Music Monday! Jon Bellion – Woke the F*ck Up.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Music Monday! I apologize for not posting a music video last week, I was so tired that I didn’t have the energy to sit down and type. But I’m back this week with a new indie song by Jon Bellion called “Woke The F*ck Up”.

Jon Bellion is an American singer-songwriter, producer and rapper, not to mention crazy talented! I recommend listening to his albums because you will not want to press the “stop” button. I hope you guys enjoy this song as much as I did!

I also have a question for you all, is indie music better than mainstream music? Please write your thoughts in the comments section 🙂

See you soon!

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Health and Fitness Q&A!

Hello everyone,

It looks like it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on this blog, but here I am back again with another post. Today I want to talk about health and fitness, two things that I am passionate about for two years. For me, it is very important to live a healthy and well balanced lifestyle. Living healthy is something I talk about all the time, because ever since I embarked on this journey, I have felt more energetic and better about myself.

Today I will be answering some health and fitness questions, that will give a glimpse of my healthy habits.

Let’s begin.

Fitness

1. Why do you workout?

I workout to become physically stronger, build more muscle and endurance! When I initially started to workout, I started because I wanted to lose weight, but now it is not about that anymore.

2. Describe your current workout routine?

I follow the Blogilates monthly workout calendars religiously, thanks to these workouts I became more lean and toned. If you have not heard of Blogilates, it is a Pilates YouTube channel run my Cassey Ho. Her videos are inspirational and effective and I highly reccommend them. On the side, I also go biking, running (still not a fan of it), weight training and yoga.

3. What is your favorite form of exercise?

My favorite form of exercise is Pilates, I love it became it gets the job done and it is very effective for muscle toning. Pilates all the wayyyy! 🙂

4. Do you listen to music when you workout?

Definitely, it helps me feel energized and go hard when I workout.

5. What’s on your playlist?

A lot of EDM (Electronic Dance Music), Kpop and anything really upbeat and fun.

6. What is your exercise philosophy?

I think exercise should be a part of our daily lifestyle, it shouldn’t feel like a chore and it shouldn’t become an obsession either. Some people workout so much, but they don’t even enjoy it. Find a workout that suits you and have fun doing it, don’t workout if you are going obsess over your body image. We should all learn to love ourselves and our bodies, working out is about staying healthy, not thin.

Nutrition

Are you a person who eats healthy?

Yes, now I eat healthier compared to years ago, but I would be lying if I said I didn’t have moments when I would eat some junk food. What can I say, old habits die hard.

Do you diet/count calories?

I don’t believe in diets, I believe in living a healthy lifestyle where we eat healthy everyday. I’ve tried dieting before and it doesn’t work, plus feeding your body junk is not good for you. I have also never counted calories, I’ve been tempted a couple of times, but my strong will stopped me. I think there is a fine line when it comes to counting calories, it could potentially lead to an eating disorder if we become too obsessed with how much food we consume. p>

Which foods are your staple items?

I have a few, but some of my essentials are avocado, spinach, green tea, banana, straberries, garbanzo beans, grape tomatoes, quinoa, balsamic vinegar, blueberries, chia seeds, protein powder and many more.

Are there food your try to avoid?

Yes, salty and oily foods. I also try to avoid bread because it makes me feel bloated and I digest bread slowly. Other than that, I eat everything in moderation (most of the time) lol.

About how many times per day do you eat?

I eat three times per day, but when I’m at work I get so busy that I only have time for lunch and dinner. Sometimes, I only have time to snack on something small and then get back to work. Adult life rules…….not.

True or False

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! – Definitely, it gives you the energy you need to get started with your day. I am not a breakfast person, so when I don’t eat in the morning I feel fatigued. That’s why I try to have a smoothie, a banana or a cereal bar, something small always helps.

To lose weight or maintain weight loss, you need to cut carbohydrates! – No, cutting out certain foods does not mean you will lose weight. You can be cutting out foods and still maintain the same weight, sometimes this can happen due to stress. To lose and maintain weight loss you have to eat in moderation and eat good nutritious food. Exercise is also a vital component in seeing any results you desire.

It is bad to eat late at night! – True, I avoid it as much as possible! It is harder to digest the food because your metabolism slows down, plus the food needs to be digested two or three hours prior to going to bed.

Stress Management 

How do you relieve stress?

I do many things, such as listening to music, watching YouTube, going out with friends, working out, writing blog posts, crafting and going for walks. The best way I deal with stress is when I’m around people and I talk about my problems, it helps tremendously.

Have you ever tried yoga?

Yes, my first time attending a yoga class was June 2014 and I’ve loved it ever since. It helps me relax my tense body muscles and most of all focus  on the here and now.

 
 

Music Monday! BigBang – Bang Bang Bang.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Music Monday!

Big Bang live up to their reputation with every comeback, this year they came back with a bang (pun intended). They have released four songs so far, but the one that caught my attention is “Bang Bang Bang”.

Before I continue writing my thoughts about the song, I want to introduce BigBang to new fans who have recently discovered their music. The group is signed under YG Entertainment and they debuted in August 2006. There are four members: T.O.P, G-Dragon, Taeyang, Daesung and Seungri. BigBang became an instant hit and very quickly they earned recognition across seas.

This year they made a comeback with a new album “Made” and they also announced their worldwide tour. I will be going for sure!!! Let’s get back to their new song “Bang Bang Bang”, this is a song anthem, it has an infectious melody that gets stuck in your head. To be completely honest, the first time I didn’t like, but the more I listen to it, the more I became obsessed. It has an upbeat clubbing melody, but then the chorus transitions to a hip hop tune. I thought it was a weird transition at first, but the more I listened to the song the more I started to see how it actually fits the song. This is the power of BigBang, at first you dislike a song and then it becomes an addiction.

Enjoy and let me know what you think about the chorus, I’m so curious to read your comments 🙂

See you soon!

Music Monday! BTS – I Need You.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Music Monday!

This year I have been completely sucked into the world of Kpop, so much that I haven’t been keeping track of newly released American music. I think this year Kpop has upped its game and groups/singers made strong comebacks. Many different Korean artists have made a lasting impression on me, but one that I’m obsessed with recently is BTS.

The names of the members are not in order, but here they are anyway! Kim Seokjin, Min Yoongi, Jung Hoseok, Kim Namjoon, Park Jimin, Kim Taehyung, Jeon Jungkook.

The seven member group was formed in 2013 and they debuted with their song “No More Dream”. This year they came back stronger than ever with an emotional/powerful music video that will break your heart when you watch it. The video shows the boys in different circumstances and each one of them suffering, they all die except for one member. There are many different interpretation about the meaning of this music video, according to me, it is trying to portray their inner struggle with heartbreak.

What is your interpretation of this video? Let me know, I am curious to hear your analogies.

I will be sharing the official music video and their dance practice video too, their dancing skills are top notch.

Enjoy 🙂

See you soon!