Fitness + Health: Eva Mendes

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 “I’m like every other girls across the globe- I love chocolate and I hate working out. But the truth is I have to do it. I like to eat. I cannot hold back. I cannot skip a meal. So I get into the gym; I do a lot of cardio then some light weight training.”- Eva Mendes

One of my favourite celebrity fitness quotes. What girl CAN’T relate to this? It sucks, but I’d rather go to the gym for an hour or two (or even 30 minutes) than starve, wouldn’t you?

Every person in the entertainment industry, or really any industry that is somewhat based on how you present yourself, has felt it: The pressure to look your best…and a huge part of that pertains to your figure. Not only do you feel like you ‘have’ to adhere to certain standards of beauty, but it can actually hinder your success if you don’t. For some, that may be motivation enough. For others, like me, you have to be dragged kicking and screaming.

Don’t get me wrong, I love working out. Especially when I’ve reached the end of the work out. You feel fantastic right afterwards and the long term benefits are endless. You feel confident, there’s a glow to your skin, you feel healthy and more inclined to make good choices, the clothes you like look better on you, you have more energy, you feel strong, you live longer. But it never makes putting on those running shoes any easier when I’d much rather be laying on the couch eating spaghetti.

So for those of you who need a little extra motivation…I feel your pain. I really do. What works for me is having a partner in crime. Someone to suffer through it with, or at least complain to afterwards. It’s frustrating when you see all these Hollywood celebrities with their fantastic bodies or even people you know in your life who just look great with seemingly zero effort. Well the truth is, that is probably the biggest lie!

Suuuure, there are the freaks who just looooooove to exercise (and the genetically blessed few who don’t even need to- cuuuurse them). I’m not one of them. So I’ve decided to share with you motivating “fitspiration” quotes by the stars themselves, from the fitness-loving freaks of inspiration (I’m looking at you, Jessica Biel) to those who prove they are only human like the rest of us and that all it really comes down to is hard work and discipline (remember: personal trainers can’t do the work for you). I will also be posting work outs, fitness and health tips from yours truly when I can.

I am on the same journey as you are, people. It’s a daily struggle for me so I understand how important it is to be inspired to stay active and not fall into a negative cycle of guilt and self-hating.

SO LET’S GET OUR ASSES TO THE GYM!!! (or take classes at that dance studio, go for a hike, hit the pavement, swim, hot yoga, Pilates, raves, join a recreational sports team, whatever floats your boat)

Achieve your fitness goals. Aspire to finally fit into that skin-tight LBD or those skinny jeans you’ve been eyeing up, that you keep telling yourself, “One day…”.

And to quote Nike…

Yesterday you said tomorrow.

I’ll be with you every step of the way. Tears, bruises, sore muscles and all.

Love,

The Aspiring Actress.

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