My Fitness Story

My Fitness Story

Hi Everyone! 🙂 I know I never quite go below skin deep when it comes to my blog and talk about personal stuff besides the makeup I use, the clothes I wear, the goodies I buy or the places I travel to. Today I want to address something I’m quite passionate about and a journey that I’m sure many people are not foreign to: the fitness journey.

I feel that at some point we all have had a love-hate relationship with training, working out, gymming, exercising or however you wish to call it. I’ve certainly had my fair share of a mixed pool emotions when it comes to gymming, I’ve been obsessed with it, I’ve hated it, I’ve dreaded it, I’ve been disappointed, I’ve been excited, I’ve been guilty… you name it and I’ve mostly probably felt it. It’s not until I suddenly clicked one day to stop obsessing over the actual transformation itself that I’ve truly appreciated exercise and fitness. Once you really learn to let go of staring at yourself for hours in front of the mirror scrutinising every single part of yourself that you see, you will feel the transformation.

I’ve pretty much been ‘skinny’ my whole life and trust me my so-called “friends” in primary school made sure that I was aware of it. I was relentlessly teased for being too ‘skinny’ for years. Until as we grew a little older (such as in high school), people started to realise that skinny is in fact the new black! It wasn’t actually that great to have short stumpy legs and baby fat was no longer “cute”. This is when the obsession around me began. Of course I never took part of it because I was happily being envied for eating pies, burgers and pizzas everyday and not gaining a pound. This happiness of mine never lingered around for long enough though, not past third year in varsity at least because it was then I started to realise (to my horror) that I was firstly, terribly unfit because I stopped all sports in grade 10 (I used to be pretty active) and secondly, I started to gain a bit of weight. I mean sure, most people will probably give me some applause for that because I finally look ‘normal’ (some would still say I was skinny) but that’s not MY normal.

Since I was still a student at that time, I had so much time on my hands, I started going to the gym and really trying my hand at this new thing called “fitness”. The reality also hit me when I decided to take a slow jog the one day during my holidays and I got home and threw up because I was so unfit! Now 4 years in and I’m fitter than I ever was, I can lift 20kgs rather easily (do you lift bro?!) and I can run without throwing up. Even though I’m not as skinny as I was when I was 18, which I admit I probably never will be or want to be, but I’ve discovered muscles in places I never knew existed and I definitely look better and feel better. I’m toned but I also have lady curves and that’s something to be proud of. Was it a tough journey? Yes! It was a journey where self-loathe played an essential part of my struggle and mind you, on a daily basis! When I look in the mirror now though, I see accomplishment but I also see where there can be improvement too. There is always room for improvement!

I’m so sick of seeing people out there bringing other people down. Like that joke “only dogs like bones but real men like curves”, I mean really?? Just because a person is skinny, doesn’t mean they have no muscles and are not strong. Just because a person is “fat”, doesn’t mean they’re not fit and can’t run 10km. The truth is, if you’re not born to have a thigh gap, you probably never will, no matter how much weight you lose. There are tons of products out there that helps people with their diets and helps to “burn fat”. Truth is, the best way to burn fat is to put on those running shoes and get off your ass to run. A diet is temporary, those products that people take are temporary too but your lifestyle change stays with you forever. My lifestyle is definitely sticking with me, now it’s all about the proper nutrition, making sure I consume all food groups and also making sure that I have all the correct vitamins and minerals that I need. Naturally, your body WILL transform, the transformation may actually surprise you because you will find beauty in the real, healthy you rather than the “you” that you see in other people.

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I took this photo about a month ago and these shorts I bought in April when I went to Hong Kong.

 

What’s your fitness story? Email me and let me know. For more fitness inspiration, you can also check out my Instagram account (warning: lots of beauty, fashion, food and travel stuff too).

With love…xxx

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Christmas Wishlist 2014

Hi everyone! It’s that time of the year again where most of us are exhausted and we just want the year to be over already but at the same time excited that the festive season is about to be in full force. As much as Christmas is about family, close friends, sharing, giving, loving bla bla bla… we all love presents!! This time round has been particularly difficult for me to come up with a Christmas Wishlist because I just got back from New York City not too long ago and I can confidently say, there’s nothing more that I want this year! BUT… there’s always room for a little bit of inspiration for those who are looking for a gift for a loved one! Here is my christmas wishlist 2014 (in no particular order):

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1. Yankee Candles

It’s definitely no ordinary candle! I’ve never tried one myself till a friend recently asked me to purchase one in Joburg for her to bring back home to Durbs (because there’s nothing in Durbs duh!). Of course I walked out the store with one for my own home, who can resist when there’s a vanilla cupcake fragrance?? Absolutely divine! Oh and I purchased the vanilla lime! Love it!

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2. Crabtree & Evelyn 60 Second Fix for Hands

I’ve recently done a quick review on this product and I love it so much that I wouldn’t mind getting it again for Christmas! Click here if you missed it. It smells good, it’s useful and reasonably priced, perfect gift for Christmas!

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3. Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream fragrance

I loved this fragrance so much, I almost bought a bottle at Sephora when I was in New York and mind you I never buy my own fragrance (I believe that fragrances should be gifted)! Then I had this little voice in my head that keeps telling me that I have too many perfumes already and especially E just bought me the Marc Jacobs Dot from his trip to Amsterdam, I had to put it down. Definitely my next fragrance though! The fragrance is light, fruity, airy and so fresh and it comes in such a beautiful and feminine bottle! Love!

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4. Louis Vuitton Capucines in Magnolia

There’s no complete christmas wishlist without a Louis so here’s my favourite this season. With the perfect structured, single handle leather handbag, how can you go wrong? And the colour… need I say more?? The bag speaks for itself.

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5. Triangl Swimwear

Since summer is on its way, a swimwear set would be a perfect christmas gift! Especially these pretty neon coloured babies from Triangl Swimwear. These are definitely on my lustlist, although I did just purchase a super cute Victoria Secret bikini set from New York and I would never be disloyal (at least for now). 🙂

There’s my Christmas Wishlist and I hope it gave you some ideas too!

With love…xxx

Why your travels will always be your greatest teacher

Why your travels will always be your greatest teacher

Living in this modern day and age allows us to do many things, travel to destinations we can only dream of, explore the deepest of seas and reach for the stars (literally). Then why are people not taking advantage of this great opportunity to explore the unknown, to increase and expand one’s knowledge about the greatest gift we have been given, Earth. At the same time, with the continuously evolving technology, it allows us to explore the world without moving from the comfort of our home. Oh what a conflict, we’re basically all doomed. Here’s my take on one of my biggest passions, traveling, and why your travels will always be your greatest teacher.

I was lucky enough to have discovered traveling at a young age, it also helped that my parents are foreigners living in South Africa, which means that I get to go to the mother land (China) to visit family. Traveling never quite wowed me till a later stage because when I was younger, the focus was on how the long plane rides were uncomfortable and I would get really bad motion sickness. Let’s also admit that visiting family is not always the most exciting thing to do because you’re constantly surrounded by a bunch of adults and you couldn’t really decide on what to eat and what activities you wanted to do.

It wasn’t until I started traveling without my family that I really started to enjoy traveling because for the first time, you get to decide what YOU want to eat, what YOU want to see and what YOU want to do. At the same time, you were vulnerable because you are no longer in your comfort zone with friends and family at your beck and call. It made it even better later when I started spending my own money that I had made on my own so literally the sky, or shall I say my bank account, became the limit. That is when I could decide if I wanted to spend every single cent on a luxury designer handbag, which my dad would never have approved of, or a 7 course meal at some exotic 5 star location. The world is literally my oyster.

The best part doesn’t just end there though, it continues by way of experience. Traveling allows us to learn and understand things about the world that can only be felt by the heart. Our experiences shape and mold who we are as human beings today. Taking it one step further though, seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, tasting and experiencing different parts of the world opens your mind to greater things than reading a book ever could allow. Practically speaking, there’s no better way to learn how to manage time, manage your finances, make difficult decisions and to deal with stress than to go travelling.

You become stronger as a person, not only with the vast amount of knowledge you have gained but you become more tolerant, more open minded with real understanding of other cultures beside your own. You become more resistant to certain circumstances because you had overcome obstacles on another side of the world on your own, without friends or family. Your become less ignorant. Less ignorant about the fact that not all Chinese people eat dogs and cats (it’s also a delicacy in certain parts of Korea), there aren’t only starving children in Africa alone, poverty is not the root to violent crimes, why communism is perfectly fine for certain countries and the fact that I’m Asian but I’m actually South African. We all love to describe others as ignorant but rarely acknowledge that ignorance lies in everyone. If you are speaking about it and you in fact haven’t experienced it yourself, in law we call that “hearsay”, which is often disregarded.

Now you may say, “What’s the rush? I have the rest of my life to go traveling”, but do you realistically? Are you going to take your small children to explore the pits of Vietnam and Cambodia, where tap water is not for drinking and to explore the beautiful Angkor Wat in 40 degrees heat? I think not. By then, I think a trip to Disney World is in order.

Now, isn’t it about time you allow yourself to be taught in the best way possible?

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With love…xxx