2014 Summer Summary :: Fitness and Lifestyle

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Last week, I showed you my most used beauty products this past summer, sort of a last hurrah as I welcome Fall with open arms. Today’s post is a sequel to that but I am going to share my highlights, fitness and lifestyle-wise.

From pescetarian to lacto-vegetarian, this happens to be the most important milestone I’ve had in recent years. I mean, it’s a radical lifestyle change. Although I’m not a big meat eater to begin with, eradicating seafoods required deeper contemplation because I find great pleasure devouring salmon, tuna, shrimps, crabs #burp So I transitioned by eating every few days to once a week to nada. I thought I won’t survive but I am hella proud to have conquered the fear of the unknown! Why this lifestyle change, you ask? Well I just want to try a different route now that I’m 40. I guess I’m the type who likes self-induced challenges. Like I always say, health is the best gift I can give myself, not the fanciest handbag or boldest lipstick!

With this lifestyle change, I’ve become more resourceful and creative when it comes to meal preparation (Hubz ain’t vegetarian so I cook separate meals for us). I’ve shared my teriyaki portobello mushroom burger here, veggie lasagna here, and easy potato au gratin here. I buy fresh fruits and vegetables on a weekly basis. Check out my mango coconut drink here and strawberry banana smoothie here. What used to be a slice of german chocolate cake for dessert or cup of ice cream for snack is now replaced with fruits or nuts.

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Fit is the new skinny. We converted a small part of our patio to a home gym. We purchased a new treadmill and revived Hubz’s old Soloflex. Before these, I’m all about hula-hoop, hiphop dance and yoga. With a full time job and extremely busy schedule, I made a commitment to stay motivated and exercise at least 3x a week at 1 hour each. My goal is to have toned abs, arms and legs as I advance to old age. Fit and fabulous at 80, I say why not.

Looking cute in sweat. Believe it or not, great workout clothes add to the whole motivation. Don’t you feel more confident when you’re dressed to the nines? It’s the same thing with exercise, wear the right clothes for proper body support and feel confident. So yeah, I don’t deny that my purchases lately were mostly workout apparel. See my fitness essentials here.

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moi enjoying my post-workout melon smoothie

Walk the talk. I guess when your job involves encouraging patients to be healthy, it grows in you until it becomes a habit. I don’t drink and smoke. I eat in moderation. I exercise. Boring as someone told me. But I tell you what, a boring lifestyle is a healthy lifestyle!

What are your fitness goals and accomplishments?



  1. September 16, 2014 / 7:57 am

    You go girl… because when I worked in medical – I was so tired to do anything else. I swear I miss doing plastic surgery and working the ER… but I think I never lived a life while working those jobs. It was so hectic that I literally worked 16 hour days and all I wanted to do was rest. Proud of you!

    • September 17, 2014 / 5:35 am

      I know what you feel, that's why I can only exercise during weekends and wednesdays because those are the only days I can squeeze in 1 hr!

  2. September 16, 2014 / 1:37 pm

    I can't believe you're 40!! I always thought you were in your late 20s. Whatever you're doing is working.

  3. September 16, 2014 / 2:53 pm

    Your recipes have been so great, and I cannot believe you are 40, because you look amazing!!

  4. September 16, 2014 / 5:55 pm

    You are inspiring me! I need to get my butt in gear.

    • September 17, 2014 / 5:37 am

      Thanks Valesha. We have to stay active or age will catch up 🙂

  5. September 16, 2014 / 6:27 pm

    What a huge change! You look so cute in your workout gear.

  6. September 16, 2014 / 6:52 pm

    You look uh-mazing, I totally would have guessed you are early 30 instead of 40!

  7. September 17, 2014 / 1:16 am

    You're so inspiring! I want to be all healthy with the smoothies and all that but I'm SO LAZY when it comes to the blender lol ugh. I need to just do it.

    • September 17, 2014 / 5:37 am

      LOL. Just pull out the freakin' blender, haha! Thanks mama!!!

  8. September 17, 2014 / 1:47 am

    /I love that fit is the new skinny. I'm trying to minimize my pregnancy weight gain for a number of reasons. That is my fitness goal for now.

  9. September 17, 2014 / 2:19 am

    I've started walking every day. I HAVE to go first thing after work before I even sit down or I'll skip it. Just past the two week mark. Believe me this is a good for me!

  10. September 17, 2014 / 3:01 am

    Dang girl! You are looking good. Now I just need that smoothie recipe!

  11. September 17, 2014 / 3:06 am

    Walking to my class in this Florida heat makes me sweat enough!

    • September 17, 2014 / 5:39 am

      tell me about it. it's so freakin' hot here in HI, I'm so done w/ summer!

  12. September 17, 2014 / 4:57 am

    I love your home gym! Good for you, lady – I want to be fit at 80, as well.

  13. September 17, 2014 / 6:52 am

    I need this kind of home gym 😀

  14. September 17, 2014 / 7:29 am

    My goal is to drop 7kg's and tone up without moving from my couch. Is that slightly unrealistic?

  15. September 19, 2014 / 9:38 pm

    For the last two months I have been trying to loose a few pounds and get tone and have been able to loose 7 pounds and getting tone little by little, keep up the good work

  16. September 22, 2014 / 8:11 pm

    Bravo! Good luck with your dietary changes!! You are a saint for cooking separate meals LOL Thats one thing that is preventing me from going vegetarian…I don't want to do the separate meals thing.

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