Healthy vs Losing weight: How to start?

So you want to be healthy? Or you just want to lose weight?

I am no expert, but experience taught me that losing weight isn’t a great goal. Why?

Because you can lose weight and still be weak. If losing weight is your main goal, you’ll skip meals, count calories, choose to munch on empty calories, and all other wrong decisions just to be skinny.

But if your goal is to be fit and strong, you’ll move. You will make your muscles work. You will eat. You will watch portions instead of calories (unless you want to get paranoid, plus, if you really want to count calories, it really matters where the calories come from i.e., 100cal of avocado is better than 60cal of donuts. To understand better, click here!). You will choose natural vs processed food. You will hate refined sugar. You will have enough sleep. You will respect your body.

Inside you will feel happier, more fulfilled. And outside, it will show, trust me. 🙂

Choose to be strong.

You will be healthy because you choose to be healthy. You will feel more alive, more energetic.

got that right!

So how do you start?

Begin with a goal and decide. Create a plan. Follow through with action and make it a habit.

You can join a program or adopt a meal plan. Choose your start date (better be today!) and an end date for a short-term goal. (You may want to join us for #150daychallenge to start off. Follow my tweets for that). Don’t forget to reward your successes. 

THIS.

My goal is to be stronger and to have more energy so I could climb more mountains. I want to run around with my nieces and not complain about my asthma. I want to look and feel happier and more vibrant.

the trick is to turn fat into muscle weight 😉

Find a mentor who has done what you want to do. Join a community or group with the same goal as yours.

A community or group is especially helpful when you run out of ideas on what to eat or cook, when you need support and extra motivation and especially when you want to share your success. 😉

I found mine in the form of Tone It Up and the awesome TIU Community. Join us! 😉

You will find out that there will be bumps on the road and maybe you’ll slip a few times, but that’s okay. Never give up. When you have fallen down, stand back up and keep pushing. If you took a step back, take 3 stronger steps forward.

Know why you want this and whom you’re doing it for.

When you feel like giving up, always look back to the reason behind your goal. Why do you want to be fit and healthy? Why is this important for you? Whom are you doing it for?

As for me, I just want to live longer. I want to enjoy the best that the world can offer. I’m doing this for myself and for my family. I’m doing this for the bungee jumps, mountains, long hikes and camping. I’m doing this so I can feel the breeze to my face when I run my first 5k, 10k and 15k. 

to outrun the zombies!!!

Just do it! 😉


Join me in this journey. Let’s be the healthier versions of ourselves.

Smile often and keep lovin’. ❤

A Healthy Happy Birthday To Me!!

Managed to eat healthy on my 3-day birthday celebration. ^^

Well, almost. 😀

It was so much fun and just made me want to workout more after 3 days of eating much! LOL

And to add more fun to this, I went to the airport earlier (4am!!) and for that I missed my #bootycall. So… I did some jumping jacks while at the arrival bay! 😀

To know more about jumping jacks and why it’s good for you, click here.

Have fun people!!!

 

PS.

Thanks again to everyone who remembered to greet me and made an effort. ❤

Thank you for making my day extra special. 🙂

Weekly Check-in???

I have been MIA this week. So irresponsible of me.

Instead of scheduling my posts I decided to just make this one long weekly check-in to update you on how my week has been so far…

Monday Funday!

– More of a Monday-extension-of-sunday funday 😛 Last Sunday I met with my mountaineer friends after almost a year of not climbing together. Wanna know how long it’s been?? One of my girlfriends already gave birth to a baby girl!! Hahahaha I didn’t even know she was pregnant with Baby Eofie, what kind of friend am I??? Anyway, it was still fun. We laughed and shared stories. We scheduled our next climb so there will be pictures and new stories to tell. Watch out!!

Tuesday Tips ^^

– Tuesdays are for my Upper Body and Back workouts. And for the tips, I got ’em from my girlfriend Fit Food Junkie. On days like this I usually follow the Lean Arms Pyramid and I tell you, it can be taxing! But Sharisse (Fit Food Junkie) says…

Just do two more.

It’s as simple as that. When you really can’t do anymore, like, seriously can’t do anymore. Just do two more. When your legs are shaking from squats and you can barely stand up, just do two more. When your arms wont push you up from a push-up anymore, just do two more.When you can’t walk up anymore stairs, just do two more.

– follow her blog and you’ll never go wrong. 😉

New Moves Wednesday 0=0

– So I signed up for Self Magazine’s Drop 10 Challenge. Although, I’m really not after losing 10 lbs. I’ll still probably tone about 2-5 lbs of fat and I’m hoping they would be muscles. He he he. I just really want to have a stronger body and tighter core. So I’ll probably swap a few meals and still follow Tone It Up’s food tips re: treats and sugars. 🙂 As for the toning moves, get ’em here! Have fun!!

Thursday Challenge \m/

– Thursdays are for Lower Body exercises, so I did my usual Lean Legs Pyramid. But what really got me chasing my breath was Self’s HIIT Routines. I did Workout 1 last Saturday, and here‘s workout#2 and #3. 🙂 SWEAT and breathe!!

Weekend Experiments 😀

– Oh lovely Friday! 🙂 I’ve been craving for a green smoothie all week but I haven’t had the chance to buy me all the ingredients. So… I just place whatever’s in the fridge into the blender and voila! A Green Concoction that I love! As for the measurements, I just estimated everything to my taste buds’ liking. Please be kind.

Green and slimy 😛

Spinach

Kale

Vanilla Almond Milk

Almond Butter

Frozen Banana

Ice

Just blend and enjoy!! 🙂

So today is Saturday and I have plans to eat out with the boyfriend, I’m sure I will manage to eat lean, clean and green. And tomorrow’s my BIRTHDAY!!! Yay! and of course, I will binge… on healthy food choices still!

I mean, I won’t lie, I have slips and on some days I really crave for unhealthy treats like deep fried sweet potatoes covered in sugar (ohmigosh!) and my usual chocolates. But I try my best to really not give in after a few bites. I workout and on days that I need to rest, c’mon we all need to, I still feel the need to walk around and so I do.

Sometimes, I even lose focus and I don’t feel motivated and that’s why I’m thankful for those people who truly blessed me with their love, care and support. They believe in me, why can’t I believe myself, right? 😉

I also found this wonderful post from Tina Reale‘s website. She blogged about whether having abs is a realistic goal or not. You can read it full when you click the link: “Six-Pack Abs: A Realistic Goal Or Not?“. It has opened my eyes and brought me back to the reason why I decided to be fit, healthy and strong – and that is to live longer and enjoy more happy moments with my family. The “sexy” body will definitely follow, but if we focus on that and we get frustrated, we can fail.

So remember why you’re working out on days when you feel like giving up. Remember why you want to be fit when faced with a choice between fast food and making your own meal.

Don’t deprive yourself of a few treats once in a while and always do what makes you happy, not just for the moment, but for the longest time.

Stay strong and smile often. Remember, you’re doing it for someone special… YOU. 🙂 😉 😀

I am what I eat?

Since I started eating healthy… this is what I have consumed so far, well, probably a third of it. The other 2/3 was chomped before a single photo was taken. LOL

So I either cycle my dishes, or I use the same ingredients but cook different recipes. I’m excited to try something new this week. 🙂

So if I am what I eat… am I… tangy? LOL

What have you been eating?? 🙂

Cooking is fun :P

Today is a first of  my Weekend Experiments. So I’m going to try something new every Friday, Saturday or Sunday that revolves around recipes, menu items or restaurants.

So for starters, I’m trying kale.

I know, I’m kind of a late bloomer as this is my first time to eat kale, but actually my second time to buy one. The first time I bought from the supermarket, it wilted in the fridge.

So I decided to buy another batch of kale to try and even though I have read numerous recipes and blogs saying how great kale is, I still didn’t know what to expect. I was kind of thinking it would be bitter.

But…

the magic of kale prevailed. LOL

Kale tasted so good!! I added it to my salads and soups.

I made my first spicy tuna and lentil soup.

Hot and spicy 🙂

I’m not a great photographer haha it tastes better than it looks in this photo 😛

Lemme see…

  • 1 can spicy tuna, low sodium, flakes in oil
  • 1 medium can lentils, low sodium
  • 2 handfuls of kale, sliced
  • 1 bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 4 cherry tomatoes
  • water

I just sautéed the tuna in its own oil, garlic and onion. Mixed in the lentils and water, then I covered the pan and left my experiment to simmer. Added the bell pepper and kale last and simmered again for another minute. I then transferred my steaming soup in a bowl and added the tomatoes. So good… 🙂

I will train to become a better cook. Hahaha. I promise!! Cooking is so much fun!!

So I also tried kale in my salad as I said. 🙂

Kale + spinach + tomatoes + tuna sprinkled with fresh calamansi juice

 

I love eating lean, clean and green. 🙂

 

Updates!!

Today, March 16, is Day 40 of my #150daychallenge.

As for my #MarchingToBeFit challenge, here’s an update:

Week1: Feb27-Mar4

  • 1 Lean Legs Pyramid, check! -Mar1
  • 1 TIU workout, and must be a different one each week, check! – covered by the next item
  •  Total Body workout, check! -Feb27, I did this Total Body Toning routine from TIU, added Fit2Flex50 Week2, plus 1 min KB swings and jump rope HIIT
  • 3 HIIT workouts, check! -Mar1-3, Jump rope HIIT cardio from a TIU member but she got it from PB Fingers
  • I worked out for more than 5 hours this week… probably around 6-7 hours

Week2: Mar5-11

  • 1 Lean Legs Pyramid, check! -Mar8
  • 1 TIU workout, and must be a different one each week, check! – first time to do the Sandcastle workout
  •  Total Body workout, check! -Mar5, I did Detention and Sandcastle from TIU, added Fit2Flex50 Week3, plus 3 min KB swings and jump rope HIIT
  • 3 HIIT workouts – Jump rope HIIT cardio from a TIU member, check! -Mar5, 6 and 10
  • I can’t remember how many hours I did this week, but definitely more than 5 hours 🙂

Week3: Mar12-18 (but today is just March16 so I still have 2 more days to finish!!)

  • 1 Lean Legs Pyramid, check! -Mar15
  • 1 TIU workout, and must be a different one each week, check! – TIU’s Max Burn Circuit
  •  Total Body workout, check! – I did Fit2Flex50 Week4 plus weeks 1-3 for that total body workout
  • 3 HIIT workouts – Did Body weight cardio from Blogilates.com + Self.com Week1 HIIT 1 workout ^^, 1 more to go
  • So far… been working out for a little over 5 hours

I am so sleepy now.

Will continue blogging tomorrow! 🙂

My #MarchingToBeFit Checklist

I understand that this post is a little late, but I have started the challenge on March 1, I just haven’t been blogging about it. He he he.

Here goes:

Okay, since March has 5 weeks, each week I must finish:

  • 1 Lean Legs Pyramid, I do this on Thursdays 🙂
  • 1 TIU workout, and must be a different one each week
  • 1 Total Body workout, and I prefer to do this every Monday
  • 3 HIIT workouts
  • 5 hours of working out from Sun-Sat, this is already covered because I workout 7days/week for at least 1 hour

For the whole month, I must have done:

  • 3 new workout DVDs, I have tried 1 so far. Will blog about it and create a new post as workout of the day. 🙂
  • 20-min run, up and down the stairs at my local stadium, I have done this many times except it has not been for straight 20 minutes LOL

This is going to be so fun since my birthday is coming up! In time for results! Yay!

So what are you up to this March? 🙂

#150daychallenge and #MarchingToBeFit

I am so grateful for Tone It Up! because through them, I come to know so many girls sharing the same passion for fitness and healthy living as me.

I’d like to introduce you to two of those friends. I haven’t even met them but they have been truly inspiring and motivating #TIUsisters 🙂

Jade Nguyen started #150daychallenge on Twitter (Follow her for updates, she also has a blog ^^)

What is the #150daychallenge?

From the 16-year old, healthy-living blogger herself, the answer is:

Create your own start/end date for you to work out for 150 days to get fit in time for the summer!

So I started on the 6th of Feb and my end date is on the 4th of July!! Woohoo!! So currently I am on my 41st day! Wow! Has it been that long? 😀

If you are wondering what kind of workouts we do, my answer is… anything! Haha! We follow TIU recommended routines and vids, but we also try other workouts. As for me, I like routines from Blogilates.com, Fit2Flex.com and other Self.com. You can also try DVD workouts, I personally recommend Insanity (it is INSANE!) 🙂

Kristen Elizabeth started #MarchingToBeFit. Here is what she has to say about it. 🙂 Follow her too!

Do you want to get fit this March? 🙂

So I’m creating a form as a checklist for this because I haven’t been faithfully checking in with them. Completely my fault.

But I just want to say that my life has changed a lot having all these beautiful ladies, Jade and Kristen included, as a support system. I didn’t realize that wanting to be fit and healthy was going to be so tough and having these ladies, and a whole lot more awesome women from ToneItUp!, as #TIUsisters made it easier for me to reach my goals.

Here’s to fitness and healthy-living!! Cheers!!

3 Tips to help you be less hungry :)

I got this from Jillian Michaels‘ Facebook page:

3 Tips to help you be less hungry:

  1. Eat 5 walnuts or 8 almonds before a meal (roughly 65 cal) to stimulate production of cholecystokinin, a hormone that slows your stomach from emptying so you feel fuller much longer.
  2. Brush your teeth frequently – at least 3-4 times a day. Not only will this give you a great smile and keep your breath fresh, but you’re much less likely to want a snack after brushing your teeth.
  3. Limit yourself to 3 bites of anything you crave then wait 15 minutes b4 taking another bite. This will give your body a chance to register the satiety & curb your cravings!

I personally believe in tip #2… because that’s what I do. Haha

I will do tip #1 simply because I love almonds and walnuts!! ❤

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Nuts about nuts!!

As for tip #3, hah! That’s yet to be proven. He he he let me try that with cheesecake tomorrow. nom nom nom

Got any tips for me? 🙂