Exercising Daily on Weekdays

After months of being inactive (aside from maybe walking), I made it a goal to hit the gym every day on the weekdays. I started off by hitting the gym three times a week. Last week, I only went to the gym twice. However, I made up for it by hitting the gym three times this week so far, and I plan on going to the gym again today. I give myself a break from going on the weekends. And so far, this has been working out well for me.

Next week, I would like to hit the gym every day from Monday through Friday. I usually hit the gym with one of my parents. My mother has been going, and it serves as extra motivation for me to see her working out so hard.

Currently, I’m working to build up strength. I run, but I have trouble running long distances. So what I do is I walk for a minute, then run for a minute and fifteen seconds, and then when my legs are feeling quite tired or my feet are a little hurt, I walk or set it up to a higher speed to power walk. I walk/run for 15-20 minutes total. I enjoy using the weight machines too. For example, I do leg presses, arm lifts, and tricep presses. I also like using dumbbells and doing lunges.

There are some classes, though I’ve only attended one since the classes tend to be later in the day. The pilates class was difficult for me, but I tried my best to power through it. There is a zumba class, but it is for 60 minutes long and tends to be later in the evening, around 7:00PM. That’s quite late for me as that is when I tend to have dinner and wind down for the day with a warm shower. However, I am interested in attending zumba or taking some kind of dance class (maybe hip-hop or K-pop).

I’m thinking about adding pushups to my workout routines. I also want to run longer distances, so I’m pushing myself gradually to work up that way. It is my goal to run for a total of 10 minutes straight. I also have the goals of doing 30 pushups consecutively and to do a 2-minute plank. Additionally, I have a goal of reaching my target weight of 120 lbs. So far, I’m doing good. I gained a lot of weight this past winter, my highest peak weight being 132 lbs. But this morning when I checked, I was 122 lbs. So that is great progress. I hope to continue losing weight until I reach my target weight, maybe even a little more so that I can have a slim tummy.

My Morning and Nighttime Routines

My morning routine looks something like this:

1) Say out loud the things that I’m grateful
2) Wash my face and apply toner
3) Make my bed
4) Change clothes
5) Make breakfast and eat it
6) Drink coconut water
7) Prepare lunch
8) Brush my teeth
9) Write a blog post
10) Read Psalms 27

I’m thinking about getting up a little earlier so that I can get some reading done. I’ve been getting adequate amounts of sleep, so I think that it shouldn’t be too much of a challenge to wake up earlier.

This is my current nighttime routine:

1) Take a shower
2) Shave or wash my hair
3) Apply body oil
4) Change clothes
5) Set clothes for next day
6) Brush my teeth
7) Apply toner to face
8) Comb, style, or straighten hair
9) Pray

I want to add organization to my nighttime routine. I could use a little cleaning and organization before bedtime. Also, I want to add writing another blog post to my nighttime routine. It’s one of my goals to write 2x a day for the rest of the month of February. Other than that, my morning and nighttime routines have been working for me well.

Socializing with Friends

Over the past few months, I’ve been pretty anti-social. I barely hanged out with friends and I stayed in just watching videos and whatnot. But recently, I decided to go out more.

Sometimes, we have to get in the mood to go out and socialize. For me, I had to prepare myself to go out more. It started with my self-care journey over the past month and a half. I started showering daily, shaving, dressing up, straightening my hair, washing my face, hitting the gym, going for a hydromassage, consuming more fruits and veggies, drinking more water, meditating, and sleeping more. And once I started doing all of these things, I started feeling more like myself and wanting to go out more. It’s hard to want to leave the house without wanting to take care of yourself first. So, that is why I started with self-care first.

Socializing with friends seems like an alien activity for me now because I’m not used to it at the moment. But I’m sure once I start socializing, I’ll want to do it some more. I’m also grateful because my friends want to hang out at vegan restaurants. They’re not vegan themselves, but they are open to eating vegan, and as a vegan myself, that makes me happy.

One day, I would like to go for an outing of skydiving and maybe rock-climbing. That’s somewhere in the late future, but it’s a thrilling activity that I would like to do someday. And sometime in the spring, I would like to attend dance classes. There’s a group that holds K-pop dance classes in center city, but I’m not sure how often they meet up. Perhaps I will start off by attending their classes.

Rest and Relaxation

Rest and relaxation are vital components of life. Without it, we would disintegrate into nothingness. Okay, not really. But stress would take a toll on us and we would break down and possibly catastrophize.

There are several ways to rest and relax:

– Meditation
– Read a book
– Listen to music
– Lie down
– Sit on a couch
– Watch TV
– Watch a movie
– Watch YouTube videos
– Sip on some tea
– Take a bath
– Take a warm shower
– Get a massage
– Sing at karaoke

These are just a few ideas. I find that the more time I spend for rest and relaxation, the more productive I am when I have to focus on actual work or running everyday errands. How about you?

Waking Up Early as Part of a Morning Routine

For some people, waking up early in the morning can be a dreadful task. It doesn’t help when you have an annoying alarm blaring early in the morning, starting off the day in an angry mood. But if you are consistent with it and have some sort of relaxing morning routine, waking up early in the morning can be fun and productive.

These days, I don’t get up super early. I get up at 7:00AM each day (though sometimes I sleep in to get in extra sleep). On these days, I feel productive as I prepare lunch early in the morning for later, eat some breakfast, wash my face, set toner on my face, brush my teeth, change my clothes, throw on some earrings, occasionally read the Bible or listen to a meditation, maybe listen to music, and on days that I’m doing exceptionally well, write a blog post. (;

One way to stick to a morning routine is to write it out and have it in order of how you want the morning to look like. You can write a simple checklist on pen and paper or on your phone. Or if you’re feeling extra fancy, you can write it out on a word doc and print it out. I like to make it in a brochure format with my nighttime routine as well. I did this before, but I’m going to redo it as my morning routine has changed.

Nowadays, I feel refreshed to have spare time to myself in the morning. Before, I looked to it as morning dread. But now, I feel grateful to be alive for another day. This morning, I started off the day by voicing out loud the things that i was grateful for, such as a roof over my head and for family. That check-in helped me to wake up a little more.

Some other ideas for adding to a morning routine:
– Drink some tea or coffee in your favorite mug
– Journal for a certain amount of time
– Exercise
– Go for a walk
– Write up a gratitude list
– Read a book
– Watch your favorite music video to feel more alert
– Watch a motivational talk on YouTube
– Meditate
– Write in a dream journal (if you remember your dreams)
– Take a shower or a nice bath
– Study

Dealing with Fear

Fear is normal. We can have a fear about anything. But what separates a fearful person from a confident person is the ability to see things from a different perspective, to lean into that fear and to understand that there is nothing to really be afraid of. At the same time, fear is sometimes necessary. Fear can be a way to protect ourselves from danger.

Some people like to use techniques such as rational-emotive behavioral therapy to overcome limiting beliefs to help eliminate fear. Others like to avoid fears all together, settling instead for a cozy and comfortable life. But some champions like to challenge fears, such as challenging a fear of heights through sky-diving.

I use a combination of rational-emotive behavioral therapy and challenging fears. When I can help it, I like to eliminate the fear altogether. But when I can’t, I like to lean into the fear and discover what it’s all really about.

How do you deal with fear? Comment down below.

Restarting My Blog

I decided to restart my blog. Before, I wasn’t getting much traffic anyway. So, why not? It’s a way for me to start fresh.

I still aim to post on topics revolving around self development and consciousness. Maybe every once in a while, I’ll throw in other topics as well such as music, fashion, or travel. But for now, self development will be my main focus.

Nowadays with smartphones and apps, I wonder if blogs are still as popular as they used to be. But regardless, blogs are a good form of self-expression. So, I’ll continue blogging.