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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.
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.
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,
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.
The sun is slowly starting to show its face more and more frequently, and with that come little shopping trips where you get things that aren’t (necessarily) necessities, but they make you smile. Today I’m writing to you from my balcony, as I soak up the sun on a gorgeous weekend in Brussels.
Yesterday I discovered a store called “& other stories”. There were a lot of gorgeous pieces of clothing, although a bit on the pricier side (but nothing too extravagant). What really caught my eye was their sleek and minimalist skincare collection. I left the store with one skincare item, one accessory, and all the willpower in me to not spend all of my money in there.
First off, I got these really cool sunglasses! They have clear frames, they’re mirrored, and I feel like they fit my face perfectly. I was in desperate need for sunglasses, but I kept passing up buying any because they didn’t feel right. These, on the other hand – they’re beautiful, and edgy and I’m in love. Also, they were 15 euros which is a total steal.
I couldn’t find the exact ones on their site, but you can have a look around at the other models they have:
Next, skincare. I wanted to try everything they had in the store but I convinced myself that I needed to try the formulas first before committing to buying everything that looked magical (which was everything, to be honest with you). I opted for the Moroccan Tea Body Soufflé and I couldn’t be happier that I did. It smells like mint, and tea, and cinnamon. The scent is clean, soothing, calming, and it has insane staying power. I applied it all over my body after a bath last night, and I woke up smelling amazing. I’m certain that the contents of this pot are going to vanish quickly. It’s 12 euros, which again, not exactly the cheapest, but we’re definitely not talking high end.
You can get it here:
And last, but not least – let’s talk clothing. I’m a curvy girl, and lately – my body has gone through a lot of changes. I’m happier, I’m healthier, and I feel way more comfortable in my body. I even got a top that I was always told wasn’t for curvy girls. Oh yes, the dreaded horizontal stripes. They might not be the most flattering, but I don’t need to look the thinnest version of myself in order to be the happiest version of myself. I love the fit, the crazy sleeves, and I think the stripes are cute!
I picked it up from Pull&Bear:
Cool, I think that’s all I’ve got for you today. Remember to do little things for yourself because you’re worth it, damn it.
Yep, that’s definitely all of it.
Today I felt like having a little chit chat about my weight loss. This is by far the only type of diet that has worked for me, and I’m so pleased with my results.
If you’d like to learn more, you should check out my video!
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.
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):