Monday, February 29, 2016

Hormonal: Period pain and all that

This might be a little disturbing for the guys out there, but you know what? I don't care. This is a normal thing that every women go through and it's not "nasty" or "disgusting". We bleed but just in a different area and if you're thinking of getting married one day, guys, then you better get used to hearing it because you will have to live with it one day.

Spiel over. 

Anyway, in line with my healthy eating and workout, when I'm having my period, it's the only time when I pig out like nobody's business. When I say pig out, it means, example: yesterday, I had 4 bars of toffee crisps, 4 bars of kitkat chunky, 4 tubes of smarties and a bag of Doritos chips as SNACK. SNACK, I say. I had a bowl of pasta for lunch and a homemade granola bar for breakfast and that was all I had overall. Plenty of water obviously but that's what I had. 

The day before that, I had nachos with all the toppings and a burger for lunch. I had 2 slices of cake shared with my other 2 friends and a Krispy Kreme Caramel Biscoff shake which I also shared with 2 of my other weeks. For dinner, I can't remember what I had. haha

But basically, when I have my period, I basically turn into a monster and I did not workout on Saturday or Sunday. Saturday because I was tired and Sunday because I missed the last bus. Today, however, I intend to make up for all 3 of the days. Yes, do all the workout for the previous days, which is the Blogilates calendar but I will only be going to the gym tomorrow. 

But basically, I cannot control my food because two days leading up to my period and the first few days of my period, I literally have to eat anything and everything and I crave so much chocolate. The reason why is because you're losing iron in case anyone is wondering and can be replenished by eating meat, such as red meat and I find chicken helps too but because I was in the library the whole day and was working, I literally had to have my sugar fix which was why I bought chocolate. This certainly does not justify it however, in the next few cycles, I'm going to try opting to much healthier options to see if my craving is satiated and if it does, I will definitely share with you.

Why is this not healthy? Basically, when you start craving things, your body is lacking of some minerals, vitamin or macromolecules such as protein, carbs and that sort of things and you can replenish it by eating the right food instead of binge eating on chocolate. I mean technically, I don't put on the pounds during my period and the only issue I have is water retention during my period but eating unhealthily is never a good enough reason, especially when it is high in saturated fats and sugar.

Hence, this will be my next experiment. 

Till my next post. xx

Monday, February 22, 2016

It works for me!

Hello again! It's been exactly a week since my last post and I'm happy to say that I have indeed lost some weight from my new workout and diet regimen. By diet, I don't want to falsely promote calorie restriction, or detox fads or any of the sort. By diet, I really just mean the things that I eat.

So, the last time that I posted, I came out about my weight gain and how I had hit the 70kg mark. But today, it's Day 10, which means I'm a third away from achieving my goals. I'm currently at 63.9kg I try not to get so bogged down with my weight, so, I try to only weigh myself at least 6 days apart. So, you will not see me weighing myself every day.

In total, this is a 6.1kg (13.4 pound) loss of total body mass. No, I'm not dehydrating myself, I try to make myself drink at least 2 litres of water everyday. Trust me, it's become a habit that if I were to skip this, I would feel so horrible. I don't know much about teatox and what-nots, I personally do drink tea just because it's kind of the culture in England. So, I have black tea, with no milk and no sugar. But occassionally, I have soy milk to go with my tea, but that isn't very often. Like for example, I had a matcha tea latte which I made by myself using only matcha powder and soy milk and, well, I call it really isn't. But it was good nevertheless.

I'd say I've been eating less of the junk food that I usually eat and the only unhealthy things that I still can't stay away from are desserts and I think I had Nachos and nuggets which I was really craving for on Saturday. But honestly, my point here is not to cut out food from your diet entirely especially if you really love eating food, but just to moderate it and also, you use 2400kcal everyday just by living, so, even if you're living a sedentary lifestyle, you'd still be burning calories either way. My tip is to exercise and to be mindful of what you're eating. 

I cut out juices and high calorie drinks such as hot chocolate and lattes that you get from stores because your body can't register the intake of liquid calories, so, you actually have a higher probability of gaining weight because all the sugar that you consume is stored in your body. I've realised that not having the occasional glass of orange juice also helps, but mainly because I've resorted to eating fresh fruits instead of just drinking it and if you think I'm cutting out all the good stuff in my life, let me just tell you that I had strawberries with chocolate sauce for breakfast this morning, so, I don't think it's gotten worse. But, I am very mindful of the things that I eat, so, if I've had something sweet, I make sure to drink plenty of water afterwards so that I would be able to flush out the toxins in my body.

I'm turning 23 this year and I've heard so many times that your body slows down metabolically at this age and honestly, this is the heaviest I have ever been in my life. My normal weight. When I say "normal", I mean, the weight that I'm used to being at is 49-50kg (108-110 pounds). Now, this is very normal for me, because I have a low bone mass, which varies from person to person. The average bone mass for a person is approximately 30kg and the rest is your organs and what nots, so, yup, that's my ideal weight.

So, what I've been doing is:

My workout goes something like this:

1. Treadmill (30 minutes: 15 Run [9.4kph-0.5 elevation], 15 walk [6.6kph, 10 min- 9.0 elevation, 5 min 0.5 elevation]
2. Elliptical (15 minutes try to keep it at 11-13kph speed)
3. Stationary bike (10 minutes - always above 100rpm)

Then I follow the Blogilates monthly workout calendar which helps me tone my muscle. 

This is my normal workout, sometimes, I switch it up and go for classes, like Step and Tone at the gym that I go to, otherwise, I do weight training, but I'm really not into muscles, so, I just use really light weight for the arms and the back and we're girls, so don't worry about building up huge muscles, because we can't be that pumped unless you're eating pills and all those things. 

Don't worry, this will not be you- Image from Google images.

I hope this is a good first update, if anyone has any requests as to what I eat and all that sort of things or if you'd like me to make a video, do let me know in the comments section. I'm still working towards losing another 13.9kg at the moment and I have 20 days left. I'm not starving myself at all, so, this is completely healthy and I am eating well and thinking well. 

Till my next post. xx

Monday, February 15, 2016

You are what you eat

Hello there lovelies, I'm back again yet with another post on healthy eating and lifestyle. Why? Well, it's personally just something I have been struggling from and I think that it's never not a good time to share what you think and help other people out.

So, recently, I had been gaining weight and when I say gain weight, I have reached the 70kg mark point for a 1.69m person. Yes, it may still be in the normal BMI range, but there's thing called your ideal weight, at which you look your best at and at the moment, this isn't it.

I started gaining all this weight after I went to Africa for a month. Understandably, all the food that I had consisted mostly of carbohydrates and I was eating well over 3000 calories a day, but obviously during the time, I never even thought about it let alone take it into consideration. Hence, the massive weight gain.

After coming back from Africa, I was still eating relatively unhealthily, more so at the time when I was moving houses. I started trying to lose the weight around mid-November and it's already February and I haven't quite seen much changes in my weight, but I can tell that I have lost inches as I can now fit into my old jeans, at least one of them. But I really want to fit into my old tops. I've started a new workout regimen in which I intend to lose 20kg over the course of 30 days. At the moment, it is day 3, today that is. My diet consists mostly of greens, I go to the gym almost everyday except weekends and then I'm following the monthly Blogilates calendar.

I'm trying to see if this works for me and if this does, then, I will be sharing my workout journey. I am still not sure as to why I'm not losing weight, I want to say it's because of the gain in muscle mass but I can't say that for sure as I haven't noticed any noticeable changes as I said before except for being able to fit into my old jeans. I have noticed burst veins on my thighs and I think I'm going to ring my GP to just make sure that everything is alright. I just want to make sure that nothing is wrong with me.

I will update on what was said by my GP and I advice that if you're having trouble like me, you should consult a dietician or a GP or someone that is certified in giving sound medical advice.

On another note, I'm so excited with the new projects I have and I'm planning to share with all of you very soon. I've been working on this for quite some time and hence the reason as to why I haven't been blogging very often.

Till my next post. xx