Today’s Daily Prompt: We’re less than a week away from Halloween! If you had to design a costume that channeled your true, innermost self, what would that costume look like? Would you dare to wear it?
It is always difficult to truly unmask yourself- regardless of whether you are alone or with others. Knowing who you really are can be daunting. Who you are may not be who you want to be. It may also be the opposite of who others want you to be.
But does it matter? A lot of us spend countless hours in front of mirrors just to make sure that we look as good as others expect us to be. Sometimes, we nail it. Sometimes we don’t. Sometimes we are who we want ourselves to be, and we sometimes aren’t.
Our desires change. We change. others change.
Should we go with the flow? Which flow? Why? Why not?
If I’m going to design a costume that would reveal the inner, truest of true me, I’ll probably get dressed in bacon. Not everyone likes bacon, but I do. Bacon can make people happy for a while.
Today’s Daily Prompt: Good news — another hour has just been added to every 24-hour day (don’t ask us how. We have powers). How do you use those extra sixty minutes?
Extra hour a day? I’ll take it!! I’ll use it all for resting my body- especially my eyes.
I’ll have an extra 20 minutes of rest in the morning after my workout;
10 minutes in between my research writing/ reading
And 30 minutes before bedtime.
What about you?
My potion is definitely the simplest, yet healthiest drink of them all: good old water.
Can you think of any other drink that has zero calories, zero sugar, organic, cheap, non-addictive and has all the health benefits that everyone needs? I don’t think so. It’s good for your kidneys, your skin and your digestion. Doctors recommend that we each should drink at least eight glasses of water each day – which is not a lot.
Since taking up sports, I have been an avid water drinker. Although just like every other teenage kid in my area (and probably most of the world), I had a phase where all I drank was soft drinks and energy drinks. But I soon returned to water after realising that no other drink could replace it. Water is my preferred beverage even in restaurants. Despite my love for coffee, people still associate me with drinking water.
While I was teaching in a primary school, I made a conscious effort to always carry my water bottle anywhere I go. I hoped that I could not only tell the kids to drink more water, but to also show them that I too were drinking lots of it.
Today’s Daily Post: After an especially long and exhausting drive or flight, a grueling week at work, or a mind-numbing exam period — what’s the one thing you do to feel human again?
Exercise is by far the easiest solution to stress. Yes, I get tired a bit more but the benefits afterwards are exponential! I always look forward to my time outdoors (calisthenics) or in the gym.
Today’s Prompt: It turns out that your neighbor on the plane/bus/train (or the person sitting at the next table at the coffee shop) is a very, very chatty tourist. Do you try to switch seats, go for a non-committal brief small talk, or make this person your new best friend?
There is a chance that some of the people that I meet everyday is carrying a burden, a problem, a disappointment, or merely having a bad day. Why would I refuse them the chance to off-load?
I will feel honoured if anyone talks to me randomly on the bus, plane, train or coffee shop. Regardless of what they want to talk about, I will listen intently. They may talk about their lives, their families, their holidays, or possible that horrible boss that they have. It doesn’t matter. I will listen.
On the flip side, I could be the one who is in a foul mood. A conversation with a person who I do not know and would probably not see again could actually help lower my blood pressure and restore my calmness. Wouldn’t that be nice?
It is also possible that they do not have the same beliefs and ideologies as I do, but heck, I am open to an intellectual debate. I know I will learn something from them, and they will learn something from me.
Today’s Prompt: Sherlock Holmes had his pipe. Dorothy had her red shoes. Batman had his Batmobile. If we asked your friends what object they most immediately associate with you, what would they answer?
This was a tough one. I struggled because I have no friends! Kidding (I hope)!
I guess it depends which of my friends will be asked this question. If you ask my high school friends, they would associate me with a basketball. All I did in my teens was play ball – all day and all night.
If you would ask my friends from university and most of my workmates, they would say that I am a bookworm, and hence associate me with books.
Lastly, if you would ask my relatively new friends, they would say that my Herbalife drinking bottle and shaker represents me the most. I have changed my lifestyle and have lost a lot of body fat mainly due to Herbalife’s superb programme.
Due to my inability to say ‘no’ to new things, I find myself difficult to pigeonhole. I do not want to be known just as a person who likes basketball, or just an academic, or just someone who has a healthy lifestyle. I try my best not to be uni-dimensional or a one-trick pony. Who knows, tomorrow I may have a new obsession!
Tell us something that you (or a person close to you) have done recently (or not so recently) that has made you really, unbashedly proud.
At the start of this year, I have sworn a personal oath to healthy living. I have neglected my fitness and health for a few years by eating anything and everything under the sun. I have let myself go and I regretted it. I gained a lot of weight, and I did not want to stop eating.
Despite not being obese or at risk, I realised that if I want to live long enough to have and raise children of my own, carry on with my career and retire happily with my family, I need to change my lifestyle. My fiancee and I decided to join Herbalife. Along with our health coach, we planned our food intake, exercise and rest. We enjoyed the process. It was tough in the beginning- going back to an active lifestyle after years of sitting on the couch is HARD!!! But we saw (and still see) the benefits. We lost body fat (including visceral fat) whilst gaining muscle mass.
We discovered amazing ways to eat properly – but not starve. We substituted unhealthy food with healthier ones – which is cheaper than we expected. Take a look at some of our meals:
I know that we have only been doing this for half a year, but we are motivated. We have seen the results and we will carry on. We feel good inside and out. We are motivated. We both have never been this healthy, lean and fit. We eat clean but train dirty. Best of all, we are loving it!
I guess I want to brag about this to my old self. That person who always sat on the couch eating doughnuts at 11 o’clock at night. That guy who preferred all-you-can-eat buffets to healthier and cheaper home-cooked meals. That guy who always said that he wants to be ripped and laughed at the people who are unhealthy, but did not look within himself to actually notice that he is the one that he should be laughing at.
Up next: MARATHON!!!