December 31, 2013

No Pain, No Gain


Living abroad in the past year has given me many things. Great experiences, fantastic friends, superb beauty buys and maybe the thing that reminds me off my past journey the most: the unmissable weight gain. Before you start with the "I'm sure you're just exaggerating" - I'm not. The scale doesn't lie and it tells me I've gotten 7 - 8 kilos heavier than I left for London, which is already 11 months ago (where did the time go!?). I thought you might be interested to accompany on my journey to lose the 'excess' weight on a healthy and responsible way.

Having cut back on late night snacking eating (damn you, Cadbury's!), starting with smaller portions and less sugar in my diet, my weight went down a fraction. After my holidays in China this summer, I lost a bit of weight as well. However, I'm still 4 kilos heavier than before. When I gain weight the first places where it shows is thighs, face and boobs. Even though I'm lighter than when I lived in London, I still feel really uncomfortable as my body isn't as toned as it used to be. The only solution to this is obviously working-out, accompanied with a healthy lifestyle And my weekly running sesh is not cutting it. I've got to go hard-core. Sport, that is.

So after a few years of not being an official member at the local gym (I used to run in the park and do pilates/workouts at home) I finally took the jump and registered myself a few months ago. For a 12 month subscription that is - major eek, as it's quite a commitment. I gotta say that I'm rather surprised with my determination as I'm planning to go 2-3 times a week, which has worked out quite well. The first two months I managed to go 3 times a week, but as Uni got more stressful and time consuming, I'm squeezing in 1 or 2 days a week to go to the gym, depending how full my schedule is. Yes, my arms ache as I'm typing and I feel like my thighs are going to explode, but all for good reasons. No pain, no gain. Here's to the New Year.


If you have one, what is your fitness routine?


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  1. i joined a gym last year because i noticed how weak i was and was worring about not being able to walk when im turn super old. lol .i have to say that i'm pretty proud of my progress and i went from 24% body for to 19% (20-22 is considered a good range) for my routine, i do 20mins of cardio and the rest of the time i do strength exercises with weights. complex movements are great and the routine has really worked.
    now that i'm more seasoned. i'm uping my 3 times at the gym to 4-5 workouts a week (but really its still 3 most weeks) and focusing on specific body groups for each day. :)
    hope your plan works for you!

    Jenn
    A Beautiful Zen

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    1. Oh wow, that's such a great achievement! My routine is pretty similar, 25-30 mins cardio and then I do strength exercises for about 45 mins. It's one of my NY resolutions to go to the gym more often, but wow: 4-5 days. I'm so proud of you for having the determination to do so!

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  2. I feel you there!! I gained some weight when I went traveling too and have had a hard time losing it all! Sending athletic vibes your way and let's make 2014 the year of getting healthy and eating well :)

    Stephanie | thefantasia.com

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one. It's just that my vacation-mode was on for about a year, and losing the last few kilos is the hardest (in my opinion). Thanks so much and I'm sending the good vibes back to you babe. Happy new year x

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  3. Oh wow, that's such a great achievement! My routine is pretty similar,
    25-30 mins cardio and then I do strength exercises for about 45 mins.
    It's one of my NY resolutions to go to the gym more often, but wow: 4-5
    days. I'm so proud of you for having the determination to do so!

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  4. I'm glad I'm not the only one. It's just that my vacation-mode was on
    for about a year, and losing the last few kilos is the hardest (in my
    opinion). Thanks so much and I'm sending the good vibes back to you
    babe. Happy new year x

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