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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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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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Fit Fashion

Christine’s Favorite Outfits: yApparel

I’ve always had an inclination towards fashion…actually I think every woman just has it in her blood. Through the Beirut Fitness blog, people constantly ask me what my favorite active wear or sportswear brand is, and what brands I prefer over others.

Continuing my #FitnessFashionFriday posts that are posted regularly on Instagram giving fit fashion tips as well as outfit inspirations by brands of my choice; I have decided to start a series of “Christine’s Favorite Outfits”.

This series of blog posts will dive you deeper into my closet. It will introduce you to the brands I wear, what colors I prefer and how I style my outfits to always look fashionably fit.

Those who know me understand my love, appreciation, and addiction for leggings. In fact, I wear most of my workout clothes on day to day basis even when I am not working out. They are the perfect and most comfortable way to go to university, for running errands, and hanging out with friends.

I am a fan of colors…and specially printed leggings.

I will start off this series showing you some of my favorite outfits from yApparel.

yApparel is a yoga and fitness apparel store located in Dubai. I discovered them through Instagram and the best part is that they sell online and ship worldwide! They sell brands such as Brasil Fit, Tonic, Dharma bums and many more. The brands mentioned are the ones that I have tried. These outfits are made for yoga use primarily however, I feel very comfortable working out in them.

I’m not very picky when it comes to choosing what outfit to wear as in going to the active section or running section. As long as the fit is tight (showing the curves) and the legging/short is stretchy then I’m more than happy with that.

Check out my outfits below and don’t forget to check www.yapparel.com

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Brand: Brasil Fit

 

 

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Brand: Dharma Bums

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Brand: Tonic

All photos are taken by my lovely and talented mother Jackie!

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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