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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.

Lara Novales

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F.A.Q. on My program – Half way through

Hey there you guys! Its me, having a bit of free time to bring you this update.

First thing is first. End term projects have officially swamped me. I literally have more projects than I can handle and I need to make good with one of them because apparently Im failing in Sociology hahahaha! That’s weird. But I’m aceing everything else, most specially Psychology. But I know you don’t want to hear all about academics. You’re hear to read about my ongoing experience with the Jaime Eason Live Fit 12 Week Trainer


F.A.Q. for my completed 6 weeks of 12 weeks into the program

Which Phase/week are you in now?
–  I’m currently in Phase 2, week 7 day 43.

Favourite workouts:
– Deadlift and Squats

– because I feel so strong seeing over 100lbs on the damn plates haha (yes I’m vain)

Have you lost weight?
– on the contrary I gained a whopping 7-8 lbs during the first phase

SO is it bad?
– No it’s not. I lost 1-2 dress sizes while  gaining 7-8 lbs.

What was your starting weight before starting the program
– around 131-133lbs

What is your weight now?
– ugh do I really need to? okay okay 136

I thought you gained 7 lbs?
– I did. During phase 1 I gained So much because the program required NO cardio at all. So it was all eating and lifting. So I gained. I went up to almost 138lbs. But upon reintroducing cardio this phase 2, I guess I lost a bit of weight. 2lbs in 2 weeks?

How did you feel?
– I felt very empowered from the very beginning of the program because it was something new and I was so super excited to test my strengths and explore new territories with my fitness.

Was it worth it?
– Half way through the program, I can say YES! it is so worth it, Even when I don’t have time for other things. I just make sure that right after classes I go to the gym and do the preset exercises which were very well laid out and explain for me in the program itself. I’m much stronger now and I can do a shit load more things than I used to. Heck i was able to push the giant cabinets in my room all by myself when 2 other girls (the maids) couldn’t do it with their combines strength! BWAHAHAHAH (yes I’m vain, still)

Was it easy , hard? or just in between?
– To be honest, it’s not easy, and definitely not too hard, but what I can say is that it is challenging.
You can make it easy by choosing lighter weights but since I want to get stronger I had to use weights that challenged me and that made me push myself harder. I made sure that the last rep I had to use over 9000 amount of willpower and strength. But there are days I chose to just lift light specially those “girl” days (IFYWIM)

What was the hardest part about her program?
– FOOD! The damn food! Eating clean! Eating the same types of food (no matter how much you vary). Honestly I can train for 24 hours but the food. the cravings. it is THE MOST DIFFICULT PART!
– I think I will add LEG DAY! I love leg day but it kills me every single time hahaaha!

What was the easiest part?
– Hmmmm….. easiest part… ab workouts. because I did pilates in the past, which really worked my core, to the ab workouts are nothing to me. :P LOL. also hammer curls and leg presses are easy :)

Did you meet your goals and expectations for your halfway mark?
– to be honest with you, I expected to loose a lot of weight but because of the gain I was a bit paranoid but when I tried on my clothes which seemed to be a little more lose then it kinda made me feel positive about it

Anyway those are the only questions I was give  but just a few more notes I wanted to add.

I am dead terrified of the scale because every time I see a big number on it my tendency is to relapse so as much as possible, during this whole program I want to refrain from looking at the scale. I look bigger in some parts due to my gain but I hope to cut out the fats on the remaining weeks in the program.

Also as for my diet. I basically just screwed it upon entering the 2nd phase. I was strict during the 1st phase though. But the thing is, I learned to distinguish which food i can or cannot eat and I can more or less balance out the things to a certain point, but I still ate pizza, fried chicken, chocolates, white bread and junk food.

DIET was and continues to be THE HARDEST part of the program. hopefully once I get my allowance I can buy my food again.

Anyway, this is all I have for you today. If you have other questions regarding my half way through, experience, with the program, leave a comment below and I will answer them on the next blog post.

Busy But Not Too Busy For The Gym

These past two weeks have been  super crazy for me. Mid terms and the aftermath of midterms. All I had time for really was School, Gym, Home, Review, School, and also my crafting (im going to be opening an online store soon with the crafting stuff I’ve made.

So yeah, Mid terms are finished and I think I did pretty okay on my tests and all but the deadlines doesn’t stop at mid terms. We are all preparing for the end term projects so I guess I wont be able to do much comprehensive video updates like before. Perhaps I’ll drop by with a simple message here or there but nothing like before, not until everything gets sorted out on my end at school.

Anyway, although I have been busy with school, rest assure that I have been faithfully going to the gym and working out and following the program of Jamie Eason.

I am on my last week of Phase one and I’m really excited to get my cardio back  on Phase two.

I can feel the muscles in my body forming and I feel much stronger now.

As for the diet, last week during mid terms I really let it go and just ate to my heart’s content. I wasn’t very off track but it still wasn’t the meal plan. Its okay, Im back on it again this week and all I can say 1 week of not eating clean really makes a difference in the body. no a lot of difference but quite a bit of a difference.

I’m sorry but I have to keep this short because I have a lot of project deadlines to catch up to.

How have you guys been? Update me. Let me know how you’ve been doing with your own journey to fit.

Lara Krystle Novales


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Gym Week Recap | Ready Kill It Next week | Phase 1 Day 4

LiveFit Phase 1 Day 4

Inspiration of the day:


Week 1 of the 12 week trainer is complete!! Well the work out part, now I have 3 days of rest before week two starts! I’m am really really stoked! Super excited! I really have good vibes about this program and I feel very much motivated to complete it! The program is so evenly spaced and well planned out it tackled everything one at a time which is really nice. Here is my Video blog and Gym recap ^_^

Lara Novales Training

Here are just a few photos from this week.

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What do you guys think? Will I be able to transform within 12 weeks of this training?

Lara Krystle Novales

Motivated to Transform | Day 1 Phase 1

Phase 1 Day 1 of 84

Photoinspiration of the Day


Hey everyone! I’m glad to say that I finalyl started on Jamie Eason’s LiveFit 12-week Trainer! I’m so stoked! I actually am in the process of rendering my first video blog on this 12-week program! I’m really so excited! But the reason why i am already writing this even without my Video blog is because I will not have the time later on this evening since I have classes until 8:30pm. When I get home I just want to sleep.

Anyway, here is my workout log:

Lara Novales workout

I haven’t completely filled out the food section mainly because its not even 6pm yet when I wrote this. But rest assure that I will be eating on time.

Here are some photos from today:

Dumbbell Bench Press girl

Dumbbell Bench Press Woman

Over head tricep extensions

Laying cable Flyes

Pull downs

I really enjoyed my workout today. Though it was fairly easy at some areas and really frikkin hard in others. I have to say, together with my food today I am very very satisfied and I feel amazing! i can’t wait for tomorrow!

Be sure to stay tuned to my Vlogs! In a perfect world, I want to update everyday, but reality is I cannot do this unless it is the only thing I do and nothing else. So sometime my vlog will come at the end of the week or what not.  So pleas please subscribe to me on youtube to see my latest videos!

Lara Krystle Novales

No Excuses | I Worked Out ever with a High Fever

I woke up today feeling really really sick. Apparently there is a flu going around the city and the country making people sick with fever, sore throats and headaches, I also hear that the measles are also going around. While I was at school I though I will not be able to make it to the gym because I really felt so weak and felt like crap. But i went to the gym anyway.

The moment I arrived in the gym I tried to dress in my gym clothes. It took me a while because I really felt so faint. When I finally did I went straight to the floor to start running but my stomach felt odd so i ran straight to the toilet and I threw up. It was horrible. But I knew that exercise might help make me feel better.

So I washed my face and went back to the floor and walked, jogged, ran, and sprinted on the treadmill for about 20 minutes then I proceeded with my workout. My fever went down a bit and I felt tons better, but I’m still sick though :(

This goes to show that exercise CAN help make you feel better but the proccess of going through all that work with a body that is ill is very risky. Please don’t try that. I can only say that my determination and willpower helped me through the workouts but if I was weak minded i probably would have gave in and caved in and gave out.

So below is my quick F-Vlog recap of my workout today.  (F-Vlog is Fitness Vlog)

Lara Krystle Novales

Junk Food Why Its Bad For Us

January 3. 3rd day of the year. Birthday of my most best friend in the world who is currently being tortured by my 30 day Squat till you Drop Challenge in addition to the 21 day no junk food challenge. ^_^ I’m really proud of her. I just hope she completes and doesn’t give up on the challenge.

Anyway, as for me I also am on my 3rd day of the Squat till you Drop challenge and I can really feel the burn on my butt and thighs. So the question for this challenge is “What junk food am I giving up this month?”

The answer

ALL OF THEM. Well right after the reunion tomorrow. All the family from around the world is here and we have this MASSIVE reunion where some of them bake stuff and share with us. As much as I want to say NO to it, it would be very rude. So I will taste a bit of each and then swore my life to the 21 no junk food for the month of January.

But basically I can SHUN all junk food from my life. I’ve done it before and I can do it again. I have to admit, junk food is comfort food. (I swear I think there is nicotine in those chips and crisps).

Here is a very interesting article from http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/ on Junk food and why its bad for us.

Junk food is food that is calorie-dense and nutrient poor. In recent decades, junk food, fast food and convenience food consumption in the United States have increased dramatically, with 25 percent of people now consuming predominantly junk food diets. This trend has occurred concurrently with rising epidemics of numerous chronic diseases and accounts for a long list of reasons why eating junk food is bad.


Junk food plays a major role in the obesity epidemic. By the year 2050, the rate of obesity in the U.S. is expected to reach 42 percent, according to researchers at Harvard University. Children who eat fast food as a regular part of their diets consume more fat, carbohydrates and processed sugar and less fiber than those who do not eat fast food regularly. Junk food in these children’s diets accounts for 187 extra calories per day, leading to 6 additional pounds of weight gain per year. Obesity increases your risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and many other chronic health conditions.


Your insulin levels become elevated when you eat processed sugars, such as those in soft drinks, white flour and other foods devoid of fiber and nutrients necessary to properly metabolize carbohydrates. Eating junk foods throughout the day causes chronically high insulin levels, which eventually prompts your cells to begin to ignore this important hormone, resulting in a condition known as insulin resistance. Ultimately, obesity and Type 2 diabetes may set in. Since the 1980s, Type 2 diabetes, which was minimal in teenagers, has risen to 15 percent.


Junk food may lead to depression in teenagers, according to Andrew F. Smith, author of the book “Fast Food and Junk Food: An Encyclopedia of What We Love to Eat.” Hormonal changes at puberty make teens more susceptible to mood and behavioral swings. A healthy diet plays a part in keeping hormone levels on an even keel, while a diet high in junk food falls short of these requirements. Consuming trans fats, saturated fats and processed food is associated with up to 58 percent increase in risk of depression.

Nutrient Deficiencies

Processing that removes vitamins, minerals and fiber makes junk foods into the sources of empty calories that nutritionists disparage. Children who eat a lot of junk foods may develop nutritional deficiencies that lead to low energy, mood swings, sleep disturbance and poor academic achievement, among other health conditions, according to the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension.


High sodium levels are a defining characteristic of many junk foods and one of the contributing factors to the overconsumption of salt that typifies the Western diet and contributes to high blood pressure and heart, liver and kidney diseases, according to Harvard Health Publications. The average American eats five to 10 times more salt than the 2,300 milligrams per day recommended by the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Considering the high rates of high blood pressure among Americans, that level should be even lower — about 1,500 milligrams per day — for 70 percent of adults. However, the trend since 1988 shows that fewer people with hypertension adhere to a low-sodium diet now than did then.

About the Author of this article

Tracey Roizman has been a writer and speaker on natural and preventive health care since 1995. She holds a B.S. in nutritional biochemistry and a doctor of chiropractic degree, and is a postgraduate diplomate in chiropractic functional neurology.

Lara Krystle Novales