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Batfit 17-01 & Gear review Movit Hip Hoop!

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January 1st our dear Professor wrote about Batfit being 5 years old. This year she started by giving us a lot of new challenges in the first week already, exercising 30mins (which I do 2 days then 1 day off), relaxing (for me some yoga poses after workout and streching, like corpse pose, simply being there, breathing and concentrating on my body and soul. Or on my pamper days aka my no-workout days)

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Progress in January

Food: First working on drinking habits, need to stay gluten free because I am not doing this for some trend but to avoid my migraines and stomach pains (don’t worry, saw some doctors to understand that my body really can’t handle gluten, diagnosed celiac disease) and I am trying to get somewhat back to a montignac based diet throughout the year. My self set rules for lowering sugar intake and all that will not be followed as strict while I travel and if there is some craving I think it is ok if only happens once a week.

list-bat-png Goal was to change my energy drink intake that grew a lot during the moving months back to 1 can / day max and instead switch to coffee if I feel the lack of caffeine, definitely will try to also drink less coffee later this year but for now I am happy that I did so well.

list-bat-png Goal was to drink about 750ml Water and 1.5l Tea. Or however mixed healthy liquids each day. Of course more is ok but my skin and body need this amount of water.

A few days didn’t go as well (let’s say 2 instead of 1 day / week of breaking my self set rules) but every little bit helps! Next month I will try for these goals again as well as working on food.

Numbers: No scale in my new flat yet and none at work either but lost some cms in all the places I was hoping to lose some. Still there are more important things than numbers and so maybe I will try to ban them from my mind. Even though I would love to copy our professors 40by40 as a 30by30 but maybe, just maybe I wanted too much too fast, this can break you. I do set my big goals and add a few tiny steps in between which I will share with you. No numbers, no dates, for now. Maybe this would count as some ’emotional / psychological health goal’?

Workout: For me means a mixture of ballett, yoga and weights. 15 mins right after standing up, before the shower and 15-30 minutes sometime during the day, one or two days off each week and when I am not home. the first bit of workout is easily done and might be upgraded to 20 minutes each day, the second part I managed to do maybe half of the days this month, will set this as goal for February again, two days workout, one off and those days that I’m not at home will be off as well.

Mental: I guess everyone who follows this blog or my social media might have noticed that 2016 for me was a horrible year, emotion wise and with everything related to my mind as well. Did do some changes and a 3-year plan but let’s save this for another future Batfit post because it would contain too much writing.

Gear review: Movit Hip Hoop!

Amazon, you are a devil. I do have quite some wishlists there, for my flat, for my wardrobe, dvds, books and a slowly growing one for fitness gear to use for my everyday workout at home, to build up some different workout sets so it won’t get boring. While I was browsing for some new weights there was this black and green hula hoop, with 1.3kgs weights that made it into my shopping cart the exact same moment. Since hula hoops probably are something nice to add to everyones workout routine I never really thought about getting one before.

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left: I love it when parcels arrive without any damage. center: the tiny green bumps that might be painful at first but work amazing in the end. right: connetcion bits of the hoop.

The hoop is split in 8 parts that you have to put together, you can also take them apart again to easily transport them in a bag or something instead of carrying that 96cm wide hoop with you built together. That is something good but also means that the hoop is not as silent as one-piece-things are and if you live in a house where you could hear your neighbors snore through the walls you might not want to use it at night.

First day was as bad as I thought, 5 minute timer and only managed to keep the hoop up for maybe 10 rounds once. Within a week though I was able to keep it up for a minute. Let’s see how long it will take until I can keep it up the entire daylie 5 minutes! By the way, it feels good to do this after a bit of yoga in the morning! Of course, due to those green plastic bumps I got some really painful bruises but as soon as they vanished my skin felt so much more firm and I noticed some great loss of fat. Might, of course, be an illusion but I guess what feels good is good.

Will you join Batfit 2017? Have a nice evening!

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Batfit 16-08

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* Batfit is a ‘challenge group’ by our dear Professor Z where all kind of (darkly inclined) people try to motivate each other to get healthier or change / do whatever in their lives to feel better

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I managed to get off my painkillers and only having a tiny bit, acceptable level, of pain. Seems ginger and ginger tea help more than I would have thought. Even though there barely is a taste of something that I consider to be as disgusting as ginger, if it helps I will do! Even been thinking of cancelling the doctors appointment in december. I hate doctors with a passion and can’t accept when I need help or have a serious disease, if they tell me that I would probably be angry, but would also be angry if they would not believe me how much pain I had during the past 9 months alredy an that sadly is something a lot of people in health care tend to do. How old are you? You can’t have anything bad. Still, I will go there, maybe they have another solution for my problems!

Workout currently is 1hr on 4 days a week (ok, crying while workout quite often because the pain does hit quite hard while exercising and a while afterwards but still fighting through it because I know this pain is not telling me that workout is damaging my body) and I am extremely happy how much progress I am able to see already, mainly on my stomach but arms and booty starting to look better already as well! Still trying to not focus on my weight but I am 5kgs down! Also lost 5cm around my waistline and all other measurements went smaller, too! Maybe will share some progress pictures in next batfit post!

Let’s not talk about emotions much though, first half of August was a plain horror but second half was used to recover quite fast!

Who else is on batfit or maybe any other groups to get healthy / happy? Have a nice evening!

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Batfit 16-07

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* Batfit is a ‘challenge group’ by our dear Professor Z where all kind of (darkly inclined) people try to motivate each other to get healthier or change / do whatever in their lives to feel better

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I have no idea why I still am trying to plan my workout and diet when my body currently tries to make fun of me with pain attacks and allergies / food intolerances. In January my goal was to get back to a weight under 70kgs within 2016 (which by then would have been -5kgs) and in the end get back to the 61-65kgs that I felt good with a few years ago but thanks to the things mentioned above and my medication I even managed to gain some weight. So this currently is not what I should focus on. Also shared a picture of my stomach in that post that I wanted back…

Do not get me wrong, I actually still would love to get that stomach back but I understand that currently this will take longer, if it is possible at all. I will not be able to do the workout the way I wanted. (which was every second day warmup, 50 minutes workout, streches and then 30 minutes dancing) But during June I slowly tried what my body would accept, it seems 2 days workout, followed by a rest day is ok. Workout currently consists of 10 minutes for my arms, 5 minutes for stomach. This is not a lot but it is something. I am hoping to expand to 10 minutes each for arms, stomach and booty until December and then, hopefully with new therapy / medication add a bit more. But yes, there is some progress visible on my arms and stomach already but not enough that I would feel good sharing yet.

Learned a lot about food. My doctor suspects (or is sure about this but I have to wait for the specialist appointment in December) that the pain attacks are from some kind of rheumatism so there was a lot of research and testing for what food will make the pain in my joints worse and which are ok. Thank you, dear body, another thing that I now have to think about when planning my diet, shopping for food or eating outside.

What I managed to do is to feel better, emotionally. I had another bad phase when the pain attacks got worse and didn’t stop but no demon is going to keep my down for long! Prove? I only missed one day of work even though I sometimes was crying when moving or even sitting still. Hoping this will not make the doctors believe I only am pretending to be in pain?! Did not go out too much but did a lot of jewelry and painting, being creative. Getting back into my plans for body modifications as well so I re-started my jar to save for my ear pointings by Samppa von Cyborg. We’ll see when this will happen!

Who else is with our Professor and the Batfit group or do you have some other way of motivation for making yourself feel better (in whatever way)? Have a nice evening!

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So you are one of those ‘Food-Nazis’

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This phrase (in German but still) was what I got when I wanted to buy some fries today. I kindly asked the salesman if he could tell me if the sauce was gluten-free and his reply was ‘So you are one of those Food-Nazis?’. I instantly turned around without buying. Knowing there is a trend of people having Gluten (or whatever) free diets this question obviously was ok for him and he tried to do a joke I guess. For anyone who (like me) suffers from intolerances this was quite painful so here is a bit of background story.

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Living healthy with allergies or food intolerances can be a pain.

I was a kid with a lot of allergies, also didn’t like meat so my mom had to try a lot of different things to convince me, back in the early 90s that’s what people would do. During my pubescence most of my allergies disappeared and I ate everything but warm spinach (you know, when it gets mushy). I sometimes did have a pain in my stomach, but thought it was normal, same with the migraines, as a teenager you don’t think about that too much, parties might cause hangovers, so you would blame the last party. That party for sure was fun so you would not want to look closer into the pain.

When I was 16 though the pain in my stomach was enough to get me collapsing, pale, barely able to move or breathe, doctors thought it could be a ruptured appendix, luckily they did not start any surgery before some more tests were done. My appendix is still with me, it was not reasonable for my pain. One of the doctors I saw during that time thought it could be lactose that made my stomach hurt so much. Tests were done and I had to start looking into ingredients again, ask for them, try to avoid lactose. If not possible I would have to also take a lactase pill. That was 2003 when soy products were quite new in Germany and tasted horrible, got better throughout the years. The pain in my stomach did not completely disappear but was a lot better, migraines stayed but because nobody knew where they came from doctors decided it was because of my arachnoid cyst and there would be nothing they could do about it besides the painkillers. Then there were a few years of bad and good eating habits, diets, weight differences but everything was still ok. I sticked to Montignac method mainly and simply left out lactose.

In 2014 / 2015 though the pain was back in all its glory, migraines tunred worse as well and left me confused, tests were done, all different kind of diseases were suspected, again. All they found out was that my body had some pretty big infection. At that time I saw a few fellow bloggers post about similar problems and the reason for most was gluten, that was what I told my doctors to look into as well because we got quite desperate. More tests were done, eating habits were changed and again more tests were done. Result: Now I would have to stop eating gluten containing stuff as well. As far as I know there is not such a nice pill for gluten as there is for lactose so permanent abandonment it is. Tried for a while and it worked. Stomach pain is completely gone and migraines only show up maybe once a month for 3 days and less intense as they were. This though ends in more reading of ingredients, of more asking salesmen, of more tears when shopping for food or eating at restaurants. Most companies write tiny notes that all their products might contain tiny bits of gluten even when no gluten is listed directly in the ingredients, fear of pain is big enough to keep me even away from those products – last time I tried to buy some chocolate I was reading ingredients for 30 minutes and in the end found not a single bar that I could buy. There are alternatives for cooking / baking most of the things one would wish for but still, eating outside will force me to ask and this experience today was one of a few. No Sir, I am not just a Food-Nazi (and I hate that word.), I simply am afraid of pain, pain that will last for days!

And yes, besides one energy drink each day I still try to stick to Montignac method most days (unlike today) while taking care of my lactose and gluten intolerances. In the end I wonder what if I was vegan or vegetarian on top. I still don’t like eating meat too much but maybe once in two months or on festivals with a medieval market I have a Mutzbraten or something similar. I could eat even less stuff than I can now and probably get comments like the one today even more frequently. Then again there is hope, hope of more alternatives to find in stores in the future (especially with the whatever-free diet trends these days), and the hope that no more intolerances or food allergies will be found in my body.

Do you have to cut some food from your meals as well? Is it easy in your area to get alternatives? Have a nice evening!

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