Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Kick-start Again

I'm gonna be honest. I've stopped exercising. Completely. Why? I can't remember why. Whether it's because I'm lazy/tired/no time or satisfied with my body or I'm such a foodie or all of the above, it's not important. What's important is, I've stopped completely and I'm trying to kick-start the exercise regime again.
Question is how? I've dragged week after week about starting until someone made just one innocent comment. She asked if I'm pregnant again. That was my kick-start. Immediately I started my freeletics again. It was hell. I wondered why did I ever stop exercising in the first place!
I exercised until a point that I felt I wasn't fat so I left it at that. I was also doing more housework so I considered that as "exercising" in other form. I love eating and slowly but surely I gained weight. I didn't realise I'm fat until I tried on my jeans. I was even fatter than my post pregnancy days! What happened?
Well, whatever it was, it's all done and here I am, starting off again. I'm telling you, it sucks. Big time. Don't ever stop. Kick starting is hell. My body ache for several days after one easy session of Athena. Sneezing and coughing hurt so much!
Hubby said it's probably we did it so fast, we couldn't sustain that lifestyle. This time around we're gonna go a bit slower in terms of our eating and exercise regime. Less rigorous but sufficient so we can enjoy food and be slim and healthy at the same time.
If you've also stopped exercising, let's kick-start together. Support and motivate and I'm sure we'll be fit again. Maybe not immediately this time but we'll get there. Like Freeletics new motto: Earned. Not given.

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Track Your Progress

It's been 2 months since I started exercising but for Freeletics it's only 1 month. However, in this 1 Freeletics month is the one that I've seen the apparent change in myself.

If you remember one of my early posts (read HERE), I took a photo of myself and marked down the weight. I also wrote that I'll keep track of my progress week by week but that didn't happen. I guess 1 week is too short of a time to keep track as back then I didn't feel there was any change. 1 month after I exercise, I still didn't record (lazy & forgot) or felt any changes for this matter. By then hubby told me to really start Freeletics, download the app and exercise together with him, not just exercise anything I like.

I started going into Freeletics and 16 workouts later with some small exercises in between (lazy days), I saw results! The picture on the left is my most recent one. In a month, I lost my belly! Ok, it's actually still there but my pregnant belly is almost gone! For the record, I did not suck in my belly but instead, I tried to push it out and this was the effect! Immediately I felt motivated all over again (yes, I had gone lazy and stopped exercising for 4 days). All because of this before and after photos, only did I noticed the BIG difference!
LEFT: 17/09/2015     RIGHT: 17/08/2015
For the past few days, I've been doing Aphrodite, Metis, Morpheus, DIONE (today) and still no sign of giving up or demotivated. This is simply because I kept standing in front of the mirror every morning and also weighing myself on a daily basis keeping check if any signs of belly coming back to haunt me. I had downloaded an app just to keep track of my weight and body fat %. Current weight is 55.7kg & 29% body fat in comparison to 30 Aug 2015, 57.1kg & 30.3% body fat.

Only now did I realise that keeping track of my progress was so important. It helps to motivate me and it's giving me this feel good vibe. I even bought a shirt that is 1 size smaller to further motivate me. Hopefully in a month's time, I'll be able to wear this shirt COMFORTABLY.

So take a photo once a month and compare the difference. Take a photo every week if you like. Buy a shirt or pants 1 size smaller (or your old clothes from years before) and try it occasionally to see if you've lost any inches. Keep finding ways to motivate yourself and exercise. Let's continue to LOSE FAT or DIE TRYING!

PS: My diet has not changed. I'm still indulging in sweet stuff (cakes, chocolates, etc) once in a while. I'm still cooking 6 days a week. Appetite has grown though, possibly due to the exercise.

Friday, 28 August 2015

After 7 Freeletics Workout!

After 8 days of Freeletics, this is what I've achieved. As I have limitation due to the displacement of my right arm and my knee pain, I'm quite selective of the workout. I'm doing workouts that does not put too much strain on my right arm/elbow. I also want to ensure I do not put too much strain on my body that will render me useless to take care of my young baby.

As a beginner, my hubby suggested that I do the NEW workout by Freeletics, Athena. The standard version sounds easy enough and no burpees! Dream come true. LOL! Truly easy except for sit-ups. My core has really hit rock bottom after giving birth. Body ache quite a bit but not too bad.

Day 2, again, my hubby suggested another NEW Freeletics workout, Nyx as he too wanted to try it out. In order to motivate me, he attempted the workout first while I observed. As my core has gone weak, this is a really tough and painful workout! True enough the next day, my abs hurt so bad, everytime my baby touch any part of the abs, I cry out in pain. I was moving in slow motion. The pain was so bad, it lasted 2 days after the workout!

As the abs still hurt, hubby suggested that I workout other parts of the body, upper and bottom. So happens, Morpheus (yes, also NEW!) does exactly that! Push-ups was my ultimate killer. My arms was way weaker than my abs. So after this workout, my arm and the muscle joints around my shoulder ached for another 2 days! Talk about self-punishing.

After trying several new workouts, time to go back to Metis. I've attempted this before but only did 2/3 as my knee hurt really bad. This time, I've decided to do Endurance level instead. Towards the end, I almost couldn't lift up my knees! Shows that just because it's Endurance level doesn't mean it's not challenging!

The time has come to attempt Nyx the second time. I wonder if it's a Free-athlete thing or it's just me, I wanna "enjoy" the pain in my abs again. I was motivated to break my PB and correct my standups form. HELL YEA! I did it! 8 secs faster and gosh, ZERO PAIN! My body must have adapted. That's FAST!

Ah.. Aphrodite. My hubby asked me to SUCK IT UP and do this major workout. I haven't even finish Round 1 and I wanted to quit. The knee was starting to act up, I was losing my focus. Then I told myself, at least finish Round 2! I did and then suddenly I felt hey, just 60 more reps of each exercise! My hubby spurred me on and when Round 5 ended, I felt a sense of victory! I thought I couldn't finish but I did! Hooray to me, the wuss!

Workout number 7, I thought I reward myself by doing easier ones. Athena again! As you can see, I did it 10 secs slower. I was very much disappointed but then I had some "unforeseen circumstances" that was roaming around me. My baby decided to exercise too? Oh well, next time then.

T'was a bad day of cranky baby and damn I felt so tired and lazy. It was already late and I've yet to exercise for the day! Decided to see how "FIT" I am now by challenging myself to a game of SPEED exercises. Started with speed lightning squats. I was going up and down like FLASH! I was panting away and I think my thighs still exist. Up next, let's put these flabby tummy to work! Could be better but hey, until I get those rock hard abs, I'm happy with this 2 minutes timing. Finally, 10 burpees just to SHIOK SENDIRI.

If you've never tried Freeletics or have only thought about it, don't wait. Do it today. Download the app. It's free. Let's continue to lose fat or die trying TOGETHER.