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Girly: new workouts

I’ve wanted to write this post for a while but there was always something more interesting to post, until now. This weekend has been low key…. a lot of sleeping (~11 hrs a day), watched The Lincoln Lawyer (which was entertaining) and walking around.

Knee issues update: I’ve done a x-ray and a MRI, both came out normal except that my right knee bone is slightly toward right although still in the normal range (but the pain has always been on the left knee, so I need to see a Orthopedic to figure out). However, I’ve been running outdoor again, twice to be exact. The first time I did 35 min and the second time 40 min. No pain!!! 😯 I don’t know what I did for this magic to happen, maybe the new workouts (below) that I’ve been doing? I dunno, whatever it is, it’s working!!! πŸ˜†

Actually I wouldn’t classify running as workout because I love it so much, just for the sake of doing it! I’d say it’s a hobby or even a luxury to be able to do it! Now that the weather is so nice, I feel the urge to run outside.

Pilates Mat: I started doing this a month ago because I found yoga boring lately (sorry!) and not challenging. During the 60 min long class, I’d find myself checking out the clock constantly and couldn’t focus on what the instructor is saying. That’s a sign of time to take a break!

I’ve never thought I’d be a pilates girl. Although I’ve heard that models do pilates and it makes wonders to your body. Well…. I kind of understand why they do and say so. Pilates is challenging! The above pic is the hundred exercise, the warm up exercise and it’s killing! I’ve always had strong core but pilates takes it to another level! 40 out of the 60 min class you’ll be doing core work, not crunches, but real core work, no easy exercise, all tough core work!!! I feel my core is already more defined in just few weeks. The remaining 20 min of the class will be dedicated to butt, legs and hips. I think it was the hip work in pilates that helped me to run pain-free. A sport doctor once told me that I need to develop my hip muscles in order to run in form, otherwise I’d make my knees overwork.

Pilates Reformer: The resistance created by the pulley and spring system can provide a more challenging strength and endurance workout than mat classes. It may also produce visible results sooner β€” arm, leg and abdominal muscles can look more firm and defined within a dozen or so regular sessions.

I got 3 free sessions, tried it once and two more to go. It’s definitely more challenging than mat pilates and also the instructor pays more attention to you (~3 persons at one time)

Trady Anderson Mat workout: I bought this mat workout and the cardio dance because I thought I was going to Argentina, so I needed alternatives to the gym. I first heard it in Karen’s blog. She wrote about it here.

Her method for transforming the body is based on targeting the accessory muscles (the small muscle groups). Strengthening the accessory muscles help to create a tight knit group of small muscles that actually pull in the larger muscle groups. Tracy has also found that muscles become bored quickly. To fight this, she always keeps the muscles guessing by routinely changing up the types of exercises and programs each client does.Β This results in a lean figure without the extra bulk – which gives women a tiny dancer body and men a skinny ripped body.

After reading many reviews (people either love it or hate it) I decided to give it a try. I have a small frame. Although I don’t like bulky muscles, I do like defined arms and shoulders. I’ve done it twice and I like it a lot! The arm work is really really challenging!!! It involves a lot of rotational movements and almost none weights. I could definitely feel my muscles working! The core segment is pretty easy, she said she doesn’t like the six-pack and her core is not as defined as I want, so I can understand that she doesn’t focus on the core. The leg segment is also challenging and interesting. Again, Β many rotational exercises to work the accessoryΒ muscles (a new concept!)

I wouldn’t recommend it for a beginner, but for someone who is fit and has done conventional workouts for years, it worths a try. πŸ™‚ I’ll report the result in few keeps! πŸ˜‰Β I haven’t tried the cardio dance workout yet. I’ll keep you posted it.

Q: Have you tried a new workout lately?

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Concert & Petit Macro

Yesterday after a long nap, a friend text me about going to a concert at night. “Sure!” I replied (not even knowing which concert :shock:). And there I was… watching Belle & Sebastian who I knew anything about πŸ˜‰

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It was in DAR Constitution Hall

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>2000 seats, all sold out!

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the show was great! I like it a lot! I’m getting their album!!! hehehe… πŸ˜€

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and there was a lot of interaction with the audience

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and the best part? I was seated!!! πŸ˜‰ I’m just too old to stand for 2 hours. I enjoy more the show if I’m comfortable! πŸ˜€

Q: Do you prefer seating or standing in concerts?

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As promised, here’s my review of Mayumi’s Kitchen

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Mayumi worked for seven years as Madonna’s private macrobiotic chef. In this book, she shares her unique view of Macrobiotic cuisine.

What’s Petit Macro? A new take on macrobiotics that is suited to cosmopolitan tastes, with less emphasis on Japanese-style cooking. It is a stress-free way for anyone to enjoy the benefits of macrobiotics without giving up the foods and cooking styles they are used to.

Basic guidelines:

  • Avoid dairy products and animal protein because they lead to lifestyle diseases. But she says it is okay to be part of your menu every once in a while. Just eat it with vegetables that are three times the amount of the meat, by weight.
  • Use only naturally processed, unrefined ingredients, and, whenever possible, organic, locally grown vegetables.
  • Try to eat in a balance fashion, in harmony with the seasons. Chew well, finish eating for the day about 3 hours before going to bed, and stop eating before you are completely full.
  • But the most important guidelines is, don’t get bung up on guidelines!

Other recommendations:

  • Make a habit of eating leafy greens and root vegetables, as they will help your body process fat and keep you detoxified.
  • Food is important, but feeling good about what you are doing and keeping stress levels down is also important. Stay positive, and just do what you can stick with.

Her recipes are simple. Most of them no more than a few steps. She offered a beginner 10 day detox diet, a beautiful skin, a muscle-building and a weight-loss menu for 3 days.

My take: strongly recommended!

I read all the recipes in one sitting and I want to make every one of them!!! They do require some unconventional ingredients like kombu, umeboshi plums, seitan, protein meat (TVP) but they can be easily found in asian stores. I’ll do the ten day detox. I think it’s a misleading name because it involves no juicing, no special food, just a lot of natural, well balanced meals. I won’t follow it strictly because I don’t want to restrict myself in case I crave certain food; I still want to enjoy meals with my friends and I don’t want to give up coffee. Day 1 starts Monday! πŸ˜€ So exciting!!!

Here’s another use of the mushroom sauce (recipe below)

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Steamed broccoli and okra, homemade sweet potato gnocchi topped with 1/2 cup tomato sauce and 1/2 cup mushroom sauce

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Mushroom sauce adapted fromΒ Mayumi’s Kitchen

Ingredients for 2 cups

  • 2 cups of assorted mushrooms
  • 1 cup almond/soy milk
  • 1 medium onion
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp WW flour
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • S+P

Method:

  1. use 2 tbsp of coconut oil to brown chopped onions for 8 min. Set aside.
  2. heat 2 tbsp of coconut oil and add WW/coconut flour, mixing constantly for about 2-3 min.
  3. add almond milk to 2.
  4. combine 1 and 3, seasoned with S+P

It’s rich and creamy, slightly sweet. Very good to top steam veggies or as pasta sauce.

Q: Doing anything fun this weekend? I have a BBQ party tomorrow and I’m in charge of the bread πŸ˜‰

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Chocolate review and Longest Run

I received 3 chocolate bars fromΒ Attune Foods to try out.

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About Attune Foods (from their website):

Attune probiotic wellness bars are a delicious way to enjoy the health benefits probiotics can provide. Each Attune wellness bar is packed with probiotics that help rebalance your digestive system, so your whole body can work better.

  • Attune probiotics are proven to survive in the digestive tract, where they can provide optimal health benefits.
  • The probiotics in Attune have been clinically tested to support a healthy digestive system and a strong immune system.*
  • Attune wellness bars also include prebiotics, which support healthy digestive function and work in harmony with probiotics.
  • Packed with 5 times the live active cultures in yogurt
  • Excellent source of calcium
  • Only 90 calories
  • All natural
  • Take it on the go!

I’m a big fan of chocolates, even without any additional benefits, I eat it everyday. But … if it comes with probiotics that helps the digestive tract? more reason to indulge πŸ˜€

Chocolate Crisp

Coco’s review: I love the addition of brown rice crisps! πŸ˜€ In term of taste, I don’t see any difference than standard milk chocolate. 4/5.

Mint Chocolate

Coco’s review: I like this one the most! It has a deep chocolate flavor with a hint of creamy mint, just magical combo.:) 5/5

Blueberries Vanilla

Coco’s review: This one is just okay since I don’t like white chocolate in general. 3/5.

checking out their website, I think I’d love to try coffee bean dark chocolate, dark chocolate and raspberry dark chocolate too.

Overall, I think for these are great products for people like me who needs a chocolate fix in a daily basis, their flavor is just as good as standard chocolates but with more health benefits! πŸ˜€

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Yesterday was a stressful day in term of work with some stress eating 😦 (having cereals at home is dangerous). I’m not happy about it but not worry about it either. It happens from time to time and I won’t let it to add more stress to my life.

I had a morning pizza for breakfast πŸ˜€

a special tortilla (review to come)

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other ingredients: LC + egg + roasted peppers

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I know, it looks nasty but it’s delicious!

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Look my mini coach!!! πŸ˜€ She’s so adorable! πŸ˜€

YES! I’m a human machine!!! Yesterday was my longest run ever, which was unintentional because I kind of get lost :shock:. My original plan was to run 4 miles but I ended up doing 7.14 miles, 57 min, 8.03 min/mile. What happened? I wanted to try a new route, there is a lake near campus, but I got lost in the trail and when I found the exit, it was already 6 miles! :shock:. I won’t lie, it was pretty challenging the last mile back to home, but I’m glad I did it! πŸ˜€ I felt like a super woman!!! πŸ˜€

Chinese theme continued! Assorted veggies stir-fry with olive leaves preserved in olive oil

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bean sprouts with chinese pickles

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I like crunchy munchies for dinner!!! πŸ˜€

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and a kabocha fix while watching last episode of season 1 Gossip Girl! πŸ˜‰

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Q1: What’s your favorite chocolate flavor?

Q2: How do you find new running routes?

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