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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

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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.

IMG_2184IMG_2099Plank Position to PushupIMG_2095IMG_2115IMG_2173

 

Also you can find me on my Youtube Channel LIFTLIKEAGIRL

And on Instagram : LIFTLIKEAGIRL_SAMAIRABLACK

 

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I am a FAT GIRL: A Poem

Fatso, giant, big boned, big fat arse

They smiled knowing it was just a farce.

She was not human, was she?

She was just a punchline of a joke.

When I picked a pizza, you saw me and scowled

How dare she eat that, you judged and frowned.

I remember the day i went to the cloth shop

A mother pointed at me, warning her daughter

You don’t want to look like her, she said

They both looked at me, messing with my head.

Fatso, giant, big boned, big fat arse

They smiled knowing it was just a farce.

She was not human, was she?

She was just a punchline of a joke.

I pulled and pulled the biggest jeans over my fat thighs

Wishing I could cut off the flesh with the sharpest knife.

You came to me and said I was fat

You were a friend but what right you had?

You said he will love you for your personality.

Insinuating I wasn’t good enough for him.

I see you today and I want to ask you again.

Did you see me that day, did you feel my pain?

You said my sister was prettier than I

You said I was ugly forcing me to hide my sigh.

I walked on the street and you screamed at me

Oi fatty! You shouted in jest and ran off before I could see.

Fatso, giant, big boned, big fat arse

They smiled knowing it was just a farce.

She was not human, was she?

She was just a punchline of a joke.

You said I was bigger than my mum

Reducing me to just a size of my bum.

You asked me out on a date

It was a dare to make the fat girl wait.

At parties you wanted to laugh at me.

Watching me eat or dressing me up, wasn’t it fun to see?

I went to the gym and dropped the pounds.

You came running after me like hounds.

Suddenly what I said mattered to you.

My face, my brains, my heart were yours to woo.

Do I leave the fat girl behind?

Does she not deserve a chance and a love to find?

Was she not human enough or just a wad of fat.

For you to mock and shame and wander in your tall hat.

The fat girl in me is still within hearing range.

You may not see her, but I see your behaviour change.

I may be half of her but she is whole of me.

She remembers and so do we.

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Healthy Banana Bread

Banana bread is my absolute favourite breakfast, except I worry too much about carbs and fat in it, so I created a healthy version of this bread to satisfy my cravings.

Ingredients:

3 large ripe bananas

2 large eggs

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 cup ghee butter

1 cup non processed sugar (or use jaggery or brown sugar)

1 tsp baking powder

 

Method:

  1.  Mash the bananas and keep aside
  2. Whip the eggs with a fork till they look soft and fluffy.
  3. In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar till it looks like cotton.
  4. Add the dry ingredients and mix with a spoon. Do not whip.
  5. Pour the mixture in a pre heated oven and bake at max for 15 mins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kickstart Fitness|Calisthenics|Military Style workout

The military incorporates some of the best full body weight workouts without any equipment.

Here, I have researched some Indian Army, US Navy Seal and British Military workout routines to create a plan that is workable and gives amazing results.

The Kickstart Military workout is very basic but when you do this at a continuous pace and with high intensity, your body will feel the pain.

The best thing about these workouts is that they teach you to listen to y our body. You will be able to complete complex moves and practically be much fitter and stronger.

The workout is divided into 2 work days and active rest days with a yoga session peppered in. You can always choose to jog or run during active rest days but do not stay still.

This workout plan is good for 2 weeks.

Day 1: Full Body Workout

Warm Up: 5-10 times with no rest

10 Jumping Jacks

10 Pushups

Pushup10 squats

Lower Body: Beginner 3 sets 15 reps, intermediate 3 sets 20 reps and advanced 5 sets 20 reps

Lunges

Lunge Jump

Squat Jump

Upper Body:

Rowing

Birds

Core:

Crunches

Bicycle Crunches

Reverse Crunches

 

Day 2: Upper Body: 3 sets minimum, 5 sets for advanced level

Wrist Stretch

Wrist rotation

Arm circles

Jumping Jacks

Mountain Climber

Shoulder Stretches

Alternate hand forward and backward pushups

Jack and jill

Cherry Picker

Touch Touch

Day 3: Active rest Day: Suryanamaskar:

Day 4: Lower Body: 3 sets minimum at 15 reps

Sitting Calf stretch

Reverse Crunch

Fluter Kick+sitting flutter kick

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Regular Plank

Standing Lunge

Lunge Jump

Frog Jump

Split Jump

Day 5: Upper Body: 3 sets 15 reps minimum

Pushups

Birds

Crunches

Burpees

Run touch pushup run

Standing jog

Plank

V-hold

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Day 6: Yoga

Day 7: Rest

 

Do check the youtube channel for proper form and timings and hit me up with any queries.

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Kickstart Your Fitness Nutrition

Nutrition is a very important part of any fitness regime.

As goes the famous saying, “Abs are built in the Kitchen”

 

The Kickstart Nutrition plan is not a drastic plan but aims to give you an idea of whole foods and good quality foods that will keep your body energised and functioning at its optimum strength.

Major food groups that you should include in all your meals:

  1. Carbohydrates: They give you energy!!! Choose complex carbs like whole wheat bread and pasta, brown rice, fruits, pita bread, seeded bread over any variety of white bread. Simple carbs do not give as much nutrition and make you feel hungry faster.
  2. Protein: Proteins are the building blocks of muscles. They will NOT bulk you up but will give you strong lean muscles that will give your body a hard chiselled look. Choose lean proteins such as fish, eggs, chicken (breast over thigh, skinless over skin), turkey, pork and lean cuts of beef. For vegetarians, choose whole lentils and beans such as kidney beans, black eyed peas, soy, peas etc.
  3. Fats: Fats are important for the body but in a very limited quantity. Choose animals fats such as ghee over refined vegetable oils or go for virgin, cold pressed oils. Natural sources of fats include coconut, mango, banana, olives and avocado. Toast o Avocado anyone?
  4. Fibre: Fibre is the one thing that always seems to lose. It is tough to get in your five a day but when you make pasta and add some veggies or some vegetable pulp to your meat loaf, it becomes easy. Choose a fruits or carrot sticks as snacks over crisps and you will intake more fibre. It helps in digestion, keeps you full and gives all necessary vitamins.

This is most basic building block of any diet plan and when you stick to whole natural foods, you will find things get easier.

 

Sample Meal Plan:

  1. Breakfast: 2 egg whites, toast, oatmeal/granola, salmon, some fruit.
  2. Snack: Almonds or a handful of any kind of unsalted nuts.
  3. Lunch: Pasta, sandwich, curry, choose variety with less cheese and cream and always get some salad or vegetables on the side.
  4. Snack: Humous and vegetables or nuts or fruits.
  5. Dinner: Lentil soup, whole wheat bread and curry, rice and curry, whole wheat pasta with lots of vegetables, grilled meats and vegetables.