If you’re a runner, you have already experienced what is called a “runner’s high”, and for those who haven’t, no, it doesn’t involve drugs. A runner’s high is when a runner experiences the feeling of being invincible, so to speak. The heart rate is up, your feet feel like they’re flying beneath you, and you feel as though you could run for hours. I. Love. This. Feeling.
Feet of a runner- blistered, worn down, aching, peeling, cracked, and sore. This is the life of a runner, and I couldn’t ask for anything better. Photo taken after an 8-mile run.
When you google the term “people running” (as I did for the picture in this post, you will find many pictures of super-smiley people who seem to be mid-stride.
Looking at these pictures makes me laugh. Call me skeptical, but the models in these pictures look a little too enthusiastic to be in the middle of a heart-pounding run.
Being a runner myself (never exceeding the mediocre amount of 5 miles) I have come to learn the true beauty of running. There isn’t any. This doesn’t simply account to just running. Any sport or physical activity that hard work deems necessary, won’t be easy, nor pretty.
Speaking for the runners everywhere, running does not look like the models in the photos above. Pshh, they make it look easy. If only that were the case, everyone would be a runner. Running means blistered feet, cracked heels, strained joints, shin splints, sweating profusely, and my favorite, the many tan lines from athletic watches.
Any activity requiring hard work, will have its not-so-beautiful aspects, but that is what drives us further. Athletes endure immense amounts of pain throughout their careers, doing what they love. For example, football players take on multiple bruises and concussions, runners get shin splints, weight lifters can have sprains or tears on any muscle. Being fit means putting in the work, day in and day out, simply because it is what you love doing.
I would gladly give up perfectly pedicured feet to be able to pound out some miles on the pavement. A few blisters couldn’t keep me away from a good-day’s run. So, if you are living the fit life, know that you are appreciated, because this stuff isn’t easy!
Throughout my fitness/health journey, many people have asked what my secrets are for getting that perfect body. Let me just start by saying, there is NOT a perfect body secret. Every body is different and beautiful in it’s own way. The real secret (which isn’t a secret at all) is to find what works best for your body.
Over the years, I have had horrible acne (still do at times), tasted awful protein powders, tried a billion face washes, moisturizers and lotions, and finally found the right products for my health. Overall, it was a very long process of trial and error.
To answer the questions many have asked, here are a few tips and tricks I live my days by.
- For minimizing acne, cut out dairy.
This was a hard one for me, because I use creamer in my coffee every morning and milk in my Special K cereal. Instead of dairy milk or creamer, my new found love is Silk sweetened vanilla almond milk. It is non-dairy, gluten-free and soy-free. Plus, it is only 90 calories per cup!!
- Find a routine that best fits your schedule, and stick to it.
Between work, school, and extra church events, my schedule is packed day-to-day. I found a routine that allows me to workout everyday during my small break between class and work. And to make up for lost workout time, I add a little extra work on the weekends. I know this isn’t ideal for most people with a busy schedule, so set time aside every other day, if not everyday, to get in a workout. Whether that be yoga, pilates, lifting, or running. Find something that fits well with you.
- Find the right products.
This is the trial and error section I mentioned at the top. Each product will work different on each individual; you have to find the one that fits you best. Find products that make your body feel good. For example, a moisturizer that makes your skin feel light and bouncy. After years of looking, I came to love Aveeno products for both lotion and daily facial moisturizer.
I have also tried multiple protein powders, each one making me feel more bloated and sluggish than the last, until I found the one I use now, which tastes like chocolate heaven and gives me loads of energy and stamina.
I love every single product I use now, but remember that each product fits a different type of skin or body. Find the products that make you glow and boost your confidence!
It has been about two months since my Preview Models audition and it is safe to finally say I am seeing results! I know what you are thinking. It’s about time, right? This has been much harder of a process than I had originally thought.
Throughout these last two months, I have slacked off, lost motivation, and second-guessed if I even needed to lose weight, but then I stopped myself. Was I bringing myself down instead of pulling myself up? I needed to get my butt in gear and build a better version of myself. Thankfully, I have been doing just that.
I had been so focused on losing weight and getting that perfect body, that I had forgotten to enjoy the pleasures in life. I had realized I was slacking off on writing daily (almost a month of that), I wasn’t keeping up with my prayer life, and I wasn’t enjoying my workouts. They felt more like the chores that I was being forced to do. To say the least, I was stuck in a rut.
I took a day to myself to clear my head, and things have completely flipped. I am seeing results I hadn’t seen before. My workouts are fun and more intense now and I have God to thank for all of it!
Overall, my weight has not gone down or up, but I have lost about 2 inches on all of my measurements. And thanks to my chocolate fudge protein powder my chocolate cravings have been under control! Now all I have to worry about is avoiding the bread section at Walmart.
Ladies, let’s be real, body shaming has become a huge part of our society lately. Be it, Lady Gaga’s little tummy fat during the halftime show (which I think is silly! Girl, you rocked it, and you’re gorgeous!) or just hurtful comments on social media, the body shaming needs to stop.
Being a model isn’t the easiest job, and the stereotypes about it are off the charts. A model can be any size and still be beautiful, in my opinion.
In modeling, you will be told no multiple times throughout your career. Companies may not want size 0 women, or maybe they don’t want tall women. No matter the criticism, your confidence in yourself shouldn’t waiver.
The model inspiration that I most look up to is Miss Ashley Graham. She is a plus size SUPERMODEL, body activist, designer, and much more. Notice how I said she is a supermodel. Graham once stated in an instagram post how she isn’t ashamed of a few lumps, bumps, or cellulite, and you shouldn’t be either.
This is the inspiration we need, Ladies, to put down body shamers. With everything I have learned throughout my growth as a young woman and my past modeling experiences, I have learned a new level of self-love. Yes, I have curves, cellulite, stretch marks, and much more, but I can’t focus on the negatives, and neither should you. Those “imperfections” are what landed me certain jobs I thought I would never get.
Your body is the only one you will ever have, so love it through every step of life. Ladies, let’s not let the body shamers get to us. Don’t let them discourage you. You are beautiful and it is time we take a stand, and instead of shaming, let’s lift each other up with confidence!
A little over three weeks has past since my job signing with Preview Models Talent Management, and my weight has come to a standstill. I don’t need to lose a substantial amount of weight, being as I already have a medium-sized athletic build, but in order to become the best model I can, I need to lose weight, and I need to do it quickly.
To give you an idea of my size, I am 5’10 and weigh around 145 pounds. When I happen to mention my losing weight, people tend to have this offended look on their faces and say, “You don’t need to lose weight, you’re not fat.” That’s just it, folks, I am not fat, but I am also not in the best shape I could be. In order to slim down for my runway show in June, I have to work hard, targeting my specific “problem areas.” I already workout 6 days a week (sometimes twice a day) and eat a healthy, balanced diet, but I need that little extra push.
The first two weeks went better than expected. I had lost 2 pounds the first week and another starting the second, plus all of my measurements had gone down an inch. It felt pretty good, until this last week when everything stood still. My body has plateaued. I had experienced this in the past with my major weight loss a few years ago, but I didn’t expect it to happen with the hard work I have been doing. If you don’t lift weights, or just aren’t sure of the terminology, plateauing in weight loss means your body has stopped progressing. You can’t lose weight, and you don’t gain weight. It feels like your entire body is stuck in jello, and you can’t get the extra push to see results. Many of my weightlifting friends have experienced this, and it is frustrating, to say the least.
This week, I have hunkered down and really worked on specific areas to burn fat and sculpt, but I haven’t had any luck, so I asked a few of my weightlifting friends for advice. They mostly recommended things I am already doing, but one stuck out; lean shakes. These can be used either for meal replacements, or protein drinks before workouts. Since I already eat healthy, I figured I would get the lean protein shakes. I am excited to start these at the beginning of next week. Fingers crossed these shakes will give me the push I need to overcome my plateau.
If you have any suggestions or advice, please feel free to leave a comment below!