As I've mentioned before, I've gained 10 lbs since I started an office job in January as it had been a constant struggle trying to keep up with work, blogging, modeling and my usual workout routines. I found myself too tired after work to go to the gym although at least I still made it to muay thai classes every Tuesday and working out on one of the weekends. It just wasn't enough. All the unhealthy snacking and occassionally drinking coffee to keep myself awake after lunch time took its toll on me.
You might say 10 lbs (5kg) isn't much. Hey, that's only about 1kg gained each month? If I kept going at that rate, would I be 12kg heavier by the end of the year?
And what do I have to say about that? HELL NO. I wasn't going to let that happen. Work was going well (although at times was quite challenging) and I couldn't ask for a more fun bunch of colleagues but I realized it was a lot harder to juggle my full-time graphic design job, modeling and blogging. I enjoyed doing these things the most but it wasn't balancing the way I had hoped it to. I want to dedicate more time on my blog and learn more about health and fitness so I can share it with everyone. It's something I enjoy doing and see myself doing in the long run. So, I resigned from my full-time job and my company has now hired me as a freelance designer so I am now able to be more flexible with my time.
Don't get me wrong - I'm not saying you have to quit your job if you think you've been gaining weight just because you're desk-bound. That isn't the main reason why I resigned anyway. During the first 3 months, I was still going to the gym 3 times a week and eating healthily. I was adamant about drinking coffee because it stains your teeth and is so bad for in so many levels (I'll share more on this soon). I'd pack my own lunch sometimes and made sure I didn't have to consume it with my eyes still glued to the computer. Like I said, work was going well. But what happened with me? I got complacent. I got lazy and I started not to like my daily routines. When your mind has decided on something like that, you know you're going to do a half-ass job - not with work, more importantly, with your life.
My eating habits were terrible. 'Just 1 packet of cream crackers' turned out to be 'Aw man, I just had 3...'. I stayed up until 2, sometimes 3am because I needed some down time after getting home from work to catch up with friends or download new music for my workout playlist. The extra 10 lbs didn't show up immediately of course. My jeans started to feel tight and uncomfortable at first and then I realized it felt better to leave it unbuttoned after a while.The first signs of trouble. Always. Take. Note...
I don't have a weighing scale at home and rarely do I ever weigh myself at the gym but just 2 weeks ago, I became curious. And yeah, that's how I found out. It was almost like finding out you're pregnant (no, I've never actually experienced this but I would think it'd be similar emotion). I couldn't believe it!
Just to prove my point, here's a photo of me in my ideal weight taken in Oct/Nov 2009:
And this is me, now:
It may not be a dramatic change to some people but it's not a good change for me and I am extremely unhappy about it...
Anyway, enough with all the oh-my-god-I-can't-believe-this-is-happening... What you need to know and what I, ultimately, would like to share is what needs to be done NOW. Over the next 12 weeks, I'm undergoing my workout split 1 - which is called the 'Explode' program. No, I do not have the desire to look like the governor of California. It's called the Explode program simply because... it sounds cool.
Some basic rules of this program on my next post. Hang in there
This morning I decided to try something different and got the Fruity Soymilk instead of the usual Pearly Soymilk (Soymilk with tapioca pearls) from Mr.Bean. It's a blend of fresh watermelon with soymilk and ice. Super refreshing and tastes so much better than coffee. I almost never drink coffee. It baffles me that some people would drink it every morning. It's funny to notice that these coffee addicts can't help but subconsciously cringe upon taking the first sip of that bitter coffee. Do you REALLY need it? Try a fruity soymilk instead!
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hat tip: (adidas and Stella McCartney for the outfit and YesStyle.com for the shoes)
The Singapore F1 Grand Prix is happening this weekend and that means the biggest, baddest and most exclusive parties in town. From Amber Lounge to Podium Lounge, concerts and glamorous events, there's always places to be and people to see.
This time last year, I won the CitiSpa Playeur Race Queen Contest and got to be on the race tracks for the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia.
2 years ago, I was in Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, as one of Redbull's Formula Unas and had one of the best experiences in my life.
This year, I received a ticket to watch the race from the Paddock Club that was personally delivered to my home. Here's the basic itinerary:
Everything else is kept a secret and meant to be a surprise. I can't wait!
I will be at Mimolette this Friday night for the 'Hard Drive' Party. See you there!
*Headpiece designed and hand-made by me
Sanford Porter has worked in professional photography for the better part of several decades. He has practiced the art of fashion and beauty photography in NYC and Los Angeles. In pursuit of mastering his craft, he has done his share of celebrity shoots, catalog fashion for department stores, product, architecture, cars and motorcycles for magazines and commercial advertising. One of his photographs won "Best Fashion Advertising Photograph" by the California Newspaper Association. At one point, he made the decision to move back to his hometown in California, not famous for hosting many Vogue shoots. Most of his assignments are in LA, though he occasionally can be found shooting in any part of the globe.
- excerpt from his website http://studiosinfinity.com/
In my natural elements: rugged Diesel jeans (latest collection), unwashed hair, sand and water... watching the beautiful sunrise.
Take care of your heart ♥