Living Healthy

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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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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Jump Rope Exercise?

Early last year, when I started working out, I tried doing jump rope and it was quite brutal.

I was a bit too heavy and stiff, I couldn't even jump few times, seriously!

Looking back, I was so motivated to do any workouts but my body didn't quite cooperate with me. My mind and body were acting two different ways :P

Anyhow, now that I am about 20 plus pounds less, I tried it again and guess what?

I am flying!!! LOL!!!

So I have decided to add jump rope to my daily workout!

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Sorry for the messy background! It's the reality of having a tiny kitchen :O

People complain about not having enough room to exercise.

I live in a little less than 600 square feet studio apartment and I make room for my workouts.

Don't let everything and anything be your excuse, let's be real :P

I can't tell you enough of all the benefits of adding a little extra 15 to 30 minute jump rope exercise, but I will link a website for you to read :) 

Click on the pics below for the links!

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We all have excuses when it comes to doing exercises(been there, done that!)

1. No time - really?
2. Have bad knee, ankle, back, etc... modified version?
3. Too cold - do it inside!
4. Not enough space - I live in less than 600 SQ FT APT
5. Stressed - We are all stressed
6. Too much work - everyone has too much work
7. And everything else - yeah yeah yeah

Come on please, let's be real... You CAN spare 30 min. a day.
Stop making all the excuses, because you CAN do it.
You just don't want to do it, that's all.
In that case, just say you don't want to do it, not because of all the excuses 😂
I know there is always haters out there, but I'm just saying...

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!

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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 :)

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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