Wednesday, 29 April 2015

April Favourites!

With love
Rainbow :) xoxo

Monday, 27 April 2015

Bruce Jenner You Are A True Hero!

Bruce Jenner's interview with Diane Sawyer about transitioning into a woman was truly courageous, brave and inspiring to the heart. It's really sad and tragic to think he has struggled with this for 60+ years but I also understand the struggle to accept yourself and the struggle to put who you are out there.

Bruce I am proud of you for having such courage, bravery, strength, rawness and honesty to stand up and become who you are. Your story and struggle is shedding light on such a real issue that many people face, thank you for opening the eyes of society and making a positive change by being you. You have no doubt have helped, inspired and saved so many others struggling by opening up. The world needs more people like you, YOU inspire me and are the definition of a true hero! 

If you understand the pain it causes someone to not be who they truly are and the struggle to accept themselves let alone deal with the rest of the world... a judgemental will understand the need to accept people for who they are no matter how weird, outrageous, bizarre or different that may seem. Society has been creating conformity and taboos for a long time which has created a lot of pain and self hatred in people leading to unhappiness, depression, isolation and contributing to mental illness and suicide... NO ONE should ever have to go through that just to be who they are and to be accepted.

Anyone who has ever taunted, written mean things or made fun of Bruce Jenner should be deeply ashamed of themselves. Not only have you been brutally cruel and caused someone a lot of pain and heartache you have also let yourself down and society.

I feel inspired at the heart warming comments coming from society about Bruce's transition it is beyond amazing and exciting to see the outpouring of love and support for someone who is so brave and has struggled so much and for so long. Here are a few of my favourites from the stars...
  • Ariana Grande: Bruce Jenner is beautiful, we all need to commit to making this world more loving, supportive, SAFE/non judgemental place to be ourselves.
  • Kim Kardashian West: Your honesty has opened doors for others to be courageous and live an authentic life!
  • Sam Smith: Absolutely flawed at how courageous and brave Bruce Jenner is. So inspiring and so powerful. Shame on anyone who dare judge.
  • Oprah Winfrey: "All of us deserve the right to be loved for who we are". Bravo
  • Rob Lowe: I was proud of Bruce Jenner in Montreal and I'm proud of him tonight. Some have to fight more than the rest of us for their happiness.
We are in need of a society more like this and I deeply thank Bruce Jenner for opening this powerful pathway even for more.

With love
Rainbow :) xoxo

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Weekly Inspirations: Mary-Kate And Ashley Olsen!

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With love
Rainbow :) xoxo

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

The Bulk!

Recently I've just finished a 9 month bulk... the process of gaining muscle or making gainz as the fitness community calls it!. During my bulk I put on 6kg which consists of both muscle and fat. Yes my abs from the left picture disappeared because of the fat I put on but I also gained muscle (hooray!) it is all part of the process of the bulk. I'm happy with the size that I did put on and look forward to seeing my abs come back and my muscles more defined as I lean down. Being an Ectomorph (the petite body type) I struggle to put on weight and muscle... it takes a lot of food and a lot of time. I started gaining off 2200 calories and by the end it was taking me close to 3000 to gain. This was my 3rd attempt at my 2nd bulk as in my past 2 attempts I struggled with injury and the process of hitting my highest weight and dealing with the weight gain. My body dysmorphia wasn't as bad this time which has been a blessing, I choose not to take progress photos besides the one on the right as it was potentially a trigger for me this time around, I also avoided wearing certain clothes and choose more flowing tops as I tend to gain the fat around my stomach area and bloat a lot.

I look back a year ago and about this time I got my very 1st pull up unassisted which was such a massive achievement! Today I'm now adding a 2.5kg plate to my pull ups and can pump out more than 6 with the weight added, I am beyond happy and excited about this! My next goal... a muscle up baby! My training routine heavily involved leg days as they are my lagging body part and I wanted to grow them a lot especially my ass. My ass has grown but it is always a work in progress, my hamstrings and quads have grown nicely and I'm really pleased about the progress. 

Compound movements (uses more than one muscle group) are a must for me and I highly recommend them for others too, lots of deadlifts, squats, pull ups, and bench press or variations were always included in my programmes and are always a massive love for me. I've really enjoyed smashing out my programs and boy have I had some gnarly leg days which I have been in love with.

The last 3 months of my bulk were really hard even at times brutal, anyone who has bulked for any length of time will understand when I say how tired I felt from eating so much... your body is constantly trying to process it all and there is a point where you constantly feel tired, bloated and just yuck. I also struggled with getting the amount of food down, my body was starting to reject it and it felt like I physically couldn't eat any more. I ended up blending up 3 of my meals and adding in an extra meal time to space it out just to be able to get it down easier. During this bulk I also conquered some fears of mine... a fear of egg yolks, eating carbs at dinner and hitting my highest weight which I am proud of.

All in all this has been a gnarly, brutal and passionate bulk and I am pleased with all the progress and gainz I've made. I'm excited about my cutting phase (dropping body fat but maintaining muscle) which I started a few weeks ago and can't wait to see my abs again, my muscles more defined and smashing more work outs!

Here is what my training routine and nutrition was like during my bulk, this is what worked for me and my body... everyone is different. If you are interested in building muscle, losing weight, building strength or endurance I highly recommend seeing a Personal Trainer so they can help you with your training and nutrition. I also highly recommend reading lots of articles on Strength Sensei and talking to people around your gym.

Monday: Upper body
Tuesday: Lower body
Wednesday: 20 min light cardio/Rest
Thursday: Lower body
Friday: Upper body
Saturday: Lower body
Sunday: 20 minutes Abs/Rest

(This was towards the end of my bulk and keep in mind I'm vegetarian)

Pre workout:
1/2 cup oats
1 Tbsp. peanut butter
1 cup yogurt

Post workout:
400mls milk
1/2 scoop protein powder
1/4 cup quinoa

Meal 3:
1 wholegrain wrap
1 whole egg
2 tomatoes
2 cups spinach
1/2 avocado
1 slice wholegrain toast
1 Tbsp. peanut butter

Meal 4:
2 egg whites
1/2 cup broccoli
1/2 cup mushrooms
1/2 Tbsp. flaxseed oil
1/4 cup quinoa
1 Tbsp. peanut butter

Meal 5:
2 egg whites
1/2 cup broccoli
1/2 cup mushrooms
1/2 Tbsp. flaxseed oil
1/4 cup brown rice

Meal 6:
460mls milk
1/3 cup oats
1/2 scoop protein powder
1 Tbsp. peanut butter
1 Tbsp. flaxseed oil

Calories: 2940
Carbs: 358 grams 50%
Protein: 160 grams 20%
Fats: 99 grams 30%

With love
Rainbow :) xoxo

Monday, 20 April 2015

A lot Can Change In One Day!

Recently I've been feeling down a lot lately when I was talking to someone the other day they told me that a lot can change in a day and to hang in there... it is so true what you're going through might last days, weeks, months or even years but a lot can change in one day and you don't know what that "one day" will bring unless you hold on. 
I also bumped into my counsellor the other day and she reminded me of the importance of positive self talk "This too shall pass" and "I'm safe and ok". This can be so easy to forget amongst it all but plays an important part of keeping you from falling apart. 

If any of you are like me the feeling of uncertainty can drive you into a madness of anxiety... what, where, who, when, how? but what if uncertainty could be exciting?, magical?, an adventure? where you're destined to be? positive change?.

Honestly it all scares me but why? Past rejections, failures, mistakes, falling apart, not being good enough... these are all my past or what if's? which doesn't mean it has to be my today or my future. This can all be a fight with my brain sometimes that part that's trying to pull me down and then that other part that is a believer of all things magical, dreams wild crazy dreams and the fighter and chaser that is the part I have to and you have to make so much stronger then anything else.

"Tough times don't last, tough people do!"

With love
Rainbow :) xoxo

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Berry Autumn Hair!

"A real woman is whatever the hell she wants to be!"
With love
Rainbow :) xoxo

Monday, 13 April 2015

Have Respect!

Recently I've heard a little bit of talk about people cheating/sleeping with other peoples partners/scoring people... there's like a culture surrounding this amongst young people. I really think this culture in people is a lack of respect for themselves and others, a lack of self worth and love. It's a culture that feeds off others encouragement, disrespectful talk and actions and the need for instant gratification, affirmation and acceptance. It NEEDS to stop because it is NOT ok to treat yourself or others like this! It doesn't make you any better than anyone else and the love, affirmation and acceptance that you are looking for is within you.
Sometimes people do fall in love with someone else when their in a relationship or sometimes people fall in love with someone in a relationship... it's far from ideal but it happens how you deal with it though is the true test. Jumping into an emotional or physical affair is not the way to go, really please stop and think for second... the massacre of damage it will create is truly ugly, it may feel good for a moment but the consequences will not only haunt and hurt you for a long time after but everyone involved and no doubt will cause a lot of self hatred.
You have to respect yourself enough and everyone else involved to walk away, it isn't just about you so don't be selfish. Sometimes you have to love, appreciate and respect someone from afar, carry on with your life and know that one day you'll meet someone who is meant for you and is not with someone else. If it's meant to be with the person in the relationship it will happen at the right time when they aren't with someone. 
If you are the one in the relationship be honest with yourself and your partner, get counselling, really look at what you want and why and make a informed, honest, genuine and raw decision on how to deal with the situation. You may have to cut the other person out of your life, keep contact to a minimum, break up with your partner... it won't be easy but you'll make it a millions times worse if you jump into something that you will regret or start something before finishing. 
If you have made a mistake, forgive yourself, apologise to those involved, get counselling, do positive things and most importantly learn from your mistake... no one is perfect.
With love
Rainbow :) xoxo