Dedicate ‘Me-Time’

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Practicing yoga gives me the much-needed quality me-time to stay centred and renewed. Share an Instagram photo of yourself enjoying some me-time and you could win one of 20 spots together with me on 12 February (next Thursday) at a Pure Yoga Universal class led by Copper Crow at 7:30PM, at Pure Yoga Ngee Ann City.

I look forward to trying this specialised style of yoga, which is a balance between strength and flexibility, while offering special techniques for focus, awareness and coordination. The 20 winners will also receive a complimentary 7-day pass at Pure Yoga after the session. Make sure you tag #puremetime @pureyogaofficial @fayhokulani when you submit your posts to qualify.

 I look forward to your Instagram posts!

Journey To Success

Let’s face it – as much as we want to be healthy, sometimes circumstances may get in the way of our active pursuits. It’s called Life.

It happens.

As Henry Ford once said,

“Life, as I see it, is not a location, but a journey. Life flows.”

 

The road to good health is a journey. You shouldn’t always have to feel guilty for enjoying yourself or not having the time to put exercise, or your diet, at the top of your priority list on any given day. Listen to your body. Being active and moving daily means more vibrant energy but give yourself permission to exercise in a way that makes you feel good. Find out what you really enjoy doing as that’s the best kind of exercise that works wonderfully for your body. If you aren’t enjoying yourself, you’ll find it that much more difficult to keep at it.

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Keep climbing. Being active with friends and family can be a fun way to get moving. Change your lifestyle one step at a time and inspire others along the way. The key is to DO your best to be consistent and focus on making progress however small; you will develop discipline if you stay committed. Discipline comes hand in hand with willpower and determination. It’s important re-evaluate your goals every so often to make sure you’re still challenging yourself and taking note of any improvement or deficiency in your performance.

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There is no room for complacency in terms of goal setting – when you achieve one, it’s time to make another. It’s also just as important to have short-term practical goals to keep you realistically motivated as it is to have “dream” long-term goals to aspire towards. Real success is not built overnight or without adversity. Nothing great is achieved without perseverance and enthusiasm.

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“Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars.”

Sometimes you gotta cut loose and not put too much pressure on yourself. I proudly pig out on one of my favorite foods every Saturday because you know what, it makes me a little more happy. It’s all about keeping the right balance between working hard to be active and enjoying the journey.

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With perseverance and the right attitude, you can achieve your goals as did Henry Ford. Investors pulled out of his business twice before he finally made a breakthrough in the Henry Ford Motor Company that revolutionized the car industry. So, if you suffer a setback or fall down, what’s most important is how you get up again.

“One who fears failure limits his activities. Failure is only the opportunity more intelligently to begin again.”


– Henry Ford

Read the full advertorial post for Ford Fiesta here.

Out ‘n About

One of the things I love to do besides working out is… eating out! While I eat clean most of time  (this means little to no processed or packaged foods, just wholesome fresh meat, fruits and vegetables prepared at home), every once in a while, I like to indulge in some delicious homemade barbeque food.

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Who says you can’t hang out with friends and eat healthy? If you’re planning to host the next barbeque party, here are some tips to tackle a cookout the right way:

1. Write a list

A thorough shopping list should help make the supermarket trip a little less daunting. Take note of what you already have (i.e. condiments, plastic cups, plates, cutleries and charcoal for instance) so you don’t end up buying more than what you need.

In addition to keeping expenses in check, consider your personal cooking skills as well. Cook dishes you are familiar with or you can always throw a potluck barbeque party so everyone can enjoy making and bringing their favorite recipes!

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2. Stay on top of it

When it comes to buying and getting all the barbeque paraphernalia, having a car to take you around makes the task a lot more convenient! Your friends might be calling you up while you’re busy running errands so you could use the extra help with Ford Sync.

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Keep your hands on the wheel and answer calls or read text messages using voice command to minimize driving distraction. Want to know what you friends are up to? Ford Sync is capable of reading out Twitter updates for you too!

3. There’s always a healthier option!

Using leaner cuts of meat will make a big difference in how healthier your grilled meal will be. If you’re thinking about a yummy hotdog, try low fat or gourmet sausages as they tend to be lower in fats and preservatives. They may be more expensive than the usual supermarket brand, so add a variation with other types of meat such as chicken and fish. Remove skin from the meat and go easy on the chili sauce if you want to cut back on calories.

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4. Add fresh fruits to the mix

Who doesn’t love rainbows, they have a way of bringing out my inner child and making me smile.

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Mixed fruits on a skewer are fantastic as an appetizer or even as dessert. Cut up your favorite fruit in even squares and place them on skewers in rainbow color order. Try it with strawberries, blueberries, grapes, pineapple, kiwi and orange. Mix 1 ½ cups of fat-free Greek yogurt with ¼ of honey to create a delectable dip!

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5. Game on!

Enjoying the beautiful weather, food and the company of friends are what barbeques are all about. Liven things up with some fun activities or games to keep everyone entertained!

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Now gather your buddies for a guilt-free cookout and capture your action moments on Instagram video for a stand a chance to win VIP tickets to see Linkin Park. Join the movement now!

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The rules are simple:

  • Instagram videos must be raw, unedited and between 6 to 10 seconds long.
  • You can tag as many #ActionBuff Instagram videos as you want, as long as it’s relevant to Active Living & Movement theme
  • Don’t forget to tag #ActionBuff and #FordFiesta
  • Share your Instagram posts between 8 July 2013 to 12 August 2013 (contest closed at midnight)

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Bring out the #ActionAddict and make those playful moments worthwhile!

Live To Move

I absolutely love being active and relish the feeling of getting up early in the morning for serious workout at the gym or outdoors. I believe that in order to get to the point of loving the action, it all comes down to the hard work that goes into building the right attitudes and habits.

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Living a healthy lifestyle starts with positive habits, we all know that even though it’s hard to do sometimes, especially when you can get caught up up with other things. That’s why it’s important to keep things fresh. Do something different once in a while. Remember my last post on How To Be An Action Buff? Be spontaneous!

I’m always looking for somewhere new to explore. I love to seek nice parks or pathways to run along, going on a hike or checking out a new gym that just opened up just so that there’s something different to look forward to when it comes to getting into action.

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Being able to move around freely or doing things in the spur of the moment means I would need a car to take me around. I’d keep a gym bag in the boot packed with my workout attire and trainers so there are no excuses of being unprepared for any action!

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Although my favorite color is purple, having a purple car would a little too feminine for my taste. My choice of color for a car would be the color of sunshine – ORANGE!

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 Bright and happy orange to signify my energetic mood.

What color would YOU pick for your getaway car?