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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,Β  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).

So far I’ve seen a lot of progress physically and visually, although I am still far being ripped like Zuzana (my inspiration).

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. πŸ™‚

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?
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Thanks for reading! πŸ™‚

 

14 responses to “About

  1. Jennifer @ shesafitchick

    May 24, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Hey girl! Would love to chat with you about FitFluential but couldn’t find your email address. Email me!

     
  2. chopinandmysaucepan

    May 4, 2011 at 8:29 am

    We should not limit ourselves to just food because food is connected to everything else in our daily lives, especially love and happiness πŸ™‚

     
  3. Daphne

    February 24, 2011 at 12:19 am

    Hi Jos!

    How funny that you found me on chowstalker because I was eyeballing your pasta recipe! ;D I’ll definitely have to try spaghetti squash. We just recently discovered kelp noodles and it’s been amazing!

    I think it’s great that Fitbomb inspired you to do P90X. I actually hadn’t known he was doing that until it came up as a random topic of discussion over the dinner table at a family function one night. And it’s also good to know that I’ve got a fellow compatriot in the “skinny Asian girl” schtick! God that stuff gets old!

    Glad to hear you’re on the Paleo/Primal bandwagon too! I just recently started myself a little over a month ago and there’s definitely no going back! And you SHOULD make the pudding. It was really really good.

    And seriously, my Chinese is survival-based only. Only knowing how to order food ensures one’s survival in a foreign land, right? Heehee!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Can’t wait to see what other good stuff you get into!

    ;D

     
  4. Shu Han Lee

    February 3, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Hi Jos! Thanks for stopping by my blog! It’s great meeting people who are also passionate about health! (: I will definitely continue checking back on your blog and I hope you do too for some yummy recipes(:

     
    • Jos

      February 3, 2011 at 9:04 am

      Thanks for coming by! I’ll definitely check out yours to get more recipe ideas as well πŸ™‚

       
  5. James

    January 20, 2011 at 11:44 am

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19604407

    This pilot study compares Paleo diet with the traditional diabetic diet. They found that Paleo improved diabetes and cardiovascular risk factors more than the diabetic diet…

    Your diet is fine.

     
    • Jos

      January 20, 2011 at 12:48 pm

      Thanks!

       
  6. sophia

    January 18, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    120 lbs is normal for a 5’4, isn’t it? I wouldn’t think that’s overweight at all…I have a friend who is 5’4 and 123 lbs, and she looks perfect, and nobody would even call her fat.

    It’s great that you want to be fit, but I’m a bit worried about the strict diet and daily exercise…just don’t overdo it, ok? That said, I hope you enjoy the best health ever, spiritually, mentally, and physically! πŸ™‚

     
    • Jos

      January 18, 2011 at 9:55 pm

      Thanks, I’m sure I won’t be overdoing it! πŸ™‚

       
  7. Megan @ Healthy Hoggin

    August 6, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Just discovered your blog! (through the LA meet-up email) Look forward to meeting you tomorrow! πŸ˜€

    I eat a primarily vegetarian diet, and love my leafy greens, too! I’m jealous of your up-bringing, though… it definitely took me YEARS to develop a taste for healthy foods! Look forward to reading more of your blog!

     
  8. shesarunner

    July 21, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Hi! Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog. I really appreciated it and I agree with everything you said. I’m happy to have found your blog and look forward to reading more. Nice to “meet” you as well!

     
  9. sheila

    July 20, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Hi there! I stumbled upon your blog through Diana’s (mymarblerye). I noticed we have the same food favorites! Lots of greens, fish, chicken, beans, etc. I’m not much into beef or pork but I’ll eat it if it’s there. I like to cook more fish than anything though. It’s so light, healthy, and easy to cook! Can’t wait to read more of your posts! πŸ™‚

     
  10. theemptynutjar

    June 3, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Great blog. Look forward to reading!

     
  11. imgettinskinny

    May 21, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Thanks for your comment. I checked out some of your meals–looks so colorful and tasty! I’m mostly a vegetarian (pescatarian, technically) so I eat a lot of the same things you do. My husband and I LOVE Larabars–so tasty and completely natural. I would love your recipe for the lentils & veggies with tofu–it looks amazing!!

     

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