The benefits of leg day also extend beyond appearance. It assists in reducing injury risk. This is because you are training and strengthening your lower body, which can help you across all other sports and activities, even just walking and running.
By incorporating functional leg strengthening exercises, you will be able to work on your hamstrings, quadriceps, and even hip flexors. These are all muscles that you use in your everyday life, so by working on them, you increase stability and endurance.
Leg training is especially important if you play other sports in minimizing injury. Runners, for example, can prevent runner’s knee by incorporating lower body strength training into their routine. So ensuring that you remain in optimal health is always a good reason to do something, like training your legs.
Doing a throwback Thursday on an actual Thursday wow! This was a large painting (about 100cm x 60cm) I did of a scene in Pakistan over a decade ago (I must have been 18 I think!) I remember I saw the photograph and was immediately drawn to all the shalwar & turban fabric drapes, the rickety bicycle and the pop of red on the truck 🔴 I can almost smell the dry mud, car exhaust fumes and spices for sale through my screen! I really want to paint some large scale pieces so I'm going manifest it here 💙 ps I remember my parents were SO PROUD of it and they would make me show it to literally every guest, I would be so cringed out but after whisper fighting for a bit I would go fetch it 😂 & NOW here I am sharing it on the gram. OH the circle of life 🟢
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Happy Friday Everyone! I just added this vase print to my website. I spotted these guys in a charity shop JUST before lockdown and regretting not getting them! I love car boot sales, charity shops, antiques, re-worked things, just old STUFF tbh. I like to think of the stories old stuff would have if they could speak, and what they've seen 👁️💛💙
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Daal is a South Asian comfort food, I remember not being a fan of it when I was younger but now I'm obsessed! Nothing beats a good tarka daal served with chaval & raita mmmm (red lentil curry with a tempered onion dressing, rice + cucumber yoghurt MWA) ANOther thing I'm obsessed with are these IKEA bag clips, they're so handy for sealing food packaging and keeping everything fresh, I clip them onto every open food item, biscuits, cereal, rice, coffee you name it. They're like bobbles but for food 😂
Pomegranates are like the bougiest fruits of all time! They have a diverse cultural and religious significance that's why you always see them rolling around in old paintings somewhere in the background like 👀 They're seen as a symbol of fertility because of all their juicy seeds but also as a symbol of POWER, BEAUTY and ETERNAL life, espesh in Greek and Persian mythology. So repeat after me... A POM a day keeps the wrinkles at bay!! This original painting is going to be part of a special tiny collection 💘
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Rooh Afzah is a really popular drink in Pakistan. It's been around for over 100 years and it's ingredients are believed to be cooling agents💦 ..making it the perf drink for summer!! It's flavour is like a floral explosion in your mouth, like you're drinking a turkish delight but with fruit...even though that sounds a bit 🤪 it's name translates to 'Refresher of the Soul' ❣️I'm just obsessed with the label full of fruits
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For my Cancers & Geminis 💘
🦀Tenacious, highly imaginative, sympathetic, intuitive, protective and in touch with their emotions, kind Cancers shield their squishy insides with a tough shell!! The true softies of the Zodiac ☁️
👫The playful and intellectually curious Geminis are always juggling a variety of passions, hobbies, careers, and friend groups. They are passionate and dynamic and seen as one of the most emotionally intelligent signs of the Zodiac 💘
I finally pulled a decent print from this block! It’s not perfect because printing an 18x24 inch block by hand isn’t the easiest task in the world. I still want to play with it and perhaps build it up more with cut paper layers. We’ll see. I’ll probably do a dummy first so that I don’t spend so long with the actual printing (and for the sake of my wrists and shoulders 😂).
January 2019 -> August 2020.
Steady progress, y’all.
Quick fixes? They might work for 5 minutes. But they are not sustainable and you often end up further from the goal than ever before.
I had tried everything... crash diets, deprivation, cardio, celery juice - guess where it got me? BURN OUT and frustration.
Once I learned how food worked FOR me, how fitness and nutrition can work together.... once I learned all about the grace of food freedom, things drastically changed for me!
I still have my “twin skin” ( #twinmomtruth ), thick thighs, and cellulite....
But I’m inching toward my goals. And I now have strength, confidence, energy, and the determination to keep on going.
It’s now my mission to help others feel their very best. No more deprivation. Let’s go for long term results - a sustainable, enjoyable lifestyle.
I’m kicking off my next round one week from today! Come join me and we will chase down our girls TOGETHER!
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When I'm about to start a new project, I like to iron and fold the cloth that I'll be using. It's a necessary part of piecing a quilt, but it is also a beginning ritual. I love the "mindless" aspects of patchwork: ironing, measuring, cutting.
I've been reading a bit of select writings by Annie Albers, and I found this passage particularly relatable: "We use materials to satisfy our practical needs and our spiritual ones as well. We have useful things and beautiful things -equipment and works of art. In earlier civilizations there was no clear separation of this sort. The useful could be made beautiful in the hands of the artisan, who was also the manufacturer. His crwati6impulsr was not thwarted by drudgery in one section of a long mechanical process."