Mauritius | Summer 2014

Sometime in August or it might have been late July (I’m not too sure), I got this email. And it was at the same time funny and a little sad. Funny because the content was just quality and sad because I realised I’ve been away from this blog for so long, in some ways, I let down a lot of people.

Sure at the time I thought this blog was something I was doing because I had the time and inclination and obviously, when these factors (and circumstances) changed, I didn’t think I was accountable. But in retrospect I think I was. I started something here that I should have taken a little more seriously perhaps. Anyway, I kind of deserved a message like that. Quite literally, I disappeared.

So… I’m not going to mention names, obviously, but this was the message.

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And to the person who sent this comment my way…

not dead

And as far as I can tell, not pregnant either   😉

I apologise for being MIA for 3 months. But this blog is getting revived and I’m going to see this journey through albeit the fact that I am terribly late on schedule and I completely violated my original plan, which was to get the perfect body by summer.

The explaining

So the last time I updated this blog was the first week of June. That’s the last week I did any sort of serious dieting and/or serious working out. This explains why I stopped updating the blog. See the plan was to take a week off because I was just tired. I couldn’t handle that routine anymore. It was supposed to be a one-week break that turned into 2 weeks and then 3 weeks.

By the end of June, I was back in London and summer had started. Obviously, when you’re home and in London, there is A LOT that can tempt you. First off, mummy cooks amazing food that I can only have a couple of times a year (which makes it hard to pass on them). Secondly, London’s just one of those places you know. You always end up going out and you always end up eating crap. So first week of July didn’t bring any changes. Then off I went to Mauritius for 7 weeks.

My biggest mistake (and biggest regret) is that because weight loss was going so well, I thought I could slow down. I thought I could slack a little. I thought I had the time.

I misjudged!

BIG TIME.

I thought my resolve was, by then, strong enough to resist temptation. I thought myself to be capable of doing what needs to be done despite other people having amazing food around me. I overestimated myself and that was a huge mistake.

I should have hit 55 kg before taking that flight to London. From then on, everything went downhill. My weight went up and down…mostly up. As it would happen if you eat whatever, whenever! I know your first reaction will be that the weight bounced back. Because I lost it so quickly in the first place! That’s what I’ve been hearing all summer.

Common misconception! And here is why.

Weight once lost (and I’m not talking about a temporary decrease in the number you see on your weight scale because you starved yourself for 3 days or you took a strong laxative) is not going to magically reappear unless you mess up. Calories once burnt are burnt! If you created a calorie deficit for a month and lost weight as a result of that, those kilograms you lost will not “bounce back”. But if after a month of creating a calorie deficit, you feast on burgers and chocolates or whatever else that you’ve been depriving yourself of, you will put on weight. As would any person who overeats for a prolonged period of time.

So weight bouncing back is not what happened here. I messed up! That’s what happened.

Which also goes to prove another point. Losing weight is one thing. Maintaining a certain weight is another. Eating healthy and cardio will make you lose weight in no time (unless you have a pre-existing medical condition). Like you’ve seen on this blog! This however does not make you God. This does not make you untouchable. This does not mean that you crossed some kind of finished line and nothing bad will ever happen again.

If you don’t maintain your weight once you reach a certain number with clean eating and some form of physical exercise (so, calories in > calories out), you will put on weight. It’s simple math. Which I knew about but I somehow decided to ignore. Genius me!

But I’m back on track now. This is going to happen. I messed up. Realising it is Step 1. Doing something about it is Step 2. And sticking to it this time is Step 3.

With that said, although I can’t completely account for the last 3 months, I can give you a sneak peak into my summer. Though I was very far from my target weight, I had a good time. Loads of laughter, loads of fun, loads of food and loads of love! I regret the messed up weight loss journey but it was a good summer.

Mauritius 

So, according to my analytics software (Google Analytics), loads of people who read this blog are from Mauritius. But for the rest of you people, I think I should start this section with a map so you can, from here on, pinpoint where Mauritius is on any world map or globe.

This is Mauritius…

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Note that it’s nowhere near the same thing as Maldives or Madagascar. Not even close!

(And in case you’re wondering… No, I’m not spying on you people…   😉 😉 Google Analytics only tells me things like where you guys are from, not who you are specifically).

The place

Mauritius beaches
The beaches
Chamarel
Coloured earth
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Waterfalls

But it’s not all beaches and waterfalls

Dolphins
Swimming with dolphins
karting
Karting
zip line
Zip Line
Walking with lions
Walking with the Big Cats

The food

Burgers
American diner
Chinese
“Boulettes”
Calamari
Calamari
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Sizzling chicken
food 1
Mojitos & Daiquiris

My people

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my people 1

my people 2

my people 4

And me 😉

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Out in open water
me 2
Chilling
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Dressed up for a wedding

So if I didn’t reach my target weight, you can roughly tell why. I was too busy having fun. Having fun and weight loss/toning up DO NOT match. Ask me!

But that’s not to say that I did nothing over summer. Which is probably why I didn’t once again go all the way up to 85 kg (187 lbs.). Trust me, I have the potential. 😛 😛 I was doing some mild dieting and cardio. Nothing like I should have done though. It was about doing what I can, when I can, if I want to.

And this is me right now.

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Current weight: 65 kg (143 lbs.). Got a lot of work to do. And this is Week 1. I think I’m calling this Season 2   😉 😉 Season 1 saw me go from 84.2 kg (186 lbs.) to 57 kg (126 lbs.) and go back up to 65 kg (143 lbs.). Season 2 will, fingers crossed, see me go from 65 kg (143 lbs.) to 55 kg (121 lbs.) and get all toned up.

Week 17

Hey 😀

I’m back!!!

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It’s a PLL joke!   😉

Terrible week. Just terrible! Exhausting, intense, colorless and downright torturous. I’m so glad it’s over! But now I have a big task on my hands, don’t I? I have to update the blog and write about the whole week in one go. Well then, let me just dive in. No time to dillydally.

So… Where do I even begin? My 16-weeks-in picture maybe? Yeah, let’s just do that. 57.2 kg!! Is this amazing or what? 😀 😀 😀

16-Weeks-In

Monday, Week 17, Day 1

I mentioned before I left that I started this week with a 3-day fruit detox diet. So Monday was Day 1. It went well. I had 2 meals (a combination of fruits and carrots) and 3L of water. It was a good day.

The meals

Meal 1: 1 mango, watermelon (1 wedge)

Meal 2: 1 apple, 1 plum, 5 strawberries, 1 carrot

Water: 3L

Fruit detox 1

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Day 1: Back, chest, abs

Steady rate cardio at speeds 8.5 and 9.5 for 2×10 minutes.

Tuesday, Week 17, Day 2

Day 2 of my fruit detox diet went BAD. I think because I’ve been having fuller meals lately, this fruit detox diet was harder on me than the previous two. It took a surreal amount of restraint and control for me to stick to my fruity meals and water. It was so bad that on Tuesday, when I went out to get water, I passed this pizza place and someone was having a tuna pizza. I even developed a craving for that! TUNA PIZZA! Who craves that? But yeah, in retrospect, it was funny. On the day, not so much! I paced my living room like a caged animal for over 30 minutes trying my hardest not to go back out there and have that damn pizza.

The meals

Meal 1: 1 mango, watermelon (1 wedge), 1 carrot, 1 apple

Meal 2: 1plum, 1 apple, 5 strawberries, 1 banana

Water: 2L

fruit detox day 2

Gym

Day 2: Shoulders, biceps, triceps

Steady rate cardio at speed 8.8 and 9.5 for 2×10 minutes.

Wednesday, Week 17, Day 3

Day 3 went okay I guess. I was in over my head with stuff to do so I didn’t really have time to crave warm food.

The meals

Meal 1: 1 banana, 1 plum, 5 strawberries, 1 mango

Meal 2: 2 kiwis, 1 apple, ¼ of a honeydew melon

Water: 3L

fruit detox day 3

Gym

Steady rate cardio at speeds 9.0 and 9.5 for 2×10 minutes.

Thursday, Week 17, Day 4

On Thursday I rewarded myself for my amazing restraint by cooking one of my favourite meals: Chicken and rice.

The meals

Meal 1: Chicken curry and rice (at 16 00)

Snack: 1 scoop of whey protein, ¼ of a honeydew melon, 1 apple (at 18 00)

Meal 2: Chicken curry and rice (at 20 00)

day 4

Gym

20 minutes steady rate cardio at speeds 8.8 and 9.5 for 2×10 minutes.

Friday, Week 17, Day 5

For the life of me, I can’t remember what happened on Friday worth mentioning. Thank God I actually wrote down what I ate everyday and what I did at the gym. I actually scribbled on a piece of paper but point is, this was some really good thinking. This post would have been a nightmare to write otherwise.

See..??

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Anyway, moving on…

The meals

Meal 1: 3 chicken fajitas (at 16 00), a coke ZERO

Snack: ¼ of a honeydew melon, 1 mango (at 19 00)

Meal 2: Leftover chicken curry and rice (at 22 00)

day 5

Gym

20 minutes steady rate cardio at speed 9.0 and 9.5 for 2×10 minutes.

Saturday, Week 17, Day 6

What happened yesterday? Hmm… I guess nothing much. Nothing relevant to weight loss anyway!

The meals

Just had one meal. I wanted to eat out so I had Subway, the usual. A 6-inch Chicken Teriyaki sub with Oregano and Parmesan bread, lettuce, olives and jalapenos and Chipotle Southwest sauce.

And a coke ZERO.

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Gym

20 minutes steady rate cardio at speed 9.0 and 9.5 for 2×10 minutes.

Sunday, Week 17, Day 7

And finally, Week 17, Day 7. That’s today! Ah, this was tiring.

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The meals

Meal 1: Tuna pizza (at 16 00)

Snack: Watermelon (1 wedge), 1 apple, 1 carrot (at 18 00)

Meal 2: 1 scoop of whey protein (at 20 30)

Gym

Rest day.

Time Out

Over the next couple of days, I’m going to be swamped. I could try and fit updating the blog somewhere in my day but I will do a very bad job of it, to the point where it will take me one hour + to write something that’s barely readable. I will mess up this amazing blog and I don’t want that. The wise choice is to take a time out and come back when I get everything else sorted.

So that’s what I’m going to do! I will take the next 4 days off and I will be back on Friday. Till then, this is my weight loss plan for the next 4 days:

– A 3-day fruit detox diet counting today as Day 1

– Followed by Martin Berkhan’s Leangains on Thursday and Friday

– Cardio and weight training at the gym like I’ve been doing for the past several weeks

I obviously cannot, right now, put up a definite meal plan for the next 5 days. My meals vary from day to day depending on a number of factors. I will however cover everything in my post on Friday (Like I normally do when I’m MIA for a couple of days).

So then, talk soon! I’m sorry about the time out but you know what they say…

Be back Soon

HAHA!! Some parting humour. I’m not serious! Or am I? That’s for me to know and for you to find out.   😛 😛

O.K then, we’ll talk on Friday.   :) :)

Sidebar: To a very specific someone, this does NOT count as a win for you! It’s a planned move. Technically, I did not slip!

Week 16, Day 7 | Goodbye May, Hello June

And we’re here!

June

I’m finally in the last stage of the weight loss part of my transformation. After tomorrow, hopefully, I’ll only have the last couple of kg to lose. I’m also almost done working on my wardrobe. Barring a few items like new sunglasses and new sandals, I got everything I need to tear it down this summer. And thanks to a few very helpful make-up tutorials at TheBodyShop.co.uk and my own personal breakdown of the nude look across the Tommy Hilfiger Official Online Store, I’m now 80% there when it comes to make-up and all that girly stuff I haven’t been able to find my way around up until recently. It’s finally happening!

YAY for Nimah :)

These are the last two things on my shopping list. Any takers? 😉

Sunglasses

Sandals

Just kidding   😛 😛

Meals of the day

Meal 1: Leftover penne (at 14 00)

Snack: Skipped it

Meal 2: Leftover egg fried rice (at 18 00)

Gym

This is a funny story. Today is Sunday right? So I wasn’t supposed to go to the gym. But come 13 00-ish everyday, almost instinctively I get ready and I go to the gym. The same happened today. On the way to the gym though, I realised, hang on, yesterday I only did cardio and it wasn’t Wednesday, which makes today Sunday and therefore a rest day. But I was halfway to the gym so I went anyway.

Did 20 minutes cardio at speed 9.5 and 10.0 for 2×10 minutes.

Week 16, Day 6

Hello People of Planet Earth! (No offence aliens)

HAHA!

If you can’t tell already, I’m in a cheesy mood today. I guess it’s to do with the fact that everything is looking up for me right now. I guess that’s what happens when things turn around for the better.

Like…

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Ah, I’m terrible!

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Meals of the day

Meal 1: Leftover penne (at 15 00)

Snack: Skipped it

Meal 2: Egg fried rice (at 19 00)

Egg fried rice

Gym

30 minutes steady rate cardio at speeds 8.6, 9.3 and 10.0 for 3×10 minutes.