When I first started this blog, it was meant only for food blog, but then after a while writing only about food bored me and I decided to be more of a personal blog.
And now I decided to share a little bit about my journey for a healthy living.
I’ve been following Zuzana from Bodrock.tv workouts and I’ve seen a lot of progress on myself (strength, endurance, stamina, look) for the past 3 months. Prior to that, I did 2 rounds of P90X beginning of this year.
It’s strange even for me that I stick to exercising for almost a year. I was NEVER an active person in the past (I hate going to a gym and I wasn’t just motivated enough to workout on my own). As a 5’4″ girl I’ve never been overweight, except for the time when I got to 120lbs. I know it wasn’t bad but I didn’t like the way I looked.
Despite that, I still didn’t bother to exercise but instead, I limited my food intake. After 6 months I went down about 10 lbs. Was I happy? Yes, but only for the look. I wasn’t strong, flexible, had weak upper body strength.
A friend of mine mentioned about P90X and I looked into it and was intrigued. After did some of the workouts, in beginning of 2010, I decided to do the whole P90X program. And I did 2 rounds (Lean and Classic).
Results? Visually, I might not have much change but physically I felt much stronger and energized. Then I found Zuzana from Bodyrock.tv and decided to give her workouts a try. So far I’M LOVING IT!
As for my diet I am intrigued with primal (paleo) diet, but I am just not keen enough to eat high saturated fat and lots of red meat
, nor I would ever give up my morning oats/whole wheat toast. I only eat grains/oats/bread or any carbs other than fruits and veggies within 2 hour window after my workout (thanks to Zuzana’s diet approach to this). I finally cut out grains/oats/bread and any starchy carbs completely from my diet and I haven’t looked back. I’d lie if I don’t occasionally crave my whole wheat homemade bread so there are times that I’ll have a bite or two or when I dine out at some Indian restaurant – who could resist their naan bread dipped in the curry sauce? The main thing is, I eat whole/fresh foods and avoid processed foods and sugars (other than from fresh fruits and veggies) as much as possible. Of course I do have a little indulgent here and there (savory stuff, I’m not a sweet tooth gal much so candies/cookies/chocolate/cakes are not big problem for me).
Another thing is people often tell me that I do not need to exercise so vigorously and being super strict at my food intake because I’m the type that won’t gain weight easily. Hello, what happened to the time I reached to 120lbs when I wasn’t eating right and zero exercise? Personally, saying that I’m genetically blessed being thin IS NOT TRUE. Same as for someone who’s genetically overweight can’t do anything to change it. YES, we can overrule nature, although it’s tough. As for me, it’s tough to be nicely tone without gaining extra inches at the wrong places. Some people are blessed enough to tone nicely at the right places.
Also exercise is simply part of a healthy lifestyle, not because you want to have a six pack/lose weight/tone up by (insert date). I exercise daily because I like to feel energized throughout the day and it makes me to be in a better mood. Heck in fact now I can’t even imagine a day without exercise. My body becomes so restless that I have to do something to keep myself active.
With this blog, I want to share my lifestyle and journey to be healthy. And of course I’d share some of my recipes as well. My recipes are usually super simple and yet healthy at the same time.
And last but not least, whatever I wrote here are basically my personal opinion. No diet plan/exercise plan will work for every single person. Everyone is different. Also I’m not an expert in nutrition nor fitness so please consult these matters to the experts. 🙂
PS: Though I intend to keep this blog fun and positive, there are times that I’ll post some of my rants. I’m just a regular person who has ups and downs in her life. But that what makes our life interesting, right? 😉
Thanks for reading! 🙂