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i used to be a little fatty. but then i started caring about my health, the nightmare ended and today i am strong and flexible enough to be really proud of my progress.

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yay yoga! it’s so good to feel healthy.

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yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.

i found a solution to my problem. after ages of feeling and fearing my pain, i decided enough is enough – there is more i can do – and i’m gonna do it. for the past month now, i have been doing yoga almost daily. an hour and a half of my mornings as the sun comes out of hiding. sometimes an hour as the sun sets. i start with sun salutations then feel my body, what it needs and take it from there. by the time i’m done, i feel energized, properly stretched out and ready to take on life. what’s so beautiful about it is that (despite my initial skepticism) it has in fact made me feel better – by correcting and straightening my spine. the best part? i can get my body back to what is was – in fact with the way things are going, i believe soon i’ll be in a better place physically and mentally than ever before.

i’ve gone for some classes in the past and i would say i’ve always had an interest in yoga but making it a part of my daily life has been life changing. and i didn’t start with going for classes this time. classes are hard to maintain because 1. they cost a bomb 2. leaving the house, driving to the yoga studio and braving through traffic leaves anyone with too many excuses as to why they “don’t have/want to go today”. so i taught myself yoga. i watched a lot of online sessions, did my research, studied many poses – their anatomical focus, therapeutic applications, benefits, contraindications – and then practiced.

through my journey, i have been reminded that when i am dedicated, i am an extremely fast learner and i do not allow anything to get in the way of me accomplishing what i choose to.

yoga has changed my life. it has given me more confidence in my stride, more love for my health and well being, more happiness and pride in knowing that i am doing the best i can for myself in this moment.

and yes, a (natural) breast lift too. which i honestly didn’t know was possible unless i wanted to spend loads on fake “accessories”. thanks but no thanks.

so much i didn’t know. it makes me sad to think of all those years i spent sitting on a chair (all through school) thinking “hey, this is normal. this is life” – without knowing how unnatural and bad we can be to ourselves. all i needed to do to prevent the pain i felt was to just be aware. but how could i have been aware when no one taught me those things as i was growing up? how could they have taught me when no one taught them? so many years of trying to figure everything else out in life and missing what really mattered.

i am in love with yoga because through having it in my life, i am now better able to help those around me by sharing the beauty i have found. it’s not something we are taught in school, or preached to about but those who understand yoga, would not want to imagine a life without it.

yoga is invigoration in relaxation. freedom in routine. confidence through self control. energy within and energy without. when you do it right, it REALLY is THAT beautiful.

sometime soon (once i reach my goal in strength and flexibility) i will take up a yoga instructor course and help others heal. i will volunteer to teach it at schools. participate in communities. this is how i can truly give back. i am inspired.

but just in case you aren’t or don’t get how amazing yoga can be, here’s a photo of a 95 year old yogi. yes 95! and she’s not the only one – there are many yogis in their golden years. some have even been around for over a century.

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i rest my case ;)

Interesting Facts?

Been stuck at home the past 2 days no thanks to a not-so-mild case of food poisoning. Been resting and re-hydrating as best as I can, but haven’t been able to sleep properly. Thought I’d make good use of the extra free time (not that I don’t usually have plenty of that) by updating here. And thanks to Melissa aka ms. sgrmse, I don’t have to wreck my brain coming up with something to post.
Got tagged for some kinda blog award. And from what I see, I’m supposed to share 7 things about myself, then pass it on. So here goes . . . . . . . . 
– I feel short compared to most people, even though I’m probably not. I’ve just always wanted to be so much taller. 
– I ran away from home once (in my teenage years). I don’t remember exactly how long I managed to pull it off before my parents found me. My guess would be anywhere between a week to 3. And yes, I believe it was worth the trouble and punishment. 
– If I had the chance to start again, I’d do almost nothing differently. I fully believe that everything that has happened in the past has put me here today. And I’ve never felt more at home than right here, right now. 
– I’ve never been stereotypically cool. I kind of go my own way and do what I want to do.
– I get along better with some men than I do with most women. I generally prefer hanging out with men solely for the absence of drama. I hate all the bitching and backstabbing that is part and parcel of most female-female friendships. (Although I have on occasions came across men that would put any bitchy woman to shame!)
– I’ve always wanted a BestFriendForever. Someone I’ve known for a bajillion years whom I’d do everything with and would not be able to go a week without. Unfortunately, I’ve never found someone who’s on the exact same wavelength as I am, and until I do, I refuse to fake such a friendship.
– I am always behind in the music department. I don’t pay attention to what’s “new” and it takes me a while to warm up to a new genre of music once I discover it. 
That wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I guess I love/know myself well enough to put it into words.  Throwing in an extra one, just for fun.

– Sometimes when I’m using my laptop, I end up spending a good amount of time staring at my own before and after photos. It’s just taken me a lot of hard work and self control to get to where I am now, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with appreciating it.

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I now pass the award on to :-

One way train to Thinsville!

Just because I feel SO full of myself today after taking that photo. 
Getting closer to my weight loss goal! Yay!

Fatty Fat Fat!

When I started exercising again 3 months ago, I told myself I’d write a post if/when I got to my goal weight. Guess what. I have! Today, my weighing scale finally showed me 46.9kg. The lightest I’ve ever been in my life. And I can finally fit into shorts I haven’t been able to wear since 2009. Downside to it is, I can no longer wear any of my other shorts now. But who cares?! I have officially moved out of fatsville! 
I’m not exaggerating. Since I’ve started talking bout losing weight, people (including my mum, who was around to see my progress) have told me that I didn’t really have much weight to lose in the first place. WRONG. I was so chubby, I didn’t want to go out and meet people. Here’s humiliating photo of the day year.

Me, at I-was-too-scared-to-weigh-myself kg.
Thighs that could feed a village. 

I don’t intend to keep the magic formula that allowed me to stop feeling like such a fat pig, a secret. I’ve been in such a good mood today that I’m gonna share what I’ve been doing over the past 2 and a half months.

I owe a whole lot of it to my mum, who took me to her gym and signed me up within the first week of getting to Perth. Just because the suburb she lives in is a little boring and that’s what they do in their free time. Never really knew much bout classes til I got there.

Body pump is the original barbell class that strengthens your entire body. A 60 minute workout challenges all your major muscle groups by using the best weight-room exercise like squats, presses, lifts and curls.
I never lifted more than 6kgs really. My legs are pretty strong. But I could barely even handle 6kg when it came to the biceps curl. Also, I don’t plan on ever looking like Ms. Olympia, so lighter weights work perfectly for me.

          
            
Body step is the energizing step workout that uses a height-adjustable step and simple movements on, over and around the step. Cardio blocks push fat burning systems into high gear followed by muscle conditioning tracks that shape and tone your body.
Hands down my favourite type of workout. An hour of exercise has never felt shorter than when I was doing this class. Good music. Steps weren’t hard to pick up either.

4-5 classes a week. Swimming whenever we had the time to. And running. Something I never really enjoyed because I’ve never had the stamina to run. But cutting out smoking and going for classes took care of that. By the end of my two months in Perth, I could run 5 kilometers, non-stop, without passing out. Huge achievement for me.
Many people say that gyms here can be expensive and/or not convenient enough to get to. And it’s really hard to keep up a good exercise routine without the gym. I say that’s bullshit. Since getting back, I’ve actually worked out more frequently than I did in Perth. More or less an hour and a half a day.

I bought myself cute little dumbbells (don’t know why the photo rotated when it uploaded. too lazy to try and fix it). And I’ve got my own little routine worked out now. 
Running, to cover the cardio side of it. At least 20 minutes a day. And the twister thing. Not really sure what it’s called, but it looks like this.

I think it works your whole body. Can’t exactly be sure, but I’ve been using it on and off for years and I think it’s the reason why I have curves. That and maybe good genes. And then I rotate the rest of it. I don’t count the sets I do, it gets boring that way. I have specific songs/tracks I use for each exercise, and I adjust the playlist according to what I want to do.
Arms – Tricep kickbacks, hammer curls.
Shoulder & back – Lateral raises, upright rows.

Abs – Basic crunches, elbow to knee crunches, leg scissors

Butt & thighs – Lunges, squats, hip extensions.

Calves – Toe raises

I now have muscles I didn’t know existed. Okay, that’s a little lie. I have muscles I didn’t think I’d ever see on my own body. Starting was always the problem, but once I began working out so often, I stopped feeling that exercise-related-laziness I was so used to. And believe it or not, I actually enjoy it now.

I can’t give much advice on food. I’m not following a strict diet or starving myself. I’m eating what I used to eat (at reasonable portions) and just burning it off I guess.

Me at 49 kg. About 2 weeks ago.
I’m not fully satisfied at the moment. Still want a nice flat tummy. But the goal’s not to lose weight anymore.  Got to be careful now. Don’t think I’d ever stop feeling like the unattractive chubby kid, coz that’s what I was. Can’t keep trying to be lighter. Just have to shift my focus to health and toning up for a while.