Archive for Maxine Chaikouang
It has been quite some time that I have made a mark in this realm. To keep you all up to speed, I am a newly graduated Masters in Kinesiology student at the University of Illinois at Chicago! It was a long and grueling experience, but I made it out alive. Leaving the academic world is bittersweet. Although I have enjoyed the courses and field of study that I have been involved in for the past 6 years, it feels awfully good to be able to enter my new world of NOT being a student.
Additionally, bikini training season had commenced in the beginning of March as I have an upcoming show on Saturday May 19th to warm-up for my biggest show yet; Junior Nationals held here in Chicago on June 15-16th. This will be my first time stepping on the national stage where competition is taken to a whole new level of hard bodies and fitness beauty emphasis. This year will be an important year for me with a whole new stage of life and milestones. Stay tuned for a couple of weeks with results on my upcoming shows. :)
How would you rate your self-control or self-discipline in regards to sticking to a diet? It usually differs from person to person, but for those who find it hard to control themselves when temptation is staring straight at them; self-control is something of a stranger. All efforts in abstaining from sweets and treats are often completely lost once a cupcake or cookie is in clear sight. Preemptively, many people ask of their friends “Please don’t let me eat anything bad” or “You are my moderator, I can’t have any sweets”… I don’t know about you, but this sounds a bit irresponsible. Although it is helpful to have a friend or loved one support you in your goal of adhering to a proper diet, essentially you have the last word. If you have a soul, you have will power. In attempts to reach your own personal goals, holding other people responsible for your own actions will only encourage your perpetual lack of self-control. Notice the key word in the last sentence: SELF. So take take charge, hold yourSELF accountable for your own actions. Once you take control of your behavior, only then will you be able to successfully reach the personal goal of adhering to a special diet.
As with any holiday weekend, we are simultaneously dreading yet anticipating the hallmark activities such as eating and drinking which accompany such celebrations. Although I personally deem it important to be able to enjoy and appreciate the fruits of your labor; by letting loose and devouring a decadent cupcake or downing a couple of Coronas on such a placid day; the majority of people are quite unaware that they will have taken overindulgence a bit too far. Or they may happen to take notice after the 3rd cupcake has been consumed, or the diminishing inhibitions due to the alcohol consumption has removed their sensible judgement. Consequently, the end result may be consumption until capacity. In other words, eating so that “I’m so full, I can’t even walk”, or even experiencing feelings of guilt; as the week’s hard work of eating healthy and working out may have been thrown away in a mere couple of hours.
For those who happen to run marathons on a weekly basis, or consistently train for Ironman Triathlon competitions, I may be speaking facetiously. But for the average Joe out there, the caloric cost likely to be incurred may be alarmingly detrimental.
*I may be kicking a dead horse; but for those who actually want to exert an effort into vigilantly watching your caloric intake, yet be able to enjoy the holiday… what can you do?
1. Don’t skip breakfast. I know that in expectation of eating more than normal a certain day, many people tend to fast or skip meals with the mindset that this behavior will offset the total calories that will be consumed that day. But in reality, skipping meals will only make you hungrier and drive you to eat more which ironically washes that caloric deficit that you made in skipping breakfast. Not only will breakfast keep you full in the morning, it will also help boost your metabolism for the day. You will also be less inclined to overeat because you will not be as hungry, and being conscious of the fact that you have already eaten a decent breakfast will aid in being more conscious in your decision making when you do arrive at the party/bbq.
2. DO drink plenty of water periodically, this will also aid in keeping you satiated.
3. DON’T hover around the appetizer table, you are more inclined to unconsciously snack into oblivion.
4. Simply, know your limits. Don’t wait for your body to tell you that it has had enough, just the mere fact of being conscious that you’ve eaten more than 2 or 3 servings will deter you from getting that 4th or 5th.
Even though I believe in eating healthy to an extent on holidays, I don’t believe in depriving oneself, so enjoy the holiday but be mindful that all of your actions have a consequence!