Friday Notes

Happy August! Where has July gone? I know I had one hell of a month but honestly, all I remember was cycling and looking forward to my bike rides. Harharhar. It rained in Vancouver today too— our first rain fall in a month and I totally felt at home. My morning walk to my girlfriend’s apartment on the other side of downtown with the gloomy skies looming over me and the rain drizzling around me felt so nice compared to walking to her place in the blistering heat we had in July.  The sun is nice, the heat is not but rain is comforting and feels like Vancouver. Hate me all you want but I don’t like summer because of the heat and the tan lines I get from cycling!

Bikes are A Girl's Best Friend

  • It’s ironic because I biked to work a lot in the winter but not so much in the summer. Cycling in the summer is messy and sweaty. In the winter, I can cycle to work layered up in warm gear and not break a sweat because it’s so cold out. All I need is my skull cap and a good pair of gloves and I’m all set to go. The good thing about summer is that you don’t have to worry about layering and how to carry things!
  • I really really wanted to do the Grind. I finally finished my work, got in bed and set my alarm to 5am then realized it was already 4am so definitely no Grind for me this morning. Last year, I would’ve been able to pull this off but I’m getting old because my body can’t handle these late nights like it use to.
  • We rented a house and are going on an  impromptu getaway to Portland this long weekend and I’ve been counting down the days this week which is something I rarely do. I’ve been working so hard the last couple of weeks and pulling all-nighters so I cannot wait to get away! Even though I found out yesterday that I will probably be working most of the weekend but whatever. Mind will still be in vacation mode.
  • I am quite sad because we are going to Portland— the #1 bike city in America and we are not bringing our bikes. BOO.
  • My life is in perfect harmony. Plenty of guilt-free and earned indulgences and also plenty of clean meals in July.
    July Eats.
  • I’ve been totally slacking off at the gym ever since summer started. I’m getting PLENTY of exercise but not enough weight-training and metabolic conditioning as usual because I am in my annual summer Cardio Queen mode. I lost strength and am not lifting as heavy as I use to (or it just seems A LOT harder) but I need to get my dose of cycling and Grinding outside in the beautiful weather!
  • And no surprise, I gained some body-fat because that’s what doing too much cardio does to you! With the amount that I eat, it’s pretty crucial I have lean mass or it’s totally unstainable! I don’t mind too much though because I’ll get back to gym-ratting when the weather gets cold.
  • I did take a break from cycling this week because I recently started SUPER intense leg days again and I find that they’ve been taking too long to recover. It is really hard trying to find a balance between all these physical activities and recovery. Since cycling is more important to me, I am going to tone down my leg day the next few weeks or just stick to full-body workouts.
Gran Fondo Goodies

I got my Gran Fondo kit! I love the sleek black and minimal design of the Gran Fondo Canada kits. Now, I’m just contemplating whether to cut off the sleeves or not…. but the kit is really nice and I don’t want to ruin it. Harharhar.


    My Food Confessions

    I read a lot of health and fitness blogs and they make me feel somewhat of an outcast in the world of “healthy blogging” but I guess that’s why I (re-)named my blog I Fucking Love Fitness and not I Fucking Love Health. I live a pretty healthy lifestyle and am a huge follower of the 80/20 rule. I’m not strict with my diet, I eat processed foods, I don’t always buy organic or grass-fed, I don’t agree with the Vegan lifestyle, I use plastic and store-bought deodorant, I don’t like running, yoga, bar method and zumba …but so what? I live in a paradox and I don’t really care because I pay for all my sins with healthy amount of exercise, I feel amazing and my vain-self is very satisfied with the way my body looks.

    I’ve been blogging for over 10 years now and even though I went from a “everything under the sun blogger” to “fashion/beauty blogger” and now to “health and fitness blogger,” I will always be true to myself and write for myself first and foremost. I would never pretend to love chicken breast, kale and yoga just because that’s what everyone else loves. Even though I’m known for things related to health and fitness and I should be showing the world how committed I am to this lifestyle, I am human. I also always tend to blog/tweet/Instagram everything that goes against what this blog is all about— poutine, MSG-filled Chinese dinners, sugar-filled desserts… I do eat salads and oatmeal on my spare time but don’t you think that is a little boring to announce to the world? Who knows, maybe in 5 years I will be a health nazi but now is not the time.

    Here are some more of my food confessions:

    • I’ve never had a day of 100% clean-eating. I indulge everyday!
    • I hate cooking. I secretly wish my boyfriend would cook for me everyday.
    • Almond butter is meh. Please pass the peanut butter!
    • I really can’t get myself to like coconut oil.
    • Greek yogurt is only okay in small quantities.
    • Kale is meh. Kale in my smoothies is even more meh. I prefer parsley.
    • I label apples, oranges, bananas and berries as “boring fruits” because they are available cheap and year-round. These are fruits I often use in smoothies and baking. I adore other fruits such as watermelon, mango, lychee, cherries and nectarines and I prefer to eat them by itself— I think using them in cooking or smoothies is such a waste because you can’t fully taste the flavors!
      Fruit Galore

      I am constantly in fruit coma especially over the summer. Yes I know. Sugar sugar sugar.

    • If I paid for my meal, I would eat every single bite. And I’m not shy about finishing my friends’ food if they don’t finish it!
    • People always tell me they eat a lot but when I see them eat, I’m thinking, really?
    • I think some bloggers have an unhealthy addiction to healthy eating.
    • I usually buy a rotisserie chicken in the beginning of the week, shred it and eat it with salads for lunch during the week. I’m lazy.
    • I keep a lot of food and snacks at work but at least I bring all my food, right? By the end of the week, I usually have a giant bag full of clean Tupperware to bring home— since I randomly bike to work, I bring everything in on Monday and home on Fridays when I usually get a ride.
      Food @ Work

      My daily assembly lines, occasional breakfasts, lunches and snacks at work.

    • I think ordering a salad at a restaurant is the stupid… but I sometimes do depending on the restaurant if I can’t stand anything else on the menu (eg. Boston Pizza). *shakes fist*
    • I like to eat while working, reading, watching tv… or doing something I enjoy. I never just “sit at the table and eat.” Nope.
    • I’m addicted to food. Even though I binge on healthy and clean foods, sometimes I’ll eat even when I’m not hungry and continue eating even when I’m about to burst.
    • Every time I hear about someone I know going on some ridiculous diet or “cleanse,” I just want to shake them and tell them to get their act together, find some motivation and commit to exercise and clean-eating!! Most of the time anyway. Since we all need our cravings once in a while.
    • Even though I live a pretty healthy lifestyle and usually have a clean diet, I still eat junk food …with no guilt.
      His & Her's

      This is not mine but my best friend and her boyfriend’s snack drawer in their kitchen although this is very similar to what mine and my boyfriend’s is. LOL.

    What are some of your food confessions?


      My Confession: Running Sucks.

      Running is probably the most popular physical activity because it’s cheap, accessible and anyone can do it. There are people who are so passionate about running, those who like to run away the stress and those who do it because they feel like they have to. I use to do it because I felt like I had to. There was always a little voice in my head forcing me to go for a run because it’s suppose to do wonders for you. But no offense to all the runners out there (a.k.a. the majority of my friends and the bloggers I stalk) but…


      For me, that is. I’m allowed to say that I do NOT like running because I really really tried and it’s just not for me.

      Lululemon Seawheeze 2012

      Lululemon Seawheeze 2012: my first and last running race.

      In fact, I almost hate running because it’s slow, sooooo boring, inefficient and it does not help me relieve stress, make me feel good nor do I find it fun at all which was one of my biggest issues. It’s also hard on my legs which is totally my fault since I would never commit to “conditioning my legs for running.”  When I tried to get into it, I actually gained body fat because I had to force myself to run slow at first or I’d be dying from lower body pain the next day and I’m a busy woman so I often didn’t have time to get a real workout in that day since I sacrificed my workout slot to run— or I had to do it so early in the morning that I was burnt out by evening when I did have time to workout.

      I do run though— in the form of sprinting! And I love it because it’s fast, efficient and I always feel amazing around rounds of HIIT sprints. Steady-state running on the otherhand is just something I dread because I feel like I’m wasting so much time. Time and priorities are another huge reason why I don’t like running. I have so many other interests and hobbies and although I do enjoy social runs here and there, I would rather being doing something else with that time.

      I can spend hours and hours cycling and it would not feel like a workout at all because it’s my passion. For me, cycling is rewarding, I can cover huge distances in less time, it’s the ultimate way to explore, it’s easy on my joints, it’s “easy” to burn those calories, I’m good at it and most importantly, it’s fun.

      For those who are passionate about running, they will have similar reasons. But that is definitely not me. So from now on, I will only be spending my precious time doing things I love and genuinely enjoy. I have nothing against running and runners… everyone has to find their passion and do what they love!

      At the end of the day, doing what makes you happy is the most important.

      Run Bugs

      My beloved Run Bugs!! These are 3 people who are definitely PASSIONATE about running. They live, breath and dream running like I do cycling. They made my short running stint fun and taught me a lot … even though in the end, I realized it wasn’t for me. I have no regrets being a former Run Bug!

      What about you? Are you passionate about running? Can you honestly say you like it? Or do you force yourself to because you feel like you have to?