New bag on the block!

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Black gym bag by Gymtote, Jumpsuit by  Topshop, Shoes by Public Desire

Good Morning lovelies,

Today I am going to share my big secret to everyone. So are you a gym addict and constantly struggling to find the right bag that takes you from gym to work or work to gym? Well I was so tired of worrying every morning about how to pack my stuff for the day. And the most annoying bit of packing routine was where do I put my gym shoes and in what. Somedays I even ended up carrying two bags which totally ruined my outfit.

I am so happy with my GymTote now I don’t have to worry no more. This bag looks so chic and compliments all my outfits. It literally can carry everyhting from gym clothes, gym shoes, water bottle, laptop and even your lunch box.

PS: They have not forgotten men either. So go check it out!

Sita ❤

No barbie crotch for me #iamnotplastic

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Tights Nike pro, Sports bra Nike

Well for many women and especially women in sport barbie crotch is not their ultimate goal. And why should it be? They have lot more to worry about than a camel toe which I believe is a normal phenomena than something to be ashamed of. Women body shaming has now gone to such an extend that her talent andathleticism is over looked and what’s left to discuss is her looks. As we all know, camel toes happen and that is something we don’t plan to do.

As most of you may know that I like taking care of myself and enjoy spending time in the gym. Here I see so many man running around in their fitted shorts and flashing their junk. This on one hand is considered totally normal and nobody gives him that eye. And here I am walking down the street after gym, and been taunted by strangers “camel toe” not once but twice.  In fact, I quickly realised that most women who passed by also had this face “what the hell?” Well, I didn’t plan to flash you with my camel toe. I am not ashamed and will certainly will not give up on my workout tights. I don’t have to be insecure about my body just because you have a problem. I am human and I refuse to give you barbie crotch.

Sita ❤

I tried this thing called juicing cleanse

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Last week I tried juicing cleanse, so here is my experience and everything you need to know about juicing. Honestly, this is one of the hardest thing I have done in my life. This cleanse was on my list for a while now and I finally  had the courage to face this. Some of you may think why Am I so melodramatic. Well, because the hardest part about the detox was psychological and I am so proud that I didn’t cave in.

So here is my experience and fact about juicing. I hope this encourages you to start a healthy lifestyle.

Why did I want to detox?

The first question everyone asked was “Why did you go on this cleanse when you are already skinny? So, first of all I did not start this detox to loose any weight. As most of you know I train hard and workout regularly to stay fit. Last year I was diagnosed for hay fever. So I was sick most of all spring until end of summer. People with this condition will understand how difficult it is to wake up in the morning with itchy eyes and sneezing all day. With this detox I was hoping to boost my immune system for spring. A detox like this is not a cure to hay fever, however I have prescribed medication for this condition.

Fun facts:Research and study says that plant-based juice diet allows food to be assimilated quickly through the intestine — consuming less energy, while the toxin-free, nutrient-dense food helps to repair the gut itself.

Did I loose any weight?

As I said before, I did not go on this cleanse to loose weight. The fact is I did not weigh myself before and after so I wouldn’t know.

What was my diet consist of?

For the last 3 days I only had liquids. No solid food at all. My morning started with 2 glasses of water. Cup of detox tea after half an hour. First juice before leaving to work, I called it mean green because It was less tasty then the rest. It had green apple, spinach, celery, ginger, cucumber and coconut water.

I would make my second juice and carry it with me to work. This was the delicious smoothie which had lots of good stuff for e.g.: banana and almond milk. I will have 2 small cups every 2 hour. By afternoon I was craving for coffee. My body was use to getting caffeine dose around this time so I felt a bit sleepy and had a cup of tea instead. By day 3 I was well adjusted to tea and did not seem to miss caffeine any more.

Then came night, the hardest. My mornings and day went super easy it was the night that I thought of giving in until the last day. My previous routine was work, home, snack, gym and end with light dinner. Well, I stayed in at  nights and and try to keep myself busy. I could not concentrate well at night so instead of fighting I treated myself to house of card marathon.

Did I work out?

I had done some research and reading before going on this cleanse, and it clearly said not to indulge in intense workout and training. I found this extremely difficult to skip gym 3 days in a row. I am a gym junkie and love training. By day 2 I practiced yoga and meditation in the mornings this really helped me calm my nerves and accept the changes.

Was I starving and did I feel hungry?

No. I did not feel hungry. I was drinking every 2 hours which kept full all time.

Was I tired?

Well, I started this on my day off. I knew first day will be the hardest.  On day 2 and 3 I was at work. It went really fast because I was super busy and it kept my mind of food. On my last day I got my period, by this time I didn’t want to quit and start over again. Usually, first day of period I have stomach cramps and severe pain, however on my detox I didn’t have any of these symptoms in fact I felt way better and stronger.

How did this detox help me?

Yes, I feel super energetic and healthy from inside. I have much more energy throughout the day and find it easy to wake up in the morning. Study says that juicing cleanse will help control cravings and excessive eating. After  finishing this cleanse I started to appreciate small things like eating a whole apple. During this detox I realised how much I had missed just eating a whole fruit. Detox like this will help you sustain and build new eating habits.

Do I want to do this cleanse again?

Yes, definitely. I would love to do this every 3 to 6 months.

So this was my journey and answers to some of your questions. Feel free to comment below and share your thoughts. Let me know if you have any questions.

Sita ❤

 

How to keep your New Year’s Resolution!

 

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Nike Sports bra by Zalando, Nike boy shorts by Nike

Hello February!

I hope everyone survived the goals month. January is never an easy month for most of us. After recovering from long holidays and kicking your first month of the year with new goals could be a bit stressful. Well, the question is; Are you still on it? Today I am making a serious case about surviving post the goal’s month.

To be honest, I don’t even remember how and when it started with me. Initially, It was all about looking for some change and not giving a damn about achieving them. Well, all of that changed quickly since I started writing them down. I guess writing down makes it more hardcore, and means you are freaking serious. Every year we all get the chance to start fresh, set new goals and look froward to new year with new beginnings. I personally love the fact that once every year I get the chance set new goals for myself or push myself to try something new.

Since last month was all about achieving personally goals, I want to discuss about the most talked goal every NY #fitnessgoals. 

Everyone feels guilty after the holidays. Few weeks after NYE the gym is crowded with 2 types of people; 1)The regulars: They are dedicated individuals who always show up no matter what. That’s been said they are a bit arrogant and know it all people. Honestly, you can’t blame them, they are in the gym to get shit done. They do not like to stand around chatting or checking out who is doing what. They mind their business and expect the same from others.

2) Newbie / NYE goal seeker: Well this category is very popular for few days. Haha… Nay, that’s not true, there are exceptions. I really respect people who set their mind into something and really go after it. The regulars do inspire these people but honestly they scare them even more. Few years ago I had to go through this experience as well. The fact is I wanted to be as good as the rest, but I wasn’t. So I had to deal with it. Don’t let them demotivate you, remember you are their for yourself! If you really get intimidated by the regulars then find your gym buddy. Trust me the pressure is really off when you are tagging with someone. Pick a friend who is as dedicated as you’re or else you will end up exhausting yourself trying to push someone who doesn’t give a damn.

After two weeks into January people start loosing their interest and are tempted to skip the routine. After all, we are human and are bound to temptations. So don’t be too harsh on yourself. However, don’t take this as a defeat and consider this a cheat meal and be good. To be honest, I personally don’t believe in a diet. However, I do believe and follow a vegan detox. As I mentioned in my previous post, detox helps me restart and jumpstart healthy habits. Eating consciously with right quantity and interval is the key. A diet will give you temporary results, so altering eating habits and building healthy lifestyle is the life time goal.

I was done with my Vegan detox a few days ago. I am not going to lie, I had my bad days during this detox. However, I am still determined to eat Vegan and have cheat days.

So don’t quit, you got this!

Sita ❤

Queen of all Yoga poses! Shoulderstand or Salamba Sarvangasana

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Hola!

Hope everyone is ready to kickstart this week. Well, I am feeling extra excited after my holidays. Last 3 weeks were amazing and obviously it went by super fast.

Today I am talking about mother of all asana; Shoulder Stand or Salamba Sarvangasana. B.K.S Iyengar referred shoulder stand as the Queen of Asana or Sarvangasana. In Iyengar’s own words (book of yoga) ’Light on Yoga’ “The importance of Sarvangasana cannot be over-emphasised. It is one of the greatest boons conferred on humanity by our ancient sages. Sarvangasana is the Mother of asanas. As a mother strives for harmony and happiness in the home, this asana strives for harmony and happiness in the human system. it is a panacea for most common ailments.”

Do you know what Sarvangasana actually means? In Sanskrit, Sarva means “all” or “entire” and Anga means “organ” or “body part.” Translated, it means “full body pose” because of its benefits for the whole body. Since it helps the entire body you ca not ignore the benefits from this pose. In fact Sri Dharma Mittra states that “some yogi’s only do this pose,” and it can be held from 30 seconds to 30 minutes. So Sarvangasana is cure to all: from common cold to constipation.

Here are some of the positive effects of Shoulder Stand:

1) Answer to thyroid imbalance: This pose is proven to balance thyroid and hypothalamus glands. It brings blood to the thyroid and parathyroid, helping them properly secrete hormones.

2)  Strengthens the heart and lungs: Due to the inverted position, it reduces strain on the heart. It gives the heart a break from working so hard and helps to oxygenate the lungs. This pose has positive effect on people suffering from asthma, bronchitis and throat ailments may get relief.

3) Soothes and calms the nervous system: Sarvangasana is an answer to people who are easily irritated or prone to anger or nervous breakdowns. Daily practice of Sarvangasana will stabilise and make you less reactive to life’s circumstances.

4) Reduces constipation: Because of the inversion and change in gravitation the bowels move freely and constipation is relieved.

5) Activates throat chakra ( VISUDDAH): Shoulderstand is also practice to activate our fifth chakra. This chakra is associated with creativity and self expression. When this Chakra is open, our negative experiences can easily be transformed into wisdom and leaning.

6) Treats insomnia: Practicing Shoulderstand promotes deep sleep and therefore help cure insomnia.

7) Reduces wrinkles: Did you know that Marilyn Monroe was a yogi and practiced Shoulderstand daily? Well, Due to increased blood flow to the face, wrinkles can be reduced.

As with many yoga postures, there are contraindications.

  •  People with high blood pressure, detached retina, glaucoma, hernias, cardiovascular disease, cervical spondylitis, and/or slipped discs should not practice shoulderstand.
  • If you have or have had a neck injury, seek advice from an experienced yoga teacher before beginning to practice shoulderstand.
  • Avoid during pregnancy.
  • It is advised that women avoid inversions when menstruating.
  • To receive similar benefits in a more restorative way, try placing a block under the sacrum to elevate the hips above the heart for Vipartita Karani (or legs up the wall)

How to do Shoulderstand:

Place the heels of the palms at the small of your back with the fingertips pointing up towards the ceiling. Lift the legs up high into the air into Shoulder Stand.Move the chin away from your chest, pull in through the belly and tuck the pelvis under. You want the ankles to be stacked above the knees, knees above the hips and hips above shoulders in one straight line.Exhale to release the knees back to the chest and slowly roll down the spine. Keep the knees in and slowly rock side to side.

Note: Shoulder stand is considered to be an intermediate to advanced pose. Do not perform this pose without prior experience or unless you are performing under the supervision of an experienced instructor.

Some of you who know me personally know that I practice yoga in the morning before stepping of the house. Shoulderstand is one of the posture that I will do every single day. It has personally helped me in many ways. Hope you guys are inspired to practice and get on that mat everyday. Girlies, If you have no experience and are still curious to practice, then feel free to write to me. If I get few responses; I might invest my time and do a beginners guide to this pose.

Stop, Drop & Yoga.

Have a great week.

S ❤

Vegan Cream of Tomato soup!

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Cleansing is a well known trend in the wellness industry. During this short period you avoid all processed foods and eat whole plant and less cooked foods. Well, I have tried this cleanse almost a year ago. And it really works. This is the best way to get rid of toxins from your  body and jumpstart fresh. If you feel exhausted and tired all the time, easily catch a common cold. Than it’s the best time to start this cleanse. In few weeks it will boost your immune system and give a fresh start.

Well on that note, I would like to share my favourite 5 minute vegan cream of tomato soup recipe.  This delicious and fast recipe is all need to know during a busy week as well as on a lazy sunday evenings.

This recipe fits the following eating habits; Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten free, Low carb, Paleo, Refined free sugar,

INGREDIENTS

. 4 (375 grams) roma tomatoes

. ½ cup (85 grams) sun dried tomatoes

. ½ cup raw macadamia nuts

. 1 teaspoon sea salt.¼ cup (20 grams) fresh basil

. ½ teaspoon white pepper

. ¼ teaspoon black pepper

. ¼ teaspoon black pepper

. 1 clove garlic

. 4 cups hot water

. Handful of cashew nuts or almonds

INSTRUCTIONS

. Blend the Macadamia nuts in the high blender until smooth creamy texture.

. Now blend the rest of the ingredient with the macadamia paste in the high blender.

. In mean while roast cashew nuts/almonds

. Once it’s blended well transfer the soup on to the pot and boil it for 3minutes and adjust the seasoning if needed.

. Sprinkle some roasted cashew/almonds on the top for the added crunch & flavour.

Note: Macadamia nuts are the most expensive in the market. So if you looking to save cost than replace macadamia nuts to peanuts or do half a cup peanut and half a cup macadamia.

 

Nutrition Information Per Serving

  • Calories: 187
  • Calories from Fat: 143
  • Total Fat: 15.9
  • Saturated Fat: 2.5 g
  • Sodium: 538 mg
  • Carbs: 11.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4.1 g
  • Net Carbs: 7.7 g
  • Sugars: 3.4 g
  • Protein: 3.5 g

Note: This recipe is adapted from healthful pursuit. Check out her page to find more of these recipes.

Enjoy this dish and thank me later. Wish you all a happy and healthy weekend.

Love

Cocolett

 

Don’t dream of it. Train for it.

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Are you surprised to see me twice a week. Well, I am trying my best to post twice a week. Preferably, I would like to make 1 fashion/outfit and 1 fitness/nutrition post a week. Even though I workout everyday, it’s still too much work to make a full post. However, I have decided to get bit more organised and be affair to both my babies.

Well, first of all I would like to thank everyone for your emails & FB messages for following my journey. I have been active for almost 5years and it’s been about 2 years that I have taken fitness & health serious. It’s nice to hear that my journey inspires most of you to get active and be more committed to health.

I work out for the unexpected results and benefits. Working out gives me sound sleep and realises stress. Slogging through a few miles on the ‘mill can be tough, but it’s worth the effort! Exercise releases endorphins, which create feelings of happiness and euphoria. I usually end a tough workout with a hot shower and sauna, but maybe we should be breaking out the colored pencils instead. A heart-pumping gym session can boost creativity for up to 2 hours afterwards

So, day before was my day off and I dedicated the entire day training, shooting my workouts and finally editing and writing all about it. This is my first workout video for the blog and I wanted to be special. I had so many ideas and so much to share. However, I did’t want this blog to showcase what I can do. In fact, I wanted to make this about you. So, here I am sharing my first video for total body workout. This goes out to absolute beginners working out from home.

Push ups

Push ups are the most effective and only excersie that works all the major mascule group at the same time. If you have never perform one of these bad boys than I suggest you start with the modified version of these. And slowly progress to the full push up.

Plank

The plank is one of the best exercises for a toned stomach. Because it works all the muscles in your core it is more effective.

Bench Dip

Ladies, is the best is the best exercise for jiggle free arms.

Floor bridge with leg extension

Strengthens the back, buttocks, and hamstrings. Improves circulation of blood. Helps alleviate stress and mild depression

Squats

If you’re looking for a powerful way to boost your overall fitness and get some serious results— fast— from your workout routine, look no further than performing squatting exercises.

Lunges

Lunges are super easy to perform and work incredibly effective . Lunges are one of those exercises people either love or hate. There is however one powerful reason to love them: they sculpt a lovely tush. They also make your legs incredibly strong, which is a bonus as well.

If you want to challenge your self than switch this sequence into interval training. Start with a easy 20mins run and perform each of these without rest. Finish the circuit and rest for 1 minute.

Hope this helps you get started and reach your goals. Feel free to leave your comments and if you would like to know more.

No matter how you feel. Get up, dress up, show up, and never give up.

Love

Cocolett

1000 kilometer with Nike plus!

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Good morning lovers, hope you had a good weekend. Well, I am so excited to share my story “1000 kilometre with Nike plus “.

Lately I have been having too many cheat days. So, I have decided to bring myself back to a detox routine. As we all know, first few days are the toughest but I am determine to push through this.  Keep sending your positive energy and comments my way, it really helps and keeps me motivated.

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It’s nearly 5 years ago that I first went on a run using Nike Plus app. A friend of mine introduced  me to this whole new world of running. My first run was bad! I was slow. I didn’t know how to pace myself. I didn’t have the stamina and my thoughts controlled my performance. Most of all, I didn’t know how to control my breathing or right way to breath while running. It took me while to train.

WORD “Don’t practice to get it right. Practice until you can’t get it wrong.” So, that’s exactly what I did. I am not afraid to go out for a run anytime of day or night. I have run through sunshine, rain and winter.

So if you are a beginner runner or interested in getting started? This is what you need to know.

1) Mostly running is an argument between part of you that wants to STOPS and part of you that wants to keep GOING! First few days will be more exhausting because you would be physically and mentally tired. Keep reminding yourself why you started in first place.

2) I have struggled a lot to master the right breathing technique. If your confused and not sure if you have to breath through the mouth or nose? It’s very simple. When we’re running, feeding our muscles the oxygen they need is ver important. So, breathing through the mouth is the most effective way to inhale and exhale oxygen.

3) Last but not least. If you have decided to take running seriously than it’s important you invest into right running gear. I am in love with my Nike Lunar glide4. These shoes have taken me through the mountains of Nepal, snow, rain and sunshine.

Well, this is one of my favourite topic I wanted to write about. So it was hard for me to keep it short and sweet. However, If you need to know more or think I should be writing more specifics? Feel free to Hola at me and leave your comment!

Unless you puke, faint or die. Keep going!

– Jillian Michaels

Have a healthy week!

Love

Cocolett