I am officially home from Hong Kong! Thank you all for the kind words on my last post: my experience as a study abroad student | visas, orientation, and the first five weeks. I appreciate the nice comments supporting my decisions and my honesty.
I’ve been home for about three days now, and I’m beginning to start to take steps toward a healthier lifestyle. Before leaving Hong Kong, I decided that I would make small changes in my diet and exercise once I got home. I would start eating healthier (and more often), drink more water, form a fitness routine, and practice self-care. Even though, when I’m writing this, I have only been at my new routine for a few days, I already feel myself improving! I think winter break is the perfect time to make lifestyle changes…
waking up early to breakfast
When I was in high school, my mom discovered Pumpkin Spice English muffins. Ever since my senior year of high school, I haven’t been able to get these English muffins out of my head! With studying in a different state, and recently a different country, these English muffins are impossible to find. While in Hong Kong. I struggled to have a well-balanced breakfast every morning, which is why it was so important for me to make the extra effort over winter break. Now for breakfast, I make an egg white-English muffin sandwhich. Then, I pair it with green tea (or hot chocolate now that it’s fall), and mix up some fruit, yogurt, and granola. It is so filling, especially since because of the jet-lag, I go to bed around six and wake up at seven a.m. So, this keeps me full until about noon. I definetly recommend trying this breakfast!
working out and hydrating
Exercising has always been something I’ve fallen in and out of love with. Over the years, I’ve joined gyms, found workout companions, and punched in data into iPhone apps. But it never felt like the gyms, apps, and companions benefited me. Though now, I have finally discovered a simple workout plan that pushes my body just enough, so I’m not overworking myself. One of my biggest struggles with exercising/working out at a gym was my insecurities toward my appearance. I never felt as if I was wearing the right workout clothes. I never felt like I looked right while working out, either. So this time around, I decided to work out at home, not caring about if I’m wearing a Pink or Adidas. My workout clothes consist of this gray, lightweight tee from Macy’s and Navy blue joggers from the men’s section at Zara. This is what I’m most comfortable in, while working out.
I have finally discovered a simple workout plan that pushes my body just enough, so I’m not overworking myself. This workout plan that takes about thirty minutes or less. I’ve modified it to fit for me, so if you’d like to modify it, please do so. But I’d love to share it just as an inspiration:
warm up: stretches, wrist and ankle rolls, deep breathing
10 push-ups: on my knees for now, but I’m working toward full push ups
20 lunges: ten for each leg
more stretches: this are more yoga-oriented stretching. I often stretch my back with child’s pose and a bridge. Then I extend my legs outward, grab my ankles, and hold for ten seconds.
15 second plank
30 jumping jacks
cool down: repitition of warm up (I modified this beginners routine from NerdFitness).
I workout while watching YouTube videos, and have found that practicing each exercise during a music montage is really motivating. Today, I did my jumping jacks to Amanda Steele’s one year anniversary video on her channel. When my workout is complete, I enjoy a nice bottle of water from my adorable Lotso water bottle I bought on my last day when I went to Hong Kong Disneyland! (I went alone at it was such a fun trip! Was thinking about doing a post about how to have fun at Disneyland alone. Let me know in the comments if this is something you’d like to read!
To prevent soreness, I like to take a relaxing bath. I love filling the tub with warm water, dropping in a bath fizz from Ulta, and decompressing by reading Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. (For the next post, I will be sharing my skincare routine. So, stay tuned!) I am really obsessed with taking baths and reading. It’s something I’ve always done since I was a young kid living in the early 2000s. Also, can we John Green’s new book? I can relate so much to Aza and I desperately want her and Davis to get together. That is all that I am saying…NO SPOILERS! Turtles All the Way down really pulled me in when I read the first page. Though I wish Green was a little more descriptive in his writing, I do find this story to be powerful in terms of understanding identity through mental health. It is not a frosted and sugary story, like TFIOS. It is more intense, but worth the read!
Thank you so much for reading this post!
I hope you enjoyed.
ALSO: did you notice that I have changed my blog theme and logo! I’m really feeling the pale pink color because it’s feminine and chic!
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