Bread and No Exercise=fat thighs and muffin top

The science of exercise is proven right once again.

I always say I do not like starving myself. I know we need to curb or quit  junk food or even just over- eating. Food is not our enemy unless we start treating it as it lol

I strongly believe in regular exercise not only because it is super good for my health but, I am more in control of how and what I eat. When we exercise our metabolism improve. I manage my eating habits very well because I know staying active will keep the centimetres away. I enjoy my pizza so every two or sometimes three months. I also sip on an appletizer or sparkled just juice drinky now and then when I get the craving lol(not very often). Hot chips and fish take away(proudly South African) is also one of my favorites. The trick is to know how to balance it. And don’t forget Exercise at least three to five times a week for 15minutes. 

Why this title?

I didn’t exercise since the Beginning of this month. My home practice pretty is much poor. The challenge I’m facing also, is the fact that I might change career paths. So much has happened and things are just crazy. I just couldn’t find the time to exercise. And we speak about eating habits… Omw! I’m off track. 

So, I weigh myself only every three months and I gained 1kg. But that’s not the issue. It’s the change around my waist and thighs. Yes ladies! It’s all the bread(white), excessive cravings for sweet stuff  like cake, tarts and chocolate aaaaah!! I told my husband I do not know where this is coming from. And believe me when I say I am not a sweet stuff lover. But I couldn’t care less, I embraced the phase hehehe. I could feel the hips and tummy started with a little fold. I kept looking at myself in the mirror to see if I’m sagging hahaha!

I didn’t mention all the wrong stuff and way I ate because I think I am too shy. All I need you to know bread is unfortunately our enemy. Especially if it is not a healthy bread and too much of it without an active lifestyle. I love my whole grain bread it is just so difficult to get my husband into that habit. When I buy me bread it often get mouldy too quick because I eat so little of it. But April was or is the month I just went on a don’t care spree and I am suffering the consequences. Last night I pulled up my socks and decided to do a short workout and I already feel better.

If you are at the beginning of your weight loss journey, please note that you need to be hard on yourself unfortunately. Getting rid of bad habits can be tuff. So you need to discipline yourself.

Set realistic Goals

Don’t be unrealistic and expect results too soon. Be patient and set a goal that’ll be suitable to your type of lifestyle. Pull up an eating plan and follow it thoroughly. Make use of imagery and put up a picture of how you want to look in three months for example. 

Make the choice

Be honest with yourself when you decide to lose weight or live more healthily. Be sure you are doing it for yourself and not people or just because fitness became the new “in-thing”. It need to come from inside. Make it personal and do it for your own good. When you make it personal it’ll be a positive to stick to your plans. 

Keep track
Make use of measuring tape and take your centimeters weekly: waist, bust, thighs, hips, biceps, and calves. Take pictures and videos of yourself to see how you are improving. It is very motivational to see your improvement like that. 

Eat Smart

I do not believe in diets. I know it works for some people and there are many good diets out there that works very good. I believe in portion management and the right amount of Nutrients required per day.

If you have a good diet plan set up by a nutritionist or else, good for you! If you are like me who do not like to be told what to eat, start finding a way that works for you. Snack healthier, exercise regularly and become a new awesome you! 

Let’s try to stay happy and healthy all the time!

I made a change again [happy face]

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New Yogi, full of ideas

Everything is going so well with the start of my business. I am busy getting all small nits and grits out of the way first. As I do not have any extra money or capital things are going a bit slower than the usual. But I am happy with how things are falling in to place.

I’m done with my first client and I am happy with what I achieved. Her goal was to shrink her waist and tone. Hoping she will continue working hard and follow my advice.

My first outdoor yoga event was successful too. We had a nice picnic too 🙂

So yes (sigh), after the holidays it’s hard work again. Getting a studio, photographer, building a client base..

I’ve found my purpose, I feel confident and content.

Yoga is just Amazing!!

Feedback from my client

Hi all!! 

I am sharing something my first client has written. I am so humbled and proud. God is so good! 

Most of you know my Journey by now. My dream is to help others, for them to become the person they want to be, to reach their fitness and health goals.

I am also happy to share with you that I have found a studio to rent to start my Yoga and Fitness business properly yay!!!

So here it goes, read my client’s feedback:

Since i started training with Mandy I immediately saw instant change in my body – this awesome change has brought a new found love and interest in fitness – I now train 3 to 5 days a week. I was the Lady that believed in strictly cardio classes at gym in order to lose weight and to see the actual number on the scale decrease. Mandy has came into my life and showed me that building lean muscle sculpts your body even though the scale is not really moving – just in two weeks of intense strength training with Mandy my old jeans fits well. She has taught me that fitness is calculated of a nutritionist diet and a well planned work out with a slight percentage of cardio. 
Most ladies neglect strength training at their own peril….Ladies muscle mass allows us to move !!! People tend to forget that muscle helps us with our day-to-day parts of life that requires strength – guys sedentary lifestyle means people are gradually becoming weaker, being with Mandy has taught me just that. 
Strength training has sculpted my arms and core – which I enjoy targeting – this was easily done by simply adding a dumbel to my crunches,once again compliments to Mandy. 
I can continue and talk all day and night long about my experience and what I have learnt thus far – to conclude all I can say is that Mandy is a excellent trainer. She is proffessional and knows what she is doing. She is motivates you and pushes you to your limits. Her advice is life changing guys …. don’t forget to check her out 🤗✔😎

Want a Lean and Toned body? Do Yoga

I am so Impressed and Excited about my transformation. Yoga was always something I had interest in from a young age. I didn’t understand it fully but, I loved the poses and doing it.

Right now, I am two months away from being a qualified yoga teacher. And I started 12 August 2017. I am stunned by the results.

I really struggled with the stubborn fat around my waist and thighs. When I started Yoga it changed in just 7days. I could feel and see the change. I am trying to do atleast three hours of Yoga every week. When I am not doing Yoga I am doing weight training at home and a few cardio and bodyweight exercises.

I can’t wait to start my Yoga Teacher career fully.

So, please do incorporate Yoga into your fitness program. It is not only good for the physical but also mentally and spiritualy. I love the fact that I can overcome so many fears.

Come and join the Yoga side of life

Will I ever be Happy with my body

I can’t understand why I always find fault with my body. I always feel the need to judge myself. If it’s not my tummy, it’s my thighs and butt.

Through all the self judging and dissatisfaction, I am proud of my progress. I must say the journey goes up and down but, I keep moving forward slowly but surely.

I am learning everyday and make it a point to improve. I believe I still need alot of work on my diet. Because I am toning and build muscle but this small layer fat is so tuff to get rid of.

I took this photo without pre-exercise(activated muscles) Lol

To get perfect ab pics I Normally exercise before hand hehehe

Starting the yoga practicing and following a proper exercise plan is working so far. I can’t wait to start with the Nutrition part of my studies as I did not have time yet… Too busy becoming a yogi hehehe

But Yay to Will power and Determination

Let’s Do Health Peeps

Mom, you have a big bum

It was a normal Monday night having a family bath. My husband and I get into the bath with our son sometimes just to have some bonding and playtime. I’m always getting out first and my son don’t like it. So, last week Monday he decided to tell me I’m having a big bum… Hmmmmm 

At first I laughed and thought it’s just because I got out but no.. He meant it. I thought okay, interesting. I asked why he think I have a big bum and the explanation was as follows: its at the bottom, your bum is suppose to be up not down. 

I honestly couldn’t stop laughing, I mean what the heck! A five year old boy, what does he know oh my word. I made such great progress with the “bums” and I am well aware it still needs a lot of work. Here my son comes and put it right into my face hehehe

Today… He looked at me smiled, and told me: “mom you must do fast exercises and it’ll work, then you will get stronger and your bum will lift. Dad’s bum is up and mine..

He clearly feels like I should really work harder. 

So yeah, more squats and leg press exercises for me. I already decided to do more of resistance workouts from Monday. 

Maybe this pic will give an idea of the buns that needs a lift Hahahaha

Transformation vs. Progress

When we undergo transformation we decide on making a change. Going into an entire new direction of a different level of effectiveness.

That’s how it works when we decide to lose weight and starting a Healthy Lifestyle. The change feels good, your body change. The way your clothes fit, the flatter tummy, the shrinking waist, all just so awesome.

Eating less, drinking more water, exercise regularly, and taking part of more activities. 

You reached your goal to lose the extra weight, to fit into your clothes and to be more active. 

Where to now….


Progress

Forward or onward movement towards a destination:  destination should not be Weight loss only

Develop towards an improved or more advanced condition: work towards maintaining and a Healthier lifestyle

We tend to repeat the Weight loss cycle, going on diets and new year resolutions. Making it so difficult to stay the weight that makes you happy by not focusing on the Right reasons and factors of a Healthy Lifestyle. It’s actually not so difficult at all.

It becomes a problem merely because we do not want to Sacrifice. We do not want to give up bad habits. To make a change in your diet for seven days feels like hell, believe me I’ve been there… And I’ve Done it! Because I wanted to achieve my goal, I wanted to see if it is true what all this Health Gurus are saying LOL 

So,

As long as you are trying, keep moving. When you fail just pick up yourself and start over. It is not a train smash, don’t be too hard on yourself and remember to be Patient. I can assure you, patience is Needed!! Fitness and Health goals can not be rushed. Be gentle with your body. Just do not stop trying and there must be Progress, you Must see and feel change.

Let’s Stay Healthy Because it is just so Awesome!!!

Keep well

MJ Armstrong



Weightloss vs. Health Journey

Last year I decided to share my weight loss story with WomensHealthMagazine. I loved the fact that they called me for a photo shoot. (I love the camera)  It was an awesome experience. The best part of it all was the fact that I wanted to get my story out there, with the idea of inspiring others.

Well, this year they shared my story in the June issue of Women’s HealthSA Magazine. 

I am so grateful and happy.

Feature in Women’sHealthMagazineSA

That’s all about my Weight Loss but, there is more to that story. 

The Journey

Through my Journey to successfully lose unwanted weight I discovered a new Me.

I’ve learnt that it is actually not that difficult to get rid of bad habits(not only bad eating habits). Everything became a challenge to me. And I am someone who like to succeed in everything I do.

I got to know myself better, I’ve discovered how sad I use to be, how I use to live to please others, how I neglected not only my Health but myself (the inner me). I always mention how I use to find comfort in a glass of red/white wine with cigarettes, it became my “god” it was so bad I use to curb my hunger by drinking alcohol to feel thin the next day, to overcome my stress and anxiety problems. It just affected my health physically and mentally.

I’ve found myself through exercise and eating healthy foods. By finding a balance in my life, to focus on what’s important to Me and not others. I sometimes wish I knew this earlier. To simply focus on the positive side of life. It is not easy as one’s fears come more to light. The ability to deal with challenges with a clear and mentally fit mind is a bonus. Not looking for short cuts but simply dealing with it the right way The Healthy Way.

The Struggle is real

I still struggle with a few issues, emotionally, mentally and physically. But I am coping and dealing with it everyday. I admit, acknowledge and then take action. The beauty of everything is, at the end of the day I come out stronger.

My favourite place: the park

The Physical FitnessI’ve mentioned before that I’ve always been skinny. But, I always dreamt of having a well toned body. My sister always made fun of my skin. I struggled with cellulite from a young age. I am talking about hard cellulite on my thighs, legs, arms, and tummy. 

Since last year when I started to exercise regularly and changed my diet I could see a change. It’s really hard work because even though I exercise that much, right now I didn’t reach my goal yet. In my blogpost “it’s not the tummy it’s the thighs”  I talk about the struggle with the thighs/legs. (Wow it’s a tuff one) I understand now why they say never skip a Leg day.

Yoga/balancing in backyard

I joined the gym recently, and I must say I love the adductor/abductor machines. And guest what? My thighs are leaner and I love them!! That’s a plus point of a gym. The resistance machines gets the body toned much quicker. The only bad thing is, I became lazy to workout at home. However, I won’t forget the fact that I could do it all by myself at home. So I decided to still do my 15 minute workouts daily at home.

First day at Gym
Side plank after gym session

I know only good can come from this journey. So far I’ve done good and have so much in mind for the future.

I will keep on dreaming, believing and Achieve with the help of God.

Locust pose

Let’s do Health