Wednesday, October 25, 2017

My Daily At Home Work Out Routine and How I Stay Toned

I basically get asked every single day, how I stay so thin, and what I do for my work out routine. I have been ignoring all of your questions via social media- until now. The honest answer is: I only just recently started working out last month.

My metabolism is extremely fast. I have to eat every 2 - 2.5 hours because I get hungry so quickly. My body burns everything off right away, and I am not complaining or bragging about it, I am being perfectly honest with everyone. My entire life, I have been teased for being tall and thin. (I am five foot nine.) Even until this day, I get teased on social media, and even in person. It was really bad in high school for me. School mates acted like being thin was the devil.

I have always hated working out, (I failed P.E. Class every year in high school because of laziness), and although I am super lean naturally, I have no secrets other than it's my genetics and I drink tons of water. My parents were both really tall and really skinny growing up, (and teased as well, surprise surprise.) I totally appreciate my genetics now as an adult, and laugh out loud whenever someone tells me on social media that I need to "eat more."

If you watch my snapchat or Instagram stories on a weekly basis, you can see that I intake so many calories each day, and I am literally always eating. I feel like my day revolves around food to be perfectly honest with you. I will always love food, and I will never cut out carbs (esp. bread and potatoes!) from my diet, but I've learned, the secret is to eat carbs and junk food in small portions, and in moderation.

Although someone is thin, that does not mean that they are physically in shape. I started working out last month, when I realized how bad my cardio was. I had an "Obese Moment" when I had to climb four levels of stairs in a parking garage (yes, just four), and was completely out of breath by the time I got to my car. I knew at that moment, it was time to face my work out fears.

As you know I have a swimwear line, Tosh Swimwear, that just launched this Summer. I am the face of my line, and I think that it's very important that I am the face TS, since it's something that has been my dream for so long. I wouldn't have such a successful and well known swimwear line, If I hadn't been blogging for so many years. The exposure from my blog has allowed me to follow my dreams and create something that is truly my passion.

I created Tosh Swimwear from scratch, designing all of the styles, and picking out everything from the fabrics, to the hang tags, to the sewn in tags, to the dust bags the swimwear comes in. I created TS, making swimwear for women who are not afraid to show some skin. Tosh Swimwear appeals to every body type, and we encourage all women to love and embrace their bodies. I've modeled swimwear for so many years here in Miami, I know what looks good on a female body, and what doesn't. I wanted to truly create a line that every body type could wear, and feel sexy no matter what.

With that said, I think even though I am naturally thin, I should be as toned and in-shape as possible. My strategy is to balance unhealthy meals out with healthy foods, such as salads, veggies, and fruits. For example, If I eat a pepperoni pizza pie for dinner(and I usually eat four - five slices), I will eat a salad as an appetizer, or only eat salad and no carbs the next day, to make sure there is some kind of balance. Everyone deserves a cheat day of course, and my cheat days are B-A-D.

One thing that I have always done right, is that I drink a ton of water and pure green tea. I drink more water than the daily required amount. (We are supposed to drink 2 Liters/8 glasses of water a day.) From the time I wake up, to the time I go to sleep, I usually drink 4-5 regular water bottles (19.9 fl oz) and 4-6 glasses of water throughout the day when I eat out. I always try to have an iced green tea, or a hot green tea(pure-no sugar added) once every day. 

As far as food, I am not a health freak, and I absolutely hate green juice and most vegetables (yes, I'm still five years old when it comes to food). I do want to share my meal routine with you guys, not because I think I am a nutritionist, but because I just want to be honest and share with you all.

 During the week, my meals are usually like this:

Some mornings, when I have more free time, I take 2-3 small whole wheat bread slices, and spread peanut butter on them, and add 1-2 cut bananas.

*(Work out for one hour. I finish a water bottle during my workout.)

  • Lunch: Note: I do not eat any kind of fish. If I am going out to lunch, I aways order a salad with grilled chicken for lunch. (My favorite is chicken paillard. The best chicken paillards in Miami are at Smith & Wollensky, Cecconi's, & Le Zoo.) 
If I am really busy working from home that day, I will order something from Grubhub that consists of chicken and/or vegetables. For example, a veggie wrap/sandwich, or a salad with grilled chicken. My go-to dressing is Balsamic Vinaigrette. 

(Absolutely no cheese or sugar for lunch- unless it's fresh fruit or a fruit smoothie.) 

Beverage: I drink either an iced green tea (PURE WITH NO SUGAR), and/or another full water bottle for lunch.

Sometimes, for lunch, I like to go to the Fresh Market and buy deli meat. I don't eat turkey, I only eat chicken breast sliced thin, and I will make my own sandwich at home with yellow mustard, and a few vegetables. Yes, I do make it on white bread.

  • Snack: I have to snack throughout the day or I get "Hangry." Hangry = Hungry + Angry. I always snack healthy. I never want to ruin my workouts with junk food during the day. I will usually drink a fruit/veggie smoothie, eat fresh fruit, or a gluten-free fruit leather, trail mix, organic crackers, or something else that's healthy. Annie's makes great organic gluten-free snacks.  

Dreamer Juice, Miami Beach

  • Dinner: This is where it gets complicated. I do have a fast metabolism, so I don't eat as healthy for dinner as I should be during the week. Because I can't say no to pasta and wine, I sometimes order pasta during the week. I do love my wine as well, but I try to only drink wine 1-2 times a week. 
I always eat some form of vegetable to balance out my dinner. (I love grilled asparagus and sauteed mushrooms.) I never drink sodas or cocktails (even on the weekend), because they contain so much sugar and other bad chemicals. Remember, sugar = cellulite. I only eat desserts or chocolate If it's a Friday, or the weekend.

FYI: I have pretty much cut a majority of  unhealthy foods with deadly chemicals out of my life years ago. I haven't been to a fast food restaurant such as McDonald's or Taco Bell since I was like 21, and I am 27 now. (This is with the exception of In-N-Out Burger, I will never give that up.) If I order french fries and a cheeseburger, it will be at a trusted restaurant, where I know where the beef came from.

 Even If you are on a budget, you can buy healthy snacks from Whole Foods or the Fresh Market. If you cut fast food out of your life, like I did years ago, you will have more energy during the day, better skin, weight loss, and an overall better appearance and attitude. 

I love potato chips, but I no longer eat Lay's or other unhealthy brands. I now only buy Kettle Organic potato chipsSimply 7's Quinoa Chips,or Veggie chips

Another key to staying in shape, is keeping all of your snacks low-calorie, and healthy. That way, when you are snacking throughout the day, or watching TV at night, or emotionally eating, you are actually still eating healthy. As opposed to eating a chocolate bar/candy, a snack that's highly saturated with fat, or a salt-infused snack with high sodium.

I have a sweet tooth, and sometimes it gets the best of me. I used to eat candy every week, and I can't say no to Godiva's chocolates, donuts, ice cream, cupcakes, or a slice of cake. These are all my weaknesses. If I eat a dessert during the week, I won't have another one for at least 4-5 days. You have to have self control in order to enjoy sweets/carbs, and stay toned.

I decided to share my daily at-home work out routine with you guys too, because I love my results so far, and I plan on staying committed to it. You might be asking yourself, why I work out at home. I honestly hate gyms (with a passion), and hate working out with other people- especially strangers. If you insist on working out at a gym, or you simply just can't work out at home, I highly recommend getting a personal trainer

One on one time with a personal trainer, has taught me how to work out effectively at home with my own equipment. It also gives you more time to work on what you really want to focus on. 

Working out at home, I push myself harder because no one is around, there are no distractions, and you can also get more creative- there is no limit. Being secluded from the variety of equipment that commercial gyms provide, has helped me focus on toning specific parts of my body, instead of just going in to burn calories. I love working out on my own time. It's also nice to play your own music at home, and not be worried about anyone around you.

I now work out for one hour straight 5 times a week. If I skip a day, I make up for it on the weekend. I never thought I would say this, but I love working out. I always feel so great afterwards, and sweating outside on my balcony makes me feel like my workout is even more efficient. I love sweating out all of toxins in my body every morning. I push my self everyday to do more reps of the harder exercises.

My Daily At-Home Work Out Routine:

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1.) Warm Up: I stretch on my mat, (which is super comfortable), and then warm up with my jumprope for 4-5 mins straight.

2.) Weighted Lunges: I hold two ten pound weights in each hand, (or you can hold your 10 lb medicine ball), and I do 10 forward walking lunges, and then 10 backward walking lunges. This is great for leg strength and balance. 

3.) Jump Lunges: 3 sets of 10 

4.) Burpees: Keep back straight. This is for a total body workout. 10 - 15 reps 

5.) Static Lunges: 10 reps per leg 

6.) Weighted or Dumbbell Squats: I use a ten pound weighted ball. In between each 10 squats, I will do 10 arm lifts with the weighted ball over my head to work on my arms. 15 -20 reps

7.) Step-Out Squats With Dumbbell: 60 seconds (30 seconds each side) 

8.) Jump Squats: This one was very hard for me in the beginning, but so worth it. 2-3 sets of 10 reps 

9.) Mountain Climber: Targets abs and core. 40 reps on a mat 

10.) Ab Bikes: 40 reps (20 on each side) 

12.) Straight Leg Raises: Targets abs. 20 reps

13.) Lateral Leg Lifts: This Strengthens the legs and abs. 15-20 reps each leg.

14.) Weighted Donkey Kick: This is great for tightening and lifting your butt. I use an ankle weight or a 5 lbs dumbbell on my leg. 20 reps (10 for each leg) 

15.) Hip-Lift Progression: Great for tightening and toning your butt. Be sure to not over arch your back. 50 reps or 60 seconds 

16.) Toe Taps: Great for tightening and toning your butt. Be sure to not over arch your back. 30 reps or 30 seconds 

17.) Plie: 1 min straight. 

18.) Russian Twist: I love this ab workout with my medicine ball. I use this ten pound medicine ball. 3 sets of 20 

19.) Plank: I end my work out with planking for 2 mins. Planking strengthens your core and upper back muscles. Don't feel bad If this is hard for you. One minute is fine too. I highly recommend using this inexpensive, yet comfortable mat.

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I am starting to run twice a week (outside because I hate treadmills), and am very excited to see where my body will be three months from now. Don't be discouraged by exercise, you will feel great after your workout. Never over work yourself, and don't start out doing the most, because you will hurt yourself. Take it one day at a time. Eventually, you will start to naturally feel great daily.

My point in writing this blog post is: It's not hard to tone your body at home on your own time, and it's not hard to train yourself to have self control when it comes to eating healthier, drinking more water, and cutting out fatty and high sodium foods from your diet. It's all about balance, and putting in effort.

Also, please remember, it's not about how thin you are, it's about how healthy you are. Everyone is built differently. I have actually gained muscle weight from doing these exercise, and am very happy with it.

I can't wait to go on this fitness journey with all of you. I will eventually be posting work out videos for everyone once I am more comfortable with these exercises. 

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xx Jasmine Tosh
  1. Your dresses are so cool after see all of your collection i want to wear it. do you have any yoga outfits i am looking forward to this dress because i do yoga, i have yoga mats but outfits not too much