Healthy Life

Intermittent Fasting

OK, lets talk about intermittent fasting!

I have been on and off for the past 7 months on this and I am quite happy with it.

I fast from 8PM(evening) to 1PM(lunch), so my eating time frame will be 1PM to 8PM for 7 hours.

I eat just about anything and everything including some sweet snacks too.

I don’t limit myself with what kind of food but I still try to eat healthy for the most part.

I always try to have enough protein, vegetables and fruits, it’s a number one priority in my diet :)

I eat really big lunch like a huge salad with chicken breast, along with fruits and snacks, I become so full to a point where I can’t eat anymore.

Then I go home and eat something light and easy before 8PM.

It all works out great, sometimes I forget and eat after 8PM but it’s OK!

Best thing about IF is that you don’t have to be so strict, just go with the flow!

I know it’s a little tough at the beginning when you are not consuming anything except for water, but trust me, it gets easier.

So for those of you who want to try the intermittent fasting, don’t get discouraged, if you messed up your schedule, no worries, it’s not the end of the world!

Eat healthy and be healthy :)


It’s been crazy but seems like I am adjusting to my new place well.

Only ten days of living in Seattle, I got to experience my first hit and run while my car was parked on the streets. I guess it happens quite often here and that’s why my insurance raised my price too :P

Anyhow, I am really enjoying the easy commute to work and home.

I also started my 8 to 5 shift and it’s been great!

Oh and all the sunlight I get from my windows???

My place is filled with plants now :O

Life is good!

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Intermittent Fasting Day 1

I have been so bad for the past few months,

I’ve gained few pounds here & there and my kangaroo pouch is coming back!

So I have decided to start IF today and it’s going so far so good!

I broke my fasting with a banana at 1 PM, then my lunch at 2:15 PM.

Had my smoothie, fruits and veggies from 3 PM to 5:30 PM

I am now making my gourmet Pho for dinner, planning to eat before 8 PM and I will be done for today!

I am really looking forward to this new habit!

If it all goes well, I’d love to stick with it :)

Also, my husband will be doing it with me together, so I am really excited about this!

Only side affects I had was mild headache throughout the day, not sure why because I had my black coffee this morning but hopefully it won’t be bad tomorrow,

My total intake calories after my gourmet pho dinner is about 1300 today so that’s pretty awesome.

I took some photos of my hideous body today so, I will update on April 1st!

My starting weigh today is 113.4 lbs. waist 31 in.

I drink at least 3 liters of water per day.

Yay! Let’s do this!!! :P

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Feels Like Winter!

My shoot today was amazing!

It felt like winter for sure :)

All leaves had fallen off the trees and color from the branches are definitely showing.

Really loving this color.

I always tell myself to bring a tripod but I keep forgetting :(

So only hubby again.

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August Really???

My week goes by so fast that when I sit and think about where I am,

What happened?

It's end of August already :P

I am trying to take advantage of this summer weather and hike as much as I can,

But the smoke from the wild fire is stopping us :(

Hope everyone is safe around all this fire!


We went to Rattle Snake Ledge hike last week and it was so easy!

I really need to challenge more than these easy hikes I go with my husband :P


Trying  to keep myself strong and think positive as always.

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Oh My! June Already?

I can't believe it's June already!

I am already into my second month at my new job!!!

All is going great, great environment, friendly co-workers, I can't wish anything more.

Last night, I met this cute doggy charging towards me at the park.

Life is a hurdle and we just need to keep running and embrace what we have!

Be happy everyone! It's JUNE!!!

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My Life & Veggies!

Call me crazy, but I am so fascinated by preparing my veggies nowadays that I can stand in the kitchen all day long.

Knowing this will last me only less than a week, and I have to do it all over again, but I am still happy!

I know it's not easy, but make it a habit, eat healthy, live healthy, and be happy!

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Does My Husband Eat Like Me?

Answer is "NO".

I have people asking me this question all the time.

I don't think my husband can ever eat like me but I don't want to be firm.

I have completely cut carbs and additive sugar from my diet.

So what does my husband eat?

He eats everything :)

All kinds of Korean food, and anything I cook for him.

So, I cook all kind of soups, meats, curry, anything possible and freeze them in portions.

That way he can choose what he wants to eat that day.

I also prepare Korean side dishes on my days off so he has plenty to eat.

Daily fruits and veggies are a must, so I also pack that for him every morning.

Recently he has decided to cut sweets like Korean bakery or rice cake, which I am really happy about.

Today is my day to cook and freeze, so I thought I share this post and pictures :P

Please don't think I am not feeding my husband lol.

This is what my little Freezer looks like.

And below is one of his favorite dish, Spicy Bean Sprouts Japchae :)

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Jillian Michaels Killer Ab!!!

I mentioned the other day that I had completed my Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred.

I am really proud of myself for that and without hesitation, I started Jillian's Killer Abs right after!

Every morning, I'd be up at 6 AM, have my coffee, then straight to my exercise with Jillian.

Only 30 minutes but my well spent 30 minute of the day.

She keeps me going, and motivated, not bored at all!

I have also tried few other workouts by other people, but none of them were exciting for me :(

I am just so proud of myself that I am keeping up this promise for many days now.

I have to say, I feel different, I mean I feel so good, and I can see muscle gain through my own eyes.

Also, my diet has changed tremendously for the better that is :)

My journey will be a long one... but I won't quit!

I thought I share my progress, so that I don't give up.

I know I don't have a nice looking body, and lots scars from surgeries, but that's not the point here, please be nice :)

Thanks all!

Picture below is early January & end of January, do you see the difference?

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Amazing Egg Benefits!


Who likes eggs???

I'm sure many of you love eggs but I have never really liked eggs...

Especially the yoke part, if I had to eat them, I'd just always eat whites.

My perception has changed now, and finding how good eggs are.

So I have started to eat eggs now!!!

I had 3 eggs yesterday at work and my co-workers were like "That's too much cholesterol!!!"

So here are some of the link I'd like to share with you all :)

I Finished My Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred!

I am so proud of myself to have finished my 30 days of Jillian Michaels Shred workout!

I missed one day because my body was screaming with aches & soreness but most of all, it was Christmas eve and I wanted to just relax and enjoy :)

I felt so much better after letting my body rest for one full day and I got right back to it on Christmas day!

So today was my last day and I have to say, I feel great!

Did I loose weight? No, I mean, well yes, a pound, lol!

And I have to say, it is only because I ate so well, I mean really well and lots of it.

Even though I was eating healthy, I was eating way more than I should have.

I have no regrets because it's not the weight I was aiming for, but more of my body being toned and loosing inches rather than loosing pounds.

I lost about 3 inches on my waist. and my legs are much firmer.

My on going problem is my sagging tummy!

Which I have started to work on with increasing more protein in my diet.

I can't completely cut carbs but I have cut down quite a bit.

Along the way, I see people inspired by me but at the same time there are haters.

But that's Okay, one day they will realize for themselves.

I am really happy to have done this workout for 30 days and I am looking forward to starting her other exercise.

It is only you, yourself, who can change your life and habit.

It's your choice to be over weight, obese, and lazy.

No one made you, it was your choice.

Your daily workout need be part of your life, not an option.

Good luck my friend :)

?New Year Resolution?

Yes, It's 2018? And it's time for a new year resolution everyone?

Mine is quite simple...

1. Stay healthy

2. Make Jillian abs, healthy abs

3. Make more money

Looking back 2017, I didn't really set any goals but I did loose total of 30 pounds.

I did gain back 10 pounds but I am more fit and firm now.

I am still working hard to tone my body and continuing on with my resistance training.

Today marks 18th day of my workout with Jillian and it's not getting any easier :(

She's tough but I am totally getting my workouts for sure!

What's your new year resolution?

Been Busy!

It's been hectic schedule for the past 10 days!

My photography is becoming my world now.

I am dying to be out and shooting but weather isn't cooperating so well :(

Anyhow, I got my physical exam results in, and they are looking fabulous!

I couldn't be any happier :)

My husband's is looking great as well.

I worked super hard to get to this, but I need to work even harder to become more fit.

I am anxious to start a brand new year!


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Almost 300 Days...

As I near my 300 days of my somewhat diet/weight loss journey,

I had been in lazy state for the past month now.

We went through terrible smog from the mountain fire everywhere in September,

where we couldn't hike out anymore.

And then I got so sick to a point where I was in bed for nearly 2 weeks.

Luckily, my weight hasn't changed much, thank goodness.

But little toned body I was working on, is now all back to sagging :(

So Wednesday,

We went hiking nearby to Poo Poo Point.

Which normally takes us about 2 hours up and down.

This time it took us 3.5 hours!

My husband wanted to quit but managed to finish the hike.

I am so proud of him!

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