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Sprained Ankle: A Sign I Need To Move More

Last week I wrote about my 10K steps initiative to a healthier lifestyle. I managed to follow through on that until Saturday afternoon. I took Ni for a walk through Bluffer’s Park and ended up spraining my ankle and heel. Yay me! NOT!!!!

But that just goes to show that because I have been inactive for so long my body was very out of shape; more than I anticipated. Although, I’ve been on best rest these pay couple of days, I am not letting the sprain discourage me. As soon as my ankle and heel heal again, I will be up and about on my lunch-time walks. I just need to get off my ass first.

I also got on a scale yesterday. I’ve managed to gain 6 lbs. and almost passed out when I saw that. 6 lbs. doesn’t seem like a lot but ask a person that has been trying to lose weight how hard it is to take of 6 lbs. and you’ll understand why I almost collapsed. I couldn’t believe it. I could. Because I’ve been terribly bad with chocolate and junk food but seriously 6 friggin pounds? Wtf????

I need to get serious. I’m turning into a lazy fuck and I really want to fit into that dress (hopefully before this summer is over). I’m going to seriously begin taking a look at my food choices and get off my ass more often. I have to! I need to! I will!!!!

Health and Weight-Loss Update

After my second 3-day Freshii juice cleanse, I have followed the nutritionist’s recommendations by eating more greens, less processed foods and drinking lots of warm water in the morning and after meals. The other thing I’ve done is drinking a glass of ice-cold water before my meal. I’ve read that drinking a glass of water before a meal can help you feel fuller and prevent over-eating. But drinking a glass of ice-cold water, will do the same thing as well as jump-start your metabolism. Because the water is so cold and our body temperatures are fairly warm, it takes our body more energy to warm up the water and adjust it to our body’s temperature, resulting in more calories used.

I’ve also been trying to walk more and count my steps. They say, it is essential to have at least 10K steps a day to boost weight-loss. I think I’ve only hit 10K about 2-3 times a week. But I am maintaining at least 5K steps daily. I’ve even started taking the stairs more often in my building.

I’ll be honest, I haven’t seen significant weight-loss. But then again, I’ve had far too many “cheat-days” as well. I associate my depression with eating and vice-verse and the past couple of weeks have been quite difficult for me when it comes to my emotional roller-coaster. No, I am not making excuses. It’s true, I’ve been slightly lazy to actively attempt to lose weight but the depression isn’t helping my cause either.

Anyway, the second juice cleanse was easier than the first because I was prepared for it, plus I had my post-cleanse  recommendations and strategy planned and ready. I think I might re-do the cleanse in late May. I find that if you follow the recommendations from the nutritionist, you don’t feel bloated and miserable after. This time around, I actually felt lighter and less drained.

I’ll keep you posted on my progress and decision to do the cleanse again or not. Stay tuned and stay healthy!

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Quick Update

I’m sorry I’ve been away these past couple of days. I pulled a muscle in my back on Saturday an have been bedridden ever since. I’m slowly getting better but am trying to sleep as much as I can lately to avoid further injury to my back.

But I’m still on track with my weight-loss routine and have added a few more items to my diet. I’m now having turkey and cucumber for breakfast and apples and bananas for dinner. Lunch is pretty much salads or some sort of Indian dish with a whole-wheat roti. I’m alternating days with my Boost meal replacement shakes because I don’t feel completely satisfied after having just those all week long.

Besides that, exercising is on hold until I can get up and walk again. But Ni and I did manage to for a small walk in our building hallway yesterday; which was definitely refreshing after being in bed all day.

Anyway lovies, I’ll try to post again soon. Until then stay healthy! Xoxox

The Exercise Plan – For Beginners

I’m no fitness junkie. Quite frankly, I hate exercise! I would rather cut out my calorie in-take so drastically to lose the weight I need to. But as every dietician and physician will tell you, you have to move your butt in order to lose weight and stay healthy and dieting alone won’t do it.

After battling with myself over the weekend, I’ve come to terms with mild exercise and have put together a plan for myself aka The Beginner. Of course, I couldn’t do it alone, since I know barely anything about exercising. So, I took the help of a fitness guru aka Downntown fitness from Tumblr. This person has got their routine down and has inspired me to get mine together as well.

My routine is slightly modified from Downntown’s but I think I’ll do good sticking to it. You can check out all of their routines and suggestions by clicking HERE!

Here’s mine:
Week 1:
Day 1: 35 jumping jacks, 10 crunches
Day 2: 40 jumping jacks, 15 crunches
Day 3: 45 jumping jacks, 20 crunches
Day 4: 50 jumping jacks, 25 crunches
Day 5: 55 jumping jacks, 30 crunches
Break Day
Break Day

Week 2:
Day 1: 35 jumping jacks, 10 side-to-side twists
Day 2: 40 jumping jacks, 15 side-to-side twists
Day 3: 45 jumping jacks, 20 side-to-side twists, 5 leg lifts (each leg)
Day 4: 50 jumping jacks, 25 side-to-side twists, 10 leg lifts (each leg)
Day 5: 55 jumping jacks, 30 side-to-side twists, 15 leg lifts (each leg)
Break Day
Break Day

Week 3 is going to be a combination of week 1 and 2:
Day 1: 35 jumping jacks, 10 crunches, 10 side-to-side twists
Day 2: 40 jumping jacks, 15 crunches, 15 side-to-side twists
Day 3: 45 jumping jacks, 20 crunches, 20 side-to-side twists, 5 leg lifts (each leg)
Day 4: 50 jumping jacks, 25 crunches, 25 side-to-side twists, 10 leg lifts (each leg)
Day 5: 55 jumping jacks, 30 crunches, 30 side-to-side twists, 15 leg lifts (each leg)

And then we go back to week 1 again. I think this will be easy for me to maintain. I did my routine today and for someone who hasn’t done a jumping jack in god knows how long, man was I ever out of air. But my heart was pumping and it felt great! I’m so encouraged by the adrenaline, I’m going to take Ni for a walk after nap shortly.

I hope this routine inspires you to move your body too!

Xoxox

Some More Weightloss Techniques

I’ve met many people who have told me that Apple Cider Vinegar and Green Tea work great for Weight loss. So, I’m going to head to the grocery store this evening on my home from work and picking up a bottle of it. Here’s what the recommendation and details are about using Apple Cider Vinegar and Green Tea to lose weight.

Apple Cider Vinegar:

It’s a natural remedy that suggests it increases your metabolism. By increasing your metabolism you burn more calories, even when you’re resting.

Instructions:

  • Mix 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in to 16 oz. of water.
  • Take a few sips of this mixture throughout the day (don’t drink it all at once).

Green Tea & Caffeine:

The combination of Green Tea and Caffeine can help to boost our metabolism as well as help to suppress your appetites.

Instructions:

  • Drink Green Tea 3-4 times throughout the day (do not add sugar or milk)
  • Alternative: Green Team supplements are now available. The supplement has 50mg of Caffeine and 90mg of EGCG (the active ingredient in Green Tea). Take the supplement three times per day (once before each meal).

With 30 minutes exercise 3 times a week and a healthy balanced diet including 5 small meals per day, thee results can be overwhelming. People have lost 2-5 pounds per week. But remember not to over do it. You don’t want to lose weight too fast otherwise when you stop your routine, you’ll put it all back on just as fast.

Weight-Loss

Okay, so, this is a topic all too familiar to me and my blog. Weight loss is the one thing that is always on my mind. I gained a lot of weight a few years back and the challenges of getting it off have haunted and tortured me ever since. I’ve done endless hours of research on the topic and tried my hardest to follow every diet out there. None of which have actually worked.

So, I got a cousin-in-law involved and she is setting up a daily food in-take routine for me. Yes, it’s another diet. Well, sort of. I’m not really “dieting” but I’m changing my eating habits. One of my biggest problems is that I have to finish everything on my plate, no matter the quantity. By changing my plate size, I’m going to try to trick myself into thinking that there is actually a lot of food on my plate, because the whole plate is covered.

My next change will be to have a salad or some “Negative Calorie” foods before every meal. This will help me feel a little full before I actually begin my main course; which will result in me eating fewer calories. Click here to read more on Negative Calorie Foods!

I am also increasing my cold water intake. The reason for this is that our body uses more calories to heat up cold water to digest, which results in more calories burnt. 🙂 I’m happy about that! But that’s not all. By drinking a glass of warm water with lemon first thing in the morning before brushing, your body will flush out a lot of the toxins and build up from the night before. This helps to jump-start your metabolism. I don’t know if it’s been scientifically proven or not, but I’ve seen results in family members that have adapted this simple routine every morning.

The next step to my weight-loss is doing a simple tummy exercise. Believe me this is not much of an exercise but will result in lost inches. Sitting upright either on the floor or on a chair with your back straight and arms on the side, suck your stomach in, hold for 10-15 seconds and release. Doing this while sitting at work or watching tv on a daily basis will result in much inches disappearing. I know this from first hand experience. When I stopped teaching dance and gained all this weight, I did this exercise to keep off some of the fat around my tummy and it worked!

Well, those are my changes. I’ll be starting them this weekend and I’ll let you know how they go! 🙂

Until then…<3

Double Chin Excercise

I found some of these on the web, others were recommended to me from my esthetician. I know that number one works because I practiced it every day and saw an improvement in my chin and jaw line. The other three, I am still trying out and have heard that they work well.

Exercise 1: (This is not necessarily an exercise but more of a routine you should try to adapt to guarantee results. I surely saw results.)

  • When washing your face with your cleanser or applying moisturizer to the face and neck, rub cheeks in an outward-circular motion and lightly rub downward from the jaw line.
  • Then from your chin rub downward moving hands towards the neck and  chest.

Exercise 2:

  • Sit on a chair upright, back straight and tilt your head to the ceiling while keeping your lips together, don’t force them shut.
  • Start a chewing movement (putting gum in your mouth my help). You will feel the muscles in your jaw and neck working.
  • Chew 20 times and stop. Bring your head back to a normal position. Rest for 5 seconds and repeat

Exercise 3:

  • Sit on a chair upright, back straight and tilt your head looking to the ceiling while keeping your lips together, again don’t force them shut.
  • Move your lower lip over your top lip as far as possible and keep for a count of five.
  • Return head to normal position, rest for 5 seconds and repeat exercise 20 times.

Exercise 4:

  • Sit on a chair upright, back straight and gently turn your head to the left, without dropping or lifting your chin. Turn your head until you feel a stretching sensation.
  • Hold in this position for 5 counts and then gently move your head to the right hand side and keep for a count of 5. Repeat 10 times.

Practicing these 4 exercises 2-3 times a week, will guarantee a tight jaw line and no more double chin within 2 months. I recommend continuing these as part of your exercise routine to assure the double chin doesn’t come back.