I’m Baaaacckkkk

Hey everybody

I’m baaackkk ๐Ÿ™‚ It feels like forever since my last proper blog post! I do apologize! As I’ve mentioned before, I was so swamped with Uni work and exams, and on top of that being ill for almost 3 weeks… not very happy times. Fortunately I have holiday now, and I’m a bit more rested and ready to get back to work.

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After a quick pit-stop in Spain, I am now in Holland to celebrate the holidays with my Dutch relatives. Although I should keep up with my diet, the festive food is already tempting me too much. All the chocolate in the supermarkets… ahh… heaven… On the subject of food, I have some great ideas for a desert that I’m dying to try outย  in the next few days, but I will keep it a little bit of a surprise until I make it ๐Ÿ˜€ If all goes to plan, it should look beautiful.

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I’m trying to think of all the things that have happened over the past few weeks that I still wanted to share, its been a crazy ride, where to start. Perhaps with one of the most exciting things for me personally… I got a message on Instagram from one of my favorite designers!!! Dutch designer Mart Visser! I am blessed enough to be able to own quite a number of pieces from his collections ranging from coats, dresses, jumpers and jeans. They are all such sophisticated and effortlessly chic feminine pieces, and I feel absolutely humbled that he would take the time to send me a message.

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On the exercise front, we had a really cool Krav Maga class, where I was given the opportunity to do some photography. We were all asked to wear black long sleeved tops for a knife defense class. The knifes were dipped into chalk so we could clearly see what our weak defense points are. Lets just say.. this exercise just highlighted how much we sucked haha If the exercise was real, I would have a decapitated chest and a Jaime Lanister hand… and my sister would have all her guts removed out of her stomach ๐Ÿ˜› It was a fun method to see in which areas we still need to work hard on.

10864829_853713551315941_1259508251_nI’m sure there are waaaay more things to mention, but as it is late at night, I’m having a mind-block as to what else to mention. I do however have a lot more time now to focus on the blog and bring some new and exciting things ๐Ÿ™‚

For my Jewish crew out there, I’d already like to wish you all a great Chanukkah which starts tomorrow evening. Chag Sameach!

XO Kim

Weight-loss Progress

Hello lovelies,

I wanted to do another weight-loss progress update, however, one showing my progress over a year. I have to admit 100%, I am terrified about doing this… I find that we usually get caught up in the moment, and never quite look at how far we have actually come in life. As I was casually browsing through some of my old photos, feeling nostalgic, I came across some photos from my 21st birthday. It came as quite a shock looking at the pictures… I knew I was big, but looking at those images, it finally sunk in. It has made me question how I ever got to that stage.. how did I possibly let myself? Has my vision been that distorted for so long? Do I need to invest in some jam-jar strength glasses? I think that subconsciously I knew at that point that I was too heavy, how could I not?.. but I don’t think I ever realized how out of control and unhealthy this was.

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People always say that you should never regret anything in life, and that every experience is something that you can learn from. I agree with this to a certain extent. I hardly regret anything in my life at all, I do however regret letting myself get to that stage regarding my weight. I am a person with incredible will-power in my professional life.. I am a hard-worker, dedicated, and most of all, I always have a strong drive to complete any task that I start. Yet somehow, I have never had that drive with regards to my weight. It is strange coming to that realization. In the back of your mind, you know you are damaging your body with every bite of cheesecake, cookies and cake that you take, yet we still do it… Food is an easy source of comfort, I for one know that like no other. During every hard time that I have gone through, I turn to food as my savior. My collection of photographs each reflect the stages of my life during things that I went through, and my weight will indicate whether it was a good or bad time. It is scary to think that you basically turn yourself into an addict, and food is your drug. Something that is legal, your essential need for survival, yet it has the power to kill you. Now the question is, how do you recover from that drug addiction?

You could essentially go cold-turkey. Cutting everything out from one day to the next. I’ve tried this… it does not work unless you are in the right mindset. I suppose it is the same as with any addiction, you firstly really need to want to change. You can say that you want to lose weight and be healthy, but if your mind isn’t with it, and is just not going to happen. Perhaps this was the case with me, or maybe I just needed someone to give me a kick up the backside and point out to me how I was essentially killing myself slowly with poison. Perhaps I had the do the kicking. I think this is the case for me now. I am not losing weight for someone else, I am not trying to impress anyone else with my figure, I am not doing it for a boyfriend, or my best girl friends… no. I am doing it, for me. At the end of the day, you get one body, one life, and it is up to you to decide how you are going to live that life. Are you going to keep looking in the mirror and be miserable? Or do you give yourself a kick and say, hey, I need to make myself happy first.

I am done with being unhappy. I has finally sunk in. I am still young, and I am blessed with the fact that I lose weight incredibly quickly. The only thing I need to match that with is will-power. It is now or never. If I don’t get my act together now, I will never do it. The older you get, the harder it is to lose weight. So for the past few weeks I have really been watching what I am eating, stepped up my exercise routine, introduced Krav Maga into my life, and it has made an incredible difference. I have lost a lot of weight already, and I’ll dare to say that it is around 5kg now since the beginning of summer. However, looking in the mirror everyday, you don’t realize how far you have come. You look at yourself everyday, yet it is hard to see the change. I think that this is the reason why I photograph myself regularly. I am not trying to be vein with my ‘selfies’ (unless I look really good ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) it is a way of marking your progress throughout your weight-loss process. You know what they say, a picture speaks a thousand words, and needless to say… I think this is true in my case with this image.

The first image: me on my 21st birthday, a year ago in April. The second image: me a few weeks ago. I think I needed this as a reminder of why I am doing it, and why I should continue. I guess this is my kick up the backside, and a gentle reminder of how far I have come already. I am nowhere near to where I want to be, but I have made the start. I am looking and feeling better, and after compiling these images together, it has given me the drive and motivation back to keep going. I have taken my pink glasses off, and looked at reality. This is me. This is my body, and this is my life. You have to take matters into your own hands, because nobody else will do it for you.

If you have been through a similar process, please do let me know, I am so curious about the stories behind my readers ๐Ÿ™‚

XO Kim

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November Fitness Update

So I finally managed to get my act together regarding my weight-loss, and get into the healthy mindset this week. I unfortunately am an emotional eater.. meaning, that whenever I don’t feel happy, comfortable with myself, or am just having a bad day, I will turn to food to comfort me. This will usually involve foods that are high in sugar… eg. cookies, Haribo sweets, cake… you name it. However, I had now gotten into such a state of eating rubbish food, that it was taking a toll on my body, and my mental state. You’d expect to have lot’s of energy from all the sugar you consume, but it works in contrast for me. It made me tired, moody, annoying, and just a general pain to be around. So the first step was: remove all sugar from diet. It sounds extreme and incredibly invasive, but my body needs the detox.

6Since Sunday I haven’t been consuming any processed sugar, swapped all drinks for water, and introduced more fruits and vegetables in my diet. Every morning I used to enjoy a nice cup of cappuccino, which in principal isn’t a big issue.. although, I drink it with 3 sugars.. thats around 48 calories right there, just in the sugar alone. I have now gotten into the habit of drinking water in the morning, and throughout the rest of the day, and it has done wonders for my skin. My natural complex is pale, but with a pink base, and since drinking so much water, my skin has cleared up, spots are gone, and the coloring looks much healthier with a natural glow.

Now moving onto one of the biggest shocker in my diet: olive oil. After having lived in Spain for so long, we have become so accustomed to the Mediterranean diet, and all the yummy things that come with it. Moving to London was therefore a huge shock to my system. I miss the fresh vegetables, the fruit trees in our garden, garlic, and of course, olive oil. We now regularly bring olive oil back from Spain here to London, so we have a bit of home with us here. Now when it comes to cooking, I have a very generous hand when it comes to using olive oil. I love the taste of it, and always assumed it was much healthier than other oils. Until I found out this scary fact: in 100gramms of olive oil, there are 884 calories!!!ย  So all this time, I’ve been preparing healthy meals, yet killing it with the olive oil… kind of defeats the point, doesn’t it?

I’m not usually one to count calories (although I like to stay at around 1200 calories) these facts really scared me, and I now think consciously about the amount of oil I put into things.

Female-Fitness-Motivation144On a happier note… in the first 3 days of this diet, I had already lost 2kg (4.4lbs?). This is not down to me not eating, trust me, if I don’t eat, I turn into an animal. I still eat regularly, I have just swapped out what I eat. Instead of snacking on a Starbucks muffin with a Toffee Nut Latte (medium sized with soy milk- 237 calories!), I have now swapped it for some water, which I sometimes flavor with lemon, and I will snack on some dried fruits or nuts. I have bought so much fruit this week that our kitchen looks like a tropical buffet, and the fridge is loaded with vegetables which includes things like spinach.

Additionally, I have started doing some more exercises at home that involve pilates workouts, sit-ups, and squats. This is something that is so simple to do, takes you 15-20 minutes every day, but makes a dramatic difference. I will soon upload some examples of this fitness regime. I’ll also weigh in again later this week, and take my body measurements to see if there are any changes.

Lastly, I bought a new glitter dress ๐Ÿ™‚ it is so beautiful, but I need to lose just a little bit more weight for it to sit even better on my body. It is a great realistic goal to set myself before the winter holidays.

XO Kim

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