'Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.'
- Bill Kean -
My healthy lifestyle, experiments, goals and reviews
- Bill Kean -
I know many people who dislikes Mondays but I am not one of them, unless I step on the scales and I do not like what I see – a weight increase..(Why, you cruel world, WHY? ) As on every Monday I have always the weight-in time to check my progress/regress of my workout & dieting program and I must admit that the result on the scales can affect my mood quite a lot ( not for a long, tough, but still enough to make my face frown if negative result).
This morning was not the pleasant one as I did not like what I saw, especially because been busting my butt in a gym in a hard workout sessions and clean eating all last week to catch up with my regress after Japan. Of course I felt robbed and down despite the fact that I know that scales reflects just a number but mirror and your clothes are the real indicator of your progress.
Scales shows just a number but mirror and your clothes are the real indicator of the progress you are making.
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The best thing that always get be on track and helps to overcome a jet lag is a training. A good weight or a cardio training the day after arriving to help to adjust to the new rhythm and time zone. As all last week I spent Tokyo and had a pretty hectic and busy meeting schedule that having a training was the best thing. Luckily for me I found a wonderful fitness center – NAS Sports club – fully equipped gym in the same building as my hotel in Osaki, Tokyo.
As this was a real gym than could easily stick to my training routine during my stay which made me truly happy especially as been on my strict training and dieting regime since beginning of the year.
The gym is spacious, offers all the types of regular weight machines as well as free weights for an efficient weight training. (had a killer leg day that were sore for next 2 days). Read More
I am not the lady who dress up to be noticed at gym. I am the lady who does not like to be noticed at gym, even more- does not liek to be disturbed when working out. I am a lady who do not wear any make up when working out, as I know it is not good for my skin and would be ruined anyway by the sweat, but I do like my outfit to represent my personality and mood and gives me confort depending on the activity or training I am going to perform. The same thing is for my hairdos – I do not keep loose my hair at gym as they are too long and would just make me nervose and also would bother me while lifting or running. Therefore depending on the training and workout schedule I always take care of my hair and keep them neat and organized to mess around (and not to get it on my way).
So today will tell you about my favorite hairdos for gym.
Starting new year with a bang and a plan is something I have done and I believe – you should too! Why, you will ask me, well the thing about the BANG is that it is loud, it is clear and it cannot be mistaken nor ignored! Even better – it will be noticed and remembered! Whatever it is you plan to achieve this year – do it, announce it with a BANG! Not because you should show off! no! No! But to step on the Start line and have a no way back, no backing out but just to do it!
My Bang is starting a hard core, no-excuse workout and diet plan like I never did before in my life without giving up, no stopping or stepping down and no hold backs no matter how tough the life will become !
I am determined to make this the fittest year ever!
Starting my 12 week diet/workout challenge to lose body fat, keep a track (see the workout schedule and template – HERE). and tone the muscles to be in a perfect shape for Fitness fair in spring and who knows, maybe even manage to enroll as a Bikini Model – (or fake it by having a bikini model photo session – again! terrified).
Would be wonderful to earn my wings.. the bikini Model wings in my case not the Victoria’s Secret wings (even though wouldn’t mind that either 🙂 ).
So, there, said it – that’s my BANG! The Bikini contest participation! (Terrified even writing this down, BUT, time is tight and there is no better motivator than a time pressure and a public announcement! (As I stick with my guns and stand behind my words! ) So hold on world, I am on my way to make the best out of it and push me over the limits!
So stay tuned, will keep you posted how my journey will go.
Starting stats: 4,1Kg to lose and 84 days to go. Week 1. Day 1.
WHAT’S YOUR “BANG”? What you wish to reach this year?
New year, new you! This is my New year’s motto, resolution and objective! Been the craziest end of the year so far and not entirely in the fittest and healthiest way to be completely honest with you.. However 2016 has arrived and it gives you another chance to start over or take it where you last left off. For me it is with the fitness objectives, that I wish to take up where I left it more than a month ago.
I could tell you everything that happened and add some excuse on the top but the truth is – there is not point of that, as it will not really change the situation. Did I work out last 3 weeks? Honestly ? No. But do I feel bad about it? Definitely yes! (Of course 1 week I was sick as a monkey and did not get out of the bed with a bad fever, but that’s gone as well), 2 weeks I am here in Calabria at my boyfriend’s family over holiday and no working out as well as A – everything is closed, B – it’s not really the right place and time to do it when you are visiting family and C – I lacked of motivation as where so tired, exhausted and just needed a rest to regain strengths,will and inspiration.. and you know what? It worked out splendidly!
I am inspired, motivated and fully recharged to get the shape of the life!
So this is what I have been up to last couple of days – I designed my own workout calendar – tracking board to keep my progress.
I know that I do better if I track my progress and put it in a visual place like on the wall or fridge doors together with some inspirational pictures. Read More
Another manic Monday (everyone now listen to this song by The Bangles). BUT this week, unlike others, will end with a bag packing and preparing for a winter break!! YUPIII!!! can’t wait for the weekend to arrive and finish wrapping up the last Christmas gifts and writing last cards to my beloved ones with warm winter wishes and of course pack my bags to take off.
The secret of a every well packed bag, especially in winter, is preparation. As a pro-packer (can wake me up in a middle of night and will be ready to catch the plane in 20 min.) and traveler than have already worked out my handbag essentials till the last detail and that’s why I wish to share such with you too guys. Read More
What can be better than a bank holiday? …2 bank holidays in a row+ a weekend! Indeed, this has been one long weekend – 4 day long weekend to be precise and I must say – I am loving it! Who wouldn’t have to have a weekend of 4 days? Imagine how much you can do? rest, sleep in, be lazy, manage all the things/projects and social life in all that weekend. mmm, this weekend has been just wonderful. I even finally managed to have some beauty time for myself with a face masks and hair masks.
It’s been a while since I had my last hair mask – DYI home made hair mask therefore this long weekend has been perfect for a home beauty treatments so decided to enhance my blond hair color by giving some extra, natural highlights. (it’s needed when the weather is gloomy and foggy as my hair gets darker at winter time, so some special treatment is a must.)
Here is my simple yet effective home made hair mask to enhance the blonde color recipe. Read More
As much is important to stay consistent to your training schedule and do not skip workouts (without a very! good reason) to have a results, also having a proper rest day is much needed for body to build strength and soul as well! Of course we all like to have a rest day and have our own time to be lazy, reflect and just recharge your batteries (walking home all day in jammies and just be plain lazy (guilty!). However it often ends (at least to me) to be unproductive what, I hate the most, as I believe it is wasting the precious time while I could be productive and clean up things from my schedule and not pile them up.
It took time but I have finally worked out and come up with a balance to rest properly and also get some things done on my days off the workout and it definitely helps me to not feel guilty.
In order to get the best out of the rest day here is a list of tips and suggestions how to make the best out of it and that will lift your productivity and will not make you regret wasting your day. (Works for me! ) Read More
When the leaves turns red and the last witches has taken all the cookies and left, you know it is November! Just one and half month left before Christmas so it is last time to really get motivated, take action and review the list of New year’s resolution so don’t get all guilty when there are things left out.
For me November seems to be a time to take action and focus on myself. Which means – more physical activities (as will be spending more time in the country as planning just 1 trip to Latvia, to have some family time and catch up with friends). Even though my gym subscription ended I am planning to find a new one and do more free body exercises at home – so stay tuned and let’s have some home workout sess’! Read More