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

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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

 

 

 

 

When love isn’t enough.

‘Love is all you need.’ – We commonly grow with this idea that especially where marriage/ partnership/ couple life, is concerned, then love is the answer to everything. In the general sense this is true, if you truly love each other then you’ll get through everything. In another sense this is false. Many of us innocently don’t seem to notice or realise that when falling in love we put so much effort in order to show the other half that we love them, yet when we’ve completed a ‘formality’ e.g. getting married, we forget to put in the effort or we believe that now we are one, surely that is it and we are set for life. Nothing could be more false than this.

I found myself slowly turning from the wife to the room mate. After 2 children, my husband working a hard job and almost 0 help from any exterior resources we found that although our love never died and we still love each other dearly, the spark was fading. We no longer did the intimate things couples do, we no longer took showers together or ate dinners together. We no longer baked together, talked until late hours of the night whilst drinking a glass of wine together (I like sweet, he likes dry and we always used to dispute over which we would drink). We lived in denial like this for maybe a year, slowly, slowly, fading apart, until we were merely co-habiting together. We always messaged each other and kissed each other goodbye, I’m not sure if we were in denial or we both just purely didn’t realise, until the revelation came.

A Saturday morning we went to central park for an ice cream, my daughter was snoozing in her sling whilst my son was playing on the slides with some friends he’d made – he no longer needs or wants us to play or our assistance on things at the park. My husband suggested that we sit on a bench whilst he played and so we did. After we’d sat down I realized that we’d sat so far apart we could have been strangers, even stranger we made NO conversation. I was watching the children play around me, absent mindedly checking my phone and so was he. To my dismay tears bit the back of my eyes as I realised we really didn’t know what to say to each other, we’d forgotten how to make a conversation concentrated on us, unless it was about the children or our plans for the day or something routinal. I think at this point realisation had hit him too as in our awkward silence we fidgeted, each one waiting for the other to speak first.

Anyways, the awkward silence was never broken by one of us, but my son, as we continued our day, I had no idea what was going on in his mind, I mean I didn’t feel like I really knew him anymore, but I knew that I felt heartbroken and full of despair for the rest of the day. Now you see, this is the part where I say it’s love that does truly only matter, he must have been feeling my vibe and my energy or he must have felt the same way as that evening two glasses of wine were waiting for me on the table after the babies had been put to bed. We spoke, we spoke and we spoke. We spoke about all the things that had led us up to this, we spoke about all the changes we had to make and we spoke about how we never dated anymore.

I realised at this point that you should never take it for granted that you’re married or in a long term relationship, you should always treat the person and show them hoe you feel, because we may never know where we’ll be tomorrow, yet we should make the present day a beautiful one, one full of love, it is important to prioritize yourself and your love sometimes, no matter how busy life can get. So from that evening we made a promise to each other. We promised that even if we didn’t get to go out anymore we’d at least do something we loved together at home at least once a week, whatever that may be. It’s important to love, laugh and have fun with your other half, it’s important to reignite the fire every once in a while. It’s important to put the effort in letting them know that you love them. 

So as my mid – week wish to my readers, tell the person you love that you love them, kiss them and enjoy them. Work, money, material and responsibilities are of course important in our lives, yet at the end of the day what is more important when we are old is the sweet memories we will make with our loved ones. Enjoy the rest of your week and don’t forget to enjoy it with your favourite person too, because you know, sometimes, just loving, just ain’t always enough…
                 ⭕️❌⭕️❌⭕️❌⭕️❌

 

 

The 10 Truths about the ‘Mom Tum’ 

Some of us in this world can give birth and within the shortest space of time can go back to looking like they never really just spent 9 months housing a tiny human being rent free. However, majority of mothers don’t seem to escape the reminders so easily and are left with marks that may make us feel as though we are the only ones who have them, when in reality, a majority of our fellow mothers feel the same way and have them too. I definitely was hit hard with the ‘mum tum’ the second time round and so I decided to write and share my 10 truths in case you share them too. 

  1. Your muscles post- partum have adapted to the pregnancy shape, so that you always look like you have a 4 month pregnancy bump, even if you’ve lost a ton of weight.  
  2. Stretch marks – they’re there and even though somehow if you didn’t notice them whilst you were pregnant, they’re still there. 
  3. Extra Skin – literally just ‘hanging there’. 
  4. Even if you have a flat tummy in the morning, after you eat you tend to look bloated and rounded out. This is due to the muscles not being as strong as they were pre-pregnancy. 
  5. Your stomach is darker than the rest of your body – if you are Caucasian or any other light skinned origin then this isn’t such a major issue and for most, not even noticeable. On the other hand, if you’re dark skinned like me, or even darker than it makes a massive difference from our darker pigment all collected together in our excess skin. 
  6. You’re still sporting you’re linea neagra, this almost always fades away however straight after birth it still sticks around for a bit. 
  7. Depending on how big your bump grew or what your belly button was like before, chances are you belly button is ‘bigger’ an ‘outie’ now or there is some considerate change. Most people generally have their belly buttons go back to normal after a while, however few people don’t. (Mine definitely changed after my first pregnancy and was bigger)
  8. If you’ve had a c-section, you may have an overhang, a dip (not everyone has these) but also a scar. Within a year most c-section scars are pencil thin, however some may end up thicker.
  9. Hairy Belly – some ladies grow hair on their bey during pregnancy, it can’t really be seen during the time of pregnancy however after baby is out and all the skin collects, you find that you have a hairy, floppy belly. Attractive right? But not to worry, it will fall out and not grow back again, or if you can’t wait until then, then you can shave it off like I did. (Shaved once and it never grew back). 
  10. Although sometimes you find yourself wishing you had your old abs back, nearly all the time all these changes fade away and in the end even if you don’t look exactly the same as you did pre-pregnancy you won’t really mind that you went through all these changes because in the end, it was all so worth it. 

    Finding a new Niche

    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 

     

    Turning 24 

    This year I turned 24. Somehow I’m still in shock that I’m so ‘old’ on another part I feel as though 24 resembles the end of an ‘era’ to me. I looked back on my birthday and thought of the things that I had accomplished. So far, my family. A happily married mommy of 2 with a dog, a happy home and my lovely car. Material + Emotional achievements. Now from 24 onwards my wishes are to continue being just as happy, to raise my two children to my best ability and most importantly moving onto new things career and education wise. I think for now I have finished with the children and family part of my life and whilst enjoying my housewife/mom life stage I have begun to wonder what I will do next. I have no idea where life will take me, or upon which path I will stumble, for now I will just go with the wind and enjoy the journey.

     Here are a few snaps from my birthday, celebrated intimately at home where everything was done all and completely by my dear mother.