Weight loss and statistics

I’m a huge fan of Google Trends, and one thing I recently stumbled upon are the stats on how and when people research the phrase “weight loss” on Google. The graph below shows the phrase’s trend pattern in the last ten years.
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How crazy is this graph? Every deep drop is right around December, and every steep incline is January. Literally, every single one, year after year. It’s crazy to think how much “New Year’s Resolutions” impact us as human beings.

Next, I compared the phrases “diet” and “weight loss”, and got a similar outcome.

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Interest drops in December, when people are surrounded by food, peaks in January when they’ve overeaten for a month, and then peaks again slightly in May, right before summer season where it plateaus for a couple of months before dropping again.

Just goes to show, we as humans, are pretty darn predictable.

Until next time,
PositivelyCurvy

 

 

 

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Get out of my face.

I am so upset.

Hear me out, I had a great morning. I woke up at 7 without an alarm, I did a 10 minute guided meditation (which was based on body love and acceptance), I went to the gym at 9 am, and I just got home at 10:45. I had a pretty good workout, and after all of this I should be thrilled – yet I’m beyond annoyed.

Upon finishing my cool-down cardio, I headed into the locker room to grab all my stuff and get ready to head home. In the locker room there are two women in their thirties having a chat, so I politely walk around them (minding my own damn business) and start packing my stuff away. Next thing I hear is that the one lady says, “Yeah, I used to look like this girl but now I lost 10 kg (18lbs)”. I immediately turn around and they’re both looking at me, to which I absolutely lose it. It took me a while to say something. I’m usually pretty quiet and I tend to avoid conflict because I don’t need unnecessary negativity in my day.

While I was gathering my thoughts and packing up the rest of my bag she starts saying “Oh, but I have the perfect diet and it works so quick and-” to which I cut her off with “Great, I’m so happy that you lost 18 lbs, but I’ve lost 60lbs and I don’t need to hear about your diet”.

Her jaw dropped a bit, she immediately got embarrassed and said “great job” and whatnot. I walked out with a smile and said goodbye to which they both tried to act casual and say bye back. What the heck was the point of that conversation? She literally body-shamed me to make herself look good. What, was I supposed to look at her body and think to myself that I, too, could look like that one day? Right.

I work on my body and my health every day. I don’t do crash diets, I nourish it, I work out 5 times a week, and I’m pretty set with my lifestyle. I’m so fed up with insecure women that will literally do anything to make themselves feel better. She doesn’t know anything about me, not even my name. Maybe I have an illness that made me put on weight, and maybe I’ve worked harder than she has her whole life, to lose the weight that I’ve lost.

I’m about to make myself a protein-packed post-workout meal. You, pathetic lady, can take your crash diet get out of my face asap.

Clearly fed-up,
PositivelyCurvy

 

How to [stick to and get through] Ideal Protein

I know you might be thinking, what makes this girl so qualified to talk about low carb diets? Has she lost 100+ lbs? Is she some huge success story? And you know what? I’m here to tell you that no, I have not lost copious amounts of weight, and I’m actually still on the diet itself. I’m making my way through my journey, day by day, bite by bite. What I do have though, is experience – and if you’re looking to start a diet such as Ideal Protein, Axodiet, Eurodiet, Protekal, etc (depending on where in the world you are), or if you’re simply in a rut – I’m here to share my experiences with you.

I learned about Ideal Protein while I was living in the US, and I had met a few people that had amazing results from it. I’ve never ever (ever) been a fan of diets, so as exciting as Ideal Protein seemed, I was also dreading it from the start. To clear this up, my eating habits are generally fairly healthy. The problem I have is that my body creates (or used to create) nine times the amount of insulin it needs. This is scary for many reasons, but mostly because once your insulin runs out, it’s out – and that’s it. The other reason my insulin spikes were unfortunate was because whenever I would manage to lose weight by diet and exercise, I would always regain it back almost immediately. These were the moments that I would lose all hope and give up, stuff my face with junk food for a period of time, and walk away from the experience both unhappy and disappointed.

I decided to give Ideal Protein a go in July of 2015. I was determined and pushed through two months of the program, losing about 25 lbs in the process. At that point in time I was living with my boyfriend, and temptation was everywhere but I was sure that this would be the last diet I would ever be on. Fast forward to September, things happened (quickly) and I was on my way from Wisconsin to Brussels, Belgium. I abruptly stopped the Ideal Protein diet (I didn’t phase out – bad idea), and went on to indulge in everything Belgium has to offer: Waffles, Fries, Chocolate and Beer (all capitalized for their holiness). In about two months, I gained back 15 of the 25 lbs I had lost and I was miserable. All of the determination I had built up beforehand got lost along the way, and if you know me, you know that I’m not a quitter. I researched and researched, and found an identical diet here called Axodiet. I started this diet on January 5th, 2016, a month and a week ago. I am currently down 20 lbs from that mark (so technically 35lbs down from the summer, and nearly 55 lbs down from my heaviest). This results are coming along twice as fast now, and I will happily share what I’m doing differently.

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Let’s talk about the first few days on these diets, because they’re truly horrible. The night before I started my diet I had my parting meal, which consisted of a piece of baguette and Nutella. Don’t ask why, I wouldn’t know how to answer. I started my new life the next morning, and while the first few hours were fine, at around 1pm I found myself in bed with the worst migraine of my life. Going from Nutella to absolutely no sugar was a huge shock to my body. The migraines lasted about 48 hours, and they were accompanied by emotional breakdowns. Something I later learned was the fact that there are hormones in your fat cells and during the process of entering ketosis, your body releases them and goes absolutely nuts. I cried a lot and said that I was going to quit this diet – but I never did. Once these few days are over, you drop a large amount of weight (mainly water and some fat), but oh my goodness does it feel amazing. This is the moment you get hooked and decide that it’s worth it. Try to keep this feeling around as much as you can because you will doubt yourself in the process.

 

Things that make have made me more successful (this time around): 

  1. The weight loss starts out crazy fast, and then it slows down and you have to remember that that’s normal. The thought that in this diet you literally pee out fat is still so cool to me, that I find myself drinking a lot (and I mean a lot) of water. 
  2. I’m not putting my life on pause for this diet. I’m treating it as if it’s a completely normal thing to be doing, and I actually go to restaurants and out for tea (that’s me with a burger salad, completely fine with the fact that my friend was eating an actual burger).
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  3. I’ve replaced my daily milk intake with sugar free soy milk (in my coffee) and it’s saving me so many carbs.
  4. I weigh myself every day. I know that coaches usually advise against this but it’s a good way for me to keep track of what bloats me and what works well. I’m never strict with myself if I’ve gained, because little gains are absolutely normal and temporary.
  5. I cook real, flavorful food. Like, actually cook. I also make sure to never have the same protein two nights in a row because that leads to boredom and discouragement.
  6. I exercise! I was advised not to do it for the first three weeks, but now I try to get four days of 30-minute at home workouts. Youtube is your friend.
  7. I take progress photos (I started this recently, because we all know how much it sucks to take photos of your body when you really dislike it).
  8. I took up a hobby which is probably the thing that helps me most. I’m guilty of eating when I’m bored, and now I’m learning to play the ukulele instead. I seriously get so much practice in, just so I don’t end up snacking – it’s great.
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  9. I reward myself with new clothes, and especially workout clothes – motivating and cute!
  10. Last, but not least, I set a timer on my phone and make sure to take all of my supplements which makes a huge difference (because I would often forget to do that in US).

Adventures: The importance of getting away

I’ve always been into the concept and thrill of adventure. I wouldn’t say that I’d be the first one to sign up for rock-climbing, but I find it extremely important to take a break out of whatever routine you’ve gotten yourself into, and just go. Having the ability to just leave everything and go, surprisingly requires a lot of planning. This is why, the next time you see an opportunity to do anything that you feel like you’ll remember for the rest of your life – anything that you’ll look fondly back on, I dare you to do it.

Today, I’m going to share with you photos of a time my best friend and I went on a little adventure of our own. We had just finished our junior year of college, and I made sure to book my flight back home about a week later than I would have otherwise. We got into her car and headed to Cape Cod. See, I’ve never been to Cape Cod, and she’s spent her summers there, yet I’m pretty damn sure it felt like an adventure to both of us. We packed our backpacks, a tent, sleeping bags, a stand up paddle board, and lots of snacks.

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Adventures and trips don’t need to be extravagant. No need to whip out your credit card and book that cruise in hopes of getting some peace of mind. You can start by turning the music up in the car and singing at the top of your lungs – but only after you’ve gotten a coffee big enough to get you through the first hour.

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Once we got there we set up our living are for the next two days. Again, we really just enjoyed the set up process and took in the beautiful sceneries that surrounded us.

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When you’re in such a setting, you don’t need to plan any further. You’re not on any sort of schedule, and you really can just do what feels right. Whether that’s sitting on the beach, going into “town” (i mainly mean grocery stores and restaurants), or simply just exploring your surroundings. Our adventure took its own pace, and was filled with all of the above.
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By “took its own pace” I mainly mean that we ate a lot of fried seafood. No one’s ever going to complain about that. But more importantly, we took the time to appreciate the sun, the wind, the waves, and the sand.

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Upon watching one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen (Cape Cod sunsets are magical), we got into our tent and wrapped ourselves up in our sleeping bags and slept and slept and sleeeept until we naturally woke up happy and rested. I think that my favorite part about camping is that you can take your time waking up. And you can have breakfast in bed because where else would you have breakfast otherwise?

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Being rested means more energy for exploring. We spent the rest majority of that day on the beach, and went on to eat more amazing food.

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Now go, do something that you can write a book about later on in your life. Create memories that will not only inspire others, but that’ll continue to inspire you. Enjoy the thrill of adventure, no matter how big or small. 

Till next time,

PositivelyCurvy

Autumn: Things to appreciate

Rather than a structured post, today I’m coming to you with a ramble. I intended to write three posts a week, and this week’s accomplishments will be no different. But as always, life happens and I am now left with a shattered MacBook screen. There’s no real point in crying over it, so instead I made a list of things that I appreciate this time of year.
1. Big, comfy, cozy sweaters

2. Dark muted lipsticks (Rimmel Kate 107, Mac Velvet Teddy)

   

  3. Hot coffee in the morning, hot tea in the afternoon

   
4. The smell of sugar, apples, and cinnamon cooking in the oven

5. Coloring books 

  
6. The flicker of candles in my bedroom

7. Americana, folk, and music that wraps my soul in a big hug

8. Yoga and deep relaxation while it rains outside

9. Curling up with a good book

  
10. Hand-writing letters to good friends

11. The smell of frosty woods

12. Dipping ham&cheese toasties in vegetable cream soup

13. Having a good lonely cry

14. Cute texts to wake up to every morning

15. Moisturizing face masks

16. Lush baths

17. Hearty breakfast bowls (and instagramming them)

  
Till next time,

Positively Curvy

Foodie Review: Peck 47

I have only been in Brussels for about two weeks, and the one spot that I have officially come back to on three different occasions is the one and only Peck 47. If you’re spending your day sightseeing around Brussels and you happen to be looking for breakfast, lunch, or a place to unwind, I would strongly recommend giving Peck 47 a chance.

Location:
Rue du Marché aux Poulets 47, 1000 Bruxelles

  • Located just a few minutes from Manneken Pis (teeny tiny peeing boy statue) and Grand Place, this place is ideal on a sunny day.

Vibe:

  • The decor of this little cafe is artsy, featuring a number of modern / minimalist movie posters, a huge sign that says “Follow Your Dreams”, a sassy Lana Del Ray poster, as well as a chalkboard wall featuring two rabbits having a cute conversation (fully equipped with googley eyes). 
  • The staff is SO friendly. Every time I’ve been there, they have been more than happy to chat, explain the menu as well as recommend items depending on your likes / dislikes / mood.
  • I would say that it’s totally fine to come in here by yourself with a book, or even a lap top and get some work done (as long as you don’t mind the chitter chatter of other people in the cafe.

Food / Drink:

Before I start, I have to say – the reason I picked this as the first place to write about is because I have never had a negative experience with the food. It’s all absolutely amazing.

  • They have a unique little selection of fresh juices and smoothies. I have tried the Watermelon, Lime and Lemongrass juice (which is SO refreshing, not overly sweet, and feels like a shot of hydration) as well as the Vanilla, Lemon and Basil smoothie (very smooth, light, and slightly sweet). They do also always have fresh squeezed lemonade, which appeared to be mixed with raspberries today.  
  • Tea tea tea tea TEA (and lattes, of course). Although I am typically a latte girl, which is what I got the first time there and it was delicious, the Peck 47 menu features an extremely unique selection of teas. I had the “Mademoiselle” tea, which was light, fruity and decadent. This is a place where you will find teas that you can’t find elsewhere. They’re also €2.50 a cup, so it can’t get better than that.   
  • Fooooood. I’m such a foodie, and I basically melt of happy feels when something looks good on a plate. Peck 47 definitely did not disappoint in this department. I would recommend the “Mediterranean Veg” salad (which is full of quinoa goodness), as well as “The Pecker” salad which my friend Kyle raved about. If salads aren’t you forte, there’s a sandwich called Kevin Bacon (genius) as well as Cheesy Waffles (which people online rave about but I have yet to try). 
  • And of course, there’s always a bit of room for dessert. I tried some of the dark chocolate orange cake which was a lot lighter than it sounds and I would imagine that it would pair amazingly with some breakfast / black tea. They also have a vegan green tea cake which seems to be popular within the cafe.

Let me know if you visit this cute little spot and happen upon something amazingly delicious that I need to try!

-Positively Curvy

Travel essentials & favorites

These past couple of years I have travelled more than I ever thought I would. From DC to Vienna, to London, Skopje, all the way to New York – I’ve spent entire days sitting on my butt inside of a tin can in the sky. Erm, an airplane.
Nevertheless – I am one of those people that actually likes flying. Traveling by myself is prime time for thoughts, plans, lists and daydreams. This is why I’ve chosen to share my travel essentials with you!

1. Passport – Always the first thing you need to make sure you have!
2. Wallet – Bring a credit or debit card that you can use internationally.
3. Phone – Your phone will come in handy when you need to find someone but it will also provide music. (Not pictured: headphones).
4. Laptop + Charger  – You wanna keep them with you at all times. Fill you laptop with ebooks and movies of your preference for an enjoyable trip!
5. Granola bars – Okay, airplane food can sometimes be nasty. These will save your life when your tummy starts rumbling.
6. Journal / Notebook – This is one of my favorite things to carry with me at all times! I jot down ideas, observations and plans. Remember to bring a pen.
7. Sweatshirt – Anything warm and cozy will do. Airplanes tend to get very cold.
8. Camera – Make some travel memories!
9. Make up bag – So many goodies you could take!

Essentials

My make up bag is full of items, yet funnily enough – I never wear make up on airplanes. One of the most important things during a flight is to take care of your skin. The recycled air is so drying, so it’s important that you take the right steps to healthy skin!
1. Moisturizer
2. Eye cream
4. Lip Balm
5. Cleanser
6. Hand Cream
Throughout the flight I apply all of these, ensuring that every part of my face and hands stay moisturized. Towards the end of the flight I go in and apply minimal make up so that I’ll look refreshed as soon as I step off the plane.
7. Bronzer
8.Concealer
9.Cheek tint
10.Mascara
11. Lip balm
12. Blotting papers
13. Perfume
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14. Toothpaste
15. Toothbrush
16. Deodorant stick

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And of course, last but not least – I throw them all into my favorite backpack.

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Do you have any travel tips? Let me know in the comments!

Till next time,
Srna