How To Stay Healthy

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So obviously I am not the healthiest person, but I do enjoy “being healthy”. I decided to share some of my tips and tricks for staying healthy.

  1. Instead of eating rice, try quinoa- This is a much healthier choice but it tastes alike
  2. When you get a craving for bread, eat wheat crispbread (like picture above)- This is quite healthy, but delicious
  3. After school, try going for a run, or possibly just cardio- This will give you a refreshed feeling afterwards
  4. Make a smoothie for breakfast or snack (frozen berries and yoghurt smoothie in picture above)- Delicious and healthy
  5. Listen to music that makes you want to dance while running/exercising- This will help you get moving, and I personally like dancing while running
  6. Do squats when you go up the elevator- I do this when I am alone in the elevator, and after a while, you see a difference
  7. If you live close to work/school, exercise to get there- I personally bike to school and from school everyday
  8. Do 30 sit-ups when you find yourself bored- While you watch a tv show in bed or something, you might as well exercise
  9. Try cutting down on meats- I may be bias, but according to Chris Woolston, “Harvard researchers found that people who ate three ounces of red meat every day were about 13 percent more likely to die—often from heart disease or cancer.”
  10. Detox water- Have a water bottle, and fill it with water and other fruits (I use lime, lemon, and cucumber)
  11. Waking up at the same or around the same time each morning- This has been proved to help become thinner/healthier
  12. Swap all sugary drinks to healthier options- Possibly sparkling water, or flavoured water
  13. Use facial masks+toner- Staying healthy is also about keeping your skin healthy, so I recommend this
  14. Have fun with it- Just get out and move, and don’t keep yourself from eating different things which you crave because eventually, you will just binge eat it.

I hope you enjoyed reading these tips, and possibly using some of them in your life. I know they have helped me, so I hope they may help you to. Don’t forget to stay healthy!

XOXO,

G

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What Happened To Society?

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So, I wasn’t planning on writing this, but my scheduled post had broken down, so I decided now would be a good time to post this. I know I am going to get so many questions asked by my mom and dad, but I just think that I have to say some things to be honest to my readers. I just needed to share this because hopefully it will help many people understand the flaws of society, and not of themselves.

I have always been insecure about my body. Ever since I remember, I have always looked at my body with hatred because I couldn’t accept that everyone has flaws. I know everyone thinks about themselves this way but I also know, this is a horrible feeling. Why do we feel so insecure about our bodies? Is it because society has an ideal body image? I always see these beautiful models on all my social media, and I am not going to lie, I always feel this frustration about why I am not as “fit” as them. I grew up in a house where my parents would always talk about which diet they were going to try, and how they wanted to lose weight. I am just now starting to realizing, that may be one of the reasons why I was so aware of the ideal body at such a young age. I remember how at one period of my life, I ate more than my older brothers, because I had such a large appetite. When I realized that this was an issue, I went on a diet for about two years. I was in fourth grade.

When I got into sixth grade, I finally felt good about my body. That is until I moved to Japan. I saw how skinny everyone else was, and felt as if I didn’t fit in. I know that it’s not healthy to think that way, but I couldn’t help myself. I was comparing myself to others. When I lived in Italy, I had never heard what a thigh gap was. However, when I came to Japan, it seemed as if everyone wanted one because that is what determined if you were skinny or not. Which, for the record, is not true at all. It has to do with which body type you have, and your bone structure. I, of course, believed everyone and kept a thigh gap in mind each time I took a picture, and pushed my legs apart to create the illusion of having thinner legs. Can you believe that a 6th grade did that? That is horrifying! All because of society’s ideal body image.

I am not the only one who feels this way. According to DoSomething.Org, “Approximately 91% of women are unhappy with their bodies and resort to dieting to achieve their ideal body shape. Unfortunately, only 5% of women naturally possess the body type often portrayed by Americans in the media.” This is the real horrifying news. Can you believe what our society has done to some of these people’s minds? To MY mind? People always say, “It’s the inside that counts,” but if we see all these things on the internet about being a specific size, then of course, we may not believe that the inside is the only thing that counts.

Let me tell you something, all our bodies are different. I have a different body shape than Ebba, and Jiwoo, so I shouldn’t compare myself to them because we were built differently. So, what am I really trying to say in this post? Well, I hope all you people who are insecure, go on a path with me to find confidence in your own skin. I am still trying to find that but that doesn’t mean I don’t love anything about myself right now. I love my cheerfulness every morning. I love my ability to smile, when I feel the worst. I love my positiveness. I love the people I chose to surround myself by. I love my ability to tell my true friends, from fake ones. I love the way, I don’t care if I embarrass myself in front of hundreds of people. I love my curves and lips. But most of all, I love me enough to know that I want to make a change.

Exercise Routine

  
  

This post has been requested a few times now, so I decided I should finally do it, and I am so sorry its late. Also, I got my blogging notebook now so there will be much more fun posts soon. Lets get started now!

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I usually do some kind of sport or exercise so I recently played volleyball for two hours after school and there would be games on Saturdays. However, volleyball season recently ended so instead, I go to the gym every Thursday after school. On Tuesday, I do not go to the gym because I mentor someone from 5-6 pm.

When I am at the gym, I usually do the same routine. This involves running on the treadmill at a steady pace for one mile and seeing how well I did. I usually try to increase my speed a little each time because, in school we have to run the mile as a P.E. assignment in class. After I run a mile, I go to the different machines which most people don’t consider to be helpful but I think it has strengthened my muscles. The machines I usually use are ones that help me tone my legs such as leg curler, leg presser and outer thigh machines. I also do a lot of upper arm work outs. I do each machine for about 10×3 or 10×5 times depending on the machines.

After I finish with the machinery, I start doing my own at home cardio…but at the gym. This involves push-ups, sit-ups, and more. I finish at the gym by stretching so I don’t pull too many muscles.

I then move on to the swimming pool where I mostly relax my muscles by staying in the jacuzzi, and then going to the pool, and doing pull-ups on the edge. I might also do some underwater swimming to see if my body can take more time underwater. Such as, seeing how many laps I can swim without going up from the water. I may also do some normal laps or just talk with Ebba while floating. My whole workout routine takes about two hours, including the swimming pool. I enjoy working out and I am so happy that I have closeness to the gym. All in all, my exercise routine works for me, it may not work for you so just try to experiment with whatever works for you.

XOXO,

G

Exercise Back On Track

           
    
 
Today I finally got back on track with my exercise. I think it’s easier to exercise in Japan since I have a gym in the same building I live in. Anyways, so today I woke up at 9:00 and got ready to go to the gym at 10:00. I started by running about 2 km on the treadmill. Then I did 10×3 on different machinery. When I was just about done on the machinery, I went to do some stretching with Ebba. This also involved hard core exercises such as push-ups and other work outs to exercise your core. In the end we were both tired but we felt like running a little more so we ran a few laps on the treadmill and then headed off to the pool. When we were at the pull we lifted ourselves up by the edge 30 times and did sit-ups against the edge. I think pool exercises are great because you don’t actually realize you are exercising and in the end we got to go in the jacuzzi as a reward. We finished our exercises at 12:00 and headed off to our own families to be with them. 

When I got back at 4:30, Ebba and I had dance to go to in the building and that continued until 6:00 so that was very exhausting as well considering the heat and lack of air conditioning. I really think that it is nice to exercise and even more so if I have a friend with me. I feel like I’m getting back on track with my exercising and tomorrow I’m starting with my everyday work out again. Also on Tuesdays and Thursday’s I have both volleyball for two hours and then dance for one. Finally, on Saturday I have a volleyball game at another school and the dance performance. Overall, I feel great and I hope I will keep my exercising consistent. 

Shop my gym clothes-

Shorts- Forever 21

Shirt #1- Corre la Vita (running for charity in Florence)

Shirt #2- Italy’s school tournament shirt

Shoes- Nike

Workout Non-Stop

Yesterday night, I went to my mom’s friend’s house because she invited some people to clean out her closet. Basically, she took out a clothing item and we say yay or nae. Actually a brilliant idea, and I would love to do that but I have such an emotional attachment to my clothes so I would end up only throwing away 5 shirts or something. It was really fun doing it though and we ate tacos.

Today, we had the English test and it was easier than I thought. I think I did good on it… maybe. It was about poems so there were a lot of metaphors. We also had humanities which is kind of like social studies. Since I did all my work at home, I just worked on other things.

After school, I called Ebba and asked if she wanted to go to the pool, but since her dad was home we decided to go play tennis because kids under 16 aren’t allowed without an adult going there first to sign us up. We played tennis for about 1 hour and some children we babysit taking lessons on the court next to us so we got to see them play as well.

When we came home to my house we took some pictures and did our daily exercise routine. We also looked at Jenna Marbles Inspirational Workout videos to have fun while we were exercising.

When we exercised I was wearing a tank top from Brandy Melville because they have such comfy and stylish clothes. I paired that with blue exercise shorts from Forever 21 and a pair of Nikes.  Anyways, I have now decided I want to lose some weight before summer so I am starting a diet where I don’t eat unhealthy at all, and I am thinking of becoming a vegan. Adios!IMG_1166IMG_1177IMG_1178IMG_1213IMG_1163IMG_1244IMG_1195IMG_1196