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Quotespiration # 24: Emma Stone

“You’re only human. You live once and life is wonderful, so eat the damned red velvet cupcake.”

– Emma Stone

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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.

Fitness + Health: Gwyneth Paltrow

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“I just sob and kick and scream and then just force myself to do it.”- Gwyneth Paltrow

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.

Fitness + Health: Reese Witherspoon

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“If I never had to see the inside of a gym again, I’d be a very happy person. Even the idea of it, I hate. There’s people who love it and it’s just their thing. I can do it, and I can do it for my job because I’m really lucky to get this job and have a job so I will do it. But it’s not my first choice of morning activity.”- Reese Witherspoon

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 I’m going to post entries of 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. 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 and I feel your pain.

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 etc etc.)

Achieve your fitness goals. Aspire to finally fit into that skin-tight LBD 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.

Namaste.

I previously wrote about how important it is to ground yourself into your body in order to do good work. So I’d like to share with you a little trick I’ve picked up that has really helped me open my channels up as an actor.

One of those things is yoga.

Yoga, more specifically the meditation portion of yoga, has helped me recognize how it feels to be in that place of openness that is vital to any actor. Luckily, there are other ways you can also achieve this without having to contort your body into weird, foreign positions- in a room heated to 40 degrees if you are a fan of the HOT variety like I am.

Simply give yourself 5 or 10 or how ever many minutes you need to close your eyes and centre yourself into your body. It’s something everyone of all races, ages and religious beliefs (or non-religious beliefs) can do, and if this is something you already do, then good for you! Go make yourself a tea and plop yourself down for a good ol’ session.

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As for the rest of ya…

There’s no need to get cheesy about it. There are no prayers, chants or ohms necessary. All you need is a comfortable space to sit, wherever that may be (I personally prefer to do this on the floor) and get into a comfortable position. I like to sit cross legged. Easy enough, right?

Slowly try to clear your mind but it’s okay if you can’t in the beginning or if you’re having a particularly hectic day. Eventually you will be able to. Draw all attention to your breathing. Take your time as you breathe in deeply, feeling your lungs expand and your body fill up with all this energizing oxygen goodness. Then exhale, and with that let all of your troubles, doubts and judgements follow.

Don’t think, don’t judge, just do! I’m doing you a favour, trust me.

Clear yourself of all the negativity in your life. Always be aware of your body, how you’re positioned, how you feel (not how you think you should feel). Try to sense all of the life and positive energy that is surrounding you, just waiting to be tapped into and drawn from. Bring it in and feel this newfound energy course through your body. Continue to breathe in and out consciously.

Eventually the point is to reach a place of peace and heightened awareness, away from your troubles. A place where ego doesn’t exist. Remember to always stay conscious, you’re not supposed to be falling asleep here.

Keep doing this until you feel you’ve like you’ve gotten what you needed out of it or until you’re so bored (that’s okay too) that you can’t possibly sit a second longer. Open your eyes and feel your body float back down to its core and firmly plant itself onto the ground. Sometimes this is even better than a cup of coffee after a long night (BEEN there).

It’s also remarkable how rejuvenated and open you feel afterwards, even if it felt like the whole time you were so in your head. Chances are, you were probably less in your head than you think. It might take a couple of tries, but when done right, you’ll be ready to do some of your best work from this place. Your body is open, grounded, your mind clear and empty of worries and self-sabatoging thoughts, all you have left is to simply be. You are your own blank canvas. Recognize this place. Remember how it feels. You’ll find yourself returning to it easily without having to sit and meditate for 10 minutes, which is handy when you’re on set and meditating in the middle of the room might garner some looks.

Even if you feel this doesn’t quite help ground your work, it’s certainly a good way (and what I do) to recharge the batteries and relieve some stress in your personal life- and when your instrument is tuned up, so is your work.

And hey, if you enjoy this practice and feel comfortable with it, go ahead and throw in some candles and meditation music. HAVE AT IT. Whatever it takes to make you feel awesome afterward.

Hope this helps in some small way.

Love & Light,

The Aspiring Actress.