In line with my going back to working out, I want to write this reference list for other bloggers out there who are starting their own fitness journeys. Actually, whoever, you are, if you find my stuff interesting and helpful, then thanks! Feel free to bookmark my blog posts or visit my blog whenever necessary. Here’s the thing, though, I’m all about natural weight loss, exercise, etc. I’m not going to support you if I find out you’re taking Bangkok pills, waist training in lieu of actually working out, taking slimming teas, other diet pills or similar products that do not have therapeutic claims. Those are really risky, to be honest.
I know I have categories and tags on my blog, but some of those fitness-related blog posts are quite hard to find. Thus, I’m just going to compile everything here. At least the ones I’ve written so far.
Click on the headers to be directed to their respective links! 🙂
MY 5 CARDINAL FITNESS RULES:
Find a workout routine that you love doing. If something feels like too much of a chore, you won’t enjoy it.
Always remember “why”. Without a sound goal, you won’t get anywhere because you just keep slipping away from your permanent plans for temporary pleasures.
Make a S.M.A.R.T. fitness plan. Havinga S.M.A.R.T. plan means to choose a specific fitness goal, make a reasonable timeline to help you celebrate small achievements or milestones and to help you stay on track, and perform the necessary steps to achieve whatever goal you have.
Don’t eat less, eat better. Scientifically speaking, you need body fuel to help you burn energy to workout, and what you burn, you need to replenish with food. It’s simple science.
Accept your body for what it is. When you do something out of love, you feel more capable, stronger, and determined. You won’t get easily swayed because of what others think about your body or what you think about your body.
In this lengthy blog post, I also talk about some beginner programs you can do, how HIIT could be your best friend, why you should NEVER skip Legs Day, and some exercises I swear by.
A lot of people underestimate the power of drinking enough water. Some would heavily rely on soda or juices to quench their thirst – don’t they know these would only make them thirstier? Water gives you better skin and a cleaner body by making you pee those toxins away, to name a few benefits. There was a time a college mate noticed how I always drink water. She said she preferred drinking soda because water is tasteless. I was flabbergasted and disappointed at the same time. How could you neglect one of the basic necessities that make you alive? Kids, don’t tolerate such nonsense. Drink your water.
Not everyone who has a big body has a small heart.
Having a massive figure comprises of dedication, perseverance, a clear mindset, clear-cut goals – the works. I don’t think they aimed to be that strong and look good physique-wise just to boast about their muscles and for their lack of need to run miles to burn off fats. No, most successes have undergone a lot of failures, trials, and hardships, before those dreamers reached the peak or that big star. Having that kind of goal honestly requires a lot of positive thoughts. A negative mind is never good, and it would give you all the more reason to give up easily, slack off, or worse, quit for good. These people used their minds, and their hearts to follow their dreams, to better themselves, or for whatever reason. Their bodies might be big, but I bet their hearts are bigger.
Looking back, I know I’ve already come a long way in my fitness journey. If I were to start from the very beginning, my fitness journey began on the day I started believing in myself. That was summer of 2012. Truth be told, I wasn’t convinced to workout by the constant insults and rude comments, I just knew I needed to lose weight if I wanted to be healthy and fit even at an old age.
I remember going to a park with my college block mates one time to practice a dance presentation. A palm reader approached us and he told me that “I was going to marry a successful man who’s older than me, and I need to lose weight or I will have difficulty bearing children”. That stuck with me ever since. I’m not threatened by his “reading” but I heard of women being depressed from not being able to have a child because of their weight. If not for my future child, I am most concerned about my health and not being to do the things I can do now when I get too big to a point that I will get tired from the slightest physical activity.
This is a lengthy blog post where I share my observations on my body depending on my program. In 2012, I lacked knowledge but was determined. In 2013, I finally became lean and lost a lot of weight. In 2014, I was still lean but strong and muscular. I was starting to pack on muscles or in gym jargon, gains. This was the year I was introduced to strength training and got hooked. Come 2015, I was definitely stronger and more muscular, but also chunkier. Read the entire blog post to see how I compared my progress per year.
This is not really a tutorial, a program, or anything. Just me letting out my thoughts. Here’s an excerpt:
I’m still in the process of gaining back my confidence, but now I’m surrounded by amazing people who constantly guide, inspire, motivate, and teach me through my fitness journey. Great things come from humble beginnings. Getting into serious lifting changed my perspectives about things and taught me to be patient, and most of all to enjoy the process and to love my body whatever shape and state it’s in. I still get comments about me being too big or my arms and thighs being too bulky but I constantly remind myself not to let the scale fool me, and for the hurtful comments not to stop me from becoming as good as I know I can be.
This is one of my favorite blog posts to date. I feel proud for being able to write this mainly because I wrote this from a dark place yet I was able to produce good content. Also, my tips are pretty timeless. I wrote this almost a year ago, but everything still rings true.
Here’s an excerpt:
Look at your body as a masterpiece.
Masterpiece, wow, big word.
Masterpiece – all these scars, stretch marks, love handles, and a lack of motivation for anything fitness-related and a craving for nothing but fast food and soda?
Yes, all of it.
It’s hard to look for something beautiful when you refuse to see it. What you think, you become. And if you think more positively towards your body, that optimistic vibe will shine through and people will see it. Do you even know how hard your body is working every single day to keep you alive? Have you acknowledged it even once in your life? And if you start to believe in your capabilities, man, your body can do so much more for you than you think it can. The human body is so amazing. It heals you from the inside and on the outside. It cleanses your organs and repairs your skin from wounds.
If you want to look at things more spiritually, let God do the talking. He created us out of His image and likeness. If he’s awesome, then we are, too, don’t you think?
This is my insecurities talking. Are you ready for this?
This is just some random rambling, but I chose to include it on this list in case you find it helpful. It’s just a quick glimpse of what I used to do, what diet I took, what exercises I performed, etc.
I’ve always been on the heavier side. Growing up, my mom didn’t really stop us from eating whenever we’re hungry. She would always have something for us. I could finish two platefuls of rice like I’m scarfing down a light snack. To be honest,I do not know up to now what pushed me to lose weight, or to even get started. I’m pretty sure the hippo jokes and nasty comments didn’t. They insulted me but it wasn’t reason enough to get me started. If I do something, it’s for myself, not for them.
In here, I write about the 15 truths about working out. Some are pretty mundane, some are pretty deep. It’s a hodgepodge of my thoughts, really. But they’re all truths, and one way or another, you will encounter some as you go along on your fitness journey.
4. There are people who go to the gym and have no idea what they’re doing, but5. You should never judge anyone in any aspect. Everyone is doing his best.6. You will have setbacks, you will go on plateaus, and that’s okay, that’s normal.7. There are days that you will feel like a beast. And then there are days that you will feel like a bag of potato chips.
DOMS, or delayed onset muscle soreness, a common term used by gym lifters, is a common result of physical activity that stresses the muscle tissue beyond what it is accustomed to. On the other hand, according to Medline Plus, an injury is damage to your body. It is a general term that refers to harm caused by accidents, falls, hits, weapons, and more.
Some of us get confused of the two. You might be thinking that you’re just sore when you’re already in pain. Or you think you’re injured, but you’re just sore from the gym. It helps to know the difference, so you’ll know what you actually need to do.
This is a lengthy post for a compilation alone. But you would get to read so much more if you actually click on the links one by one. I wrote everything myself, some blog posts from years back. I hope you find them informative and useful.
I really mean to help other people start or continue with their fitness journeys. At the end of the day, I know that we’re all in this together. We can’t help but compare ourselves with others sometimes, and that’s normal, but to really love what you do, you should love yourself first.
It all starts with you.
Trying to lose weight is a long journey and it’s about dedication. It’s about yourself. Finding strength physically is finding strength mentally. You’ve got to dig deep to find that fire that fuels you.
Many people ask me where I find my motivation to workout, how I am so determined, and why it seems like I never get tired of what I do. To be honest, sometimes, I just do it. I just do it. I’d rather not think about it like I overthink many other things. Often times, I just put on my trainers and head to the gym. Before I know it, I’m working out. There are some things that you do not have to think of, and just do.
Working out for me is really rewarding. It’s a huge thumbs up for me because I get to destress while sweating off the bad stuff. I also consider it my “me time”. If other girls enjoy shopping or having their hair done, I enjoy working out. The gym is my happy place.
If you’ve reached this far, thank you! I really appreciate it! I know that people are getting busier everday and not everyone has the time to read a 2,000-word blog post in one sitting. If you bookmarked this or are planning to get back to it later for a more focused reading, then that’s still good enough for me. Your effort to read is very much appreciated. But more than that, it would help if you click on the links I provided (just click the header photos!) because they have more substantial content.
So I’m leaving this as is, and I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed compiling each blog post. 🙂