Identifying Your Body Goals – The Start of Your Journey

Every journey has to start somewhere. I think every woman’s weight loss journey starts, stops, redirects and starts again. Mine started with a cousin I hadn’t seen in a while commenting “you got fat!”. Ouch. I started, I stalled, I started again. Sound familiar bosses?

Weight loss for girls can be hard, there’s so much information out there. “How to lose 5kg by next week!”… “Target your inner thighs” etc. I fell for these too, it was until I gave up on getting skinny and focused on getting strong that I really got somewhere with my body and body confidence. Once I’d decided that I was never going to be skinny I started to research being a strong woman, that’s how I found Lyndall Vile.

The First Step In Your Journey…. Is Setting Your Goals!

After researching Lyndall I signed up for her 4 week kick-starter and one of the first things she asked me was “what are your goals?”.  It’s a very simple question but it has number of answers, all answers are acceptable!

So, What are goals? Simply put goals are the results that effort is directed toward, from a business point of view a goal is an observable and measurable end result having one or more objectives to be achieved within a more or less fixed time-frame.

Step 1 = Identify your goals.

From a fitness point of view I can think of 7 basic goals that we would like to achieve, not including any combination goals. And they are:

  1. Fat Loss – quite possibly the most common of the female goals.
  2. Gain Weight
  3. Maintain Weight
  4. Gain Strength
  5. Gain Size – muscular hypertrophy.
  6. Improve Cardiovascular Fitness
  7. Rehabilitate an Injury

For most people I’d say wanting to lose fat and weight is arguably the most popular goal, a strong second would be to gain size through muscular hypertrophy. For guys the hypertrophy goals is cut abs and jacked arms/chest, for girls it’s whittle the waist and grow a booty. Sound familiar?

How Do We Achieve Goals?

There is a principle that’s common in all businesses but that most successful people unconsciously adhere to, the S.M.A.R.T principle. Goals that follow this principle are:

S – Specific, this could be lose X number of kilograms, reach X dress size, squat/bench/deadlift X kilograms.

M – Measurable, this is somewhat obvious, the completion of the goal or parts of the goal by certain points in time. For example weekly/monthly weigh-ins, 1 RM* checks every 8-12 weeks, drinking 2 litres of water each day.

*1 RM is the total weight a person can move with proper form for 1 repetition.

A – Achievable, losing 10 kilograms in 2 weeks is virtually unachievable and would not be healthy, losing 10 kilograms in 3 months achievable and can be done safely.

R – Relevant, the goal you set must be important and beneficial to you, otherwise you’re unlikely to stick with it.

T – Timely, the goal you set needs a deadline and set check-in points. Goals without set ends are unlikely to ever be completed, deadlines inspire action.

Achieving Your Fitness Goals.

Now that you’ve chosen your fitness goal, it’s time to make your plan. The main fitness goals have basic

Ideally you will have a good coach who can help you with an appropriate training program and nutrition guidelines. If you’re not using a coach then we are here to help you and guide you. Hey, even if you are with a coach we’re here to help you too!

If your goal is fat loss then your plan will include full body training, your choice of cardio and a calorie deficit. We will go right into this in a later post. The idea of continuing strength training while aiming to lose fat is that it will help you keep muscle mass and even increase it for beginners. Muscle is metabolically active so having more of it looks better and is better for your fat loss goal.

If hypertrophy or strength is your goal then you’ll be eating in a calorie surplus and following either a bodybuilding or powerlifting training program. Bodybuilding style of training is best for hypertrophy (obviously) and powerlifting for strength. Try both and see which one you like best, or cycle between them for each training block.

The boys at T-Nation have some great training articles and plans if you need some inspiration and reading material. I’ll be referencing them quite a bit!

Implementing Your Goals.

Once you’ve decided on your goal it’s time to make your plan. Which nutrition plan will you use? How many days of training? Will you use supplements, is so which ones? This is where having a trainer comes in handy, if you’re not using a trainer or can’t afford one will you have a training buddy?

There are apps to track your food and workouts, websites to learn exercises and form. And of course you have us, we will be here for every step of your journey to help you and answer any questions you have. Head on over to our Instagram and follow us, we will get into doing live streams and posting updates on Instagram.

What are your goals? A simple question which makes all the difference to your nutrition, training and results. Mine was fat loss and strength, what are your goals? Let me know in the comments.

About Curvy Boss Strength and Fitness

Hi Everyone!

Thanks for stopping by our website. Our website is committed to sharing our fitness and weight loss journey in order to educate and inspire other curvy bosses! We will be showing you our results, sharing and creating content that actually works for weight loss, fitness and strength; showcasing how we live our life and just having an all around great time!

We want to help you achieve you weight loss and fitness goals and arm you with the knowledge you need to succeed, not just tell you how to shed the weight rapidly then pile it all back on again.

How Did We Get Started?

I am 26 and have a 20-year-old sister who will be helping on this site. We have both struggled all our lives with being curvy and sometimes considered overweight.

Throughout school it took a toll on both our self-esteem, so we completely understand the way you feel about your bodies. I used to research ways to get myself really skinny, to the point of looking at pro-ana tips and tricks. Trust me, they don’t work.

It wasn’t until the last 3 years I realized that in trying to get skinny I had been dramatically under eating and that was causing some of my weight gain, the rest came from becoming seriously ill years ago and then overeating once I became able to tolerate eating normally. I will go into detail more throughout this website.

My sister unfortunately scored our dad’s genes and has struggled her whole life, though I am happy to say she has blossomed into a wonderful young woman despite her insecurities.

The Goal of Curvy Boss Strength and Fitness

We want you to be empowered, strong boss women (and men!) no matter what size you are, we want to help you learn and understand what works for you and how to be the strongest, best versions of yourself.

For me that’s through weight lifting and hitting my macros, again I’ll expand on that later, we’re here to help find what works for you.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

Belle

https://curvybossstrengthandfitness.com

Oxyshred by EHP Labs – A No BS Review

Good Afternoon Bosses! Today we’ll be going through a favourite of mine which could help you out on your journey, I aim to give you all the facts but if you have any extra questions drop them in the comments box and we can explore together!

Happy Reading Bosses!

Name: Oxyshred

Website: https://www.ehplabs.com/ehplabs-oxyshred.html

Price: $69.95 USD ($74.90 AUD)

Owners: EHP Labs

Overall Rank: 80 out of 100

So What Is It?

Oxyshred is a fat burner by EHP Labs which claims to target stubborn fat through thermogenesis aka raising body temperature and slowing down calorie absorption.

Targeting cell mitochondria helps mobilize excess calories in white and send it to the mitochondria in brown fat to be burnt for heat.

So why does raising body help burn fat?

Simply put you have two types of body fat, white and brown. White fat is used for energy storage and has receptors for hormones (Insulin, Glucocorticoids, Sex hormones and Norepinephrine), it is less metabolically active than brown fat as it contains fewer mitochondria. White fat functions as insulation and excess calorie storage. White fat is typically found around the abdomen, thighs and buttocks.

Brown fat is used for regulating body temperature, it is activated when we are cold before the body starts to shiver. Brown fat contains more mitochondria and oxygen, burning more calories for heat. Brown fat is typically found around the kidneys, between the shoulder blades, in the neck and along the spinal cord.

Oxyshred also uses a blend of vitamins and minerals, including caffeine,  proven to improve focus, boost immunity, slow down calorie absorption and metabolism. Other ingrediants worth noting are Vitamin C for immuity boosting properties, Green Coffe Bean Extract which has been known to boost metabolism and slow down calorie absorption in the intestinal tract, Chromium Picolinate which helps to stabalise insulin and glycogen levels in the bloodstream, and Acetyl L-Carnitine which improves the fatty acid burn in cell mitochondria.

The Pros and Cons?

The Pros:

Great Taste –  With 6 regular flavours (Kiwi Strawberry, Passionfruit, Mango, Grapefruit, Guava Paradise and Wild Melon) and 3 special edition flavours (Rainbow Candy, Pina Colada and Grape Bubblegum) there are so many great choices to cater to every taste preference. Personally I get Passionfruit (tastes like passionfruit and lemon cordial to me) and Kiwi Strawberry.

– Effective and Economical – The tub contains 60 serves which if you find you only need 1 scoop then the tub will last you 2 months approximately, if you’re a twice a day person like me then it will last a month or a little longer. Because the ingrediants are potent most will find that for a regular day 1 scoop before your first meal will be enough.

– Quick Results – Oxyshred is great for seeing some inital debloat and proper results within a few weeks if combined with a proper healthy lifestyle and workout program. I’ve personally found whenever I have bloating and am taking Oxyshred it clears much much faster than when I’m having a break.

The Cons:

– If You Eat Like a Jerk You’ll Feel It – This can be a positive and a negative, due to being so effective and fat metabolism and blocking the absorption of excess calories if you eat takeaway or something highly oily then there’s a very good chance you will feel the formula at work and end up heading for the bathroom.

– If You Like High-Stim – Oxyshred only has 150mg of caffeine and gets it’s boost from a mix of vitamins and minerals as well as the caffeine. This is great if you’re someone who doesn’t like or can’t tolerate a lot of caffeine but not for those looking for that extra kick.

– Building Up a Tolerance – Like all stimulants your body will build up a tolerance after regular use as your body adapts to the ingrediants, our bodies like stability after all. It is recommended to take a week off Oxyshred and other stimulants between tubs to give your body a break and allow Oxyshred to continue to be effective for you.

– Waiting To Eat After Taking Oxyshred – It is recommended to wait at least 20 minutes before consuming any food or protein shakes to allow the body to absorb and start utilising Oxyshred. This isn’t great if you’re someone who likes to eat and drink at the same time or likes to have breakfast and caffeine in the car on the way to work. Great however if you’re like me and like something as soon as you’re out of bed and ready to start the day but don’t eat until later.

Who Should Use It? Who Should Avoid It?

Oxyshred is perfect for weightloss beginners and advanced atheletes alike. If you’re looking to find a product which will add to your lifestyle to give you some help with fat loss and overall improved metabolism and immune system then this is it! Great for atheletes who are in a cutting phase or just looking to maintain their physique or people looking for something that actually works to aid in their fat loss journey.

My Opinion

Having used Oxyshred for years and seen great results, it has aided me in losing 20kg, I highly recommend Oxyshred to all. I use it in the morning straight after a shower to give it time to work and again in the afternoon before dinner. I buy my tubs in a stack so they are quite cost effective as well. The flavours are great and wide ranging to suit everyone, the effects are obvious to both myself and those who have been tracking my progress with me.

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