What I've Learned So Far in This Fitness Thing


Oh, fitness. I can't believe I'd ever get to blog about fitness like maybe one or two years ago because I've never been obsessed with fitness like I am now. Some years ago, I considered myself fit for doing yoga once a week BUT I ate everything and anything, drunk beer, wine etc. on a weekday and slept late and woke up early. 

Now -- I actually plan my workouts for the week using Guava Pass, plan my workout outfits, count my macros, lessened my sugar intake, drink water more. I now enjoy sweating cos I think I release the salt I eat and yes, it is scientifically true that sweat is indeed fat crying.

1. Eating or a well balanced diet is the key to fitness. Working out is less than 50% of it. I initially thought that the only way to lose the unwanted weight I was gaining and that I gained it in the first place because I had been living a sedentary lifestyle. What I realized was that in the last two years, I ate more food in general, ate junk food at any time I craved for it, didn't eat enough fruits and vegetables and ignored my hormonal conditions. For this particular lesson, I thank my favorite YouTube channel, Dr. Eric Berg, who talks about insulin resistance, how to eat well and maintain weight loss.

2. Working out did give me a boost of energy and lowered my sluggishness. I admit that I did feel a lot more sluggish than last year so now that I've been working out regularly {started at everyday for 1 month then transitioned to 5x a week}, I feel like I have more energy in the mornings, I don't get sleepy in the afternoons and I can sustain the day and my mood is just better overall.

3. The more I worked out, the easier it was for me to eat well. Of course, when you've struggled to complete a boxing session or deadlifted several kilos off the ground, I kinda didn't want to ruin my progress by eating cake or rice, as opposed to always eating a LOT of RICE when I was younger after every workout. 

4. I used to be scared of lifting. I didn't want to bulk up and look manly so I ran away from it. Of course, having friends who are also in fitness {whether working out or eating well}, encouraged me that lifting doesn't automatically bulk you up -- it only does when you're eating at a caloric surplus of fat and protein. At this point, I eat up to 1200 calories a day or less. Lifting have had a tremendous effect on making me stronger {I can deadlift 50 lbs, hooray!} which means I can carry our water gallon when it needs replacing LOL. I also noticed that I've lost abdominal fat faster when I lift {combined with eating healthy, avoiding sugar of course.}

5. Sugar is my enemy. Of course let me say that I can't fully avoid sugar since most fruits are also high in glycemic index but I was told by my ex OB years ago that I had PCOS but me being me, didn't ask a lot of questions and just dismissed it for a reproductive problem. What I learned about it recently that I have been experiencing gaining weight was that PCOS is a hormone problem, wherein my insulin receptors are smaller than the average human, hence, and I'm oversimplifying it, I can't properly digest sugar. This is why a lot of women who have PCOS don't lose weight as easily, some have fertility problems and some develop diabetes. I have to admit it's not an easy health problem and I don't think there are much treatments but this is my personal way of managing it for fitness purposes.

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6. Hormones are just as important as working out in fitness. Going on this fitness journey made me review the state of my health, my TSH, T4, T5 {thyroid} levels, insulin receptors, manage my insulin sensitivity. This made me gauge more or less how fast I digest and process food.  More importantly, I also learned that junk food is really junk because it's empty and our bodies have a hard time digesting them, so they only get stored in the body. Still, I allow myself to indulge in chips on special occasions like the Game of Thrones finale. I learned that in intermittent fasting, I can manage my leptin and ghrelin {hormones that makes one feel satiated and hungry, respectively}. That every time I'm hungry, it's basically a hormone that signals my brain to eat or to stop eating.

7. Most importantly, listen to your body. I used to think that feeling bloated after eating huge portions of carb-y food {I still eat carbs, but in small portions} was a good thing until I started eating healthily and I feel much lighter, I digest faster and sleep better. I have more energy and I don't feel sluggish as much.