Saturday, 28 September 2013

Curing a hangover

Hey Everyone,

Just in time for the weekend. 

Even though I am into my fitness and healthy eating I  also like to let myself go a little sometimes.  I try not to drink during the week (as you know from my weight loss post) but every other weekend I like to go out and have a good time. And unfortunately as it so happens there is usually a bit of alcohol involved.

As much as I enjoy the night before and vow that I will never ever drink again the next day, I keep doing it again and again. But I figured out how to quickly get over a hangover.

My hangovers depend on the drinks I had though and the worst for me is white wine and Jaeger-bombs.  My head feels like it's exploding and I can't even lift it as I would fall over and can't keep my balance at all. It's not funny at all and I know drinking is really not healthy. We all know that, why are we still doing it? I really don't know.

I am able to have fun without alcohol as well by the way. :)

I hate the feeling the next day, I usually wake up early as well and can't seem to get back to sleep even though I might have only slept 4 hours. This is driving me crazy. 
So when I get up and I feel like falling down again, I usually drink as much water as I can, but even that sometimes makes me feel so sick and I prefer squash or anything with sugar in it. 
All I actually just want to do is eat the biggest fry up or a Burger with loads of chips (fries). But then usually my healthy side of the brain kicks in and tells me to remember the calories from all the drinks the night before and the calories I would get through eating all that junk food on top of it.

Just like every year on my birthday (August), I had a great party with awesome people, amazing food (BBQ) and too many drinks. As always, I felt guilty the next day and pretty hungover (actually felt too sick to even lift my head off the pillow). As soon as I got up I drank as much water as I could and even juice but my head did not get any better. So I had to do what my flatmate and friend (big sister) Christine kept telling me to do for years and years, drink chicken, beef or vegetable stock, or make yourself a nice soup with noodles or vegetables inside. I know that's really not what you want to do at that moment, but it did help me and my friends that day big time.

Back home in Austria, I remember we always had soup for lunch on a Sunday, so I guess that's why I never felt that bad after a night out, but never noticed it. I just thought it is getting worse with age. ;)

That Sunday I was so desperate, I was willing to try anything but because I was naughty with alcohol and food the night before I really wanted to cure this hangover in a healthier way.
And after the soup (and a bar of chocolate -  I have to lift my mood somehow), the spinning in my head vanished and I no longer felt sick.

As soon as I felt better I went for a short run. Call me crazy but that's so worth it. Trust me, any sports is on of the best cures for a hangover. I have done this a few times before, back in the days when I trained for my first and second marathon.

My tips for curing a hangover:

1) Drink loads of water before you go to bed. Hydrates your body and especially your brain. (drinking alcohol dehydrates your body a lot - that's why you get head aches or dry lips the next day)
2) Drink a pint of squash when you get up, followed by some more water.
3) Make yourself a nice portion of clear soup. Either drink a pint slowly or eat it as a soup with noodles or vegetables.
4) Drink herbal tea.
4) Get out into the fresh air, this will also lift your mood.
5) Sweat out the alcohol. Go for a run, as bike ride, to the gym or anything else that gets you sweaty. You might not want to do that right now but you'll feel a hundred times better after and can have a nice long nap without feeling sick.

6) If nothing work I'll take pain killers. ;)

If you want to know more about what alcohol can do to your body, please visit Drinkaware. Please drink aware and be careful it can have long term effects on your body.

How do you cure your hangover? 

Gisi xxx

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Weight Loss

Hey lovelies,

I would like to share one thing which is always on my mind and I spend a lot of time thinking about and working on. Healthy living and losing weight.

I am very good in giving advise and helping people to lose weight or change their diet and healthy lifestyle  But when it comes to myself, I am hopeless  Don't get me wrong, I do eat healthy and am active, but there are so many things that keep me from my "dream" body.
This is the body I thought I wanted to have
Looking at this picture now makes me think, do I really wanted to look like this? I mean it looks really nice and lean/toned but also like a lot of hard work and I don't want to give up my whole life to look like this. Maybe I am wrong and I would not have to give up my whole life for this, but probably most of it. Also, my body frame is not made for a body like this. Plus, I really like having boobs and I think that training to be like this, I will also not have them any more. Is all this dieting and pushing yourself to the limit really worth it? 

I wish I would be a professional sports person, like volleyball player or runner, sprinter,... but I am not. I work in an office 40 hours a week and in my spare time I am teaching group exercise classes, taking part in classes myself, working on boosting my fitness business and trying to see my friends. If I really wanted to work on a body like that, I am not sure when I would find the time to sleep.

When I was at my heaviest, I was really really unhappy and embarrassed to show my body. All the weight I have gained went straight to my belly and arms, and these are the areas I am most sensible about now. But I guess everyone has this one part of their body, they feel like everyone looks at. I felt really unfit at that point and didn't have the motivation and knowledge to change anything, but I knew I had to in order to lift my mood.
So I joined Weight Watchers®. Through them I realised how important it actually is to eat a smaller portion and how many calories certain types of food have. It did help me a lot and made me a lot more confident. I also started running during that time. And to be honest I didn't even realise how quickly I lost all that weight. And after I stopped training for a marathon I gained a bit of weight again and my body shape changed. But I know how to keep it under control now. It seems to be a constant battle. But also it's a big learning curve. I learnt a lot through those years, and really want to share all that with you and maybe I can change a bit of your life!?

I envy people who do have a super hot skinny body. They can eat what they want and don't have to worry about putting on any weight. But that doesn't mean they are necessary healthy. Being able to binge eat and drink and not having to worry about fruit and veg, doesn't make you healthy. They area just lucky to have a great metabolism and amazing genes :-)

I prefer being healthy, and curvy but toned, then unfit and unhealthy. I must say, I hardly ever got ill when I did all my training for the marathon.
Hiding my belly well.
I am not a size 6 or 8 and most probably never will be, but I have a great stamina, strong core and a strong mind which got me through the marathon.

But enough about me, here are a few tips which I believe in and which can make your life healthier and maybe even lose a few pounds. These are a few things which helped and still help me.

First thing you should do is think about what you want to do, set yourself a realistic goal. Think about what you want to change about your body.

1) In order to improve your health it is advised that you do any sort of rhythmic movements of your major muscle groups 5-7 days a week for 30 mins accumulated during the day - meaning, taking the stairs instead of the lift or walking instead of taking the bus or car. Anything really which gets you a bit out of breath and a maybe a little bit sweaty, like when you have to run for the bus. Doing this doesn't cost a lot or takes up a lot of your time and can already make a huge difference.

2) Drink water instead of fruit juices or fizzy drink. If you want flavour as water is boring, add some fresh lemon or orange juice (home-made).

3) Keep a food diary for a week, writing down everything you eat, even if it's a mint or chewing gum. Also water, juices and coffee and tea. This helps you to figure out what you might be doing wrong or what you're eating too much off and maybe also how many calories you're eating. Be honest with it, you're only lying to yourself if you leave things out.

4) Reduce your salt intake. You only need about 6 gramms per day. I admit, this is one of the hardest things to change. And I am sure I still have too much salt in my diet. But a good tip is, stop snacking on crisps, try not to eat ready meals and don't add too much salt when you cook. Use other spices which can also add flavour to your food but are healthier for you. I love black pepper and a bit of curry powder or even chilli powder.
Read more on salt here.

5) Try to not eat any carbs for dinner. Also no potatoes. I try to eat eggs (doesn't matter how), baked beans, salad with chicken bits, tomatoes, olives and whatever I have at home at that time. This is really the biggest change I made and it made a great difference to my well-being even. If you think you'll then be too hungry in the morning, well at the beginning I was but you get used to it. I really must say I feel happier and healthier since I do that. But I don't manage to do it every night. Sometimes I do fancy a bit of past, well so I'll just cook some for myself and then the next day I might eat rice or even past again for lunch but then for dinner it's back to my salad. It's not boring at all once you know what you're can eat and cook. There is so much you can do without adding carbs. I will get some of my most favourite foods recipes and put them up soon.

Scrambled eggs with baked beans, baby beet root, gherkins and a side salad.
( I did not manage to eat all that unfortunately)
6) Reduce your intake of cheese and butter. This is also not very easy for me as I LOVE cheese and I used to put butter on everything, I just hate dry food. It does help lose weight though. I tried this when I did weight watchers. I really think that this was the biggest change I made at that time. 

7) It's important to eat vitamins and minerals every day, they are important in so many ways and are essential for metabolic process. I am not very good at that myself. But I do try to eat some sort of fruit whenever I can or think about it. I prefer vegetable to fruits though to be honest, but sometimes you need to cook them first in order for them to taste better. But I also eat my veggies raw. If I have too many carrots I make myself a juice. I know it has a lot of natural sugar, but it's still better then a bought juice. I also love celery and actually do grave it when I haven't had it for a while. It's really about what you like to eat and how.

8) Eat breakfast!!! It is really important and it can help you loose weight. I keep reading about it and I am and was always a fan of breakfast. I can't eat it first thing in the morning either but as soon as I get to work I make myself some yoghurt with muesli, a fresh fruit and some honey and that keeps me going and gets my metabolism started. Ideally I might should eat it earlier before I leave the house but I just don't have enough time. Try it, please!

9) Cut down on alcohol. I had a time when I drank a glass (or more) of wine almost every night in the evening with my dinner (together with my friend). I did put on weight during that time and as always it went straight to my belly and arms. And even though I worked out a lot it didn't help. The drinking made my belly very wobbly and I felt embarrassed during teaching my classes,wanting to set a good example but having a drink a day. Now I don't drink during the week at all and sometimes not even on the weekend. I feel much much better and my belly even shrank a bit. Of course I will still sometimes enjoy a glass of wine when I have dinner with my friends  or drink when I go out, but I won't be doing it on a regular basis any more.

10) Enjoy your life and don't worry so much about your weight all the time. Don't step on the scales every day. I haven't been on one since my weight watchers days. It makes me depressed. I go with the cloth theory. If the jeans get tight, I know what's happening. Scales depress me and since I am more active I do have more muscle mass and as we all know this weighs more than fat.

The most important thing is DON'T EVER STARVE YOURSELF.

I am not obsessed with healthy food or really strict with my diet but I am trying to be as good as possible as I know I feel happier when I am slimmer. 
I could talk about this all day, but I guess I better stop now and keep more stories for another time.

Losing weight should really come from changing your lifestyle for good. It does not help if you just do it for the 2 month before your holiday and then forget about it again. It is hard to get into it again after a holiday, but it's really very worth it and you'll benefit from a healthier lifestyle in the long run.

What do you do to keep fit, keep your weight or lose weight. Have you got any other tips for us?

Gisi XXX

Monday, 16 September 2013

Things to do before I turn 30 - Help please

Hi everybody,

Here I am, one month closer to my 30th and I still have not started with the list I wanted to have finished a long time ago. 
I call it the "Bucket List", just because I am not sure how to call it otherwise. And ever since I saw the Movie with Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson I wanted to do something similar, with the only difference, I don't have that much money.
I am really looking forward to turning 30 to be honest. No one will ever believe me anyway when I tell them how old I am. People usually think I am about 21 or something like that and I most of the time I still get ID'd for buying alcohol or anything else like that.  I do get a bit annoyed by it, but I guess it's just my genes and I will be happy about this one day, but for now I am embarrassed.

I haven't started with this list yet, as I always thought there would be enough time, but it's now less then a year and I don't think there is a lot you could do in one year and with a low budget.

I do need some help from you to finish this list though, please.

If you'd turn 30 next year what would you really want to do? Or what have you done before you turned 30?

I already ran 2 Marathons,so that's ticked off the list.

Only 2 things I really do not want to do are bungee jumping or skydiving, it's really something I cannot see myself do ever.

I want to get to 30 things!

Here's what I came up with so far:

1) Have afternoon tea at the Ritz
2) Go speed dating
3) Have super toned arms and belly
4) Become a Spinning instructor
5) Help at least 2 people achieve their goal with getting fit and lose the weight they want
6) Sign up to become a volunteer with friendship works charity
7) Advertise my exercise classes and make them a success.
8) Get another Tattoo
9) Go to Liverpool for a night out
10) Plan my Party (3 in total)
11) Finish the scarf I started knitting 4 years ago
12) Fly to Hong Kong
13) Create a YouTube video
14) Go to the Buddha Bar
15) Driving a car in the UK

I really need a little help here now I think....

Please leave me loads of comments with suggestions, so I get more ideas and I can finish this list.

Remember I am turning 30 in August 2014!

What do you think I should do?

Gisi XXX

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Spinning® - My New Found Love

Hi Lovelies,

Recently I rediscovered indoor cycling or "Spinning®".

A few years back I went for my very first time. It was in the gym I had a membership with and I liked it but was not that impressed by it. I think that was around the same time I discovered I LOVE fitness and all sorts of sports and especially running so I really tried out everything.
I remember one time my friend got me a guest membership in her gym in Wimbledon (Nuffield Health) and that indoor cycling instructor was THE hottest guy I have ever seen ;) Unfortunately he was only a substitute that day and we never ever saw him again...... Anyway, back to Spinning®,..... back then I liked it but did not really enjoy it. It was all about sweating and working harder and harder and all I remember was having to change the gear constantly. I felt good after but during the session I kept wondering what I was doing here and just wanted to get out of there.
The music was not really my taste and I did not understand the instructor most of the time due to acoustic issues and the pain in my bum was not fun either the day after.

In June my friend suggested to do a group exercise class together, so she did some research on what we could do and found a few indoor cycling studios.
We decided to sign up for the £20 for 20 days introduction promotion with CyclebeatTheir studio is great and you can see it's new. They are situated near Bank tube station and offer different sorts of memberships and you can hire cycling shoes for £1.00 per visit. The instructors are really very friendly and helpful. The music is great and every class is different but a lot of fun. They also organise race nights, so it is a very competitive environment. They have screens at the front where you can see your rank.
You can only book into classes via their website, but at least you can get to choose your bike already.
If you work in central London and want to do something new I would recommend to try their special offer, like we did. It's a great experience. They do offer classes all day and on Saturday as well, but no classes on Sunday.
For me it was not worth it really as I had to come from Wimbledon to Bank, so that was not really on my way home.

We also found another Spinning® Studio in Wimbledon, the Pedal Studio. They also have a studio in Putney.They don't offer that many classes, but to be honest the amount of classes they offer is more then enough. In Wimbledon you can go to a class every morning or evening apart from Fridays.
Ever since I went there for the first time I am hooked. I try to go at least 3 times a week, but unfortunately I can't make it every week, like this week I have not even been once :(.
I love this studio, I am seriously addicted to it. It's on Elms Grove in Wimbledon just above the Bikram Yoga Studio.
They do classes on Saturday AND Sunday mornings, which is great as it gets you out of bed on the weekend. It's an awesome way to start your day. 
They also have an offer for new riders -  £12 for 7 days. And after that you can buy ride credits. The more you buy the cheaper each class gets. I have the £60 for 10 rides pass. 
With them you also have to book into a class online as they do not have a reception or anything. But if you have questions you can always contact them via email or ask the instructor directly. You cannot choose your bike though, so be there on time and you get the bike you want. There are not too many people attending these classes, which is great as it makes it more personal. But even when the class is fully booked it still isn't too crowded.
The classes are all about your heart rate so once you come in you put on the heart rate monitor, provided by them, and off you go. Your heart rate will be shown on the screens in the front, so you can work with that and the instructors always tell you where you should be at the moment and where you should get during certain periods. I must admit that working with your hear rate was a bit difficult at the beginning, but you get used to it and learn how to use your breathing properly to keep it under control.
All the instructors there are really very friendly and helpful, and I just love their music. Makes you want to sing out loud sometimes. You feel like you are part of a big family.
All I wish they would do is a pass where you could come as many times as you want as it might make it cheaper, but otherwise I think it's great value for money and I'd recommend them to everyone. I even bought my own cycling shorts and soon I want to get some shoes as well.

I keep telling all my friends about it and try to make them come along as well. Hope I'll be successful soon.

I also found out that there is an outdoor Spinning® class called Spin Out Fitness. I haven't tried them yet, but I am planning on do so. With these classes you have to have your own bike though.

I enjoy the classes so much, I am thinking of becoming a Spinning® instructor myself.

If you want to find out more about spinning and who found it have a look here: Spinning®

There is so much more I would like to say about Spinning®, but I will keep this for another post.

Have you ever been to an indoor cycling class and how did you like it?

Gisi XXX

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Welcome to my Blog

Hey Everyone,

My name is Gisela and I am in my very late 20s :).
Originally I am from Austria, near Vienna. I moved to London in September 2005 together with my then boyfriend.
After we ended our relationship, I wasn't ready to go back, so I decided to stay and it was really the best decision. I got to meet great people and experience a lot of new things.

I was never really that much into sport as I am now, I was a gymnast when I was about 6 years old. I could do splits and all, but growing older this was not that "cool" anymore and school also got more demanding, so I stopped.

When I moved to London, I started to go to the gym to keep fit. I visited aerobics classes and went on the cross trainer, but I would never go on the treadmill as I hated running. 
In 2009 I started running because my company organised a run which you could take part in. I am still so very proud that I managed to finish those 8 miles.;) After that I went running crazy and this is how I started to get into my fitness.

I joined Weight Watchers and lost more then 1 stone. I started running regularly and in 2010 I even finished the London Marathon. In the same year I ran another Marathon in Austria and was hooked then. Training for a competition like this is tiring and takes up a lot of your time. Running very early on a Sunday morning and almost every day after work. I bought a lot of books on how to improve my speed with nutrition and also about how to cure injuries or prevent them. I did have a fair share of injuries during that time but never gave up.
I realised I loved my sports and everything to do with it. Many people came to me for advice.

In October 2011 I qualified as a Level 2 Gym and Exercise to Music Instructor and since then I am teaching my own "Legs Bums Tums" classes and since April 2013 even "Zumba®" fitness classes. I now know my stuff and am so happy to see people improve their fitness by visiting my classes.

I have so much to talk about when it comes to fitness but as everyone else I still have a lot of questions and do struggle with my weight as well.

With this Blog I want to share my knowledge and experience about losing weight, keeping fit and being healthy.

What do you do to stay in shape?

Gisi XXX