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#HowIPerformForLife : Meilin

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#HowIPerformForLife : Meilin

When did health and wellness become an important part of your life?

I think a little over a year ago. I realized that I had to put more emphasis on my health and just like me for my well-being.

How do you feel about it now?

I struggle with it a lot still. I grew up focusing on weight as a sign of health and so I still have to come to terms with the fact that the number on the scale doesn’t equate to healthy or fit.

Have you had any proud moments here?

Yeah when I was still seeing Amber twice a week, I had a lot of proud moments. I didn’t have any weight training prior to this. One day would just be squats and deadlifts. Every time I set a personal record, I was so proud of myself. And I eat breakfast now! I never did [before]. I’m not usually a big breakfast person. I wake up so early for work, I don’t usually have time to make breakfast the morning of.

How do the things you do in the gym translate to your life?

I think most of all it provides me with a more positive outlook. Working out is a way of treating myself better, and so that helps me be more positive and have a better perspective on myself in general.


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6 Ways to Choose Living Over Existing

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6 Ways to Choose Living Over Existing

Everyone has their own way of dealing with stress - retail therapy, binging on junk food, drinking tequila, etc. - but there are countless avenues to explore for a healthier and happier lifestyle. Now, when I say “stress” I’m not talking about the short bursts of stress that can actually have a positive impact on our lives by motivating us and helping us perform under pressure. I’m talking about the long-term, toxic stress in our lives that result in mental, physical, and emotional exhaustion. Burn-out. If we constantly run in “emergency” mode, our bodies and minds will pay the price. Whether there’s an illness in your family, a mountain of bills, or that overbearing boss, it’s time to take action and bring your nervous system back into balance. If you haven’t guessed already, learning how to cope with stress is one of the most beneficial things we can do for ourselves. We just so happen to live in a city that is chock-full of adventures for us to explore, and it has something to offer for everyone!

Naturally, most people like routine and I do as well, to an extent. However, if I have too much of a routine and no wiggle room for a spontaneous day then I will go crazy. Some of my favorite memories have resulted from stepping out of my comfort zone and not knowing what was 30 minutes ahead of me: “It feels good to be lost in the right direction.” Sure, we have work and responsibilities that we need to keep up with… but isn’t that what the weekends are for? Climb a mountain, drive with no destination, take a new bus not knowing where it’s going. Simply get lost. I decided to rattle off just a few, simply solutions to add a little flare to your life while reducing stress at the same time!


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Photo Credit : unsplash.com

FOR THE ADVENTURER: 

FunCheapSF - Here’s a website that makes finding an adventure effortless! They keep up with posting events going on in the Bay Area that day, week, and month. This will give you the chance to explore a new hobby or activity without breaking the bank. And as always, if you’re unsure about something, Yelp is your best friend. You’ll find yourself trying things that have never crossed your mind and maybe you’ll even find a new hobby! Corgi races? I didn’t know that existed but I’m sure happy that it does!

TIP: Try something new each week! Exploration is good for the soul.

Find a Good View! - I don’t know about you, but there’s something about being on top of the world that gives me a rush. When you take a step back from the chaos that is San Francisco, and step into a place without car horns and your daily routine, you’ll find a wave of tranquility wash over you. And a view doesn’t necessarily translate to being up high in the clouds. One of my favorite views in the Bay Area is just across the Golden Gate Bridge in the Marin Headlands. It’s sea level and has a breathtaking view of the Golden Gate and ocean. Kirby Cove can be reached by car (when the campground is open) or foot which requires a little hike down to the beach, but you won’t regret it. It can change your mood right around just by seeing it.

TIP: I bring my Eno hammock wherever I go because you can hang it up just about anywhere with trees! Some wine doesn’t hurt either.

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Photo Credit : pixabay.com

FOR THE FOODIE : 

Make it an Event! - For those of you who like to eat, drink, and be merry,  Eventbrite has plenty of options for de-stressing! Instead of binge watching West World with a bag of chips and a beer, you’ll find that attending an event centered on food and/or drink will distract you from the actual eating and drinking part! You’ll still get the comfort that food and/or drink provides you, but the social aspect will cause you to eat slower, and therefore, feel full faster. Boom. Plus, it’s typical for these types of events to either provide samplers or smaller portions of food instead of an entire dish. Who doesn’t like to try a little bit of everything? 

TIP: Classes are offered too, so whilst you’re satisfying your stress by eating and/or drinking, you can learn a little something to take home with you too.

 


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Photo Credit : unspash.com

FOR THE SHOPPER : 

People deal with stress in a variety of ways - retail therapy - so instead of relieving stress by only spending money, make something out of it! When you’re stressed out and feeling a loss of control, shopping sometimes helps restore that sense of control again and alleviates some stress. Here’s some food for thought: become a mystery shopper and get reimbursed for your spendings by helping measure a business’ quality of service. Getting paid to shop? Sounds like a double stress reducer to me! Although, it’s not for everyone so read up on these tips before you decide to take part. If you’re not into mystery shopping, SF is full of Farmer's Markets, Flea Markets, and Street Fairs for you to explore! Indulge your senses with different smells, sights, and sounds.


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Photo Credit : rawpixel.com

FOR THE EXPLORER : 

Go On a Roadtrip! - Find your inner Lewis and Clark and set out on a road-trip for the weekend… and even walk the same trails as them at The Columbia River Gorge (only 600 miles!). Lucky for us here in San Francisco, we’re not too far from both the Oregon border and Southern California! If you’re feeling real adventurous, set off with no destination the first night and see where the roads take you! You’ll end up driving through towns you never would have known existed and meeting new people with all kinds of stories to tell.

TIP: Talk to the locals and get the inside scoop. New scenery is great for opening the mind and getting the creative juices flowing.

Go Camping! - We all know nature has been proven to help soothe the soul, so obviously, camping is a great de-stressor. And you don’t have to go far to get it! Our Bay Area backyard is filled with amazing spots for a card game to break out under the redwoods or stick your toes in the sand with a good book.

TIP: Half Moon Bay has a great campground right on the bay! If you reserve early enough, you can even grab a spot along the beach and wake up to a view of the Pacific Ocean! Hard to beat.

 


Long story short - de-stressing and happiness don’t have to break the bank or even require long and stressful planning, even in a city as costly as San Francisco. When we find outlets that work for us, it’s easy to flip those negative ways of coping with stress into positive ones that can create lifelong memories. Grab a friend and an open mind to unlock everything our beautiful world has to offer. What are you waiting for? Get out there!


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Love Your Body

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Love Your Body

This is not one of your typical how-to blogs that I’ve written in the past - this is more of a reflection. A reflection of my journey into fitness and the solace that I found in it. This is a story of how I embraced the body I was given, and used weights to mold my body into the best version of myself. This was not only a physical change, but a mental shift as well.

With the start of another year, it’s a perfect time to shift your mindset and celebrate your body for not only what it looks like, but also what it can do. With the amount of media content that we see each day, we often find ourselves drooling over the latest insatiable “ideal” body we see in the magazines, tv, social media etc. We inevitable drill that image into our heads as something to strive for. I too found myself with a hole in my head, pumped with the media’s interpretation of the ideal female physique. I spent hours in the gym to attain this physique, an idea that wasn’t even my own; and I did this just so that I could look like the pictures of “beautiful” women I saw on the internet with perfect faces and photoshopped bodies. This way of exercising became more stressful than it did rewarding, and I became obsessed with what I saw in the mirror. I lost sight of why I began working out in the first place: to feel better about myself. I began working out to look a certain way, instead of feeling a certain way, and that is not what fitness should be about.

 

This past year I was introduced to strength training, and it helped me shift my focus from achieving the ideal skinny body to achieving my ideal body. I embraced my curvy figure and began to appreciate my body and what it’s capable of. Lifting became my trance. When it’s me versus the weight, it almost feels as if everything is in slow motion. I craved the rush it gave me. Being able to squat over one and a half times my bodyweight is something that I never thought I would be able to do. I was getting stronger with each workout, and my body began to transform in such a way that hours of cardio couldn’t come close to doing.  My shape became more defined, and I finally had a deeper appreciation for my body - for both how it felt and how it looked. Now, I can say that I love my body, and not for the Instagram followers but for myself.

Fitness is not a one size fits all model - anyone can do it, and everyone can succeed. However, you must first embrace your unique body type and be realistic about what your body is capable of - not everyone is meant to be size 2’s, and not everyone is meant to bench 500lbs. Second, come up with a game plan on how you’re going to achieve your fitness goals, whether they be strength- or physique-related. And third, pick workouts that are appropriately suited for you and your goals. Now start this year off right, get out there, and love your body!

 

Learn more about Coach Amber here! 

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