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Healthy Living: Hang In There-It’s only get better from here

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

So, Today, I was just sitting at home doing homework.. and procastinating.. as usual.

And, I was just thinking about my problems. I think about my relationship problem and the way I still struggle with myself and accepting who I am. And.. I just get all depressed and stuff. And then, I wish I didn’t have so much problems to worry about. I wonder how wonderful life would be without any problems. I wonder how crappy my life is right now.

And then, it hit me. My life isn’t crappy. And I don’t have that much problem. Sure, I have a few problems that drives me insane sometime, but everyone has problems. I’m not the only one struggling. And, then, I think about why I was sitting here and feeling all depressed in the first place. I don’t have to be unhappy. I do have control over my emotion. It’s such a waste of time to be unhappy.

I think that in this world, we all have problem. I think about 3fatchicks, and thought about all the bloggers on here. I’m sure you girls also have your own problems in life too and in the meantime, you also have to deal with your weight. And I realize, that there is a lot of stuff in this world that can mess with us..make us feel depressed. And sometime, in that depression, we lose sight of what is really important.

I don’t know, I’m not much of a writer. But I feel that I can make a difference in my life. I’m not perfect and nobody is. I have problems and bullshit I have to deal with on daily basis and I’m sure you have them too. But that is no reason to be sad or complain over. I think we can be the bigger person and deal with it, and make it better for ourself.

THus, I got up, and I decided I wanted to do something different today. Instead of shutting myself at home and procastinating, I will go out to lunch with people that I care about. I called up my baby cousin, and we went to eat thai food together. The meal was really fattening.. but we ate ourself silly. Just me and him. Haha, He ate so much that he could barely breathe. We didn’t talk much but I think we both had a really good time.

And.. that made my sunday! 🙂 It really does. Today was worth living and there really is something worth celebrating for. Instead of being depressed, I choose to make my life better. I choose to have lunch with my baby cousin and that made me happy.

So, if you are reading my post now, and you are sad about your life. I just want to let you know that things does get better. You just have to hang in there during the hard time, and it will be better. However, good things don’t come by itself. You have to stand up and make it better for yourself. You have to be strong and be the stronger person.

This goes with everything we do. Whether we are suffering from our weight, our life goals, our relationship with other people.. or anything else. We have to make it better for ourself. And it start by doing something different.

For me today, it was loneliness. The feeling of inadequate.. the feeling of lost. I know, it’s weird. But that’s what I’m struggling over. And, by having lunch with my baby cousin, I feel happy. He cheered me up without even knowing it. And this “better” thing, didn’t happen because I continue to shut myself at home. NO, I go up and did something to improve the situation.

So, that’s what I learn. We gotta be proactive! 🙂 THus, if you are frustrated and sad right now, you need to do something different to make yourself better. Things only get better only if YOU choose to make it better!!!

Here is a song that I feel really describe the moment:

[One Republic: Good Life]

Healthy Living-INFO: Eat Fruits

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

I found this on tumbler, ANd I THINK IT’S A PERFECT picture to show!

Healthy Living: Balance

Friday, August 19th, 2011

I think I have found my balance. Or.. at least I am trying to discover it.

This summer, I have been through many ups and down. And I really learn something from it.

At first, I thought that with eliminated time, it wasn’t hard to get a A in a class. However, this theory was wrong, I realized that “time” can be a friend or an enemy. I realize that during the first part of my summer, I had too much time on my hand, so I use those time to play games and study. But eventually, I got addicted to games.

So, “too much time” = can be a bad thing. So, I had to do something with my time. Thus, I started reading books, going to the gyms, setting academic goals for myself. And lastly.. I would like to take up a hobby.

I want to learn piano again. Its a skill I want to keep throughout life, and play myself a nice song on those days that I feel like listening to music.

And also, I want to try video animation again. I always like animation as a little kid. It was a useful skill that I had picked up after quitting maplestory a few years back. Surprisingly, learning how to edit video has gotten me to many places I never realized I would ended up. Even though, video editing has nothing to do with medicine. It has gotten me a leadership position in high school, and then that leadership position provided me the opportunity to joining the UCI premed summer program. And before I know it, I became invovled in the healthy communities and had met many doctors and gained many mentors. All that through …video editing? haha 🙂 It really do takes me places.

So, to balance out my summer time, and using it productively. I wanted to pick up these skills again. I feel that I owe myself something to do on my free time that I can enjoy. Gaming is no longer an option for me, so I trying to find an alternative. Healthy Living is about balance. And just as I learn to manage to balance my meal, and (hopefully) my weight, I need to start to learn how to balance my life. So, I can be happy and still do the things I love. (studying, spending time with parents & friends, and enjoy the events that comes my way :] )

I’m gonna make a new page to keep a track record of my video animation release. Check it out if you got time 🙂

Healthy Living: Running

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

I got this article from Shine: Healthy Living

Fat Burning Running Exercise:

For newbies

  • Pick up the pace (30 minutes).
  • Walk at a brisk pace for 5 minutes.
  • Run for 3 minutes at a comfortable but challenging pace.
  • Power-walk for 2 minutes to catch your breath.
  • Repeat steps 2 and 3 three more times.
  • Walk at an easy pace for 5 minutes.

FYI: As you gain strength, spend more time running and less time walking.

For seasoned runners

  • Go faster, stronger, longer (45 minutes).
  • Walk at a brisk pace for 3 minutes, then run at an easy pace for 7 minutes.
  • Run as hard as you can for 2 minutes.
  • Run at an easy pace for 3 minutes.
  • Repeat steps 2 and 3 four more times.
  • Cool down with 7 minutes of easy running and 3 minutes of walking.

Always Hungry? How to Tell if You Really Need to Eat

Thursday, June 9th, 2011
This article was adapted by Shine:Healthy Living: [link]
I thought this post was helpful because sometime, I do find myself struggling to define my hunger and if it is appropiate to eat or not! 🙂

Our appetite signal can’t be trusted. For proof, just look at all the overweight people in this country, who consume more calories than their bodies need. The next time you get the urge to eat, here’s how to tell if your hunger is genuine

:1. Look for a slow build. Physical hunger comes on gradually, while emotional hunger is sudden.

2. Listen for the growl. When your stomach is truly empty, it’ll feel hollow, and you’ll experience gurgling and hunger pangs.

3. Ask yourself what you’re hungry for. True hunger can be satisfied with any food. If only a particular food will do, you’re not really hungry. (Hint: If you want that cake instead of an apple you aren’t truly hungry!)

4. Wait 10 minutes. Hit the timer on the stove or the one on your sports watch and distract yourself with a task until you hear the ding. Usually by that time, if it’s a craving, it will have passed.

5. Drink eight ounces of water. Many people confuse hunger with thirst, thinking they need food when their bodies actually need fluids. So drink a glass of water, then wait 10 minutes. If you’re still hungry, it’s legitimate.

6. Stick something else in your mouth. If gum, a lollipop, or a mint satisfies you, it’s an oral craving, not hunger.

Choose Your Yogurt Wisely

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Choose Your Yogurt Wisely

I think we have all been there. Trying to eat healthy, but the world keep giving us junk! We are surrounded in a world of junk food. Even the most healthiest snack/meal is contaninated with added sugars and fats. How are we suppose to live healthy? Well, first off, we need to be Healthy Living Knowledgeable!

Here is a helpful site! [Link here]

Choose Your Yogurt Wisely

1. StoneyField’s Organic Fat-free Yogurt Brands :
*Love the taste, more reasonably priced than the Greek varieties, organic, higher in sugar but still reasonable. Six live active cultures! Highly recommend this brand, as it is readily available at most grocery stores and CAN be more affordable than other organic yogurt.

2. Oikos Plain Nonfat GREEK yogurt (organic):
*Low in calories and sugar and very high in protein! Five live active cultures! An excellent choice if you can afford it! It was $2.29 at Kroger yesterday for a small 7 oz container! Yikes.

Anyone know where to get the best deals on GREEK yogurt? I am curious!!

3. Yoplait Original (99% fat-free)
*Great flavor, but higher in calories (170 calories per 6 oz container) and sugar (33g per container), sweetened with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), contains live active cultures, but still not highly recommended by me as I try to stay away from high fructose corn syrup and it does not meet the guidelines I suggest.

4. Dannon Fit n Lit:
*Low in calories but sweetened/colored with controversial ingredients; aspartame, acesulfame K, Red 40, Blue 1.  The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) recommends to avoid products containing acesulfame K and aspartame and use caution with artificial coloring like Red 40 and Blue 1. Recommended only if you do not consume yogurt regularly and are more of a milk person.

5. Weight Watchers Yogurt Brands:
*Good flavor, low in calories, and sweetened with sucralose (Splenda), which is considered safe, according to CSPI. However, use in moderation as it does contain Red 40 and Blue 1 which are cautioned against. I would recommend this brand OKAY for an artificially sweetened yogurt!

6. Yoplait Lite:
*I will admit, I LOVE the taste of this yogurt and it is low in calories. However, HFCS is an ingredient I avoid and I do not like how it is also sweetened with aspartame and colored with Red 40 and Blue 1. Not recommended unless you consider it an occasional treat (like I do!).
These six are the main yogurt varieties mentioned by The Healthy Apron Fans
What is your favorite yogurt variety?? I would love to help you navigate through the nutrition facts!!

Healthy Living: Summer Time Healthy Living Style

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

This article was taken from for the purpose of education & informative. [link here]

1. Curbs your appetite.

Get it the drug-free way: Drink water instead! It’s free, simple, and it works: a recent Virginia Tech study found that women who drank two glasses of water before every meal lost more weight than those who took diet pills to curb hunger.

2. Speeds up your metabolism.

Get it the drug-free way: Sorry folks, but the best way to rev your metabolism is through exercise. “Do some heavy resistance training or HIIT (high intensity interval training),” suggests Michele Collier and John Dull, co-creators of the “Supreme 90 Day” system. “After just one session of HIIT, your metabolism can stay elevated for up to 18 hours after.”

3. Increased energy.

Get it the drug-free way: Spice up your meals! “Spicy hot foods and condiments increase circulation and increase metabolism,” says Dr. Lynn Anderson, creator of the “Aero*Boga” DVD. “When you increase circulation to your brain, it gets charged and you get energized.” Anderson recommends adding salsa, red pepper and a little horseradish to meals.

4. Cuts cravings.

Get it the drug-free way: Got a craving for chocolate that just won’t quit? Take a whiff of peppermint. One study done at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia found that subjects who regularly took sniffs of peppermint throughout the day consumed 2,800 calories less per week than their non scent-smelling counterparts. Researchers believe this may be because when our brains focus on a strong scent (such as peppermint) our focus is shifted away from the food we may be craving.

5. Reduces calorie intake.

Get it the drug-free way: Eat in volume. If you like to eat, don’t fight it! Instead, indulge in low-calorie, high-volume foods like broth-based soups, popcorn or large salads. A recent study published in the journal Appetite found that subjects who consumed soup before a meal ate 20 percent less calories at mealtimes than those that didn’t.