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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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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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Leg Day Killed Me | Unable to Finish my workout.


Found on storenvy.com

Day 44: Legs

Yes today was Leg day and I am a bit sad to say I was unable to finish my workout because in the middle of my set I started seeing black spots and I felt doozy. It was nothing I ever felt before. I think it might be the stress caused by so many deadlines and so many projects due for end terms here in university.

But on a positive note I accomplished something today with my squats.

65kg (143lbs) close stance squats… 15 reps to failure and I pushed myself to 30reps! it was a killer! but I felt so amazing! I love feeling accomplished in that manner. :P Then that was accompanied by 110lbs close stance leg press. so at least I was still able to work hard before my body gave out.

has this ever happened to you in the past? Not being able to finish your workouts because of mental stress? let me know in the comments below!