Fit Friday: Update (week 7)

001I would love to be a consultant for retail clothing stores. The first thing I would advise them on is their changing rooms. It’s something that I think so many stores get badly wrong. It may cost some more money initially, but making sure their changing rooms have flattering lighting and mirrors would make a massive difference in terms of sales.

Case in point: I’ve been wanting to get some new items to update my work-out style. The first store I went to was Mango. I’d seen some cute work out pieces when I shopped there on previous occasions. I picked out some trousers and a few tops. When I got into the changing room, I knew it was not going to be a good experience. Firstly, the rooms had those super annoying curtains that no matter how you position them, people can always look in and see your naked butt. Secondly, the lighting was horrible and fluorescent and the moment I took off my jeans and looked at the back of my legs, I wanted to put my clothes back, pick up some Ben & Jerry’s and call it day. Needless to say, the only thing I purchased was a new sports bra, which I didn’t try on.

The 2nd and final store I went to was H&M. I wasn’t optimistic, but they did have an extensive amount of sportswear options to choose from. I picked out around 7 items and queued up for the changing rooms. As soon as I got into the room, and there was a proper door that shut behind me, I already felt better. The lighting was so much better and the mirrors were flattering as well. Every item I tried on I loved and I was super stoked that the medium I originally picked up in the black jogging trousers (pictured) were much too big so I ended up getting a small. I would have purchased everything, but I whittled the items down to a t-shirt and tank top, both in electric pink (hey girl hey), and the black jogging bottoms.

I’ve been to the gym three times so far this week and plan to go this afternoon. I’m not going to focus on my stats this week because they have not changed. I have noticed that my body is becoming more wiggle and less jiggle (Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle / Just a little bittlethanks Jason). If you’re interested, this post from two weeks ago has them listed.

I’ve been resisting making too many drastic changes to my diet as it was already pretty healthy and I wanted this lifestyle to be easily maintained long term. I’ve not seen the results I was hoping for, so I’ve decided to make some new changes. I’m going to limit my sugar intake to low sugar content fruit (mostly berries and just at breakfast with my porridge) as well as lower my dairy intake. I’ve also changed my gym routine and have reduced my cardio from 1 hour to 30 minutes so I can spend more time doing weight training (Jay @ Optimus Vitality has some good information on this issue).

xx BHF

A Day in Switzerland: Journey to Giessbach Falls

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This past Saturday Martin and I met up with his work colleague and family and spent the day making our way to and from Giessbach Falls. It was our 3rd journey there. The first being for Martin’s birthday a couple years ago and the 2nd time with my mom and dad during their last visit.

To get there you can catch a boat from Interlaken Ost (East) which takes you across Lake Brienz and to the bottom of the Giessbach Falls. For 6 CHF, a funicular takes you up to the Grandhotel Giessbach, a beautiful hotel with picturesque views of the lake and surrounding mountains. From there you can hike to the top of the waterfall. There is a small bridge halfway up which allows you to walk behind the falls; a childhood fantasy of mine realised.

xx BHF

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The ugly truth about my fabulous new life.

I feel like I’ve misled you a little. I’ve not shown you an accurate portrayal of my day to day life here in Switzerland and I’m feeling somewhat guilty about this. I post pictures of mountains, and cows, and rambling rivers, and flowers, and beer bottles that I’ve painted gold (or pink). But I never post the ugly bits, the annoying bits, the bits that might make you think twice before shoving all of your worldly belongings into a garage and moving to the country of chocolate and cheese and trains that run on time. Yeah, I guess I did post, way back when, about our blocked toilet issue, but since then I’ve kept it clean and pretty.

I’ve recently come across something disturbing which has made me Google “cockroaches in Switzerland” several times yesterday and today. I found one bug under my laundry hamper and another in the elevator…most likely coming up to our floor to join the cockroach party. I don’t have any previous experience with cockroaches, but I do know that I really don’t want to deal with an infestation. I’ve survived a bed bug infestation so cockroaches can’t be that bad, can they? Plus, cockroaches don’t bite, right? I’m getting the heebie-jeebies just thinking about it. I’m going to keep my eyes open for any other signs of bug activity. And try to remember not to step on them because apparently that just spreads their eggs around if it’s a female. Ew. So gross and so not fabulous.

I have no pretty picture to accompany this post. #sorrynotsorry

xx BHF

More cow bell!

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You hear them before you see them. A low and constant “ting-ting” that gets louder the further you make your way down the trail. As you get closer to the source of the noise, you notice a distinctive and pungent smell in the air. Both the smell and bells increasing in potency as you continue on your path. And then you see them: the cows. With their big bells strapped on with thick, black leather collars. They are massive beasts with their horns, long, sharp and menacing. There is nothing separating you and them. Not a gate or even a flimsy fence, but that’s okay because they are gentle and calm and not nearly as excited to see you as you are to see them. They lazily graze on the impossibly green grass as you marvel in their beauty, thinking to yourself how quintessentially “Swiss” this experience is. And as they tolerate the constant “click-click” of your camera shutter, you begin to fall in love (just a little), despite the flies and pungent smell. Yes, despite that.

xx BHF

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Fit Friday: Update (week 6)

My thoughts this week on getting into shape are nicely summed up by this video:

I’ve worked really hard this week and I’ve seen ZERO improvements in my stats. I’m not even going to post them because nothing has changed from last week. NOTHING.

I am in pain. The lower half of my body is still achy and sore from my 3 hour hike on Wednesday. In addition to this, I’ve gone to the gym 4 times (Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday), where I burned a total of 2280 calories on the cross training machine and spent 1.5 hours doing weight training. On Tuesday, I took a “day off” and did a 60 minute yoga video. All this, for zero results. It’s super frustrating.

I realise that what is probably happening is that I am building more muscle and muscle weighs more than fat. Right? Dear Lord, let this be right! I do feel a little discouraged, but I have not lost my motivation. I’m going to continue going to the gym and hiking and doing yoga. But, damn girl, getting in shape was soooo much easier in my 20’s…

xx BHF