Life Update – Marriage!

I can’t believe it! I married my best friend and the love of my life!

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We didn’t do anything fancy at all to get married, as we just didn’t want to wait any longer to get married. We went to the County Clerk Recorder’s Office and got married there. After, my parents took pictures of us at the Rose Garden around Capital Park so that we can have marriage pictures!

We celebrated with dinner at home and a nice cake.

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We do plan on having a wedding in the future. We don’t know when yet because of COVID but we do plan on it.

Anyway, I hope all of you are well and staying safe!

Current Events

I can’t believe how much our society has changed within just the past week. With the pandemic of COVID-19, we really have to be safe and careful out there.

Here in California, we have been ordered to shelter in place until further notice.  Even though I am not at a high risk age group, I want to protect those that are high risk. I have been practicing social distancing and not going out unless I have to.  Even for work, I have been telecommuting.

I just want people to know that they should take this pandemic seriously. It can infect anyone. It doesn’t matter what age, race, gender, social status, etc. Although the younger people may develop just mild symptoms, it could be serious too. It affects people differently. However, it tends to be really serious when an older person does get infected. If you have parents or grandparents, I’m pretty sure you don’t want to infect them. So, please, practice social distancing and stay home as much as you can.

That is all I have to say about COVID-19 or the corona virus right now. I don’t want to speak too much as people have their own opinions about it.

In other news, my fiance and I came back from Cabo this past Monday. Yes, I said fiance. He proposed to me in Cabo! We’re so happy! I’ll talk more about the proposal later in a different post but I want to talk about what we did in Cabo.

So, the main reason we went to Cabo was to attend a friend’s destination wedding. We decided to extend it and make it a vacation. Please note, this was planned a year in advance so we did not know COVID-19 would happen.

We stayed at a different resort than where the wedding was and thank goodness we did. Our resort was so quiet and not crowded. It was a relaxing vacation. We drank lots of margaritas and piña coladas. We chilled at the pool. The food was delicious too! We didn’t do any excursions because we just wanted to relax. The wedding resort, on the other hand, was basically a party resort with tons of college students. I am so happy we did not stay there. It was so crowded, their drinks were terrible, and the food was not good at all. The wedding was really nice and the ceremony was on the beach though. It was beautiful!

Now, let’s talk about the drinks and food at the resort. The drinks were so good and they do make it strong. I enjoyed all the margaritas I ordered. The food was delicious too. We did not follow a plant-based diet during vacation. We ate delicious fish tacos, chips and guacamole, shrimp cocktail, shrimp ceviche, shrimp tacos, lamb burger, filet mignon, sushi, ravioli, spaghetti, everything! The only not so good item was the sushi. However, everything else for the food was delicious. They made everything look fancy and they were small portions. However, it was okay since the food was delicious and we wanted to try a lot of things on the menu.

At the end, when we got home, we decided to that we like the plant-based diet. We will eat seafood every once in a while but plant-based diet is what feels best for us. I finally got to 135 lbs, a number I haven’t seen in 10 months. It went back up a little due to the vacation but it’s slowly going down again.

So, that’s it for now. How are you guys doing?

Update on New Year Goals

I can’t believe that it is February now. January went by so fast. It’s been cold and I can’t wait for spring to come.

Last month, I talked about my goals. I mainly talked about my health goals, such as being plant based and focusing more on my exercising.

Plant Based Eating

I have been eating only plant based foods. However, I can’t say it’s been whole foods. I’m what some people would call a “junk food vegan”. I still eat my fruits and vegetables but I eat a lot processed fake meat products. For me, it’s more of the matter of convenience. I still eat whole food protein sources but it’s just easier buying the packaged frozen stuff.  Mi novio and I have been slowly transitioning to eating more whole food sources of protein.

Exercise

I have been following my push-pull-legs routine, which is good. Here is what I can improve on though.

  • My goal is to be able to do one pull-up by the end of this year, if not sooner. It’s been my goal the past two years and I am hoping I can achieve it this time.
  • Cardio – start running again and doing stairmaster
  • I need to stretch after each workout.
  • I need to do yoga at least 3 x a week, even if it’s just for 15-20 minutes.

Results So Far 

I don’t have much to go on as far as results. Here is what I should keep track of:

  • Blood Pressure – it is currently 110/75.
  • Weight – also check body fat with the body fat scale
  • Take Body Measurements
  • Take blood tests to compare my blood from September 2019 and after this month of eating plant based.

I do know that I have at least lost 1-2 pounds so far. My weight finally went under 138 for the first time since last June. My goal is to be 125 lbs. But first, I just want to get under 130 lbs.

I really hope to reach my goal of 125 lbs. It would be really nice.

My Vegan (plant-based) Meal Staples and Status on New Year Goals

It’s already been two (almost three) weeks into the new year and time is already flying by so fast! I can’t believe it. Does it always get like this as we get older? I’m only a quarter of a century old.

Anyway, I wanted to give an update on my vegan (or should I say plant-based) meals and how my fitness goals are going. I guess I should go with my fitness goals since that is easier to talk about.

The good thing is that I am following my push, pull, leg/ab and cardio routine. I feel like it’s helping me get stronger than the other routine I’ve been following (which is no routine, just doing random machines). For my yoga 3 times a week, I haven’t been following as much. I have done it twice so far, so it’s not a total fail yet. The other problem is that I have a hard time trying to stretch after every workout. I just get so busy but I do have to make time to stretch. I can feel how tight my my muscles are. I know how important stretching is.

I tried spinning for the first time on Sunday with my friends. I did not know how hard spinning was, omg. I loved the music our instructor chose. However, I think either my muscles are weak and tight or the bike wasn’t positioned correctly for my height. My knees hurt during most of the class and they are still hurting today. I feel so old. I am hoping it will go away, I am trying to avoid any exercises that are too impact for the knees, like running. I may  have to skip leg day on Wednesday or just do body weight exercises for legs. I’m sad but I don’t want to injure my knees any more.

Regarding my plant-based diet, mi novio and I have been trying to come up with eating out options for vegan meals if it ever get to that point. We also have thought of some meals we can cook and eat at home.

Eat Out Vegan Options

  • Loving Hut
  • Burger Patch
  • Pizza Bell
  • Chipotle- sofrita bowl
  • Carl’s Jr Beyond Burger w/ no cheese, no mayo
  • Panda Express – chow mein/rice, eggplant tofu

I think that is enough options for us for now. We plan on eating in most of the time.

So, when it comes to plant-based staples for eating in, here is what worked for us so far.

  • Tofu/tempeh stirfry with Healthy Noodles or rice and teriyaki sauce (we use the frozen stirfry veggies from costco)
  • General’s Tofu
  • Vegan Burgers (mainly the beyond meat)
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches
  • Nuts/Fruits
  • Soymilk

We are trying to finish off our meat-products we have at home so all of our meals haven’t been plant-based yet. But this is what we had and liked so far. I will post a more extensive list after our plant-based challenge next month.

We are excited to see what happens to our body next month when we switch to a fully plant-based diet. Hopefully clear skin, more energy, better blood work, lower blood pressure, and just overall better health.

In my next post, I will talk about vegan/plant based health and staples everyone eating a plant-based diet should have in their refrigerator/pantry.

Happy New Year 2020!

Happy New Year everyone! I can’t believe it’s 2020, a new decade. So much has happened the past decade and I can’t what to see what’s in store for this decade, and year.

So, on a bad note, I have not lost weight as I had wanted to. But at least I did not gain weight. I feel like this is my maintenance weight when I workout (unstructured) and eat how I want to normally. If I were to be strict on my diet and my workout, it’d be a lot different. On a good note, I am happy to start off the new decade with new changes and goals! Here they are.

First Goal – Transition into a more plant based diet

Mi novio and I will be transitioning into a more plant-based diet. The end goal is to be vegan. For now, we won’t buy any more meat products and finish any that we have at home. We don’t like wasting food. However, we do want to do a full vegan challenge next month in February. I will be testing my blood right before the challenge and right after it. I want to see how my cholesterol and everything changes when switching to a vegan diet. I will also be taking my blood pressure too. We will post before and after pictures too to see if there are any changes.

We are still being flexible as we want to see how the food is and if we can maintain it.  At least now is the time to be vegan since there are so many more vegan options out there and that it’s becoming more popular and acceptable in society. For now, we do want to be vegan. However, if we are with our Asian families (who believe that you have to eat meat to be healthy), we might eat small amounts of meat. However, we do plan on eating mostly plant based foods, hoping that it isn’t cooked with any animal products (oyster sauce, chicken broth, etc.). One way to combat it is to bring a vegan entree that we can eat. But we will see how it goes. The other thing is when we are on vacation, how that will work out. Some places might not have that many vegan options. The point is that we will eat vegan for the most part and will not go out of our way to eat meat products. For sure during our challenge, we will be full vegan and see how it goes.

The reason we are transition is that we same a Netflix documentary called The Game Changers. If you test the blood of a vegan person and of a meat eater, you can see how cloudy the blood of a meat eater is. Imagine that going through your blood vessels, seeing how it could clog your arteries. They claim that going vegan will give you more energy and that it will be especially helpful when doing sports and physical activity. I do believe that. Mi novio is doing it because he wants more energy and is hoping it will improve his basketball. I am doing it for more of the health benefits and I don’t need meat in my life. I had periods of time in my life that I ate vegetarian but it wasn’t sustainable since my parents did not support that diet.

Back to the documentary. I don’t believe that meat is evil, that it is terrible for the body. That is what the documentary is trying to do. However, I do see the benefits of eat less meat and going towards more of a plant based diet. After the challenge, we may decide to be flexitarian, eat vegan for the most part and eat very few meat/meat products when with our families or on vacation (depending on what food is available). Or we will maintain our vegan lifestyle. We will see.

Mi novio has done a lot of research to see what nutrients, food, etc. we need and what we can eat if we were to go out to eat to inform himself. I already know as a nutritionist. We will have to stick to a meal plan so that we can be healthy and not be deficient in anything.

Second Goal – Fitness

My 2nd goal is to become stronger and lose weight. I am going to have more structure to my workouts. Before, I was just randomly doing weight machines with no specific goal in mine. Now, it will be more structured. I will be doing a pull-push-legs/abs type of thing. I will be doing cardio 3-4 times a week. This will help build strength and I hope to be able to do a pull-up this year. I will also be stretching after every workout so that I can be more flexible. Here is the plan.

Sunday – legs/abs + cardio

Monday – Push

Tuesday – Pull + Cardio

Wednesday – Legs/abs

Thursday – Push + cardio

Friday – Pull + cardio

Saturday – Rest

The cardio will be randomly spread out throughout the week depending on how I feel and how busy I am. I will be doing Pilates core workouts to work on my abs and do a 15-20 minute night yoga video at least 3 x a week. `This should help relieve some stress, muscle tension, and help me relax before going to bed.

I do have other goals in regards to my professional life, my personal life (such as organization skills, etc), and working on improvement relationships I have in my life with my family, novio, and friends. However, I feel that once I reach my goal of losing weight, it will give me the confidence to be able to improve everything else in my life as it will improve my self-esteem and confidence.

That’s it for now.

Do you have any new goals for the new year/decade?

If yes, what are they? If not, why not?