Monday, 23 February 2015

new routines

Hi all!

Another week has passed, damn I somehow can't manage to blog more than once a week at the moment.
 It's because of work and the household and all these other things that are part of daily life. I have new routines and everything is a bit more structured again now. I love to blog but I also spend my spare time doing martial arts again. It's time consuming but I missed it and really enjoy being back to training. I'm also back to the Weight Watchers Online programme because I flipped the switch and want to go back to my feel good weight.

Let's talk martial arts first.
Some of you might remember that I used to go to Wing Tsun training at least once a week in Germany. Shortly before I came to Australia my trainer decided to move on and learn some more himself, so the class was history anyway.
When I came to Perth I realised how much I missed doing martial arts. I had enjoyed doing it before and it had given me confidence, self-esteem and of course physical fitness. I really wanted all of this back, so as soon as I was financially stable again I started looking for a new challenge.
I eventually chose a Mixed Martial Arts school not far from our house where they don't teach Wing Tsun but Muay Thai and Kali Sikaran.
Muay Thai is also known as thai boxing and focuses on clinch boxing, punching and kicking. Kali Sikaran is a form of Filipino stick and knife fighting combined with elements from kickboxing.
Both fighting forms were completely new to me (resp. still are) but it's fun, a perfect stress release and helps me get in shape again too.
I usually go to the classes twice a week, one day Muay Thai and one day Kali, but I ideally want to go twice a week for each. That means four days a week one hour training after work. I still have to get used to the new routine but after only three weeks I can already see how beneficial it is for my body and mind.

//shirt: new yorker // top: vero moda // necklace: accessorize // bag: ebay // belt: l.a. golden // jeans: only // shoes: minnetonka //

Next let's talk weight!
I have gained a good 3-4 kilos in the last four months (that's exactly the time I've been in Australia now). I'm not even surprised! There were just too many new foods to try and three months of unemployment let the laziness enter my life. The other day I finally stepped on the scale again after ages (we don't have a scale at home) and almost fainted. I decided it's enough now! Some years ago I had lost 15 kilos and now I have gained 10 of them back - no thank you!
I registered with Weight Watchers again because it has worked for me before. I count points, I eat low carb and high protein meals, I am much more aware of what I eat again - and all of this is beneficial for my health too. I have only brought a limited selection of clothing for my year abroad and I don't want to grow out of them because I can't afford to buy it all new in bigger sizes.

So much for new routines.
I sometimes still can't believe how healthy my life is now. No cigarettes, (almost) no alcohol, lots of fruit and veggies - it's the complete opposite of the life I lived at home in Germany.
It's all a matter of attitude and will power, I know. However I have to admit it's so much easier when you make a cut and start from scratch again like I did when I left my old life behind and came to Perth to see what the future holds for me. Crucial turning points in life can be healthy if you take them with the right attitude. I wasn't even aware of this until now that's it's four months later! It's crazy...
Sometimes I miss having beers and cigarettes with my friends like I used to when we went out in Düsseldorf. That was just part of the fun! But then again I have fun here too, it's just a different (healthier) kind of fun.

I can't wait to see where all of this will lead me. It's such an upheaval phase of my life! It's exciting and scary and challenging and uncertain. It will be an adventure to find out what life has planned next for me.

Anyways, I should stop rambling now.
It's getting late and I have to prepare healthy snacks for tomorrow.
Have a good day lovelies!
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  1. Ouu, martial arts sounds so fun! I took a kickboxing class back in uni and I loved it. I definitely should get back into something active.

    And great look! I love how the browns of your belt and mocs match and the unbuttoned plaid shirt gives off a wonderful casual vibe. And I am uber jelly of your necklace! I want. haha

  2. I totally need to try WW! I've gained 100lbs in 5 years!!! The weight came back with a vengeance after a 40lbs weight loss (dieting and belly dancing.) Then add on a happy marriage and two kids... oh boy!

  3. Yay for a healthy life! I still cannot resist junk food, it's this cold weather and I am finding it hard to stop myself XD
    Lovely outfit and that necklace is especially cute!

  4. You have been doing really well with the healthy snacks! Always impressed when I see them on instagram. Glad everything is falling into place for you, the martial arts sounds really fun! xx

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  5. great positive choices! love that antler necklace!!

    lacee swan

  6. What a cute necklace! I really like your boho shoes too. :)

    Tara x

  7. martial arts?! that's cool! i've taken kali sikaran lessons before (when I was still living in the Philippines!).

    all the best to your new routine! :D

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  8. I've always wanted to try out martial arts, so I'm glad to hear that you're enjoying the sport. You seem to be making all these positive changes in your routine. Best of luck as you embark on this new healthy lifestyle!

    Sweet Helen Grace

  9. Fun outfit! I am glad to read about your new take or challenge on getting back to a healthier you. Australia seems like such a lovely place- heck I would indulge myself in new foods for sure (and put on weight) but I understand taking it easy now and losing some weight. You go girl!!
    Garay Treasures

  10. Amazing pictures! I love your style :)
    xx Lia

  11. Uh that knife fighting one sounds completely bad ass. I just imagined you in a dark alley, completely taking down a group of thugs. Am I accurate? Haha! And go you for getting active again. I never really diet properly, but I always feel so great after a long run (though I hate every second of it while doing so.) If you'll be sharing health stuff on the blog, I'd be curious to see what kind of meals you make that are high protein/ how you count calories :)

    xo marlen
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  12. Find ich toll, dass du jetzt deine Routine umkrempelst - das Gleiche hatte ich auch vor 5 Jahren, und hab innerhalb von ein paar Monaten 10 Kilo abgenommen. Sport und gute Ernährung, mehr braucht es nicht!


    P.S.: In letzter Zeit habe ich aber nicht abgenommen, glaube ich zumindest nicht, ich besitze keine Waage! :-)

  13. Sounds like your making some positive changes and I wish you all the best, you can do it Looking lovely and I especially love those shoes, so adorable.

  14. Oh wow, martial art, good on you, I am too coward to try things like that. I also lost about eight kilos about a year ago but I have gained about four kilos back and i've started watching my portions again. Hope you have a lovely week.

  15. Hi Carina! I'm a new follower :) Enjoying your blog so far. I love your style... I actually wore something really similar yesterday, lol. Looking forward to reading more! (P.S. I'm German too! :) )

  16. Hey, loving this casual but v cute outfit! And your hair and makeup is looking lovely too :)



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