Losing Weight in China:Spin Addiction Edition

My precious!!!!

My precious!!!!

This  is  the second installment  of  my weight loss in China series.  Getting healthy is a huge lifestyle change. I had to drastically revamp my old unhealthy habits and swap them out for healthier habits.  So basically I changed one addiction for another in a way.  However I would rather have  an exercise addiction to a food addiction any day of the week! I am more addicted to how amazing exercise makes me feel.  I feel like I am on top of the world! It is  like a natural high. I am definitely a happier person now than I was when I first came  to China two years.

Many people mistake my zest  for exercise as an obsession. “Obsession is the lazy person’s word for dedication.”(I stole that from someone) I post this because, I am excited about the changes that I am making to my body and mind. Of course I get people who chugged a barrel of Hatorade that make negative comments about my weight loss. I am going to state here publicly, that I am in no way anti fat. This is my personal weight loss and health journey and not a pulpit for people to spread their fat acceptance spiel. This is a new trend that is occurring in America and it is spreading some  division in the overweight community. One thing,  that I don’t like is the generalized belief in the fat acceptance community is that overweight people who choose to lose weight have low self esteem and don’t love and accept themselves. Yup, I hear this one a lot. Truth, I was not happy when I was fat because I was plagued with health problems and I was tired,depressed and had no zest for life.  My mom died directly related to her obesity and she was only 56. So my weight loss is a tribute to her and wanting to live a higher quality life.

Weight loss since beginning the gym

Weight loss since beginning the gym

My newest love is spin class. When I first  came  to the gym I couldn’t even last 10 minutes in a spin class. I worked  with my trainer Lucas and was able to complete a spin class. Still though I only took it occasionally. I was more of an elliptical trainer, belly dancing and Zumba girl. Well things changed, I am a spin convert! Spin is easier on my ankle, more fun and I burn more calories. I have noticed that since taking spin my weight loss got kicked up a notch. My legs, booty and stomach are firm and there is less fat. I take spin class about 5 days a week. I like the people in my spin class,  we are like a small community of hardcore enthusiast. They even saved a bike for me when I was running late.

IMG_3894I also took my walking up a notch and recently bought a Xiaomi fitness wristband. It calculates  your steps ,calories and sleep pattern. You can sync it with an app on the phone. The company also has a scale that I am going  to get!!! I have started to take Oreo out for longer walks now and it benefits me and her at the same time. Plus I have many friends who use the same product  so we can compete with each other  to see who has the most steps in a day. This motivates me  to be the best me that I can be.

As of a few days ago I have lost 67 pounds since coming to China!!! I am within spitting distance from my goal. I have about 33 more pounds to go. However this  is  the hardest part of the battle. This is when I have  to dig deep and remember why I am doing this. Jiayou Amber!. My goal is  to climb  that mountain.

My Brickhouse figure is coming back

My Brickhouse figure is coming back

11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. autumnashbough
    May 26, 2015 @ 00:15:53

    You look great! And well done. I love food and walking and dancing. I think it would be easier to lose weight in China, with less baked goods!

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  2. Dulce Vita
    Aug 02, 2015 @ 17:59:44

    You look great!!!!

    Reply

  3. Adrienne Hagins
    Aug 10, 2015 @ 03:54:51

    I love this site! I moved to shanghai about 6 months ago and seems we have similar struggles!! ( natural hair care, weight loss, you are doing great! and simply adapting to this new environment) thank you for sharing your experiences!!!!

    Reply

  4. Khayla
    Aug 11, 2015 @ 03:37:35

    I really love this post (& your blog as a whole actually)
    I am black and I have an interview in a couple days for a teaching job in Beijing. (I sincerely doubt I will get it, but I am hoping.)
    But I am overweight. I would like to lose a good 90 lbs myself and I was wondering if they had gyms and things like that in Beijing. And just wondering to myself what healthy eating in China is like. . .

    Reply

  5. Els Mockler
    Jan 09, 2019 @ 13:10:04

    Hi! I am moving to Hangzhou and am desperate to keep up my spinning. Would you recommend your studio in hangzhou? Would you be able to let me know the name of it? Thanks loads!

    Reply

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