Tuesday, April 17, 2012
I initially wanted to do almost a full hour of high-intensity cardio. I was planning to do a vigorous 10 minute cardio routine 4 or 5 times. But after doing it one time, my knees started complaining and I got so breathless. I didn't think I could stand doing it even one other time.
The instructor, Cassey Ho really kicks butt. You can find her on www.youtube.com , just search for "pop pilates".
Well, after 10 minutes of high-intensity cardio, I did a 15 minute inner thigh workout and a 15 minute abs workout (also by Cassey). By the end of it all, I had difficulty walking straight. I would have liked to do more but I think my body is saying : "enough!".
So, I plan to slowly build my endurance and stamina up gradually. I'll see how I do with my next workout session on Thursday!
Sunday, April 15, 2012
I was really tired this Sunday because I didn't get much sleep on Friday night. I was awakened at around 10am by some loud noises. I just turned myself on my side and went right back to sleep. And Goodness Gracious, guess what time it was when I eventually woke up?! 2pm! I even missed church!
I was understandably very hungry. My Mom was out. But she left some beef curry. I've been eating too much meat lately, so I was hankering for some veggies. My Mom bought lots of potatoes the other day. They were super cheap, 70 cents for about 13 medium sized potatoes!
I boiled some instant noodles but I didn't take the seasoning. Instead I put a tablespoon of sesame oil in a separate bowl, a pinch of dark soya sauce and about a tablespoon of chillie sauce. I peeled and cut up one potato, tore half a cup of cabbage and peeled and chopped up one small carrot. I boiled the veggies separately.
I debated how I should make the veggies more tasty : oyster sauce? salt? In the end I decided not to season or dress the veggies at all but to eat them just like that, without the water used to boil them. I'm watching my fluid as well as sodium intake as well.
Well, that was my healthy, low-sodium meal. The carrots tasted super sweet and yummy! The potatoes tasted yummy as well. Who needs salt/sodium!? Just try taking your veggies plain like that, it takes some getting used to, but they're yummy!
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Today, I had a troubled heart. My heart was heavy. I initially wanted to do a dance DVD, but I decided on a long walk instead, even though it was about to rain. I walked for 30 minutes before it started raining. I made a detour back to my house, and got my new Gerberra umbrella and continued walking for another 60 minutes.
After my long walk, I felt my body grow warm. I hope that is the excess fat burning! lol! I took a refreshing cool bath, it felt so good. After that, here I am blogging and racking up Sparkpoints! My good spirits have been recovered and I'm back to my usual cheerful self again!
So, the next time your heart feels heavy, go for a long walk, raining? grab an umbrella!
Thursday, April 12, 2012
I live in Malaysia and I think Americans are so lucky! We have some American products sold here and they insanely expensive! But to Americans, these same products are cheap and affordable!
In particular, is the fancy popcorn sold in Candylicious, a candy store with mostly American candy. A little bag of popcorn costs like RM16 to RM19! I'll bet in America, a large bag will be like USD5 or something?
I've been to Australia and I know you can get a huge bag of potato chips for like AUD2.99 or something! In Malaysia, the same bag of chips can be like RM13.99!
But maybe I'm just dreaming of things I shouldn't eat. When I was living in Australia, I was fat from eating so much of these cheap chips etc. Maybe Americans wouldn't have an obesity problem if they didn't have such tempting, cheap junk in aisles and aisles in the supermarket. But still, sometimes, I wish I was an American!
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
I've been doing a lot of Pilates. Actually I have more Pilates DVDs than anything else. I do have a few dance workouts though. But my favorite is definitely Pilates. I love the way it makes me feel! But to melt the fat, I think, I still need more cardio.
The problem is, I quite lazy when it comes to cardio. But after I do a cardio workout and really sweat it out, I love the feeling that comes after a cold bath! Like I've really accomplished something!
I think the next time I hesitate to do a cardio workout, I'll remind myself of how good I'll feel after the workout!
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