Monthly Archives: December 2011

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