Sunday, 15 January 2017

My Fitness Story

I guess this is a good place to start with the new direction of my blog: to tell you where I am now and how I got here in terms of fitness. I've certainly had my own ups and downs in the past years and I'm a bit nervous about publishing this. But I really want to share my story, so here it is. Enjoy!

As a child and adolescent I was a skinny little thing, who always managed to make all the doctors and nurses concerned about my weight. I didn't do it on purpose, I was just a very active kid. I think I ate like a horse but was also a picky eater. E.g. If we had fish for dinner, it had to be "pink" (also known as salmon). At the age of nine I started gymnastics. It went from a second hobby to a very serious activity, which took all of my time. I loved it, but was planning on quitting almost every year because of the team I was on at first. My mum had a better idea, and when it was physically possible, I changed teams and loved my dear hobby even more. Training got very intense and my team practiced about five to seven times a week, three hours at a time. Needless to say, when you train that much you're physically in very good condition. I even won the junior world championships with my team. 

The world of gymnastics is very aesthetic and graceful. The sport is absolutely beautiful and having it as a hobby taught me so much, such as bodycontrol, the meaning of hard work and teamwork, and how to be organized (the latter was definitely needed with the amount of practices we had). But unfortunately it comes with some downsides. For me it was so intense my puberty got delayed (happens to some girls, when they train really hard or are too skinny... I could have probably ticked both boxes). A certain shape of body was also more desired than others: tall and skinny. But not too tall, because that was also too big. I was naturally tall and slim, so personally I got very few hints on my size from anybody else, although I was actually so tall that sometimes it was wondered out loud how difficult it was to find the right place for me in our routine. I took it really well at the time but now that I think of it, I was only 2 or 3 cm taller than the next one. Slightly ridiculous.

In high school I got loads of new friends and felt like I had to put more effort into my studies just to even get through my courses, so I decided to quit gymnastics and start dancing instead. Back then I trained only once a week, which was obviously a huge difference to how much I had trained before. When I turned 19 I also joined a gym for the first time in my life. With all the knowledge and experience of training I had, it all should have probably gone very smoothly. But it didn't.

It was very different to exercise without having somebody to push you to do more or having a whole team rely on the fact that you turn up to practices, when that's what you've been used to for so many years. I didn't have time or a reason to train as much as before and as I had just turned 18, I was very excited about partying. My eating habits should have also changed after my almost professional sports "career", but I was so used to being able to eat anything and as much as I liked to that it didn't even occur to me that I might need to change that if I didn't train as much as before. The equation here is a very simple one: too much energy intake plus alcohol plus too little training equals 10 extra kilos in a very short time.

For quite some time I didn't care. I was never overweight, although the limit of being so wasn't very far away. Luckily I started realizing at some point that if I didn't change something, I would cross that limit. At this point I want to make it very clear that nowadays, despite what gymnastics taught me, I don't mind what size me or anybody else is. All shapes are beautiful, as long as you are happy. But back then I just simply wasn't comfortable in my own body and that my unhealthy lifestyle was showing badly. So I started attending fitness classes and running. I stopped drinking alcohol and, for some reason I can't remember, I decided to reduce the amount of meat I ate. It took me about 6 months and eventually my weight was back where it had been when I quit gymnastics and it has stayed there ever since.

Nowadays I'm happy with myself. I feel comfortable and healthy in my body and  I don't have to worry about what I eat or how much I exercise, because I've learned the perfect balance for myself between the two. I don't have exact goals for body transformation anymore, instead I want to sweat with a smile on my face, be strong and flexible and have a healthy heart. Fitness classes aren't just a hobby of mine, but I also instruct them myself and nothing gives me greater pleasure! Not only am I working out myself but I also have the chance to help other people do their best and experience sweating and smiling simultaneously. I also go to other instructors classes and go to the gym. I've studied physical education at university and it only confirmed my love towards fitness and working out. 

And this is how I want to continue living. My body might transform along the way, but that is  not my priority. Sweat & smile, happy & healthy. Those are my goals :)

Hope you enjoyed my fitness story. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Lots of love,
Emma xxx


Sunday, 8 January 2017

Change and Taking the Next Step

Can you guys imagine how it feels when you only have two days left of your two week holiday and you find out there's a new season of Modern Family on Netflix? 

It's a similar feeling when you remember you haven't updated your blog in ages: feels bad man! Kind of. Because truth be told, I've had a wonderfully relaxing holiday and I've been very very happy. I've spent time charging my batteries, working out, sleeping late, reading good books and all sorts of other things you do on a long holiday. I even wrote a blogpost about a week ago, which unfortunately disappeared somewhere unknown because of the weak wifi. So I'm writing another one now. Don't worry though, the first one was just as rambley as this one is probably going to be. 

There is an actual reason why I wanted to have an honest chitchat right now. It's a new year and although I made no resolutions whatsoever (I checked the ones I made last year, and had forgotten about half of them... But in my defense, I had also succeeded in many of them) I have plans for the future of this blog. It's true that my autumn was crazy busy, my new job took most of my time and resources and as the days became shorter I also had less and less energy to do anything extra after work. But I still believe that if I truly love something, I will find time for it. I for example instruct fitness classes after my day job. Do I have time for it? Not really, but I make time for it, because it's one of my favorite things to do. So I think I had a bit of a problem with my blog.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Three Things

I've seen this challenge around a lot in other blogs lately and thought it would be nice to do over here on my own one as well. If you're up for a little challenge, feel free to do this too :) The photos were taken last week when our back garden still looked like winter wonderland. Unfortunately wonderland melted away in less than a week, so I'm super glad I went and took these photos when I did. Hope you enjoy them too :)

3 things I like
Instructing fitness classes

3 things I don't like
Mean people
Washing up clothesor putting them back in my wardrobe. So instead I tend to have a floordrobe :)
Pink and red together 

3 things I did last weekend
Watched X-factor (Go Saara!!)
Took my bunny for a walk in the snow
Did a morning workout

3 things I can do
Touch my nose with my tongue
Make the bed every morning. It's a bit of an obsession.

3 things I can't do
Sewing or knitting
Play an instrument
Play playstation haha (except actually I once played a lot of Final Fantasy X... probably wouldn't know how to anymore though)

3 things I'd like to learn
Stand on my hands for more than 10 seconds
To instruct Sh'bam classes

3 things I should do
Plan lessons
Clean up the clothes on our bedroom floor
Stop picking my cuticles

3 things that stress me out
An unmade bed!!!
Our holiday in February, because we haven't decided where to spend it :D

3 things I often speak of
My fitness classes  (my snapchat is usually full of this :D)
The weather (lol how British of me)

Hope you enjoyed this little challenge and let me know if you do it too. It was honestly rather hard to think 3 things in some of the categories!

Have a lovely weekend chickpeas<3
Emma xxx

ps. I bet you tried touching your nose with your tongue earlier ;) 


Saturday, 12 November 2016

Lifesavers! - products I've used up & re-purchased

There's something very satisfactory in using a product to it's very end. That's how you know you've really loved the product and it was worth every single penny. Using a product for a really long time also makes me really sad when I finally have to throw it away. I like to cling on to the very last bits of products I love, even though I must admit using a powder that has just tiny strips of product at the edges of the container is a teeny bit frustrating and it makes you want to give up and just start a new product. But the pleasure of hitting pan is kind of multiplied when the whole bottom of the container is visible. I also have a love and hate relationship with almost used up shampoos. I have a thing for using them too to the very last drop, which often requires opening the bottle at the end, adding some water and washing your hair with diluted shampoo. Not the most pleasant way to wash your hair but I don't want to leave that last drop of product unused! It would be such a waste.

So here are a couple of things I've found worth re-purchasing.

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder

This stuff is just amazingly good. It's cheap, the shade Transparent basically suits anybody and it makes even my difficult and oily skin matte for quite some time. What more do you want from a powder? The packaging might not be the best as it doesn't come with a mirror and I almost always brake the lid at some point, so there's a big chance it might mess up your handbag if you're carrying it around. If Rimmel changes that, it would be perfection. Ofcourse, considering the cheap price, I don't want to complain too much, because the truth still is, that every time I buy a powder, this is what I go for. One container also lasts for ages! I use mine once or twice every day all around my face and I probably had the last one for a bit more than a year.

Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer

For anybody who works hard and a lot, dark undereyes aren't exactly unknown. I think I'm also genetically cursed blessed with them, so thanks Mum and/or Dad! :D Luckily the world is full of concealers and I feel even luckier that I've found this product. I bought my first Radiance Reveal concealer last January and again, the product has lasted really long. In fact up until last week so that's a good 10 months or so. The shade Ivory is the most perfect shade for covering those nasty dark circles and it truly lives up to its name and gives radiance! I find that it stays on and put really nicely too. With some concealers I feel like I look like an old lady after the day is over, because they get into  even very fine lines and exaggerate  them. That doesn't happen with this one. The product smells of watermelon, which is a small bonus but obviously not a very important quality in a concealer. I will definitely continue using this and I'm so glad i already had a back up!

Urtekram Coconut Shampoo

If you watch my Youtube channel, you might remember me mentioning this in my September favourites. The product is an absolute bargain compared to how well it works and how good it is for your hair. It's made of natural ingredients so it has nothing extra and it smells mildly, but oh so nicely, of coconut. I also love the packaging, because it's white and neat. We live in a rental apartment which has horrible, very 90's-ish yellow walls and a floor, so as I can't change them, I'm making everything else in the room white (other than that, I'm really fond of our apartment <3). The bottle is also small enough to carry around if you need to (to the gym etc).

Have you tried any of these products?
Do you have any lifesaver products? Which ones do you always re-purchase?

Hope you're all having a lovely weekend<3
Emma xxx


Friday, 28 October 2016

My weekly workouts

Today I've decided to talk to you about one of my favourite things in the whole wide world, which is by no doubt working out! I know autumn is the time to get cozy under a blanket and it's definitely another fave thing to do during this season, as I mentionet in my 5 fave autumnal things post. I could definitely spend a good few hours just doing nothing without guilt. But the reality remains that you need to exercise and I'm certain we all know why.

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