• Income $$$
  • Restriction on food
  • Experience for the future (social interactions!)
  • Something to do!


  • Less time to do homework
  • Tiring (My poor feet)
  • Less motivating to work out

So far working has not improved my healthy lifestyle. 😦 I have been eating big breakfasts, eating a little snack, drinking a small soy latte, and then eating a bit for dinner and a LOT of snacks afterwards till 10 pm. In addition to this crazy meal schedule, I have not worked out at all.

So here’s to a new month. July. July, you shall be the month of my transformation. Here’s to a healthy lifestyle and a healthy body.


The Need for Food

So much of my overeating goes to being bored and feeling “the need for food.” Last Friday I had the opportunity to start my first day at a retail shop. I had a green smoothie around 9:50 am and didn’t eat a snack till 2:30. Although I don’t recommend this, I realized how full and satisfied with my meal that I didn’t need to eat more for breakfast. The problem with not eating that long was my starving stomach at 3:30 when I was able to eat some food. It made my meal timing off, and my stomach couldn’t tell if it was hungry or not when I ate later in the day.

Too Much of Good Stuff

I eat pretty healthy for the most part. I make sure I get my nutrients. Eat my vegetables, avoid fried food.

But there are certain things that are good for you in moderation.

For example, cereal. My little secret enemy.

It’s fine if I have ONE bowl per day. And it’s healthy too! (Kashi or just granola) BUT having more than 10 bowls a day (no hyperbole there) is NOT okay.

Dear self, I know it’s yummy and healthy, but in moderation. I should know when my limit is and when I get addicted.

So here’s to continuing my health journey and changing habits such as too many bowls of cereal. (plus who likes farting too much? Not me!)

Sun-kissed and Toned

Last time I worked out was like a week and a half ago.


I NEED to workout. When I workout, I feel motivated to eat better. Today I stayed inside all day and ate 150% of my calories before 12pm. So I’m going to challenge myself starting tomorrow to run 3x a week, go to the gym at least 3x a week as well, and stay active!

They say at least 30 minutes of activity each day, but I want to lose weight! So I’m going to try to even incorporate some tabata and other interval training to burn some fat.

Family Dynamics

Let’s get a little personal here.

I come from a family of very active people. Not even just my immediate family. It’s my aunts, my cousins, even my grandpa of 79 years old goes for a swim everyday. Each person in my family is active, eats right (for the most part) and is not overweight. Some are more fit than others, but all of them are in healthy ranges of weights except for me.

I finally realized that I don’t have to eat everything on my plate. That I don’t have to have dessert everyday. That I don’t have to have seconds. And that I don’t have to eat when I am bored. I also realized that I need to prioritize staying active and exercising into my daily lives. Now that I don’t have sports, I have to create time to work on my endurance and strength.

A big shocker came to be last night that made me really- I mean really- rethink my lifestyle.

My dad who is 5 inches taller than I am and 30 years older than me weighs only 5 pounds heavier than me.

Sure he runs triathlons and has been starting eat healthier, but that’s not the point. Your short daughter is not supposed to be practically the same weight as you!!!!!

So I am beginning my healthy journey. My goal is to gain lean muscle and lose body fat, not exactly lose weight. Here we go!

Back at it: Summer 2015

It all started when I received this email from my dad titled “17 Ways to Finally Make That Change.” You should take a look at it here. And it got me really thinking…

Background story:

I have grown up at an average weight and average height. I had a big appetite, but I always saw this as a thing to be proud of. My dad always complimented me that when I ate a lot, it was because I was “growing.” I never was insecure about my weight and size. Growing up I was fairly active whether it was sports or just activities with my family and friends. I never viewed exercise as a requirement for being healthy. I thought it was just fun.

It wasn’t until maybe my senior year that I realized that maybe it was time I “stopped growing.” I was tired of buying new sizes, and then it really hit me. I was 150lbs. How did I gain 30lbs in less than four years? I was now unable to fit into my sports’ jerseys and was self-conscious of how I looked in any clothing attire I had on. I now was wearing the hand-me-downs from my aunts that I always viewed for enormous sizes. (They lost weight and gave me their old jeans.)

It was then that I started to attempt to eat healthier and make exercise a regular part of my lifestyle. A quick summary is that now it’s summer, and next fall I will be starting my sophomore year in college. I currently weight 160lbs, and I’m not proud of it.

I’m not proud how I indulge food not enjoy it.

I’m not proud how I mindlessly eat food.

I’m not proud how I binge eat when I know I’m not supposed to.

I’m not proud how I don’t have set meal times.

I’m not proud how I lost 5lbs in January and then gained 10lbs.

But you know what?

I’m proud that I have not given up, not lost hope. Summer 2015? You are my next challenge.


  • June 17-July 1
    • Run 15 miles
    • Workout 5x a week (dog walking counts!)
    • Track meals
    • Avoid processed foods
    • Avoid sugar
    • Avoid fried food
    • No eating after 9pm

Day 1: Start Strong. Stay Strong

Let’s do this.

For breakfast I made this delicious Grapefruit Avocado Detox Smoothie

My version:


Merry and Bright Smoothie Recipe

I altered a few ingredients… and it was still freaking delicious!!!! 🙂

1/3 Avocado
1/2 Grapefruit (Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice)
1/2 Cup Frozen Strawberries
1/2 Banana
1/3 Cup Ice

Put it in the blender and mix till desired texture!

Close your eyes. Take a sip.

I dare you not to smile after your first sip. I dare you.

Yeah. I know. Frowning is not an option.

Everything is pretty much an estimate. There is no certain measurement… it’s all about what you desire! Have fun with it and comment below!

Salad with avocado
1/2 Banana

High School Soccer game

Steamed chicken (with ginger sauce)
Butternut squash (honey, cinnamon, nutmeg…butter)
Brussels sprouts (olive oil and salt and pepper)

Ugh. Procrastination on an English essay about William Blake. Must… leave… now…