fiqah's graduation / sydney

30 June 2016
Flew to Sydney a couple of weeks ago for a few days. After 3 years of slaving in the library, Fiqah's finally graduated from UNSW for Jurisdoctor of Law. So proud of my girl!!! 
Ate so much in Sydney (our form of bonding), met up with Shze for a day and went to Vivid

The last time I was in this city was when I was still studying at University of Sydney in 2014 wtf. Its been so long. 

Sorry I haven't been updating, after I came back from Sydney, my parents flew down to Melbourne for a few days to send Shereen off. So I've just been spending time with them. She's here for culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu and I'm sooooo excited to have her here. Been laughing together non-stop since she arrived.

I remembered the day I flew to Sydney was hectic af. I was writing my final essay for uni at 12am (from scratch bc procrastination) and I was done at 3ish am, napped for a bit, woke up at 530am to pack and left the house at 6 am for my flight at 7. But it was too late so I missed my flight then had to get on another flight at 11 am. LOL. #hektik

Ok enough talking. You know the drill. Enjoy!

9in6 challenge

14 June 2016
Lets get the important facts out of the way: 
I SMASHED THE 9KG IN 6 WEEKS CHALLENGE!

I lost 9.3kg, going from 70.4kg to 61.1kg. 

Its been 4 days since I weighed out of the challenge and I'm still struggling to find the words to perfectly describe the feeling I felt when I hit the 9kg mark. It was undescribably phenomenal. Ecstatic. Overwhelmed. All time adrenaline high. Comparable to skydiving. I was on a rollercoaster high of emotions. I'll come back to this. Before we go any further, let's start right from the very beginning.

Ultimate You's approach to the 9in6 is a combination of mindset, nutrition and fitness. No shortcuts. I've signed up for many gyms (Fitness First, Melbourne City Baths, True Fitness, KLGCC etc) and yes, they're perfectly equipped but nothing is really personalised? They don't care about what you do outside of the gym. You just ate a whole cake after a 2 hour gym session? Go ahead. You're feeling crappy and you don't feel like gymming? Ok don't go, we don't care, as long as you've paid your membership fees.

But UY is different. It realises that you need to master your mindset before you can set yourself goals to do anything. They can give you a perfect exercise and nutrition program, but if you're feeling lazy and undetermined? You'll get nowhere. Not having a good mindset means you're just setting yourself up for failure. I've experience this first hand. I feel this in my soul. 

You can have the best membership to the best gym with the best equipment, you can buy hundreds of workout dvds, you can have the best nutrition plan - but if you don't have the mindset to carry on any of these things. Whats the point? 

I love that I found a program that teaches you how to empower not only your body, but also your mind and spirit.

You might ask, what was the mindset I was in before the challenge?
 Since I came back to Melb in Feb, I was feeling inconsistent and lost with my fitness. I was doing Kayla's BBG still but not as regularly and definitely not on schedule. It made me so frustrated. Sorry, I made myself feel so frustrated. Going from a good roll of consistency from last year to not having that much at all.  It drove me crazy. I felt so disappointed in myself. 

So at the start, the driving force behind my efforts has been determination to get my health back on track. I wanted consistency. I didn't want to feel lost, frustrated and angry at myself anymore. 

With the 9in6 challenge, the program doesn't accept everyone because if you're doing the program for free, they're putting their reputation on the line.  They'd also like to meet you to see if you're suited for the program, or put simply, even have the 9kg to lose. 

When I went for the interview, I told them why I wanted to do it and I told them I'm sick of being in my comfort zone and I wanted to see how far I could mentally/physically push myself. They said they'd love to have me and then asked I put a deposit down for $497. 

At the end of the 6 weeks, if you hit the 9kg mark, you get your deposit back, no questions asked

This is a major incentive for most of the people on the challenge. $497 is a lot of money.. Do you know how many eyeshadow palattes I can buy with $497? Dude... A LOT! Hahaha. 

When I signed the contract (ya it was legit af), I had to go through 3 pages of RULES of the challenge. These are the main ones:
  1. 5 days of doing group classes (Minimum of 1 class a day to as much as you want, as long as it's 5 days a week). 
  2. You have to check in on Facebook everyday after a class. You must have 30 check ins at the end of the 6 weeks.
  3. You have to weigh in every Thursday and send in a report to your coach. Fill them in about how your week went, what classes you did etc. 
  4. FTDP! Follow The Damn Plan. They've given you exercises and a nutrition plan. Follow it down to the T and you WILL see results. 
  5. Change your profile picture on Facebook for the whole 6 weeks. Its probs for marketing but for me, it acted as a really good accountability strategy. 
  6. No fruits, no carbs, nothing processed, no dairy or dairy alternatives. Only protein (chicken, fish, beef, lamb etc) and whole vegetables (spinach, broccoli etc). 
  7. NO CHEAT MEALS!

Before you go any further, I'd just like to say 9in6 experience didn't feel like a one-off thing for me. It felt like a lifestyle change. So I'll be covering this post from all aspects, skin, food, health etc.

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