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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Hello 2014: fresh start please.

I have really neglected this blog- it's been more than a year since I was last here (and I started this blog in 2012)...promise to do better and update more frequently! 

Hmm...so much has happened since I last updated..where to begin??? My 2nd vacation to Mexico, a really bad relationship with a fuckedup guy (excuze my francais) that I was demented to get into in the 1st place, a new job, the disappointing finale of "How I Met Your Mother", and more recently, a car accident and subsequently, a new car. Oh, and I'm fat again. Just great -.-... I have about a month to whip myself into decent shape for a mini-vacation. This will be near impossible given my bad habits of late but I have confidence that i can do it! ;D

Time to post of more pleasant things. My vacation to Puerto Vallarta around Christmas 2012 was the best get-away I've ever experienced. Sun, sand, and the ocean! All the ingredients for a cool refresher you can't just order from Starbucks :p- here are some pictures.

My baby sister didn't have trouble ordering drinks here


our room had a gorgeous view of the ocean



adventure time

banana boat!


@ La Leche again- the waiters wanted to jump into the pic too XD- they were all so funny and pretty great


lol i think the kitchen was playing with food presentation that night
my dinner :) the chocolate and sweet potato at the bottom were delicious

on the way to horseback-riding on an island!


my sister got a mule HAHHAHAH


met some random Australians here

time to explore nightlife again


 Christmas day @ Casa Isabel

lounged by the pool. a LOT. 


SUNSET


rise and shine




starting right: a healthy breakfast every day



a really badly chosen henna tattoo :p



adorable gay couple we befriended: I lost their contact info though :(


double AWWWW



this one was wiped out from all the fun :D
I hope to come back in 2015 or 2016 and enjoy some quality beach time again.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

weight loss tips: my experience

When it comes to weight loss I have become something of an expert on it because since the summer of 2008 my own weight has fluctuated quite a bit and it worried me to the point where it took over my daily thinking. At my heaviest weight in 2009 I tipped the scales at 180 LBS (this was at the worst and lowest point in life) and I will never forget the disappointment, self-loathing, the looks from people who knew me and strangers alike, the fear of never getting my own body back, and the anger over losing control of everything that mattered to me. For some odd reason, I didn't feel human anymore and the body i inhabited was a stranger's body that I didn't feel comfortable in. 

To me, the extra weight wasn't just a couple lbs I could sweat off in  a week; it became a burden that affected every little thing I did and even walking on the streets became difficult because my bones were carrying so much extra baggage. I am 5.55' tall and was about 50 lbs overweight for my height. 

So what did I do? After many months of nothing changing I finally decided to try at life again and began by doing exercises like climbing the stairs (in my house) and dancing to my favorite CD's whenever I could in the privacy of my home (the dancing part requires you to not care what other people think, especially when they walk in on you trying some strange moves-> just think of the goal, forget how silly you might look- because at the end, all that matters is your state of mind and the well being of your body). I lost a lot of extra weight but gained it back once in grad school because of lack of sleep & depression. I didn't finish my Master's and moved back home with my parents. Can you say FAILURE. 

2. In 2011, after starting my 1st full time job after college, I purchased an elliptical from craigslist for 325$ and lost 18 lbs in about 2.5 months. I placed the elliptical in front of the big screen TV so that it wouldn't seem such a chore to do every single day. I would stay on it and pedal for about 30 minutes varying the resistance every 10 minutes. But I lost interest after a couple months and took up mixed martial arts; I traded in my elliptical for 3 months of MMA gym membership and don't regret it. I quit the mma gym though because it was too far away and I was going on more business trips. 

3. Recently I have been using the treadmill quite a bit whenever I visit L.A. Fitness. I run at speed 7 for about 5 minutes and then turn it down to 6.5 for some jogging time, and after 10 minutes I walk at the pace of 3.5 with the incline set at 8. After 10 minutes of this, I start running again until 30 minutes have passed and I have run at least 2 miles. 


4. If you think that boxing and mixed martial arts will bulk up a woman's body, you are wrong. One of the main reasons I joined L.A. Fitness is because they have a couple punching bags hanging in the dance studio. From experience I can honestly tell you that using the punching bag in the right way is the best and fastest way to lose arm fat and tone your upper body. Boxing is my favorite exercise because you burn so many calories in a short amount of time and start sweating within 4 minutes. Some easy combinations to try: jab, cross, hook and alternate from left to right. Then do 10 straight hooks with each arm and kick the bag, 10 kicks with each leg. Repeat until you feel like dying or run seriously out of breath :) When you are very tired hit the bag lightly but stay bent at the knees.  Use the punching bag for 20-30 minutes every 2nd day and you should see your arms become sleeker and more defined within a week. 

I hit the bags pretty hard and at first your knuckles will be red and maybe even bleed. Get used to it and it will heal for sure; I don't know how many times my knuckles have patched themselves up but skin regenerates and will become more resistant to this kind of training. 


5. Weight training: I was very skeptical about weights because I saw many girls who had big arms and back muscles when they used dumbbells, but I realized that small weights don't give you those bulky muscles. Weight training helps with your metabolism and helps your body burn more calories even when you aren't exercising. I tend to go for the 3 LB weights and lift one with both hands behind my head up and down. I also use one when I do Russian twists on the stretching mat. Also, lift one while doing squats and lunges; this helps me balance better. 
6. H20 is vital; always keep a water bottle with you when exercising. You are sweating profusely and don't want to faint from dehydration and worst case scenario, hit your head on the way down on a treadmill or something. However, take small sips and don't gulp the whole bottle down even though you may feel like it. 



My exercise routine has been hectic these 2 weeks because I didn't know until November 8th that I was taking a vacation to a hot weather location where I will wear bikinis and shorts. I won't post my own progress pictures until i have lost at least 20 LBS, but here are some fitspiration images for you!

When you are aiming for significant weight loss, you need to convince yourself that you will love yourself even if you don't achieve results in the given time and that you always have another day to make a difference. Unlike models and celebrities, we aren't given the luxury and time to exercise for 8 hours with a personal trainer, and so you must be strong mentally and push yourself. Don't give up and once you reach that ultimate weight goal, you should be proud that you have done what so many have failed to commit to. 






Sunday, December 2, 2012

December fashion sketches

I need to practice sketching more, improve the lines of my fashion renderings, and replace TV time with creativity time. Here's some drawings I completed yesterday~ hopefully more will follow this month! =^.-=



Thursday, November 29, 2012

lookbook

It's amazing and fascinating to see how regular people (with limited resources and time) coordinate their outfits and looks each day. In addition to my instagram feed I tend to check out lookbook.nu quite frequently ~ here are some of my favorite fashion pics

*these pictures are all from lookbook.nu and not posted by me

Petra K: I am astounded that this girl was only 14 years old and already had such an impressive portfolio of looks

very casual chic in that "i don't care what you think" kind of way 

 EBBA Z: she probably has the most unique sense of style I have seen on lookbook so far
 the lovely Ms. Bazan who pulls off the ruffles and feathers quite nicely

I love the combination of masculine cuts with feminine accents and when it's well-done, it just looks very elegant 


Quick update on life: i have 2 weeks left before my vacation this year and I am so excited  that I probably spend every 2 days looking up activities and hot restaurants to visit. The only concern right now is dropping those stubborn LBS so I can finally start posting my own everyday looks. I really am trying for a lifestyle change not just something temporary and have been working out almost every day for 2 weeks now. Can't wait to see the results in 2 weeks and keep going!