So you’ve made a decision, a decision to make a change. Whether the decision is to get fit, get stronger, build some muscle, lose weight or just to live a healthier lifestyle: you’ve already taken the first step which is to know what you want. Now step #2 comes along. How are you gonna achieve that? Maybe you’ve found a workout guide online or got some advice from a friend or Personal Trainer. It’s now time for the hard part: getting started. That’s really the hardest of them all, cuz once you’ve started, once the ball is rolling, keeping it going is easy.
So let’s say you’re goal is to get fit, you made the decision, found the workout plan you’re gonna follow, all that’s left is the execution. You go to bed with the best intentions of waking up early to do your first workout before work. Your alarm rings at 6am and there it is; that decisive moment. To snooze or not to snooze? That is the question. We’ve all been there. Even though I’ve gotten myself into such a routine I hardly even question my morning workouts anymore, there are always days where I tell myself “hmmm maybe I could snooze it just this once?” But when those thoughts come creeping in, I do certain things which give me the motivation to get the F up. Here are my top tips on how to get your ass out of bed when you just freakin don’t want to. Continue Reading
I didn’t do a 10 day digital detox for fun. I didn’t do it to to clear my head, to have some “me time”, to distance myself from social media nor to give myself a challenge. In fact, I didn’t really do it at all: it just happened, mainly cuz I’m a huge scatterbrain, forgetful and a lot of time just plain ol’ dumb. So yes, I forgot my phone on the passenger seat of the car rental and only realized when Stef was half way to the airport…. and with my luck, the 1-day express postal service somehow took 10… So there ya go. Combine that with the fact that we still hadn’t managed to get WiFi or TV set up in our new house; there’s your impromptu, non-planned, nor desired digital detox. Continue Reading
What do you think when you think chocolate? Probably:
a) YUM – gimme
b) Indulgence, a “treat” or even a “cheat”
Chocolate is known as the “delicious thing you can’t have too much of” or the “forbidden fruit”. Except not fruit… damn if only chocolate were a fruit… I’d have it every day. Right? Oh wait, I do.
Yup no joke. I eat chocolate every. single. day. The answer is yes, chocolate can fit into a health, plant-based, balanced, wholesome diet. Yes you can have it every day without guilt, and yes it’s actually good for you. The only difference is that the chocolate I’m talking about here is probably a little different from the chocolate you’re thinking of.
Whether it’s the number on the scale, the percentage of macros on MyFitnessPal, or the number of calories on the package, it’s safe to say that the world of health and fitness is somewhat ruled by numbers. Numbers are a natural and easy means of comparison, and can give clear and positive input on progress, but there also comes a point where it’s too much. We strive to reach a certain digit, even when the numbers hardly mean anything anymore. I realized this last week after my latest body composition test, and this was somewhat of an eye opener to say the least. Continue Reading
I am now on week 13 of my “new” weight lifting gym plan. Damn time has gone by so fast, but I swear i’m still not bored of it. I’m still excited every single day to hit the gym, make some gains, lift heavy things, squint in pain, waddle around the following day etc. This is my idea of fun, is that weird? In any case I’ve been pairing this workout plan with goal diet of 2, 100 cals with 50% carbs, 20% fat, 30% protein macros. However I usually end up eating about 1, 900 calories with a 45% carbs, 27% fat, 28% protein. I’ve been pretty lenient with my diet, so as long as I hit a minimum of 1, 900 cal and 25% protein, I’m good. The ultimate goal of this plan was to really gain some muscle and finally get STRONG (no matter how much I’ve worked out in the past I seemed to stay a weak lil shrimp). So 13 weeks later, here’s my full update. Continue Reading
Last week was the launching of Good Organic Only, a Parisian juice company, in the beautiful N’vY Hotel in Geneva. I was invited to attend the press day of the launch, which obviously I was happy to attend cuz woohoo cold-pressed juices are finally coming to Switzerland?! Yup I know, anywhere in the world you can probably find them at the gas station, but here it’s literally unheard of. In any case, the event was really nice, with lots of juice sipping while chatting with the other attendees and a little presentation given by the two founders of the company; Valerie Espinasse, the nutritionist behind the products and Mareva Galanter, former actress and Miss France (the pretty face and probably main selling point behind the product). I really liked the juices they had set out to sample, and when we left they gifted us with one of their new detox packs: the Sunny Detox. Continue Reading
It feels like the fitness world is divided in two. There’s planet kale, which has lots of magical superfood powders cultivated from the depths of the Amazonian forest, lots of meditation, deep breathing, probably an obscene amount of bananas, oh and the inhabitants of Planet Kale swear by their daily yoga sesh. Then there’s planet barbell. Only foods that “fit the macros” are allowed, people live in GymShark leggings and never go anywhere without a protein shake in hand. Oh and these guys don’t do yoga. I’m somewhere in between. My morning green smoothie fuels my weight lifting session, and I blend kale into my protein shake. I track my macros, yet as much as it makes me cringe to say this, I just have to start every day with a yoga session. Yeah I know, I’m one of those. I don’t have a carpet in my room, I have a yoga mat constantly lying on the floor in case… I dunno, I get the need to break out into an impromptu sun salutation or something… Continue Reading
So a friend of mine actually suggested I make a “what I buy in a week” vid where I basically bring you all grocery shopping with me. All fun and games til the woman at the grocery store told me if I wanted to film I’d have to fill in a request form… like loool eeefff dat. So I continued filming sneakily anyway cuz ain’t no one gonna stand in the way of my hopes and dreams. Not even you Franny. (shout out to Franny she’s just doing her job and probs bitter cuz working in a grocery store isn’t fun :/ #prayforfranny). Anyway, I made a whole video and even rambled on at the end about choosing local verses organic, but I’m still new to this vlog stuff so I feel like it hasn’t been truly covered til I actually type it out and write in on my blog (you feel me?). So here’s a quick mini blog post about it and you’ll find the full vid at the bottom 🙂 Continue Reading
I’d say like 2/3 of the questions I get about nutrition is about protein powder. They’re everywhere lately and everyone’s taking them: from jacked-AF dudes shaking em up after beastly weightlifiting sessions, to skinny-mini Jen Selter-type chicks with toothpick limbs and giant asses. It’s as though all kinds of people are not only consuming them daily but swearing by them for gym progress. On top of it all they speak about the products as though they’re magical fairy dust that just makes you instantly hot. Heeennce probably why I get so many questions about it. Unfortunately there is no such thing as sexy-dust, you still gotta put the work in to get results, but the good news is that protein powders are sorta magical in their own way, so here’s the 4-1-1 all about em! Continue Reading
For Easter, we get a week off uni classes, known widely as Spring Break. This is the time where all the kids pack their bags with skimpy bikinis and nothing else, and head off to Cancun, the Bahamas, Ibiza, Mykonos, etc. to party, consume nothing but pseudo-legal alcohols mixed in with all kinds of sugary fruit syrups, and wake up the next day with nothing but a head-ache and no recollection of the previous night. I headed off to Croatia for 5 days of wild–no lol juuuust kidding. Clearly that’s not really my style. In attempts to save some money and get shit done, I planned to stay home, kill the gym daily, cook lots of food, blog, start my driving lessons, file my taxes… like Spring Break watch out I’m about to slay it. Ain’t no one gon have Spring Break-ed as hard as me. Well, it all started off well til I was vacuuming one evening and I sort of stopped myself and was like ARE YOU F-ING KIDDING ME. Vic you are not spending your Spring Break vacuuming. On top of it I live in some small Swiss city where the new format of National stamps is the talk of the town. AKA there is so little do here, I actually don’t really have a choice but spend all my time at the gym. In any case, my epiphany came whilst vacuuming, and the epiphany was: bro GFTO of this place… So I turned off the vacuum and literally Googled: “cheapest flights to anywhere for tomorrow”. No joke. 2 days later, Schuss Switzerland, ciao Roma! Continue Reading