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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 🙂

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LifeStyle

Hello 2017!

Another year has come to an end, and everyone is probably still thinking about their new year’s resolutions and setting a long list of things to do and goals to achieve.

Here’s some advice:

  • Don’t create such a long list that you know you won’t even fulfill.
  • Choose a couple of things that you want to improve in yourself as well as a few goals you want to achieve.
  • Let them be a total of 5 things, maximum. Also, don’t forget to include in that mini list something new that you want to try.

We sometimes tend to be very harsh on our self and therefore end up judging our self too much. So, we end up feeling frustrated and unease when we see our self not fulfilling the long list that we thought we would be able to immediately put into action.

If you are not fully convinced about the goal, just don’t add it to the list. Once your mind is willing to achieve a certain thing it will get to it, no matter what!

Here are a few of my year’s resolutions: (I choose the ones that first came to mind):

  • Starting my yoga journey: Since I already have several hobbies, it was hard for me to start yoga and add it to my schedule. I would always join a couple of yoga classes here and there but I was never consistent.
  • Go back to dancing: For the past year, I stopped dancing. I had been dancing salsa for the past 4 years. I was focusing more on fitness and boxing. I love dancing, it makes me feel happy and alive and I do miss dancing.
  • Get my personal training certificate: Since I started my fitness journey and my blog began to grow. I became super interested in the fitness field. Although I am not a fan of Biology and I haven’t taken a biology class since grade 9 (6-7 years ago); I am willing to challenge myself and know more about how the human body works and the benefits of exercise in the pursuit of becoming a certified personal trainer.

Since I graduate in 2017, I decided to keep my list short and concise. I have no idea what doors and opportunities life has prepared for me as I enter a new phase in my life.

I would like to end this post by sharing with you few things I have learned and will carry onto 2017:

  • Always challenge yourself; your body is stronger than you think! Don’t be scared of pushing yourself.
  • Try something new; break out of the routine and do something you’ve always wanted to try or something you’re just curious to know more about:I tried aerial yoga in august and fell in love with it from day one; I also tried pole dancing a few weeks also and it was so much fun, can’t wait to make some time to start pole classes.
  • Last but not least, always make time for people you love!

I hope this year will be blessed and great for all of us! I’m ready to see what surprises and challenges life has prepared for us.

Persistence, perseverance and patience are the 3Ps that will guide you in your journey. Don;t forget to stay positive and don’t let anyone stop you for achieving your goals.

With love,

Christine 🙂

 

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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

More than “Just” Boxing

As Capricorns, we aim for perfection and one thing I can tell you about myself is, when I want something, I don’t stop till I get it.

I believe that trying new things is what life is all about. The more you experiment the more you learn about yourself and what makes you happy. I have been told that everything in life comes with hard work and patience; and we won’t understand the true meaning of this statement until we achieve our goals, one at a time.

I grew up listening to the phrase “Practice makes Perfect”… My mom and brother continuously told me this phrase as a motivation for me to practice piano more, however I never took it seriously. As I grew older, I started to value this phrase and use it as a push for me to keep moving forward and achieve higher in whatever I was doing.

I was never attracted to any type of sport such as basketball, football, or volleyball… I always found myself on the complete extreme, the arts. I did ballet for about 9 years and I have been dancing salsa and ballroom dance for about 5 years. However, my relationship with other sports such as running has and continues to be a struggle (I’ll tell you about that soon. :D)

I lost most of my flexibility soon after stopping ballet, devastating isn’t it? However, as I started working out, doing yoga every once in a while, and now boxing, my body is slowly regaining some of the lost flexibility.

I have recently started boxing, and although it’s only been a short 3 months, I never imagined myself developing a passion towards it.

The first few sessions of boxing classes were a bit boring and dull and it is the beginner phase that is the hardest. Most people tend to be impatient and stop since they do not see improvements or results. Usually, I am one of those impatient people, however I believed in myself and in the idea of wanting to learn boxing. Once I have that conviction, no one can stop me from working for what I want. I was doing movements that felt weird and my body did not quite understand what was going on.Now, I anxiously look forward to every boxing session. I am actually learning Chinese boxing, which not only includes pure boxing but also footwork and lots of kicks. Every class is a challenge to me; even if I do not learn a new move, I learn something new about myself, my body,my strength. I have found a beauty in repetition, and am enjoying every step as I grasp the technique behind the moves better. It is through experiences like these that I have come to learn the true meaning of persistence, patience, and perseverance.

Follow me on Instagram Beirut Fitness, where I share videos tracking my progress.

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Photos taken by my dear friend and talented photographer Patrick Sawaya