I haven’t been blogging much, mostly due to a lack of content that I wish to talk about. Blogging will most likely be less frequent when I get back into school too- I’ll dedicate myself to at least once every two weeks. Today, I’m blogging about changes in lifestyle that I have made as well as people who have helped me along the way.
In the past, I was pretty average in weight and had a round and chubby face. I still have a round face now, but it has slimmed down considerably. I did not have a regular exercise routine, and if I did exercise it was more due to a random occurrence of there happening to be some interesting zumba class that day or me feeling like I was bloated and wanted to feel lighter and more comfortable. There were periods of time where I regularly went out running with friends for a mile and a half, but it did not stick very long. I thought I was average, so I felt like I did not really need to exert too much effort into getting more fit.
This changed considerably due to two people I have come to respect and admire greatly: Bubzbeauty (http://www.bubzbeauty.com/), a YouTube star and makeup tutorial maker, and Reika(http://worldcosplay.net/member/87/), an incredibly attractive cosplayer who mostly does male cosplays. Bubzbeauty, who I was a fan of due to her helpful makeup tips, began posting vlogs of her beginning to exercise to these YouTube pilates videos made by a girl named Cassey Ho. At first, I was a bit skeptical, but Bubz seemed to have a lot of fun doing these exercises, so I decided to take a look. I liked how I didn’t need to buy any equipment for most of the exercises, and could replace the yoga mat with my bed- I’d like to say that I did this solely because of Bubz, but I didn’t start doing the exercises until some inspiration came from Reika.
I found Reika by doing some browsing on a site called WorldCosplay (www.worldcosplay.net). I wanted to do cosplay for a while, but didn’t have much motivation to spend money on materials, and didn’t know how to really start. I don’t really know how to sew, and cosplay items on Ebay were pretty expensive- even the crappy-looking items were over $100. At the time, I pretty much made all these pretty excuses for myself not to start- and ended up looking at photos, being hypercritical of the more amateurish cosplays, and doing nothing myself. It was pretty pathetic- when I stumbled upon WorldCosplay, I thought to myself that I only wanted to see the pretty cosplay photos, and so I just started browsing through the top ranked photos. There were many pretty ones, but when I saw Reika, it was love at first sight. She/he was beautiful… and breathtaking- haha, and incredibly seductive as well. The arrow went through my heart- and passion welled up. I wanted to make it happen. I wanted to actually cosplay. I wanted to mesmerize others as Reika mesmerized me.
That’s when my mind got churning- ok, so I wanted to do cosplay. So who to cosplay? Doll from Kuroshitsuji! I love circus-themed outfits, and hers was incredibly beautiful… I would need to do make a rose wig/hat thing and modify a white dress and buy certain stockings… these thoughts were running through my mind at the time. Later, school just kept me busy, and I realized I had nowhere near enough time to make such an intricate outfit. Instead… maybe I could find some cosplay where I wouldn’t need to make the entire outfit, but maybe just a single piece, yet still look cool and badass? That’s when I thought of Celty, this amazingly cool character from Durarara, who wears this catsuit and yellow cat helmet. I would just need to buy the catsuit, get some nice black boots, get a black catsuit, and some black gloves. Then, I would buy materials for the cat helmet, and once school was done, I would make the helmet, giving me two weeks to do the task before Anime Expo 2013 hit. But wait… a catsuit… that thing is extremely tight and unforgiving in showing lumps of stomach.
Then it hit me- I wanted a slimmer stomach. I wanted to tone my abs so that I could wear the catsuit and do Celty justice. My personal opinion for cosplay is that the more you love the character, the better the cosplay you want to do, and the better it turns out. Celty was someone I admired immensely- which sounds funny, since she’s a fictional anime/novel character, but I really liked her. She was and is my favorite character from Durarara (though she’s tied with a character named Shizuo, haha). As a result, I wanted to be the best Celty I could be- which meant getting into shape, since Celty was in shape. That’s where blogilates comes in.
I started doing mostly abs videos, until I saw this video:
It informed me that doing abs workouts was not enough. You needed to lose fat too- and you did that by eating right and doing cardiovascular exercises. So I did that too.
This was getting progressively harder to do, since school was eating on me more and more. However, by the time the convention hit, I was in tip-top shape:
I became the Celty I wanted to be.
I still feel lazy at times, and even today, I felt like I wanted to just rest for the day. Sometimes, instead of thinking of doing something, you just need to do it. So right when I got home from work, I took off my shirt, bra, and pants and changed into an exercise bra, cardigan, and exercise pants. I then took a hair band and put it on, sweeping all of my bangs back as I did, and secured my hair into a ponytail. I then got my water, keys, and phone, and headed off to the gym. The more time you rest and let yourself settle, the more time goes towards feeling like you don’t want to get up and you don’t want to exercise for the day. Keep yourself moving, and it’ll become a lot easier to get yourself to do the things you want to do. At the very least, when I get home tired from work, and take a seat in my comfy chair, I don’t feel like getting up. So the best thing to do is to not sit down in the first place.
What I got out from this experience is that it’s very important to have goals for yourself. When you exercise, what do you want to achieve? Do you want to just stay fit? Maybe just a short workout touching upon all parts of your body will do then. Do you want to slim your stomach? Do a combination of abs and cardio exercises. Do you want to slim your face? Haha, well- I’m not sure what really slims your face, but I found that trying to slim my stomach slimmed my face as well. I think having goals allows you to research what will help you achieve those goals, and then pinpoint your energy towards accomplishing them. Doing arm exercises is good, but it won’t do you much good in losing fat in your legs. And for some people, exercising so much and doing so many different exercises is just exhausting and hard to incorporate into an actual regular routine. Then again, overdoing certain exercises may not be so good either- I found that alternating different exercises that exercise different parts of your body each day is more effective than trying to do one singular type of exercise each and every single day.
I am not an exercise expert! So these things are just things I noticed from my experience. However, if you are looking for someone who’s an actual professional, take a look at Cassey Ho’s videos.
I’d also like to give a last shoutout of thanks to some of my friends. I showed them more personal pictures showing my stomach (which I rarely, if ever, reveal) and asked them for input. I told them my goal of wearing a catsuit for the Celty cosplay, and wanted to know if my current stomach was good enough. They told me that it was good, but if I wanted to be catsuit-fit, it wouldn’t be perfect and I would need to improve. Hearing this was enough to shake me out of the “I am average- this is good enough” mentality- so I really have to give thanks to them for this.
I hope all my readers have a good week! And for those looking to lose weight or have body goals- I wish you the very best of luck! You can do it.