29 September 2012

OverIndulging

I had an over indulgence yesterday, and I'd like to say I regret it. Should I blame my hormonal changes for it?

But past is past.

I woke up this morning with a positive energy. I say to myself, I am going to get back to a healthy eating  pattern --- no more sugary foods, try to eliminate carbs, drinks a lot of water, and prepare myself for a water fast, the plan I have failed before.

Then I walked past the dining table, head straight to the kitchen to prepare breakfast for the kids. But wait, I saw the mooncakes my husband brought back home last night. They were on the table, still untouched.  I unwrapped one of the cake and cut into 4 equal pieces. One taste good. I ate another piece when later I realize that I have just finished an entire cake.
1 mooncake = 800 calorie. Oops!

I need to find ways to get back on track. HAPPY MOONCAKE FESTIVAL everyone.
 

28 September 2012

Binge Eating of the Month

I am being seriously emotional today. Feeling stressed out for no reason. The worst is I've lost count of how many calories have I had today. I eat and eat and eat to fill my emptiness.

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Emptiness? Why do I suddenly feel empty and worthless?

I checked the calendar and oh yeah...Miss P is going to visit me next week.

It's no wonder I have this miserable mood swings today. I tend to lose my temper over some little thing when I am near to my period. I will start to get weird food cravings and eat a lot but still not feel satisfied.

Girls out there, does anyone of you regularly binge eat before your period?


P/s: Dear husband, sorry if I ever use you as an emotional punching bag when I'm on my period :p Thanks for always being so understanding.


27 September 2012

Goodbye Eyelashes Extension!


Goodbye eyelashes extension. See you next month!

My real eyelashes are very short. Eyes are the windows to the soul. Curvy, thick, and long eyelashes is always attractive. They add zing to the eyes and make it beautiful. It's hard to deny that long curl eyelashes can be a powerful weapon of seduction. Just look at Kim Kardashian heart-melting lashes. And I make my weight loss goal this month, to lose at least 4kg. As a reward I'll get myself the gorgeous eyelashes extension.

But it only less than a week before the month of September ends. I am not even close to my goal. I started at 67.9kg when I attempt to start over a water fast two weeks ago. I lost a good number of 2kg  during the period. But then I lost my focus. And from 65.5kg, I went back to 66.7kg. It's actually only 1 more kg to lose before I reach this month's goal. Gaining 1 kg in 3 days isn't that difficult. But losing half a kilo in a week is damn hard!

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I have a friend's wedding to attend this weekend. So I gotta say, I've lost my chance to shows off my killer looking eyelash extensions. LOL.

Time frame is not important, as my weight loss buddy use to say.

I agree that it is better to maintain a moderate weight loss over a prolonged period than to regain from a marked weight loss.

But one way for me to stay motivated (and keep getting up after failing one) as I try to lose is by setting a weight loss goal within a reasonable time frame.

My ultimate goal is to lose 20kg, but I'm looking forward to lose at least 8kg before Christmas.

Goodbye eyelash extension, for now. I'll get you in 4 weeks time.



Rapid Weight Loss Techniques

This is a guest post from Loukman Weight Loss. If you are interested to submit a guest to Healthy Beautiful Blog, here's how to do it. 
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Hey ! Other than physical appearance weight affects a person in many ways. This could be the overall quality of life, self-esteem, depression, health risks, and physical incapabilities. There are a lot of positive changes once a person experience weight loss. It is for this reason why a lot of people are searching for a weight loss technique that will surely trim down those fats and get a super slim head turner body.

The first thing that an over-weight should do is seek a doctor to recommend the best weight loss regimen. This will be done after a full physical examination, which leads to the determination of proper weight loss technique. And to lose weight fast and effectively four aspects of life should be changed: what to eat, how to eat, behavior and activity level.

Here are fast tips that can change an over-weight's life:

First: Fast weight loss composes of a multi-faceted technique that consists mindset, exercise, and in other cases, diet supplements. Begin by learning a diet food plan that can easily be accustomed with. Incorporate an exercise plan that allows even at least fifteen minutes a day like brisk walking, running, swimming, and dancing.

Second: Set realistic approaches. The ability to focus and have proper mindset enables someone on a diet to quickly lose those extra pounds. With discipline and proper mind set, a dieter will never be discouraged and lose focus.

Third: Listen as the body speaks. Each and everyone's body metabolism reacts differently to different fast weight loss programs and plans. Try substituting one program for another to compensate the body's reaction. Exercise program must be suitable to one's body, as others are not able to exercise as rigorously as others can. If walking is all that can be done, then walk for this is proven the best exercise. Muscles burn more calories than fats so it's also best to put on a little muscle and looking good too.

Fourth: Eat more fibers for it makes a person full sooner and stays in the tummy longer, slowing down the rate of digestion. A single serving of whole grain bread moves fat through the digestive system faster. Grains turn into blood sugar that spikes the body's insulin level. Thus, making the body more energized and ready to tell the body when it should stop burning fats or start storing.

Fifth: Keep away from fried foods especially deep-fried as this contains a great amount of fat. Although fish and chicken appear leaner than beef, this white meat can contain more fat than when a beef is fried. It is recommended for those on strict diet to opt for grilled food as this does not have or contain less amount of fat after the food is cooked.

Sixth: Takes lots of fluid. Drinking at least six to eight glasses of water a day keeps the body refreshed. Since weight loss depends on how the body eliminates body wastes, the body must stay hydrated.

All in all, discipline and consistency is still the best practice and the key to a rapid weight loss success. Light dieting, workout, and right amount of supplementation applied in a regular way everyday will result in faster weight loss than having a massive action only to be followed a return to old habits as this would only lead to gaining more weight than when the weight loss plan has started.


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26 September 2012

Caesar Salad with Sautéed Shrimp Recipe

King of Salad: Homemade salad by Lysda

Contrary to its name, Caesar salad is not named after a famous Roman emperor. Instead, the most spectacular salad in the world is originated at restaurant in Tijuana in Mexico. The salad's creation is attributed to Caesar Cardini, an Italian born Mexican who invented it in 1924. The salad also gain popularity when Manny Wolfe, a Hollywood screenwriter for Paramount, began distributing the recipe around to various restaurants in the United States in 1937. Today there are various versions of caesar salad. This is our own version of the classic caesar salad.

Ingredients:
1 large green and red coral lettuce
2 kiwi fruits - skinned and sliced
50g anchovy filets, stir-fried

Sautéed shrimp:
1/2 kg uncooked shrimp, large, peeled and deveined
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, crushed
Oyster sauce, salt, and pepper to taste

Dressing:
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon dry mustard
2 tablespoon lemon juice (fresh is best)
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 teaspoon coarse ground salt
2 egg yolks for large eggs -- at room temperature*
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup parmesan cheese -- shredded or shaved


Instructions:

1. Trim the green coral lettuce and red coral lettuce of bruised or browned leaves, then tear the leaves with your hand into 1 ½ inch pieces. Wash and drain the lettuce, pat it dry and refrigerate for 30 minutes to crisp the leaves.

2. Prepare sautéed shrimp: Heat butter and olive oil in small saucepan over medium high heat. Add garlic and sauté until mixture is simmering and garlic is fragrant. Add shrimp and stir in lemon juice over shrimp. Season with oyster sauce, salt and pepper to taste. Sauté until shrimp are bright pink and cooked through, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside until ready to use.

3. Place lettuce on salad bowl. Place dressing ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mix well, then drizzle dressing over salad.

4. Arrange kiwi slices and crisp anchovies around. Add sautéed shrimp to the top of the salad and serve immediately.


*Note:
  • The original recipe of this salad add crouton to add flavor. To make the croutons, cut the French bread into cubes, heat the 1/2 cup olive oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Fry the bread cubes in the oil, tossing frequently, until they're crisp and golden. Drain the croutons on a paper towel until ready to use. 
  • The classic Caesar salad also use raw egg or partially cooked eggs in the dressing, which in our version, we omit the egg. Instead we use hard-boiled egg. Raw eggs may carry salmonella bacteria, so it's a good idea that babies, young children, and pregnant women avoid it.    

Weight Loss Success Stories: "I Did It!" Discover How Jocelyn Going From Size 12 to Size 0


What a difference a year makes for Jocelyn, 28. The San Diego-based girl decided to lose weight when her size 12 pants were getting too snug, and she was sick of having to continually buy bigger clothes. Losing weight can be challenging and for Jocelyn it was her zero knowledge about nutrition and had never been physically active. But she dropped the excuses and went from a size 12+ to a size 0 in about 1.5 years by educated herself on proper eating habits, and stopped eating/drinking empty calories. Jocelyn also became physically active and learned to love fitness. We can came up with 1001 excuse for not losing weight. But weight loss success doesn't come to you--you go to it. So don't let weight loss excuses stand between you and your goal weight!

Weight loss success has change Jocelyn in so many positive ways. Jocelyn says, she feels more confident now, and she has more energy. She's no longer afraid to wear shorts, love being outdoors, and staying active. She is also pursuing a career in the fitness industry. Jocelyn avoid empty calories, and exercise 6 days per week to maintain her weight loss. She blogs about how she lost weight and how she stays thin on Habitual Weight Loss. Make sure you visit her blog to learn more about how she had accomplished her weight loss success.

Body Makeover: Jocelyn went from size 12+ to size 0 in 1.5 years


Jocelyn 5 Best Weight Loss Tips
1. Stay active throughout the day
2. Have confidence in yourself
3. Avoid calories from sugary beverages
4. Eat lean proteins
5. Find an exercise that you love

Joceyln's Diet Plan 

  • Breakfast- 1 C nonfat plain yogurt or ½ C nonfat plain yogurt + ½ C high fiber cereal
  • Lunch- Tuna wrap (with Dijon mustard instead of mayo) on a Trader Joe's Wheat and Corn tortilla, or a black bean and rice burrito on a Trader Joe's tortilla.
  • Snack- Baby carrots, apple, Kashi TLC bar
  • Dinner- (~500 calories)- I make dishes that contain lots of vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins
  • Late night snack- If I need a little snack before bed I like air-popped popcorn or a square of dark chocolate. 


Jocelyn's Workout Plan 
Jocelyn says, she change this all the time, but right now it looks something like this:

  • Running - 3 days/week 
  • Water Aerobics- 1 day/week 
  • Pilates- 1 day/week 
  • Bootcamp/strength workout- 1 day/week 

She is also stay active by doing a lot of walking. Her favorite exercise is indoor cycling, but she is not currently a member at a club. If you find inspiration and hope from Jocelyn's story don't forget to say thank you to her via her blog Habitual Weight Loss.


We want to hear what challenge you faced in losing weight. If you have successfully overcome one, please drop a line below and tell us your experience. If you have a success story to share, please feel free to send to us together with your before and after picture. No one can change a person, but your weight loss success story might be a person's reason to make a healthy changes.



07 September 2012

Weight Loss Success Stories: How Sarah Lost Over 100lbs After Having a Baby

Nothing is more enlightened than reading weight loss stories from people who have success their goal. They are extra motivating when we learn how they lose weight without magic pills or some sort of weight loss product. Nothing is wrong with using weight loss product to aids your weight loss effort. But it's just tiring to try one after one weight loss product and see nothing work but lighten your wallet.  Save some money and potential health risk, because losing weight without the pills is possible. Just ask Sarah.

Sarah Murphy started her weight loss journey several months after she had her second child and done with breastfeeding her for over 6 months.Through diet and exercise she has successfully lost over 100lbs since then.

Sarah's Workout Plan


1. Slim in 6.It’s a six-week program and she lost over 15 inches off her body.
2. P90X. According to Sarah, it was so intense at first but she did what she could and improved. She couldn’t even do a push-up on her knees, but today she can do well over 25 push-ups in a row and keep improving.

Sarah's Diet Plan


1. Don’t eat fast food and try to eat from home.
2. Eliminated high fructose corn syrup.
3. Her meals consist of a good source protein, lots of veggies and then she’ll add in either a brown rice, sweet potato or red potato.
4. Make things simple and do eat the same meal probably more than once a week.
5. Use a meal replacement shake because she's a busy mother and always worried about what the kids will eat and not herself.

Having her weight loss goal became a reality, Sarah blogs to help others through their challenges while helping herself at the same time. Visit Sarah's blog: Sarah Murphy if you need some push with your weight loss goal. She is now on 90 Days Healthy Challenge and in a mission to get a flat stomach again.    You can also find her on Facebook: sarahbmurphy16

Pictures are copyright by Sarah Murphy. If you know any great weight loss success stories, please share to us. We would like to hear about it.




How to Lose Belly Fat: 5 Exercises to Lose Belly Fat

When speaking about body conscious, my big fat belly is the part of my body that I am concern a lot. People always mistaken me as being pregnant. Though I know that they are never meant to be rude, to be question about when I will due when I am not pregnant is just an awkward situation. Crunches is often a recommended exercise to lose belly fat, but I hate doing them because it cause me to have neck and lower back pain.
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I found out that Scissor Kick exercise is much flexible and fun in some way to lose belly fat. The exercise is much less strenuous. Now we can stop relying on crunches to lose belly fat as there is other ways to lose the belly fat you're carrying around. Try this 5 exercises to lose belly fat from Prevention.

What you need:
Open wall space (4 to 6 feet) and a mat. Resistance band is optional.

How to do it: 

  • Perform the routine barefoot 4 or 5 times a week. 
  • Do 10 slow, controlled reps of each move. If that's too difficult, do the Make it Easier variation. Not challenging enough? Try the Make it Harder version. 
  • For faster results: Do 2 sets of each exercise and add 30 minutes or more of cardio most days of the week. 


1. Wall Bridge
(tones back, butt)


  • Lie on back with butt against wall, arms at sides, knees bent, and feet planted 3 to 4 feet up wall. 
  • Exhale and peel lower and mid back off floor, keeping shoulder blades down, so body forms a nearly straight line from chest to knees. 
  • Hold for a deep inhale, then exhale and slowly roll back down. 


MAKE IT HARDER

  • Cross right ankle over left knee so only left foot is on wall, then roll up, pause, and lower. 
  • Do the full number of reps, then switch feet. 




MAKE IT EASIER
Don't use the wall. Keep feet flat on floor as you lift into a bridge; pause and slowly lower.


2. Windshield Wipers
(tones inner and outer thighs)

  • From Wall Bridge starting position, extend legs straight up against wall so body forms an L. 
  • Inhale and slowly lower left leg down wall like a clock arm toward 9 o'clock; exhale and return to start. 
  • Repeat with right leg, sweeping toward 3 o'clock. Continue to alternate legs until you've completed all reps. 


MAKE IT HARDER

  • Wrap an exercise band around left foot and hold both ends beside opposite hip for added resistance as you sweep left foot down wall. 
  • Do all reps, then switch legs and repeat. 


MAKE IT EASIER
Move 3 to 6 inches away from wall so torso and legs form a wider angle.


3. Toe Reaches
(tones abs)

  • Return to Windshield Wipers starting position, hands on belly. 
  • Keeping abs tight and chin tucked slightly toward chest, lift head, shoulders, and upper back, reaching right hand toward left foot. 
  • Lower and repeat reaching left hand to right foot. Continue to alternate until you've completed all reps. 


MAKE IT HARDER

  • Stack feet, left heel against right toes. 
  • Reach right hand to left side of feet, then left hand to right side. 
  • Do the full number of reps on each side. 


MAKE IT EASIER 
Lift only head and shoulders off floor as you reach toward knees.


4. Wall Scissor
(tones butt, backs of thighs)

  • From Toe Reaches start position, bend knees to plant feet on wall. 
  • Peel back off floor, keeping shoulder blades down, and step feet up wall so body forms a diagonal line from feet to chest. 
  • Bend elbows and support lower back with hands; keep shoulder blades, upper arms, and head on floor. 
  • Lower left leg toward head as far as you can, keeping both legs straight and abs tight. Return to wall and lower right leg. 
  • Continue to alternate until you've completed all reps. 




MAKE IT HARDER 

  • As you lower leg, pause and pulse 2 or 3 times, moving it up and down an inch or two, before returning it back to wall. 
  • Repeat with opposite leg. 


MAKE IT EASIER 
Scoot body 3 to 6 inches away from wall so wall supports more weight.


5. Knee Press
(tones butt, fronts and backs of thighs)

  • Lie on back, butt against wall, knees bent, and feet planted 3 to 4 feet up wall. 
  • Peel lower and mid back off floor and cross left ankle over right knee. 
  • Squeeze butt and front of thigh to press left knee toward wall. 
  • Do 20 pulses, then lower body and repeat on opposite side. 


MAKE IT HARDER 
As you press knee, engage abs to lift and lower hips a couple of inches with each rep.

MAKE IT EASIER
Do the move with feet and back on floor


Let's do this together and see if we can get some result after 2 weeks. Of course losing belly fat is best accomplished if we combine this exercise with cardio exercise, healthy diet and this 3 right mindset to lose belly fat

Who's in?

Source: Prevention







September's Weight Loss Challenge

I read a blog called I Will Be Skinny. The blogger makes a recap of his goal for last month. It inspired me to breakdown my long-term goal into less overwhelming mini goals.I don't make any progress last month. So I hope this new strategy will help me to stay motivated on my weight loss journey.


ULTIMATE GOAL
  • I want to lose 20kg.
  • I want to fit into a body hugging dress without wearing a corset underneath.
  • I want to eat the most delicious cakes in the world without anyone complains about dieting and losing weight.
  • I want to shrink my stomach, so that people will stop asking me when I will due when I'm not pregnant.
  • Awkward: Either I'll star wearing this t-shirt or I lose weight 
    to make people stop asking about my due date. 
Ultimate reward: Take wedding photo shoot for anniversary. No more airbrush help to make me look slimmer.


MONTHLY GOALS
  • I will lose at least 4kg this month.
  • I will lose an inch around my waist.
Long lashes: looking forward to get Kim Kardashian's double lashes
 look if I lose 4kg this month

Monthly reward: I will treat myself to eyelash extension.

WEEKLY GOALS


  • I want to workout 5 times a week.
  • I want to cut out carbs from my diet. (No rice, noodle, biscuits, pasta and bread)



  • Weekly reward: I will treat myself to a karaoke session this weekend.


    DAILY GOALS
    • I will exercise first thing in the morning - every morning, after my Quiet Time. 
    • I must drink at least 8 glass of water.
    • I must eat at least 1 serve of fruits.

    Daily reward: I will give myself 10 points for doing exercise, 10 points if I consume 8 glasses of water, another 10 points for eating at least 1 serve of fruits per day. If I success to collect at least 300 points in two weeks, I am oblige myself to a spa treatment.

    I will start everything today but all rewards are take place next week. What about your mini goals. Mind to share it here?



    05 September 2012

    Weight Loss Jokes 1

    Easy Weight Loss 
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    I was talking to my doctor about a weight-loss patch I had seen advertised.

    Supposedly you stick it on, and the pounds melt away.

    "Does it work?" I asked.

    "Sure," he said. "If you put it over your mouth."

    -- Mary Kaapke




    The Old-School Approach 
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    The biggest loser at my weight-loss club was an elderly woman. 
    "How'd you do it?" we asked.
     "Easy," she said. "Every night I take my teeth out at six o'clock." 
    -- Cathy J. Schreima 


    A Piece of Cake
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    My sister decided to go on a diet, and that first evening she phoned me.

    I could tell her mouth was full, so I asked her what she was eating.

    "A cupcake," she mumbled.

    "I just got on the scale, and it read 149 1/2 pounds. I decided that was no place to start a diet, so I'm rounding it off to 150."

    -- Sharon E. Askegreen








    Source: Reader's Digest



    04 September 2012

    Food Lovers

    I am so disappointed with myself all last week.

    I don't have a serious workout, and I fail to commit to my weight loss plan.

    I am such a food lovers. I meant food lovers. I don't have heart to throw away leftover foods when thinking about starving Somalis children who don't have enough food to live. My kids are picky eaters. Husband spends his days at work. So, we have a lot of leftovers that seem to go to waste. I feel like a trash bin at the end of the day, because all the leftovers end up in my stomach, simply because I don't want to waste food.
    Starving child: We always waste some foods, but people in different countries are starve to death.
    My husband knows I love curry puff. And he brought some leftovers from his workplace yesterday. Some --- i mean foods for four. But my kids hardly eats that. And again I am the one who finish it all. Today, he bring back my favorite yam pan cake. I can't resist for two reasons. First, it's my favorite and secondly I don't want to make him feel upset by turning it down.

    2nd day on second week: I ruined my diet.


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