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THE 1 Month January RESET

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I trudged across my staircase, turned the heating on a bit and looked at the snow fall faster outside the window.
The white blanket got thicker and a shiver ran down my spine. I picked up my hot soy coffee mug and sipped the caffeine filled deliciousness.
Contrary to all my planning and plotting and the tempting masquerade ball invite in Downtown, I was snuggled in my house with family, about to start a Grey’s Anatomy binge with my sisters and I could not be happier.
Except when I was alone like this, staring at the city lights, fuzzy with snow and a smattering of some lone last minute shoppers.
Since, thanksgiving, I had been confined (mostly willingly) to the house, working on my projects and scripts and bulking. But ever since Christmas and that eventful cold day at the Distillery District in Downtown, I was a home buddy.

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I knew January was round the corner

and with work gaining steam, I would have to get off my comfort zone and hit the work force again.

And I was a fluffy pile of mess. I had indulged myself in holiday food, cream, cheese and often cupcakes for breakfast and then mac and cheese for three straight days.

I forgive myself and so should you.

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But let’s hit January with full force now.

What is the January Reset?

  1. A way to get acquainted with a fit lifestyle without overwhelming your body and mind.
  2. A four week program to kickstart your body, clean the holiday mess and detox you.
  3. Simple diet plans that YOU can modify and not feel unhappy about.
  4. A support group of highly curated people who will ENCOURAGE YOU.

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So what are you waiting for???

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JOIN THE GROUP NOW:

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My Drunken Nights: Does Alcohol and Fitness Mix?

As it is Friday and we are all getting ready and headed off to drinks with friends, a session with wine and Netflix or plain simple house party. And we deserve it!

We have worked so hard the whole week that we need to unwind.

Now, alcohol haters will say there are other ways to unwind and relax and you do not need to intoxicate yourself. I beg to differ. I prefer days I can lounge and drink red wine and have a gossip session with my girlfriends. Or I like a strong pre-game night and club hopping with my friends and meeting cute guys over gin and tonic.

And my personal favourite? Getting sloshed on diet coke and rum and dancing away the night.

But, as I lost the weight and went deeper in the world of fitness, I realised how such nights, even one such night hampered my progress for almost a week. I would eat more, kill my diet, I would lie with a horrible hangover and I would lose my mental peace.

So, here I share a video where I talk about how Alcohol affects fitness.

WATCH THE VIDEO

On a lighter note I share some of my most memorable drinking stories. Do you have one? Comment with a fun thing that happened when you were pissed.

  1. As I mentioned in a video here. I once had two whole bottles of red wine and remembered the night. So, I had a major crush on this guy (who, I later found out was gay ) and was invited to a house party where he would be there. Now, in order to hide my embarrassment and my love for him, I started off with my house guest gift bottle and kept drinking, flirting as much as I could with him, thinking it was a successful night. I was the perfect faux hostess, handing out food, sharing funny stories and my love for Bollywood. I also made it a point to give an update to my best friend every 15 mins and needless to say, the next day and the few days later, I was shattered when I found out where his interests lay. Oh, and he had a serious boyfriend as well.
  2. The rum and coke night: A friend wanted to set me up with another friend of his. I was not too keen but it was a thursday and drinks would be cheap and I was tired from all the school work, so I sauntered off. I bought some drinks and some drinks were bought for me. I met the guy and did not think much of him. I met another guy who was married (My luck IS that good). We started dancing, the set up was sloshed on beer (light weight) and the married guy was chaperoning everyone (who gets married so young!!??) and then I met a guy who in my rum induced haze looked like Tom Cruise to me. I was a happy girl and my friends had to physically be around me all the time to prevent me from going and asking him if he was Tom Cruise (thank you for not letting me embarrass myself).
  3. The Vodka Incident: At a filmmakers mixer, I was a wingman for a friend who had it bad for another. Now, I don’t usually do setups but then they were both good friends and I genuinely thought she liked him. So I set up a date for them, sort of (I was third wheeling in my head) and kept buying them drinks and kept the conversation flowing and when she finally left the place, I thought it was a success. To celebrate, my friend and I went to another club pretending to be man and wife to avail a special discount, used my card again and again and the morning after had to call the father to get some money in order to not default.

Such is life.

It might seem interesting or a funny read but the pain of the hangover and the silly antics have put me off alcohol and the fact that now that I see my muscles and abs, I don’t want to run around with a beer belly or a red wine baby and ruin it all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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.

Find me on IMDB: Samridhi Kumar
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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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?

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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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Lose weight Fast

I have had a lot of people come up to me and ask about weight loss advice, people who crash diet for a week and obsess over the number on the17512_10151684925016928_503718091_n scale.

Please do not!!

First of all look at yourself and ask why you want to lose weight. A checklist:

  1. Did you see a skinny model or an actor you want to look like?
  2. Are people around you saying you are fat?
  3. Do you think you look ugly?

If you answered yes to any of the above, think again. You are beautiful and the problem is that media and society is used to just one type of body and if you do not see your body represented in the media or represented in a negative way that does not mean you are ugly.
The right reasons to lose weight are:

  1. Be fitter and healthier
  2. Achieve a fitness goal
  3. Feel good about yourself.

I would recommend looking up Lena Dunham’s comments on her weight loss. They have been so inspirational.

Lena Dunham on her weight loss

Now for the good part. My Tips and tricks to permanently lose the weight.

I went from 220 pounds to 110 to 120 pounds and cannot be healthier and stronger.

So here goes:

  1. Portion Control: Find out the correct portion size for you. For example, the palm of your hand is the amount of carbs, your fist would be your proteins, your thumb would be fats.
  2. Do not hate carbs: Carbs or carbohydrates are everywhere. Fruits and vegetables also have carbs which gives you energy. You need energy to go through the day!! Be mindful of the types of carbs you eat. A piece of cake is carbs but it has frosting and sugar and oil and fats!! Go for options such as whole wheat bread or pita bread.
  3. Exercise: Find a type of exercise you like and sweat!!! Get your heart beat up and exercise for at least 20-30 mins every day. After a while you will start enjoying your workouts and find ways to do more stuff and stay active.
  4. Consistency: You will have many false starts, start the next monday and all but do not give up!! Keep trying till you reach a point where you workout 3-4 days a week.
  5. Dairy: Some people like me have an issue with dairy as it causes bloating and the there are some moral issues as well. So I shun dairy. Mostly dairy is for the cow’s calf and not for humans. So think twice before drinking a whole glass of milk. It has fats and hormones are injected into it and so much adulteration that really does you a lot of harm.
  6. Home cooked: Prefer home cooked meals to takeaways. Prepare your foods even if it takes time, dedicate a day to food prep and you will notice a change. But if you make pizzas every day or a grilled cheese, you know you are eating mostly fats.
  7. Balanced meal: A balanced meals has all food groups, proteins, carbs and fats. Do that for all meals you eat.
  8. Eat your veggies: Eat at least 5 portions of fresh fruits and veggies. Actively look for seasonal fruits and fill up.
  9. Mindful Snacking: Do not grab a packet of crisps when you are famished. Look for healthy snacks like carrot sticks, humus, whole nuts and any kind of fruits.
  10.  Water: Drink loads of water. Add lemon or cucumbers for some flavour but do aim for a healthy amount of water. Sometimes when you are thirsty, you feel hungry and tend to eat more. Drink water!

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Losing weight is not about the number on the scale. It is about a healthier and happier you.