Happy Holidays everyone! It's been such a great journey this year and I would like to answer some FAQs before the awesome 2014 ends :D
1. Did you also find it very difficult and tough when you first started the BBG?
YES I DID. The first time I did a Kayla's workout was when I downloaded her free week of BBG trial. I remember doing the legs workout and I almost died (No I think I actually felt like I died) and so I tried the arms workout and "surprise" I also died completely - basically I could not finish most of the circuits because it was just impossible for me to do even some of the MOST BASIC exercises such as push up/ sit ups - that was how weak I was. But I really felt like I wanted to challenge myself to see how far I could get and so I decided to get the BBG. The beginning was..oh god let's just say it's not a time that I was very proud of myself. As someone who never exercised much (and with a very bad drinking and eating habit), I was extremely unfit and even a few steps of stairs I would end up out of breath. You can imagine how difficult it was for me. I was always so nervous the night before a BBG workout that I could not sleep well - I literally dreaded the workouts so much. My boyfriend was also doing the first 8 weeks of BBG with me and I remember there's one night after he did his Kayla's workout ( I was going to do it the next day), he told me "WOW that was a killer on the arms" and I actually got so angry at him for telling me that because it stressed me even more and it was another sleepless night for me. I know this sounds so crazy but that's really how difficult it was for me - and the thought of giving up crossed my mind EVERY SINGLE DAY, especially when I felt like I could not see much progress for the first 4-8 weeks. Some of you asked me if I have ever not been able to finish the circuits within the time limit - oh yes, ALL THE TIME. What I would do was to sometimes re-do those workouts the next week or sometimes I just let them go......hahaha not quite sure if that's what Kayla would suggest but that's what I did.
The diet was another struggle for me because I was so used to being able to eat whatever I wanted (I was a huge foodie - I still am!) and as I did not want to waste the efforts of my workouts during BBG, I tried my best to eat very very clean and it could be so difficult sometimes and eating became something that was no longer fun and enjoyable. Looking back, now I realized I let the whole thing get into my head too much. It was supposed to be a fun and challenging journey and I made it seem like a matter of life and death. However, I am glad that I did not give up and I kept pushing myself through the workouts, because slowly and slowly, they got better and to be very honest, now they are just part of my daily habit/ routine. I am used to the workouts being extremely difficult and challenging, I am used to that feeling of wanting to just pass out on the floor after every BBG workout, I am used to eating clean - but the best thing is, now I genuinely enjoy this lifestyle so much - I love that adrenaline feeling during the timed BBG workouts, I love the feeling of accomplishment after completing every single workout and especially every week, I love the burn in my muscles during the workouts, I love seeing myself getting stronger and stronger every week, I love how exercises that were impossible for me to do before are now a lot easier, I love eating healthy and clean food to nourish my body (and I am a lot more relaxed with my diet now (http://stayfitandtravel.blogspot.hk/2014/12/cheat-meals-okay-or-not.html). I am happier, more confident, and I am extremely satisfied with my progress. I have SO MANY fitness goals that I want to achieve now and my everyday life is driven with purposes and goals. So girls, don't worry if you find the BBG difficult when you first start - if it's not challenging, it's not working right? (: Keep going because you are already on the right track! (and don't let it get into your head too much, enjoy the ride!!)
2. Do you do extra workouts other than the BBG?
Yes I do! I have been doing them since Week 8 and you can find out more details about that on http://stayfitandtravel.blogspot.hk/2014/11/my-workout-routine.html - oh and I also do pole-dancing once a week now (:
3. Are you a vegetarian/ vegan?
No I am not. I tried to do vegetarian-only meals for at least 5 days a week during the earlier stages of my journey but it was not so successful (I am a huge meat lover). Now, what I am striving for is BALANCE - a balance of all the food groups, a balance of nutritions for different food sources. To me, balance also means including cheat meals in my diet which makes my fitness and health journey more sustainable.
4. Where have you travelled to before and where is your favorite place in the world that you travelled to?
Born in Toronto, Canada, I was raised in Hong Kong and I have travelled to
- Japan (Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka)
- Korea (Seoul and Phoenix Park at the outskirt of Seoul for snowboarding)
- Philippines (Bohol, Manila)
- Australia (Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Great Barrier Reef)
- Thailand (Phuket, Bangkok)
- China (Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou)
- the US (Texas, New York, California, Las Vegas, Florida, Washington)
- Mexico (Monterrey, Mexico City, Guadalajara, San Luis Potosi, Reynosa, Guanajuato, Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Isla Mujeres, Tulum)
- Canada (Toronto, Quebec)
- Tai Wan
- France (Paris)
- The Netherlands (Amsterdam)
- Spain (Sevilla, Barcelona, Madrid, Cadiz, Granada, Mallorca)
- Germany (Berlin, Cologne, Dusseldorf)
- Italy (Milan)
- Malta (Malta, Gozo, Comino)
- Turkey (Istanbul)
- Greece (Santorini)
- Portugal (Porto, Lisbon)
- UK (London)
- Morocco (Marrakech, Casablanca, Fez, the Sahara, Rabat)
It is extremely difficult to choose my favorite place out of all these amazing places because I genuinely am in love with most of them (sorry to bombard you with my travel photos) However, as mentioned previously in my interview with Salonnieres Apartments http://stayfitandtravel.blogspot.hk/2014/11/interview-by-salonnieres-apartments.html, the top three places that have a very special place in my heart would be Andalucia in Spain, Mexico and Malta (and I really want to add Amsterdam too). I had the best memories at these places and I would love to live there one day.
5. What is your height and weight?
I am 164 cm and I never weigh myself because I do not believe it as a healthy and sustainable way to track the progress of a fitness journey. Weight is just a number and it is so easy to get obsessed with it (Not just weight but also other parameters such as fat percentage in the body and etc) - I do not want these numbers to define me. As long as I feel and look healthy, I am happy - instead of obsessing over the scale, thinking what I do wrong to gain/lose a few pounds. Weight can fluctuate a lot due to many reasons but it does not mean you are not progressing/ getting healthier in your fitness journey.
6. What do you do for a living?
I DO have a full time job. Because of my workouts and blogging, I always get the question - Did you quit your job? Are you a full time blogger?
No I am not - I do wish one day I could be full time blogger/ even a personal trainer/ yoga instructor but in the meantime, I am not able to earn a living by just working out and blogging yet ;p so I do have a 9-530 office job Monday to Friday - I work in Talent Management (Human Resources) in the Wines and Spirits industry. I know this sounds very ironic because many of you who have read my story would know that me being an excessive drinking for the past few years, I have now quit drinking completely. One thing I can tell you is it's definitely a daily struggle for me to be working in this industry, not because I am tempted to drink but because I am constantly EXPECTED to drink at many business occasions and it can always come off as rude/ unreasonable when I tell people I don't drink. I always get asked "Why are you even working here if you don't drink?". I have to admit it does affect my socialising in the company but for me, I do not think I should get judged on because of this if I am able to perform on my job. Not drinking alcohol is a personal life choice for me and I am not going to give up on that just because of social pressure. If I cannot advance in my career because I stay strong on my personal life choice to live a healthy and clean lifestyle, any success will not be worth it. Why am I working in this industry then, you may ask? Well I love the company that I work for, I love the trainee programme that I am in, I am extremely thankful for the opportunities that I am given, and I really do hope one day I can build my career in this company despite the fact that I do not drink. so... Good Luck to me!:D
7. How old are you?
I am 22 and turning 23 in January 2015!
8. Do you do your BBG workouts at a gym or at home?
I do all of my BBG workouts at the gym - not because I can't do them at home but because I just love the gym ;p That's where I find motivation, determination, drive, dedication. You can read about it more in details at http://stayfitandtravel.blogspot.hk/2014/11/my-workout-gear-protein-supplement-and.html
9. Since when did you start taking protein supplement and adding extra workouts?
I started in Week 8 (: You can read more in details about my protein supplement at http://stayfitandtravel.blogspot.hk/2014/12/protein-and-health-supplements-unique.html
10. So it seems that the BBG worked for you, will it work for me too?
Each of our body is different and therefore I cannot say if we will all achieve the same result with the same timeline - you might see more progresses faster or slower or you might see different results i.e. stronger arms/ better stamina than me. But it will definitely put you onto the right track of working towards a healthier and fitter body and I ensure you your hard work will not go to waste. Maybe it is taking more time/ less time but the fact that you will eventually get to where you want is all that matters x
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