Fitness

Fitness Diary: January

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I didn’t make a very elaborate resolution list this year because 1) I didn’t have the time to and 2) situations always change. So I thought to stick with the most basic things I would like to achieve and adjust accordingly. My first priority this year is towards my fitness. A few weeks back I wrote about my muscle injury that occurred last year. (Click here to read) I thought maybe you guys will be interested in reading how I plan to get back into my routine.

I would like to state here that I am not a professional and I am still very much a beginner. I have never followed a fitness plan through. I would achieve a certain goal and then just let myself lose which is the worst thing one can do. My only aim is to write about positive and healthy fitness methods that I personally follow. So if you’re someone who made a commitment to their fitness at the start of this year, stick around. I plan to share quite a bit of my fitness journey here and maybe that might inspire you to stay focused, motivated and on track. 🙂

So, ever since I got a green signal from my injured muscle, I have been looking for ways to get back into a proper routine without hurting myself again. I am being very conscious with whatever I do because the fear of relapsing several times before is still afresh in my mind and I want to avoid it at any cost. Personally I have never been someone who would work out at a low intensity. That just never cut out for me. I was always one of those highly intense working out type and yes I do want to get back to it – but at a very slow pace. Right now I don’t have much of stamina but it will build up as I keep trying.

The Goal: I have accumulated quite a lot of fat and look like Mark Gatiss (Mycroft) in 1800s from BBC Sherlock: The Abominable Bride right now. So my first goal is to lose as much fat as I can. I haven’t decided on KGs I want to lose yet because I don’t want to pressurize myself and end up doing some reckless routine and relapse. My second goal is to work out at least five days a week. Be very specific with your goals because that’s how you end up knowing what needs to be done aka formulating your plan.

The Plan: For starters I want to start off with cardio at least four days a week. I am being very realistic here. My life tends to get extremely busy when I least expect it so the only sensible plan is to walk at least four days because 5km takes an hour and 10 minutes for me and I can’t take that much time out if I have deadlines to meet within two hours at a 2 minute notice. I started yesterday with 5km walk on the treadmill. It left me quite sweaty and huffy puffy which is always great. So I am going to keep to it for at least four weeks that is till end of January. I picked cardio because I have noticed that I lose the most when I am walking a lot. If you think there is an exercise that helps you the most, stick to it and tweak it in intensity every now and then.

The Alternative: Now I do tend to get bored easily so on days when cardio isn’t cutting out for me I would switch to an exercise circuit of my choice. If you Google, you will find a gazillion circuits that you can do. Pick the one you like the most and you feel can push you a little harder. For me I am sticking with Eat Run Lift Winter Guide 2015 that I got for free after registering on their website. It’s run by Rachel Aust (youtuber) and her partner Beau. They are an incredible fitness duo. This winter guide has a great beginner routine that makes me almost die catching my breath by the time I am done with it andI damning well love it.

What are your fitness goals for this year? Let me know in the comments below and let’s get fit together. 🙂

All the very best for 2016, guys!

Love,

~F x

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Fitness

FITNESS ~ A Little Background of My Injury

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I doubt I have spoken about it here but I thought let’s give it a go. Round about this time last year I was in a gym filling their forms and paying for a membership for 6 months. I was nervous and excited at the same time because I believed joining a gym would help me get back into my fitness routine. Fast forward three months, I was working full time, barely made it to gym three times a week and losing whatever fitness I had left.

I decided to take up drastic measures and started working out at home early in the morning and later in the gym in the evenings if I made it in time. My gym’s closing time was 9pm and I would leave work around 7pm or sometimes 8pm so I would mostly not go. The morning workouts were always rushed as I would leave for work around 6:30am so I was at my desk at sharp 7am. During one such rushed workout session in February I ended up injuring a back muscle on my left side. The pain was horrible. I couldn’t move, walk, sit, lie down proper or do pretty much anything. My doctor instructed me complete bed rest.

Fast forward to July; the pain was still there even if it had lessened a bit in magnitude. I would get bouts of it quite frequently. If I put just a little pressure on my left side, I’d be in tremendous pain within half hour. Three months later the pain was gone but I would still get fits occasionally.  This rendered me from exercising completely and all I could really do was lying in bed most of the time. Every time I would exercise the next day I would not be able to move. The most recent fit I got was in the middle of October. I woke up one day and I could hardly stand up. It took me three to four days to recover. All this time Panadol and hot bottle were my best friends.

In November I got sick of this injury taking over my life and ruining my health. I became so inactive and unhealthy I could hardly keep up my breath. In November I took the plunge and got back into working out. I started off with walking on my treadmill for 30 to 45 minutes. I would do it at least 3 times a week. By the end of November I got more serious about setting a proper routine and wanted to get started with exercising.

We are in second week of December. I have been walking at least 4 times a week for 30 to 45 minutes now. Today I did my first round of exercise and I am so happy about it and extremely breathless. I haven’t felt any major pain in my back yet and I am hoping it doesn’t start again. *fingers crossed*

The reason I am writing this post is to share with you guys that I couldn’t exercise for a complete year and it had made me very unhappy. But it made me realize that unconsciously I was always a fitness enthusiast. I always thought that exercise was something I would do just to lose some fat but now I realize that I actually love working out. The other thing I wanted you guys to know was that a lot of us are suffering from some kind of injury or health issue and its okay to lie down for a while till you’re not okay. Your internal system would let you know when it’s enough and you need to stop making your injury into an excuse and get your shit together. I believe that’s what happened with me. 9 months after my injury I started thinking that maybe my injury was not as horrible as I believed it in my head and I needed to start looking after my fitness and health again. I took it really slow because I didn’t want to go back to bed rest and I believe that was/is the best approach when you start working out again post injury.

I really hope I stay on track and get back to being well and fit again.

Thanks a lot for reading! 🙂

Love,

Fam xx

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Catch-up Posts

CATCH-UP POST #4

There hasn’t been a Catch Up post in some weeks because I haven’t been posting regularly every day. I have been posting as much as I could as I’ve been very busy looking for a job and sorting my life out generally. So I thought I would do a collective Catch Up post for all the recent articles I have written.

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1- GET OFF YOUR BREAK AND COME TO TELLY ALREADY – In this post I wrote about TV shows I can’t wait to start watching again once they are back from their break. The Big Bang Theory and Downton Abbey made it to the list.

2- A BIT OF SHOPPING #2 – My latest shopping haul that included purchasing a high end foundation, sportswear, lifestyle bit, a trip to Victoria’s Secret and some makeup shopping.

3- BOOK REVIEW ~ IF I STAY and WHERE SHE WENT by GAYLE FORMAN – Did a proper review of Gayle Forman’s If I Stay series.

4- HAIR CARE ~ L’Oreal Elvive Total Repair Hair Mask with Serum Review – Did a complete review and my experience with the product.

5- Fitness Inspiration of the Day #1 ~ Brittne Babe – Shared a fitness babe with y’ll for inspiration.

6- Movie Made Me Read It – One of my favorite posts; I wrote about how some movies inspired me to read their books.

7- AWARD ~ The Very Inspiring Blogger Award – I did a blogger’s award and tagged some of my favorite and well deserving bloggers. ❤

8- NOTD ~ Flashy Pumpkin by Essence – My love for Essence nail polish continues as I share my latest go to nail polish from their summer collection.

9- My Pamper Routine – It was about time I did a pamper routine post and here you will find all the details.

10- Cupcakes @ illy – Diverting my mind back to food, I wrote about my latest eating experience in Muscat.

Have fun going through them all if you haven’t already! 🙂

Love,

~F x

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A Bit of Shopping

A BIT OF SHOPPING #2

Hieee Guyss!!

I have recently discovered I can’t be left alone in the mall with my wallet for even five minutes. I have become a shopaholic. Yes, I do tend to think (read over-think) and contemplate a million times before I buy something (and later sometimes regret why I bought it) but I’d still shop.

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I went to buy myself a pair of trainers last month and I have no idea how this all happened (VS had a really good offer I had to avail it of course!! He he) Following are some things that’s been on my wishlist from a really long time.

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1- Trainers

I’ve been looking for a pair of gorgeous but sturdy shoes that would be compatible with workout as well as walking/running/jogging. I’ve been obsessed about the idea of owning a pair of Nike so I gave in and got myself these Air Free 5.0. Best thing about these, they can be worn with casual clothing as well.  Expensive as hell but I do hope these last me a really long time.

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2- Foundation

Foundation is such an important part of a person’s makeup. I previously owned Maybelline 24hr Superstay foundation in a shade that didn’t go with my complexion. I actually picked it in a wrong shade. I didn’t wanted to go back and buy the same one in another complexion because 1) I wasn’t satisfied with its application and 2) I wanted to try something else and then came Bobbi Brown. I bought the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation SPF 15 in Warm Sand 2.5. I am totally in love with it. It is so light on the skin and really lasts a long time. A detailed review will be up soon in the coming weeks so look out for that! 🙂

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3- Scent

With my Cabotine and CH 212 VIP almost ending, I am looking for new perfumes. I think body mists is such a good idea as they are cheaper than the perfume and come handy in making a decision if you want to buy a certain perfume. I am in love with Bombshell in Bloom and want to be certain if I want to buy the perfume hence taking the body mist on a test drive, ha. Angel smells equally nice. To me it smells like Jimmy Choo Flash. Not sure if I want to buy Angel perfume but Bombshell in Bloom is definitely making it to my wishlist.

(The offer  was too good. Buy one body mist and get the  other free. It’s a permanent offer here in Oman. Its on the big bottles too. The variety is superb)

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4- Face Powder

I lost my beloved unbranded pressed powder while we were shifting. It was my absolute favorite and now it was time to replace it. I picked up Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder in 01. Let me be honest with you. The crown on the powder is the reason I bought it. I love crowns/tiaras. (I sound like Amy from The Big Bang Theory here)

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5- Candles

Giving scented candles a go. I actually like the pot and oil thing more but candles are easier lol. Got this from Lifestyle in Lavender and I would just say I am rather disappointed. The smell is too faint and unless and until you are sitting too close to the candle, you can’t really smell it. I think I will stick to Adore. Adore is a little more in price but so worth it.

That’s all there is to the haul. I hope you had fun going through the post.

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Love,

F x

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Wishlist

Wishlist #1 ~ Summer Lovin’

Hiee Beoble 😀

Did I ever tell you guys about how bad I am at shopping? Or how annoying I find the whole process? Well not really anymore as I shop quite often now but previously the word shopping itself used to give me headache. I was never a very girly sort of a girl. I was more of a tomboy and anything girly would instantly bug me. As the years went by that part of me started to sober down and now I enjoy a lot of activities that I previously used to hate; shopping for once, cleaning the house, being in the kitchen preparing food, etc.

Lately I have been shopping like a diva and would like to tell you guys I survive on a pocket money as I don’t work yet. I am pretty broke right now because oh I am so good at planning my shopping lists and how-to-save money plans. (Signboard: Sarcasm – for any Sheldon Cooper out there reading this. Ps. I love you) Summer is full swings in Muscat with temperature rising to over 45 degrees in the day and the sun being brighter than any yellow/orange dress I will ever own. Ever single store here is on bumper sale – 50% off, 60% off, 70% off. Days like these I wish I had a very strong saving plan, but I don’t so I shall just look at them with wishful eyes.

To satisfy my broke self I came up with a wish list in hopes of organizing my needs and wants and buy things on priority basis and not succumb to being an impulsive shopper. I know it’s hard not to be one but I also believe that if you work according to a plan it can be avoided. Following is my wish list #1 for summer.

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1-      The Body Shop Tea Tree facial wash – Because we are having a crazy summer, I need something that will help me fight off oily skin and acne

2-      The Body Shop Tea Tree body wash – I actually have heard a lot about this range from TBS and I want to try it myself to see if it helps acne on body too.

3-      The Body Shop Vitamin E overnight oil-in-serum – skincare, skincare, skincare – how much more can I emphasis on it now. I read quite a lot of good reviews about this product and I want to give it a go as recently my skin hasn’t been like it used to be. It’s rough and breaking out very often. I do believe I need to invest in good skincare products and eat/drink healthy too.

4-      Nike Free Trainers – Summer is the best season to work out and get into shape. No matter you workout indoors or out, you sweat a lot and you lose quickly. I want to lose whatever weight I have gained in my last two college semester and get fit hence I need me some Nike Free Trainers in Mint specifically because Nike is sturdy and Mint is lovely. 😉

5-      Essence 146 That’s What I Mint – now that we have Essence here in Oman I am dying to try their nail polishes. That’s What I Mint is such a soothing mint, I definitely want it in my collection.

6-      Essence 145 Flashy Pumpkin – 10 points to you if it reminded you of the Slutty Pumpkin from How I Met Your Mother. Flashy Pumpkin is a mix of Peachy Orange and I find it so attractive. Summer is all about bright colors.

7-      GAP Sandals – These lovely sandals were posted by Angie on her blog and immediately caught my attention. They are exactly what I have been wanting. Most of the stores are coming up with similar styles and I think I will go bankrupt trying to buy them all. Love these. Really hoping I can get my hands on them. *fingers crossed* (PS. Angie has a lovely blog. You should head over there are give hers a read and follow her too. You won’t regret it 🙂 )

I hope you enjoyed my wish list and this might have helped you in adding a little something to your own wish list. If you are making a wish list do let me know as I will be more than happy to read your wish list and blog too. 🙂

Till next time,

Love yourself often and enough!

Fam xx