Weight Loss and Life-Long Health Goes Beyond Nutrition and Exercise

 

The Cabbage Soup Diet, Jenny Craig, The Hot Dog, Egg, and Some Other Thing I Can’t Remember Diet – like many women, I’ve tried all kinds of diets to keep the weight off.  Never being successful, until now, I learned the most important thing about losing weight and keeping it off.  I learned that no matter what, the change had to be made with my self-worth first.  I have to believe everyday that the work is done in this order – Spirit, Mind, and Body.  The body will reflect what lives in the spirit and mind. How I lost my weight and increased my energy has everything to do with habits I found necessary for me to live a happy life.  Here are some of the adjustments I made in my perspective to accomplish more than just weight-loss.

Goal Setting
The managing trainer (more like a life coach), Kimi Morton, at Egan’s Fit Body Bootcamp, says, “What you can measure, you can manage.”  In other words, we can’t just say that we want to lose weight.  If we say exactly how many pounds we want to lose, set a deadline, and detail what actions we will take to get there, we can be laser focused on accomplishing our goals.  Making it an easy bite size goal is important too, we need to be able to meet our goals because that is what is going to make us feel awesome and ready to set the next step to the ultimate “Big Dream” goal.  For myself, it was, I will lose 1-2 pounds a week to lose 5 pounds in a month by exercising at least 5 times a week.  My husband and I now do this for our financial goals by saying how much we will save per month so we can take a Japan trip with the whole family next year.  I also apply this to how many hours and pages I will cover in my study material to pass the CPA exam.  “Eat That Frog!” by Brian Tracy recommended by Kimi, helped tremendously.  I highly recommend this book if you want to learn to prioritize and have many things, like I do, that you would like to accomplish.

Have a Support Group and Surround Yourself With People Smarter Than You
I most certainly could not have met my weight loss goal if I didn’t have people to hold me accountable.  By having a small group of people after the same goal, you have no choice but to be accountable for your actions.  If you have to report to people about how much progress you’re making, if you stick to your meal plan, and they notice if you aren’t going to your workout, you will be less likely to fall off the wagon.  Also, by having trainers teach me about metabolism and protein and carbohydrate ratios was eye-opening.  

I work in an accounting firm and during tax season, I got smart and allowed others to help me.  Half way through the season I went for lomilomi massage treatment and hired a personal chef.  Just doing these two things lifted such a weight off my shoulders.  I was able to eat healthy with the help of the personal chef.  It was one of the roughest tax seasons we had in a long time, but I felt clear-minded and had enough energy to pull me through the season.  I used to pride myself in doing everything myself. Now, I know it is best for people to help one another by doing what they love.  I am able to share my light by helping people through my career in accounting and love of writing.  By allowing friends to help me with my healing and nutritional needs, I am assisting them in sharing their light as well.  This exchange of helping one another, to me, is the meaning of true abundance!
Reward Your Future Self
The wonderful side effect of proper goal setting and having a support group is being more productive without feeling run down.  I have also picked up a new favorite phrase that keeps me from procrastinating, which is, “reward your future self.”  I got this from Pualena Pakele & Cabot on her “Hot Better Pop” podcast with Kimi Morton (Check out this podcast if you’re interested in life hacks, nutrition, beauty, productivity, unicorns, etc.).  So now, every time I think I am tired and I can just do something later, for example, prepping my breakfast and the kids’ after school snacks the night before, I think about whether I’m rewarding or punishing my future self. This is usually enough to keep me from leaving it to be done the next morning.  This means I always have my 5 a.m. workout clothes on the bathroom counter so I don’t have to decide what to wear at 4:30 a.m.

Cheat Meals (Joy) Are (Is) Essential
That’s right!  I must have a guilt-free cheat meal or two on the weekends.  I LOVE FOOD!  I have certainly learned to love eating cleaner simply because it makes me feel better. However, my husband and I love good sushi, Italian food, and gelato! Not only is it better in the long run to have a sustainable diet that the body is used to, but it’s also necessary to have it as part of a joyful life.  Food is an important part of our culture, brings family and friends together, and used in celebrations.  Therefore, we have to be able to live with food and enjoy it without any guilt, otherwise, chocolates, wine, and pasta will not get the full attention and appreciation it deserves.  Now that’s sad!  So eat healthy and work hard, but balance it with decadence and play!

Bless EVERYTHING!
This is the biggest lesson of all.  Going back to Spirit, Mind and Body.  We can bless our spirit and mind through meditation and learning about things that bring us joy.  We can also bless our bodies through exercise and putting fresh, non-processed foods into our bodies.  It doesn’t have to stop there.  When, I do work for a client, cook food for my family, speak to another, clean my house, I stop and ask myself what kind of energy am I putting into my action and words.   We have a big house and I sometimes catch myself thinking that the cleaning is never ending.  So, at that point I switch my thoughts to gratitude, because when I do, I realize that when I am gratefully cleaning my home, I am blessing it, and when you clean a home that is a blessing rather than a burden, it becomes more beautiful to look at.  Now, blessing is slowly becoming more of a habit and suddenly grumpy clients are kinder, clothes get folded more neatly, food gets better prepared and my physical self is also much improved.  I’m still working on “blessing” our 6 bedroom house, or perhaps I just need to embrace the mess.  Anyways, everything is always a work in progress.  

So, I guess the moral of this story is, if you want to improve something, be grateful for what you have and BLESS IT!!
 Down 20 lbs.and 8% body fat

SWAN OYSTER DEPOT!!! OMGEEEE!!!

So this place just celebrated it’s 100th anniversary last year. It is a small diner where you eat at a counter and there is typically a line to get it. It’s located in the Nob Hill area of San Francisco on Polk Street. It’s wise to call in your order and take out. They’ll have it ready and you can just bypass the line. When I called the staff person there was very helpful. Being in San Francisco, I knew I wanted clam chowder. When I asked for other recommendations, he suggested a crab salad and I ordered bread and butter for an additional dollar. That was a dollar well spent! The sourdough bread is also very good even as leftovers. The crab salad ended up being the best thing I are during my 10 days in The Bay Area!

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Check out all that fresh juicy crab meat!!

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A bowl of clam chowder.

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The entire meal with sourdough bread! I’m dreaming of the next time I can come back and eat this salad!

More San Francisco Fun!!

Taking our kids to San Francisco, so far, has turned out to be a GREAT idea. We started off with lunch at the Farmers’ Market. There was a lot of great produce. The kids had all beef hot dogs, and I had a pork sandwich with a marmalade and parsley! It was sooooooo good!

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We finished with dinner at Epic Roasthouse with a nice view of The Bay Bridge, cocktails, a delicious meal, and dessert!

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The perfect day in San Francisco!!

The Andagi Story

We all know that whether you are Hawaiian, Filipino, Japanese, or Chinese, that you have a mother,grandma or aunty that makes THE BEST squid luau, pancit, ozoni, or jin dui on THE PLANET.  Now, the same goes for Okinawans and their andagi (a golden brown deep-fried orb of a donut made from flour, sugar, milk, eggs, and baking powder).  One day, a friend of mine who we shall call Lisa, said she had a funny story to tell me about her husband. She told me that her new husband was reminiscing about his mother who had passed on years ago.

“I wish I could make andagi the way mom did,” he said.

So excited to hear this, Lisa said, “Oh! My boss’s wife has a REALLY GOOD andagi recipe!”

GASP!! Oh no, she didn’t go THERE!!!

Halfway through her sentence, I was already laughing. Being half Okinawan myself, I knew the golden rule:  EVERY Okinawan person has a family member that makes THE BEST andagi. You can tweak it in secret but never ever admit to using the recipe of another. NEVER!

Back to our newlyweds. So after hearing Lisa’s very well-meaning suggestion, her husband replied, “OH NO!  My mom had THE BEST andagi recipe!”  He went on and on about how it wasn’t too oily, it was delicious, and she could make it the PERFECT size and shape!

I won’t be offering my mom’s andagi recipe to Lisa and her husband, even though it is THE BEST ON THE PLANET!!

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DAY 3 & 4: MORE ENERGY!

My Purium cleanse journey continues. I’m down one more pound.  I tried on some old pants that hadn’t fit for a while and now they fit perfectly!  I feel lighter, clearer and I have a lot more energy!  I feel much more productive at work.  I’ve been eating flex foods a couple of times a day, I like having a little sea salt on my cucumber slices.  Physically and mentally lighter, I am happier and healthier!  My mind and body are no longer a place to throw trash, only high vibrational thoughts and high vibrational nutrients!

DAY 2: 2 More pounds lost!

HOLY SHMOLY! More energy and less calories. Just to keep it real, it does take some discipline, especially if you did the dumb thing and started on the weekend. It was easier than Day 1. This time I added some almond milk to make it a little creamier. Now my green drink is REALLY ONO!! Down a total of three pounds. DAY 3- BRING IT!!💪