Happiness, journey, life, Woman

The only opinion that should matter is the person you see when you are looking in the mirror…

I know my blog is about my weightloss journey. I looked up the definition of the word journey;

a long and often difficult process of personal change and development.

I realised it is so much more than just a weightloss journey. For me to live a happy and healthy life I need to work on all areas of my life.

This is something I need to work on to be able to achieve the ultimate goal which is to be happy and healthy.

Why do I struggle to avoid people’s harsh opinions?

Something you need to know about me is – I am a very soft person with a very strong will.

At this point of my life, those two do not go together very well.

Being a person with a strong will, that wants to succeed, it requires being around people that always tries to get you down. (No one wants someone to be better than them) It sucks!! I never realised that ‘the big world out there’ can be full of such disgusting people. Boy OH boy, did I realise this fact quicker than I would have hoped to?

On the other hand, my soft side – I always try to be nice. I try to help where I can. I cry very quickly and I feel I am to young to lift my opinion or, ‘be rude’ back to whomever it might be carrying on at me because they are older than me.

“Respect your elders” my mother taught us. Now I would’ve loooved to say “bullshit! They started this fight!!” Unfortunately, I am not that person.

For some pathetic reason, what people say and how they treat me effects me in a huge way!! I seem to always take it personally, like they saying it because something is wrong with me. I am doing something that they don’t like?

How rediculous right? Why does their opinion matter to me?

I read this amazing article that touched my heart, How to stop letting others opinions guide your life

What an insightful post. I read the whole article but this part made me realise that people’s opinion doesn’t matter, it is who YOU believe you are and what YOU believe you can achieve that matters.

Because other people don’t live your life, you can only live it for yourself. And for that, you must stop listening to others’ inflated belief systems.

For a while after entering the ‘big world’ I thought that having the combination of emotions and will power is a bad thing, I honestly still had that thought 10 minutes ago. Then I read that article.

The sad truth is, people will always try to get to you. Nobody wants anybody to go ahead in life but themselves. It is how you handle criticism that will make the difference.

How I used to handle it, I start crying because I don’t understand why they are so rude – WRONG way!!

They are rude because they see my ability, what I can achieve and they are trying to use my GIFT against me, my soft nature.

Yes, I see it as a gift. It is a gift to be able to look at someone and see deeper than just the person, to be able to put yourself in their shoes and realise they maybe had lots of pain in their past. To be a friend to someone and trying to be there for people. That is a gift.

People will no longer use my gift against me. My future husband always tells me “take it from who it comes.” Really, who are these people to me? For me to allow their opinion to hurt and effect my life, my success?

I will use my gift against them Yes, thats right! I will kill them with kindness. How embarrassed will those people be if they see this girl smiling at them and carrying on with her life as if they weren’t talking at all? They will see that their opinion means nothing to me and they will realise that they have LOST!! They are not getting to me anymore.

I am an emotional person, nothing wrong with that. What I need to realise is;

“What other people think of me is none of my business.โ€ ~Wayne Dyer

And THAT quote right there, it will change my future. What are those people in my life? Nothing!! What they think of me, it is none of my business! ๐Ÿ˜€

Happiness, Health, journey, knowledge, Uncategorized, weightloss

Is knowledge the answer to loosing weight and living a healthy lifestyle?

The last few months I have read a lot on ‘living healthy’, ‘which foods you should eat to be healthy’ etc. I made notes and I am trying to live according to the information I gathered.

“Knowledge is power”

Absolutely true but, does knowledge really help people to stay on the right path?

After reading Knowledge is power but it won’t help you loose weight I realised that knowledge is great to gain, but if you are not serious about what you are busy with, all the knowledge in the world won’t change your behaviour.

They gave a very good example – A smoker, it is nothing new to that person that “smoking kills”, do they stop smoking because they have that knowledge of how bad it is for you? Nope.

Same goes for overweight people, we know that being fat is not good for our health. Do we stop eating unhealthy? Nope.

Why? If a person finds something that they enjoy or that they think ‘helps’ them get through things, for example – an emotional eater, when they are sad they eat. The addiction takes over from reality. We would rather look for excuses as to WHY we can’t stop than to use our knowledge of the negative effects of whatever bad it is we are doing to stop doing it and change our habits.

All the knowlegde in the world won’t help you if you are not willing to make the changes necessary to live a better life.

Exercise, Health, journey, weightloss

The Big “C” that no woman want to see on her body

Cellulite

I don’t know what your feelings are towards this word ‘cellulite’? I can not stand it!!

Cellulite is a big reason why many woman do not want to wear shorts or, walk on the beach with confidence. You want to go in a tracksuit, am I right?? Anything to hide the “hail damage”, like some call it.

What is cellulite and why do we get it?

BBC NEWS | Health | Cellulite ‘worse’ after dieting

When fat, fluids and toxins are trapped beneath the skin, the bands become hard and tight and the fat is compressed. It is this which causes the dimpling effect. Age can make skin layers look thinner, and so cellulite looks worse. Methods suggested to reduce the dimples include exercising and drinking plenty of water

Some people get cellulite even though they are living very healthy lives. Unfortunately, it is in your genes.

Then you get those lucky ones – they stop at Mc Donalds for breakfast, lunch and dinner, don’t exercise at all, yet no hail damage? The answer again, Genes!

We would all love to have those good genes but life is not always fair, right?

Another reason for cellulite, probably the biggest reason – FAT!!! Being over weight.

Like you saw in the picture above, the more fat cells you have the more fat is compressed under your skin and the clearer cellulite shows.

The biggest “NO NO’s” when it comes to cellulite:

White sugar, fried foods, alcohol and junk food.These are just a few on the list, but it is definitely the most dangerous.

This is probably no suprise to you? These are all foods that we so very well know is not good for us. If I look at the list, all I see is CELLULITE written all over them.

Now, lets look at foods, and drinks that will help us get rid of cellulite:

Water with Lemon – it hydrates your body, takes out toxins and is packed with Vitamin C which will leave the body looking smooth and silky.

Apple Cider Vinegar – It’s full of potassium, magnesium and calsium which again takes out bad toxins, help with water retention. The Omega 3 fatty acids in ACV helps to repair and strenghten skin tissue that will automatically reduce cellulite.

Eat Raw foods – A good example of raw foods that can help you get rid of cellulite is, salmon. The Anti-Oxidants in salmon will help break down fat cells.

Green tea – Speeds up metabolism and increase fat burn.

Now that we looked at a few of the elements that can help us get rid of the ‘hail damage’, do you realise what it all boils down to?

– You need to loose weight!!

Being overweight is bad for you in so many ways. I did some research regarding excersices that also helps reduce cellulite.

The results:

Strength training and Cardio...

Some people say doing just cardio does not work, I agree. Yes, cardio is a wonderful way to loose weight but, cardio doesn’t tighten your skin.

You need a firming exercise. Strength training firms and tighten the skin and is a bomb in reducing cellulite.

Squats and lunges are an example of strength training.

I read this very nice article where the explain in detail how to do these excersices:

10 Strength Training Exercises for Women at Home Without Equipment

So the main thing when it comes to cellulite is, we need to eat healthy (what you put into your body is what you will get out) Drink a lot of water, cut out the junk foo, bad fats and EXERCISE regularly!!!

๐Ÿ˜‰ xx

Exercise, Health, health news, weightloss

Why stretching is a ‘MUST DO’ in order to have a strong body

I don’t know about you but I can not get out of bed before I did a nice stretch, taking over the whole bed with a long “good morning world” stretch. It wakes me up and I get that “I am ready for the day” feeling.

This is the one thing I’ve learned over the years – STRETCHING is one of the most, if not most important part of your general wellbeing.

Benefits of stretching:

Stretching lengthens your muscles which is important for flexibility, range of motion and injury prevention.

It helps to loosen tight muscles. Now, it is also not good to stretch if your muscles are not warmed up (it can cause muscle strains) – before you stretch, take a walk or a quick jog (even if it is in one place) just to get the muscles going.

Loose muscles = helps with blood flow and it relaxes the muscles.

That is why it is so important to stretch after a workout.

You all know I am no expert when it comes to gymming (yet), but one thing I know – the importance of stretching after any excersice, even of you just took a walk.

A few years ago I broke my ankle. Rushed to hospital, I had an operation where they put a plate and screw (sorry, I don’t know the medical terms) into my ancle. I walked with a Moonboot for about 4-5 months after which I had to almost learn how to walk again, thats how weak my muscles were in that foot. I went to the physio and I learned the importance of stretching.

She told me ‘stretch, stretch, stretch’. I obviously had to start slow, but after a while my foot and ankle was 100% functional again and it wasn’t long before I was back on the netball court.

The whole point of this story, I learned the importance of stretching and what it can do for your muscles. It is wonderful for stiff muscles, it might be sore to stretch when your muscles are stiff but you have to work through the pain, it will loosen up.

If you are sick or you are not in a position to exercise, stretching is the perfect way to keep your muscles loose and prevent injuries. Just a short stretch, if it is touching your toes and keeping it there for a few seconds. Any stretch you feel works for the specific muscle that it stiff – you will feel the difference in your movement real fast.

Stretching after a workout-

A full body stretch, and each stretch you do, hold it for atleast 30 seconds. It will lengthen your muscles which will prevent injuries or stiffness the next day.

Stretching = Relieve + strong muscles

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Exercise, Family, Happiness, journey, Uncategorized, weightloss

LET LOOSE A BIT

I had a wonderful holiday!!! Being on a weightloss journey and going on holiday is a tricky situation to be in. I was planning on excersing every day and eating healthy. My excersice idea lasted one day and the eating healthy? Well, that went out the door when we got on our flight.

We are only human, we all want to have a bit of fun

I decided that I want to enjoy my holiday, not worry about portion sizes or waking up early to workout. I work hard during the year and wake up early 7 days a week, on my holiday I want to rest, have fun and wake up when my eyes open. Surprisingly, I found that even though we ate whatever we wanted, the amount of food we ate was a lot less than what we would usually eat on holiday. That to me was already a good sign. A sign that I am making progress.

We were active…

Yes, we did a lot of activities. Rowing, peddle boat, walking on the beach- we were busy all the time and THAT is what made the difference!! I did not pick up any weight during my holiday ๐Ÿ˜€ I am so proud!! I didn’t loose any weight, but I honestly thought I would gain. Nope, did not gain, did not loose. It motivated me to continue working out now that I am back. We are only human, but the fact that, even though I ate unhealthy, I am already making so much progress that the amount of food I am able to eat is a lot less than before and that to me means I am on the path to success What an amazing holiday, I renewed my strenght. My soul is happy. I am a CHAMPION and I will always be a champion because that is how I see myself. I can overcome ANYTHING!! I will endure and I WILL finish strong and proud!!

Exercise, Health, Uncategorized, weightloss

Squat to get that butt?

My opinion regarding REAL and FAKE…

So the thing to have these days are a big butt, right? It is all over the media. The one day women does not even have a bump, the next day, well, we all know, they’ve got massive butts.

IT IS NOT REAL!! IT IS FAKE!!

I know some woman really work hard in the gym and they have well deserved butts, but what we see in the media, the things that “all woman want”, they are not always worked for, they are bought!! Those are not things that we shoud set as our goals.

Sweat, sometimes tears, working hard towards your goals – these are the things MONEY can not buy!! Surely getting a big butt this way is much more rewarding?

I keep saying this because this is something that is such a big problem in my opinion.

People look at ‘rolmodels’ and decide what is the perfect body, what they would like to look like. But most times, the rolmodels they choose is people that visit the plastic surgeon on a weekly basis. That is not someone to look up to?? Yes, it looks amazing, but it is bought!!! Isn’t a rolmodel suppose to be someone that works hard to get to where they ultimately want to be? That shows you that hard work pays off?

I don’t know, I can be wrong. I just feel many people have no idea what the difference is between REAL and FAKE!!

Eversince I started this journey I realised how HARD it is to work on yourself (your body) and then you get people that goes for surgery to get the bodies they want, isn’t that cheating yourself?

Choosing the easy way out?

I don’t know…

I don’t know if maybe I had the money I would also do all kinds of surgery’s, I mean it is probably easier?

Then I look at all these personal trainers and I realise –

To work for the body you want is SO much sexier than doing it the easy way.

My story to getting thร t butt…

In school I used to play netball so our team had a personal trainer. Everyday we had a session, of HARD HARD work!!

Squats being a very important excersice, we almost did them everyday. Why?

Squats (Wikipedia):

In strength training and fitness, the squat is a compound, full body exercise that trains primarily the muscles of the thighs, hips and buttocks, quadriceps femoris muscle (vastus lateralis, vastus medialis, vastus intermedius and rectus femoris), hamstrings, as well as strengthening the bones, ligaments and insertion of the tendons throughout the lower body. Squats are considered a vital exercise for increasing the strength and size of the legs as well as developing core strength. Isometrically, the lower back, the upper back, the abdominals, the trunk muscles, the costal muscles, and the shoulders and arms are all essential to the exercise and thus are trained when squatting with the proper form.

Playing netball you need to have a good posture, you need to have strong legs to prevent injuries. Landing with the pressure on your knees the whole time can cause serious knee injuries. Doing squats strenghten your legs and important, the muscles that are protecting your knees.

That is what I learned doing squats, good posture. Your posture needs to be perfect for squats to do their job. Netball was the reason I used to do squats.

What is my reason now?

It is a wonderful excersice that makes me feel SO good!! It is good for various reasons – strong legs, a nice round butt, shaped hamstrings.

Because I love doing squats I set up a personal squat challenge for 1 month. This is for myself, I don’t have to start with 10 squats because I can do more.

I want to work to have nice legs, I want to work to have a flat stomach and I want to work to get that butt.

I still do my stomach excersice and dumbells, I just feel like picking up with the squats – it is something I enjoy and that makes me feel good. I know with squating you need cardio, to loose the fat around the leg muscle.

So before I do my daily challenge I do skipping for atleast 10 minutes. I only started this on Monday – skipping and squats, I like that combination, it has always worked for me and I love the pain I feel after doing squats, it feels like my legs are pure muscle. LoL! ๐Ÿ˜€

Lets see how it goes, I still have 10 months to reach my goal, I am positive I will get there.

xxx

Health, journey, weightloss

When times get tough-

What do we do when times get tough?

Here I am not talking about you not getting out with your money this month, I am talking about, when times get tough for YOU!! Your mind is struggling, it is tough to stay positive.

I must be honest, I am struggling, I am battling to see that I am getting better and stronger. I actually went to the doctor to find out if something is wrong with me.

A few weeks ago someone commented on one of my posts saying that sometimes your genes can cause lack in weightloss, some people can be fit but not thin.

I wasn’t bothered at first, then I started thinking about it. I was upset because in my opinion telling someone (that is trying real hard), “maybe you never going to loose weight” is not nice and not motivational at all.
And believe me, it messed with my head. I started thinking that maybe there is something wrong, maybe I can not loose weight. I was defistated.

Went to the doctor, the doctor said, “you are healthy, there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with you, you are completely capable to loose as much weight as you want to.”

Right there I realized-

People can say things that can either make or break you, it is up to YOU to decide if you will take it to heart or just ignore any negative comments.

I was in a sensitive stage of my journey and I started doubting what I am doing.

I was seeing myself like this picture, a fat person trying and trying but getting no where. I am not there anymore!! I decided to keep out ANY negative ‘google says’, google doesn’t know everything. There is so many opinions out there and ultimately you have to do what works for YOU!!

If you work hard and keep going, you CAN and you WILL see results!!!

When you feel like quiting, this is the time where you should work even harder!!!

Remind yourself every single day WHY you are doing this!!

I want you to watch this video Rise And Shine

Get up every morning, work hard!! Remind yourself what you are working for and NEVER ever EVER give up!! The results will come, you just need to keep going!!

Giving up is NOT an option!!

You might feel negative sometimes, feel like you doing everything you can and you not seeing results, the truth is when you feel like you doing everything you can, you can most likely do more!!!

Your body achieves what your mind believes

The reality is, your body is A LOT stronger than you think!! It is your mind that is the problem.

Never stop believing in yourself

Only you can make the change, only you can reach your goals, no one else!!

Yes, you can listen to advise, but at the end of the day, you are the only one that can decide if it will work for you or not.

Believe in your ability

Many times I thought, I do not know what to do, I do not know a lot about excersice and dieting then I thought by myself. “Why are you lying?” I live in my body, I played sport throughout my school career, had a personal trainer. I KNOW what exercises work for me, I KNOW what food is bad for me. It is up to ME to make the changes and go the extra mile, no one can loose this weight for me, it is up to ME!!

The sad truth is, I take everything personal, if someone says something I immediately think I am not doing well, this person says that, I am not doing it right. What is wrong with me!!!!

I do not believe in myself and I doubt my abilities, that needs to stop! I find that watching motivational videos (that you can find on You Tube) is helping me a hell of a lot to believe in my own abilities and strengths.

You made yourself fat, you can make yourself thin again.

Did anybody tell you what to eat to get fat? NO!!

So my opinion is, if I stop eating what made me fat, I will get thin. Thats truely what I believe.

Never give up hope, keep going everyday, the results will come.

My boyfriend always tells me, words that are so true.

“You did not get fat in one month, it happened over a long period, you can’t expect to loose years of fat and bad habits in one month.”

It takes time, but making changes and by working on it everyday consistently, change will come!!

Never give up on your dreams, your dream body and your goal weight.

Exercise, Health

For us woman – menstrual cycle and excersing

I usually start getting cramps two days before my menstrual cycle starts. It gets so bad that I almost literally can’t walk.

That pain started today, after a weekend of rest, not exercising. It’s Monday, I HAVE to do my workout!!

I doubted for a while, thinking to myself “I can’t do this”. So I put my fingers to work and went on my old friend “Google”. So many stories and different opinions, I never know which advice to follow. 

I do know Exercise is really good for you when it’s “that time of the month” but to get yourself to do it. Ugh!!

Exercise helps with the circulation in your body, with results – less pain, less cramps.

Excersing is wonderful for your brain, feeling positive, motivated, and energised. 

 Sleep, sleep, sleep, you can never rest enough when on your menstrual cycle, it reduces pain and get your energy levels up to where it’s supposed to be.

 Having your menstrual cycle can be stressful, you can feel depressed, anxious and MOODY (thats me, misses emotional) Again, EXERCISE is the answer when feeling down, 

“Exercise releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain and it makes you feel GOOD!!!”

workouts recommended to do during your period planking exercises, aerobics, dance, zumba 

Take it slow, do what you can and EXERCISE, it’s natural medicine to reduse pain…it’s FREE!! 

Health

Detox Ideas๐Ÿ˜Ž

I’ve been trying recipes I got from different people, Google, Pinterest, all over… I started drinking this Apple Cider Vinegar Detox drink last Monday, now I don’t know if it’s all in my head but it seems to be working very well.

I tried this detox drink for a few days and my body feels clean, my visits to the bathroom is more frequent, I don’t feel so hungry all the time.

I will keep looking for recipes and exploring different detox drinks, but for now this one is working really well. I drink it every morning as soon as I wake up.

The benefits of this drink: 

  • Speeds up your weightloss process
  • Controls your appetite
  • Digestion
  • It helps fighting flu’s etc

This is just one in a million detox drinks that might work for you.

Do you have any nice recipes I can try out?