Finding a comfort zone.

We’ve fast forwarded to 2019 and here I am back again after a literal eternity, on my blog. Untouched, dusty, yet waiting for me. With blog posts only I have written, words that have crossed my mind only and spilled from my fingers onto my keyboard, here my blog, a part of me, waits. Already a few steps behind the fashion, it already needs a re-do, to be fancy and glam and back up to date.

However, today I’m not here to talk about how I’m going to re-do my blog, what I will be posting or what about, I’m sure you’ll find out yourself as the days go by. Today I’m posting about our comfort zones.

A phrase which we’ve been accustomed to dislike and one we’re always being told to leave, to jump out of, something we should leave behind in order to enable us to go further, reach higher and run faster. Do I disagree completely? No. Do I have something to say about this? I always have something to say about everything.

Whilst all or none of the above may be true about comfort zones, whilst you’re reading this on a Monday morning I want you to truly think about what is our comfort zone and why is it called this? Because to me it seems almost like it has been tainted with a black mark. Like we’re almost supposed to hate feeling comfortable with ourselves, such a paradox. When in another way, beings can only achieve great things if they are comfortable in and within themselves.

How can I achieve great things if I’m not constantly in a comfortable zone with myself? Does the phrase ‘comfort zone’ really portray what we think it means? Can we not stay there and also jump higher, reach our goals, the stars and beyond? A comfort is a comfort and yes, of course, if we take this away we are putting ourselves into an agitated state in order to push our minds, bodies and spirits to regain this back. And then what? We’re pushing it further and out the boundary again. A constant push and pull, a discipline which teaches us to take away and then self reward. Whilst in the long term there of course is nothing entirely wrong with this, I have started viewing things in another perspective.

S E L F LOVE. Is an expression in which I have taken great interest in lately and within this I have found a greater and deeper perspective of seeing things, a way of being in which you love who you are enough to want more for yourself. You are so comfortable with yourself it gives you great confidence to go and reach what you think further belongs to you and claim it as yours.

So, on this Monday morning I am pondering the link between self love, comfort zones and where we really need to be in order to reach our goals. What are your thoughts on this?

Fasting February Results

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

Știință in spatele postului intermitent.

Ți-am spus despre postul intermitent, despre ce înseamnă în postările precedente, iar in blog-ul de astăzi îți voi da o scurtă trecere peste ce spune ȘTIINȚA despre postul intermitent, cum funcționează și mai mult de ce ne este de folos.

Deci, postul intermitent vizează mai ales perioadele de 16: 8. Asta înseamnă 16 ore de post și o fereastră de 8 ore în care mancăm. Dacă nu știți ce înseamnă acest lucru, puteți citi totul despre asta pe postarea mea anterioară pe blog făcând clic aici.

Atunci când o persoană se hrănește intermitent, ei mănâncă adesea în blocul de 8 ore, lăsându-i cu cele 16 ore de post (acest lucru este, în general, cel mai frecvent tip de post intermitent – unele pot face perioade mai scurte sau mai lungi). Acest lucru face diferența între oamenii care nu urmează postul intermitent deoarece, după aproximativ 10-12 ore, au loc următoarele schimbări în corpul nostruȘ

1. Când mâncăm, de obicei depozităm energia sub formă de glicogen în ficat, totuși după 10-12 ore de post, nivelul glicogenului devine extrem de scăzut. În majoritatea cazurilor acest lucru va însemna nu numai că veți începe să simțiți senzația de foame, ci și o stare de nervozitate, termen pe care mulți dintre noi îl cunoaștem astăzi ca HANGRY(hungry + angry), dar mai important …

2. Cu puțin glicogen rămas, celulele grase din corpul tău eliberează grăsime în sânge. Grăsimea care a fost eliberată face ca ficatul să transforme această grăsime în energie pentru utilizare de către organism și chiar mai important pentru continuarea funcționării sănătoase a creierului, prin urmare, sunteți stare absolută de arderea grăsimilor pentru energie.

3. Probele de sânge arată că persoanele care au postit între 12 și 24 de ore au avut o creștere de 60% a energiei din arderea grăsimilor. Cea mai mare creștere după îregistrându-se după 18 ore.

4. Alte beneficii ale postului intermitent, în afară de arederea exclusivă a grăsimilor, o mai bună sănătate cardiovasculară și reducerea apetitului, este CETOZA.

5. Procesul de ardere a grăsimilor pentru energie prin eliberearea unor substanțe chimice numite corpuri cetonici.

6. În creierului cetonii declanșează eliberarea unei molecule importante numite BDNF.

7. Moleculele BDNF sunt responsabile pentru construirea și consolidarea neuronilor și a conexiunilor neuronale în zonele creierului responsabile de învățarea și memoria.

Deci, într-o recapitulare, postul intermitent ne pune corpul în cetoză, ceea ce ne ajută în numeroase moduri, mai mult, veți descoperi că, deși oamenii încep postul intermitent ca metodă de reducere a greutății, mulți îl adaptează ca parte a unui stil de viață, datorită celorlalte 101 beneficii ale cetozei.

Am studiat temeinic cetoza din orice unghi și voi extinde pe blog mai multe despre acest proces și de ce noi oamenii am fost făcuți pentru această practică. De ce am folosit cetoza pentru a supravietui de ani de zile si de ce ne ajuta in zilele noastre la tratarea pacientilor cu dementa, in tratarea epilepsiei la copii, pentru tratarea eczemelor de zi cu zi.

De mâine plănuiesc să încep si eu postul intermitent și să înregistrez fiecare pas nu doar pe blog aici, ci și într-un VLOG pe Youtube. Dacă există ceva specific pe care ai dori să-l întrebi despre postul intermitent, cetoza sau lucrurile pe care ai vrea să le notez, te rog să-mi dai un comentariu sau un mesaj și să-mi spui. Abia aștept să încep acest post și să văd dintr-o perspectivă personală cum imi putea afecta pozitiv și negativ viața de zi cu zi.

Sperând la cele mai bune, până atunci, pe data viitoare!

Fasting February

Hey guys! So since my last post, both my children contracted one of the worst viruses that had been going round (both better now) – we travelled to Denmark (VLOG coming soon) and now, finallyyy it’s the 1st February and I know you guys are tired of me talking about this intermittent fasting and want me to actually get some action in. SO THE DAY IS HERE. As we spoke on the previous blog posts all about this type of fasting and how it may aid in fat loss, I really wanted to see for myself.

So since 1st January, I noted down my weight on as many mornings as I remembered to weigh myself. I also noted down the amout of cardio I did everytime I did cardio. Ps. I know cardio isn’t the only weightloss option but I literally use cardio as a relaxation method amongst doing a teeeny little bit of weights, due to timing issues, total mom life. So for now #iamarunner. Below I will note down everything as I recorded and so for February I will do the exact same thing, except I will also add in intermittent fasting! I won’t change my diet plan or the gym schedule (which is by the way non-existent, I just go when I can). And from this at the end of February I’d like to do a comparison to see if by keeping everything the same in my lifestyle and simply adding in intermittent fasting, does it have an effect on fat/weight loss?

01/01 – 55.3kg

02/01 – 54.1kg

03/01  – 53.9kg

04/01 – 53.7kg – 5.15km 

05/01 – 53.5kg – 2.05km

06/01 – 53.4kg – 2.52km

08/01 – 53.5kg – 6.13km 

09/01 – 54kg – 5.08km

10/01 – 53.3kg – 3.09km

11/01 – 52.5kg – 2.53km 

12/01 – 52.7kg 

13/01 – 52.9kg – 7.3km 

14/01 – 52.2kg

16/01 – 52.9kg – 3.19km

17/01 – 52.7kg – 2.16km

20/01 – 52.6kg

21/01 – 52.5kg – 3.09km

24/01 – 52.6kg – 2.14km

31/01 – 53.2kg – 7.64km 

 

Total weight loss: 2.1kg

Total Cardio: 52.07 km

So these are the overall stats for the month of January, today is the 2nd of February so I did START with the intermittent fasting yesterday, however, of course I only managed to post on the blog today, no thanks to babies haha! I will also be vlogging about this sometime throughout the month, so don’t forget to subscribe to my youtube channel (life of a chocolate girl).

Any questions, or anything specific you’d like to know about any and all of this, just drop them down below! Catch you on the next post!

What is intermittent fasting?

You’ve heard about intermittent fasting and if you’re an old and loyal reader on the blog then you’ve also heard that I’m stepping into the world of intermittent fasting. I keep using this term but you keep asking yourself, ‘What exactly does intermittent fasting mean?’ 

Intermittent fasting is subsequently alternating between periods of eating and periods of fasting. Rather than minding what foods you it is entirely focused on when you eat these certain foods. We all fast in some way or another every time we sleep, intermittent fasting in theory is simply prolonging this fast. The most common fast which you will come across is the 16:8. This basically represents 16 hours of fasting with an 8 hour slot for eating. Over time,this fast has proven to be the most common due to the scientific research behind it (on the next blog). Studies show that the most EFFECTIVE fasts are ones which are held for a period of 16 – 18 hours. However, you will find that most or nearly everyone that intermittently fasts have always increased fasting periods gradually over time rather than throwing themselves straight into it. The smallest fasting period which can also be stated as ‘effective’ is 12 hours. Therefore a cycle of 12:12 would be the best to start on if you are a beginner.

During fasts, no food is allowed to be consumed (obviously), water, tea, coffee and any other non-alcoholic beverages are allowed. Although intermittent fasting seems like a long time without any food, our bodies adapt very quickly and if you are including your sleep time at night as your fast (which is generally the thing to do otherwise you’d be fasting twice in a 24 hour period and that would NOT be okay) – it makes it all the easier.

Alongside the most obvious benefit of intermittent fasting weight loss, other benefits are present such as fat loss, increased metabolic health, increased energy levels during the time of fasting, increased protection against disease, and the most recent studies (although not yet official) show that intermittent fasting may even help you live a little longer!

So there’s my introductory run down on the intermittent fasting definition and what it actually means, on the next blog post I’ll be writing all about the specific science behind the practise. I mean, at the end of the day, that’s basically what you guys really wanna know, right?

Are any of you intermittent fasters? Have you seen any other benefits other than those I’ve stated? Comment them to me, I’d love to know!

A Happy New Year

2017 was a year full of growth for me. My family grew as Aryana made her debut on April fools day. My waistband grew as I devoted my time being a mother and enjoyed great food and got fat. My experiences grew as I took my babies and travelled to 5 countries in 1 year. However, most importantly 2017 was the year I grew the most I’ve ever done as a person. It was the year I realised what was the most important in life, the year I delve into my soul and found myself. The year where I realised just how lucky I really am. So more than anything, at the end of this year, I am THANKFUL. Thankful for my lovely family, my wonderful friends, thankful for my health, 2 beautiful beautiful children. Thankful that I have been so BLESSED with everything I have. And counting my blessings from the water I have running freely out of my tap today – to the healthy happy children I put to bed at night. I hope all of you, my friends, despite all the ups and downs which you encounter are as happy and free at the end of this year as am I. I sincerely hope for everyone I know personally and for those I don’t that 2018 will be a year of growth, of love, of happiness and of laughter. A year full of health and satisfaction and more over a year which you can look back on with love overflowing in your heart. Happy New Year to my loved ones near and far! Love you all! 💗

Trying to find an equilibrium.

As I attempt to type out this post, I have a nearly threenager crying in his bedroom because he doesn’t want his nappy changed and a 7 month oldm trying to type out her own blog post on my keyboard. You see, the thing is, I see all these ‘insta moms’ with the perfect profile pics and the perfect cutesie kids who pose for the camera. Never missing a blog post, a workout and always religiously posting and updating their instagram. Then, there’s me, perfectly imperfect. Missing months at a time without posting on my blog, although I vow everytime, that I will post daily. I don’t even remember the last time I had a good workout, actually I don’t even remember the last time I had one hour to myself. I would say that when I sleep I do, but then again I’m a co-sleeper and a breastfeeder, so of course. That’s not to myself.

Now it may seem like I’m complaining, seriously though, I am not. I guess the only thing I’m trying to say is that whilst it may have taken my fellow insta mama’s not so long to find their daily routine, it has taken me a whole 7 months to get into the flow of things. In those 7 months, I’ve also travelled 4 countries with 2 babies. Hosted a Christening, had my toddler join a new school, and also sign myself up to school. Also a lot of amazing going on in my life. It’s been crazy going since I’ve had two children, it’s been wonderful and it’s been time consuming, moreover, it’s been magical. And although my blog currently has no ‘scope’ as one would say, it is merely some kind of online diary, which is fine by me because my blog is after all Life of a Chocolate Girl, and this after all, is my life. I am in some way finally finding some equilibrium. Thank you, my subscribers for being on this journey with me and for those of you who want to know just how hard it is getting stuff done, I’m putting my latest VLOG below. Until next time…

Reema xoxox