My Top 5 Fitness Motivations

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Hello, friends! As I write to you today, I am sitting at an airport food court, getting ready to head back to school. While I had an awesome, relaxing break, I’m excited to get back to campus, see my friends, and start working again! I say that now, but I know I’ll be singing a different tune when papers and sleep deprivation roll around….

Anyways! We are at the beginning of the new year, and I know that for a lot of people, their new year’s resolution is to be more active. Whether it be going to the gym more, losing weight, or toning up, taking charge of your health is important and definitely a great resolution to make! But we all know the story of how this goes. You’ll make a resolution to go to the gym more, may/may not see some results, and then eventually life gets in the way and an exercise routine becomes harder and harder to keep up with. We’ve all been there.

If you have made the resolution to be more active in 2017 or if you simply want to work out more, here are some of my tips for forming a fitness routine and sticking to it. These tips may not work for everybody, but they really helped me stick to an exercise regimen, even with a busy college schedule.

Tip #1) Find Workouts That You Love

I know it can be difficult to find motivation to workout, especially when you don’t enjoy the exercises you are doing. Believe me, you won’t find me going on a jog anytime soon. However, I’ve found that I really love doing pilates, yoga, and dancing, so I use these activities to create a routine that I truly love to do. If you don’t like to run or lift weights, try a Zumba or Barre class! Cater your fitness routine to your preferences and have fun with it!

One of my favorite ways to workout is by doing exercise videos that I find on YouTube. Here are some of my favorite channels:

Blogilates:

For pilates, I recommend the Blogilates channel. This channel is lead by pilates instructor, Cassey Ho, who has a firecracker of a personality and will make you work. Her workouts are fun, upbeat, and challenging.

Yoga:

I discovered the channel, “Yoga With Adriene” at the beginning of the year, and I truly love it. “Yoga With Adriene” is run by Yogi Adriene Mischler, who I think is just the coolest chick. She’s an actress and from Austin? Heyoo! These videos are 20-30 minutes long, and Adriene leads you through a practice  that emphasizes finding what feels good and enjoying your time on the mat.

Tip #2) Incorporate Fitness Into Everyday Routine

We all have busy lives, and believe me, I know it can be difficult to find time to workout. However, even if it’s just for five or ten minutes, reserving a block of time dedicated to working out really helps with sticking to a fitness routine.

During the fall semester, I only had one class on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so I decided that those would be the days I would workout. After class, I would get my things together, head to the gym for an hour, shower, and then have lunch. It took a few weeks to get used to having this as a part of my routine, but after a while, it just became a part of my day.

It might be a challenging or a little uncomfortable to get into the habit of exercising at first, but once you do, you’ll find that it gets easier and easier.

 Tip #3) Change Your Mindset

It can definitely be frustrating when you feel like you’re putting in all of this work and not seeing results fast enough. This frustration can easily be turned into lack of motivation, which in turn, leads to giving up  all together. We’ve all been there.

Something that really helped me, though, was something that Cassey Ho said in one of her Blogilates videos. She said to stop trying to workout in order to see changes in your body. Workout to feel good, to feel accomplished when you leave the gym. Workout for you, for your overall happiness. You may not be seeing results right away, but once you get into the mindset of exercising in order to feel good, you’ll find that change will come. While I used to dread working out, I genuinely really love it now. I love moving, pushing my body, and appreciating all the amazing things it can do.

Tip #4) Make Your Workout Fun

 Find the fun in your workout! Put on some cute workout clothes! Workout with a friend! One of the ways I make my workout fun is through music. Whenever I go to the gym, I put on the Dance Party Workout Playlist on Spotify, which has a ton of fun, high-energy songs. Putting on cool music makes my workout so much more fun, increases my energy, and makes me more motivated to keep going.

Tip #5) Switch Up Your Routine

Another way to stay motivated in your workout is to switch things up every now and then. Sticking to the same old routine can be boring, try some new things! Maybe one day your workout involves going on a hike or having a dance party in your room. Maybe you’ll decide to swim or take a walk with your dog. Have fun with it! Switching up your routine may also involve giving yourself time to relax or take a break. Working out can be really fun, but rest days can be equally beneficial.

I hope you found this blog post to be helpful and that you’ll be able to integrate these tips into your everyday life. Remember that it’s not always going to be easy and you’re not always going to see results right away. This is absolutely fine! And if you decide that you want to take some time off, that’s fine too! Find what works for you and do whatever you think will benefit you the most. As Adriene Mischler would say, “Find what feels good”.

Sending good vibes to you all.

-Love Ling

 

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Yummy, Sunny Breakfast

Hello, friends! I present to you a picture of my yummy breakfast and a peek of my adorable dog, Maggie. As you can see, Maggie thinks this breakfast looks pretty yummy, too!  One of my favorite dishes to make for breakfast is this avocado-smash dish. It’s healthy, delicious, and really simple to make. Here’s a quick little recipe for this dish:

Ingredients

Half of an avocado

1 slice of bread

1 egg

Salt and pepper

What to do: 

To make this easy breakfast, I begin my toasting a piece of bread and spreading half of an avocado on top. I find that it’s easier to scoop the avocado out with a fork, then mash it onto the toast. I then add a fried egg on top of it. I prefer the egg to be runny, but if you don’t like runny yolk, feel free to cook the egg a bit longer. To finish it off, I add a bit of salt and pepper on the top, just to add a bit more flavor.

Now go on out there and try this recipe and let me know what you think! I hope you find that it is easy to make, delicious, and totally picture-worthy! Happy breakfast 🙂

-Love Ling

Hello, 2017!

helloHello, friends! My loves! How are you all doing today? I hope all of you are doing well. Personally, this has been  bit of a weird day for me, but I’m happy that I’m able to come to my happy place at Love Ling and chat with all of you.

We have finally reached 2017, which offers a fresh start for all of us. I know that 2016 is being pegged as a terrible year, and I can’t deny that there were many troubling events that occurred. However, I think we can all agree that there will always be hard times, and we can use these as learning opportunities and grow from them. As we move into 2017, let’s acknowledge both the good and the bad from this past year and use it to improve upon ourselves and the world at large.

What went down in 2016

For me 2016 was a year of change. Not only did I discover new passions like yoga and painting, but I graduated high school and started college! Whoa! Big lifestyle changes!

I also announced at the beginning of last year that 2016 would be the year of the Girl Boss. I wanted to grow as a person, do big things, and accomplish as much as I could. I think having this mentality really helped me throughout the year. I was able to do a lot of really cool things, while also discovering a new part of myself in college.

Those dreaded resolutions

And now, here we are in 2017. If you, like me, are trying to figure out what your New Year’s resolutions are going to be or if you even want to make resolutions, I have a couple of thoughts that might you help you out.

It’s definitely difficult to set resolutions for yourself at the beginning of the year and try to stick to them. I feel like a lot of the time, people try to take things away from their lives, whether that be losing weight, cutting out junk food, or even cutting out people. And it’s really hard to stick to resolutions! Life always seems to get in the way, doesn’t it?

I’d like to offer a different approach for making resolutions. For me, I find that I get so much more out of trying to add things to my life and take care of myself, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Cutting things out from your life will come, but having the mentality of just trying to contribute to your overall happiness is very fruitful. Obviously, set whatever goals for yourself that you want to and if you don’t reach them, that’s totally fine. Or if you don’t want to make any resolutions, keep doing your thing!

And the future?

haven’t pinpointed exactly how I want things to be different in 2017, but I think it should be an extension of this Girl Boss mentality. I want to continue to do big things and grow, but I also want to emphasize taking care of myself and doing more of the things that I love. This includes investing more time into my passions and deepening my relationships with the people I love. However, I also want to continue working hard and finding opportunities that will benefit me in the future. 

As for this blog, Love Ling has grown so much in the past year. Our community is definitely expanding and I hope that it grows even more in 2017. I know that I’ve been skimping on the blog posts recently, and I’m going to shamelessly play the college card on that one. But I really love this blog and this small community we’ve created, and plan to create even more posts for you guys. If there are any topics or posts that you would like to see, feel free to leave them in the comments below. I love hearing from you guys! And I do take your feedback very seriously.

I also want to thank all of you for reading Love Ling this year. I’m really grateful for all of you and I can’t wait to see what we’ll do together in 2017.

-Love Ling