Sparring and photoshoots…

This is me and Fitness Instructor, William Semain during a recent photoshoot at the Sportsdock, East London. I was asked to help with the promoting and campaigns for events that takes place in the coming year 2018!

Exciting and exhilarating times ahead, as it involves my fitness and lifestyle journey.

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As much as this is an honour and great privilege to be chosen to represent my second home ( some of them will argue, it’s my first ), I really hope that I do inspire and motivate all existing and new members of the Sportsdock family to lead a healthier and happier lifestyle.

Exercising can be fun if you allow yourself to listen to your body and work with your rhythm. I know I am not a professional in this industry. But as an individual who gave myself the opportunity to embark on this fitness journey 3 years ago and have managed to lose more than 30 kilograms and build strength, stamina and confidence – I could easily be that one person that may be able to inspire you.

Like most of you, I’ve wasted so much time just pondering whether or not to get fit and lose weight. Watching those videos on YouTube of other people’s weight loss transformation did not help me lose the weight I’d gained.

Going on strict diets that were ridiculously difficult to follow – you know the one’s where you starve yourself and grab a piece of lettuce just before you head hits the ground? Yeah, that one – did not work! Managed to figure it before I damaged my head, thanks to my brain factor!

And Yes – Fat Loss Pills, Cellulite Creams and Meltaway Teas. Sigh!! A huge reduction of sums in my bank account was visible, though I’d rather seen it on my body.

So, you see. This was a debate that lasted for a few years.What changed? Was it an epiphany? Was it a heart attack or stroke threat? The fact I couldn’t walk up two flights of stairs without calling for my ancestors guidance? Did I see the light at the end of the tunnel?

No??  Yes?? Maybe…??

The above fears were not applicable to me but it could’ve been, if I didn’t be the change itself.

A lifechanging trip to Japan changed my point of view on living. They call it Ikigai – The Japanese way to lead a happier life. It begins with you and simply by leading a healthier lifestyle. No fuss. No stress.

There were no more debates. No more questions. I was doing it. Period.  I have not looked back since.

My journey is yet to reach it’s destination. I am half way there. The first half was the toughest. My body took a lot of beating. Yet it never gave up. My mind stayed strong and guided my body to keep going. The best teamwork, I think. I can’t wait to see how much progress the coming years will enable and accept me.

I hope when you make your New Years’ resolution, it’s one that you are going to keep for the rest of your lives. Because being healthy is not an option, but it’s a lifestyle, a choice. A choice to love yourself, unconditionally. It is your first home. So, if I do spend more time at the gym, it is simply because my body is my home, a temple where my soul resides. It deserves the utmost respect. All the tender, loving and care that it needs not just to survive but live a spectacular life. 

It’s not just a January to do list. Change your mindset and discipline yourself to stay focussed on your journey. 

You can not see results doing anything inconsistently. 

Take care of yourself. Let’s welcome 2018 and the coming years passionately for Health and Happiness.

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Beast mode – ON!!

Try lunge Swiss ball slams next time you’re in. Great workout not just for the thighs, also tests your balance and upper body strength. Combined with the battle rope and kettle bell – 🔥🔥🔥🔥💪💪💪 Skipping to burn belly fat and reduce body fat! This be the last day I walk, but it was WORTH IT!!

 

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Repost from my Insta – Sharlinie

Start the day with a healthy breakfast. Porridge with cinnamon, banana and water.
It’s Christmas month and there’s lots of temptation for indulgence. It’s not easy passing by aisles of mince pies, mini stollens or Yule log .. And cream 😳I know, right?!
And damn those festive flavoured Pringles! 🤣  I decided to stock my fridge with lots of vegetables and meat and fruits and eggs.

20171212_095450 So I’d make sure that there’s always something more nutritious to devour when I’m hungry and dried fruits and nuts for when I’m craving a snack. I don’t know about most people but I’m keeping it real. Christmas week I’m going to enjoy myself. But till then.. festive flavoured porridge and protein shakes will Do!

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January 2017 – 20kgs Lighter

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( I wasn’t smiling by the way, just trying not to drop it as it was heavy while the picture was taken. To think that’s the weight I lost between January 2016 to January 2017).

Just in a year, I saw myself go from fat to fit because I showed up. I made a promise to be strict and disciplined. I worked hard to achieve my fitness and health goals.

The push I needed – I wanted to change the way I aged and looked – that is healthy, live life to my fullest capabilities and enjoy it like every healthy individual.
I realised that for long-term goals, I needed a long-term plan. So I quit making yearly and monthly resolutions! This is how I created a new me! An improved version of my old self, a person who is going to live her life she was intended. I made changes, slow but steadily.

The progress came steadily and stayed with me. There are no easier ways to do it. Hard work alone can produce the results that you want to see in yourself. I did.

This is my fitness transformation. My weightloss journey.

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Fitness + Nutrition = Weightloss Journey

How did I begin this journey?

2 years ago, I had an amazing life changing opportunity to live in a country where health and well being is second only to religion.

I saw men and women above the age of 70, living their life as if they were just birthed anew. A lot of my opinion about myself changed while living here.

I am speaking of none other than the Land of the Rising Sun – Japan!  Konnichiwa!!

So, what can I possibly say about this beautiful country? The people, the culture and traditions and food – all in one word. Blessing!

I will speak about Japan in more detail in my Travel very soon. Today, it’s about their healthy lifestyle that convinced me to follow them.

First of all, the food in Japan is delicious. Due to it’s complex simplicity – I am not talking about Sushi, guys! That’s ART and SKILL!  I’m talking everyday food that they eat. Home cooked meals. Lots of vegetables. Lots of fish and the wonder of wonderful Miso soup!

Now, being born and brought up in Malaysia, if  there was one thing that I really missed the most, are the varieties of green vegetables that you cannot easily get in the UK.

I was lucky enough to stay at the Somerset Apartment in Tokyo ( located in front of the Tokyo Tower) my neighbour was Maruetsu, a supermarket. This was very exciting to me. Because I love food and love cooking. I saw myself at Maruetsu atleast 3 times a week! My favourite aisle – you guessed right – the last section, lots and lots of vegetables especially the GREEN kind, both fresh and fermented. I went mad on it! Each day was a luxury for me. I was swimming in green!

Every meal consisted of atleast 2 varieties of vegetables, kimchi, miso and a serving of fish or meat accompanied with rice. Still there was more goodness on the plate because of its fresh ingredients and it was home cooked. I soon found myself adapting really well cooking Japanese dinners – no, not Sushi or Tempura. In fact, I ate Sushi once at Ropponggi with my friends and Tempura twice, in Tokyo and Kyoto in all that 5 months I was in Japan! That’s how much home cooking I did all along the stay, which I am very proud to admit.

I enjoyed eating healthy and fell in love with the idea of my health healing. I fell in love with me.

That’s when it mused me. How much of goodness I’ve deprived myself over the years by allowing the western culture to take over my vibrant eastern culture. I am not saying western food is bad. But cream, butter, deep fried and cream and butter and deep fried.. you see where I’m going with this? Haha – Yes!!

So, I decided it was time I went back to my roots. I found my ground and this time I was going to grow, stronger and healthier. I wanted to be vibrant and colourful too, just like the food I was abundantly offered in Japan.

I ditched my poor eating habits and switched to focussing on my health. I was going to bring spice back into my life. Herb pots made its way into the kitchen.

I realised the food that are so yummy and delicious can also be healthy. I’m not saying that I ate takeaways 7 days and stuffed my face with chocolates and ice-creams before this journey began. I cooked my meals everyday and night. Yet, I was doing something wrong. I wasn’t being as active as I used to be. I allowed myself to believe that I can eat anything, any amount and so what if I’ve gained weight. It’s my body and I can do as I please. Then, it was time to change.

It was time to change that mentality. It was time I changed and renewed myself.

And as I get older, my body’s metabolism also slowed down. I was constantly reminded that I was getting older. That was depressing. It didn’t have to be that way, we can’t stop time. Because in Japan, the oldest woman who lived was a 117 years and 27 days old and I am not even half of that!

Misao Okawa was a great example of how we can always change the way we age and enable time to be in our favour. Simply by leading a healthier lifestyle – simply by LIVING!

That was the day I discovered myself- my EPIPHANY,  if you would call it that.

I’ve not given myself  2 years or 5 years from now to achieve a certain goal. Because this journey is for the rest of my life.

A complete lifestyle change was in order. I still enjoy the occassional social events and have fun. But, I never give up on my journey to health. I never forget why I started at the first place.

I lost my first 4kgs in Japan!

I came back to the UK a new person. I was confident that I will make this change permanent and I was going to follow through. I gave myself a few months to continue my Japanese adaptation of living, here in the UK.

I got a membership at my local gym.  And witnessed the loss of a whopping 22kg of weight in total ( a gradual progress no doubt),  the first year of hiring a personal trainer.

I have regained my strength. People say I look different – supposed to. All that hard work and dedication will show when you put your mind to it. Yes? YES! It does and it will.

Most importantly was how I felt on the inside not just by appearance that made me. I got my MOJO back! I am happier, I am stronger, I am fitter and healthier. I rid off the negative thoughts and negative people from my circle and life.

I focussed on my dream of becoming an Author.

I started to build better relationships with family and friends who were there for me, at all times, mostly bad times.

I enjoy talking about my weighloss journey instead of shying away from it.

Take yourself less seriously and you will succeed in everything that you work hard. I laughed at myself when I can’t skip on the rope – still can’t but I laugh because I can! I smile when I finish 2 virtual spinning classes in a go because I could’nt manage a 10 minutes bike workout before!

That is how I measured my progress. The confidence that I can now see myself in the mirror – naked. Yes, NAKED. And smile. Because I am in love with that body! That body is mine. I worked hard to see that change and I’ve put it through a lot of beating. In return, my body is showing its love to me.

All it took was the 5 months in Japan which changed my entire perspective of life and living. I never believed I could make living a healthy life a reality. Now, nothing is impossible. I have proved it to myself that I was my hardest obstacle and now I am my wisest strength.

Waking up to a new me everyday, realising that this is also part of  my ambition keeps me going. I haven’t looked back since!

Arigatou Gozaimasu, Japan! I’m forever humbled and grounded to you!

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