Thinspirational Journey’s Farewell… Soon


Hello everyone.

I just wanted to share with you some issues i am facing with this blog.

#1. Facebook deleted the Thinspirational Journey fan page because Facebook thought, or someone reported that my site promotes eating disorders. Which is not true, if you are a reader of my blog.

#2. I am unable to access my wordpress site through normal means for some odd reason. Everyone else can access it but me. The only way I am able to post this update right now is by going through a VPN program. Which is very much tedious and a big hassle.

#3. I keep getting a lot of hate mail because of my website name. THINSPIRATIONAL JOURNEY, Just because there is the term “THINSPO” in it doesn’t mean I am glorifying starvation or promoting self harm through eating disorders and such.

Let me tell you a brief history about this blog.

Yes, I started out as an eating disordered blog. When I decided to lose weight I had no knowledge, no idea on how i was supposed to be done so i ran to the internet and searched for ways to lose weight and of course there was a plethora of Thinspo sites which were very appealing. Thigh gaps, flat tummies, prominent hip and collar bones. It was media’s ideal of beauty, and being the young adult I was who didn’t know better I was easily influenced and motivated and even inspired by it all. There was no one there to guide me since I was basically all alone and depressed during those “darker” times.

I started a blog and decided to record everything just for myself.

As time passed by I did develop an eating disorder which I DENIED to those who told me I had. Though I was losing weight I was unhappy and my life was a roller coaster. I starved myself, and when I did eat food I would vomit it all out because i’d feel bad about myself. Then it developed into a Starve- binge-puke cycle which was really bad.

I logged everything on to my blog, I would post photos and such and then I would take some tips and share articles that I found useful.

As time flew by, I was little by little introduced to a healthier lifestyle. At first girls with muscles scared the shit out of me because it didn’t fit my twisted ideals of skinny and dainty. But my views changed little by little. My eyes started to open up to my destructive ways until I found a certain Pilates instructor online who was such a positive motivation to me.

Her name is Cassey Ho from Blogilates. I admired her quirky and fun attitude towards fitness. It dawned on me that there is a much better and a happier lifestyle than starving and binging- and throwing up (lather-rinse-repeat).

So I changed my life around. I started to eat healthier and even became vegetarian. I started exercising more than 3 times a week and then one day I saw her post about joining a bikini competition and I was so amazed by her story of dedication and commitment so that was the time I decided I wanted to train insane. Lift heavy. and all that.

So right now I am training for a bikini competition for next year. (better start early).


 

  • I promote eating 6 small healthy meals a day with balance portions.
  • I promote exercising at least 30-60minutes a day
  • I try to come up with easy challenges that my readers can do every month (though I can’t do this regularly because I also have other things to do but I try really hard)
  • My lines are always open to talk to those girls who are suffering through E.D.s and want to make a change in their life just like I did.
  • I promote healthy and happy living.

But why keep the blog THINSPIRATIONAL JOURNEY?

Think about it. Girls who are looking for “THINSPO” will stumble to my site and see that there is a life beyond disordered eating. There is a happier and healthier lifestyle. So i like to think and put out to the world that my blog is more like a wolf in sheep’s clothing (in a good way) I am a healthy blog disguised as a Thinspo blog so that I can and am able to reach out to those who might be searching for the wrong things online.  At least when they land on my “THINSPIRATIONAL” site, they can see a more positive image and none of those THINSPO stuff that can ultimately destroy their lives.

So I think my readers can be the judge and the witnesses to what my blog is really about.


 

That being said.

I will now be shutting down Thinspirational Journey and moving it to a new home under a new name giving it a slightly new beginning.

But until the time that Thinspirational JOurney moves on I just wanted to thank all my readers and followers for being there and supporting me.

I hope you will support the new name I will have this blog under.

xx
Lara Novales

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The Easiest and Simplest Weight Loss Tip


Hello everyone! It is Fitness Friday and just as I promised on one of my previous post, an article for you to enjoy!

Today’s awesome-sauce article is from a fellow fitness and wellness blogger of The Health Junkie. She will be sharing with us some easy weight loss tips that everyone can do (NO EXCUSES) heeheehee. You know how I like writing things in an informal way so that it will be much more easy for you guys to read, and I love that about The Health Junkie because her article for us today is really easy to understand. ^_^ And she even gave us a freebie! So be sure to read, rate and comment your opinions (or you can always email if you’re a bit shy — i know most of you are like that).

So without further ado:

The Most Underrated Health + Weight Loss Tip BUT Super Easy To Do.

I’m so honored to be addressing the Thispirational Journey readers, thanks Krystle for this wonderful opportunity. :)I have a super simple tip for you to lose weight and have clear, younger-looking skin but first I’d like to say that weight loss or toning up is 80% food and 20% movement. The saying “abs are made in the kitchen and revealed in the gym” is one of my mantras. Having said that, I know how hard it could be to stick to a diet or force yourself to exercise when you don’t feel like it or you’re just too tired from work or school. So I’m dedicated to find simple, effective and doable tips to make keeping healthy and fit easier.

Here’s a super easy tactic that you can use, you won’t even break a sweat.

Are you ready? Here goes:

Hydrate properly.
Yep, that’s it! Sometimes when we feel hungry, we’re actually just thirsty. So grab a glass of water and drink up!
I’d tell you another reason to drink up (read: no more acne) but before we get into that, let me tell you why I don’t quench with sports drinks.

I used to down sports drinks like water. My life involves a lot of walking and sweating so I thought that the best way to hydrate was with a bottle (or two) of sports drinks and artificially-flavored water. Why? Because water is too bland! Plus I didn’t really care for studies or research back then.

Sports drinks have their benefits of course, especially for athletes (maybe, I can’t really be sure about this), because they were made for athletes. The thing is, most sports drinks contain stimulants like caffeine that can be harmful for health in the long term. They can also have high concentration of sugars and artificial ingredients. Also, most of what the manufacturers claim are not regulated by FDA. (Source: Livestrong)

What I say really is, you be the judge. You know your body well more than me or anybody else. And if you’re like me, you probably don’t tell your doctor everything. [hee hee]

Going back to hydration, now, I go for water. I always carry my reusable bottle and I refill whenever possible. If it’s too hot outside, I go for… ice cold water. Lately I’ve been buying fresh coconut water because it’s the right blend of sweet and refreshing.

Water is a natural cleanser. We all know it. We all drink it. Some of us consume the bottled version (some even pay a premium for certain brands) and some of us are fine with filtered tap.

How can water help you trim off the fat and give you clearer skin?

Water flushes out toxins!

It helps with digestion and aids the natural flow of toxins out of the body. Acne build up happens when the body is not detoxifying properly. I personally have no struggle with pimples, but rough skin and blackheads? Count me in. I remember being really shy about it, not confident enough to mingle with other people. Fast forward to now, my skin has improved and I’m more confident.

Water vs. Sports Drinks

There are many other benefits to drinking water, but why is it better than sports drinks? Read: too much sodium and artificial ingredients. And even if the label says natural, it’s definitely questionable. I suggest reading this well-researched article from Food Babe

For peak performance, and when I really don’t have time to prepare pre- or post-workout drinks, I choose coconut water. Water is not enough to hydrate after some strenuous activities. Coconut water on the other hand contains electrolytes that can replenish our tank after sweating.

Coconut water has five times the potassium found in your sports drink, and far less sodium. Good for the kidneys, yes? It also has more calcium and magnesium, and less carbohydrates and calories than most fruit juices.

In certain tropical countries like the Philippines, coconut water is used as a cure (or as an aid for the cure) for urinary tract infection and many other ailments. Hurray for coconut water!

The point of the matter is, hydration is important! I can’t stress this enough. A well-hydrated body equates to proper excretion of wastes and healthy skin. Hydration prevents muscle cramps, stiffness in joints and a cranky attitude.

So really, you get cleaned inside and out.

Now, I’d like to hear from you.

Have you ever struggled with acne and skin problems? What has worked for you? Share it and tell us in the comments below. I’m going to read every single one of them. :)Thanks Krystle and Thinspirational Journey readers! Just for being avid followers of this blog, I’m gifting you with my super easy recipe for losing the bloated feeling – it’s detoxifying and has only 2 ingredients! :) Click here and catch you next time.

Warmly,Tonette | The Health Junkie


 

Tonette is the creator and blogger behind The Health Junkie (link: http://healthjunkie.ph). She believes that weight loss, working out and eating clean should be simple, effective and doable – no stress, no fuss, just easy tactics and seeable results. She believes that life must be enjoyed to the fullest and that progress, not perfection, is the goal.

You can catch her on:
Facebook: facebook.com/healthjunkieph
Twitter: twitter.com/healthjunkieph
Instagram: instagram.com/healthjunkieph

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Cashew Noodles With Brocolli And Tofu


 

Hey everyone. I know this post was supposed to be for yesterday but I was a bit preoccupied with certain thing but anyway here is you recipe for the week! I got this off This site and i just had to try it out and I have to say it is really really good! So I decided to share it with you all for you guys to try! Its healthy, easy and delicious!

CASHEW NOODLES WITH BROCCOLI AND TOFU

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Nutritional Info:

Per Serving:
480 calories (120 from fat),
13g total fat,
2.5g saturated fat,
85mg cholesterol,
600mg sodium,
67g carbohydrate
(5g dietary fiber, 4g sugar),
24g protein
Ingredients:
  • 1 large head organic broccoli, stemmed and cut into small florets
  • 3/4 pound enriched egg noodles
  • 3 tablespoons prepared ginger soy vinaigrette, divided
  • 1/4 cup roasted, unsalted cashews
  • 1 (8-ounce) package Thai or Teriyaki baked tofu, cut into 1-inch cubes
Method:

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add broccoli and cook until al dente, 3 to 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer broccoli to a large plate; set aside. Return water to a boil; add noodles and cook until al dente, 7 to 8 minutes; drain well. Meanwhile, put vinaigrette, cashews and 1/2 cup water into a blender and purée until smooth. Return hot noodles to pot along with cashew mixture, broccoli and tofu and cook over medium heat, tossing gently, until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes more; transfer to bowls and serve.

xoxo
Lara Krystle Novales
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Motivation Monday


SO I was going through we heart it and I saw some of these beautiful motivational posters and images that I would like to share with you.

 

Sometimes I really just need that extra boost of motivation in forms of fit girls and inspirational quotes. :)

These images do not belong to me. I just found them on weHeartIt. if you are the owner of these images and wish for it to be off site feel free to email me at thinspirationaljourney[at]gmail[dot]com. 

xoxo
Lara Krystle Novales
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New blog schedule as of April.


New blog schedule as of April.

Mondays – Motivation Mondays
Wednesday – mid week recipe
Friday – Fitness Friday
Saturday – gym recap of the week (video)
Sunday –  rest day

 I will also try to update something on a semi daily basis, or whenever I can. I know it is very important to update a blog and I have been failing to do that recently, mainly because I have a lot of other things to do. But i can assure you that I am still very much still exercising, workingout nd ever trying new things.

Ive caught up with my business orders so now I can start focusing on this blog again.

Oh just incase you are interested I have my own website/home page now. but it isn’t related to fitness or anything like that. its more for my osplay and craft life visit it here at

www.laranovales.com

 

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Summer! My April Gym Schedule


Summer in the Philippines is FINALLY HERE! And that means NO SCHOOL/CLASSES for 2 MONTHS! Which also means that I can finally go back to the GYM!

Finals week was really excruciating and I am sad to admit but I was eating junk food everyday to cope with the hectic and stressful nature of finals and such. So in turn i gained a fair amount of weight back.

So the first half of summer I will set the weights down for 30 days and just focus on cardio and try new classes at th gym

So here is my schedule for the WHOLE month of April.


 

Mondays: Boxing

Tuesdays: Spin Class

Wednesdays: Muai Thai

Thursdays: Spartan 300

Fridays: Boxing

Saturdays: Muai Thai

Sundays: Rest


So there you have it. My schedule for April, my attempt to burn all the fat I gained during end terms. (hopefully more)

Come May, I will start with my weight training once again.

I will keep this short for now. I just wanted to let you guys know that Im back for the WHOLE OF SUMMER! and Im so excited!

xoxo
Lara Krystle Novales
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Final Exams and Projects


I’m sure you may have noticed my lack of updates lately here on this blog. Its mainly because fo the End Term season and Final exams week. It been so crazy lately in my head that I can’t even go to the gym and I have been stuffing my face full of sugary stuff and unhealthy eats just to cope with the stresses of it all. But its okay. I know I can do this.

I just finished my Sociology End Term project on Cosplay and it was a success (i hope) now I can finally focus on my Psychology project (centerd on the psychosocial problems found within the family) I have tomorrow and saturday to film it. and then I need to be able to finihsh editing it by the 27th so it will be ready by the 28th.

Okay I’m sure I’m boring you with all this academic post.

As for fitness is concerned, as I said earlier, I’m pretty much too mentally occupied to think about my weight lifting and weight training. I’m just not able to concentrate on both school and fitness at the same time. Specially now I’m kinda not feeling the whole college life.

Anyway, i just wanted to let you guys know that.

Boring update.

Forgive the blogger ;)

 

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