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Listening to my body.

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!

  
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FRANCES-AGAPE 4/17/2012 7:12PM

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You know your body better
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BLESSINGS !

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LARKSONGRUTH 4/17/2012 3:37PM

    Listening to your body is really important. My brain gets all these big plans which my body tries to follow through with, but can't always accomplish. As I have started listening more to my body, and being more consistent, but in smaller ways, I get better results and don't get myself burned out. Just remember that you are making the effort, that you want it to last for a long time, and by being patient with yourself, you will see great results.


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EAGLES_WINGS 4/17/2012 12:25PM

    Sounds like you did a lot. I would be lucky to do that much. I just went out for a fifteen minute walk and I am tired out. But, I have been sick lately so it was good to get out and get a good walk in. Keep up the awesome work! You are doing great!

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RHEYNKLAW 4/17/2012 11:09AM

    Good call! It sounds like you got a great workout even if you didn't do what you originally intended.
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MEWHENRYSMAMA 4/17/2012 6:36AM

    Don't hurt yourself!
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Made myself a healthy lunch today!

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!

  
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FRANCES-AGAPE 4/15/2012 6:22PM

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a GREAT start to the week

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Q8PRINCESS 4/15/2012 6:30AM

    Sounds like you got a really good sleep. Lunch sounded good!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 4/15/2012 6:27AM

    You are so right. I so enjoy my Asian food with lots of mixed veggies steam cooked....nothing added. They are always very accommodating and I have found the places with the best, freshest veggies! Also very good with a squirt of fresh lemon juice! If I add noodles, I usually use Udon buckwheat (they are gluten free!)! They are delicious!
Have a great week ahead!
Mary
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Nothing like a long walk to clear my head!

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!

  
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NANALD 4/17/2012 11:20AM

    One step at a time...it works every time! I am glad you are feeling better!

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LALMEIDA 4/15/2012 11:27PM

  I love walking too! Glad you are feeling better! emoticon

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BUDDYSMYFRIEND 4/15/2012 1:58PM

    I love to walk, emoticon or emoticon

You're so right about how they can clear your mind.

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FRANCES-AGAPE 4/14/2012 5:28PM

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Yes, walking is a great antidote to the blues.
It can be as hard or easy as you wish.

Have a Glorious Sunday

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BLESSINGS !

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 4/14/2012 10:53AM

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So true...glad it renewed your Spirits!
Mary
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Q8PRINCESS 4/14/2012 9:12AM

    Nothing like a walk in the rain!

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CROWLEY123 4/14/2012 8:14AM

    It does your mind and your body good, congrats!

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DEEANN8 4/14/2012 7:20AM

    Ah, a walk in the rain does somehow sound so relaxing/calming. Glad it worked out for you, and hope you're feeling better

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NWLIFESRC 4/14/2012 7:02AM

    Walks are great take one almost every day

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Americans are so lucky!

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!

  
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SOULTHIN 4/24/2012 4:37AM

    I am not American, but I live in the US, to be honest I feel sorry for Americans.
The food industry and the lifestyle here, are 2 main factors that kill most people.
Do you really think that they are lucky eating super huge food portions that are big enough to feed a family in your country and mine, unhealthy food and lifestyle habits, lack of values, and a chronic unresolved health system issues?,

you are blessed to live in your country.

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THEFLORIDAFAIRY 4/13/2012 1:21PM

    just wanted to say hi and that I agree with you about Americans. We have such huge weight problems here - it should be outrageously expensive for junk food. Maybe then people wouldn't eat it!
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AUDISP 4/12/2012 1:09PM

    Elaine,

We are lucky to live in America. I wish the healthy foods like fresh fruit and vegetables were cheaper. Eating healthy sometimes is more expensive than eating the junky stuff.
I try to buy fresh when I can and I cook simply. Usually having a vegetable and protein for an entrée and then fruit as dessert or snack.
I'm sure you have some wonderful foods in Malaysia. Could you share some of your recipes with us? I would love to see them.

Mary

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GUNNSGIRL91303 4/12/2012 12:43PM

    I WISH cheap junk food was super expensive here in America...maybe then it would not be so tempting and my hubby would not bring it home! Count yourself lucky that you have to pay through the nose for it...you are likely to consume a lot less of it than we do! emoticon

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CCASKEY37 4/12/2012 12:37PM

    Cheap junk food leads to less will power. If that bag of processed chips were more expensive then maybe we could see that it isn't worth it.

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SONICB 4/12/2012 10:32AM

    You guys have awesome Asian food for super cheap over in Malaysia, while we have to pay marked up prices in America for the good, authentic stuff!

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MISSRUTH 4/12/2012 8:54AM

    Personally, I don't think it helps that we have cheaper junk food. Or cheaper fast food. If the junk and fast food was more expensive, maybe people wouldn't think it "costs so much" to buy and prepare fresh food, at home.

Enjoyed your blog!

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KATTTY 4/12/2012 8:43AM

    Canadian here, and believe me, having cheap, fattening calorie-rich but nutrition poor food available makes it really tough to get and keep pounds off. Having it just as a treat takes a lot of will power....And fresh produce is so much more expensive...descent fresh produce is hard to find. But that is easy for me to say, as I live where it is possible to have junk food when I want it. I envy your fresh foods.........

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BORTEI 4/12/2012 7:03AM

    America is not the only country with obesitiy problems and I am not an American. I live to the North. emoticon. I do not believe it has everything to do with the cheap junk one can buy. Unfortunately, we eat far too much food, lots of times not healthy food and we have become couch potatoes.

I liked your blog!





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MEWHENRYSMAMA 4/12/2012 5:55AM

    I think we all see the grass as greener! Some of our food is cheap...and some is very expensive, but almost all of it, the junk food, is bad for you! Be glad you have what you do and know there is a down side to it being cheap and available!
Take care!

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MCDOWN75 4/12/2012 5:48AM

    We just got back from vacation in Mexico and we were thinking how lucky those folks were. The food was so fresh and everything was home made. No pre-packaged crap. Isn't that funny? I think you have the lucky lifestyle. All the fresh produce and people who still know how to cook without a microwave! Don't envy us, you definitely have the healthier lifestyle. We envy you.

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PAZUZURISES 4/12/2012 3:07AM

    America is one of the most obese countries in the world... Lol...

And trust me... This country isn't so great... Lol

Although... I do agree that the economic difference sucks

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Q8PRINCESS 4/12/2012 1:57AM

    What I miss most about Malaysia is the fresh fruit right off the tree and going out of dinner. Eating out was such a good deal, sensible portion size and healthily as well! We ate great food when we lived there.

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I think I need more cardio in my routine.........

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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THEFLORIDAFAIRY 4/13/2012 1:23PM

    Good idea!

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GUNNSGIRL91303 4/12/2012 12:47PM

    Sometimes cardio is boring and mindless, something to dread. The best way to get in cardio is to find an activity you really enjoy...such as rollerblading, walking/hiking, cycling or swimming...then you will follow through and do it! But remembering how great you feel aftewards is something to remind yourself of BEFORE you talk yourself out of a good cardio session! Dancing is GREAT cardio! Sometimes I just put in Lady Gaga and dance around my living room. I work up a sweat, burn calories and lose myself in the high energy music.
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FRANCES-AGAPE 4/10/2012 7:29PM

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I TOTALLY understand.
Just getting started is a struggle for me too.
(I think I have a lead butt that keeps me on the couch!)

But, as you said, AFTER a good cardio bout
there is a GREAT although tired feeling.

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GAILRUU 4/10/2012 9:48AM

    I tend to focus too much on cardio and not enough on strength training.

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