My Realization

I’ve always wondered what the point of fashion is. People have different reasons for being interested in beauty, clothes, makeup, etc. I’ve always been interested in fashion because I thought that if others think I look beautiful, then I am beautiful. I thought that it doesn’t really matter what I think of myself, as long as I get others’ approval. I always loved dressing up and doing my hair and makeup, it made me feel so beautiful. I thought that I could always be happy as long as others loved the way I looked. 

Clearly I was wrong. Right now, I don’t even care anymore what people think of me. As long as I feel beautiful, I am beautiful. If people don’t like the way I dress, then I really don’t care. I used to think that it was the clothes that made you beautiful, but it really is the person that makes the clothes beautiful. If you know you are a beautiful person, it shows, it really does. When I don’t feel confident, I will change the way I dress or look so that I do feel confident. It’s that simple. People might be saying that it’s bad for me to change or that I changed for the worse, but the only reason I changed is so I could be confident in my own body. 

This brings me to the idea of fitness and image. Why am I so intrigued with fitness? It takes up so much of my time, and results are so slow. It’s because I want to change the way I live and the way I look. I want to look and be healthy, it’s not that I am afraid of being judged by other people. I just absolutely detest it when people accuse me of changing for other people. NO! That’s definitely not it! I just want to change so I can feel good about myself. It’s called self-motivation, and I am determined to achieve my goals.

Now that all that fluff is done, I wanted to elaborate on my perception of fashion now. I have changed so much over the last year since I opened this blog, and my ambitions are quite different. I am here to teach people different techniques in beauty and fashion. I want to help you feel good about yourself, and motivate you to become healthy. I do not want people following my blog to think that I am so lowly as to perceive “beautiful” as dressing well and having a good body. I just want to give people tips and advice on what I love about fashion. I want everyone to know that beauty really does come from the inside. You can be “pretty”, but being a bitch really won’t make you a satisfied, healthy, and happy person will it? Being lively, outgoing, unique, charismatic, and considerate will make you a happier person.

That’s pretty much all I want to say. I kind of feel like I got off topic at some point about what I wanted to say and I just lost it. Well, that’s it. Stay beautiful and thanks for following me!

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~Angela

Fitness Diaries: Day 3

Call me stupid, but I just realized that this fitness regime is 12 weeks long, not 8 weeks. That means it’s going to even farther into the school year than I thought. Well, crap. Anyways, if you read my last Fitness Diaries, you know that I made a calender and record all the workouts I do. Well I think it is working out pretty well, even if I accidentally skipped a few days. Also, I only made it for weeks 3-8 because I thought it was 8 weeks long so now I have to make another one for weeks 9-12.

Also, I just began starting a healthy eating plan. Usually, I eat frozen food everyday for lunch because I am too lazy, but now I bought salad and ingredients to make quesidillas because frozen food is extremely unhealthy. I also bought some ingredients to make chicken fajitas, so I’ll let you guys know how that turns out 🙂

I am currently starting week 4 of the fitness regime, and I lost my phone for like 4 days this week already so I’ll get that back soon to show you guys progress pictures! I’m not exactly sure if I made any progress, but I do feel a little healthier. It really inspires me to see the transformations that people make from this fitness program on Kayla Itsines’ Instagram account. It makes me want to work much harder. Here are some of the amazing transformations people made, but none of them are me.

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I may be impatient, but I just really hoped that these results would show more progressively. These images are so inspiring to me, so I really hope I can get a nice body soon and feel good about myself. That’s pretty much all I have to say about my fitness regime this week, so keep checking for updates, and see you guys next time!

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~Angela Z.

Fitness Diaries: Day 2

So it has been 2 weeks since the beginning of my 8-week workout regime. I feel like I have gone absolutely NO WHERE. I still do not watch my diet or eat the right foods, and I lost no weight. My stomach is still about as fat as when I started the regime. It is definitely not the book’s fault, it is my fault. I have been feeling so unmotivated lately, and obviously that much can be seen in my progress. Which is nada. So starting from the beginning of week 3, I will get my head into the game and REALLY start trying.

I think it has been especially hard because I have a lot of homework and studying to do because I am also in week 5 of this 8-week SAT study program, which is every week day 8 am-1 pm. So tonight I will probably go food shopping, and I will buy all the foods I need for this nutritional plan. Also, I will make a giant poster and hang it up on my closet door for the next 6 weeks of this workout program. Every day, I will record my weight, how many calories I inhaled, and how I felt. I really hope that I can get back on track with this workout program 😦

I feel like another reason I am super unmotivated for this program is because this is my 2nd workout program of the summer, so I have already been doing this for quite a while. I have been so frustrated lately because I have seen no progress, yet I am too lazy to put my head into these workouts. It just sucks because I still feel the same as I did in the beginning of the summer, and I just hate my body at the moment… I seriously think I was more fit 2 weeks ago than I am now.

But let’s think of the glass as half full. I WILL get my head back in the game and I will focus on achieving my goals. Even though I may not look any different now, I will in the future if I just keep working hard. I will do this program and I will succeed! As much as I love boba, I WILL stop indulging on it so often 😥 This means I also definitely have to manage my time better, can’t be up till 11 pm studying every night!

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No progress 😦 I looked better before the workout program even started

weekly calender

It’s so messy! I accidentally started the week with “Monday” so I had to color over the days with a black crayon and paint them back on starting with “Sunday”. And I just painted the week numbers for fun 🙂

That’s all for this week! Remember:

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~Angela Z.

Bikini Bound: Choosing the Best Swimsuit For Your Body

Can one really go through the whole summer without buying and flaunting an ADORABLE and affordable swimsuit? Truth is, no way! But there are just SO many choices out there, but it’s okay, because I am here to help anyone choose the right bikini for their body! Let us start by how an individual classifies her body type? Truth is I am not exactly sure of my body type. Remember, any body is a beautiful body, and eating healthy and living a good lifestyle is the first step to flaunting a beautiful bikini! Here is how you classify your body shape:

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Athletic

So, athletic people basically have the nicest bodies out there. Broad shoulders, narrow hips, muscular legs, nice butt, proportional body. You can get an athletic body with a lot of hard work and the right workout program. If you have an athletic body type, you should focus on feminine cuts and details. Since people with athletic body types have really nice legs, they would look really good with embellishments or even solid color bottoms and a printed top. Athletic body types tend to have broad shoulders, so a suit with prints along the side will help even it out. Generally stay away from bandeaus, boy-cut briefs, and shapeless one piece swimsuits.

If you have short legs, wearing high-cut swimsuits will make your legs appear longer, kind of like Miley Cyrus’s jumpsuits 🙂

If you have a short torso, do NOT wear high waisted bikini bottoms. Wear low-hip bikinis and high-bustline tops.

Straight

If you have a straight body type, you have no curves. You’ll have to fake it till you make it. Bikinis with padding, ruffles, and prints will make you look curvier. Underwires also add support, and bustier bikinis look good too.

Avoid bandeau tops and sporty bottoms! These DO NOT complement your body type.

Pear

I know that everyone should respect their body, but I am pear-shaped and I absolutely would love an athletic type body. Being 5’1 and a figure skater, I have HUGE thighs, short legs, and a short torso. It’s hard to find a flattering bikini and I hate being extremely short. But anyways, if you have a pear shaped body like me, then bottoms with skirts can add for coverage. Briefs and boyshorts will also even out your thighs a bit. Try not to wear prints on your bottoms and wear halter straps and underwired bikinis that flatter your upper body more.

Curvy/Hourglass

If you have an hourglass figure, you will want to wear a swimsuit that complements your curves, but still holds everything firmly in place. If you want your waist to look skinnier, wear a high waisted bikini, I actually love those. You should also wear solid colors or simply prints so it keeps everything in control. Avoid thin-stringed bikinis.

Hope you find the perfect bikini for you! Remember, no matter what body shape you have, you are beautiful! Now rock that swimsuit, and don’t worry about what others think 🙂

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~Angela Z.

Fitness Diaries: Day 1

So some of you know I have started a 12-week workout regime in the “Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide.” I just got it in my email a few days ago, since it is an ebook, so I will now be tracking my progress through these “diary entries” that will all be on the Fitness page on my blog here. So now that I read over the book in general and the H.E.L.P. nutrition guide, and finished the first few days of the fitness regime, I have some things to say about it.

Pros

There are indeed many positive aspects of this ebook. The first thing I have to say about it is that it is very organized and very neat. It is easy to find anything in the book. It is very easy to follow and understand, and has clear instructions on everything. The actual workout program is easy to follow, and it totally kickass. On the first day of the program, I had to go outside 3 times in between workouts because I was getting way too sweaty and hot. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I like doing my workouts inside even if it is super hot.

I feel like this program is going to totally kick my butt, and that is exactly why I bought it. I felt like the first workout program I did (the Hasfit 30 Days To Get In Shape Workout Challenge) was extremely easy. Although I did attain quite nice abs and lost much stomach fat from that program, I really wanted something that could push me further so I could achieve more. After just doing one day of the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide, I could almost die from exhaustion, and I loved it! That was a few days ago, and I am STILL sore.

Cons

There are indeed many cons to this ebook, but it is probably because I haven’t scrutinized it enough to know all the wonderful aspects of this book, and I am quite cynical when it comes to product reviews.

First off, this ebook is EXTREMELY expensive, but only if you buy it on the actual website: kaylaitsines.com.au. I would highly suggest buying it from somewhere else since it is an ebook, so it can be transferred easily online. On the actual website, it costs about $120 Australian dollars which is about $112 in U.S. dollars for both the Bikini Body Guide and the H.E.L.P. nutrition and diet guide. I bought it on ebay for approximately $2.50. See what I’m getting at here? I also believe it is overpriced since it is not an actual, physical, book so it should cost less anyway. I find it slightly hard to read on a computer or tablet since you would have to scroll for a very long time through the pages to find the one you want, so I actually had my dad print out all 220 pages of both of the books.

After reading through the Bikini Body Guide, I also found it quite vague on the exact workout regime. There are actually barely any descriptions of anything in the book, and I found it quite uneducational. I actually thought the instructor on my old workout website, Hasfit, did a better job at explaining what muscles he was working on and precisely what his workouts targeted. In these workouts, you can only tell what you are working on once you actually do the workout and you can say, “oh yea, this kind of hurts my calves, but I guess that’s what I’m supposed to be working on right now”. Overall, it kind of just feels like you have to just follow the workout regime without actually knowing what you are working on.

Overall, I actually love this book a lot. It will totally kick my butt for the next 12 weeks, or at least until school work piles up too much for me to have time for working out. I love the design for the book, even though it is very minimalist. I would indeed suggest trying out this workout program if you want a nice body, but do not buy it on the actual website since it is quite expensive. Definitely buy it from ebay or anywhere else.

But seriously, I just love exercising, but I hate it. You see my problem?

~Angela