Monday, July 2, 2018

4th of July Week: Holidays and Working Out

Let me start this post by saying (because I haven't blogged since last week's Weekly Wrap), Happy Independence Day America!!

I think we would all agree that staying on track with fitness and food choices can be extra challenging during a holiday. My week was busy. I allowed myself some grace and that took the pressure off. In the end, I enjoyed myself and my choices didn't throw my nutrition off by much.

The key to my success is everything in moderation. I don't try to be perfect, just the best that I can while enjoying life. Plus, it's bloody hot in Hong Kong and a strawberry daiquiri is quite cooling ;)

Monday & Tuesday:  I stuck to HIIT workouts. I always do my workouts fasted, but Monday's elliptical sprints kicked my butt! On Tuesday I took my Tabata workout to the park. It was hot, humid and the total body session was tough! I like the way a tough workout feels when it's over though. I guess that's why I keep doing them.

Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday: Strength training days. This week's arm workout included 10 to 1s. This looks like an innocent workout, but it's haaarrrd. My arms felt like they would fall off and I was only using 3 pounds by the end. Leg Day took place in my old fitness center in Shenzhen. It was fun and a little weird to be back in my old workout space.

We celebrated the 4th of July twice this week. On Wednesday we went to a friend's cookout. It was fun showing off our patriotism. I was so excited to have a cheeseburger off the grill. We don't have one here and we miss it a lot.

On Thursday we attended the Celebration of the US Consulate General's 175th year in Hong Kong as guests of the US Consulate through my work with the American Women's Association Hong Kong Hosts program. It was probably one of the fanciest and highest security parties I will ever attend. US Consul General Kurt Tong was obviously there, but so was Chief Executive of Hong Kong SAR Carrie Lam (she's the top political official in HK). It was an impressive event.

Friday & Sunday:  I did my normal active rest day yoga which I am really enjoying again. Then on Sunday the weather stayed dry long enough for a morning paddle. It was picture perfect right until we were literally pulling the boards out of the water. Then it rained.

As I mentioned earlier, we went to our old neighborhood in China to have dinner with friends on Friday and see what has changed (because things are always changing in China!).

So after a fun filled, super busy week I still managed to get in every workout and not go too crazy with my eating and drinking.

I’m linking up with Holly and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap!


  1. Sounds like a great week. How cool to be invited to an event like that. You really are getting different perspectives on things living abroad. It's funny the things we miss - like a grilled burger. :-)

  2. What a cool event and fun to hear what things you miss about the US, like a grill :) Happy 4th to you too!

  3. What a fun week! How exciting that you got to attend such a high profile event. Glad you still were able to celebrate the 4th! Do you ever get homesick?

  4. You had a super fun week! I tried fasted workouts for a while then kind of fell off of the wagon. I think I may try them again this week.

  5. Sounds like a well-balanced week of fun and hard work! Happy belated Independence Day to you, too!

  6. Sounds like a great week! Your Independence party sounds fun!

  7. Looks like a super busy but fun-filled week! I love that you celebrated the 4th of July twice!

    Great job on your workouts this week. I love strength training and can't wait to get back to those type of workouts.

  8. Great week Amy! Your paddle boarding excursion looks so beautiful and peaceful... I have to admit that HK is musch prettier than I imagined.

  9. Your friends look like a fun group! I love the variety that you get in (and sometimes just bodyweight exercises kick my butt!).

  10. How fun! A fancy party. I can't remember the last time I got dressed up for an evening. A cheeseburger is my favorite meal! I admit I went a little nuts with the eating with the holiday combined with weekend travel. Those milkshakes were extra yummy though. Thanks for linking!


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