Fitness

Fitness Journal – 25th of March

It’s been a while since I did a fitness journal. I really want to start them up again because I gained a lot of motivation from them and I hope others can benefit from them in some way.

I’ve been in a bit of a rut lately. While I haven’t gained weight, I had to stop exercising for a while because I had the flu. It’s hard to get out of that doing nothing mentality. However, now that my country is beginning to go into self isolation because of the virus, I’ve decided it’s time to get back to it.

My routine is going to be Chloe Ting’s workout and going for a daily walk. Since gyms are closed I cannot go so I need to make do with home exercise. I have previously done Chloe’s workouts before and they are fantastic, especially the abs one. I would definitely recommend them. They are quite intense and they hit the spot.

In terms of dieting, I cannot be choosey and continue keto because people keep panic buying everything they can get their hands on. It’s time to eat carbs again. On a side note, this panic buying is honestly ridiculous. There was no protein, eggs or bread at one point and it was incredibly frustrating to go to multiple supermarkets to find something. But yes, time to basically eat what I have. I have been counting calories to ensure I don’t go too much over the daily limit. In saying that if I’m hungry, I am going to eat.

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Fitness Journal – 30th of Jan 2020

Hi everyone,

It’s been a while since I’ve written a fitness journal. So, I thought I would start it up again. Recently, I have lack motivation to do keto and exercise. I have been doing some at home workouts and have managed to lose around 2kg since my first weight in, however; I feel like I have stalled. I have no idea why I am feeling so defeated at the moment but I am hoping to change that starting tomorrow.

Tomorrow I will go do grocery shopping. I will prepare healthy food and I will exercise for at least an hour. It’s time to get back on track again.

Thanks for reading everyone! If you guys have any tips or tricks in regards to dieting/keto let me know! There is always more to learn.

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Fitness Journal – 8th of January 2020

It’s been a while. I have been struggling to get back into the habit of exercising everyday and eating healthy on the keto. Because of the holiday season, I was really struggling with getting into that much desired routine again and it took a massive toll on my mental health. I could see the reversal of all my progress which was very upsetting.

It took me 6 days after New Year to get in that solid 45-60 minutes of exercise per day again and tracking my calories. I’m optimistic and motivated to start this New Year off with a bang and lose some weight while gaining muscle.

My birthday is coming up on the 18th so I’m worried I may fall back into that unhealthy lifestyle again. I mean, it’s my birthday, I’m going to eat chips and have sugary cocktails.

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Fitness Journal – 27th December

Hi everyone,

I’m a bit down in myself lately. Because of the holidays, I haven’t gone to the gym in a week. I was determined to go yesterday, but then I got a migraine. Yesterday, I said that I’ll go today. When today finally comes, I wake up with a cold. It’s very frustrating to have motivation to do things and then have obstacles in the way.

In terms of my diet, I went off of keto for Christmas because I had a little issue on Saturday. The issue was I drank more than I could handle on keto and was sick most of the next day. For those of you who don’t know, keto lowers your alcohol tolerance. So I order to avoid being sick again, I gave it up for Christmas. Boxing Day I did a little better and did some lazy keto so I guess that’s something.

I just feel upset today because now I’m starting to feel like my progress is halting. I want to lose weight the healthiest way possible and I hope I don’t go back to my old ways which involved me restricting what I eat too much.

Thanks for listening guys!

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Fitness Journal – 21st of December

Hey everyone,

Today was hard. I had a bit of a reality check because I finally weighed in. Before I started my fitness journey, I have no idea what my start weight was. I am terrified of the scale, it makes me obsessive, it makes me deprive myself of food. I weighed more than I expected, like way more. Now I wonder how much I weighed at the start. Anyway, this is another beginning. Currently, I weigh 78kg and I didn’t realise I let the binge eating get to me that much. My goal is 56 kg, so I’m going to work on losing 22kg. It was so easy to put in and unfortunately, it’s going to be very hard to lose it.

The next year is going to be difficult, I’m starting a PhD and I’m trying to get my confidence back. I’m up for the challenge, I am ready to change because I don’t want to go back. I want to feel good and be healthy again.

Thanks for reading my journal and letting me share my journey with you!

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Fitness Journal – 19th of December

Hey everyone,

Today I was unable to go to the gym. I have this weird infection at my ankle and it’s painful to walk at times. I also got some good news so I decided to have some celebratory drinks.

I’m quite proud of myself because usually if I didn’t exercise one day I would feel incredibly guilty. It would be like I had to do it or I wouldn’t progress that day. That’s not how losing weight should be. You need days for yourself, whether on weekends or during the week. Also if you’re injured or sick, it’s okay to take a day off, not everyday needs to be progress.

Anyway, thanks for listening, this post was short but I wanted to share my progress with my mental health. Hope everyone is having a fantastic day!

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Fitness Journal – 18th of December

Hey everyone,

A few days ago I wrote a post about my fitness journey throughout my lifetime and my current effort to lose weight. I’m going to start just having a general reflection about my struggles, my motivations and tips and tricks if I discover any, so here it goes…

Starting A New Diet

I started the keto diet on Sunday after a binge eat on Saturday. The previous week I had started to go the gym on a daily basis which I was quite proud of. I was feeling great because I was exercising, yet I would struggle with eating. I ate snacks at night and never felt full. So on Saturday night after a binge eat, I decided enough was enough and went on the keto diet the next day. Up until then, I was trying intermittent fasting but failed at it and snacked during my fasting hours because I was so hungry. I haven’t entirely ditched the intermittent fasting, I just added keto to it and it’s too early to see if it’s working but it’s going well so far.

It’s been four days and so far so good with the keto. I have been mainly eating proteins with salad, cheese and a whole lot of hot sauce. I do miss carbs a little bit, however; there’s this wonderful bread flour substitute called almond meal and it’s fantastic. It brings me so much joy that there is some kind of bread substance that I can eat on keto so I’m quite optimistic.

I have also been tracking my calories to ensure I stay under 1200 calories, it’s not a massive issue if I do go over but it’s my goal for now. Today I almost didn’t track my calories, then I watched blogilaties video about her 90 day weight loss challenge and was then motivated again to continue. Because I was really upset today I almost didn’t track my calories and was prone to binge eating. I managed to refrain from binge eating so I am quite proud of myself.

Hitting the Gym

This week I’ve been quite good with going to the gym. I’m making a lot of progress and have even gone from 40 minutes of cardio to 50 minutes most days. I’m currently doing 30 minutes on the treadmill with an incline of 4 for 10 minutes and then 3 for another 10, then 2 for the remainder. After the treadmill, I use the exercise bike for 20 minutes. I’m a bit worried about the lack of variety when it comes to the cardio I am doing, if anyone has any suggestions please share! I’m also quite happy with my muscle mass currently, therefore I’m mainly just losing weight.

That’s my little update on my fitness progress. There will be weight updates eventually but I’m a bit too afraid to weight myself still. Thank you so much for reading and please if you have any recommendations, comment below.

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My Fitness Journey

Hey everyone,

I’ve decided to start a fitness diary on this blog as well because I want to use it to motivate myself and share my mental and physical process. My blog is very much about mental health and self expression, but mental health also has an affect on physical well-being. As I continue to journey on working through my mental state, I also want to really connect my mind and body, exploring how far my mind will take me on my fitness journey.

My Weight – The Constant Struggle

As a child, I was obese. I am 154cm, so I am fairly short and I have been that way since age 12. Naturally, because I stopped growing at such an early age, I grew sideways. Now, my background is Greek, Italian and German. My genes literally gave me all the curves, like my hips and thighs are as Greek as they get. Greeks are also big eaters, my grandma fed me full meals after school, then I would to eat dinner as well. And at 16 I weighed 100kg. As you could imagine, I lacked self-confidence because of my weight and struggled to be social. I never had a boyfriend and remained within my small group of friends, a social anxiety that haunts me to this day. I wouldn’t say I got bullied that often because of my weight, but I was bullied quite a lot for my lack of self confidence and ability to stand up for myself.

At some point in year 11, I decided enough was enough and started eating less (not necessarily healthier). I didn’t have meals straight after school and if I did I wouldn’t eat dinner. I didn’t start exercising at this point but I was starting to get smaller and smaller. By the end of year 12, I weighed around 80kg.

After high school ended, I limited my meals even more and started going to the gym everyday. The 3 months between the end of high school and start of university, I had lost another 10kg. I continued to exercise and watch what I was eating the rest of the year and managed to get down to 63kg. I then hit a plateau, stopped losing weight and stopped going to the gym. Two years later I weight around 74 kg and I’m ready to finally achieve my goal. I have been too unhealthy the past two years and it’s time to feel myself again.

I have decided not to weigh myself because it is a source of anxiety and knowing me I can become too focused on the numbers. There were times I weighed myself everyday and would gain 1kg from the food I ate the previous day. Seeing my weight increase made me cut out more food and as a result I eventually became micronutrient deficient.

My Battle with Stress Eating

Food is great. I love food, especially the unhealthy food. Chips, fried chicken, pasta, McDonald’s, did I mention chips? When I am stressed, I’m going to eat. I get so much comfort in eating and this past year when I was struggling with my mental health, I binge ate.

My relationship with food has always been pretty rocky. My mother is an Australian Italian and should be cooking amazing Italian food, instead she chooses to cook frozen food. Now, she’s struggled with her weight too so it’s easy to see where my poor nutritional values stem from. As a child, we wouldn’t eat home cooked food often which lead to an unhealthy relationship with food and my issues with weight.

My New Diet

In order to reduce my binge eating, I decided to start the keto diet. I tried it before without exercise and it did help, however; it would’ve more beneficial if I did exercise. Now I’m trying it again, I thought my issues were mostly snacking on carbs and those carbs aren’t going anywhere because my mother buys them like there’s no tomorrow. If I cut out the carbs, I hope to reduce snacking and learn to control my binge eating better.

So far so good. I have been eating a lot of protein and fats, as well as more greens than I have ever eaten. I’m still trying to figure out how to incorporate fruits because they are quite carb dense but I’m getting there.

My Everyday Routine

Since I’m on holidays I am not very active. So everyday I pretty much just sit on my bed at home watching tv and practicing my Japanese. Everyday I wake up at 12, go about my day and it’s not until 11pm that I go to the gym. I think I really need to incorporate some walking or just general leaving the house during the day because it’s unhealthy to stay inside so much. Anyway now for my gym routine, I am pretty much just focusing on cardio currently. So mainly the treadmill and the exercise bike is used. I also use the stair climber as a warm up to get ready for some serious cardio. When I feel like I have lost enough weight I will start lifting again.

Thanks for reading everyone, if you have any tips please leave a comment xx