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Fitness Transformation Week 4 | SImple Quinoa Salad Recipe

So… after I was done half of my post, my internet crashed and my post wasn’t saved. So let’s try this again.

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Let’s just say, I’m more than surprised with the result. I didn’t think my body was going to change so rapidly especially because I used to workout and I wouldn’t see this kind of result until 2 months later. This was taken at the beginning of the third week.

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Say Bye-bye to Frizzy Bed Hair | Tutorial

Remember that morning when you woke up late for a date or a meeting but your hair just decides to have a horrendous bed hair day?

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I have teamed up with Casper, a New York based startup mattress company, to bring to you tips and ways you can prevent and tame the unwanted bed hair. Casper offers mattresses that are designed and made in the US. They use latex and memory foam material for all their mattresses to make sure going to bed is what you look forward to at the end of the day! Although a good sleep can give you glowing skin, but let’s be honest, even the most amazing bed can cause you to wake up to a bad bed hair.

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Current Skin Care Routine + Products | Winter

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My skin care routine doesn’t really change much unless I discover an amazing product that makes my life easier. What changes a lot for me is the skin care products. I love trying out new products not only because I can prevent my skin from building resistance but also because my skin type changes with the season very often. I have very dry skin during the winter. The weather and the heater dries my skin out and gives me a flaky AND OILY skin. Yes, dry skin can cause oily skin. The excess oil is from your skin trying to lubricate the dry skin, so I like to use high hydration products during the winter. (Remember, hydration = water  base and does NOT = oil)

My skin care products during the winter are mostly focused on hydration and anti aging to prevent fine lines that are caused by dryness. Winter is also the only time where I’ll allow a little bit of oil based product. Since I have combination skin, I like to go for oil-free but hydrating products.

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Fitness Transformation Week 0 | Fitness Gurus and Tips

So, this will be one of the most personal series so far on this blog. I will be posting every week on my fitness journey of 16 weeks with pictures AND healthy recipes I personally make. My goal is to feel lean and strong and of course in a S.M.A.R.T. goal, I want to lose 15 lbs and be able to fit into my jeans again.

Here’s a little story about me and my weight journey. I was a chubby baby and I only got chubbier as I grew. I was considered overweight in grade 5. I can’t remember exactly how much I weigh but I can still fit into the clothes I used to wear in grade 5. I started losing weight starting at around grade 7 most likely due to puberty. The most drastic change was when I went into grade 9 and I was no longer considered chubby. For the first time people would actually compliment on my figure. (Probably also because I was more active than ever)

I started working out in grade 11. I still took gym class even though I wasn’t very athletic. I just thought I could force myself to be active… And it worked! I went to the gym almost every weekend and that was when I was the leanest and healthiest. After graduating high school, I moved to Ontario for university and that was when everything changed. I met new friends and went out a lot. I also lived in the dorm so cafeteria access was easy. I ate out literally every meal since I didn’t even have a kitchen. I gained 15 lbs in my freshmen year putting me at 125 lbs and that was the heaviest I have ever been at the time.

In second year, I really got back into working out and eating clean. I actually really enjoyed it and wanted to go every day. I lost 10 lbs and put on a lot of muscle.

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^ The Before and After photo of my stomach in 4 months. My butt had an even more dramatic change but I’m just not ready to share my butt picture with the world yet…

End of the year however, a big event (I talked about it briefly Here) happened and I also flew back to Taiwan, which caused me to stop working out. I pretty much gave up on my body and ate whatever I wanted and lost all of tone I had. Since then, I have just been gaining weight because I never got back into it. I gained another 10 lbs in just 4 months when I had a coop placement. Which brings me to the heaviest (128 lbs) I have ever been IN MY LIFE.

I am doing this series because not only that I believe I can achieve my goal, but I also want to share my journey, tips, and inspiration with you. I hope that after reading this you can find the motivation to get you off of that couch/bed and get movin’.

*My main goal is NOT to lose weight. My goal is to be healthy and feel energetic, but since you have to make your goals measurable, I set a number for me to reach.*

My journey was supposed to start on the 5th of January which was the first day of school but I injured myself on the way to school so I had to rest for a week… Therefore, this monday (12th) was my first day. Let me tell you, being fit is something you need to constantly keep up with to not lose track. I was able to easily do and finish the same workouts I did on Monday, but I was so out of breath on Monday, I could only finish half of the workout. I have recommended some fitness gurus below that I follow on Instagram and some of them have e-books which you can purchase. You do NOT have to buy them to be fit. I came up with my own workouts before even buying theirs and I still obtained good results. I would suggest doing research on what type of workouts you should do and the frequency of them.

Below is a list of fitness guru I follow on Instagram:

@Kayla Itsines – Her fitness book is the one that I am currently following. It is 12 weeks plus 4 weeks pre-workout which makes 16 weeks. (Hence the 17 posts for this series) Her workouts are manageable because it only takes up to 40 minutes top each workout. However, it is NOT easy. they are challenging but they give you such amazing results.

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@EllE_fit/@ellefitactive

Elle is a yogi, so if you’re mot into yoga than working out. Her e-book can also help you achieve some of your health goals! I love reading her Instagram captions! She also features people who’s using her e-book from around the world on her other Instagram account @ellefitactive

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@amandabisk

Although Amanda’s Instagram doesn’t tell you the exact workouts she does, her pictures are often inspirational and can keep you motivated. Plus, her body is amazing! Amanda also does some yoga, so if you’re a yogi, you’d love her.

@IZA_GOULART

Iza is actually a model. Not all of her posts are on fitness, but when she does post about fitness, it is most definitely hard-core. She the type that trains hard and play hard!

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@CENSKIII

She was one of the first fitness guru I followed on Instagram. Before I purchased Kayla’s e-book I often took parts of her workouts and made up my own. I would pick 4-6 workouts that targets similar area, and do about 4 sets and have 1 minute break in between.

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