to get rid of my loose skin.

I was shocked to see cellulite on my thighs and stretch marks started cropping up in my flabby arms and back of my stomach, I looked up so many remedies to get rid of loose skin.

I tried creams and stretching exercises for my loose skin but I have realised that dropping 100 pounds has been such a monumental step in the direction of my health that I need to accept my body for it is and be body positive.

I look at how media represents weight loss and even extreme weight loss with after pictures of people who have lost weight looking so amazing with muscles and skinny legs but as a filmmaker, I know it is all because of perfect lights and cameras and editing softwares.

The point of this presentation is to increase my library of body positive videos and as liftlikeagirl, I show the imperfections in my body after my 100 pound weight loss.

You can be anywhere you want but just love your body and do not search for losing weight fast and easy but instead search for exercises and workouts and fitness tips to better you life and lifestyles.

VIDEO LINK

 

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Foods that burn Fat

When you embark on a weight loss journey, people inundate you with advice, drink warm lemon water or eat these seeds and you will lose fat.

DO NOT LISTEN TO THEM.

The science behind fat loss is this:

How to lose weight and burn Fat: When you exercise, your heart rate goes up. As your heart rate goes up, you breathe in more air and release more air. This rapid inhaling and exhaling is you actually exhaling OUT the fat.

The fat gets “burned” as CO2. carbon dioxide and THAT is what you lose.

There is no food that burns FAT.

BUT

There are some natural foods that increase you metabolism boosting hormones, suppress appetite and basically help you push along in your journey.

They do not work alone and will always be an addition to good diet and exercise.

Today, I posted an old picture to instagram to show how a good diet and exercise routine and NO CHEMICALS can make you a different person.

I share some natural fat burning foods here.

CLICK HERE FOR NATURAL FAT BURNERS

Comment with any questions that you have and if you are on a similar journey, HIT ME UP!!!

 

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How I lost 100 pounds| Starting my Own Youtube Channel

When people talk about losing weight and sharing their journey with others, it is often construed as self service and shaming fat people.

There are vultures waiting around for you to fail and get on that binge and eat your own weight.

I keep insisting that weight loss is not just a physical journey but a mental one at that.

Here I share the levels of my weight loss journey that have helped me get to where I am and hope that it helps others going through the same.

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  1. Self Loathe: This was the most difficult level to cross as I would hate looking at myself in the mirror. I wished fervently to lose the weight but the willpower in me had died. I would eat and then fast for days and then eat some more. Eating made me feel good. I would have conversations with myself justifying my eating habits and lack of exercise thinking its all in my genes and I kept expanding.
  2. False starts: This continued for 2 years. I would decide to make a change (every monday!) and join a gym or an exercise program and then give up and eat my weight. Or I would run for an hour, feel exhausted with my body hurting for days later and then eat as much as I wanted. I would never really exercise regularly.
  3. Home workouts; I felt ashamed of myself and the laziness in me was so deeply rooted that I downloaded home workouts and would follow that. I tried this method for a good few months and when I started noticing some changes. Not many but my stamina was improving I felt good and then went off to eat.
  4. Food and diet: I realised I had an unhealthy relationship with food, so I put myself on a strict diet. All was well, as I weighed myself and was dropping pounds after pound a day. It was water weight but I was happy. I pushed myself to an extreme and would only eat salads the whole day and chug on green tea. When I did eat normal food, I would purge it all out. Not a very healthy choice but I kept losing the weight.
  5. Gym and Trainer: I had an on and off relationship with the gym. So, one day I waltzed into my gym and a trainer approached me. I was very skeptic of trainers since I never thought they had any good intentions (mostly money minting). But this one came to me and said he wanted to help me workout. I agreed. He seemed like a decent guy and I had nothing to lose. He slowly started putting me in body workout splits and encouraged me to lift. I did not pay him for any personal training but I guess he was that rare person who actually loved his job. He gave me diets to be followed and slowly I fell in love with lifting.
  6. Lift Life: After almost a year with this trainer, I put on a red dress and was shocked to see it fit! I was a size 4 and I hadn’t realised it. Maybe, I had but the point was that I was enjoying what  did.
  7. A new Change: I gained enough confidence to pick up projects that had me travel and I had to quit this gym. But I was equipped now. I interacted with many lifters, digested bodybuilding tips and workouts (many were for men and few for women!).

17512_10151684925016928_503718091_nThe point here is, I finally found something that I enjoyed and that empowered me. I have gained muscle weight. I look smaller than ever but weight more.

What I have realised is that women focus so much on dropping the pounds, on the number on the scale that we do not really experiment with what form of exercise we like. Exercise not to get a perfect shape, but to feel good. and when you feel good, you will get what you want.

I wanted skinny legs (thanks to my Indian hips) and I started doing squats and lunges and I still don’t have skinny legs but I have started loving the muscle definition in my thighs. I have strong broad shoulders and biceps and I love it.

I am stronger than ever. I am the luggage carrier of the family now. I beat guys bigger than me at physical challenges and for the majority of my life, my friends had dubbed me inertia (A body at a state of rest continues to remain at rest until an external force is applied.)

This prompted me to start a youtube channel, not to showcase my weight loss but to show women that there are ways to lose weight and love yourself, lifting is easy and maybe give it a try?

I want to share my mental struggle with ED and body dysmorphia and I am so thankful for the loving community I have found on youtube.

My channel link: LIFTLIKEAGIRL

 

 

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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?

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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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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

 

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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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Yoga Journey Update

As I am in India, I am practising and learning various forms of yoga. Mostly, it takes a lot of breathing and meditation, controlling your own self and flexibility.

The following pictures are snippets from my flexibility training and hoping to post an update that would show an improvement.

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Also you can find me on my Youtube Channel LIFTLIKEAGIRL

And on Instagram : LIFTLIKEAGIRL_SAMAIRABLACK