The start of my fitness journey

The start of my fitness journey story. Yes, its about time. I waited a while to write this post because I wasn’t sure whether I could actually do this. This weight loss thing. But I’m here and this is my story.

The beginning

A few months ago I mentioned in a blog post that I started working on my fitness to lose 12kgs. I figured that I would give myself a year to transform my body.

I started my fitness journey in January 2019. It was the heaviest I’ve ever been and I was sick of feeling bad about the way I looked. I wanted a change, no if I’m being honest I needed the change. My tummy fat was out of control. My clothes looked terrible on me. I was losing control of my body by eating anything and everything I wanted without thinking of consequences. My weight was a very fat 84.9 kilos.

 

Dancing:

So, one night I decided on put on my workout clothes and started working out. I wanted to ease into it with just a half hour dedicated to working out. I love to dance and a few years back I discovered this YouTube Channel called The Fitness Marshall and it changed my life. On the first night I switched on The Fitness Marshall and started dancing. Then the next night again without thinking too much about it, I switched on The FMC and danced for another half hour. Before I knew it, I had worked out for the entire week, even on the weekend. I was so proud of myself.

But I knew that working out for a week on end wasn’t going to work. So, I decided to work out three to four times a week for half an hour each.

I also wanted a platform where I could motivate myself (mostly) and other women to work out, which is when I created a page on Instagram called CMJ_extra. Its an extension of my main page called Crazy Mom Journal. I mainly post dance workout videos and I really enjoy yoga and abs workouts too. So you might see videos of those too. I’m tracking my body transformation by posting updated pictures. I post what I eat in a day and find that I get a lot of positive responses from fellow mommies looking for inspiration.

Automatically when I worked out, I committed myself to eating better.

My diet

My breakfast options are normally:

RushTush hulk juice

Special K cereal and milk

Two Boiled eggs

Fried eggs and chicken polony (and sometimes I will fry mushrooms, onions and cherrie tomatoes as well)

Egg salad and crackers

Honey and Oats toast with different toppings like peanut butter and jam, avocado and polony and eggs on any given day

Oats with fruit

My lunch options are normally:

Chicken salad (my favourite)

Chicken and roasted vegetables

8 piece sushi (on Wednesday’s Pick n Pay has 50% off on sushi)

Fish and vegetables

Tuna salad with boiled eggs

Snacks:

Fruit

Snack bars

Date bars

Green juice

And I still love chocolate and I’m really trying not to have one a day, but it’s my weakness.

Sugar: Xylitol or honey

Milk: Full cream still I know but any other milk is so expensive

I use what I have. A side from a few exceptions like the sugar I stick to the food supply I have and can afford. Healthy eating can get really expensive and a lot of times it’s off putting having to spend so much money to eat healthy. I drink a moderate amount of water. I try to stay clear from cool drinks, and drink water instead with my meals.

Ramadaan

Ramadaan came up for the month of May. I weighed around 83 kgs. It was perfect because this gave me the opportunity to choose my meals wisely for suhoor. Fasting has so much health benefits. By the end of Ramadaan I had lost a few kgs and inches. My clothes looked better on me and I could see a big difference in my body. The day after Eid I weighed myself and I was so happy. I weighed 80.9 kgs.

Intermittent fasting

Fasting in Ramadaan helped me practice for intermittent fasting. Almost immediately I started intermitted fasting. I normally eat my last meal around 7pm in the evenings. My intermittent fast ends around 11am the next morning. I tried to carry on after 11am but it doesn’t work for me. I drink tea or water in this time but maintain the fast until 11am. I’m not as strict on myself, because sometimes I am really hungry when I wake up in the morning. When I’m hungry I eat. If I force the intermittent fasting longer than 11am then I start getting a migraine or hangry (hungry and angry). It’s been working really well for me.

What is intermittent fasting?

Intermittent fasting is abstaining from eating for a period of time. Very similar to Ramadaan fasting however you can drink water or consume some kind of liquid. After breaking your fast, there is an eight hour eating window.

There are different types of intermittent fasting methods but I prefer the 16/8 hour one. I find it to be the simplest and easiest to work through and stick to. I sleep through the bulk of the 16 hours time frame.

During my eating window period I make a concerted effort to eat heathier and better.

 

It’s now the end of June and I’m feeling really good. My tiny abs are showing and I’m so proud of it. I do still have my mommy flab at the bottom portion of my tummy but I feel like this is the hardest to loose.

My story is not done, I still have a long way to go. Let me know if you are trying to transform your body? what workouts do you enjoy? have you tried intermittent fasting? How are you losing your mommy flab? Tell me are you working on your fitness?

Until next time

X

2 Comments
  1. Loving ur results… Keep it up.. U inspiring us all. ❤️

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