The Fifth and First Monthly Weigh-In

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Morning readers,

 

Last week I started a new exercise regime. I decided to change the workout in order to fight boredom. I actually wasn’t bored with the workout however, I do feel that if a workout gets a little bit repetitive, there might be more of a chance to not continue on. That has always been a problem for me…sticking to a routine. I think that when I start to see it as being a routine, I get bored and give up. So, I decided pretty early in my journey that after a month I would change the exercise regime slightly.

This is the new regime:

Monday

Running (sprinting) 700m

Upper body strength training

 

Tuesday

Stationary bike (10 minutes)

Core strength training

 

Wednesday

Walking (uphill) 1 mile

Running (jogging) 1 mile

Upper body strength training

 

Thursday

Stationary bike (25 minutes)

Lower body strength training

 

Friday

Walking (uphill) 30 minutes

Upper body strength training

 

Saturday

Stationary bike (10 minutes)

Lower body strength training

 

Sunday

Biking (45 minutes)

Core strength training

So, I started this regime last Tuesday and I decided to stick to the same diet as last month as I didn’t quite lose the 5kg that I was hoping for. So I am continuing on the high protein/low carbs and low-fat route again. How did this go for my weight-loss and measurements for the week?:

Last week’s weigh-in and measurements:

Weight: 50kg

Left Leg: 48.5cm

Right Leg: 49cm

Left Arm: 28.5cm

Right Arm: 28.5cm

Hips: 82cm

Waist: 64cm

Chest: 81cm

Neck: 31cm

 

This week’s weigh-in and measurements:

Weight: 50kg

Left Leg: 46cm

Right Leg: 47.5cm

Left Arm: 28cm

Right Arm: 28cm

Hips: 81cm

Waist: 63cm

Chest: 80cm

Neck: 31cm

So no change in the weight department. However, what I have learnt is to not focus too much on the scales. The measurements are telling me I am still doing great work. Particularly in the legs, I can tell that the up in cardio is really helping. I actually really enjoy the cardio in this regime. I sweat a lot and don’t feel like I am putting too much pressure on myself although I know that I am running a lot more and for a lot longer. I didn’t think I would EVER love to run.

 

What I really need to improve on is my food. I feel like I am only able to cook and prepare the same sort of meals all the time. Due to the low carb intake, it makes it really hard to prepare good and exciting food. I am missing pasta and potatoes quite a bit. I need to go on a hunt for some more recipes to spice up my repertoire. If you guys have any ideas, recipes or tips, I would really love to hear them.

 

Much love,

Bing xxx

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The Photographs of Progress

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Hi readers,

I thought I would post up some photographs of me that were taken on the weekend so that you can see how my progress is going. I weighed in today but due to how busy I was today, I am going to reveal the figures tomorrow so that I can go into a bit more detail. I have a lot to tell you about my new exercise regime and how it is going for me. In the meantime, check out the photos from  my day out to the zoo with my gorgeous man and hopefully you will see the progress I have made since I began my weight-loss journey in late October.

 

Much love,

Bing xxx

The Lazy Style Making You Bigger

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Morning readers,

It is a phenomenon that has been going on for quite a while and I can tell you right now, it is getting worse. NOT-PANTS! People wearing tights or leggings as pants for reasons other than under dresses, under tunics, gym work-outs or to bed. They have become a fashion trend and what is worse is that the trend makes even the thinnest of people look ridiculous and a lot bigger than what they actually are.

I am not adverse to the Not-Pant. I do wear them but unless I was going to the gym, I certainly would not wear them in public. Unless I was wearing a long shirt which hung down lower than my crotch. No one wants to see my panty-line and I am 100 percent sure they do not want to see a camel toe.

I can understand the attraction to them, they are incredibly comfortable however, I guarantee you, you actually do not look as good as what you would with regular pants or jeans on. You may as well wear nothing if you feel as if you will attract the opposite sex in them.

All I can say is, thank god winter is over! Now you not-pant wearers can all run around without actual pants! Meanwhile, when it comes time for your winter clothing wardrobe clean out: please consider a removal of the not-pant for your next winter trend and go out an invest in a real pair of pants. I know that actual pants do cost more than the $10 Not-Pant price tag but you could always set up a charity. Sit out at your local shopping centre with a tin asking for people to donate so you can invest in real pants and do not have a Not-Pant Winter in 2012. I am pretty sure that within an hour, someone will buy you a pair of actual pants.

RANT OVER! TGIF! 

For more anti-Not-Pants Advocates: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOqE0Exdq7M&feature=related

Much love,

Bing xxx

The Sizing Issue: “But I am a 6, NOT a 10!”

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Morning readers,

Do you find that the clothing stores are making it extremely difficult for us to try on clothes? I have recently encountered a real issue at one of my favourite discount department stores lately. However, after much thought, you have to ask, is it the clothing stores or is it YOU?

About six weeks ago, I found this really nice pair of pants that were retailing at a quarter of the price. I had to have them but I had to try them on of course. I never buy anything without knowing it would fit. So, I took in two sizes: an 8 and a 10. Now, bear in mind that this was six weeks ago: I had not started my exercise or diet yet and I was quite aware of the fact I had put on a little bit of weight. Before the weight gain, I was a tiny size 6 so I had no issues taking in an 8 or a 10 to try on. However, I knew that I would most likely be the size 8.

To my utter surprise and almost shame, I couldn’t get the 8 up past my thighs. I was horrified. Was I really that chunky? I almost refused to buy the pants but for the price they were, I was stupid not to. Funnily enough, I had no problem getting the 10 up and to be honest, they were actually a little baggy. But they were comfortable and sometimes comfort is better than ego. Am I right?

Not all would agree with me. Some people I know will refuse to buy an item that isn’t ‘their size’. For example, you know you are a size 10, but when you try a top in a 10 on it is a little tight in the back and I guarantee you will say to yourself, “the top doesn’t fit so I will leave it”. You don’t buy the top. Instead you could have just tried on the next size up and found that it was more flattering and fitted your back much better. No, you can’t do that though! It is NOT your size!

The Huffington Post recently wrote an article addressing the issue of what I call ‘Size Vanity’.  It spoke of the way in which fashion editors actually cut the sizing tags off the designer clothing so that those ‘Size Vain’ celebrities won’t snigger if they have to try on a Vera Wang gown in a size 10 when they are “actually a size 8”. I am not kidding, these people will actually refuse to wear designer if the clothing is not their size. Celebrities really are just normal human beings after all!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/the-stir/celebrity-dress-size-secret_b_858234.html

I have come to the realisation that I am not going to fit in to the one size. All clothing stores are different and brands are different too. I do take in more than one size of a particular item. I don’t care if the 8 looks better than the 6. If I look better in it then that is great. No one is going to come up to me at a nightclub and say, “Oh! I love your dress! Is that a size 6?” The only time people will notice what size you are is if you haven’t cut the tags off the clothing and the tag happens to be hanging out for all the world to see.

Interestingly enough, I went in to the changing room about three weeks ago to try on another pair of pants from the store I bought the size 10 pair. I knew I had lost a little bit of weight so I took in a size 6, 8 and a 10. I tried on the 10: almost fell off me. Tried on the 8: fitted fine but a bit baggy in the butt. Tried on the 6: perfect!!! Were even a bit loose. That was the same store but a different style of pant!

Moral of the story: do not give in to ‘Size Vanity’. Do not accept you are one size only and that you will refuse to buy an item if that size doesn’t fit. Accept that clothing sizing can vary from store to store, brand to brand, style to style. CUT YOUR TAGS OFF!

Much love,

Bing xxx

The Intellectual Funny For Your Wednesday

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Hello readers,

 

Today I thought I would share with you something I love. It is not weight-loss relevant but it plays to my historical passion.

 

If World War One Was a Bar Fight

Germany, Austria and Italy are standing together in the middle of a pub when Serbia bumps into Austria and spills Austria’s pint.

Austria demands Serbia buy it a complete new suit because there are splashed on its trouser leg.

Germany expresses its support for Austria’s point of view.

Britain recommends that everyone calm down a bit.

Serbia points out that it can’t afford a whole suit, but offers to pay for the cleaning of Austria’s trousers.

Russia and Serbia look at Austria.

Austria asks Serbia: “Who are you looking at?”

Russia suggests that Austria should leave its little brother alone.

Austria inquires as to whose army will assist Russia in compelling it to do so.

Germany appeals to Britain: “France has been looking at me and it is sufficiently out of order for you not to intervene.”

Britain replies: “France can look at who it wants to, I am looking at you too, Germany. What are you going to do about it?”

Germany tells Russia to stop looking at Austria, or Germany will render Russia incapable of such an action.

Britain and France ask Germany whether it’s looking at Belgium.

Turkey and German go off into a corner and whisper.

When they come back, Turkey makes a show of not looking at anyone.

Germany rolls up its sleeves, looks at France, and punches Belgium.

France and Britain punch Germany.

Austria punches Russia.

Germany punches Britain and France with one hand and Russia with the other.

Russia throuws a punch at Germany, but misses and nearly falls over.

Japan calls over from the other side of the room that it’s on: “I’m on Britain’s side!” But stays there on the other side of the pub.

Italy surprises everyone by punching Austria.

Australia punches Turkey, and gets punched back.

There are no hard feelings though because Britain made Australia do it.

France gets thrown through a plate glass window, but gets back up and carries on fighting.

Russia gets thrown through another one, gets knocked out, suffers brain damage, and wakes up with a complete personality change.

Italy throws a punch at Austria and misses, but Austria falls over anyway.

Italy raises both fists in the air and runs around the room chanting.

America waits until Germany is about to fall over from sustained punching from Britain and France, walks over and smashes Germany with a barstool, then pretends it won the fight all by itself.

By now the chairs are broken and the big mirror over the bar is shattered.

Britain, France and America agree that Germany threw the first punch, so the whole thing is Germany’s fault.

While Germany is still unconscious, they go through its pockets, steals its wallet, and buys drinks for all their friends.

 

Happy Hump Day!

Much love,

Bing xxx

The Fourth and Final Monthly Weigh-In

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Morning readers,

 

Yesterday was the last day of my 30-day weight-loss training programme. I must admit, it wasn’t a hard ask in terms of training programmes. I have endured more intense in my time and I think the intensities of these regimes were the reason why I had failed in many of them. With this training programme that I took up over the last month, I worked out almost every day however, at a lower intensity. For example, rather than spending an hour working out four days a week, I would work out every day but for only 30 minutes or so. I also changed up the kinds of exercises I was doing a lot: one day upper body training, another day was core training and another day was lower body training. I found that this was good for me as I didn’t get bored or lose discipline in sticking to it.

 

Yesterday was my final weigh-in for the training regime. I must admit, I was pretty certain on a loss in many of the target areas. I have been very disciplined in  my intake in the last week despite going out to dinner three times in the week. May I add that even when going to restaurants, there is always a healthy alternative and that salad does not always mean boring. One night when I was out, I had a massive seafood salad. It was all grilled meats (calamari, whiting and mussels) with a little bit of green salad. Another night, I went to Nando’s and managed to find a spicy grilled chicken salad which had a calorie count of under 500. The best eating out option is always Japanese though and I had this on Saturday night. I recommend the Salmon Nigiri: tasty and extremely low in calories but high in protein.

So, despite all the dining out, I think it is time to reveal my numbers for last week. I must tell you right now: I AM PLEASED WITH MYSELF!

Last week’s weigh in and measurements:

Weight: 51kg

Left Leg: 49cm

Right Leg: 50.5cm

Left Arm: 29.5cm

Right Arm: 29cm

Hips: 83cm

Waist: 64.5cm

Chest: 83cm

Neck: 31.5cm

This week’s weigh-in and measurements:

Weight: 50kg

Left Leg: 48.5cm

Right Leg: 49cm

Left Arm: 28.5cm

Right Arm: 28.5cm

Hips: 82cm

Waist: 64cm

Chest: 81cm

Neck: 31cm

 

So, since starting the regime at the end of October, I have made considerable losses to my weight and measurements.

First Weigh-In:                         Final Weigh-In:                         Loss Total: 

Weight: 54kg.                            50kg.                                            -4kg.

Left leg: 54cm.                          48.5cm.                                       -5.5cm.

Right leg: 55.5cm.                    49cm.                                          -6.5cm.

Left arm: 32.5cm.                    28.5cm.                                       -4cm.

Right arm: 29.5cm.                 28.5cm.                                       -1cm.   

Hips: 85.5cm.                           82cm.                                          -3.5cm.

Waist: 69cm.                            64cm.                                           -65cm.

Chest: 86cm.                            81cm.                                           –5cm.

Neck: 32cm.                             31cm.                                           -1cm.

My tips for losing it:

  1. Break your training regime in to small time frames (30 minutes instead of an hour) and training a few extra times a week. This should include three days of walking cardio to ensure that your muscles are given the chance to repair. Change up your training regime constantly to ensure that you are not bored.
  2. Cliched but true: DRINK PLENTY OF WATER!
  3. Eat more raw foods or if you need to cook, try to steam instead of boil to keep in the nutrients. Also, do not peel the skin off your vegetables as this is where most of the good stuff is found (I will allow the discarding of banana skins).
  4. Indulge every now and then. I am not saying eat a whole block of chocolate but a few small pieces of dark chocolate is great for the mind and packed of antioxidants.
  5. Do not just weigh yourself…measure your progress with a tape measure. Also, I can guarantee if you are fitting in to clothes better, you are losing weight…sometimes the scales DO lie!
  6. Finally, stay positive and surround yourself with positive people. Do not get stuck in a rut because I can tell you right now that it will only make you feel worse so every time you are feeling down, grab some music and go for a walk as it will clear your mind.

I start my new training regime today but I am not going to go too much into it as I still need to figure out a few things to tailor it better to my needs. I will let you guys in on it tomorrow. I would ideally like to get off another two kilos as this was my pre-Europe weight last November however, as long as I can easily slide in to my jeans then I will be happy also. I just have to keep on going.

 

Much love,

Bing xxx

The Blogs

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Afternoon readers,

 

Yes, I am late today. You see, I have been busy with my life an all. I am going to fill you in on my fourth weigh-in tomorrow. As it is my last day of my training regime today, I think it is more appropriate that I give you a month update tomorrow rather than today. So, today, I want to point you in the direction of a few of the other blogs I am reading at the moment. These are blogs which help to give me inspiration. Just thought I would spread some love and who knows, maybe one day, someone might spread the love for me.

 

The Actor’s Diet: The Life of a Hollywood Actress. Meal by Meal.

http://theactorsdiet.wordpress.com/

 

Loftier Musings.

http://zaknafein81.wordpress.com/

 

TemptingLimes: Right Now, It’s All You have to Change Your Life Around.

http://temptinglimes.wordpress.com/

 

Much love,

Bing xxx