Monday Motivation: KlersFitLife

Body image is something I have struggled with over the years and it wasn’t until recently (September 2017) I began a relationship with the gym (again) but was determined to approach it with a healthier mindset.

To love my body everyday, wake up with positive energy, gratitude, and a heart overflowing with a whole lot of love – so much that I will share it with everyone else around me. Everyday I learn, grow, and love my body. I focus on the positive and celebrate the small victories because these are important too!

Below is a little recap from my LIVE video that Sid Akbari (Health + Fitness Coach) aka my trainer and great friend did today

  • Current weight 108lb – 5’1
  • Find Sid on Instagram @hdfitnessbc
    • Sid has been in the industry for 5 years
  • How long have I been training with Sid?
    • 4-5 months
    • Started with 3x a week the first 3 months
    • Currently seeing Sid once a month
  • My goal: maintain a healthy lifestyle – gain strength, grow my glutes and tone!

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WORKOUT PLAN

  • Intermitten Fasting – first month – endurance training
    • “diets that cycle between a period of fasting and non-fasting during a defined period”
  • Hypertrophy training – putting on size
    • volume training
  • Focus moved to strength training
    • “if you want to build size you need to lift heavy. You also need to eat more – especially if you want a booty”- Sid
    • Main muscle is gluteus maximus – eat lots of good food!
    • It’s still good to do the other small exercises to stabilize your muscles BUT you do still need to lift heavy!

Studio Classes I like to attend:

    • Oxygen Yoga, New Westminster – Samara Dawn is an amazing instructor. I attend this studio for deep stretch, yoga, fast and furious, or power core classes.
    • Sauna + Hot Tub – sweat it out! I like to change it up every week and certain weeks I choose to hit the recreation centres for my workouts and relax my body in the hot tub. I love to stretch out in the sauna and recently I have been putting in some ab work too!
    • Yyoga – this studio has a different atmosphere and it is very yoga focused. If I really want to lay low and am feeling super stressed out I tend to head over to Yyoga on Highgate. Something about this studios atmosphere that draws me in when I am stressed.
    • All City Athletics – Boxing
    • Eastwood Cycle – Spin! Tessa Goldberger is a gem!
    • Harbour Dance Centre – I grew up dancing & was on a competitive team for 13 years. I like to get in the studio from time to time. Although hip hop was my main style I have been attending Heel classes – getting my sass on & sweating it out? That’s a yes – ha!

FOOD

  • How do you get a flatter stomach?
    • general rule is with every meal try to have fibre, carb, and a protein source”- Sid
      • Some goodies: broccoli, sweet potato and chicken (example)
    • increase water intake – a lot of weight your caring is NOT body fat but water weight – when you don’t drink enough water your body retains more water – Drinking water will help you get rid of that excess weight”
      • This is why I have increased my water intake to 3.5-4L a day

Be prepared to be in the restroom a lot when you start this- HA!

  • Prepare your meals
  • What do you recommend to eat before/after workouts?
    • “Something that gives you energy – such as potatoes. Eating good carbs after a workouts increases your insulin level which helps with protein synthesis – building new muscles” – Sid

Currently, I am eating what I crave and I am not on a “strict” diet. However, I will be challenging my body a little more and will NOT be touching any goodies starting the week of March 12 – stay tuned!

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Progress

-Track by taking photos – monthly

-Take measurements

-I don’t track my weight – weight can fluctuate

-I track my strength

(ex. I use to only squat 90lb vs 160-180lb today both times weighing at 108 lb)

Supplements

Although Sid definitely joked in the LIVE video about steroids – ha! It’s been a very long time since I have taken any supplements.

I did start taking pre-workout in January but I don’t use it for every session.

I am looking into purchasing protein (for busy days), BCAA + water tight (helps me drop more water weight).

  • you should only be taking supplements if you are not getting all the nutrients you need. For example, protein shakes” – Sid

There you have it – a little recap from my LIVE video today with Sid. If you have any questions or inquiries about what was said in the video or the blog please don’t be afraid to ask – I am also open to feedback.

Happy Monday!

look good, feel good, FOCUS on the good.

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EveryBODY is beautiful

Sunday, February 11th I am inviting YOU to a mindful event focused on body wellness & self-love. As Valentines day (a day of love – NOT just for couples) approaches I wanted to spread lots of love, bring the community together, receive positive energy from each other and set a reminder that you my dear are so loved & appreciated!

Join me on Sunday, February 11th for a mindful yoga class. Secure your spot by clicking here!

20180205_023615.png2018 is the year where I appreciate myself more, love myself more and acknowledge every little success and celebrate it – specifically, my body. For the longest time my body image was never ‘good enough’ for me. I never appreciated my efforts in the gym nor did I celebrate my small victories… until this year.

This year I choose to wake up with more gratitude, self-love and a heart overflowing with positive energy, so much that I share this with everyone else around me. I choose to learn, grow, and cherish my body.

I choose to love myself unconditionally – body, flaws and all. To love myself the way I hope for someone else to one day love me. Fiercely, and unafraid to show it!

“EveryBODY is beautiful” – “BEYOUtiful”

I understand that self-love and awareness can take practice and so I am not saying that this comes easy to me. I practice this everyday. It went from days to now just moments where I catch myself in a mindset where I am feeling this negative energy about my body/self hovering over me. When this happens I lean on my relationships and that is where I can say from the bottom of my heart that I am so grateful for the beautiful humans who will lift me up. My heart is full with all of you – you know who you are!

Here is a list of songs related to this blog post. These songs have me singing my little heart out on some days:

  • Live Your Life – T.i ft. Rhianna
  • Good Life – Kanye West ft. T-Pain
  • Beauty And A Beat – Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj
  • When I Grow Up – Pussycat Dolls
  • Pretty Girl Rock – Keri Hilson
  • New Soul – Yael Naim
  • Man In The Mirror – Michael Jackson
  • The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson
  • Dancing in the Moonlight – Toploader
  • Pocketful Of Sunshine – Natasha Bedingfield
  • Girl On Fire – Alicia Keys

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She is at a place in her life where peace is her priority and negativity cannot exist”

#VFW Opening Gala

Walking into last nights show we immediately got a great sense of the ambiance and how the night and week was going to play out; also knowing that the show began at sunset for the opening gala – we knew we were in for a long, stellar night. 

Before and after entering the building you have three photographers constantly taking pictures of everyone – let alone the amount of photographers in the media pit and on the runway. If we may add, it’s quite overwhelming, yet fascinating how you just walk in and suddenly your picture is being taken right away without being asked. Although, we were charmed by the whole idea of having photographers pursue us to get photographs, what really caught our eye was the bold detail and contrast colours that stood out in the sea of black and white colours. You could really get a good grasp of the look they were going for and their sense of style overall. In fact, we snapped a photo with three men who stood out from the crowd miles away because of their outfits. They were superb and such fashionistas – you couldn’t miss them. I mean one out of the three wore this coloured black, long (somewhat furry) coat which befits a funerary and nocturnal animal; the aesthetic quality made the piece luxurious and eye catching – even though he wore black like several others. 

Moving away from the people and focusing on the set up, you can feel yourself indulging in sweets and alcohol. As mentioned earlier, the mood was set. The bright lights beaming on the white runway, the designers sitting front row, and of course, the media pit located right at the very front of the runway. You can hear the constant clicking of each camera going off and you can see the sweat and steam coming off of each individual. It was hot inside. The place was filled with growing, creative artists – Vancouver Fashion Week is changing and offering opportunities for starters and new comers. The turn out was amazing and you couldn’t find a place to sit. 

Now shying away from what was seen on the runway, we were able to meet and connect with tons of models, designers, entrepreneurs, stylists, fashion marketers and more backstage. Talking to them for a short amount of time helped us get a solid insight behind the scenes of Vanfashion week. Experiencing the rush and chaos that is occurring behind closed curtains was unreal. Designers and volunteers do a phenomenal job creating a unforgettable show for the people attending by having the models ready and not losing momentum. It was amazing to witness and be a part of that craziness for the opening Gala. We loved the rush and adrenaline we felt moving from one place to another with our photographers. Thanks to the two of them we captured amazing shots from last night. 

All in all, the show was spectacular and you can tell the people enjoyed the show. To have people flying in from different parts of the world and connect with the community in Vancouver made the event that much better. They all sat, smiled and nodded while tapping their fancy shoes to the rapid rhythm playing from the speakers. With that said, we must say, the way buoyant motion/flow of the models walking down the aisle; along with the clothing they were modelling filled us with an exquisite, quivering joy. 

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Below are some photos from the opening Gala (all photos taken by Patrick Kendell Shaw). 

 – Gopublikk 

Written by: Kelly Gonzalez 

Daily Arbonne Intake

I’m sure you’ve seen our posts on Arbonne and so we wanted to share with you all our everyday essentials with some of the products we use.

To begin, we will start off with our daily Arbonne Protein shake. It comes in 2 flavours, vanilla and chocolate. We take this every day to start off our morning with high protein. We also like to make a shake before or after a workout. You can add banana and other fruits with it!

After breakfast, around noon time if not after noon time, we take an Energy Fizz stick. Our days start around 3:30am or 6:30am-7am, and for that reason we take this to give us a bit of kick to continue our day. With that in mind, this isn’t something you have to take daily; we just do it because of our early mornings to start work, school, homework, and house work; as you can see, we have long days. Aside from that, we take our energy fizz because also tastes yummy. It comes in two flavours and my personal favourite is pomegranate! Most of us don’t like taking things that leave us with a bad taste in out mouth, and trust us when we say this wont!

 

Moving forward, we use our awesome tasteless Fibre Boost! We use this when prepping dinner.

Have you ever loved anything tasteless? If not, try this. This allows you to add and mix it with anything while providing you with 12 grams of fibre. You can read more below.

Lastly, we drink Arbonnes Herbals tea. We drink one cup at least once a day. We give this to our mom as well – she loves it! It makes us feel cleansed, relax and good. Usually at night is always nice to have, as well as mid day. You can take it whenever, really.

 

….AND that’s a wrap!

Below is a picture on how you can use everything together – excluding the herbal tea, but including the Greens Balance. We do take the Green Balance, but not on a daily basis – not because we don’t like it. It is just as important to have your greens daily, but we simply do it by assuring we eat our greens. So we take it when we don’t eat enough throughout our day.

 

For more questions or information, you can go to our GoArbonne page or email us!

 

From us to you,

Gopublikk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday Vibes: Jug Island

Happy Monday Readers!

Today’s vibe consisted of clearing any concerns I had within my self and get some motherly advice. Exploring Jug Island is a place I wanted to knock off my “nature list”. This cute little island is  across from the rocky, not so sandy beach. Although our feet hurt a tad bit we took various of pictures, talked, had lunch at the beach, and went for a swim. The water was salty as we both tasted it once we jumped in. It was hilarious as we both got frightened by the small fish in the water – too many fish scary movies, ha. My mother  motivates me to succeed and her advice is always wise, sincere, and genuine.

I love you mom, thanks for helping me clear today.

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Monday Vibes: Las Vegas – EDC vibes.

Breezy air, sunshine, nature feels, boy does it feel great to be back in Vancouver. Las Vegas is ridiculously hot – very dry, no fresh air, it really is a desert out there. As a first timer in Vegas I did not get as wild as people usually do when making their first trip out there. This trip was kept simple with a tad bit of spice – literally. I had enjoyed some tacos that made my mouth go on fire! American food never seems to fail me.

Anyways,  let’s move forward to the most exciting life time experience in Las Vegas. That being my night at Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC). I must say I totally underestimated the whole EDM scene – guilty. Yes a lot of girls dress outrageously and the men are shirtless with crazy candies (bracelets) all over their arms, but it is so fun! I couldn’t dress as crazy as some of the ladies I seen but I realized what a community this EDM scene is – no judging. The vibes, the people, the energy, the dancing, the whole atmosphere was through the roof! The love for music, bass, colours, lights and all the emotions that were running was unbelievable. I was quite overwhelmed with the whole scene. Attending this event gave me a better understanding and provided me a whole different perspective on these EDM events. Let’s be honest, I  may attend a few more festivals. I’m not going to keep it PG here, of course there are people “smoking up”, “popping” and perhaps consuming a whole bunch of other silly junk. But hey, who says you have to do all of these things to enjoy your night? My boyfriend and I enjoyed a couple of drinks and we wer both well on our way.

So what was my favourite performance you wonder? The Chain Smokers: Don’t let me down. The people that were around me were beyond excited about this song and I sure was too! This song makes you feel some particular way. I won’t forget dancing my night away with this particular man beside me in his rainbow flag around his neck marked “peace”. The girl to my right was singing and dancing that at the end of the song she cried. The impact this song had on people was amazing and witnessing all the emotions made me feel over joyed. EDC is a night I will never forget. Words couldn’t express what an amazing experience EDC was.💥☀️