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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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The Best Regimen for College Fitness

Here is a nice infographic and short article that was shared with Thinspirational Journey by Susan Martin on Fitness tips for college students.

Starting out at college is a time of excitement, anticipation, and oftentimes, extreme nervousness. There are a whole host of prospects that can leave any freshman filled with anxiety, from making friends to maintaining good grades to knowing which classes to take. One of the biggest sources of anxiety for students, however, is unrelated to academics: A large percentage of students greatly fear the famous and dreaded freshman 15. The truth is, this isn’t an irrational fear: Most college students will gain between 15 and 25 pounds by the end of their sophomore year. One of the main causes of the freshman 15? Lack of exercise: Not only do the majority of college students not get the recommended amount of exercise, one in three just don’t exercise at all. To be fair, finding time for exercise in the midst of busy college life can be challenging, but there are some great ways that that particular hurdle can be side-stepped. Today’s infographic takes a look at the best ways for college students to stay fit—even in the middle of a dorm room. From cardio to strength training to flexibility, there’s a myriad of ways in which even the biggest of couch potatoes can beat the freshman 15.

Please include attribution to TheBestColleges.org with this graphic.

The Best Regimen for College Fitness

WOD Nation x Navy Seals Part III | “O” Course? Of Course!!

You dont have to be great to start

Welcome to the third part of our WOD Nation x NAVY Seals Invitational CrossFit throwdown!

We last left our 5 part series with our participants Rowing the rubber boats with perseverance. [post can be found here]. So lets follow them and see where they headed to after they rowed to shore.

“Obstacle Course”

What Navy base would it be if they didn’t have an Obstacle course? And what kind of WOD would it be if they didn’t include the “O” course as well? And for any Crossfiter who enjoys a challenge, this WOD was definitely something that they all enjoyed.

So everyone had to accomplish the obstacle course within a time frame. One person per team will be running in the obstacle course while the rest of the will be working together to complete the Workout of the day. 1 Person will be doing the actual movement for example one will be doing the burpees while  the rest of the team is holding a pose like V pose or plank as another member of their team goes through the course. Once their teammate  completes the course they switch movements and teammates who does the course and WODS.

Running from the docks to the WOD O course

Plank hold and pushups

Air Squats and squt holds

Burpees and V holds

Box jumps and reverse plank hold

log crossing

Log Crossing

monkey bars

log climb

tire Crawl motivational quote

bar hurdles

Log crossing

Here is the list of the WOD they did:

  1. Push up and Plank Holds
  2. Air Squats and Squat Holds
  3. Burpees and V hold
  4. Pull-ups and Hand Stand Holds
  5. Box Jumps and Reverse Plank Holds

Everyone worked really hard to complete all the workouts plus the obstacle course in the alotted time of 25 minutes. Personally speaking just watching them and following the participants around was already effort enough and a bit tiring since the sun was so high in the sky and the heat was intense. But they finished it! They didn’t stop. Some of them reached over 100 BURPEES!!! Goodness, I can only do about 10 burpees before I give up and lay down panting. But these people didn’t. Though they may not be soldiers, they are “Soldiers of fitness” Its amazing.

Words of encouragement filled the air as they reached their final stretch for WOD II.  I think all the people who were shouting and urging them on in high spirits really helps each particiapnt to really perform well and push themelves to even farther than their known limits. Working together as a unit yet again.

So after the grueling WOD II – “O Course”” everyone were all cheers and smiles. Their smiles were full of accomplishment and triumph. It was beautiful to see.

CrossFit Mad Minute (Philippines)


And before I conclude this post. I just want to give you something you can smile at. I saw this photos I took and I was already tired from sitting in front of the computer editing and uploading photos. I couldn’t think of anything witty to say.


WOD Nation
CrossFit Mad Minute
FnB Box
CrossFit Inssurecto
Seal Team Fitness – NAVSOG Box

Lara Krystle Novales

Top 5 Fitness Programs


We all have heard about fitness programs like P90X, and Insanity. But the truth is that though they are popular and have lots of commercials. They aren’t really the best and have lots of flaws. Such as the inexplicable stretching break in the insanity videos which causes you to cool down and completely ruins the point of the warm up. But there are a lot of really great programs created by lesser known fitness professionals who are way more qualified to put together a program. So I did some research and put together this list of programs along with a short description and the qualifications of the professionals who created them.

1. Full Throttle Fat Loss

Created by Dr. Kareem F. Samhouri, CSCS, HFS

“Dr. Kareem Samhouri designed this program to stimulate the nervous system first, which makes this very unique. What does that do? Well, I had the same question and started researching it like crazy.  By targeting nerve instead of muscle, your body works on multiple muscles at once, and even more importantly, ALL of each muscle instead of small components of them.”

2. Body by Boyle Online

Created by Mike Boyle served as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Boston University for 15 years, also for the past 25 years he been  the Strength and Conditioning Coach for Men’s Ice Hockey at Boston University. Mike has recently been named the Boston RED SOX strength and conditioning consultant.  In addition to his duties at Boston University and the Red Sox, from 1991-1999 Boyle served as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League. Michael was also the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the 1998 US Women’s Olympic Ice Hockey Team, Gold Medalists in Nagano, and served as a consultant in the development of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

” For three decades Strength Coach Mike Boyle has been at the forefront of the profession, working with a wide range of athletes and clients. From middle school, to the pros, to busy adults who want to be in the best shape of their lives, Mike has delivered results over the years that have made him one of the top presenters at seminars around the world, the author of several published books and DVDs that have shaped the industry, and owner of the Number 1 Gym in America by Men’s Health Magazine

3. Bodyweight Exercise Revolution

Created by Adam Steer NCCP-3, NSCA-CPT, CST -HC and Ryan Nurdock CST-HC

“Bodyweight training can be as tough or as gentle as you want it to be. If that’s the case, then why aren’t more people doing it? Probably lack of variation. Conventional bodyweight programs are dull! You can only do so many push-ups, sit-ups and jumping jacks before boredom drives you away. Adam and Ryan understand this. And they hate jumping jacks too. That’s why they filled Bodyweight Exercise Revolution with the most innovative movements you’ve ever imagined.”

4. Beautiful Badass

Created by Nia Shanks who has a Bachelor’s in Exercise Physiology from the University of Louisville.

“Barbell and Bodyweight training for women. Simple, No Nonsense Strength Training Manual For Women Who Want To Build A Better Body. Included Are 19 Different Training Programs And Instructional Videos”

5. Kettle Bell Burn

Created by Geoff Neupert, CSCS, StrongFirst RKC Instructor

“We are going to look into two different “worlds” – the World of Science and the World of Hard Knocks. Combined, they produce the following five strategies:

  1. Lift Heavy
  2. Lift Explosively
  3. Eliminate Weak Links
  4. Manage Fatigue
  5. Elevate The Metabolism”

Source: http://fitnessgyro.tumblr.com/post/42533981402/tumblrgym-we-all-have-heard-about-fitness

Motivation | Fitspo | Inspiration

Okay I am in dire need of some beautiful Fitspirations and Motivation. So here are some I liked and I want to share with you


Dancing For F.D.E. Is Not For The Faint Heart

Dancing For F.D.E. Is Not For The Faint Heart

30 Day Workout Challenge Day 02

Day 2: What are your top 5 workout songs that you listen to?


So I just came back from my 2 hour Dance rehearsal at Future Dance Ensemble and I have to say All those stretches, ponches, splits, and the likes are really not for the faint heart. Also the pirouettes and sashay turns and spins and leaps are not for the faint stomach. It was such a grueling evening of dance.

I managed to snake in my workout for Wednesday during the break time of dance rehearsal. So I’m really exhausted. And the fact I still did an altered version of the workout. Over all I was very glad to have done so much workout today. Im kinda not looking forward to the aches and paind I will feel tomorrow because of the ponches and leg extensions we did today.

As for my answer to the question of the day. My top 5 workout songs to listen to are:

  1. YUI – How Crazy
  2. HxH – Do you Feel What I feel
  3. Lady Gaga – Paparazi
  4. Nana Kitade – Lum No Love Song
  5. ZEDD – Spektrum

I usually have a lot of Jpop and Anime Soundtracks when I do my workouts because I am an Otaku after all.

What about you guys? Which music do you listen to when you work out?


My Highlights of 2012

Hey everyone I just wanted to start the year right by looking back at what happened in 2012.

My Highlights of 2012

Lara Novales highest weight

Lara Novales lowest weight for 2012 125lbs

  • My Lowest weight achieved is 125lbs.

Lara Novales Bento Making

  • Started making Bento.


  • Went to my first cosplay convention as a cosplayer and not a con-goer.

Lara Novales Vegetarian

  • Became Vegetarian


  • Hiked and Got lost on the Great Wall and Survived. :) (im so glad to be alive really)


  • Lara Novales with Dane Ram and Cameron Lee at the MAster Dance Class at SDT BeijingMet 2 famous dance choreographers (Dane Ram and Cameron Lee).

Lra NOvales lifting weights at the Eclipse Gym Manila

  • LIfted weights and Loved it!
  • Owned the Agility ladder
  • Met  new  friends  in the Gym

Cosplay La Familia Photo Shoot

  • Went on my first cosplay photoshoot and made friends with cosplayers and joined a cosplay group which is the most awesome group ever because they are all so down to earth funny and kind.


  • Gained new friends and fans/readers here online a Thinspirational Journey and I love all of you

These are just a handful of things I clearly remember from my 2012. They are not major achievements like others who ran 50k marathons and such but these small achievements make a world of a difference to my life.

I think acknowledging even the smallest happy moments of 2012 and focusing on those will help us in facing 2013 with our head held up high and motivation like we have never had before!!

What are the awesome events that happened to you in 2012? Care to Share?