Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Back on Track #20to25Challenge




Since my last update, a couple of things happened in my life that really made me feel down. They hit me back to back, right where it hurts. I could feel myself heading in the direction of throwing all my progress away and submitting to the sadness. After a couple of days of feeling like utter poop, I forced myself to get back on track. I began to eat better and I began to hit the gym. I'm currently on a four day streak of going to the gym, I even managed to squeeze in a workout before work today! It's a bitch to wake up at 6:30 and even bitchier to get your ass out of bed at a time when you're used to pressing the snooze button, but once you do get up and actually workout, it's SO worth it! The trick is to have EVERYTHING ready the night before. What you're going to wear to the gym, your towel, breakfast, lunch, snack, water bottles, keys, glasses, playlist, earphones...literally, everything. I still feel like poop, but not as much as before. The gym is sort of becoming like therapy, and I have absolutely no problem with that. I've been stalking Instagram and Pinterest for workout routines that could be interesting and effective, but I still haven't found anything that I've really liked, so if you have any suggestions please do share!




What an accurate statement! I spotted this water bottle on Laura's Snapchat and instantly shared it on Instagram. I need it in my life!



Goals for the week:
-Workout 5 times (2 down, 3 to go)
-Feel less poopy


Weight lost:
5.7kg






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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Zana Bayne: S&M Meets Fashion





One of the trends going around right now is the S&M/Bondage inspired look. My favorite designer that has been introducing sexy pieces to the mainstream arena is Zana Bayne. The leather goods are made in New York and have a very heavy S&M meets punk vibe to them. Celebs like Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Azalea Banks and Anja Rubik have been spotted in her pieces. I began to follow the brand on Instagram when a friend mentioned her work, and I was hooked instantly. I really love it when once in a while, a designer comes along and flips the way you perceive a certain item. Take a harness for example, it's mainly seen as something a dominatrix would wear, but what if you wore it over a plain white t-shirt? Although you wouldn't be showing more skin, it just transforms a simple look to a super sexy one. I've been obsessing over her work for a while now, specifically the harness bras. When you look at it on the mannequin, they really looks like it belongs in porn, but once you see it peeking under a top...it's a whole other story. 


Zana Bayne, Chevron Harness

Zana Bayne, Anita Harness

Monday, August 1, 2016

Not the Best Week... #20to25Challenge


Beer, Wine & Seafood Festival in Batroun



After being on a roll for three weeks, my motivation levels the past couple of days were set on "meh". On one hand I was happy to have lost almost 5 kgs and wanted to lose more, on the other hand, I was having a hard time to stay on track. My two cheat meals for the week turned into four, and my weekly swim sessions were postponed to "tomorrow", before I knew it the week was over and I felt like I hadn't made any progress. If I wasn't sharing all this in public, I feel like I would have given up and stuffed my face in yuminess, but since I feel like I have some form of a responsibility to my awesome awesome awesome readers (and myself obvious), I did not fuck up my progress too much. Yes, it wasn't the best week, but it's not the end of the world. I forced myself to go to the gym, and I started up my Cto5K running challenge and ran for 20 minutes. I made a food plan for the week and spent my Sunday grocery shopping and meal prepping. I'm allowed to not always be perky and excited about this whole thing, I'm gonna have weeks where I feel down and it's fine. I just need to clear my mind, focus on the bigger picture and make better decisions this week. 


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

One Month Down #20to25Challenge




The first month of my challenge is up. Time really has flown by. On Monday, I went for my first "check-up" at The Healthquarters to see my progress and get feedback about my body. Up until my appointment, I had had a pretty shitty day, and to say that I really wasn't in the mood to get on a scale is an understatement. I pushed the negative thoughts aside and went through with it, the results cheered me up instantly. I had lost 4.7 kgs! 3.7 of them lost thanks to the diet that my nutritionist has me on, and 1 from the week before my initial consultation. The number might not seem like a big deal, but it's a very big deal to me, for two reasons: 

First of all, my diet doesn't feel like a diet, so for me to actually lose weight by not really "dieting" makes me happy.

Second of all, when you look at the bigger picture. That's almost 5 down, 15 to go!


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