So this pic is the screensaver on my phone. And I didn’t put it because I’m a pervert, like my friends suggested, but because I need an inspiration to get in shape. It’s a pic of Bar Refaeli, not of my majesty like I told my mom at Christmas. And she believed me right away. God bless her, I love her.
So at my next beach vacation I want to look body-wise like a shorter version of Bar Refaeli. I’m not going to upload a picture of me in bikini from my last vacation. But I was too chubby for my taste. I even saw in some pictures I have cellulite. And no. Not on my legs. That’s pretty normal. Every woman has that. ON MY ARMS! But, the good thing about this is that those pics will be great in an inspiring before and after picture a few months from now. So yay! Glass is half-full guys.
Ok I’ll show you one picture from my last vacation.
This is my foot. And no it’s not a small fat one, but that’s some giant shell. Unfortunately I didn’t try selling it on ebay for a gazillion dollar baby. I just left it there.
So to lose this cellulite and the fat belly, that I should only have if I’m pregnant, or I’m a baby myself, I’ve started a mission yesterday. A lot of people make clean eating challenges, exercise challenges, drinking something with cayenne pepper challenges, taking diarrhea pills challenges for like 30 days with the expectation of achieving their dream body. These challenges are now everywhere. And like all diets they work for some people, and for other people not that quickly.
So I’m going to do my “challenge” a little differently. First of all it won’t be a challenge, I’m gonna call it a mission. I’m not challenging myself to do something. I’m just gonna commit to it and do it. Slowly but surely. And that’s the key. To not put yourself too much under pressure and get obsessed with losing weight. You have to define your goal. And to really want it. Not because of somebody else, but because of you. Because like L’Oreal said:You’re worth it. I feel like Jennifer Lopez now. Is she still doing that commercial?
And my goal is: to have a toned body, for the first time in my life – abs, be really vital, confident, happy and to always live in the moment.
I know I’m not going to achieve all those things in 21 days and just check them off my list. I want to achieve them and then maintain them. There’s no quick fix for anything that’s worth having.
I’ll give myself 21 days not to fulfill my goal, but to implement the habits that I need in order to achieve my goal.
Maybe I won’t get all of them day one (and I can tell you yesterday I didn’t), but I have to try. And the next day as well. The point is not to make a challenge and then return to old patterns. The point is to know that these challenges are there to make you pick up some habits that will help you achieve your goal long term.
Once you make something good a routine, don’t drop it because of someone/ or something else. We’ve all been there – whether it’s a new job, a new boyfriend, a new friend – we make sacrifices for those things/people. For example if I know that we’re having an event in a few weeks and there are still millions of things to work on, I would just buy a fat burger, a cupcake and a latte macchiato and sit in front of the computer for 15 hours. Without water and without going to pee. Instead I really have to find a balance. Do my best at work, while still eating healthy and going to the gym.
So given the goal that I have: Bar Refaeli’s body in short with all the happiness and vitality stuff I’ve defined 12 habits that I want to implement the next 21 days.
1. No more coffee.
Some say coffee is healthy, some say it’s not. Some say the health benefits of coffee start after the 6th cup. Good luck with that. What I know for sure from my experience is that coffee dehydrates my body, is too bitter for me without a load of sugar and milk, makes my skin break out and is the most addictive thing I’ve ever had to deal with in my life. I mean it could not be a good thing to have strong headaches on days when you don’t drink it. So this year I’m doing pretty good with that. I haven’t had a single cup of coffee. And I don’t even miss it. I’ve been trying to quit it for one or two years. It didn’t really have the pick-up effect on me that everyone claims it has. I could drink it and then go to sleep right away. But if I drank two cups I was starting to feel worried and nervous. I’m very thankful and happy I could get off of it and I’m gonna keep it away from me even longer.
2. Have a smoothie in the morning.
Well before I quit coffee I didn’t really have any breakfast. I would drink 2 cups of cappuccino or latte macchiato with a lot of sugar until lunch and I would be good. Then I didn’t have any fruits and almost no veggies. So what I’ve been doing instead since the beginning of the year was either drinking tea or making a smoothie that looks like Shrek in the morning. It’s very refreshing, full of fruits and vegetables and I get more vitamin C in the morning than I would’ve in one week prior to quitting coffee. Also it hydrates my body and I can decide if I’m really that hungry in the morning or not. Now I know, that I don’t really need to eat 8 pancakes for breakfast. A smoothie also does the trick.
3. Have 5-6 small portions a day. Make 2 of them a smoothie/salad.
I’m struggling with this one. And I guess I’ll keep struggling. I’m used to having coffee/no breakfast and then a big meal for lunch and a big meal for dinner. Mostly that makes me overeat and gives me stomach pains. Eating more often every 2-3 hours is supposed to speed up your metabolism. I have no experience with that, but the thing for me is that I do my exercises in the evening. So if I have a heavy lunch I can’t really move in the evening. So I simply don’t go to the gym. Instead sit at home and eat something. Or on the days, when I’m not anti social I would go eat out with other homo sapiens. Either way – not exercising. Today I’ve done good, had 4 small portions up till now and am going to pilates.
4. No more seconds.
That’s a tough one too. When I really love my food I can’t stop with one plate. Even if I’m not hungry anymore I’d go for a second. This is of course another reason for overeating and then getting cellulite on my arms. And when’s the right time to stop: when you’re still a little hungry. I’ll work on that probably the hardest.
5. Drink a lot of water.
I won’t even say why, without water we’d be dead within a week. Water is the main component of the human body so you do the math. Once my friend told me she hates water. All I thought was: this is sick. She only liked sweetened drinks and was of course a heavy weight. So drink WATER.
6. Eat until 8 pm.
This one has to become a habit. Remember how Cinderella becomes a pumpkin after midnight? Well I become a hungry obese guy stuffing his face with all the worst foods he can find in his home after 8 pm. Except I’m a girl, so a hungry obese girl. On the days when I’m not that anti social and actually go out, I eat the worst things with other homo sapiens (I have a rule against ordering a salad in a restaurant). So to quit eating 1/2 a peanut butter jar every night I’ll try to stick to this rule.
7. Mix it up: 2 days vegan, 2 days fish, the rest of the week – vegetarian
I get bored pretty easy if I have everyday the same thing. It’s okay with the smoothie – I can change them all the time, there are so many variations – green, red, orange…Delicious little vitamin bombs. But if I have to eat a steak with broccoli every day I’d go crazy. Okay I will eat veggies, I love them. And I need to have some legumes as well. I need yoghurt. I need fish. I’ll actually try to not eat meat these 21 days. And no refined sugar. Just desserts made from natural products. So having a day for everything is a good thing – you eat more diverse and you get all the good stuff from all over the food world.
8. Exercise daily.
No I won’t run 10 km, or do 30 min HIIT every day. I’m not crazy. But same as food – I’ll mix it up. One day I’ll do pilates, one day aerobics, maybe a little bit of HIIT. Pilates actually is great for every day, but for me it’s kinda boring. But I need to do it to improve my horrible posture. Even if someone has the most insanely proportionate body, if that person has my awful posture then he/she’s screwed. A bad posture makes you 10x more unattractive. Plus I’m sitting all day long. I need to move.
9. Wake up early.
This is sooo hard. Probably because I stay up until 2 in the morning I can not wake up at 7. I’m always late. With everything. But the earlier I wake up – the more time I’ll have to do the things I want during the day. And time is everything. If you did not know that until now, now you know it. And Lucy will confirm.
10. Find time to do everything you want – don’t postpone things.
This is also one of my big weaknesses – I always find excuses not to work out, not to accomplish all of my tasks at work today. For everything. Even for the things that I really want to do. I guess living in Germany made me like this. People here really take it easy – with work, with sports, with food. Not saying you have to be drastic. But you have to have some discipline. And set some higher goals than training once a week. I’ll work hard on this one.
11. Stop with the smartphone addiction.
The whole time I’m on my smart phone. I haven’t even used my computer for a long time. And if you ask me what I’m doing on this phone, I don’t really have an answer. Except for: Not much. But it’s just addictive. And it consumes a lot of my precious time. But this year it’s gotten a lot better and I’ll try to minimize it even more.
12. Write here every day.
See this one is also a big challenge for me. I said on Thursday I will start with the challenge last Friday and wanted to write here on Friday again, but I came to this just now. It really needs to get into my routine – then it’ll come easily. Otherwise this mission will crash and burn. But I won’t let it get that far.
So those are the habits I’ll work on the next 3 weeks. Wish me luck and answer me this question: What in the world is this?
Not homo sapiens, I’m telling you.