Most of you probably went back to gym and healthy routine when summer finished – I went back today.
Due to all travel and not being settled anywhere, I haven’t had a gym to go to or proper cooking facilities to keep a strict diet.
I’ve mentioned before that a year ago I did an intensive 4 month gym and diet regime where I went 4-5 days a week to the gym, and ate extremely healthy plus juiced a lot.
I went from weighing 64 kg’s to 56 kg’s (I’m 170cm tall). Around 8 kg’s of weightloss! Everyone who knows me commented on the difference in my appearance, 8 kg’s does make a change to your looks!
Sure, I was never chubby or overweight, but in my early 20’s I gained 15 kg’s which I never really took responsibility for. Slowly I lost one after the other, but this time I wanted to lose the last 10 kg’s or so simply because I miss my slim frame. (I admit, I prefer the slim look over the average, probably thanks to the programming of society).
Now since I finally have a home, I also have a gym around the corner from my house. Perfect! I signed up today and went already for my 7 am work out. I will be going back to my 4-5 days a week work out routine, doing monday – fridays and rest on the weekends.
I will sign up with a personal trainer to meet once a week, because it can be good for guidance and motivation.
Although I mostly do cardio (usually 30 min running / 30 min powerwalk) I know I should implement more variation in to my training. A PT will therefor be the perfect help. (I must say I’m not in to much of using machines or lifting weights. I prefer functional training because it gives both cardio and strength).
In terms of healthy eating, I feel I have finally found a diet that works very well for me.
I have already a difficult stomach meaning there is a lot of food I can’t eat without getting problems (like wheat, grains, lentils etc). Plus I don’t like the taste of meat so I only eat fish unless I go vegetarian or vegan.
This is an example of how I try and eat. Obviously it’s not 100% as sometimes you slip or don’t have access to certain foods when you are out.
At times when I dine out a lot, I try and always order soup or fish with vegetables. In most restaurants you can always find both options and often they are happy to tweak the dish and prepare it the way you like it.
I used to love eating lentils, but now my stomach can’t handle it very well anymore. Stopped eating nuts as well, because they carry a lot of calories – which is fine if you only eat a handful. But my problem is, I love nuts too much and can eat like half a kg which makes me gain weight since they are very fatty (good fats but you will still gain weight if you eat many).
My latest (well for the past 6 months) obsession is Japanese food.
Here in London we have a fast food chain “Wasabi” where I eat quite often. I love miso soup and salmon sashimi with seaweed. It’s like my daily drug!
In fact, I’ve started preparing my own Miso soup for breakfast, I love it and I feel I don’t need much more in the morning.
I never drink coffee, but started drinking a lot of Green tea or coconut water since I’ve been travelling in Asia.
Green tea is a perfect choice when you are out somewhere and don’t feel like drinking alcohol but neither ordering a glass of water or some drinks containing sugar or other toxins.
Coconut water has become very popular and accessible in most shops, great solution when you are on the go. (And if you are bored of jucing, coconut water is a good complement)
Speaking of alcohol, I’m also going to make a big effort in to drinking only when it’s really necessary (some special occasions) rather than the comfortable glass of wine here and there.
During my intensive 4 month weigh loss program I didn’t drink alcohol not even once, and I think it helped me lose those kg’s! What I drank instead was a lot of water! (& Juicing of course 😉 )
Now I’m curious to find out about your work out routine and if you have a particular diet?