Reflections & New Beginnings

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In just a couple hours, I leave for sunny California for a loooong awaited vacation, so here’s one last post before I take off. Since it’s nearing the end of the year, I wanted to take some time to reflect on all the crazy shinazz that happened in 2014.

So much has happened in the last year, sometimes I have to pinch myself to see if it’s all real. Long story short, I managed to graduate with a Bcom in marketing, started my first ‘real’ job, got certified as a personal trainer, then had my first ‘real’ career change, all while also having multiple hair colour changes in between. You’d think I was going through a mid-life crisis. But, I assure you, t’was all for good fun and I ain’t in any type of crisis whatsoever.

To take things back, I had landed my first ‘real’ job in January (man, that flew by!) while I was finishing up my undergraduate degree. If you asked me back then how it was, I would tell you that I had truly landed my dream job. I was working in social media marketing for a local fashion brand, which was everything that I had wanted to do. However, it’s funny how life plays out because I’m in a completely different field today. Some of you may have noticed that the blog has also transitioned along with my life.

I discovered that I was passionate about health and fitness sometime during my second year at university. (I won’t go into detail about how that started, as I’ll save that story for another day.) Inside, I knew that I would end up in that industry sooner or later. But, I honestly didn’t think it would be so soon! I enjoy fashion, but my day job just wasn’t fulfilling for me. My inner fitness fanatic was crying to be let out. I decided that I couldn’t waste anymore time at a position that wasn’t where I truly wanted to be. So I took a leap of faith, left my job and took the route down a totally different path.

It’s such a gratifying experience to know that I’m doing what I’m called to do and that I belong where I am. So here’s your takeaway from this post: if you’re not happy where you are, make a change! Either change your mindset, or change your situation. You always have a choice. If you want to move forward in life, you gotta put in the work. But, it’s so much more rewarding when you’re doing something that you love. It’s not rocket-science! Be curious, try new things, find out what you like and go for it. Give yourself the freedom to make mistakes and learn.

Lastly, I hope you are enjoying my health and fitness posts! Please let me know if there’s anything you would like to see. I’m here to help! If you would like to train with me, you can book a consultation with Crux. And for those of you who follow me because of my fashion posts…my style has changed and they won’t be as frequent as before, so I bid you farewell if you decide to stop reading. (No hard feelings.)

Alright, gotta do some last minute packing for my trip! I’ll still be posting over on Instagram, so you can follow me there for updates! Peace out y’all.

Photos by Jackie Lau
 

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Recipe: Breakfast Egg Muffins

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Breakfast Egg Muffins
Egg Muffins

Eating a healthy breakfast will set you up for success for the rest of the day. When you skip breakfast, your metabolism slows down and your body goes into starvation mode. In turn, this will cause you to store MORE fat. Therefore, it’s very important to fuel your body with a proper meal so you’re energized for the rest of the day. I always eat breakfast within an hour of waking up. Here’s an easy recipe for paleo-friendly breakfast egg muffins that takes minimal time to prep and it can last you the whole week! No excuses!

Ingredients: (Makes about 12 muffins)
10 eggs
1 handful of kale/spinach
3 stalks celery
2 romanian tomatos
1/2 onion
1 sprinkle of ground black pepper
Optional seasoning spices: tumeric, basil, oregano

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Dice celery, tomatoes and onion.
Mix eggs together with kale/spinach.
Add in the rest of the ingredients and mix together.
Pour mixture into muffin tins and bake for 20-25 min.

Great for busy mornings as you can just grab-and-go! Enjoy!

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How to Stay Fit During the Holidays

It’s December and the holiday season is upon us! Save yourself the burden of making ‘weight loss’ as your new year’s resolution by staying on track now! Here are some tips to help you stay fit during the holidays:

1) Move your body whenever you can
Make an effort to take the stairs or park farther away so you can burn off extra calories.

2) Bring a healthy dish to house gatherings
T’is the season for holiday parties and dinners so make a dish that won’t kill your diet. This way you’ll have an option to eat, even if everything else isn’t very nutritious.

3) Watch the beverages
Holiday drinks such as eggnog lattes and hot chocolate are sugary and filled with unnecessary calories that you don’t need. Too much alcohol can also reduce our inhibitions, causing us to overeat. It’s a good idea to stick to water for most of the time and you can treat yourself to 1 or 2 drinks during special gatherings.

4) Indulge wisely
Skip the packaged cookies and have only very special treats, like your grandma’s homemade baked apple pie. Choosing what to indulge in is like choosing to spend your money wisely. Do you want to throw away your money on useless junk or save up for something special? If you overspend and go over your budget, then you’ll be in debt. It’s the same with overeating. Think about the consequences and if you want to spend the next half of the year paying off your debt/burning off your fat.

5) Schedule in workouts (even if they’re short!)
Sometimes 10 mins is all you need to get in an intense workout. A couple mins here and a couple mins there can add up! If something is important to you, you will make time for it. It doesn’t have to take a long time to break out a good sweat. When you’re short on time, make sure you go all out during your workouts! Here’s a bodyweight workout you can do at home:
how to stay fit during the holidays

 

Remember that the pounds and fat don’t suddenly show up. They’re an accumulation of your daily habits and choices. It’s okay to indulge here and there, but stay focused on your goals. Everything in moderation is key! Be flexible – if you overeat at one meal, have a lighter portion at the next. And remember that the holidays aren’t just about food, it’s also about spending time with your loved ones. It is possible to stay healthy AND live a little at the same time. Hope you all have a healthy holiday season!

 

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