Saturday, September 13, 2014

Clicked?

I don't know what happened but this week, my body suddenly said, "Let's drop some pounds!"

I've spent the last 3 weeks eating healthy and exercising regularly only to see the same weight for the most part....

Then all of a sudden, I saw two pounds lost on Thursday and I weighed-in today and saw another 2 lb loss. It's like my body finally is adjusting to the new routine and working with me.

I never gave up. I officially weigh-in on a weekly basis and I write it down a chart I have taped in my closet. Even with the stall, I treated it like any other day and moved on. I knew eventually my body would respond.

I've upped my strength training the last month and I've noticed myself feeling more toned. It could be psychological though but I do feel stronger.

I have to share a funny story from a meeting yesterday...

Jason has been meeting with a financial planner the last few weeks (the planner got his info from a co-worker and reached out to Jason). Jason invited me to sit in on a meeting yesterday and it was at a restaurant.

We talked about things like retirement goals, expenses, budget..etc.

We had already had lunch but I felt bad just sitting there so I eyed the dessert menu to see if I could order something. The planner ordered appetizers for himself so it wasn't just me. I ordered the ice cream sundae because it said 3 scoops...

What ended up coming out was a GIGANTIC sundae enough to feed four.

I ended up eating 1/3 of it during our meeting. I couldn't resist the candied nuts, fudge and vanilla ice cream.

I ended up eating a small salad for dinner to offset the giant sugary splurge I had.

The weigh-in this morning showed a two pound loss since Thursday so I must be doing something right.

Moderation is key in my life and that's what works for me.

What works for you?



Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Charley Horse

Guess who startled the fiance at 4:59 AM in the morning today?

I was waking up to check the time when my right calf seized up and I yelled. Jason jerked awake ready to do battle (from what it sounded like) so midst my groaning, I kept apologizing. He massaged the spasm away and I went back to sleep for a few minutes before getting up.

The plus side is this is the first time in a long time I woke up prior to the alarm going off. It's a good indication that I'm slowly getting used to the early wake-up call.

Instead of running yesterday, I did 30 minutes on the Kinect Just Dance to warm up. In the evening, I did the P90X Plyometrics workout with Jason. It was a tough workout but I pushed through. It made me exhausted and so ready for bed so maybe that's why I had such a great sleep.

I didn't wake up as tired as I have been feeling the last few days.

Hopefully, I keep this up and get my body wired for this new schedule. I know I've been repeating myself all week but I am a creature of habit. I crave routine and love a set schedule.

I'm like my dad in that way because he sleeps and eats at specific times of day. I remember 6 PM was our family's dinner every week day. Weekends were a little more flexible because we ate out and went out together as a family. Sunday was always family day so we avoided scheduling things with our friends on that day to spend time with our parents. If I could help it Friday night and Saturday were the days I scheduled friend stuff.

The nice nice thing about living in a city like Taipei is that public transportation is so convenient. I was able to go anywhere I wanted without a car. I tried not to go home too late though because my dad would worry. (My mom was less of a worrier but would call because my dad is nagging her to). Even now when I go back to Taipei, my dad calls and asks me where I am.

They say women picked significant others like their parents. I've wondered throughout the years if Jason resembles my dad in any way. I think he has all my dad's best qualities and some great qualities unique to him.

When we were in Miami a few weeks ago, my friend snapped this photo of us walking downtown unbeknownst to us.



I hope you guys all have a wonderful Wednesday! I'm going to focus on stretching today with pilates and yoga. I also want to focus on my upper body with my free weights since I did a lot of lower body workouts yesterday.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Well that's odd

Who knew being required to wake up 30 minutes earlier than normal could really throw off my entire body's tempo.

On most days, I can jump out of bed 5 minutes prior to the alarm going off with plenty of time to spare. 5:45 AM being the earliest and latest 6:30 AM. Now that I'm required to wake up 5:15 AM Monday through Friday because of my brother's car pool and bus schedule, it's throwing off my normal morning motivation.

Slowly but surely I will conquer this obstacle! Instead of running in the morning, I opted to go for a sunrise run. I only managed 3.2 miles so I didn't run in total darkness. Afterwards, I supplemented with some core work and 8-lb free weights.

Before I left, Jason was going through his Mandarin lessons of the day via Rosetta stone. When I got back, he was about to start his P90X workout.

We're both extremely routine people so we crave a set schedule. It's nice that we're both on the same page on that regard.

His Mandarin lessons are going well. He tries to aim for 1-2 lessons a night and I pop in every few minutes to check up on his progress and correct any pronunciation issues I hear. I also explain to him some parts of the phrase. I also give him examples or other ways to use specific characters so he understands the correlation. I'm excited to see how well he speaks Mandarin come our wedding when my parents are in town.

It's so awesome he's self-motivated to learn. I've never insisted he learn but I did tell him I plan on having our children speak Mandarin. He also realizes we visit Taipei fairly frequently so it would be nice for him to speak a bit of conversational Mandarin.

He's wondering if we should buy another language because it seems to be on sale right now. I said we should buy Spanish since my brother is taking it in high school and who knows, I might feel inclined to learn.

Have you ever learned a new language? What did you use to learn?

I try to keep an eye on his lessons so I know the content of what he's learning. I start repeating it around the house when I remember to so he gets other forms of reinforcement.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Happy Monday!

Blogging was not the only thing that was dropped the last two weeks...I also stopped vlogging on my joint Youtube channel with my sister.

I finally got around to making a vlog featuring a tutorial on No Heat Sock Curls. I hope you enjoy it and let me know if you guys try it out!


My sister also finished up her vlog on her family trip to Japan this summer. I didn't get to go this year so her vlogs helped me see what they did without me.


This week is my brother's second week of high school. I'm still getting used to waking up at 5:15 AM on weekdays. I'm a little tired still so I didn't go running this morning. My plan is to start running after I say goodbye to him in the morning around sunrise. Since I'm up, I might as well get a run in right?

Jason wants to start doing that too....once we catch up on sleep. 

I think the important thing is that both of us are listening to our bodies. Last night, we did an hour of P90X StretchX together before we went to bed. At one point for stability, we held hands when we were stretching out our ankles. I thought it was cute. It's so much easier living a healthy life when both of us are on board.

There are no major travel plans in the next 2 months besides a wedding in NYC end of September. It gives us time to focus on ourselves as well as let my brother get adjusted to high school.

So far, he seems to enjoy high school. He's very self-motivated when it comes to academics so I don't have to be a helicopter pseudo-parent too much. I did tell him I will proof read everything he has to turn in and he said okay.

I'll be happier when I am completely settled into the new schedule. Right now, it feels very strange to me. I'm a morning person and normally I wake up a few minutes before my alarm goes off. The last week or so has been weird being woken up and not being prepared to wake up. This must be how not morning people feel every day.

Have a wonderful and productive week everyone! Let me know what time you need to get up in the morning :)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

fighting to get back...

So MIA...so behind on a bunch of things but I had a feeling this would happen the start of summer therefore took necessary steps to get the high priority stuff done on the to-do list.

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind...
- Traveled to NYC to meet brother when he gets off his flight from Taipei
- Spent a few days in NYC running some wedding errands as well as spend time with my siblings
- Flew back to Tampa to unpack (my brother's two large suitcases from Taipei) and prep the house for our house guest
- Housed house guest for one week as well as took her to Miami for 3 days as well as Orlando for 1
- Went to my brother's high school open house for two hours
- Got him ready for his first week of high school

Since my brother is attending a high school further away from the house, I have to wake up around 5:15 AM in the morning to get ready to wake him up at 5:45 AM. I'm a morning person but even I need some time to adjust to waking up almost 30 minutes earlier than my normal time. The travel has also taken its toll on me making me more lethargic during the day.

Slowly but surely, I will get used to this new schedule.

The NICE thing is that we found two other families who wanted to share the carpool responsibilities so we're working on a schedule as we speak. This will be great for us since my brother gets dropped off at his bus stop earlier than work gets off.

This whole thing is a new adjustment period for us all and hopefully we get used to it soon.

Who would have thought I would be a part of a car pool?

All in all, I am happy where I am in terms of exercise and eating. My energy levels could be better so I will be working on that for the next few weeks.

I'm also happy I managed to get the bulk of the wedding planning done before August. I'm not quite ready to jump right into wedding planning again but I'm easing into it since a few things are pretty time sensitive so I refuse to drop the ball.

Good thing multitasking is my forte.

What have I missed around here? How has everyone else been?

Here's a few photos of me at South Beach last week.

If it wasn't because I love my house guest, I really would not be on a beach right now. Once I get a tan, it takes me a while to get rid of it so I'm avoiding unnecessary tan lines until the wedding. The photos are deceiving because 90% of the time I was hidden under the canopy umbrellas we rented out.




Thursday, August 7, 2014

It's one of those days...

.....when you feel like nothing is going right on all sides.

I went for a run this morning and managed 5 miles in the heat and humidity. I needed it to relieve some stress and anxiety. It's nice to plug in music and tune out the chaos around me.

It's one of the reasons I look forward to solo runs because I can go at my own pace and I just have to focus on the road in front of me.

I leave for NYC on Saturday and can't wait to see my siblings. It's a much needed breather.

One thing I know is that I am responsible for my happiness.

Another thing I know is that I'm willing to listen and willing to communicate.

Silent treatments are lame. They are counter productive and it just makes the misunderstanding grow.








Wednesday, July 30, 2014

If I had to be honest..

I would have to admit I almost skipped my morning run.

The important thing is I powered through my reluctance going through the motions of putting on my clothes, tying my hair up in a pony tail, putting on sunscreen, getting a quick glass of water in, and putting on my earphones.

I got 4.8 miles done and I felt great afterwards.

The nice thing about running outdoors is you have to get home somehow so you can't just stop in the middle. I push myself to run as far away from my front door as possible while still having the energy to get my butt home.

Is anyone else a mosquito magnet? 

In the summer months, I have to put on insect repellent or avoid staying outdoors for a long period of time.  I hate the smell of insect repellent so when I exercise outdoors, I am never walking.

I keep myself moving so I avoid paying for it later.

My brother comes back from Taiwan next Saturday so I'll be in NYC for a few days meeting him at the airport and escorting him back to Tampa. I love the direct Taipei-NYC flight because I don't have to worry about my brother missing his connection.

Apparently both my sister (who got back to NYC last week from Taipei) and my brother have a lot of things for me so I will be traveling light.

I've missed them both so I'm excited to see them.

As I get older and observe other sibling dynamics, I am more grateful for my own relationship with my siblings. Yes, we fight but we're very close. We are also very loyal to each other.

My hope is that one day, our children remain close. My sister and I are already planning hypothetical family trips together.

Before I sign off, here is part 2 vlog of my sister's trip to Taipei with my brother and mom!


And here is my own vlog from our sibling Youtube channel (Changuages)..


I hope you are all having a wonderful week! It is SO humid in Florida right now. I can't wait for Fall.
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