Wednesday, 28 August 2013

T-Shirt DIY: Make a Super Cute Racerback Tank


I've been going through clean gym clothes like crazy lately. I'm sick of paying an arm and a leg for trendy Lululemons and I actually find that I like the comfort of t-shirts more, so I went out and bought a bunch of t-shirts to wear to the gym.  I find t-shirts look a little square and boring on me, so I did a bit of no-sew DIY and cut the t-shirts into a racerback tank top. The end result is super comfortable and looks way more flattering on me.

It was super easy to do. I just cut off the sleeves, starting at each shoulder and cut all the way down to the hip on both sides. I then cut off the collar and used the scrap to tie around the back to create the racerback. I got the idea and directions from this blog, I just made my cuts longer so that I would have more sports bra showing and did two more knots around the shoulders to create thinner straps.





Monday, 19 August 2013

Workout Luv: Eat, Lift, Repeat

When the weather is as nice as it has been lately, I have a hard time sitting still long enough to tell you about all that I've been up to. I'm sorry it's been a little while since my last post, but I've really stepped up my game at the gym and am working out harder than ever. Everyday, as soon as the clock hits 5pm, I am off and running to the park or to the gym, where I've been doing interval training and lifting heavy weights in order to gain lean muscle mass. I've also been preparing health conscious dishes ahead of time to fuel my workouts and to ensure that I get enough fats, carbs and protein in my diet to facilitate muscle gain. After years of thinking that thin=healthy, I have slowly been able to change my mindset to strong=healthy.

Done are the days of calorie restriction and endless cardio, instead I eat like a fiend (as long as it fits my macros, more about that later), do two 20 minute sessions of HIIT (high intensity interval training) a week and a 40 minute strength training session with weights 5 days a week.

I get up, eat, work, eat, work, work, work, go to the gym, eat, go out and enjoy a summer walk, prepare food for dinner and the next day, eat, sleep and get up the next day to do it all over again. I have all kinds of DIY projects and crafts backed up on my craft table, just waiting for some free time to actually get to them.

I eat a lot of carbs, protein and fats, and so I take the time to prepare nutrient rich foods like these dishes you see here.  I keep track of EVERYTHING I eat with the myfitnesspal app as I maintain my weight on a high caloric intake and I like to see how many macro nutrients I am getting everyday.  I have calculated the exact macros I need to gain muscle and still have enough energy to burn through my workouts without storing extra calories as excess body fat.  It can get a little complicated at times, but I am really seeing results and loving all food I am eating.

The dishes below are super simple to make. I threw together the exact ingredients I have listed below with a little bit of olive oil. I don't really have recipes for them as I just threw ingredients that fit my particular macros together. If you really want to know the exact recipe for either one, leave a comment below and I'll be happy come up with the exact recipe for you.

Stove-top Quinoa, Broccoli and Chicken Bacon Stir Fry



Oven Baked Stuffed Peppers: Cooked Rice, Ground Turkey, Zucchini and Tomato Sauce


Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Be Green in Black and Pink

Be Green in Black and Pink

Be Green in Black and Pink by lakeluv

It's good to know that you no longer have to look like a 1960's hippie to be environmentally conscious. Companies like H&M are starting to offer more Eco-conscious collections to the masses and other famous brands are starting to follow suit.
This was mostly becuase in November of 2012, Greenpeace releaseed its report, “Toxic Threads: The Big Fashion Stitch-Up,” which revealed the links between textile manufacturing facilities using toxic chemicals and water pollution. It covered 20 of the world’s global fashion brands and now some of those companies have pledged to work towards detoxing and offering more environmentally friendly options.

Fifteen global fashion leaders have committed to Detox in response to the growing international campaign (Nike, Adidas, Puma, H&M, M&S, C&A, Li-Ning, Zara, Mango, Esprit, Levi's, Uniqlo, Benetton, Victoria's Secret, G-Star Raw and Valentino). But other clothing companies, like Calvin Klein, GAP and Abercrombie&Fitch still need to respond to the urgency of the situation.

I know a lot of people who don't wear leather goods because they do not want to hurt animals, which is great, but at what point are people going to boycott toxic clothing because it's slowly killing earth and eventually humans?
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