Non-weight scales victory

So… the scale is slowly going down, but besides that I’ll list those small signs of progress that I’ve noticed.

 

  • I can now skip the rope 10 times in a row, I couldn’t do freaking 4 when I started.
  • The jeans a friend got me in December that were tight, are now comfortable to wear,but not loose in the ass.
  • Been attending gym 5-6 days a week successfully
  • Finally deciding on making fitness my lifestyle
  • Adding cardio to daily routine
  • I allowed myself to skip gym a day when I really didn’t feel my best, attention, I wasn’t just being lazy.
  • Cutting down on processed food and gonna cook again

 

That’s pretty much it, will see measurements in 2 weeks.

 

 

 

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I like to move it move it

Ya know I work from home, so no taking buses and stuff for me, I do prefer to walk if the distance is within 35 minutes though, but I don’t really go out as much so… I do attend gym and work out, lift weights and battle rope and what not, also afterwards I jump on the bike, but being sedentary the rest of the day isn’t good!

So, besides the 10k steps, I like to do something else, I’ll share some of my favourites but you an of course find something you like, YouTube has A TON of free workout videos, specially cardio which is what I am aiming for at home, you may choose Yoga, etc.

 

Wii games  (there’s many more but I lack the extras to play them, like the board) 

  • The “Just Dance” franchise
  • Gold’s gym routine cardio dance
  • Walk it out

 

So those are my choices, of course I got 8 Minute tae-bo with Billy Blanks if I go for a very quick one.

 

Enjoy!!

 

New rules

Ok so I was taking a hard look at my life, regarding my nutrition, my habits and all of that nice stuff. I checked MyFitnessPal app and discovered I have been eating WAY TOO much processed food.  ( First of all, none of the canned/packed food I eat has MSG, high fructose syrup, sugar as the first 1-3 ingredients, etc) that is tasty, yes, does it add up protein, yes, does it have a wee too much sodium? Yes and also, sadly it does have a wee too much fat ( I love fat, but this is not the fat that I’m looking for) and I’ve been relying on them excessively. I haven’t cooked in a good while.. so it’s time to change that!

I’m not saying I’ll never touch anything outta package, but I want to make that around my 15-20% food intake, not 90% lol, I’m gonna shake off the dust from my recipe blog ( I do have one) and cook again  :3 I’ll still have hummus and cookies and stuff, just you know, gonna make it fit better.

I also wanna re-incorporate vegetable milk ( the kind with no sugar of course ), more stuff like tofu and trying out tempeh too! Much more veggies and also eating enough.. FAT, yes, ladies and gentlemen, fat is GOOD for you, you need it for hormonal process and to make some vitamins travel and what not. With this I mean food like avocado, nuts, seeds, not to go and gorge on fries ( that’s a new food group, carbfats lol ).  And in the right proportion but I know for sure I usually eat fewer fat than needed. ( Most of my tasty packaged food takes away from fat macro, for example)

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For the gym part, I am playing just dance or some light cardio daily, not a lot, more like 15-25 minutes, more for fun than anything but it’s a nice way to add activity.  I’m trying to do harder cardio, like really not being able to talk and sing lol, but for now I pulled off only 15 minutes, I’ll work towards 30 minutes or so  🙂 of course aiming to maintain an average of 10k steps a day too.

 

What aboot the booze? Ain’t nobody giving up craft beers, lol, but since this is going to be a lifestyle for me, I am going for  1-2, make it really count and on those days I found these tips, by a wonderful woman Sascha Fitness ( check out her SaschaFitness )

Drinking times:

  • Limit or avoid stuff like rice, oats on that day, since the body is already dealing with alcohol, which the body treats as damn poison by the way.
  • Limit or avoid the fats, cos your liver can only handle as much.
  • Load up that ass on veggies and protein.
  • Water intake should go up up up!
  • Drink slowly dammit.
  • I pre-add the beers I’ll have in a given day and behave accordingly
  • Eat before going out to drink!

 

 

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Make your numbers right 😛

All in all, this is what’s going on lately, also got in touch with an old friend, been meeting new people.

As an aditional note: I am not quitting all processed food and drinks, not forever not for 3 months, because I want to make sustainable, life long lasting changes, not quick fixes, this is the first time I’ve said it, this is going to be my new LIFESTYLE. So I can’t do the things I did before (ditching all for a while then back to it)

When you throw the coin and it falls on your face later on

..That’s supposed to mean like you tell people something or give advice and eventually you come to fully understand it and see how you are so not following your own words. I don’t know why I used a coin as metaphor..anyway

The thing is this, I used to have these very important things that I wouldn’t tell just anyone, like most people do, but for me those ended up being an anchor, a point to be exploited and something to get angsty over, so I decided to throw it all away, yes, I tried having a boyfriend and being “normal” (obviously didn’t work,I just felt bad cos I did it late in my life rather than early, as it’s more common, but that’s utter bullshit, I hit bottom rock, I really disliked myself the worst so at that point I didn’t give a flying fuck,  I also even ate meat again (mind you ask, this was horrible for me, but I hated me so much, so deep, it suited me well, for being what I was, is what I was thinking) gladly this last part didn’t last long cos I just couldn’t do it and well, that relationship ended and then I lost all the extra weight and some ( I gained around 25 kilos, 55 lbs) , but I still didn’t heal my mind so I had this girlfriend..hmm how to say it.. I thought it was my last chance so I settled for it, I did hit the gym religiously, I was at my lowest body fat ever, was I happy? fuck no.)

I also did drugs, I used to cut myself, hmm, I had a “light” eating disorder, I took medicine for my mood ( dunno name in English haha), I tried not to cry for so long, then I cried a lot, now I can cry easily sometimes and I don’t care, there is not only one way to live your life, I had very complex and interesting shit going on, I own all of it, I’m not ashamed, everyone can know, I’m a damn open book, this is what has been part of me but it’s not what I am now.

Then we move forward to German ex #2 ( I need to come up with better nicknames lol ) well, I wanted to save money to go visit so when I met her I was less fit that when she came visit me, I also ate a damn lot of snacks, was that her fault? Gods no, but it was a clear sign that I needed to fix something within me.  Of course the uncomfortable feeling and the lack of action also led to boredom-eating lol, so I gained..like 9 kilos that time, I’m still shaking them off, it’s been almost 2 years xD

My point is, I told everyone to be good on the Easter long weekend and watch their meals…what did I do? I had way too many beers and had fries too, I really need to do as I tell others, freaking eat before going to to drink, cos then I don’t feel like eating crap AND going out with a set amount of money, not with a freaking card, if I can stick to these precepts for 2 damn weeks I’ll be good for life.

I..think I’m afraid, I am afraid I won’t be able to get back to that fit style I had back in 2014, alas I didn’t have an ass so I wouldn’t trade that haha, but yes, that is what is going on, if I do well with my macros and activity but “fuck up a bit” then I have an excuse to say I’m progressing very slow, or even getting stalled. You see, I don’t believe in heavy calorie restriction, that makes me cringe, so I have 200-400 less calories which I make gym account for, I go 5 days a week, 3 are def more demanding than the other 2, and I aim to walk an average of 9k steps a day, some days I go over 15 some days I barely hit 7k. I’ll add some dance cardio in the mornings, starting with 3 days a week, see how that goes. I am just afraid I’m a wee too old to look as I want, make no mistake, I’m not a shallow fool, I wholesomely believe how one person’s look is a direct reflection on how they are feeling inside about themselves.

So, with that out of the way… I’m sure I’ll be fine.

Dafuq is wrong with this song? I thought it was about like religious stuff or a very energetic girl named Gloria! Nope, bitch was hearing voices in her head  :v

 

2018 Fitness overhaul

UPDATED: Don’t wanna get repetitive with this, yet, so I’ll add my second new routine on here.

So, I’ve been doing the same routine for a couple of months now, I don’t believe in just switching routines every 4 weeks like some people do, you gotta give it time to work, also progressive overload is your friend, anyway, I wanted something different for my biceps/triceps/shoulders day and since we have a returning coach at the gym,  I asked him for guidance, cos that dude is HARDCORE.

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It’s so hard to find an anime girl fitness image that is not hentai or a skinny girl running, seriously, only Goku works out for real or what? Yisus.

So, taking advantage of the superior recovery women have when it comes to training, we started this pyramidal system, first 25 reps, then 20, then 15 then 10. Obviously weight increases each time,  so it goes like this:

  • Frontal shoulder raise with dumbbells followed immediately by lateral raise
  • Triceps extension with the rope thingie
  • Concentrated bicep curl

NOW THE FUN PART

Plyometrics…

  • Something like an ab crunch + tossing a damn ball (not the big light one, a small heavier one)  up in the air and catching it 30x
  • 2 minutes battling the ropes ( I was able to for like 10 seconds straight)
  • As many push ups as possible

All that resting 1 minute or minute and a half in between, 4 rounds.

Then!

  • Triceps  push down thing with the bar  to failure with about 60 lbs
  • Ez bar preacher curl  to failure with 20 lbs
  • Abs
  • More abs

THEN

40 freaking minutes of stationary bike

And then you’re done, it seems like a lot but considering you gotta do it fast , the only “slow” thing is the bike, the rest is a breeze, lies, it was so hard, but I loved it. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for Friday.

FRIDAY UPDATE:

So chest, back, bicep and triceps cos why not.

  • Sitting rowing
  • Fly
  • Triceps extension rope

All those, first a set to failure, then 3 of 20 reps.

Then..

  • Battle rope making waves at the same time 2 minutes
  • Yogui A on the freaking trampoline  50
  • Tire flip baby! 10

Then…

  • Concentrated curl  10
  • Lat pull down   15
  • Knee raise     to failure

 

Then bike, should be 35  minutes but I managed 20.

 

The only thing I don’t wish to change is leg days, I just added lunges to leg leg day and glute bridge to ass leg day. (Ah, and weight, more weight on the squat, I’m close to lifting my own body weight <3) Forget that, I am changing at least ass day, lol, I asked Pepe ( the hardcore trainer) to help me shape my ass and get some mass there, without looking yucky, he said it’d take about 6 months, I was thinking a whole year so it’s even better! He also promised I’ll be able to perform a single pull up at least when March is ending, or else I’ll have a free month at the gym.

If you like some mix for the gym music, I have all sorts of songs in my iPod, but in this case I want to recommend some, just for the fun of it.

Nan’s playlist for da gym:

  • Jungle – Emma Louise
  • Nowhere – FictionJunction Yuuka (Madlax anime)
  • What’s up people? – Maximum the hormone (Death note anime )
  • A-cha – Super Junior
  • Mr. simple – Super Junior
  • Bonamana – Super Junior
  • Shots and Squats –  Vigiland Ft. Tham Sway
  • How deep is your love – Calvin Harris Disciples
  • Shape of you – Ed Sheeran
  • Makeba ( dirty riding mix) – Jain
  • Ike ike – Hinoi team
  • Lupin – Kara
  • I am the best – 2NE1
  • Mr. Wichtig – Tic tac toe
  • Satisfaction – Benni Benassi
  • Play Hard – David Guetta and some dudes
  • Después del after – Kinky
  • Mo Bounce – Iggy Azalea
  • X gon´ give it to ya – DMX
  • Shake it off – Taylor Swift
  • Abracadabra – Brown eyed girls
  • Hot blood workout – Aural vampire

 

So, feel free to check it out and if you can use battle ropes.. DO IT, it burns so gooood and it burns a lot of calories, gets your damn heart going up for sure, plus I read the EPOC effect is to behold!

 

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Girrrrls, lifting won’t make you look like this xD I swear. Now, go lift!

 

 

Beauty at every size, shave or not and more

Yeah, I usually don’t go into detail with this cos it’s touchy and no one is asking me but..this is my blog so I can write what I like! Trying to be somehow reasonable tho

I do not wish to be rude or hurt anyone’s feeling, but honestly, people get offended way too easily nowadays, I don’t believe that’s healthy..now without further ado

Love yourself,  you are fine the way you are, yes ok, let’s stop a second, it is one thing to not hate yourself cos you are not a size 0 or you don’t adhere to a standard of beauty, but what puzzles me is ,this seems to also mean “you can be super fat and still be ok”..well, I don’t think human body looks at it’s best when we are overweight, I do think body needs exercise and proper nutrition and that shows, people who indulge too much and pay no mind to working out, well, tend to look a certain way, you can’t tell me that’s how you are meant to be either… most people usually do eat a lot to get to that, ( I’m not even talking about morbidly obese people and no, people with legit medical conditions are not the majority, please) I am also aware that there may be shit going on in your life and thus you gain weight, hell, I gained 25 kilos (50 lbs) when I was at my lowest regarding self-esteem, but that is exactly why I pay attention, I know if I gain weight it’s due to me being unhappy, when I feel fine I eat ok and workout and I look fine too.

I honestly feel it’s more of an excuse to just eat what you want, but then again, I am not a huge fan of food as you know, I like it, I like some food more than other, but I don’t LOVE eating, it’s sometimes well, a necessity, cos if you don’t eat you die, and I must eat certain amount of carbs, protein and fat to achieve what I want, that’s how I see it, so maybe temptation doesn’t really play a role with me and I can’t objectively talk about it,  food as an addiction has obviously never been a thing for me.

So, people can eat what they want and be fat or not, that’s ok, but I don’t want people to force me to agree with that, like “omg you don’t find this girl beautiful!! you are the worst”,well damn no, I have preferences and we all should be allowed to! Like not wanting to have sex with trans women who still have a penis, what is wrong with you people!? we can choose whatever the hell we like!

I remember, when I was fat, a girl told me she liked me but not my looks and that maybe after I lost weight we could go out, or something like that, at the moment I was quite offended and most people would agree she was mean…was she? NO, she didn’t wanna date a fat person as much as I prefer not to date,I don’t know, blondes or girls who don’t workout at all, it’s a preference and we all can have it and she did nothing wrong by telling me that. I can see it now, I myself stopped talking to this one girl online cos of the very same reason.

Which leads me to the whole shaving legs thing… I do not like it when we, as women as expected to do stuff, like put on makeup, I barely do and only when I want to, again, this may be different cos I only date women and most women for some reason don’t care about body hair, I do though which is funny enough, I mean, if we are already dating and she stops shaving I’d ask what’s going on, I do prefer no hair thanks and I like to keep myself like that, but I also respect people and don’t try to change them, so I’d only end it, not talk her into shaving cos that’s not cool.

But, do most feminists purposefully not shave to go against patriarchy beauty standard? I mean, I know this one girl, she wears make up and is a lot more girly than I am ( I’m what you’d call a sporty femme) but she is like “meh I don’t have to look like this or that, I won’t work out etc” and some girls in her “group” won’t do anything that is considered to fulfill a beauty standard, even if they do like that, follow me?  I started working out to stop being fat, cos I hated what I saw in the mirror and how it reflected how incredibly shitty I was feeling, now I do it cos I wanna look hot, for me hot is some muscles and being fit, I don’t give a flying fuck when others don’t find this sexy or whatever, but it’s annoying when fellow women tell you “you are already fine, you don’t need more working out”, if you don’t wanna “submit” to beauty standards, ok good for you, I am not doing that, I like doing that shit , human body looks much better when fit, it’s my belief.

This was mostly a rant so, yeah.

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This photo created a huge hassle back then, this woman is really inspiring and I like her a lot, (her name is Maria Kang, if you are sorta agreeing with me so far, check her out, if not..well…)but people said she was “fat shaming”, well, no, we do make up excuses, that shit is real, I’ve made excuses, we all have had, “it’s too late, early, it’s raining, it’s cold, this, that” when we really wanna do something we do it, period. Again, if you are like, legit sick, you better rest, but still no excuse to go and eat a bunch of crap. Jeeeeeesus.

 

 

Athlean X (and for women) review

This is a fitness post, I’ll try to write more cos I’m really into it lately, by this I mean I am consciously making wise choices and training hard and constant, although, if I feel sick I’ll rest cos if I don’t things end up being worse. So here I go.

I love watching videos about fitness, or reading about it, new workouts or tips on the classic ones, all of that, there is one channel I specially like on YouTube, it’s called Athlean-X ™  , I LOVE it, because the guy in charge of it, Jeff Cavalier ( hope I got his name right) is DA bomb! Seriously, he really speaks like he knows his shit, even when he gets really technical and shows stuff on a skeleton and I barely understand, I love it cos it’s like the total opposite from the much known and spread bro-science ( he also has a special section for bro-science btw) so, checking his videos, he does train people for a living after all, so while checking out the videos I noticed there was a version for women… I was unsure but I ended up checking it out..

Yep, it wasn’t good, I do not know how much he is involved with it but I guess not much, first of all, the girls presenting it, well they look fine of course but they don’t, well look, so fit as to be presenting such a channel, plus I prefer it when it’s one person hosting, but that doesn’t really matter, people may look this way or the other but be very wise.

But I found the whole thing to be too much like a women’s magazine.. “X reps for glutes” , “slim your waist like this”, and the reason I love Jeff’s channel so much is cos he focuses on things like strength, form, benefits, alternative workouts if you can’t do a certain one, building good foundations. The women’s channel is mostly “burn belly with this, with that, slim arms, butts, specific foods and more butt”.  they do have some ok videos but seriously, I don’t feel they target women who really want to challenge themselves and lift heavy, plus they don’t use such an elaborate language as Jeff does, I almost feel they treat me as if I can’t understand what guys can. I do care about my glutes and abs (still hidden) but I care more for ways to squat better for example.

Yes, guys have different goals, I absolutely don’t give a single fuck about gaining 2 inches on my biceps, lol, but I do care about proper form for shoulder exercises for example, foundations, valuable tips you do actually get from the main channel, so yes, even when some videos are obviously for men, plenty of things we women can take and use, specially those videos when he’s telling the viewer not to believe in magic pills and work hard and eat right or they won’t see results, cos that’s true for all of us.

No offense to the women’s channel or the girls doing it, I just would have much loved to see the same, more serious, hardcore attitude from the original translated into it.  So, I’ll stick to the original, they have so many videos too. Of course they have a page with programs you can check out that too, but what I like the most is you really don’t have to, watch a bunch of videos and see what you make of it.

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That’s Jeff, looking good for being 40+ yo natural lifter, 10/10 would follow his advice

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