Weekly Update I

From now on, I’ll do personal weekly updates about my food and exercise plan.

I went to the dentist and I had no bad news, but a couple words of advice. I got to floss more…but doesn’t everyone?

This week, I went traveling and I decided to put a short hiatus on P90X. I brought the resistance bands and the videos with me hoping to still exercise for the week. It was quite a challenge to fit the workouts in when I wasn’t even sure of my schedule. Twice, I was interrupted in the middle of the hour-long workout…and embarrassed at being caught all sweaty and gross, I decided to let my body take a break.

So for exercise, I took three 20 minute jogs with a friend as they wanted to start working out. I did Ab Ripper X on my own three times this week. And that’s about the extent of my workouts. It was very light and easy so my body didn’t complain.

When it comes to food, I ate whatever everyone else was having. There were a lot of celebrations to be had, so it felt like a week of celebratory dinners. Steak, seafood, and Chinese delicacies were all part of the menu. I enjoyed it all and I probably pigged out more than I should have, but it was so good! Rarely do I get to eat this much “expensive” food in one week. Also, I snacked a lot this week and they weren’t all healthy: almonds, lemon wafers, chips, bananas, etc.

Yes I ate a lot, but everything wasn’t unhealthy. I had a lot of steamed veggies, steamed fish, rice porridge, and homemade clear broth soups. I guess it all balances out in the end…and I feel good.

Here’s a quick recap of some of the food I had this week:

It’s gonna be a bumpy ride for April because I’ll be resuming P90X for about five days and then break for five days while my cousin is visiting. After that, I’ll be back on track and hopefully, I won’t have any more interruptions. I originally wanted to stick to the 90 day plan, but life isn’t always perfect and there are times when you have to change the plan to fit reality. As long as I keep going, I think I’ll see positive results and it’s not like a couple of days will undo several weeks of P90X.

So here’s to the upcoming five day P90X workout session! May it be fun, enjoyable, and effective! =)


March Madness: Pause 2.

This morning, I awoke with a sore back. It wasn’t bad enough that I couldn’t move, but I felt it best to relax for a day. So, another pause. I’m being cautious so I don’t potentially injure myself. Even though it’s the third week of P90X, my body is still getting used to all the exercises and some areas are more prone to irritation than others.

Hopefully, I’ll get back on track and continue forward. I’m not a wuss, I’m just smart.

Exercise Plan

I planned to do P90X Shoulders and Arms, didn’t work out.

Food Plan

  • Breakfast: pork and cheese bun and 1 blood orange
  • Lunch: mashed sweet potatoes with 1 hard-boiled egg and blanched asparagus
  • Snack: 1 hard-boiled egg
  • Snack: 3 Girl Scout Thin Mints
  • Dinner: 1/2 Chipotle chicken burrito bowl


No photo today.

*Edit: I added the photo because I thought my lunch was so pretty. =)

March Madness: Day 16

Exercise Plan

P90X Plyometrics. I was determined not to let my previous failure get in the way of completing this workout. So, I did this before breakfast, started out easy, and increased my intensity as the the rest of the program continued. I’m happy to say I finished Plyometrics!

Though, I did most of the modified exercises because my right knee felt strange halfway. About 15 minutes before the end, my right shin started to tingle. I need to strengthen my right leg. For my bottom half, my right side is weaker than my left. I guess that’s what happens when you’ve played taiko for 3 years and practically stayed in a left side lunge the whole time. My right side never got as developed and it’s showing now.

Food Plan

  • Breakfast: pigs in a blanket bun, 1 blood orange, and 1 cup lemon salt water “gatorade”
  • Lunch: 1/2 ham and egg musubi
  • Dinner: baby lettuce salad and green onions with lemon sesame vinaigrette and 1/2 ham and egg musubi
  • Snack: 1 handful of melon seeds

I planned to have a big lunch today, but for some reason, I only wanted half the musubi. So, I saved the rest for dinner. Perhaps it’s because of Plyometrics and my 7PM nap, but I wasn’t feeling so hungry. So why force yourself?


March Madness: Day 15

Today was a much better day. I went back to the normal schedule, but now, my rest days are on Mondays.

Exercise Plan

P90X Chest & Back and Ab Ripper X.

For Chest & Back, I did 18 reps of everything except for 15 reps of back flys. I used 10 lb weights for the weighted exercises and a green resistance band for the pull-ups. My right shoulder was feeling a bit awkward, so I eased up on it halfway. For the bands during pull-ups, I noticed that pull unbalanced…one side is slightly stronger than the other, so the band moves around. I’ll have to find a solution for that later.

Ab Ripper X. I completed all the exercises and for Mason twists, I did 75 reps without any weight. I still need to work on my form for a couple of the exercises and straighten my legs. But really, those sit-ups kill because I feel like I’m “kipping” instead of doing them properly.

Food Plan

  • Breakfast: 1/2 green onion bun and 1 blood orange
  • Lunch: rotisserie chicken sandwich with homemade bread, mayo, pesto, baby lettuce salad, and alfalfa sprouts
  • Snack: 3 home-made strawberry veronas
  • Dinner: beef, eggplant, black bean and garlic stew with rice and green onions


March Madness: Pause.

Oh what a day. My low blood pressure tendency reared its ugly head. I got up this morning and felt super light-headed and dizzy. I lacked energy to do anything and I wasn’t up for working out. Bah!

I guess my body needs a break.

Exercise Plan

I planned to do P90X Chest & Back and Ab Ripper X. However, I’m not feeling so good so I’m pushing it back to tomorrow.

Food Plan

  • Breakfast: 1 blood orange and 1/2 green onion/ground pork bun
  • Snack: 4 Girl Scout Thin Mints
  • Snack: baby lettuce salad with beets, alfalfa sprouts, sesame seeds, and balsamic vinaigrette
  • Snack: 3 slices of home-made herb focaccia bread with balsamic vinegar and olive oil

I didn’t have much today, but hopefully I’ll be better tomorrow and have actual meals instead of snacks.


March Madness: Day 14

Another weekend complete. I felt like making bread this weekend, so I found a recipe for sweet potato bread and herb focaccia. I didn’t do much today, so I wasn’t very hungry…hence, the lack of snacks. Still, I find myself quite satisfied at the end of the day.

Exercise Plan

P90X X Stretch. I’m feeling more sore as of late, but I take it as a sign that I’m working hard and I’m not coasting. My hamstrings, quads, and glutes are tight, so it took some extra stretches to loosen them up and make them feel better. I love stretching!

Food Plan

  • Brunch: 1/2 blood orange and 1 BBQ pork bun
  • Dinner: rotisserie chicken pasta with homemade pesto
  • Snack: lemon honey jujube tea


March Madness: Day 13

It’s the weekend but it doesn’t mean I stop moving around!

Exercise Plan

Kenpo X. Since I tried to increase the intensity yesterday, my back was a bit sore. However, I did pretty well in Kenpo. I really should stick to keeping these workouts in the morning and for high intensity ones, no breakfast before. That was probably part of my downfall in Plyometrics.

Food Plan

  • Breakfast: 1/2 cup yogurt and 1 blood orange
  • Lunch: rotisserie chicken sandwich and homemade bread, pesto, alfalfa sprouts, baby lettuce salad, and mayo
  • Snack: 2 Girl Scout Thin Mints and 1 Peanut Butter Sandwich
  • Dinner: 1 cup chili, 3 potato skins, 1 strawberry milkshake

I went out to eat at a dinerĀ  with some friends and the food was surprisingly good. They do it old school: potato skins that taste like a real potato and milkshakes made with milk and no powder…Amazing! Silly how little things like that make me appreciate the establishment so much more.