Health & Well-Being

Knowledge is Motivation: Link Love

I Feed My Boyfriend Unhealthy Food, Because If He Loses Weight, He’ll Leave Me – This is horrible and selfish. Please don’t ever do this.

Fasted Cardio: Good or Bad? This is an oldie but I forgot I had it bookmarked in my reader. Fasted cardio is the biggest waste of time because you usually don’t have enough energy other than to do steady-state cardio anyway. If you really want to burn fat, you need to be doing high intensity interval training and you’ll need to eat up to have enough energy to do it properly. Always make your workouts count!

When Do Men & Women Reach Their Physical Peak? – Interesting read. People are always telling me to cherish my fit and healthy self because once I hit 30, my metabolism is going to go down the drain. Harharhar.

How to Build a Cooking Habit – If you know me, you know I hate cooking. I think it’s the biggest waste of time when I could be doing something else like cycling or reading books and blogs.. or eating. One of my goals this year is to cook more and hopefully develop a habit out of it so I can eat wider range of foods for their nutrients.

Clean Eating Will Take You Places – Who would’ve known? It’s amazing how many people are not aware of the relationship between their body and the foods they eat.

Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.

Is Sugar Addiction Why So Many January Diets Fail? – I’m actually on a 5-day sugar challenge to only consume under 20g/day and of course it’s hard! Sugar is in everything except my rules this time around are more lax because I can consume protein powder and dairy.

How Eating Vegetables Can Save Your Life  – “2.4 cups of vegetables or more daily reduced the risk of death by 10 percent and delayed that risk for 1.12 years” …among all the other benefits of vegetables. There are many delicious ways to eat veggies and I still believe those who don’t like veggies, partly has their parents to blame because they were never exposed to deliciously prepared vegetables as a child.

9 Reasons To Eat Fish Right Now – Mmmm. Sashimi.

Are your shoes, bags and accessories made out of lead? – The toxic truth about what you maybe wearing.

Yoga, spinning and a murder: My strange months at Lululemon – A popular article that’s been floating around the interwebs the last couple of weeks. I’m actually not a huge Lululemon fan because their clothing is overpriced and I don’t like the design nor fit or any of their tops. Plus their limited cycling gear has always been absolutely hideous.


    Fitness Goal Ideas

    To get toned? To lose weight? To gain muscle? To get into shape? To be healthier?

    Sound familiar? Resolutions you make every year but can never seem to commit to?

    Try these smarter fitness goal ideas instead:

    Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.

    • Go to the gym at least 3x/week.
    • Lift weights at least 3x/week.
    • Take at least one fitness class a week.
    • Do at least 2 HIIT workouts a week.
    • Do yoga at least once a week.
    • Take on a new fitness activity you never usually do (eg. yoga for me).
    • Stretch for at least 15 minutes after each workout.
    • Have at least one rest day a week from no physical activity.
    • Be able to do an unassisted handstand.
    • Be able to do 5 unassisted pull ups.
    • Be able to squat/deadlift/bench ___lbs.
    • Get a KOM/QOM on Strava on _________ segment.
    • Work on flexibility and be able to touch your ties, do the splits, etc.
    • Bike to work at least twice a week.
    • Bike at least 400km per month starting from May to September.
    • Run at least 40km/month.
    • Sign up for at least one competition this year (body building, 5k, 10k, half/full marathon…)
    • Run a marathon in under _____(time).
    • Get to bed before midnight.
    • Meditate for at least 15 minutes every morning.
    • Keep a daily food journal.
    • Go on a sugar-free challenge for a week every month in 2014.
    • Drink water instead of pop/juice.
    • Eat breakfast everyday.
    • Pack your own lunch at least 4x/week.
    • Subscribe to fitness blogs and read them daily to stay motivated.

    More Tips on Setting Fitness Goals:

    The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.

    • SMARTER Goals. Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-Bound, Evaluate and Re-evaluate. This is all over the internet so I won’t elaborate. Here is a link instead.
    • A healthy lifestyle. All the goals above can be integrated into your lifestyle in the long-term.
    • Baby steps. Break down the goals above weekly and change them up every now and then. You need to create habits first to integrate it into your lifestyle.
    • Interim Goals. You must set interim goals to get yourself to your bigger end goal. For example, if you are new to cycling and you registered for the Gran Fondo in September, what are the steps you need to take to get there? You will need to start getting more mileage on your bike so you may set a goal such as, “I will cycle at least 50km/week in January” and then increase value that every month. If you bike to work, hitting that goal should be an easy task so set goals that are attainable for your lifestyle.
    • Track your progress. Keep a fitness journal online or offline. A blog is a great way to stay accountable and motivated.
    • Stay accountable. The world may not care but post your goals on Facebook and Twitter. You’ll be a lot more motivated once you’ve announced it to the world that you are going to do such and such.
    • Get educated. You can’t achieve your goals if you don’t know how to do them right. Knowledge IS motivation and if you KNOW how to calculate your BMR, lose weight and proper nutrition and form, things will be a lot easier.
    • Reward yourself. Once you’ve hit your big goals, buy yourself something nice, sparkly and fun!

    What are your fitness goals for 2014?

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      Get Motivated For a New Year: Best Posts of 2013

      I Fucking Love Fitness

      Happy New Year.. from me, my bike, The Doctor and Toby. :P

      2013 was another amazing year that passed by in a blink of an eye. Quickly skimming through my 2013 blog archives, I already knew it was another successful year for me in health and fitness. I met many passionate and inspiring people, stayed motivated and committed, trained consistently, trained like a beast, forced convinced my sister to get a road bike, had countless adventures, discovered new places, climbed many mountains (on my bike) and kept myself healthy and happy all year round.

      Favorite Posts of 2013:

      1. Do you share these same 20 secrets of the fit & healthy?
      2. What fit girl problems do you suffer from?
      3. Have you ever asked yourself, is it worth it?
      4. Are you just getting into cycling? Here are some tips for cycling newbies.
      5. What Does Being Fit and Healthy Mean to you?
      6. Do you ever wonder if you are not working out hard enough?
      7. Check out my top 10 exercises of 2013.
      8. I am definitely not a morning person, but I am a morning workout/ person.
      9. Have you ever wondered why you’re not losing weight?
      10. How much mental toughness do you have?
      11. I tried, I conquered but in the end, I had to confess: running sucks.
      12. I have many gym confessions because I’m a fitness addict.
      13. I’m an outcast in the health blogging community: my food confessions

      2013 was a huge year for me in cycling. I was given the opportunity to be a blog ambassador for the Whistler Gran Fondo which also meant I had to ride in it, and that led me to live, breath and dream cycling 24/7. It is an amazing addiction. My entire summer was a blur that went by way too fast because it was all about getting on my bike as much as I can and looking forward to weekend group rides, followed by massive feasts. My blog was filled with cycling related posts last year and here are some of my favorites:

      1. Why I Love Cycling
      2. How to Get Into Cycling
      3. Tips For Biking to Work
      4. Random Things I Learned While Cycling
      5. Cyclist Problems
      6. Stretching For Cyclists
      7. Secrets of a Cyclist
      8. Why You Should Cycle in the Winter
      9. Silent Suffering: My First Cypress Climb
      10. Omigod, Mt. Baker.
      11. 2013 Whistler Gran Fondo Recap

      Happy new year everyone!