Saturday, May 31, 2014

Healthy Days!

Hi everyone!

So I've been off the blogosphere for a bit - for a couple of reasons!
1) No time (work has been insaaaaane this week!)
2) I've started working out!
3) I'm focusing on eating right!

Now, whenever I tell people I've started working out, I'm inevitably greeted by eye rolling and 'Pfft, bitch, you don't need it' - that type of a response. I don't need to lose weight, but I realize as the years have rolled around my metabolisme has slowed down. That, and I'm trying to eat a little healthier, and live a bit healthier.

Let me give you an example of a typical day in my life.

If I have a particularly stressful day at work, I inevitably order fried chicken. This is just what happens. Sometimes I don't know how stressed I am till I find myself in front of a KFC. (There's this super delicious chicken franchise called 4 Fingers in Singapore, but they've moved out of the shopping centre that's on my way home from work, so this made me very angry).

Anyway, last Friday I came home and had my own KFC party. I don't just order a snack plate. I ordered a dinner plate, extra mashed potatoes, and I finished off with ice cream.

Then on Sunday, I woke up at 3pm because I was just way too exhausted, so I ordered McD. And i didn't order one meal, I ordered two. A quarter pounder, fries, a large Pepsi, a Filet-o-Fish (or is it Fish O Filet? I always get it upside down), corn in a cup and the most delicious caramel frappe. (OMG, it's soooo good!)

So as you can see, I have a pretty unhealthy lifestyle. I was looking at my tummy on Sunday night, which, after having my KFC and McDonald parties, was resembling the stomach of a four month pregnant woman, when I decided that I really need to start eating healthier.

It's not about losing weight. I mean, partly I do want to tone up (and lose the preggy looking belly) but I think that it's time to stop stuffing my body with so much unhealthy food. I read that a bloated tummy has 3 causes - stress, sugar, sleep.

My main goal for this week was to cut out sugar and sodium (or salt, if I want to be less fancy about it). And when I started making an obvious effort to watch what I eat, I realized how unhealthily and unconsciously I was eating!

This week, I stopped drinking anything with sugar, so no sodas or fizzy drinks. If I drink tea, I drink it unsweetened. But, I decided to give myself a loophole so not to be too extreme about things. I always find that if i'm too extreme, things aren't sustainable. I allow myself a maximum of one drink with sugar in it (Milo / juice) as opposed to the three sweet drinks I used to consume a day. That, and I'm now drinking 2 litres of water a day (which used to be like..maximum 1 cup.)

I've been good, no fast food and no cup noodles for this week! I know it's only a week, but fast food and cup noodles are usually a staple in my diet! I know, terrible right? So, off to a good start, and I went grocery shopping to buy healthier snacks.

Then - the workout. I've been having a blast doing Blogilates! If you haven't heard of this, you should totally Youtube it, or go to her site. I LOVE Cassey Ho. She's so chirpy and fun and she makes working out fun. My goal for the week was to workout every day for a minimum or 20-30 minutes, and spend 3 times a week doing a full 1 hour workout. I managed to keep to this but Thursday and Friday I really didn't exercise because I finished work a bit too late, but I'm going to catch up over the weekend!

It's nice, because when you eat cleaner, your body feels 'cleaner' too, and there's kind of a fresher feeling. I don't feel so sluggish and tired anymore, too!

I swam an hour earlier, and I'm resting now before I start doing an hour of Pilates. Oh, and since I was on a huge roll, I went and bought lots of yoga and Zumba Groupons..hee hee..

Off to do Blogilates now! Later guys!

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