Get It Right, Get It Tight

It was a gorgeous afternoon in Long Beach and she had just finished her lunch, and was headed to the snack bar to grab a bag of Hot Cheetos drenched in hot nacho cheese. An afternoon delight she always looked forward to. As she waited in line, she overheard a couple girls behind her whisper, "She's so skinny. Does she not eat?" She looked down at herself and stayed quiet, proceeding to the counter and ordered her snack. As she started to walk away, she hears another girl say, "Jeez she eats like that and is so skinny. What the fuck?" She pretended she didn't heard and headed to the basketball courts to watch her friends play for the remainder of lunch. 

FAST FORWARD // Thirteen years later, I still get comments about being too skinny and/or am asked if I starve myself. I've learned to drown out that noise after writing this post in 2014, which became a top 5 favorite of that year. 

I've had a fast metabolism most of my life and relied heavily on it, but things changed after I hit 25 and at 29, I'm regretting that I'm just now starting to work out. 

At the beginning of this year, I promised myself that I will commit to working out on a weekly basis. It's been mostly consistent with a bit of slacking off here and there. However, I've gotten quite a few questions about my routine and diet lately so I decided to share my fitness schedule with you all. 

I've also included tips and advice from experts in the fitness and food areas so that you can make the most of your workouts too!

"You have a big butt because all you do is sit all day."
- My Mother
....If only it was that easy mom.

HANDSTAND // Find a fitness trainer in your area or have them come to you

PERSONAL TRAINING : TONING ABS AND BUTT | THE JYIM 

I found out about Handstand through a collaboration I did with Reebok at the beginning of the year; Reebook is one of their partners. I found the app super easy to use and found a trainer who doesn't try to kill me, but rather pushes me just enough each session - plus the music is always on point. My goal with personal training is to tone up, get some abs and get that booty in shape. 

Personal training is not cheap, but it's worth it if you need someone to guide you through workouts, encourage you, and help you through your journey.

I attend training once a week right now but plan on amping it up to twice a week in the next month. Will have to sacrifice eating out for awhile (hah). 

Each session is an hour with warm-up and stretches. The Jyim is located in the Arts District and has several class offerings including boxing, yoga, circuit training, and more. Ask for Jyim! 

Use code "FREE10" to get $10 in credit on the app.

SOULCYCLE // A feel good workout

FULL-BODY WORKOUT : FAT-BURNING CARDIO, HAND WEIGHTS, AND CORE WORKOUT

Anyone else hate running? I rather cycle but only if the music is good, and yes, that's how I pick which instructors to take. 

I got introduced to SoulCycle from a blogger event; yes, bloggers have workout events. I got hooked immediately from the vibes, the music, and the energy you get after you finish. You just feel great after each class and I love it! 

45-minute cardio workout, which allows includes hand weights, core workouts, and a bit of choreography. It goes by fast and remember, once you get to the hand weights, that's when class is about to be over. 

I go to SoulCycle twice a week, with a goal of going 3 to 4 times a week by April. Like personal training, it isn't cheap but SoulCycle is by far my favorite workout, so I'm willing to pay $30/class for it (they also have membership packages available with discounts!)

FYI - not sponsored but Soulcycle, if you are reading this, please sponsor me. 

WORKOUT WEAR // Outfit details

 

For reference, I'm a small for sports bras and leggings. Medium for jackets because I prefer a lose fit and a size 7 in the Ultra Boosts. 

"It's all about 80% nutrition and 20% fitness."
- Sheridan Street of Street and Spice

CRATEFUL // Meal plans delivered to your doorstep everyday

For the last two weeks, I was given a free trial of a meal plan service called Crateful. You can read all about it here, but it's basically a delivery service that offers 4 different meal plans customized to your needs. They are made fresh and delivered daily and offers the option of adding breakfast and dessert to each meal. 

I tried out the Chef menu for 10 days, with a medium portion selection, including breakfast and dessert while noting my dietary restriction (lactose). Each meal was delivered between 8M to 6AM Sunday through Friday, in a cooler bag with ice packs that ensures freshness up to. 24 hours. You leave your cooler bag out every night so they can take it and so you don't end up with 10 cooler bags - unless you collect them.

I'm going to be honest, I didn't like some of the meals they sent me and I wasn't able to stay consistent because I'm always in and out of the house. I ended up eating while I'm out (and often have blogger brunches, dinners, and dinner with friends) so the only meal I did eat most of the time was breakfast. These meals can stay in your fridge for up to 4 days, so that's where they stayed -until KSOLE ate them. He loved it, but for me personally, it just didn't work as I'm a picky eater and wasn't home often enough to consume the meals in time. Also, some of the entrees repeated themselves 2-3 times and they were usually the meals I liked the least. On top of that, it does add up as it starts at $30 per day.

But of course, this is my own opinion and I do recommend you try it out for yourself! 

TIPS & ADVICE // From the experts

When it comes to working out, many of us don't have a clue on where to start and need help. Trust me, I still do! I sat down with my girl, Michelle Carigma of Modern Fit, to get some of her pro tips for working out. 

What are your top 3 tips to getting started?

  1. Identify what your goals are.

  2. Explore! Not everyone is a runner, a yogi or a weight lifter. Explore all your options till you find something that is enjoyable to you, so it will stick with you!

  3. You're not always going to be READY or MOTIVATED. You just have to get up and do it. 

What is your favorite workout to do?

HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) Work outs! HIIT boosts your metabolism while burning fat and a ton of calories in a short period of time. It builds endurance, challenges you and no equipment is necessary. 

Would you suggest getting a personal trainer?

If you have the money to do so or find a good deal, please do it! Personal trainers are a great way to keep you accountable while you learn new work outs and they teach you proper forms to avoid possible injuries. From there, you can learn more about getting closer to your goals. Once you know what you're doing and feel comfortable, you won't need a personal trainer! Even working out with friends can also be a great motivator and hold you accountable! 

What is one major misconception when it comes to fitness?

Lifting weights make women look bulky. "Bulky" is absolutely subjective. I've been lifting weights for years, and I don't look "masculine". Gaining muscle takes time and patience; you won't look masculine over night! Lifting weights has benefits like possibly burning more calories than cardio given the same variable time. Strong is the new skinny!

What is your suggestion for those who claim they don't have time to work out?

Absolute bullshit. Thanks to social media, there are thousands of people who publicly shared tips and tricks to get in a quick work out throughout the day, even with a busy schedule. A 1 hour work out is 4% of your day! You make time for the things you want. 

What do you recommend when it comes to athletic attire? (for a first timer who has no idea what to wear)

I highly recommend investing in shoes that will fit for your fitness goals. You don't want to cramp up on your runs because you wanted to stunt with NMDs on at the gym. Capris are a great alternative to stay cool but covered up. A dri-fit material shirt will be essential along with the proper sports bra. 

You don't have to spend a ton to get high quality active wear. Ross, Marshalls & TJ MAXX carries popular brands such as Nike, adidas & Puma for a fraction of the price.

What is your favorite work out shoe and why?

I absolutely love the adidas UltraBOOST Uncaged. It's perfect for a quick warm up jog but also great for HIIT. The Boost technology and the prime knit supports my feet and provides comfort without compromising style. 

Do you believe diet matters?

If I had to choose between eating healthy or working out, I would choose eating healthy! Reaching your fitness goals requires 80% diet and 20% exercise. Food could be our guilty pleasure, but I treat it as fuel for our body. We need the right nutrients daily, and I promise you'll see a faster progress in your overall journey. It's not about eating less, it's about eating right!

 

"Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live."
– Jim Rohn

 

Follow Michelle on Instagram + check out her blog for more fitness & style tips!

As a chef, what do you think is the key to creating a balanced meal? 

A balanced meal is making sure you're doing exactly just that. Keeping a balance. Fruits, veggies, proteins and carbs. Sticking to portion control and not skipping meals. That's the key.

What are 3 tips you have when it comes to meal prepping?

Cook your proteins first, they typically take the longest. While those are grilling or baking you can prep your vegetables and cook your carbs like brown rice, quinoa, potatoes etc. Those things you don't want to overcook. 

Is it best to prep all at once and if so, what is your routine and/or guidelines for it?

It is best to prep what you can in the beginning. Get a head start on seasoning your proteins and seasoning them. Pre-heating your grill/ oven and starting that. Once that is done, you can start to chop your veggies as you boil your carb/ starch. Then you can steam your veggies and at that point your proteins should be almost done. Sounds easier that it is but once you catch a routine it's not so hard, trust me. 

What are 3 key ingredients you should always have in the kitchen?

Spinach/ kale, eggs, rice or quinoa. This combo can be subbed for any meal in any form at any time. You'll always have a meal and a happy face. 

How do you figure out the portion size for meal preps or what is the recommended portion size?

Based off of desired results whether it's weight loss or gain. Nothing more than variations of 1 to 1.5 cups of each items or 8oz of a protein. 

Do you believe getting fit is more about the diet or about the fitness?

Fitness is all about the diet. It's all about 80% nutrition and 20% fitness. Don't get me wrong, you won't shed pounds just eating lettuce (the right way) but you need to be able to give your body a fair chance by eating right. 

 

What is your go-to recipe that never fails? (AKA what is your go-to meal for when you're feeling lazy and/or tired)

Baked turkey meatballs, veggie pasta and marinara or grilled chicken, quinoa and green beans. Simple but so yum! 

What are your meal prep plans and what do you offer?

I offer tailored meal preps for all fitness and health goals. There are 10 meals which are meant for two a day for 5 days. Each meal is pre portioned and made with love. Natural and organic ingredients used while keeping the plan affordable for those who work hard and want to keep it affordable. Not all of us have $500 to spend a week on lunch. So I tell my customers, #EatWithStreet, they get why.

How can people order and/or contact you? 

All inquiries are through my website www.streetandspice.com where the link to the meal prep order form is available.