Progress Update: Week 10


I started working out on the week of my birthday, specifically on June 16, 2015. I always told myself I wanted to get started and that I should move more but like most other resolutions, I didn’t really manage to follow through.

Last August 22, marked the second month of my working out and I have witnessed my body move up and down the weighing scale. In order to ease my mind, I have also decided to only use scales every fortnight and focus more on progress photos as a determinant of progress. Yes, they’re cringy. Yes, I look awful in some of them (ugh!) but, yes, they help me see how much I’ve improved (or not) these past few weeks.

As a comfort for the fluctuating weight gain, I checked the graphs on my period tracking app and it showed that my weight gains were mostly during the monthly hormonal bloodshed (get it? I know, I have a terrible sense of humor #sorrynotsorry).

Also, as sufficient justification, the evident weight gain on August 17 is probably due to the fact that we celebrated my sister’s birthday that week and, seriously, I didn’t hold back on the buffet. Should I have controlled my portions? Maybe. Should I have worked harder after eating too much? Probably. Do I regret it? Hell no. ๐Ÿ˜Š My workouts demand I increase my calorie intake just to keep it balanced ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

Anyway, here’s a tolerably embarrassing video of my “progress” these past two months. Yes, it is embarrassing. I cringe but, yeah, it’s still progress.
P.S. As you can see in the video, my BEFORE photo is of July 14, 2015. Note that my friends all think this July 14 photo is proof I’ve lost so much since June 19, 2015. Just imagine how much bigger I was last June.  

  

A reminder for your Tuesday. Find a way to keep moving forward. You can. You WILL.

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Protein-rich Banana Peanut Butter Cinnamon Smoothie

  
What you’ll need:

1 medium banana

2 tablespoons peanut butter

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3 scoops (55g) of chocolate-flavored protein shake (I used INC Diet Whey)

2 tablespoons chocolate powder (I used Herbalife Formula 1 Dutch Chocolate)

1 cup skimmed milk

  
Just blend them all together and, voila, you have your very own high-energy, high-protein chocolate shake!

It’s so easy and it tastes soooo good! It’s also perfect as a pre-workout or post-workout shake.

According to MyFitnessPal, the nutritional content of my ingredients are the following:

  
Yikes! That’s a bit high. Good thing I will be working out today. Ha! Take that extra calories!

Workout Progress Update: Week 8

Last week culminated my second month of working out.
Would you believe it? 

I actually managed for 2 months!! This may seem weird but that’s the longest commitment I have ever had. I’m an especially lazy person so just managing two months of consistent physical activity is amazing to me.

Of course, the progress between August 15, 2015 and that of July 31, 2015 do not seem like much. I admit I did go through a bit of a slump (motivation-wise) and my sister’s birthday made it difficult to control my calorie intake, but there is still progress even if it’s not major.

   
As you can see, my arm looks bigger but there’s a definite muscle growth.    
Also, my abs are a bit more defined considering I hardly do core workouts. I usually focus on arms, shoulders, back, and legs so I guess it’s true when they say that “abs are made in the kitchen” and that full body workouts provide more results than simply focusing on one area of the body.

 
I didn’t even control my abs in these photos! 

Of course, if I get too tired to work out, I only need to remind myself with this photo:   

Needless to say, progress is still progress and I’m glad I’m still moving forward (even if it’s not much) instead of going backwards. I think this may be the start of my getting into a workout plateau, so I might have to switch up my workouts soon.

I hope this post inspires you to work out or, at the least, try to focus on living healthily. It is indeed a wonderful thing to work on improving yourself. I’m not going to say it’s easy, because it frankly isn’t. It’s painful, tiring and difficult but when you keep track of your progress and see improvement, it’s more than enough motivation to keep going and keep improving.

Do it for yourself. Do it because you deserve to feel as healthy as you could be.

Most of all, do it to prove yourself and everybody else wrong. If lazy old me can do it then, yes, you can do it too!

OOTD: Malibu Barbie

My friend Janice loves to dress people up. She’s cute that way. 

So, on the day we hung out before she leaves for Manila, we decided to have a short photoshoot.

By photoshoot, I mean, she styled me up like Malibu Barbie and took LOTS of photos of me. I’m so glad my friends absolutely approve of my pink hair, no judgments necessary. 

Here are some of the photos from that “shoot”:

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Makeup and styling by Janice Maglasang.

Workout Progress: Week 6

Hola minna-san! Hi everyone!

It’s a fine August day here in Cebu and, like most days, it is truly much better to thoroughly enjoy it! 

Now, this may seem a bit clichรฉ but it’s wonderful to have at least some words of encouragement every now and then. This is especially true in order to brighten up sad and gloomy days since August has started the outpour of torrential rains in Cebu. ๐Ÿ˜“โ˜”๏ธ

But while the rainy season is sure to bring about muddy streets and darker skies, days will certainly be brighter with a “singing in the rain” mindset.

With that said, I hope you can all look forward to dancing through the rain this month (figuratively and literally, of course). 

As per the title of this post, I’m here to update you all regarding my workout progress. I know it’s not much. I certainly didn’t notice major aesthetic changes since I still think my belly is still very “jiggly”. 

I did notice a LOT of mental attitude shifting into a more positive direction. I’m now more excited to go to the gym even though I know I can’t move properly afterwards (haha) and I am also starting to feel restless on “rest days”.    
I did also notice a LOT of physical progress, fitness-wise. I was initially worried regarding the intensity and number of workouts in my modified FitnessGirl Diary’s Workout Plan, but I managed to survive two straight days of intense workouts including the Beach Body Workout Session last Friday. I’m not saying it was easy (far from it), but I still managed to finish and survive so I know I could handle a full week of it. Does that mean I’m getting stronger? I really hope so!

1st workout had us feeling like…

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I also feel much lighter and I now think about food much more frequently (who knew I could be more gluttonous than ever?). 

The week end struggle is real ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜‚ . @officialdoyoueven ๐Ÿ‘ˆ

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Put it on my resume. . @officialdoyoueven ๐Ÿ‘ˆ

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But looking at these photos, I’m starting to feel even more motivated. I didn’t realize my belly fat shrinked so much in just two weeks! I still think my arms need some work but I can definitely feel the muscle growing. 

 

What they say about progress photos is most definitely true. I never really noticed a lot of physical change happening until I looked back and said “woah!”

 Most of the time, I was only just worried that I’m working too much but that it’s probably not going anywhere. I look at my belly fat and worry that it isn’t shrinking.
Then I looked at these photos and I realized that there is change! I then start to look forward to how much it could change in the next few weeks or months. It’s definitely very motivating!

If you’re thinking of working out or you have just started working out, definitely don’t forget to take progress photos even if the lighting is crappy or even if you feel fat. 

You WILL feel great about it soon enough. You WILL definitely feel proud of your efforts and it WILL motivate you to work much more consistently. 

My progress is far from having abs, but it’s definitely progress. 

I hope this post inspires you in one way or another. I’m as much a noob to the fitness world as you are. Let’s take this journey to a healthier life together!

This ๐Ÿ‘Œ @officialdoyoueven

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Have a great day everyone!