Which lifestyle you ask? Where you go our clubbing and drinking 3 nights a week, get home at 5am or later and wake up with terrible hangovers...that life and I'm over it now. The past 2 months I've been alcohol free and it feels great and I DON'T miss it. To be honest, I've been disliking alcohol for about a year now, I have to be in the right mood to get ready to go out for the night. Apart from the odd cocktail now and then (because I can't say no to a delicious cosmo), I could go on with my life without it.
For the first year of university, it actually amazes me how much I drank each week. My friends and I would usually go clubbing or drinking at a local pub about 3 or 4 times a week. I know what you're thinking WOAH. And I look back now asking myself how did I do that to myself and let my body become uncontrollable over alcohol consumption. A lot of people I know think to themselves "well they told me first year doesn't count towards your degree so we can slack off"...and occasionally I would think this but I still tried hard, just not as hard as I could have. It is really bad that 1. your first year may not count towards your degree, and 2. you let this go to your head and think you can get away with not doing much work for the year. You will soon realise how much of a mistake this was when you go into you second year of university.
With some recent changes to my life and realisations, I've decided I need to really focus on myself for now and learn to live a healthy lifestyle. I want to wake up each morning feeling fresh after a good night's sleep, which I am really struggling to get at the moment, become active in the day even if it's just for a short walk, have my 3 meals a day (which I am very bad at doing) and finish the day feeling good.
I say all of the above is what I want to do and I WILL become part of that lifestyle, but I find it really hard to do that here in China. Not because the food is unhealthy or it's expensive here, but because of where I live. My accommodation is university dorms and I live in a 4 person flat with 2 bathrooms and a kitchen. However, that kitchen is basically a sink, so not really a kitchen at all. Therefore, I can't cook my own dinners, and have to either go out to restaurants each night (which is cheap so that's not a problem) or buy street food (which is soooo good and cheap but not the healthiest of options). I tend to go for street food because it is so affordable for what you get, it's right by the dorms so I can easily just run out in my jogger bottoms in between work breaks, and IT'S SO TASTY!
So that's my recent lifestyle change...bye bye alcohol, hello healthilicious life! This won't properly start until I'm back in England, back home and reunited with lots of beautiful food (which will all be nice and healthy). It will be much easier because I will have more control over what I can eat as I will have a kitchen again WOOHOOO! Also, I'm now lactose intolerance if you didn't already know (think I've hidden it in a post somewhere before) so that'll definitely change my diet. I'm not properly sticking to it here in China because I find it quite hard to (even though it should be relatively easy), also I went to find lactose free products and damnnnnn they are expensive!!