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Recipes

Avocado Shrimp Ceviche

Ingredients Needed:
– 2 bags of medium sized shrimp
– 4 avocados
– 6 cucumbers
– 2 cups of water
– 3 tomatoes
– 3 onions
– 2 lemons
– cilantro
– olive oil
– salt

Start with cooking the shrimp:
1. Cut a tomato into 4 pieces
2. Cut an onion into 4 pieces
3. Place the tomato and the onion in a pot with 2 cups of water
4. Add salt
5. Add a handful of cilantro to the pot
6. Once everything starts to boil, add the shrimp for a few minutes until the shrimp is pink

Once the shrimp is cooked, remove them from the pot and keep 1/2 a cup of the water from the pot aside. Chop the shrimp into 2-3 pieces and place them in a bowl to cool.

Moving on to the next steps, dice 2 onions and place them in a bowl of freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons), some salt, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
Forget about the onions for around 30 min so they can absorb the lemon.

In the meantime, prepare a large bowl: chop the 4 avocados (make sure they are ripe but not too ripe), the 6 cucumbers, and the 2 tomatoes into small cubes.
Add the shrimp to the mixture along with the onions that were soaked in lemon juice and the juice that we had put aside from the pot.

Mix everything together, place it in the fridge for a while et voila!

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Fitness Tips

8 Tips for Kick Starting your Fitness Journey!

Ready to start your fitness journey? Here are some tips to help you get going:

  1. Be determined:

Start because you are convinced that you love your body and want to improve it. Having the right mindset is a key starting point.

  1. Be patient:

Patience, oh Patience, where have you been? If you don’t have it, you will learn it along the way. Permanent, consistent changes to your body do not happen overnight. Once you start seeing results, you’ll want to push yourself more and more every time.

  1. Exercise and nutrition work hand in hand:

Don’t expect to see results if you are not watching what you eat. You can start off by decreasing the amount of junk food you eat per week, cut down on the carbs, increase the protein, and add more veggies to your meal.

If you would like to read more about this topic, you can check out my previous Blog post: “I don’t Diet, I eat according to my goals” here!

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My typical breakfasts include: Omelette, coffee, and some fruit
  1. Don’t be stubborn when it comes to choosing the workouts:

You might think that one move worked magic on a friend of yours but every body is different. Not all exercises are suitable for everyone.

  1. Don’t be afraid of lifting weights:

Many people especially women, are afraid of lifting weights. They immediately think that weights = bulky muscles. No, this is not true, this is a MYTH. Lifting weights burns fat, relieves stress, and tones your body.

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Barbell Squats
  1. Choose Motivational Music:

Prepare some playlists of music ahead of time so you can play them while working out, it will help boost your mood.

  1. Workout with a friend, companion, or lover:

When you workout with someone you love spending time with, you end up motivating each other and having so much fun together. You can also think of it as another opportunity to see each other.

  1. Go buy yourself some NEW active-wear:

When you’re starting a fitness journey you don’t really care about what you’re wearing and you end up picking the old baggy clothes you never wear. This can end up demotivating you. So, go buy yourself some colorful trendy and pretty sportswear, not only will this affect your mood; it will also encourage you to workout and feel comfortable with yourself.

Good Luck!

“Believe in yourself, and you’re halfway there” – Theodore Roosevelt

 

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LifeStyle

This summer: Be the Happiest Version of You

Hello Monday! February is coming to and end and the sun has been shining more often and I can’t be happier! Here are some ideas I was thinking about over the weekend that I’d like to share with you:

As soon as spring begins, you suddenly see everyone worrying about their bodies and wanting to achieve the so called “summer body” but what does this actually mean? I believe that the term “summer body” is a socially constructed term that the society and media have created in order to make people feel uncomfortable with their own body so they consume services and products that “claim” to aid in losing weight/re-shaping the body.

However, reshaping the body, toning, and losing weight is not something that happens over night or in couple of weeks. I’m sure you’ve heard of so many people who have suddenly lost weight, or look better but these quick and easy alternatives and methods are usually not sustainable.

Personally, I do not believe in something called “A summer body”. Day by day, new trends emerge; we’ve been constantly bombarded, in the past couple of months, with the trend of big butts, for example, and more. These trends create pressure on many people and may lead to extreme measures being taken in order to feel accepted and “fit-in”.

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I haven’t been blogging or working out as much as before since the beginning of the year. It’s my last semester at University; I’m finishing up a double major in Economics and Media and Communications as well as working on a very exciting project for the blog that I can’t wait to reveal (I will be revealing clues soon, but full Revelation will be around May hopefully). My schedule includes long hours and breaks that are exhausting.. I won’t lie, I do feel weaker; I’ve stopped private boxing session (and it’s so frustrating); I’ve been doing Power Stretch class once a week as well as Pulse class, mainly weights; 2 to 3 times a week and from time to time some aerial yoga.

Being fit and healthy is not only about having abs! I don’t have abs; but I’m totally OK with that.

Be happy with your body, your curves, and most importantly LOVE YOURSELF. Don’t let the media make you question how beautiful you are!

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PS: All of these photos are taken in Mar Mikhael – Beirut 🙂

Categories
Fit Fashion

Beirut Fitness X Lorna Jane

Australia’s leading active wear brand and one of my favorite brands has finally landed in Beirut!

I’ve known this brand for a couple of years and I would always look for it every time I travel. What I love about Lorna Jane is that every single item has something special and unique; no matter how simple it is. They are known for having fashionably fit unique items that make you feel fabulous. Whether it is the integration of mesh, net, or cut outs the flattering and durable fit is what makes this brand stand out.

For those of you looking for a last minute Christmas gift, you can now shop my look or any other Lorna Jane outfits at Zahar Lingerie stores across Lebanon! Any woman would definitely love to receive a comfortable and fashionable outfit to add to her “athleisure” wardrobe 🙂

Check out their fun and trendy collection of black and printed leggings and add a twist to this everyday MUST-HAVE.

Happy Shopping!

In the pictures I’m wearing the black and mesh leggings from their new collection paired with electric orange sports bra and a vest lined with fur.

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Finishing the photo shoot with my favorite pose!

PS: Don’t forget to checkout my Instagram account @Beirutfitness for more photos and fashion tips!

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Fitness

EMS workout with Voltfit

I love trying new things! New year’s eve is right around the corner, have you started thinking about your new year’s resolutions? I’ll be telling you more about my long list and another blog post, soon 🙂

So, I’ve recently tried out a relatively new  type of workout called EMS. After trying 2 sessions of EMS and interviewing Elie, Owner of Voltfit, in order to know more about how the workout works; I am sharing with you my experience below:

EMS or Electrical Muscle Stimulation is a type of workout that involves the transmission of electrical impulses, in the form of electrodes, directly to the muscle.

For those of you who claim to not have time to work out, I have found a solution for you. Shut the excuses away and say “Yes I can make time for myself and my body!” The EMS workout is ONLY a 20 minutes workout so I’m sure you can make time for 20 minutes 😉

The EMS workout is thus equivalent to about 3-4 hours of regular gym training because you are using almost all (95%) your fiber muscles at the same time.  Around 440 contractions are made in 20 min!

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At first, I did not know what to expect, I had not tried anything of this sort before. The electrodes feel like vibrations across your body. In order to feel the vibrations properly, you are advised to wear the special leggings and top that they provide to you. The machine is then attached to a vest that you wear on top of the top in order for the electrodes to flow.

So, how does it work? The machine is made up of 3 currents:

Each current has a specific frequency, intensity, and period.

  • Current for fat loss:

Continuous current

Fast Frequency

Lower Intensity

Involves Cardio

  • Intermittent Current:

4 seconds on and 4 seconds off

Mainly used for toning, shaping and muscle building

  • Relaxation/ Recovery Current:

Fast intermittent (the impulse comes and goes)

Throughout your 20 min workout, all the 3 different currents are being used (not at the same time).

According to Elie, 2 EMS workouts per week along with some regular PT sessions is recommended.

So, are you ready to get shocked?

Book your first FREE session now by contacting Voltfit at +961 76 109 409 and check out their website for any additional information: www.voltfit.com

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Post EMS workout selfie with Elie, Owner & Trainer at Voltfit
Categories
Events

Love Light & F***ing Bright Yoga Retreat

On Saturday May 28, I attended the last day of the Love Light & F***ing bright yoga retreat organized by Trainstation Studio and lead by the beautiful international yoga teacher Dee. The retreat was a 3 day relaxing retreat held at Zenotel Wellness Retreat – Bekfaya.

The day first started with a morning Pranayama and Yin yoga class that I absolutely loved. It was my first time practicing this genre of yoga (I usually practice vinyasa yoga). The poses in yin yoga are usually held for longer periods of time so that the stretches are deep. The class was a gentle and slow class that focuses on stretches and breathing techniques.

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Dee explained every movement in details first, showing us the posture and the variations available for making it more or less challenging as well as slowly guiding us throughout the flows. What I liked about the class is that Dee placed a lot of emphasis on posture and alignment and was concerned about every single person attending the class.

After the class, we had a ginger tea and fresh fruits break. The socializing time was followed by an intense and challenging “yang” style yoga class that is a part of the vinyasa flow. We explored arm balances, sun salutations, and inversions as well as Mantras and Mudras.

After the relaxing and challenging classes, the retreat ended with a vegetarian lunch at the hotel’s earth restaurant.

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I can’t wait for Dee’s next workshop in Lebanon, check out Dee’s instagram page here to stay up to date!

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Fitness LifeStyle

I don’t want to be SKINNY!

I want to be HEALTHY and HAPPY!

Arab women have always been known for having the beautiful curvy body with focus on the thighs.  However, mainstream media have continuously carved the image of females as being tall, extremely thin, having the tiniest waist line, long legs and perfect skin and hair – changing the perception of the “ideal woman look”. Seeing the perception of women change makes me so sad.

Many people suffer and aim to become this so called “living Barbie”. We live in a world where many people do not appreciate themselves and the lives they live. Many eating disorders have emerged in the pursuit of reaching this unrealistic image that DOES NOT EXIST. But is media purely the one to blame? Definitely not! Media has a great impact in one’s life but personality, attitude, and self confidence are what define you. With the advancement of technology several editing programs such as Photoshop which have excellent features for photography and graphic designers also have the power to make someone look skinnier and flawless.

The aim is not to have a perfect body. I don’t work out to lose weight; I work out to feel healthy, strong, and lean.

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Aiming for perfection is aiming for something unreal. We all have flaws and learning to embrace them and be comfortable with them is the challenge. I have some stretch marks and a few traces of cellulite on my thighs but these imperfections are what make me human. Every human being is beautiful in his/her way and the most beautiful part is how they express their love to their self in front of the world.

When I look around me, I see how blessed I am to have such a beautiful family by my side and most importantly for having good health. Be thankful for what you have, life is a surprising game that can change when we least expect it to. Eat healthy, exercise and be the best version of yourself.

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