Monday, 28 May 2012

NEVER GO THERE!!

Nothing makes you feel like the most inferior, oldest and fattest blob on earth than going to a Variety show. The kind of show where slinky yet muscular, well toned goddesses dance and sing on stage in fabulous costumes. Man, if I wasn't straight!!! I felt like a priest on Confirmation day, with self esteem issues.

A lot of people will have their self esteem at an all time low after watching those energizer playboy bunnies, but not me. I will not go there!!! I will use them as motivation to get my figure into shape. They must spend countless hours in the gym and rehearsal. The fact that I don't have time or money for that, is not going to slow me down.

Simple things at home can be used as weights like chairs, tin cans, boots, side tables and heavy bottles.
It does not have to be too heavy, because the longer you use them, the heavier they become. Lifting tables, chairs, etc with your arms or legs are great for muscle building.
Combine this with some vegetables, fruits and lean meats that are easy to burn off,  and it will give you a recipe to perfection.
All you need is half an hour a day, three times a week. Start off with 10 minutes jumping or jogging. Work on your strength with your "weights" for 15 minutes. End it off with 5 minutes stretching to avoid sore, stiff muscles the next day. Nothing to it.
The more often you do it during the week, the better. If you can extend your workouts to 45 minutes or longer a day, even better. The great thing is that you can fit it into your time, lifestyle, schedule and rhythm. All good things come to those who take their time getting there. Nothing is going to happen overnight unless you starve yourself, but in the end it is not a race. You will look amazing soon enough. Work hard during the week, and do and eat what you want over a weekend. Odds are by the next weekend, you will be twice as cautious when you hit the scale on Monday. 

The point is to start now. The longer you wait, the longer it will take. Simple as that.



Tuesday, 22 May 2012

JUST ONE MORE...

You have tried so many diets and different exercises. Some have worked, but inevitably things went back to the normal and the weight crawled back with VENGEANCE!!!
You are now twice the size you were last year this time and somehow losing weight is harder than ever before. Even worse is if you are on a diet, but it stopped working. Nothing fits anymore and you feel like you are going around in circles and not achieving anything.
I get it!! I really do! I have been there and still have those days too.

Just over this past weekend I picked up 3 Kilograms. That's like 10 Tonnes in Elephant language. Of course I am not daft enough to ask how it happened. I know exactly what happened. Eating lots of crap (I mean A LOT) and not exercising is how it happened. The key is to fix it. Thankfully, that is the easy part. I normally eat what I want, but this past weekend I felt like going ape and be super lazy. I feel so much better now that I had that little psychotic break. I can now get back to normal and do my usual eating with some fun dancing at night to work it all off.
But enough about me.

You have to try to lose weight. Just once more. This time, just eat healthy whenever you can. You know... those home cooked meals that are not deep fried and drenched in preservatives. Simple meals that have gravies with herbs and spices as opposed to thick slimy sauces.  Try lots of leafy greens, colorful fruits and bright shiny vegetables. Drink...you guessed it,...water. If you don't like the taste, toss a  lemon wedge or half a strawberry into your glass.
Eat half of what you normally do. Serving food into a small bowl for yourself instead of a salad bowl is also a good idea.
Exercise when you have 30 minutes free in your day. Everyone has 30 minutes, even if it's before bedtime.
Fitting healthy eating and exercise into your time and lifestyle will achieve far better results.

And when you get days like I had this past weekend, just know...It is OK to not eat healthy sometimes. It is OK to skip a meal. It is OK if you pick up a few pounds. Most of all, it is OK to feel like not exercising.
We all need a break now and again. As long as you eat healthy and exercise MOST of the time, you deserve a break once in a while.
Just try losing weight one more time and do just one more lunge or push up. You have it in you to look fabulously fantastic again and feel like a Superstar when people ask you how you did it.

 






Monday, 21 May 2012

FAT CHICK IN A SKINNY BODY

Butter!!! If I have to hear one more fat person at work bitch about their weight...aren't we meant to be the funny ones????
Here's a concept...Do something about it, live with it or shut up.
I couldn't stick to a diet if you paid me or my life depended on it. Yet I lost over 200 pounds in 6 months. Big Shocker... I also kept my sense of humour.

Even though I am skinny now, I still think like a fat person. Confidence and happiness comes more often whereas before I had zero, nil, nada and none of it EVER.
So basically, I am a happy, confident chick who is obsessed with weight & still relies on her humour to get by.

There are so many women in my shoes. We only feel confident and happy when we look good, no matter how skinny we get.

My tip for the week...wear what compliments your body type. Drink lots of water this week. You will eat less and retain less water. Give it a try and see how it goes.









Tuesday, 15 May 2012

WHAT I WOULDN'T GIVE

What I wouldn't give for the perfect body. I'll tell you what... sweet treats and savoury snacks for one thing!~! I would like a perfect body but not at a price.

I know people who eat healthy and exercise and still indulge now and again. I also do, but my problem is that I indulge now and then again later. My curse is that I just look at something and then I pick up weight. Other people seem to have it so easy.

It is so hard to keep my weight constant, because certain times of the month I eat more than other times. My eating habits also depend on the season. Winter is great for anything Chocolate and summer for anything Chocolate and ice cream. I will die if I can't have that!!!

I always go on about eating everything in moderation.
So today I will continue that tradition. For some of us, just eating is a huge issue because no matter what we eat it goes to our hips. We need to exercise and diet and do all the unpleasantries in order to become slim.

Eventually it becomes a matter of maintaining the weight. In the end it is all worth it and a couple of digits added to the scale is not the end of the world. Striving for the perfect body as opposed to the perfect weight....very depressing stuff. It's is a real killer when you feel good because you eat right and work out, only to look in the mirror and see mountains for hips.

So as from today I will promise myself to stop focussing on perfect and just work towards looking as good as I feel. Even if I can do without lumpy mountains on either side of my non-existing ass.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

HASTA LA PIZZA - BABY!

Live life the way you want to. Tomorrow might not come, but at least you lived your one life well.
How do you do this?

Drink lots of water.
Only eat when you are really hungry.
Eat what you want.
Eat small portions.
Take small bites.
Chew for a long time.
Drink lots of water.

Run
Walk
Play
Dance
Skip
Jump
Lie on your bed and kick your legs in the air.
Swim
Gym

Sleep
Meditate
Read
Laugh
Socialize
Pray

Combined they all make you look good and feel good. Not just in terms of your self esteem, but because you will have more energy, more life and more control.
You will live longer. When you do eventually die, people will remember you for the incredible full life you lived. Your story will be told for generations about how you lost all the weight and went on to become someone who inspired others. Your legacy will be the kick-ass style in which you took back your life and lived it.

Monday, 7 May 2012

YOUR FUTURE 1 YEAR FROM NOW

A long time ago I was severely overweight. My biggest struggle was motivation to exercise and eat right.
Diet after diet was tried, eating plans were followed and the inevitable gym membership was opened.
Before long, I didn't have time, then I didn't have money and then winter came. These are just a few of the excuses that I used to not diet and exercise.
Even now, there are many days when I really don't have the energy to make something healthy to eat or to exercise. The only difference is that I do it regardless of how I feel, because I know my future.

Yours will be the same. One year from now we will be twice as overweight. Our health would have gone down the drain. Depleted of all energy and will to live, we will have exhausting days filled with only aches and pains. Our skin, teeth and hair will look terrible. Basically it's all DOOM and GLOOM.
Oh! I am sorry. Where you expecting a different answer? If  you don't start or at least continue with your diet and exercise routine, what do you expect to improve?
You can not lose weight by eating large quantities of any food, I don't care how healthy it is. You can lose weight by eating small, frequent meals to speed up your metabolism. You can lose weight if you drink copious amounts of water before and after meals. You can lose weight if you do any form of exercise.
If you do not do any of the above, you will get fatter and unhealthier. It is as simple as that.

One year from now, you will be fatter. One year from now, you will be more depressed. One year from now, you will be more angry with yourself for not starting to change your life a year ago.
If that is not motivation enough to immediately start eating right and finding some form of exercise to do for 30 minutes a day, then you are a dying breed. I mean that very literally!!
Eating right and exercise makes you live longer and look younger.
If nothing else, do it for this reason:










Sunday, 6 May 2012

GOT THE T-SHIRT

Want to hear something crazy insane? There is a diet out there that requires no effort, no home cooked meals, no change in lifestyle, no pain and no sacrifice.
You eat what you want. You do what you want. What is it called? ...DEATH.
A very slow and painful and very early death.
If that is what you want, by all means, carry on living your unhealthy lifestyle. But I know you. You don't want that.
Despite how hopeless things in your life seem like now, it will get better. Things have a funny way of working out when you least expect it. The Universe has a plan for your life. All you need to do is the right thing, in any circumstance. You can apply this to any situation you are in at the moment.
It will get better. Right now the only thing you can do is get rid of those toxic people and toxic food.
Get your life in order for the remarkable change that awaits you. I know money is tight right now, but the least you can do is look after yourself. The Universe needs you to do at least that.
Get those people that emotionally, physically and financially drain you out of your life. It is not selfish to put yourself first. It is necessary. You owe it to yourself to get your life back on track before you can live the life you were meant to and be the person to those you love that you were meant to be.
Get all the food high in sugar, salt and preservative out of your house. Throw everything out that is fattening. You know what they are, you are not uninformed and illiterate. I know you don't have money to restock your entire kitchen. Keep the basic like the meats, vegetables, spices, pastas and canned food. Start getting creative with only spices and herbs.
If your kitchen cupboards are already empty and you don't have meats, vegetables or money to buy them, you are not alone.
First thing is to sell off things that clutter up your home. If  you haven't used it in a year, it's not that important to you. Therefore sell it off.
Start changing your life by buying the following cheap foods.
Potatoes: They are very filling and packed with Vitamin C, B6, Potassium, Manganese and Fibre. You can do so many variations with Potato as a meal or in a meal.
Carrots: Loaded with Vitamin A & K, Potassium and fibre, they help fight off disease.
Leeks: Contain Vitamin A,C & K, Folate and Iron. It protects your heart and keeps it strong.
Lean Chicken: Chicken contains Protein, Tryptophan, Vitamin B3 & 6, Selenium and Phosphorus. It protects against bone loss and boosts your immune system. Chicken is versatile and can be used & cooked in many different ways.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Grape seed Oil. You will need this to fry with. It is better to get Grape Seed Oil, as it does not lose it's nutrients in high cooking temperatures like Olive Oil. It is rich in antioxidants that help fight off free radicals that causes disease and aging and contains unsaturated fats (the good kind).
You can make a lot of different meals with these cheap basics on daily basis. Salads, stews, stir fries or on it's own, the possibilities are endless. If you use different dried or fresh herbs, it will never taste the same as the day before. Keep left overs for lunch the next day.
Start walking, dancing or jogging and drink lots of water. It is free!! You will have an outlet for all your stress, feel better and start looking better. Things will just get better and better from there.
Trust me on that. I have been there and got the T-shirt to prove it.










Thursday, 3 May 2012

DO LIKE IT'S 1999

What where you doing in 1999? Everyone thought the world will end. Some people partied like it (ergo the song...) and others were too wrapped up in their own life to even care.
Either way, I bet you those were simpler times. Life was less hectic and less rushed. You had more time.
Somehow, the older we get, the faster time flies by. It could be that all this technology designed to make our lives easier, is taking more of our time. Hence the reason so few people get to exercise. They don't have time.
Think back to 1999. There were no i-this and i-that. The modern bricks we lugged around and called "mobile phones", couldn't do half as much as now. You get 3D game consoles, 3D TVs and 3D Blue Ray players. In 1999, Tablets were for headaches. Pads were for...you know what! Everything is HD and wireless and we have words like "star rated" and "energy saving".

Easy solution here. Turn off those gadgets and make time to exercise. Exercise makes you live longer, giving you more time to spend on gadgets and loved ones. If you can squeeze in 30 minutes (only half an hour) into your day for something that gives you long term benefits, don't you think that is a no brainer?
Once you are at your optimal weight, exercise can be bumped down to 3 times a week.
Teeny weeny sacrifice...massive results and benefits.
It's not rocket science (thank goodness because that is redundant these days). It's called going back to basics.
Eat simple home cooked meals, pre-cooked and prepared over the weekend to save time during the week. Spices and herbs can make anything amazing, you don't need expensive "ready made" sauces.
Use fresh ingredients rather than "ready to cook" or "instant" ingredients.
Go back to the good old days. Think like it's 1999 and live like it too. After your fabulous weight loss, you will feel like you could party like...