Fasting February Results

Diet & Fitness

Hello, hello, welcome to March. I would love to say welcome to SPRING, buuut I have seen that all over Europe we are very much still stuck in snow, so spring will have to wait. However, for my fellow followers, the 1st of March signified something else…it signified the end of fasting February, and with that the RESULTS! If you’re new to the blog, then click HERE to catch up and to know all about what I’m talking about.

So below I will put my results of my DAILY weigh in’s, so you can see how much they differ, and YES, they vary a lot. HOWEVER, you will also see that I did indeed lose weight, which is great! I will not be posting in this specific blog post all about how I found it and the other questions, I actually would like to ask you guys on insta to send in all the questions, to which I will then do an accompanying BLOG POST VLOG. All about intermittent fasting, the pros and cons etc. etc. If  you don’t already follow me on insta, then go follow me @lifeofachocolategirl because I’m doing a different challenge for March, and always posting my daily updates on my insta stories of course of all the weird stuff I’m doing!

FEBRUARY WEIGH INS + CARDIO

01/02 – 53.3kg – 2.64km – 10.5 hours

02/02 – 53.2kg – 5.80km – 13 hours

03/02 – 53.1kg – 2.61km – 9.5 hours

04/02 – 53.8kg – 12 hours

05/02 –  Sick – 13 hours

06/02 – 51.9kg – 9.5hours

07/02 – 51.7kg – 2.06 – 12 hours 

08/02 – 51.6kg – 12 hours 

09/02 – 51.3kg – 7.53 – 7 hours 

10/02 – 51.9kg – 10.5 hours

11/02 – 51.1kg – 13 hours

12/02 – 51.1kg – 3km- 9 hours

13/02 – 51.6kg – 5.65 –  10 hours

14/02 – 51.9kg – 14 hours

15/02 – 51.2kg – 3km – 12 hours

16/02 – 51.8kg – 10 hours

17/02 – 51.4kg – 12 hours

18/02 – 51.3kg – 8 hours

19/02 – 51.7kg – no fasting 

20/02 – 51.9kg – 2km – no fasting 

21/02 – 51.5kg – 9.6km – 12 hours

22/02 – 51.1kg – 1km – 12 hours 

23/02 – 51.2kg – 2.88km – 9 hours 

24/02 – 51.8kg – no fasting

25/02 – 52.4kg – 3km – no fasting

26/02 – 52.2kg – 12 hours

27/02 – 51.6kg – 12 hours 

28/02 – 50.8kg – 3.08 – 12  hours 

Cardio total: 44.25Km Weight loss total: 2.5kg

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3 reasons why the ‘baby weight’ is harder to lose the second time round.

Diet & Fitness, Lifestyle, Mama and Me

You've probably heard from your friends and family, or you're probably living this right now, it's something you're sure wouldn't happen and lo and behold it IS happening to you. You are just not seemingly able to lose the baby weight this second time round.

Unfortunately this is happening to me too. I seem to go in cycles of finally managing to lose a couple of pounds, only to pile it STRAIGHT BACK a couple of weeks later. I find that as I'm nearing the 4 month marker I've started wondering to myself if I EVER will get back to the way I was or if I'm alwayd going to remain 8lbs+ my pre-pregnancy weight. What makes it worse is that I keep comparing myself to my first pregnancy and how I lost the weight quicker that time round, finding that the more I compare myself, the more frustrated I was getting. Then at some point I snapped out if it and I really thought to myself. 'Hang on, if I lost it the first time round, then surely I'm doing something different or wrong which means I am not losing it the second time round.' And there was my answer. I was doing something different. NOT wrong, but different. Not only did this revelation ease my impatience, it also opened my eyes to the fact that maybe we should just stop comparing. If you aren't losing your baby weight the second, third and fourth time, then for sure you're doing something different too. Below I'm going to list the differences and why, they're actually real reasons. 

1. It's your second (or more) birth: 

2. We have less time and so we are eating more: 

3. Getting to the gym is harder: A personal one for me, I find that with two children, getting to the gym is MUCH HARDER than it was getting there with my first. I mean after spending the whole day with my first, daddy would walk through the door after work, I'd put him on baby duty and run to the gym, not a feeling of guilt in my soul as this was my hour. However, having two babies it goes something like this. Stay with the baby the whole day, daddy walks through the door with first child (he's been to nursery all day). I obviously choose to spend my evenings with him doing something fun rather than running off to the gym as he's already been away for 8 hours and I'm not wasting my few precious hours that I could have with him, sweating it out in the gym. #sorrynotsorry

So literally, there you go, 3 legit reasons why I cannot get back to my pre-pregnancy weight as fast as I did after my first & also 3 reasons why it doesn't even matter anymore. Life is different, the circumstances are different. I'm a mama, just like you, doing it all alone. So let's not be too hard on ourselves and of course, try and make the healthier choices when we can, have patience and slowly but surely everything will fall into place. 

Supplements whilst pregnant and breastfeeding.

Diet & Fitness, Lifestyle, Mama and Me

A question I have been asked a lot during both my first and second pregnancies and during my time breastfeeding after, is, is it safe for me to take protein powder? Do I take/use any other supplements during these precious times. It is at this point where my answer is always, ‘yes and no.’ The lines surrounding this subject are very important especially as it concerns the health of a baby, therefore, if you are thinking of taking protein and or supplements, it is important to know the ‘rules’ as well as how, when and how much is safe to use. On this blog post I will outline the basic – yes and no’s to what can be taken and what is a no go, however, I will be also uploading a VLOG, so that I can expand and talk about in more detail what supplements I take, what stages I take them and most importantly why I take them.

Prenatal Supplements: YES. Prenatal supplements are extremely important to take during pregnancy, even if you have a healthy diet and lifestyle, a prenatal will help cover any bits missed when it comes to getting a full dose of essential vitamins and minerals that you will need to take care of yourself and your growing baby. On another note, whilt breastfeeding many women choose to just continue with their prenatal vitamin, however, experts suggest that it is actually important breastfeeding mother make the transition from a prenatal vitamin to a postnatal vitamin. This is due to the fact that whilst nursing, the nutritional needs of a mother and baby are different to those of a pregnant woman and that certain vitamins are needed in different quantities such as Vitamin D.

Iron Supplements: YES. Many woman after giving birth are temporarily anaemic due to the massive blood loss. Iron supplementation is very important for some new mothers, yet maybe not as important for others, this widely varies from mother to mother, their birth stories and their general diets. One group of mothers it is important for regardless are those who have had a c-section, as iron supplementation is extremely important for the post operation recovery.

Probiotics: YES. During pregnancy the hormone oestrogen slows down everything that is happening within our digestive tracts, leading many mothers to continue to suffer even after birth constipation, wind, stomach cramps etc. Probiotics help to maintain a healthy digestive tract over the long run and results can be seen even from the first few days of taking them. Depending on the specific probiotic, most are safe for use during breastfeeding and even have been proven to help with maintaining a healthy digestive tract for baby too. No more colic! Although when buying an over the counter probiotic make sure to verify that it is indeed BREASTFEEDING SAFE before buying. 

Protein Powder: YES and NO. When it comes to protein powder it can be a red flag on whether you take it or not. Here it is important to understand how protein powder functions to help us and know how the other added artifical substances can harm/cause damage to our growing babies. There are also so many other factors that vary depending on age of baby, stage of pregnancy and the mother herself. I will expand more in detail on my upcoming VLOG on what type of proteins are okay and what types are a NO – GO. 

 

BCAA’s: NO. The term BCAA is short for ‘branched chain amino acids’. In short they are just basic protein building blocks for our body, so you may wonder, why not for a growing foetus? In general high levels of BCAA in children under 12 years of age have shown to cause mental retardation and brain damage, an unborn foetus or nursing child can inadvertently consume extra levels of BCAA through any kind of nutrition passed from the mother to the child during the pregnancy or nursing stages. This is why it has become a general rule for medical professionals to recommend that women who are pregnant or nursing not take any kind of BCAA supplement. It’s better to play it safe than sorry. 

Fat Burning Supplements: NO. Fat burning supplements usually are just made using a stimulant or a combination of stimulants in order to increase our metabollic rate, thus causing us to burn fat easier/quicker. If you have been pregnant or nursing before, you will know even every day stimulants such as caffeine has to be restricted during these sensitive periods of time. Why? Everything we consume, our child does too and if the effect of a stimulant can have such an impact on our body then inadvertantly it would be like giving crack cocaine to your child. So that is a definite no. 

L – Carnitine: YES. Whilst there is not enough research of L-carnitine use during pregnancy, it is better to be on the safe side and to not use it, however, during breastfeeding reseach has shown that it can help a mother bring her energy levels up during this time where a lot of energy consumption goes into making milk. Moreover research has also shown that small amounts of L-carnitine have had no side effects in nursing babies, yet large amounts of L-carnitine use has still not been researched. It can therefore be concluded that l-carnitine in moderation and at smaller doses is safe to take during breastfeeding. 


 

Finding a new Niche

Diet & Fitness, Lifestyle

Niche: A comfortable or suitable position in life or employment.

Why have I started this post with a definition? Because metaphorically I am looking for one. Since having my second wonderful addition to my family, I have found that now, more than ever I have somewhat become lost. Lost in myself. Don’t misunderstand me, I  L O V E  being a mommy, every single second and everything else that comes with it, however, as I have written before, it is important to not let motherhood purely become your identity, as it’s from there I have learnt and seen in other people, things have started going wrong. It is important to never forget who YOU are, what you love and what you are passionate about.

aside from being extremely passionate about my wonderful family and my children am passionate about many weird, wild and wonderful things, yet lately I find I do nearly none of them. Not because anyone is stopping me, but somehow because I seem to subconsciously make a choice to not do so otherwise I am sure I will feel a guilt for doing something for me#motherhood #fatherhood #iknowmyhubbyfeelsthesameway. 

Another reason to why I’m not doing things I love (including my husband) #sorrynotsorry is because as a new mother to 2 little wonders, one being a toddler and the other being a newborn it is so hard to find the time. WE hate leaving our children with other people, it just doesn’t feel right to do so, as until today I never really felt I could trust anyone with my children.

So where does that leave me? 

  • feeling sometimes sad & frustrated, followed by guilt because actually my life isn’t all that bad and I have a wonderful family.
  • feeling unhappy with the way I look because it’s been 6 months since I last saw the interior of a gym.
  • feeling like I’m room mates with my husband because we’re so busy we forget that finding time for each other is important too.
  • feeling as though I’ll never be passionate about anything except for my children ever again.

Then suddenly, like a ray of light, I woke up, I or maybe I should say we – finally got the chance to speak about it and realised this wasn’t what we wanted. Sure we’re doing a great job as parents (or so I hope we are), sure we work hard, bringing money in, keeping a clean house, raising a healthy, happy, family. But what about us? What shall we do for ourselves. You see the problem here is the possibility. Let’s take simply TWO things I love which I managed to maintain with my new SAHM lifestyle the last time I was on maternity leave. I loved the gym and then it was something I would really connect with my husband about, we’d swap gym stories at the end of a long day, evem though we almost rarely/never got the chance to go together since having a baby. Nowadays I don’t get the time to go to the gym. I can make the time e.g. get up at 5.30am, I am truly that dedicated, yet for some reason in Romania I can’t find a gym that opens early enough for me to get there and grab a quick workout whilst baby is sleeping. Then at the end of the night it’s almost like we are so separate we rarely had anything left to talk about. Of course, love prevails all, so we decided to find something new. 

Find a new niche, a new passion that we both share and that we can both carry out alongside raising alone (alone together) two babies. So we did! We actually found not one, but two activities that we will start this week and they go hand in hand. We hope we’ll be taking them far. Being amateurs together should be a fun journey and I hope that in a year from now I will be progressing and excelling as I imagine. I cannot wait to share with you, my beloved readers, on my beloved blog my new found passions. Everytime I put something before writing a blog post, I miss it. It’s my outlet and I love to write to you, yet for some reason I never was making time. However, I will – and I will be posting pictures soon of everything new I’m upto and onto this new journey in fitness that I’m embarking on!

With Love, 

Reema

X O X O X 

 

Week 19 + Workout

The Pregnancy Diaries

This week marks a super important week during the pregnancy (I ironically say, as I know, I know EVERY week is important during pregnancy). However, this week is one of my favourites as remember all that food you ate last week? Well hopefully it was as nutritional as you could manage because this week baby needs all that excess energy to develop his/her SENSORY SKILLS! What does this mean? This means that baby’s brain is designating specialised areas for touch, taste, hearing, vision and smell. Research suggests that baby can actually begin to hear our voices round about this week, so don’t be shy to read, speak or sing to baby – during my first pregnancy I found this an extremely embarrasing thing to do for some reason, even when I was alone, so didn’t do it much. However this pregnancy as I already have a toddler, I am forever singing baby songs, reading baby books etc. etc. so I sure hope my little one is hearing it all in there too!

Below is my (sciatic)  workout. I don’t believe what I do at the gym can be called workout anymore due to the fact that I barely do anything from the back pain (pregnancy for you), however, as I still documented it, I’ll just write it down anyways so that you guys can see what I did, however after these poor performances, I seriously considered taking a looong break from the gym until my back healed a little!

10 mins cardio – 41 calories

20 reps x 4 sets double bicep curls 

10 mins cardio 

20 reps x 4 sets adductor

10 mins walking 

Oblique side bends 10 reps each side x 4 sets 

10 mins running 



Exercise during Pregnancy

Diet & Fitness, The Pregnancy Diaries

It is a common misconception that during the 9 months of pregnancy, exercise is not allowed, or that it even can be dangerous to a pregnancy. As long as your pregnancy is a healthy pregnancy (and if you are concerned about a work-out affecting your pregnancy then please seek medical advice) then exercise is most probably one of the most beneficial things you can do throughout your pregnancy – even if you have never exercised before! Pregnancy is a great time to begin and heres why…

 

1. Fights Fatigue

Fatigue, one of the most common symptoms of pregnancy (I mean you are making another human here, if that’s not tiring, then I don’t know what is!). Starting as early as 4 weeks and for some lasting right up until week 40 the chronic, intense tiredness can be a true downer on a daily basis. Already well known to be a fighter of fatigue, new research shows that the cure may be as simple as doing a small amount of exercise every day (even if it is the last thing you feel like doing). Even better, new research shows the best type of exercise to combat fatigue is low – intensity exercise. So if pregnancy fatigue has hit you hard and you really don’t feel like a torturing workout at the gym, it actually can be as simple as lacing up your trainers and going for a walk round the block! 

2. Prepares you both mentally and physically for birth

Having strong muscles can greatly ease labour and delivery, why? The strength helps them to push the baby out more effectively. Being able to manage your breathing, having a healthy heart etc. all plays a massive role in pain endurance during labour and in the case of a long labour (hopefully not the case) exercise massively aids by teaching the body pain endurance. In other words, a stronger, fitter, pregnancy equals to a stronger, fitter woman during labour.

3. Bowel Movements

A really unspoken, yet ever so common (and ever so uncomfortable) symptom of pregnancy is constipation. Exercise increases movement in the intestines, therefore increasing bowel movements. 

4. Relieves the aches and pains

A pregnant woman’s body is growing another human, and alongside that other human, with all the other extra baggage, like the placenta, amniotic fluid, increased blood volume, totals to a minimum of an extra 10kg of weight that her body has to carry around with her. In turn, this extra strain can cause all types of aches and pains, especially the back. Exercise increases the strength and posture of the back,  butt and thighs by toning them up, making carrying that little baby love around just that much easier!

5. Activating that lubricating fluid

Due to hormonal changes the joints throughout the body become much looser which in turn may cause joint ‘wear and tear’. Exercising helps activate the lubricating fluid in the joints, keeping them in tip top shape!

6. Promotes a healthy weight gain

Exercising during pregnancy ensures that less fat weight is gained. With less excess fat gained during the period of pregnancy it means that post birth you can be on your way to getting that pre-pregnancy body back much quicker than if you hadn’t exercised at all!

Changes for tomorrow!

Lifestyle

How often do we really think about the health of our future? By future, I mean thed next 10 years ahead of us. D0 we ever think about how today’s actions will affect us come a decade? I dont think I ever did. Then all of a sudden I started realising how time flies and how the last 10 years have just flown by so quickly. Some memories feeling like they were only yesterday and some feeling like a whisper of smoke. The more I thought about it the more I realised that there are some small changes that we could make today (even if we don’t feel like they affect our every day) in order to have a healthier, happier tomorrow. So down below I’m linking the changes I’ve made or I plan on making in my 20’s in order to have a healthier 30’s. 

Enjoy the video! And comment below the changes  y o u  are making for your future!

O X O X O

Working out without music?

Diet & Fitness, Uncategorized

Good morning Chocolate lovers! I have SO MUCH work on the agenda today, but before all that I’m going to the gym today to work off all this stress and tension!

Headphones I N – Music U P – Game O N 

Oh and here’s a little video for you, on why I DON’T work out without music, I mean, do you? 😉

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

ps.comment me some new music for my playlist, I want to make a playlist purely out of suggestions and see what I end up with- just a little creative idea, and YES I will be doing a video!

OXOXO

 

Short & Wonderful

Lifestyle

It’s a shorter week over here in Romania as yesterday was a religious holiday. So this week will be short (4 days until the weekend, yay!) But in these 4 days I’ve got a lot of catching up to do – I’ll let you know about my last week in a later blog post. So, all the work I didn’t manage to do last week, I have to fit it in this week and fit it in, in 4 days!

So let’s kick some a** this week & make it a short and wonderful week.

But even before all that, coffee first, of course ❤

Wishing all you chocolate lovers a productive day and a kick-ass week.

OXOXOX

Positivity ✨

Lifestyle, Uncategorized

Goooood morning my chocolate lovers, so there’s a saying that goes ‘Either you run the day, or the day runs you’. I like to run my day, so I start it  P O S I T I V E. How do you like to start yours?

Kisses and a great day my chocolate lovers!!