Hiya everyone! Last year in September we had an Fit & Active theme month with my fellow Bosom Bloggers and as I came to realise this September, my weight had gone up and my waist measurement was not where I wanted it to be. This may sound silly to you, as I am not overweight and I should have nothing to worry. But somehow, I was not feeling the best and wanted to take up the challenge of Fit & Active October and also challenge my fellow bloggers to do the same. Now, I want to update you on how I’m doing fitness-wise (is that even a word?) and tell you what motivates me when it comes to doing sports.
I remember that I was quite concerned about my eating disorder last year, when we first started the project. I was worried my anorexia would come creeping back so being fit was kind of a task for me to overcome without becoming a bit too fit and looks-orientated. I admit it – I am good at losing weight, no matter how depressing it sounds but I can lose weight if I want to and it’s rather easy to me. This is why slipping back to old habits is such a terrifying vision to me – cause it simply is quite likely. I am also terrible at finding the golden middle and tend to be either all-in or nothing at all, if you know what I mean.
A month ago I realised I had gained quite a lot of weight – not dangerously so but still a bit too much for it to be healthy. I don’t go on the scale as it’s a trigger for me, but I do use the tape measure to check my vital stats. In a year or so I had went from my 28″ waist to a 30″ which is not something I find too healthy – excess fat on one’s mid riff is always a risk, a one that I don’t want to take.
Well, as I started off my Fit & Active October, my waist was 30″ and guess what it’s now? Already down to 28,5″! I am so proud of myself so I just want to share with you what motivated me and what still keeps me going.
Sounds a girly way to start off my fitness regime but I actually went and bought some new sportswear as I hadn’t done that in a long time. I did invest in a new Panache Sports Bra in the summer but as it was steaming hot and I would have had to cycle 10 km to the gym, I wasn’t really making the most of it. Now? Well, I think I just might need another one as it’s the only sports bra I own at the moment.
Anyways, I did buy something for this autumn especially and snatched up a couple of running shorts and a sports tee from Adidas at my local sports store. I have previously been pretty exclusive in my relationship with Nike, but as I have developed more womanly curves on my butt, the Adidas shorts are a bit more forgiving and well-fitting. They also look super cute! The sports tee I bought is a really cute one too, so sorry I couldn’t find a picture of it. However, I do fit my boobs easily into a size Small so I would say their sports tops are pretty boob-friendly!
There are plenty of other products I am super eager to test this autumn and one of them is the Panache Sport Wireless which is supposed to be a wireless version of their classic best-selling sports bra. I also adore the new colourways for this AW14 season; lime is my absolute favourite colour for sportswear (alongside pink of course) and I strangely also dig the 80’s kind-of geometric print. The range also includes a wicked sports tank with an in-built bra – an option I would love but am yet to explore.
However, doing sports and being fit is not about the sports gear or the clothes you wear, although they do motivate you to keep on track. I don’t have a miracle recipe for dropping the inches, but I did make some concrete choices that weren’t too bad to live with. First off, I dropped the alcohol to minimum (though I still think a glass of wine never hurt nobody) and then planned my meals so that there wouldn’t be too many surprises (=junkfood) on the way. I have been adding more veggies to my diet and also cutting the sweets though I do still eat chocolate now and then and yesterday shared a piece of cheesecake with my loved one. So not sweating too much with the diet here!
Though experts say that losing weight is all about 80% diet changes and 20% exercise I do beg to differ as people are different and exercise affects people differently. I would call myself someone who progresses quite quickly so I do find that regular exercise affects my appearance more than 20%. I was no able to hit the gym as often as I wanted last summer but picked up the pace really quickly after we moved about 2 km away from my gym. Now I have taking Zumba, Bodyjam, Sh’bam and BodyPump three to five times a week and it’s starting to show. I think the key is to find the things you like to do the most – my strength is dance based exercise so that’s what I do most of the week.
Also, don’t be afraid to try something new. We had something called “Well-Being Week” in my Uni this week and we had been arranged a few free sports classes to go to and me and my best friend Jo took the advantage of the offering. On Tuesday we went to a fencing class which was so much fun, on Wednesday we went jogging together across the islands surrounding our city centre ( I know, sounds weird), yesterday tried Mixed Martial Arts and Thai-Boxing and today we’ll take a Zumba class together.
So verdict; if you want to lose some inches and don’t feel particularly motivated, try the following.
- Drop the alcohol. This will help tremendously as alcohol prevents the fat from burning and adds extra calories to your otherwise healthy diet.
- Eat smaller portions and plan your meals so you won’t get super hungry and eat all the kitchen doors after an intense workout.
- Try new things. You might like something that you first think would be awful. For example, I am starting a Mixed Martial Arts course in January and really look forward to it.
- Take a friend with you. When you have a workout date arranged, you are less likely to stay on the couch or give up when you feel less motivated.
Nothing too special, probably nothing that you didn’t know, but I tell you – it works!
I still have a half an inch to my waist goal so I will update you on this next week! In meantime, please share us YOUR tips how to keep motivated and how your autumn has started off! Any new sports you have tried and enjoyed? Let us all know as there is nothing more important than sisterly support 😉 xx