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5 months ago I had made a post about my transformation and journey on Reddit during quarantine and I didn’t expect to receive so much engagement on that post. That’s why I want to make a post on this and give an update on any recent changes too.
Before quarantine, my life could just be described as…grey. Neither good and neither bad. Just living an average life without any real aspirations. I didn’t know what I wanted and didn’t know what to do in life. Everyday was just a cycle of “bad” habits that I’ve adopted over the years.
But after this pandemic hit and we all had to quarantine, I decided I had to make a decision. I was either going to continue living the same mediocre life or start improving myself and taking control of my life. So here’s how I’ve changed myself for the past year:
1. Morning Routine.
I used to sleep at midnight around 3-5am, watching a bunch of YouTube videos and Netflix shows which I don’t even remember now. And then I would wake up around 1-2pm in the afternoon, skipping breakfast and ready for lunch. Half the day had already passed and the highlight of my days were just unmemorable videos and shows.
After reading the “The Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod, it convinced to get my sleeping habits together. Now, I sleep at 9pm and wake up at 5am. With an early start to the day, I have established a morning routine of morning walks, yoga, journaling and affirmations. I’ve never felt more refreshed, energized and productive. It makes me go to bed with a smile on my face. Nah, kidding. That’s creepy.
I used to binge eat junk food everyday to de-stress and to relax. It was my favorite hobby to eat junk food and watch my favorite show. Every time I visited the supermarket, I would just beeline straight to the junk food section. Even the cashier guy was sick of seeing me. But of course, this vicious cycle of binge eating made me feel sluggish and cranky everyday. It also gave me a watermelon stomach.
I decided to get rid of all the junk in my kitchen and replace it with only healthy foods such as vegetables and fruits. I also learned how to make more healthy foods on my own at home. And I created a grocery checklist to keep myself accountable to buy only healthy foods. Now, I can’t live without veggies in my diet or else my plate feels empty. It would be like rice and no beans. Just wrong. If you guys read my “junk food” post, you know that I’ve detoxed from junk food for over a year now. An additional update to that, I’m pretty much a vegetarian now. Contrary to some false beliefs, this doesn’t make me lack energy without meat. In fact, I feel even more energy. Let’s have an arm wrestle battle to prove it.
My couch was my 2nd home. My favorite spot to escape all the stresses of life. You could even see my back marks on the couch. I used to binge watch all the Netflix shows and scroll endlessly through social media ALL DAY. The only good thing that came out of this was discovering FRIENDS. Man, I love that show. Regardless, for the most part, I still consumed content that didn’t add any value to my life and made me feel worse most of the time.
Now, I’ve cut out social media, limited screen time, and made sure to take daily action towards my goals everyday by setting it on my calendar. Cutting out all the time-wasting activities and intentionally focusing on my goals allowed me learn the guitar, dance, yoga, Spanish and start a YouTube channel and blog. I love moving around now more than ever! I’m actually a well-functioning and healthy adult for once! A sentence I never thought I would say! I still can’t believe how many meaningful and cool things I get done everyday.
4. Comfort Zone
I’m a very shy person and always hated interacting with new people. I especially hated working with other people and I think this hatred stemmed from school. Those darn group projects. But this is just an excuse. My biggest fear was socializing with others especially new people. What’s communication anyway? In my case, I embraced being an introvert but hated being shy so I wanted to change that about myself. I hid under the label of “introversion” when in reality, I was just staying in my comfort zone by avoiding social interactions with others as much as I could.
I decided to tackle this obstacle and fear by making sure to reach out to new people, joining meetup groups, and connecting with past friends to get out of my comfort zone. Since I couldn’t meet up with people in-person, I had phone calls and video calls with friends, accountability partners and even networked with some professionals. I’ve definitely developed lots of nice friendships for the past month. No boyfriend though. Single life ftw! Another big step for me was starting a YouTube channel. I still can’t believe that I’m able to talk to the camera without looking too uncomfortable and awkward. I hope so.
I still feel the fear but challenging myself to step out of the comfort zone has helped me grow a lot. My next step would be to start connecting with people in person now that everything is reopening. I’m still working on this but that’s the beauty of self improvement. It’s that it never ends. We’re always a work in progress!
I really hope this post didn’t come off as arrogant like some of those self-help gurus you see. I just wanted to share my transformation and journey and hopefully, some of my methods can be of use to you guys. I want to also congratulate you guys for surviving and making it through that crazy year.
Definitely let me know how did this pandemic change you? What do you wish to improve upon?
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