Annyeonghasayo! (that means hello! In Korean)! We have just gotten back from Seoul and I’m already missing the awesome weather, food and shopping. It was a rough month and a half prior to the trip as both Junior and myself took turns to fall sick. So this trip was certainly something we needed to get out of that rut.
Although right before I flew, I was down with a bout of fever and sore throat and gratefully cleared by the time I was ready to fly. The worst would probably be falling sick all through the trip. Thank God that didn’t happen.
It has been almost 3 months since my last progress report on my health and wellness journey. I was off to a good start in November but that discipline faltered by the time I got to Chinese New Year. As with all festivities, there were lots of eating and drinking involved and it’s easy to skip that exercise or lose track on all that has been eaten. Coupled with the fact that Chinese New Year involves lots of visitations with relatives shoving food at you.
Although I did relent and enjoyed the goodies (cheat days are fine right), I didn’t lose control either. Here’s my top 3 tips of keeping myself sane and imposing some form of self-control.
I love pineapple tarts, I really do. I love it so much I can definitely finish half a cookie container in one sitting. Sounds crazy? It’s true. So portion control was something I was very mindful about. I made sure that while I didn’t indulge, I didn’t go overboard and neither did I keep my tummy so full from the moment I wake to the time I hit the sack. I was sure to moderate my food intake during lunch/dinner so that I have a little space in between for some snacks like a love letter or a pineapple tart. I think the max I had in one sitting was 3. It will be a lying to myself if I had 3 at one sitting and then an hour later I eat another 3, by the end of the day I might or would have polish off the entire canister. I don’t count calories but I do watch the amount of food that goes into my stomach. If you find it hard to gauge, then maybe counting calories may be a good option.
Be wise about sweet drinks
Almost any festivity is loaded with alcohol (beers, ciders, wine, aperitifs etc) and sweet drinks and it is easy to have one two many. Trust me, when everyone is merry, what’s another cocktail. By the end of the night, you might have taken a few cocktails and one or two bottle of cider. Worst still, we might have loaded our body with lots of soda. For this Chinese New Year, I basically stayed away from beer and cocktails. The max I do was allowed myself a glass of wine and a bottle of cider. I also stayed away from soda and chose tea and water instead. This is my trade-off for having sweet treats.
I went from a target of 150mins of weekly exercise to 30 mins in that week. It was so tough to keep up to an exercise regime during the festivities. We are often out late and pretty knackered by the time we got home. All I want to do is curl up, do nothing and watch TV. I allowed myself to do that for most days because I was just too tired but made it a point to schedule in 1 session of 30 mins of intense circuit training. Once it was scheduled, I felt guilty to back out. And I suppose once I changed into my gear, there was no turning back otherwise it will be pretty silly.
Festivities aside, I suppose these tips are great for whenever even during travels or anytime we intend to cut some slack and let our hair down.
I also want to share that I’ve been following circuits in Popsugar fitness youtube channel. There are varied exercises to choose from and some are more fun than others and I’ve enjoyed it tremendously. I particularly like the countdown counter just to have a goal in mind. The circuits are usually in short burst which isn’t too difficult to follow through. The instructors also make it a point to include easier alternatives should some moves be tough with very encouraging instructors. At the end of each workout I feel like I’ve accomplished and had a good sweat-out!
Let me know if you have any great exercise YouTube channel to recommend, I’ll be keen.