On A Healthier Track

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I had been super busy these past few months and neglected writing on here. During those hectic months I had gained weight, became stressed, and lost my short-term memory (seriously, it is shot!). I also heard age and being extremely overwhelmed are factors for short-term memory loss! Even during the weekends, when I’m supposed to be in recovery mode, I would do nothing. I was wasting my life during my weekends, since the work week was so draining and so stressful that I just wanted to do nothing on my off days. I mean, I did go do stuff but about 50% of my weekend was dedicated to laundry and grocery shopping. The rest was spent on doing nothing and spending time with my son. I just wanted to be a zombie. My zombie-state and my stress caused me to eat and eat – you get the idea.

One day, I felt discomfort around my chest area. It felt sharp, but it wasn’t painful. I’m not sure how to describe the sensation. I didn’t know what it was and I told myself… “You know, I am of that age where it is possible to have a heart attack.” Considering all the work-related stress, no motivation to workout, overeating daily, no balance in my life, and I was coffee binging. I wasn’t even drinking water. Unfortunately, I didn’t change my routine. Once the project I was working on was over, I was able to breath again. Just a litte. Then I tried to will myself to change how I was treating my body. It took a while, but I finally got here.

I don't have a full Pact, because I don't want to accidentally miss one and pay for my mistake!
I don’t have a full Pact, because I don’t want to accidentally miss one and pay for my mistake!

A month ago I decided to cancel my break from GymPact (this nifty little app that holds you accountable for not working out or eating well) and scheduled my check in. The catch is if you miss one or more of your Pacts, then you’re charged $5 (or more) a day! That’s a hefty price to pay if you’re constantly missing them. However, if you complete a Pact then you’re rewarded with cold, hard cash! Okay, not cold or hard, but digital cash that gets deposited into your PayPal account. Knowing me and how much I tend to procrastinate, I added one workout Pact to my first week. I completed it made 24 cents. haha The second week, I only had one workout Pact as well. The fourth week I finally upped my game and added the food diary Pact. Basically, when you complete a food diary with over 1200 calories it goes towards your weekly Pact goals. It really keeps you in line – at least for me! I don’t want to be charged for missing out. Also, if you’re on your phone, then can connect with me on GymPact here! You can also learn more about the app from that link if you’re on your computer.

MyFitnessPal
If you’re on MyFitnessPal, follow me under vivienne_so so we can encourage each other! Yeah, I had a homemade lemon pound cake for breakfast! Sue me! :)

Which brings me to the other app I’m using. MyFitnessPal. I have been using this to monitor what I eat, how much calories I’ve burned, and my weight. It also calculates your caloric goals, if your goal is to lose weight or to maintain your weight. This also tells you how much sodium, protein, sugars, etc., you’ve had throughout the day and if you’ve either missed, met, or went over your goal. And if you don’t want to use their app or is away from your phone, you can always input information through their MyFitnessPal.

My goal has been to eat more fruits and vegetables daily, eat less meats and processed foods, and to shed off a few pounds. My decision is based on a few documentaries I watched a few years ago that is still available on NetFlix today. One that stuck out the most is “Forks over Knives”. I’m not going to lie, any and all documentaries are biased and propaganda driven – however; people should take the information they’ve gained from documentaries and do their own research to come to their own conclusion. At any rate, “Forks over Knives” T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. had done a dietary study of rural residents in China in the span of 65 regions over 20 years time. Basically observing what happens to people who normally had plant-based food diets who were later introduced to meat-based diets. It concluded that meat have the potential of turning on cancer genes. Processed foods also have the potential to turn on cancer genes, as well as really fucking with your immune system.

The other documentary I watched was “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead“. The one thing that impressed me the most was Joe Cross’ body transformation from the beginning of the film to the end. He completed a 60-day juice fast to regain his health.The 60-day juicing seemed really extreme to me. On top of which, to me juicing only half makes sense – I say this because juicing takes out a lot of nutrients from fruits and vegetables that are good for you and it dehydrates you. Which is why I haven’t gotten into it.

There’s also a new sequel to “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead“, which I have only watched halfway through, but I was fascinated with what some of the medical professionals had to say.

My Instagram is now littered with pictures of fruits. FruitPorn.


So taking what I’ve observed from those documentaries, the bombardment of all these juice/smoothie/health craze articles, and YouTubers who go RAW until 4PM – I concluded my own path:

  • Eat more raw fruits and vegetables;
  • Eats less meat and processed foods;
  • Drink more water;
  • Workout more!

Ever since I started eating more plant foods I’ve had a lot more energy and I’m not hungry all the time. There are times when I don’t even drink coffee to get through my day and I will choose to drink coffee only as a reward. I also don’t really have any meat during the daytime and save that for the evenings. As far as processed foods, I have a little bit during lunchtime with my fruits and vegetables (i.e. breads, crackers, cheese, yoghurt, something that seems healthy but it isn’t). However, if we really want to measure how much processed foods I have, it’s 200-300 calories daily.

And yes, I am counting my calories! A calorie is a measurement of energy. Easy as that. The less you consume, the less energy you have. The more you over consume, the more energy is stored into fat for later use. Unfortunately, the more you consume the more it becomes a surplus and harder to burn off. Your body only burns so many calories daily (depending on your genetics and how active you are). It’s not rocket science, it’s math. So basically, I’ve been keeping my daily calorie count around 1200 – 1500. MyFitnessPal will also do the math for you, so you won’t under eat, especially during days when you’ve worked out. If you have an iPhone with the nifty Apple Health app, MyFitnessPal will grab information from there to calculate how much you have burned and increase your calorie intake to accommodate the loss.

Basically, MyFitnessPal says I’m supposed to intake 1200 calories daily – because I’m not very active (if you set it to light activity, then it’ll assign you 1300 calories daily and so on depending on the setting you choose). It’ll subtract all the calories I’ve consumed and give me the remainder amount of how many calories I still need to have or if I’ve gone over. However, if I workout and burn 250 calories, then it’ll add 250 calories to my my intake. So there are days when I’ve actually totaled more calories, but because I worked out it shows I’ve either hit 1200 calories or am just 50 – 200 calories over (which actually happens a lot haha). So I look forward to the days I’ve scheduled in my workout sessions, because it means I can eat more!

I can’t really tell you how much I’ve lost or gained since the beginning of my GymPact to a week ago, but I can tell you that I’ve lost 1.5 lbs since last week.

Resources for if you’re interesting in watching/doing!

I hope you enjoyed this post! At the end of the day, choose the right lifestyle change for you and be happy and treat yourself with a tasty treat once in a while without guilt! You deserve it!

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20 Comments

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    Hanh 4 years ago

    Hey Viv, I found your blog through insta!
    I’m on a massive health kick this year so this was great to read, love your dedication to staying healthy – your diet is so important and makes the most difference to our well being and lifestyle :)

    Good luck!

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      Vivienne 4 years ago

      Hi Hanh! Thank you for stopping by and reading my post! I’m a little late to the game, but it’s better late than never. I feel a whole world of difference now that I’ve been eating better! :)

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    Tess Galen 4 years ago

    I hear about GymPact, it seems interesting, but I really don’t think I’d be able to keep up with it! Good luck with all your goals and such. Once you get going it is so much easier. (I say as I still digest my pizza from last night).

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    Christine 4 years ago

    I am right there with you about trying to get healthy again! I’ll be starting Paleo next week and I’m ready to start kicking some butt! I need to work out more and just focus on me for a change! I also, love myfittness pal! It’s a great app to use!!!

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    Allison 4 years ago

    Sounds like a wonderful plan! I mostly buy fruits and vegetables. Tonight, I was going to make eggplant tomato stackers with a little bit of goat cheese and pesto that I made from my own basil, but I realized the cashier at the store forgot to put it in my bags, grrrr. So I’m making risotto with mushrooms & asparagus instead. It’s tough for you working full-time and having a young son. It’s a ton of work and a lot of stress. Hopefully now that the spring and better weather is here you’ll be able to stick to your new plan and use all those apps, lol!

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    annie lee 4 years ago

    i’m working hard on drinking more water as well!

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    Jen 4 years ago

    Good luck getting back on the healthy track! I need to do the same. lol

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    kvieweg07@gmail.com 4 years ago

    I am totally with you on the unmotivated, bad eating habits thing…I need to get on track! GymPact seems cool, but I think I would go broke with all of my forgetfulness LOL! Good luck, hope to hear more about your success!

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    Kiss & Make-up 4 years ago

    Fat, sick and nearly dead was SO inspiring for me as well! It made me rethink the way I eat and really think more about nutrients and essential vitamins and minerals! Good for you for trying to lead a healthier lifestyle. It’s not always easy but it pays off SO much.

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      Vivienne 4 years ago

      I agree that that particular film really made me rethink the foods I eat. So far I have made a bit of progress. It has been hard but I am still trying everyday. Thanks for reading! :)

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    Julia Mazzucato 3 years ago

    I always do my best to take care of my body and be healthy! It’s so important that you nourish your body and stay active.
    Julia // Little Miss Haute Couture

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    Linda Manns Linneman 3 years ago

    I really needed to read this article because I have been in such a funk. This has really helped me want to get motivated again. Thank you so much for sharing

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    Starla B 3 years ago

    Seriously love this post! I have been feeling the same way and I swear it’s so hard for me to get on track. I will definitely have to check this out. Love your blog! xo

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