New Year, Same Me

One of the best things about 2017, for me, was that it was a year of discovery in many ways. I learned so much about myself, the people around me, the places I love and the world in general. With so many huge milestones happening this year, it would be hard not to stumble upon new discoveries. Usually at the beginning of every year I write my new years resolutions, typically revolving around school and swimming. This year when trying to write them, I found it particularly hard to think of anything. I starting reflecting on the past year and everything that had happened and I had learned. Instead of writing resolutions for the year, I decided to write myself vows, vows that I know have been created out of the experiences I’ve had over the past couple of years. My vows for the year represent who I am as a person and all the things I hold near and dear to my heart.

With lots of new and exciting content coming to the blog this year, I thought a perfect way to start is to share some of my vows for the year with you all. What are some of your resolutions/vows/goals for the year? Let’s share them in the comments below!

My Vows

1. I vow to put my family above everything else. After leaving home for college this year, I realized that there is absolutely nothing that is more important to me than the close bond I have with my family.

2. I vow to love myself and my body no matter what and to appreciate all the things my body allows me to do¬†. After dealing with many years of body image struggles, I feel like 2017 was the first full year where I never looked in the mirror and thought I was fat or felt the need to suck my stomach in while wearing a bikini. It also happened to be the happiest I’ve ever been in my life.

3. I vow to allow myself to try new things, even if it seems scary. If there was a theme to this year, it would be trying new things. I’m going to be completely honest, most of the new things I tried were terrifying at first (ie. leaving home for the first time), but they also ended up being some of the best parts of the year.

4. I vow to become an adventurer of the world as best as I can. One of my biggest passions is traveling, and I was lucky enough to travel to two new countries (New Zealand and Korea) last year that I absolutely fell in love with. I hope that I can add another new country to the list this year. But beyond traveling to new countries, I vow to allow myself to explore the areas around me, whether it’s in Singapore, LA, or Tokyo, and to appreciate all the natural beauty of the world.

5. I vow to treat my body and mind as a temple, but in a balanced and healthy way. Of course I love working out, staying fit and eating healthy, but I also love skipping a day at the gym or pool to go explore a new city with my family and to eat food I love (even if it’s not the healthiest). I felt like 2017 was the most balanced year I have had. I focused on my health and fitness every single day, but also allowed myself to take a break if I felt like I needed it.

6. I vow to open myself up to new hobbies and passions. I had an amazing moment earlier this year where I discovered what I felt my life purpose was. That moment only came from allowing myself to try and find new things I was passionate about. I vow to allow myself room to try new things that I have an interest in, knowing full well that I may fail.

7. My last vow is to allow myself to be 100% real, authentic and honest on my blog and Instagram. This is something that I learned to do over the past 6 months, and it has been amazing. It’s not easy to be out on social media sharing personal information about your life and struggles, but I think it’s important for all of us to show our true selves every day on every platform. My whole goal through my blog and Instagram is to inspire others to be healthier, happier and laugh a little more. I have been amazed at the responses and messages I get to my posts, it’s what keeps me going every single day and I vow to keep that up as best as I can through this year.

I just wanted to end this by saying how extremely grateful I am to all of you for reading my posts and following along on my life adventures. This blog and Instagram have quickly become one of my biggest passions and I am so thankful for that!

#fitgirllife- 4 Simple At-Home Workouts

The holidays are upon us, which means lot’s of traveling, hotels, and YUMMY FOOD! Have tons of fun, but don’t use this season as an excuse to let your workout and movement habits slip. I have 4 super simple at-home workouts here for you. Only two of these require equipment, and it’s just 2x 10 kg weights (which you can omit if you need to). These workouts can be done from ANYWHERE and will get your heart rate up in a short amount of time. If you try any of these, let me know down in the comments below:) Happy sweating!

Workout #1:

3 x 15 air squats

5 x 20 (total) high-knees

5 x 20 sumo squats on your toes

5 x 20 double skips in place

3x 20 (total) lunge pulses

3 x 10 (total) front kicks

4 x 30 second plank

5 x 10 butt-ups

3 x 20 (total) fire hydrants

3 x 15 push-up pulses

4 x 20 (total) donkey kicks

3 x 30 reverse crunches

3 x 20 glute bridges

Workout #2:

5 x 20 criss-cross jumps

3 x 20 (each arm) jabs

3 x 10 (each leg) single leg deadlift w/big water bottle

3 x 20 (each arm) upper cuts

3 x 10 (each leg) single leg sit-down squat

3 x 10 scapula retractions w/big water bottle

3 x 10 (each leg) raised split lunges on chair

3 x 10 raised push-ups on couch

3 x 20 (total) high knees

3 x 20 (total) butt kicks in place

3 x 10 (each leg) step ups on chair

5 x 10 overhead presses w/big water bottle

5 x 20 calf raises

3 x 10 (each arm) bicep curls w/big water bottle

*DANCE IT OUT IN BETWEEN SETS*

With 2 x 10 KG weights:

Workout #3:

2 rounds of:

50 crunches

40 flutter kicks on back

30 penguin side-to-sides

20 toe touches

10 push-ups

4 rounds of:

15 meter sprint

15 jumping jacks

10 meter side shuffle

10 butt kicks in place

15 meter backwards sprint

5 squats

10 meter side shuffle

With weight:

3 x 20 (total) bicep curls

3 x 10 tricep extensions

3 x 10 overhead press

3 x 10 rows

Workout #4:

3 x 20 (total) bicep curls

3 x 10 (each leg) lunge w/weight

3 x 10 overhead press

3 x 10 squats w/weight

3 x 10 (each arm) single arm snatch w/weight

3 x 20 calf raises holding weight

3 x 10 tricep extensions

3 x 10 rows

3 x 20 (total) calf raises in sumo squat position holding weight

4 x 30 second plank

2 x 30 seconds (each side) side plank

4 x 25 reverse crunches

4 x 50 penguin side-to-sides

4 x 50 ab chop chops

 

Top 15 Workout Jams #2- Pump Up

  1. Low- Flo Rida (ft. T-Pain) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1nM4OKvoXw)
  2. Believer- Imagine Dragons (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wtfhZwyrcc)
  3. Buttons- Pussycat Dolls (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCLxJd1d84s)
  4. Strip That Down- Liam Payne (ft. Quavo) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSW2M-BB1NE)
  5. Good Grief- Bastille (Don Diablo Remix) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iaa03itxNZ0)
  6. Fight Song- Rachel Platten (Wildbeat remix) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hy9ns90vMz8)
  7. The Fighter- Keith Urban (ft. Carrie Underwood) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzT4p-OaJ5c)
  8. I Like the Sound of That- Rascal Flatts (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIwKZLcQM0E)
  9. Something Just Like This- The Chainsmokers (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FM7MFYoylVs)
  10. There’s Nothing Holding Me Back- Shawn Mendes (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dT2owtxkU8k)
  11. Dessert- Dawin (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZp_axebSfQ)
  12. Black Magic- Little Mix (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkElfR_NPBI)
  13. My House- Flo Rida (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uo35R9zQsAI)
  14. Giants- Matt Nathanson (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMbyup1xuFI)
  15. I Took a Pill in Ibiza- Mike Posner (Seeb Remix) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foE1mO2yM04)

#fitgirllife- Staying Fit on the Road

Right now, I’m in Tokyo, Japan staying in the first hotel of 5 hotels/houses/cabins that we will be staying in this summer. The hotel we’re in right now is more like a motel, so there is no gym. 2 of the hotels we’ll be staying in with have a gym (which is super helpful), but when we get to our lake cabin, all I’ll have is a lake, 2 x 10 kg weights and lots of space. Knowing all of this before we left for our trip, I started planning and researching for my workouts early. There are 3 key steps to staying fir on the road: 1) taking advantage of what you have around you, 2) getting and staying motivated, and 30 making it fun by incorporating your workout into your vacation.

  1. The hardest thing about working out while traveling is not always have a gym, proper equipment or a familiar workout space. While there is plenty you can do without equipment, it’s easy enough to find things around you to turn into workout equipment. For example, use a chair for step-ups, use the couch for split lunges, use the wall for wall sits and raised push-ups, use a large water bottle for scap retractions and use the luggage rack for box squats. Also look for places around you to incorporate into your workout. Today, I found a 300 meter steep hill that I used for hill sprints (which killed me!).
  2. The second hardest thing is to get and stay motivated. It’s so easy to just want to lay out at the beach all day or to just shop and eat, so the drive to workout might be really hard to find. What I’ve found really helps is planning ahead. Based on what we’re doing each day, I’ll plan out what my workout will be and when I’ll do it. I’ll then ask the people I’m with if we could try to be back at the hotel by a certain time so I can get my workout in. They’re always glad to help. And if you’re lucky, you might even get some new workout buddies too. Another way to stay motivated is to reward yourself. Whether it’s with a treat, a bag you’ve really been wanting or a spa day, it’s a fun way to motivate yourself while on vacation.
  3. The best way to staying motivated on vacation is to make working out fun. Workouts don’t always have to take place in a gym, they can happen anywhere you want. A few things you could do are hiking up a gorgeous mountain or cliff, taking a bike tour of the city, or playing a round of beach volleyball at the beach. But there are even simpler ways to get some exercise in; instead of taking the escalator or the elevator, walk up the stairs, and instead of taking a cab or the bus, walk around the city. It’s little changes you make throughout the day that will make a huge difference during your vacation.

So wherever in the world you are, whether you’re at home or traveling, make sure to make movement a priority today. There are so many different and fun ways to do it. Happy sweating!

#fitgirllife: At Home Workout

What’s better than a great workout… a great workout in the comfort of your own home while watching Friends. Whether you’re on the road, stuck in a hotel room or just too lazy to get over to the gym, this at-home workout will have you sweating y0ur butt off!

3 x 15 air squats

5 x 20 (total) high-knees

5 x 20 double skips

3 x 20 (total) lunge pulses

3 x 10 (total) front kicks

4 x 30 second plank

5 x 10 plank butt-ups

3 x 20 (total) fire hydrants

3 x 15 push-up pulses

4 x 20 (total) donkey kicks

3 x 30 reverse crunches

3 x 20 glute bridges

If you try this workout out, make sure to snap a picture and leave it in the comments:) Happy training!