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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 🙂

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Fitness

6 Tips to boost your health :)

  1. Make the best out of every situation you face

The mind is a powerful tool. Many studies have shown that positive thinking can affect health. When you are stuck in a certain situation, there is no point in wasting time regretting the past and neglecting the present. Face the situation and try to make the best out of it. I’m not saying that this is something easy to do, but you are capable of overcoming anything in order to reach your goals. And remember, it’s just a phase!

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  1. Never Skip Breakfast!

One of my favorite meals of the day is breakfast. Whether I woke up really early or very late, I never leave the house without having eaten. Having an early meal fuels your body for the day and minimizes the chances of overeating during later meals.

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  1. Exercise Regularly

Any type of physical activity is a plus for your health. Integrate some easy steps to get a little more active, like parking your car a little farther, taking the stairs, carrying your own groceries… Take the initiative and choose to try something new and fun with your friends. Join a dance class or try yoga or simply commit to being gym buddies. Joining a gym or new class gives you an opportunity to meet new people and enhances your mood. I exercise because it makes me feel good!

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Trying out Aerial Yoga Class
  1. Do more of the things that make you happy

According to Oxford Dictionaries, the definition of being happy is when an individual feels or shows pleasure and contentment. Doing more of what makes you happy helps release your stress and increase your positive vibes.

  1. Drink more water

Your body is made up of approximately 60% water. Drinking more water helps keep your skin hydrated. I sometimes tend to forget to drink water but I attempt to always carry a bottle of water with me wherever I go in order to at least drink 1.5-2 liters of water daily.

  1. Meditate from time to time

From time to time, spending some time alone simply doing nothing is all you need. Allow yourself some “me time”, enjoy the sunset from your balcony, or find a quite spot at a park, or mountain, and go there and be still from time to time. Escaping the hustle and stress of the day to day can help relieve stress and re-energize you.

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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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