Project Kapiranggot: General Motors Diet (Day 3)

DAY 3 RULE: Only Fruits and Veggies today. No Bananas. No Potatoes. No starchy food.

Today¬†was EASY! However, I didn’t follow it strictly. I haven’t had veggies today, I just didn’t notice that I didn’t. I just had fruits just like day 1.

I only had 3 apples and 1 mango today. Also, I had 2 cups of coffee with 1 sachet of brown sugar each. LOL! CHEATER! I didn’t weigh today. I’ll just weigh after the 7th day. ūüôā EXCITED!

So, let’s see what’s gonna happen tomorrow because I am so excited for Bananas and Milk! Sigh!

SA WAKAS!!! I can eat food that I would enjoy!

 

Project Kapiranggot: General Motors Diet (Day 2)

I’m on Day 2!

DAY 2 RULE: 1 Large Potato for breakfast with butter on top and any vegetables the whole day.

Literally, I cannot eat veggies alone. Today was  STRUGGLE! 

The only way to survive¬†was I divided the large potato since I can’t eat it all at once. Har! har! I ate one in the morning and another in the afternoon. No matter what kind of explanation the GM diet has as to why I should only eat the potatoes once. I CAN’T!

Of course, coffee is part of today’s diet and I put brown sugar on it! I had 2 or 3 cups today! Lol!

 

I cheated a lot. However, the weighing scale shows result. I’m now 46.5 kg from 48kg. Water loss I think! Aja! Tomorrow will be easier since I can eat fruits.

By the way, water made me survive the day.

For post related to fitness please visit: pinayfitnessjourney

Project Kapiranggot: General Motors Diet (Day 1)

Yes! A friend said that he was on GM diet. I really got curious and tried to know the in and outs of the program. My body has been tired exercising for the past week and so I decided to give it another week of rest but the catch is I have to undergo GM diet.

So, I’m on first day. ūüôā

Today, I am only allowed to eat fruits. Just whole fruits. Fruit shake or fruit juices are not allowed. Tea and coffee are allowed but of course no sweetener, milk or creamer. BUT I CHEATED! I’m having black coffee with small amount of brown sugar or cocosugar.

It’s 6 pm already. I’m at work. I only have 5-6 hours of sleep per day but I can do this! Gonna put into writing again what’s going to happen on day 2. ūüôā

Aja!

 

For post related to fitness please visit: pinayfitnessjourney

Project Kapiranggot: Macronutrients

July of last year, I counted my calorie intake, regardless of the macronutrient content.  I was successful in losing weight until last week that I felt the need to change my diet if I really want to see progress.

A fitness enthusiast friend told me a month ago that I should focus on fat loss NOT weight loss. So, I researched and  came across different websites on how to lose fats.

To begin fat loss journey, I should count not only calories but also the macronutrients (Carbohydrates, Protein and fats). I’m still figuring out the best percentage distribution for me. Experimenting on food and gradually transitioning to be on a 1200 caloric diet¬†and 40%-30%-30% ratio. Some websites says that it should be 40% protein/carbs, 30% protein/carbs and 30% fats. Other websites state different percentage.

I’m still in the process of getting to know how this diet works.

So what have I learned so far?

  1. Limiting carbohydrates limits happiness. I tried to really cut down my sugar intake and there were times that I really need sweets. Not crave but need. It also made me really sad and¬†no energy at all. So far, I’m getting used to it and started to eliminate sugar in coffee. I use cocosugar which contains 3g of carbs compared to real sugar which contains 5 g of carbs. Hopefully, I’ll eliminate cocosugar too! Or I really need it! LOL! Also, try to have low carb veggies on the side while having a meal. It does a lot of trick on my part.
  2. Be familiar with protein.¬†I never realized that there are food with no carbohydrates ¬†but with protein and fats. I’m just beginning to introduce myself to different beans, nuts and other food that are high in protein. So it’s an exciting way to be in the kitchen.
  3. Learn to love Mathematics.¬†I need a food weighing scale. Is there a particular name for that? ¬†I need to log the food and be tedious with what I eat. It’s just the beginning, when I was doing caloric counting it was this tedious too until I got used to it.
  4. Be gradually strict. I can’t change my diet abruptly so, I’m introducing this newly learned fat loss diet until I’m used to it or should I say until I see results.
  5. Cook your own food. It gives a sense of fulfilment and happiness as well. :)https://www.instagram.com/p/BCPB4vQmmjR/?taken-by=pinayfitnessjourney
  6. Reward yourself.¬†It’s necessary. BUT you know when it’s too much!
  7. Try to know what you need to know.¬†I’m not a nutritionist and not a fitness expert as well but I have this goal to lose fats just from research and home workout. I don’t know if I can really achieve the goal but hey, for as long as you’re doing something for yourself to achieve that goal, you’ll make it! BE PATIENT!¬†

For post related to fitness please visit: pinayfitnessjourney

Project Kapiranggot: Swim and Run for Cardio/LIIT

After 6 months of mostly 10-minute cardio before resistance training, I decided to dedicate at least 2x a week to cardio exercises.

Why? I just want to try it and would just look at the results after 3 months. Lol!

Currently, I’m doing resistance training 3x a week and cardio 2x a week. I just want to discuss what I do for cardio.

I love swimming and it has been a part of my life since I was 16. Swimming pool is very accessible to me so I decided to include a 30-minute routine. I only rest for 10 seconds if I feel like resting but I keep on moving for the whole 30 minutes. It’s like a nonstop 30-minute swim in slow/moderate phase.

I also do a 30-minute run, usually on the treadmill.

Warm up: 5-minute walk.

Running: I do the following or sometimes, I play with the interval.

5-minute slow/moderate

1-minute fast

5 min slow/moderate

Slow down: 5 minute walk

 How to enjoy? 

VARIATION: I mix running and swimming. Sometimes, I swim right after running or vice versa. There are also lazy days when I feel like just swimming or just running.

GOAL: Sometimes, I extend for a couple of minutes but I encourage myself to NEVER exercise for less than 30 minutes.

COMPANION: Recently, I found some new friends who joined me in running. So, if I’m too lazy to run, they are there to motivate and inspire me that I have to.

image

EXPLORE: It was first time to run in an oval. I was so happy that a friend introduced this place to me.

 

Sigh, just some more few thoughts, I think, I am not alone on this. I’m not the only person who feels like the results don’t give justice to the efforts. BUT! It’s a lifetime process. I know,there will come a day that I’ll be happy with the result. ūüôā

FOR NOW… I’ll enjoy what I do for cardio.

Project Kapiranggot: Progress Motivation

A weeks ago, I was surprised when Rebecca Louise posted on her IG my progress photo

I was in a way, sad because of slow progress. Eventhough, friends were there to cheer me up and kept on saying that I already made a long way, I still felt like that I was not doing my best.

image

This was sent by a new friend

But thanks to the people I meet and would meet who share the same interest and weight struggle. I am very happy to get a chance to talk to people and see comments. I am very much willing to share my journey and to also listen to their stories.

In the end, we are all products of what we think and do. I’m impatient to see more results. WE CAN DO THIS!

For all blog posts related to fitness, please visit. pinayfitnessjourney

Project Kapiranggot: Progress Requires Time

The saying, “The beginning is always the hardest” is not applicable to me.¬†Losing 17 pounds in 3 months’ time was NEVER EASY.

THE PROCESS IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART.

Here are some of the few things that I did for the past 3 months. All require Dedication to the following:

1. Healthy Diet. SWEAR NO FAST FOOD FOR 3 MONTHS. I do prepare my own food. One word would summarize my diet: S-T-E-A-M-E-D.

Steamed fish with sauted string beans #asianfood #asiandiet #pinoyfood #healthyfood

A post shared by _itsmerhen (@_itsmerhen) on

2. Exercise/Work Out. ¬†I do exercise 5 times a week. MW for ABS and Legs (the workout for the legs has been a problem to me, I usually hate doing it. That’s why I’ll be focusing the next 3 months to exercise lower body). TTH for upper body workout that includes the chest and back. On Fridays, I do TBW (total body workout). Usually, I exercise for 30 minutes to 1 hour and 15 minutes. It would depend on the day and to the kind of workout that I’ll be doing.

3. Having Patience. First, set goals but never be tired when you see no result. I got frustrated during the first month but I still continued and I am now enjoying the improvement.

4. Goals are important. Exercise 5 times a week for 3 months using the same workout routine that I personally created. One advised I got from the internet is to have a¬†SCHEDULE. It is a great help.¬†What I do is, if I have to skip today’s workout, I simply do the schedule for the next day. If you do not have a schedule, the tendency is to not just skip workout but to totally drop it. At least, if you have schedule, you’ll ¬†be reminded¬†about your agenda.

It’s all about¬†DEDICATION.¬†You must be committed to do it.

As I’ve said, I’ve lost 17 pound already but I am still dissatisfied with the result. Flabby arms, bloated stomach and cellulites on my legs are still a BIG ISSUE.

However, I should commend myself for a job well done. But this would  also serve as a warning that I SHOULD NOT STOP.

Sometimes, when the road gets rough we stray from the path and luxuriously does things that would never help us in the first place.

Fitness is a continuous LIFETIME process…

Do visit https://pinayfitnessjourney.wordpress.com