August 7, 2013


Fitness & Health - Valentina Duracinsky
Ohhh where to start? Last year someone asked me to write about my fitness routine and how I stay in shape. Obviously looking at myself now and looking at pictures of myself then, I was nowhere near "in shape". I don't know if I should describe 'last-summer-me' as chubby seeing as I hate confrontation and I feel a lot of people would want to enter that debate (not going to happen), but I had flabby arms, fat inner-thighs (Inner thighs, I've always hated you so), a childish round face and a stomach I always had to suck in.

The message out there is always 'accept yourself'. Hmmm... Well yes, obviously love yourself, no argument there but if you want to lose weight... do it. Some people couldn't care less about their weight, their body, and they're super happy and that is super great! But a lot of people also complain about their bodies. I was one of those people. And you know what we are? Annoying. Kind of like Nick Miller and his zombie novel... Just finish it, man!

The first thing I did was shut up about it. Do you have a Pinterest board with exercises and work out programs (like I do)? That's a great start! But the obvious answer is that you're going to have to get up and do it. I'm guilty of just sitting around pinning work out programs and cool stuff that 'I would do later'. Later is now, lads. GET UP.

The second thing I did was open a 'lose it' account online. I talked to one blogger who was very against the idea of counting calories but this worked for me.. I guess the other VERY important thing I learned was that I had to do my own thing. Yes, the protein diet worked for me before but I've tried to do it again and again with no luck. You find a lot of diets and work out regimes and good/bad ideas online. You really have to find what's right for you.

The third thing I did was learn about portion control. I literally eat whatever I want... but not in whatever quantities I want. Yeah I can have ice-cream but not this much (yup that was three weeks ago. I haven't had ice-cream since then). I can't remember the last time I had pizza. I simply eat a lot less. It was really hard at first but I've done it. I've come to the point where it isn't hard anymore. I can finally leave food on the plate if I know I'm not hungry anymore. I don't leave the table feeling atrociously full – and that means I've achieved one of my goals. I hated that feeling.

The fourth thing is... I don't eat junk food. This may be one of those times I just don't relate to a lot of people out there, especially in the US. I go into people's houses or see people on TV with potato chips and cheese balls and candy and chocolate and all this stuff in their house at all times... I don't really get the point of it? When are you supposed to eat it? For me, it just doesn't make sense and it has never and will never fit into any healthy diet. So I guess this was something worth mentioning. I don't really eat junk food, ever.

The fifth thing is... Eating healthy and exercising go hand and hand. Ever had this thought: "I just worked out for an hour on the elliptical so that means I can have a giant pizza/a big dinner/a candy bar (etc)"? Sorry lads, that has to change. Working out isn't an excuse to eat more. Trust me, when you see the results after working out and eating healthy for a while, you'll be very happy.


Ruth Reyes-Loiacano said...

First of all, I love that you used a New Girl reference! Brilliant! I think this is good advice and you are spot on. It's about portion control, exercise, and well, overall self control. I can really relate to this post. . . all of it!

I have to agree with you, Americans are obsessed with junk food. And I, like you, don't get it. The stuff doesn't even taste that good...and it leaves me more hungry in the end. Now, that doesn't mean I don't enjoy the occasional french fry or dark chocolate bar. But, you get the point!

Thanks for sharing your road to success!

Alessandra said...

I think this is a really useful post for people who are trying to lose weight or just have a more healthy lifestyle. Especially the smaller portions and the exercises are important I suppose. But what you say about 'junk food' I don't really agree with. I myself love the moments when I'm sitting in front of the television with a bag of chips or with some other tasty snacks. I also love it when I can have a meal of the Mcdonals of the Quick. I know it's not healthy but it's important to me because I just love that sort of food sometimes. That doesn't mean it's bad food, I think you can enjoy it once in a while.

Niki said...

Great post! I love the New Girl reference, hehe :)
I want to start exercising but I'm really lazy! I know I should just do it :)

GlamorousGirl said...


Becca Waterloo said...

totally true. it's all small decisions that help you on this slow, downward curve of losing weight. portion control and small snacks during the day help me. i also have a my fitness pal account!

what is your pinterest board with fitness ideas? i should follow it. thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing! I can totally relate to all of your fitness/diet tips, I stay away from junk food and stick to a vegetarian diet with very small portions. Basically I eat a lot of little things throughout the day! I've learned that pilates and yoga are wonderful ways to stay in shape, and I aim for 45 minutes of working out every day! Staying fit and healthy is extremely important to me, and I'm glad you've shared your story!

Xo, Hannah

Brittney at True Vintage Love said...

I have to confess that I am "one of those Americans who are obsessed with junk food," and honestly I can't blame anyone but myself. Maybe my family growing up and introducing me to it, but I am a grown adult now and I should be able to control what goes in my mouth. It's now to the point where I think its mental. It's also the laziness. Some days I can eat something and think it is so disgusting, and how could I ever put that in my body. Other days it tastes so good. I am pregnant now, due November 4th and I can't wait to start getting in shape and losing weight again. I honestly don't eat too bad now, most of the junk food addiction is gone. For me though, it will always be the convenience of it.

Teffy Perk said...

I completely agree with you. Especially with the 'loving yourself' bit. Some people completely love their body, and that is great for them, but what gets to me is those who don't and just SIT around complaining and do nothing about it! Exercising can be hard, if it were easy everyone would be fit. I think the number one thing is to be healthy and balanced. Eat chocolate, cake, fruit, veggies, anything you want, as long as you do it in moderation like you said.

Great post!

Teffy || Teffys Perks Blog


Rakel said...

great post my dear!

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Running In Platforms said...

This is so helpful! The portion control is very interesting


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The Recordologist said...

Great tips. The one about Pinterest hit home for me, I am guilty of pinning workout routines, and not following up with actual "work"... I am sure many others can relate to it!

Mystic Lipstick said...

Wow, nice pics. I have just discover your blog and I like it very much, it's so cute!
¿do you want to follow each other?

Best Regards.

Cattail Down said...

Nice post and cool picture- I'm guilty of the pinterest thing too..


Melissa Ochoa said...

Thanks for all the fitness advice!! You're right: we have to get up and do it! Stick to a routine and exercise.

It's great seeing pictures of last year with the ones now and look how fitness really does make a difference!! Has happened to me!


Sherica said...

I've always been a sucker for healthy eathing but I never really had the patience and endurance to do it as well as the discipline to be fit and healthy,... most of the time I just eat what's available hahaha. I wish I could have your motivations! Huhuhu. From the photo, you look like you're having a good time!

Aley Greenblo said...

cool blog

Life's a shoe said...

great post! I really need to get inspired to eat healthy and exercise

Tania Franco said...

wow! So glad I found your blog because I am on a weight loss journey too. I am not overweight, but I am not happy with my current weight because I used to weigh about 10-15 pounds less than I have in the last 10 years. Your post is very inspiring. I am following you from now on. Hope you will follow back.


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