"How do you manage to live and enjoy a balanced lifestyle whilst staying fit?"
I've let go! - not entirely, but I've let go of striving for my past, my leaner/skinnier days.
One thing's for sure is, it's not easy; and regardless of how many insta fitness people tell you they're so much happier and that life is more balanced, I guarantee it was a hard journey getting there and staying there.
I've had leaner days, and as an Asian women, it's especially daunting for others to witness the change and make comparisons. To this day I'm told time and time again on how I've 'grown' - (muscle is not a thing for asian females!!) It’s not rainbows and sparkles all year round, because everyone will have their episodes of shaming when placed in front of a mirror. Triggering moments like seeing an unflattering photo (which may seem fine to others) happens to everyone, but hand to heart I'm a much happier person and I’m sure you guys see it too with some of the messages received!
Dinner dates are more relaxed, I'm not constantly hungry and most importantly mental health is running on rainbows!
I used to chase for salads, skip all kinds of carbs or allow only the tiniest bit of bread if I’ve “earned” it; but over time you’ll realise there’s more to life than just constantly kicking yourself over that bit of blubber.
I have folds when I sit, my arms bulge out a little when they’re by my side, my face isn’t as trimmed, my thigh gap is no longer as wide as sponge bobs, belly sticks outs after a meal; and all of these things ARE OKAY!! Hell no, they’re not shown on billboards, but EVERYONE has one/if not, all of them!! So ladies, next time you’re beating yourself up for not looking a certain way, stop, reset and know there’s nothing wrong! Life goes beyond the realms of looks, find your happiness in a balanced lifestyle!
Lastly, thanking the bubba for sticking by through thick and thin on this, his reaction to aesthetic changes has only been positive, with love and support growing bigger and bigger to help me achieve a happier/healthier self💕
𝗪𝗼𝗿𝗸𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗗𝗮𝘆! Bookmark🔖
Rotting away at home? Can’t get to the gym? No equipment at home?
Give this workout a go!👇🏼
Picked up a reusable tote and filled it with dense items - rice 👲🏻, bottled goods, anything around the house!
𝙏𝙤𝙙𝙖𝙮'𝙨 𝙒𝙤𝙧𝙠𝙤𝙪𝙩: 𝙏𝙧𝙞𝙤 𝙤𝙛 𝙀𝙭𝙚𝙧𝙘𝙞𝙨𝙚𝙨 💥
𝟯 𝗥𝗢𝗨𝗡𝗗𝗦 🔁
15 x Sumo Squats (weighted or BW)
15 x Bent-over row
15 x push ups (toes or knees)
𝟯 𝗥𝗢𝗨𝗡𝗗𝗦 🔁
15 x Curtsy Lunges (per leg - you may carry a heavy rucksack on your back if weight is not enough!)
32 x Plank spiderman (knee to elbow then op knee to op elbow) SLOW + CONTROLLED!
20 x Supermans (hold onto water bottles for extra weight)
3 x 45s Bear crawl
Flat back, knees hovering few cms off the ground, core engaged and keep your hips still!
How’s your #StayAtHome munchies looking!🍴
Tuesday breakfast, whipped up my specialty scrambled eggs (tap previous IGTV for recipe!), lathered on some smoked salmon and kewpie-ed toast🍞
Can we just address how divine ✨ Japanese milk is to the mouth, yet wrenching for the stomach 😂💨
It’s so good yet so bad!!
𝗪𝗼𝗿𝗸𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗗𝗮𝘆!
With the current virus bizwiz, everyone's probably moulding at home or masked up and afraid at your local gym. Wherever you are, whatever you're doing, hygiene precautions as always and if you do decide to visit a fitness facility, then ensure you're aware of their cleaning/virus measures. Wipe where possible, mask up if you must (especially crowded gyms, but I've tried deadlift-ing with a mask 😂like a deathly sauna!!)
Stick to one location rather than visiting multiple fitness centres!
𝙏𝙤𝙙𝙖𝙮'𝙨 𝙒𝙤𝙧𝙠𝙤𝙪𝙩: 𝙏𝙧𝙞𝙤 𝙤𝙛 𝙀𝙭𝙚𝙧𝙘𝙞𝙨𝙚𝙨 🏋🏻
𝟯 𝗥𝗢𝗨𝗡𝗗𝗦 🔁
15 x Trapbar Deadlift
15 x Shoulder DB Rotate Overhead Press
10 Hanging Knee to Elbows
𝟯 𝗥𝗢𝗨𝗡𝗗𝗦 🔁
15 x DB Single Leg Hip Thrust
15 x Narrow Grip Row
2 min run (12.5kph)
10 Hanging Knee to Elbows
𝟯 𝗥𝗢𝗨𝗡𝗗𝗦 🔁
250m Row (1:50-2:00)
12 (per arm) x Walking Plank
20 x Superman
Wearing @Nikehkg Infinity React over Metcon 5 for the sake of running + marks on my shoulders are from cupping 😂 not beating 💥
🍳🧀🍞🥪 3 simple ingredients for a perfect at-home munch
Saturday morning cheesy egg sando 😚
Take advantage of social distancing and practice cooking!😌👩🏻🍳
If it tastes good, then hoorah! If not... well, boys eat anything everything 🤫 better luck next time
Also, new youtube video up for those who are stuck at home, feeling sluggish and in need of workouts- tap my bio link!
Tag me if you end up making yourself this egg sandwich😂 could be contagious!
Here's a little throwback of myself with my world's favourite man and biggest supporter 💕
Corona biz wiz, for those who aren't aware Hong Kong has put in place quarantine measures for those travelling into the country as of today, and thus, people were (or are) most likely rushing back now. This could mean another wave of cases and so.. PLEASE CONTINUE TO BE ON TOP OF HYGIENE PRECAUTIONS!
✅ WEAR A MASK, its easy, simple, there are myths going around saying they're useless and people abroad are shunned for wearing them, but I'm sure its proven to be somewhat beneficial given HK's dense demographic and slow rising cases over the past few weeks. Protect yourself, protect others, and prevent the spread!
✅ if you or other members under your roof have recently travelled or feel unwell, then please stay at home for 2 weeks! Be considerate, be responsible!
✅ frequently wash your hands, YOUR WATCHES, clean your phones and surfaces you've touched, hand sanitisers at the ready!
✅ avoid large gatherings/crowds, and if you must dine together, use communal cutlery!
✅ Avoid touching your face until you’ve washed your hands and be weary of touching public handles/railings etc
✅ 𝗗𝗢 𝗡𝗢𝗧 𝗦𝗣𝗜𝗧 𝗢𝗡 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗙𝗟𝗢𝗢𝗥 (this drives me INSANE), cover up when you cough or sneeze
✅ (home measures) clean frequently, regularly wash clothes that have been outdoors/hang it out to air, maintain drainage pipes by pouring water into U-traps outlets
✅ Flush with the lid down
and lastly... if you've been in close contact with someone who's ill or have travelled to sensitive places.. please just stay at home
Let’s keep at it, Happy Thursday!!!
I feel like it’s been FOREVER since I’ve had avocado, always so lazy to wait days before they ripe up then when they do.. I tend forget😂
Morning brekkie with some quick #yolkporn action, until all was ruined 🙎🏻♀️😂 👉🏼 swipe with sound on!
Weekend Downtime! 💆🏻♀️
Spent the past few days disconnecting from social media, only picking up my phone for work purposes and screen time was down by 41%!! 😱
It’s important to take time off once in a while to really engage in activities or others without the temptation of aimless scrolling📱
Even my mind feels clearer🤩
Spent Sunday working then a little pre-dinner activity with the bubba🏃🏻♂️🏃🏻♀️
Went for a 4 lap run along the seafront with a gorgeous sunsetting view 🌅
Bubba and I gradually picked up the pace over every kilometre ➡️ swipe for speed, then finished off with mini circuits of run drills and stationary exercises 😚
Nice way to end the week + built up an appetite!!
Turn that frown upside down, and smile to best Monday blues!!!
Social Media and Mental Health
4 years ago I embarked on a fitness Instagram account to keep myself accountable, then YouTube because my MSc dissertation gave me too much spare time, and without a doubt I had caught more attention than I had imagined.
The birth and boom of social media has been both a blessing and a curse over the years, and then to be swept in fitness scene - it can be a handful.
Being asian and small.. I’ve struggled a lot with body image, then to add on social media exposure, the pressure almost doubles. As an “influencer” (Grandma cooking fitness influencer 👵🏼) from few years back, I (or we) never imagined or planned to expose so much of our lives online. What started as an account to keep myself accountable and quick random video whilst during my tedious MSc dissertation, became a quick storm that swept me into this realm of ‘𝙘𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙣𝙩’ and chasing for numbers.
Social media has been a blessing in helping me connect with so many around the world, sharing content that is relatable such that we align on experiences, giving the “you’re not alone” support, but to every coin, there’s a flip side.
I’ve had many struggles over the years, from tears in bed to tears in the toilet of a random mall, moments that were extra hard with online exposure, biggest being body image, keeping up with the online fitness expectations - because at the end of the day.. all you see if images or videos. Then there’s the old and passed struggles that were detrimental to relationships, being caught up in ‘capturing the perfect moment’ or making time to ‘create content’ that we almost lose ourselves or miss out on the experience and neglect loved ones. Lastly, it’s the keyboard warriors who mindlessly act on platforms without consequences, thats probably the biggest contributing factor/micro traumas to mental health.
And so, following on from my last streak of kindness, if you don’t have anything nice to say online, then swallow it up/keep it to yourself and move on, save someone’s day from going into misery and use these platforms for a more positive change.
Lastly - wash your hands, alcohol wipe your 📱& don’t spit in public please!
Once you see it, you’ll crave it 😝 memories of school dinners
- pasta of your choice (I chose orecchiette for its chewy texture)
- Minced beef
- 1/2 large onion
- Medium sized carrot
- 2-3 cloves garlic
- Cherry tomatoes
- Canned chopped tomatoes
- Dry red wine
- Beef stock cubes
- Worcestershire sauce, sugar, salt, pepper
- Bay leaves
1. Finely chop/dice the garlic, onion, carrot and halve the cherry tomatoes.
2. In an oiled medium heat pan, brown onions and garlic until onions are slightly translucent.
3. Turn up the heat and add beef, breaking it down with your cooking spatula until browned, then throw in the diced carrots
4. Pour in 1/2 cup of red wine and simmer 2-3 minutes.
5. Add remaining ingredients except for salt and pepper.
6. Simmer for ~30 minutes on low to medium heat, until the sauce thickens.
7. Cook pasta 🤩, either ladle on the sauce and mix on a plate, or mix it in a heated pan + GENEROUSLY add Parmesan 🧀
This brown top hits differently 🟫
Is it a keeper? 😍
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