Nov 23

Keeping fit and healthy with Bec Louise Chambers

 

We caught up with coach and health fitness writer Bec Chambers to chat about all things health, fitness and body confidence.

 

ON INSTAGRAM

I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was four years old, and I started blogging in 2013, which naturally progressed to Instagram. My writing has always focused on women and their bodies, minds and fitness.

Fitness has been a major part of my life from a young age, but at about 17 I went down an extreme dieting road that led to binge/purge eating habits and anorexia. The gym became an outlet for me and a place where I could feel some sense of control amidst deep body image issues. Now, I love lifting weights and feeling strong and this year I competed in my first powerlifting competition.

I also coach 25 women. It’s the most satisfying thing to help women to get stronger and feel better and more confident. This is also what my Instagram is all about.

ON KEEPING IT REAL

There’s a lot of misleading information on the Internet. I would look at many beautiful, seemingly flawless women on social media and wonder why they didn’t talk about their relationships with themselves and with food or the bad days. We all face issues surrounding body image, our sense of self, confidence and feeling inadequate, and one day I decided to talk about it. My honesty was well received, with people around the world telling me I had made them feel less alone. Connection and honesty are my two highest values and I get to satisfy them every day.

ON BODY IMAGE

You need to remind yourself that you’re looking at a highlight reel. The gorgeous chick you’re double tapping on the ’gram likely faces her own worries and issues. Life isn’t always rosy, and many photos are taken by a photographer on a beach, involving sand in hair and eyes, and Photoshop.

Every crease, freckle, fold, line, wrinkle, curve and dimple is all yours and all beautiful – that’s your power.

ON FEELING COMFORTABLE IN YOUR OWN SKIN

If we could accept that we are enough in every way, it would be a different world. It’s not about resting your laurels or never working hard because you’re already good enough, but about accepting yourself, including your imperfections.

ON KEEPING FIT AND HEALTHY

I lift weights, eat well and spend time outside as much as I can. I feel the best when I’m strong, cardiovascularly fit and flexible, so my training doesn’t focus on just squatting, deadlifting and benching like a typical powerlifting split. I like to run, jump, spin, handstand and make sure I’m strong unilaterally too.

 

MY DAY ON A PLATE

Every day is different, depending on how organised I am that week. I try to advocate against comparing your day on a plate to anybody else’s – there’s no magic combination of foods that is going to result in health and happiness.

I track macros and use flexible dieting principles. I think the best daily diet you can stick to is one that allows spontaneity and sustainability. If you’re restricted to 1000 calories and two food groups, I can’t see long-term success.

 

 

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Nov 11

Madalin Frodsham on body image and healthy living

 

It was this exact photo that Madalin Frodsham posted after being featured in our Body Issue that broke the internet – here we share her feature interview featured in the magazine.

 

ON INSTAGRAM

Growing up, I was always the sporty one in the family, playing basketball and climbing trees. This stopped when I left school, and I didn’t actually start actively working out until January 2016 when I downloaded the Sweat With Kayla app. There’s a mix of factors that contributed to my social media following: a few of my posts went viral on online news publications, my transformation photos garner a lot of followers each week, and (hopefully!) I motivate and inspire people to work out. 

ON KEEPING IT REAL

I constantly felt put down when scrolling through my Instagram feed. Seeing image after image of perfection, I wondered if people felt the same way going through their feeds, and whether my photos contributed. So I decided to share more pictures that were honest and relatable. I receive a lot of comments from people saying it’s their goal to have my body, and I want people to know I have flaws just like everyone. We’re so used to seeing perfect pictures of women in our feeds that it’s nice to see a bit of real life sometimes.

ON BODY IMAGE

I think because people view social media influencers as being more ‘real life’ than the touched up celebrities in magazines, social media is very influential when it comes to body image. However, Instagram is now just the same because it’s easy to smooth out your cellulite or reshape your body. I think the problem is even worse as we compare ourselves more to these unattainable images of perfection. And instead of a magazine, which you have to physically go to the shop and buy, you have these images in your pocket and accessible at all times. 

ON KEEPING FIT AND HEALTHY

I find it easier to stick to a routine, so I make sure I go to the gym first thing in the morning, no matter how I’m feeling or how busy I am. I make healthy food choices when I buy food from the supermarket (if it’s not in my cupboard, I don’t eat it!), but I also make sure I don’t restrict myself too heavily so I don’t blow out on the weekend. 

ON FEELING COMFORTABLE IN YOUR OWN SKIN

Always remember that the images you see are carefully selected, filtered, angled and lit to display people in the best possible light. Don’t let somebody’s perfect selfie dictate your confidence – most people don’t actually look how they do on Instagram. If someone is making you feel bad about your body, unfollow them. Follow women that make you feel confident, who are open about their bodies and don’t follow the conventional standards of beauty. 

 

My day on a plate

Pre-workout: protein shake

Post-workout: warm oats, berries and apple porridge 

Snack: toast with peanut butter or Philadelphia cheese

Lunch: paprika chicken with green vegies and yoghurt 

Snack: carrots and avocado dip 

Dinner: vegetable patty and lentil curry

Dessert: chocolate chip cookies

 

 

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