Fitness Check In #12: Finding Out What Works

I think that’s what a journey to anything is about – finding out what works for YOU. It might be a common destination, in this case, fitting into a certain dress size. Or being stronger and fitter. These also involve common denominators – food and workouts. What we eat and do very much depend on personal preference both mentally and physically. While you love fruits and vegetables, others might love meat and cheese. Foods all do the same thing. They feed and fuel your body. Well, unless you want to go into detail what roles proteins, fats and carbs play in your body. Some just love spending hours on the treadmill or running a marathon while others love hiking or climbing or pole dancing or lifting. They also do the same thing. They make your body stronger.

See where I’m going with this?

I’ve been on my own journey for a while now, and I’m STILL figuring out what works best for my body. I might love my rice and noodles and bread, but my body reacts in a way that is not to my preference. So, I have to make a decision to either to continue eating what I love and sacrifice how I want to look and feel, or choose to look and feel better but give up on certain foods I cannot consume. If you read my previous update, I told you about the ketogenic diet. I lost 2 dress sizes in the last 4 months and now I’m proceeding to a more balanced diet while maintaining my new dress size. I lost some strength so I’ll be working on that in the coming months. So yes, I’m reintroducing carbs to my diet, and training more often and my body is also reacting favorably. I am on a reverse diet, which means upping my caloric intake while maintaining my physique. It has to be done slowly and carefully, and I’m on this to fix my metabolism to reverse the effects of a low calorie restrictive diet. It’s all science, people 🙂

I find that people tend to be very judgmental on people’s diets and activities based on their own beliefs. I especially hate those who make diet a propoganda just like forcing religion down other people’s throats. Or those who make ignorant remarks so laughable that you wonder if they really believe everything they hear from strangers or read on the internet without doing their own research. Whether you are a meat eater or vegan or on a strict chocolate only diet (I made this up), you are responsible for your own health and body. If it works for you, great! You can share if others are willing to hear, but don’t put others down just to make yourself feel better. You might love running, but I really hate it. To me, it’s a very boring and tedious exercise that hurts my shins. Personal preference, remember?

We’re all on a personal journey and what works for me might not work for you (and vice versa). I share because I want you to know there are these options available if you’re interested, and this includes makeup and skincare as well. Don’t take anyone’s words as gospel, and that includes ALL bloggers or anyone you follow because they are NOT YOU. You might admire them, they might sound very honest and trustworthy, but still, who are they, really? Do you know your best friend’s deepest darkest secret? You THINK you do, but really? Just trying to prove a point here. Remember that YOU are the one who decides what’s best for yourself because you’re the only one in the world who knows you 100%. Trust yourself and take responsibility for yourself.

I just went off tangent there, but oh well. I’m still learning how to write properly 😉

Have a great weekend everybody!

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

  • Great post Lily! Its so true how we have to find whats right for ourselves. My sports is swimming, and before I was pregnant I’d also do a bit of jogging, and now matter how hard I try, I don’t seem to be interested to do other sports and it doesnt matter because lots of swimming works perfectly fine for me. There’s also nothing I hate more than going ingredient shopping and the shop assistants start telling me I shouldn’t eat sugar, don’t drink milk blablabla…Hey whatever, it might work for them but it doesn’t for me. They don’t know either that I have studied nutrition for a few years at uni, so I have a mind of my own when it comes to what I think is healthy for me. And don’t get me started with cosmetic shopping, lol…
    So great that you’re finding what works for you in every step of your fitness journey, and its true as you achieve one goal and another what you have to do changes too.

    • Lily

      Yes, depending on the stage in our life, and what we want, we HAVE to change. That’s what life is about anyway. I used to enjoy swimming until my skin got too dry from the chlorine 🙁

      • Hey you have a point about the chlorine, in my case I think thats why my hair is always in an atrocious state!

  • Amen to this, Lily, you are right on all accounts. My metabolism has finally slowed down for real and doesn’t matter how much yoga I do, I can’t snack all day long anymore. Hubby and I invested in BowFlex 5 and I’m slowly introducing cardio back into my life. My first 5 minutes on that damn thing almost killed me…

    It’s very hard for me to give up food or go on a diet, I watched my mum hopping from one diet to another while growing up and I really detested it. I try to cook healthier these days, in particular using less oil, almost no deep fried with lots of vegetables and fruits.

    • Lily

      I don’t believe in one size fits all kinda things. So, for us individuals, there will be different solutions. And even for ourselves, there will be multiple solutions to be used at different times 🙂

  • Glad you found something that works for you Lily! You go girl!

    • Lily

      Thanks Tracy!

  • Petrina Chin Woo

    Great post Lily! So right – ppl just don’t know how to scroll past when they have nothing nice to say anymore these days. I love reading your fitness posts so keep them up 🙂

    • Lily

      Thanks Petrina. I think that’s what many people still need to learn – when to keep quiet. LOL!