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? 

Happy New Year! It’s 2018!

Happy New Year everyone! It’s 2018. And I can’t believe it’s almost February. I am so sorry that I haven’t posted in more than a month. Things have been so crazy during the holidays. My sister, who goes to school in SoCal, came back home during her winter break. I spent a lot of time with friends and family. It was just nice to relax and enjoy their company. Another reason why I haven’t been posting is because I got sick after the New Year. No fun. I didn’t work out for two weeks because of it. Not a good way to start the New  Year. Plus, I’ve been busy.

Anyway, I’ll start off with a picture of me in Napa. My family went to Napa during the holidays. We also did a lot of other things but that will be in another post, as well as my workouts the past month. For now, this post is about what I want for the New Year.

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So, I don’t have New Years Resolutions but I do have things I want to improve on and goals. Here they are:

Fitness Goals:

  • Do a five minute ab workout either in the morning or right before going to bed
  • Doing a full pull-up, with no assistance
  • Getting stronger
  • Start running more (at least 2-3 times a week)
  • Do yoga once a week

Overall Goals: 

  • Lose weight. Mainly, I want a body type similar to Shakira, since we are the same height. I know it’s impossible to have the same body type as her, but I do want to slim down and tone up more.
  • Be more organized! I want to use my time better, so that means:
    • Using my planner
    • Having alarms on my phone for various things
    • Using the calendar app on my phone to remember events
    • Keep my bedroom and work area at work more organized (aka declutter and organize)
  • Blog three times a week
    • Fitness Friday
    • Weekly Meals and Workouts
    • Health/Nutrition Topic or Life Post (I think this is what I mainly need to work on, having posts other than Fitness Friday or Weekly Meals and Workouts)
  • Budget – I mean, I do pretty well with saving money but what I mainly need help with is just not eating out so much (that’s where like half of my money I use goes to)
  • Spend more time with family and friends
  • Spend more time with music – playing cello and singing
  • Read more – I bought a few self help books on Amazon earlier this month. I should starting reading those soon….
  • Be more optimistic – look at the glass half full, not half empty
  • Improve my Spanish speaking skills (take a class at a community college?)

That’s all I can really think of right now. I’m pretty sure I will think of other things but I think this is a good list to start out with.

So, how was your new year?

What is one thing you want to improve on most this  year? 

New Year’s Resolutions

Every year, people make New Year’s Resolutions. I know I do. Here are some of mine from last year:

  • Reach my goal weight of 105 lbs (I am 5 ft 2 in)
  • Eat more nutritious and healthy food
  • No late night snacking
  • Cutting the amount of calories I consume
  • Be more confident about myself

As you see, these are some common resolutions. Do not get me wrong. These goals are doable. Having goals helps people feel more confident and boosts their self- esteem. I am pretty sure that you guys feel pretty good after you accomplished a goal you set.

However, not many people accomplish their goals or meet their New Year’s Resolutions. Some resolutions are unrealistic. At times, it is better to set smaller goals to eventually reach your big goal. That is what I did NOT do. I did not have a set plan. It would have been much easier if I did.

What you should use is the SMART method.

S = Specific

M= Measurable

A= Attainable

R= Realistic

T= Timely

Here is an example of what is NOT the SMART method. 

Let’s say a person says, “I want to lose 20 pounds.

That is great you want to lose those 20 pounds. But, have you decided how you are going to reach that goal? Are you going to be disappointed if you do not reach that goal right away? Sustainable weight loss takes time. Are you already at a healthy weight? It will be harder to lose weight if you are already at a healthy weight.

Instead, make a list of your long term goals and then your short term goals. List them in order of importance. The short term goals should lead to your long term goal. Be sure to keep the SMART method in mind while creating these goals.

Let’s say your long term goal is to lose 20 pounds. Here are some short term goals that will lead to your long term goal.

I will lose  1 pound a week for the next 5 months. To do this, I will:

  1. Include more fruits and vegetables into my daily eating. I will stick to a 80/20 policy, where I eat healthy 80% of the time and not as healthy 20%.
  2. Create weekly meal plans.
  3. Drink more water throughout the day.
  4. Exercise at least 3 times a week. I will vary my workouts so that I do not get bored and quit. 
  5. Park my far away in the parking lot so that I will have to walk more. 
  6. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.

As you see, that is a real plan for success if this person wants to lose those 20 pounds this year. Here is why.

  1. The goal is specific, measurable, and timely. This person wants to lose 1 pound a week for the next 5 months. They did not only say “I want to lose 20 pounds” and not say when they want to reach it. The time could be “sometime” which may end up being “not happening” due to the lack of planning and being specific in what they want.
  2. The goal is realistic, assuming they are overweight. Losing 1 pound is safe and sustainable. The goal is also realistic because they are slowly adding physical activity into their life, whether it is through daily activities or exercise. It will not be a sudden change in their routine.
  3. It is also attainable. This person is motivated and they will stay motivated since they will see results. Although they will see them slower, it is realistic and attainable. They will become more confident.

On another note, balance is important when you want to eat healthy and or lose weight. Cutting out all processed food and junk food can make one feel restricted. It could lead to binge eating later on. Creating weekly meal plans helps people keep track of their eating. And, drinking water throughout the day will keep you hydrated. Sometimes, people confuse thirst for hunger.

Exercise is also the other part to weight loss. It will help tone your body (weight lifting and pilates are a few examples) and help your cardiovascular system (walking, running, bike riding are a few examples).It will help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, and diabetes (unless you have Type I Diabetes. I will discuss diabetes in another post). Adding in more physical activity throughout the day helps burn calories.

With that being said, here are a few of my New Year’s Resolutions and how I will be successful in completing it.

  1. I will create weekly meal plans. I will create my meal plans every Sunday and do meal preparation. 
  2. I will lean out my bulky muscles. I will do pilates daily, as it is known to develop lean and toned muscles. 
  3. will be more confident with myself. Each day, I will write in a gratitude journal. I am grateful for having a loving family. I am grateful for the friends I have. I am grateful for my strong legs and arms, etc. 

What are your New Year Resolutions?

How do you plan on being successful in reaching your goals?