Big topic is about motivation. What makes you to look after yourself?
Is it something internal? Or are you doing it to look good for someone ? How about a scenario when that someone is gone? Nothing and no one is permanent – that’s what I believe in. 🤷♀️ What are you going to do when your external motivator is no longer around – will you ruin what’s you worked for ? It’s not selfish to be good for yourself, to choose health for your own lifestyle. 🍃
Someone might judge me now (perhaps, judging not just now – all the time) saying that it’s too much of self love here – well, if nothing is permanent, why then is it a selfish move to work on your internal motivation?
I’ve seen some of my friends in the past who made an effort to be liked by someone..guess the outcome..broken hearts, self hate, aggression and depression. 🌟🌟🌟 The way how you feel about yourself inside influences people like a magic stick; it’s proven, it works.. 🌟🌟🌟
You need to check what type of motivation is dominant in you. I am not saying you need to just focus on your intrinsic motivation; however, make your passion and goals are independent from external influences.
It might be hard at the beginning and don’t expect it will happen straight away. It takes long months (some people require even longer) but the result will make you feel free in some ways.
I never wanted to be a strong person at some point of life..then I realised I wouldn’t achieve what I achieved without some strengths. When you are weak, people will hurt you and this is why you need to have some sort of self-spirit to take a bigger step towards you dreams.
I used this concept on my fitness journey and I am proud to have results I have. Why not to apply this to other aspects of your life? Happy to chat about this idea!
Pancakes 🥞 are a little piece of my childhood. Running around with boys (hence, my nickname was the boy 😆), playing football (or, I’d say trying to do it), then came back home and enjoyed best ever family made pancakes 🥞 Great times! Obviously, pancakes are very high carbohydrates calorie food and I forgot a moment when I enjoyed some last time.. There is only one way to enjoy my pancakes, healthy & guilt free! Thanks, Blackbelt Protein @blackbelt_protein for sending me fantastic gift and help me discover my guilty pleasure from childhood in a healthy way #healthychoices
I like easy but nutritious breakfast. When you have just done intensive workout in the morning, it is crucial to have breakfast enriched with protein.
hree forms of proteins are included in the BBP pancake blend. Milk Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Concentrate, and Egg white powder. Pancakes Include vitamins B1, B2, B6, C,D & E and 74 trace minerals which provides bone, joint & digestive health benefits. Great for an intense cardio workout!
Best way of preparing BlackBelt Pancakes that I found is
Mix 65g powder with an 150ml almond milk. Toppings: Pancakes already honey flavored so it’s good to add a teaspoon of honey 1 medium size banana 100g protein fat free yogurt A bit of cocao
Enjoy! Feel free to share your best Pancake recipes here 🙂 🥞🥞🥞
Normally, you need 6-8 weeks to see the outcome of your trainings and your progression within your goal (obviously, we all different so 6-8 can vary). Mine is around this time.
What about instant result? Do you know how many calories you have just burned? Was it that level of intensity you were looking for?
Easy rules but worth to remind:
* You want to loose weight, you gotta burn more than you eat * You want to maintain your current weight, just exercise approx. same as you burn and don’t eat crap * You want to build muscle weight, push on strength trainings rather than running or cardio
It is easy to get confused how much you have eaten just now (i.e. “hidden calories”). Therefore, it is important to have some indication of the workout intensity. Heart radars – yes!
One more awesome discovery.. Edgii Collections, @edgii.team@edgii_collections a growing luxury designer’s brand based in Sydney. When we discovered each other, well, it was a definite collaboration.
The highlight of their collection is the slim-technology leggings, which I can wear in my every-day training plan to lose weight and tone my body shapes (two in one!). The product features caffeine and rose hip oil micro-capsules, and these components help accelerate calories and fat burn. Moreover, during/after exercise, the leggings can also compress your legs and stimulate thermal activities which will maximize the effectiveness of your fitness routine. What is my favourite part about it is the fact that the small potato chips graphics at the bottom of the leggings changes colour from yellow to white when you sweat (an indication that some calories have been burnt, which is why the leggings are great for the gym).
When we are little, we are often told “choose your words carefully” or something like “think and then say”, etc.
What a great piece of advice. I wish someone also said “choose your thoughts carefully”. Words are made of thoughts – if they are poisoned, guess what words you should expect coming out of your mouth?
Keep an open mind – open to yourself and others. There are not always great things happening; happiness and things that makes peace in your mind are important. You can be beautiful, smart, educated, or have some sort of position in life. Does it really matter if you cannot transfer it into your thoughts?
I like to watch people. I like to go for a walk and watch them, sit in a restaurant or cafe and watch them, watch them when they have mixed feelings or have to make important decisions in life. When they don’t realised they are watched, this is the best way to see their thoughts..
You don’t want to get bored while training – you want to feel energised, excited and happy after a good session. Then you gotta be more creative and try out something different for your workout routine.
For instance, I like boxing 🥊 so I LIKE TO COMMIT to this type of exercise. However, even enjoying my boxing sessions, I still find it important to differentiate my fitness journey.
💥 Why not to come out and run along the beach or beautiful landscape area?
💥 Why not to try complete new fitness class that you never tried before?
💥 Why not to include the muscle group that you normally haven’t trained yet?
It is important to differentiate your exercise plan. You get used to same trainings, your body does; and it is just boring to do same stuff again and again.
I have recently tried pilates. It’s been known for its benefits in increasing flexibility, shaping your body and improving overall body posture.
I like to choose exercises that are calories consuming. Of course, pilates as any exercise will burn some of your calories – some yoga and pilates studios like to use this fact to promote weight loss programs to sign up more people and get extra $$$ Smart advertising technique; I can only hope that people can be little bit smarter than that and at least make some research before believing in ads. Pilates mostly aims to target the back, abdominal and hip muscles – this type of exercise required to use the body’s own weight and resistance. It is great for toning your core muscles and make your tummy flat. When I discovered it, guess, what type of exercise I do the most before bikini shooting? 🤔 👙 💛
It does help you to shape your body BUT it won’t be effective if you are dreaming to become skinnier. Well, you might not loose kilograms but you will definitely loose some numbers around your waist and upper hips. Do the kilograms matter much in this instance?
I love coffee and drink a few cups of my favourite almond milk cappuccino every day. I stopped drinking normal cow milk (either skim or full cream milk) three years ago and my body said huge Thank You to me for reducing consumption of lactose which is only beneficial for you when you are growing toddler. It is a separate topic why lactose is not great for you in big amounts and shall be discussed in the blog. I went to one nice looking cafe as I assumed I would get my almond cap there.
When I said “アーモンドミルクカプチーノを一杯いただけますか アーモンドミルクカプチーノを一杯いただけますか? Āmondomirukukapuchīno o ippai itadakemasu ka” – (“Can I have almond milk cappuccino, please?”) to a barista, she looked at me like I was an alien. This happened in few different cafes as well. There is no coffee culture where you can pick almond, soy, macadamia milk, etc. I found one cafe with fat free milk cappuccino and it tasted horrible and too milky.. The only thing that could save me is little canned BOSS COFFEE – they have few different flavours, not too milky and very low in calories (less than 35 per can). Still not my Australian barista made almond cap.
If you are very particular about “dietary friendly” coffee, better switch to Japanese Green Tea – it is healthy, super tasty, can be bought everywhere in Japan (from family mart to vending machines that are everywhere). My favourite brands are Oi Ocha and Umami. That way you will still get your dose of caffeine if you are addicted like me but in a much healthier way. ☕️☕️☕️
This is something that we all can learn from Japanese people. I am always amazed by their culture and vision of life. They know how to find something special in each day. The weekend has just gone – I went to one local park next to the apartment where we stay with the fam. I like to go there for one more reason apart from committing to my morning runs.. Japanese attitude to surroundings.
How long time ago did you stop to notice a beauty of a little yellow flower under one bush? When did you actually sat outside (your flat balcony doesn’t count) without a reason? Have you ever stopped to smell the nature around you – Sakura blooming, salty air next to a beach, etc.
Maybe this is why Japanese people can handle stress much better than anyone else in the world. I like the idea of reducing the stress through mindfulness. How about to start your morning slowing down and enjoying something special about this particular morning – say, a flower that has just bloomed, instead of hurrying to your normal routine. New week tomorrow – good time to practice!
For this reason, one day I became a morning person and never regretted about it.. 🌸🌸🌸