monday, 3.18.13.

steamed egg topped with green tea powder.

grapefruit green tea, salad (3 types of lettuce, cherry tomatoes, 1/2 an avocado), 4 brazilian nuts, 2pcs dark chocolate, 4 pcs ginger mango jerky.
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upper body 6 sets with increasing weights- 12, 10, 8, 6, 12
chest: dumbbell incline bench press (10, 13, 16, 18, 10), incline flies (10, 13, 16, 18, 10)
shoulders: reverse flies (10, 13, 16, 18, 10), lateral raises (10, 13, 16, 18, 10)
triceps: lying triceps presses (10, 13, 16, 18, 10), triceps kickbacks (10, 13, 16, 18, 10)
back: middle back shrug (10, 13, 16, 18, 10), one-arm dumbbell rows (10, 13, 16, 18, 10)
biceps: hammer curls (10, 13, 16, 18, 10), preacher curls (10)

a fruit/veggie/protein shake (sorry, forgot to photograph! 3 types of lettuce, 3 tbsp hemp protein, a handful of blueberries, 1 lime, coconut water, water), 1 fillet of tilapia, a bowl of sweet potato leaves, a bowl of salmon and tomato soup.

after school, i taught my cheerleaders the intro part of their dance and one special move that they are going to do in the dance. the move is a semi-handstand/air split. sounds complicated, but it really is not. it’s basically a handstand with only one leg in the air. they picked it up pretty quickly. =D in a typical american school, cheerleaders are expected to do gymnastics and be very strong and athletic. our cheerleaders are not quite what most people would expect, but i am really proud of them because they have come a long way from the shy and pale girls i first met. they did their first public performance a few weeks back, and they even did a stunt! a thigh stand. so i was really happy. =] we are working on a new choreography for a pep rally coming up after spring break. i hope it goes well!

so i somehow twisted my neck this morning. it’s been bothering me all day. i’ve been stretching and massaging it, but it still is difficult to look to the right. =( i wasn’t even doing anything. i had just finished up some morning yoga, and then i decided to crack my neck (bad habit). =((( it is getting better, though.


sunday, 3.17.13.

4 baked eggs with basil, pepper, and turmeric, few slices of turkey, lots of lettuce, cherry tomatoes, some butter, paleo flatbread, coconut water.

date with the LORD.

2 fish cheeks, clams, mussels, kitty whisker veggies, 2 shrimp, 3 cuttlefish balls, kung pao chicken.

almond tofu shaved ice with condensed milk. and t-marie!

whew! ate so much this past weekend. cheated, too. going to have to clean up this dump-truck! so i’ve actually been feeling like i am okay to skip lunch every day, but then i feel like i am not taking in enough veggies. this week, i am bringing a salad for lunch every day. i am also thinking that i may do a green drink at dinnertime, too, right after i do my workout routine. maybe throw in some hemp protein. xD

so i went to siziwan with t-marie today. taiwanese people never cease to amaze me. i went in shorts and a tank top, which i totally regret because i really wanted to go swimming when i got there! my friend actually wore her bikini, and she was the only one! everyone was fully clothed. at the beach. playing in the water. in sweaters and pants. what. so bizarre. anyway. we walked almost an hour to get to this restaurant that i was really excited about because it was supposed to be super fresh seafood at really cheap prices. turns out we went to the trick one. =( but it was still good, and good times! =] i should probably explain about trick restaurants. in taiwan, if some business turns out really successfully, trick imitations will pop up near it. they take advantage of unsuspecting folk who travel from far away just to try the famous business. you have to be careful. =P despite it being the trick restaurant, t-marie and i did some damage to the dishes. xD

soooo stufffedddd.

saturday, 3.16.13.

few slices of turkey, avocado, and 4 strawberries.

brunch at mattoni deli cafe with t-marie and friend! 1 glass of orange juice, 2 pork sausages, 4 strips of bacon, 2 eggs scrambled with smoked salmon, 2 eggs sunny-side up, 1 cup of mushrooms, 1 cup of cherry tomatoes, 1 tiny jar of peanut butter, tea.
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peanut butter chocolate treasure (ermaghwererdddshogood!).
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tabata for 10 mins., treadmill for 5 mins.

oh, boy. i ate way too much protein this morning. i had a small breakfast because i had planned brunch with a friend. i was eating, and i forced myself to stop. my body was like…knock, knock, where’s the rest of my food??? so i think my leptins are getting back on track. however, i over-ate at the brunch. i need to figure out cravings versus need.

friday, 3.15.13.

steamed egg topped with green tea powder, handful of walnuts, a bite of turkey with avocado.
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grapefruit green tea.

lower body and abs 6 sets with increasing weights- 12, 10, 8, 6, 12, 12
quads: dumbbell squats- shoulder rack (10, 13, 16, 18, 10), overhead press (5, 8, 10, 13, 5)
hamstrings: dumbbell lunges (10, 13, 16, 18, 10), dumbbell deadlifts (10, 13, 16, 18, 10)
calves: standing heel raises (10, 13, 16, 18, 10), one-leg raises (10, 13, 16, 18, 10)
abs: ab ripper x.

sushi express with a girlfriend (AGAIN!). xD

turkey and avocado. protein and fat. something so freaking delicious about it, and naturally so! i noticed that i feel really satisfied and full after having an egg custard tart, but with the steamed egg, i was feeling really hungry, even after eating lunch. the one major difference between the custard tart and steamed egg is that the tart has a walnut crust, which has some yummy fats. so today, i threw in walnuts and avocado to see if it changes anything about my appetite. i also feel like i am getting my normal appetite back. i guess i am just naturally a piggy. a picky piggy. ^6@6^

i was doing a quick google search on fats and proteins, and came across the information of how we started eating grains and our brains got smaller while our growth became stunted. i can believe it.

during p.e. today, i did capture the flag with half the class while the other half played basketball on their own. ’twas awesome. no wonder kids are so much more fit. if you look at animals, they do the same thing. sprint, rest, sprint, rest. a lot of arbitrary movement, and it is completely natural and good.

thursday, 3.14.13.

steamed egg topped with green tea powder.

grapefruit green tea, spirulina bar, chocolate.

coconut water, 1 banana chip (just to try it).

2 fillets of fish, 1/2 an avocado, 3 or 4 cups of green veggies, 1 tbsp coconut butter, 1 almond coconut bar.

one piece of stinky tofu, a grilled chicken skewer.

so hungry today. skipped workout and just had dinner when i got home. man. then i went to meet up with a friend and her friend, who was super nice and treated us to chicken skewers. i know, it was after 7pm, and i don’t really eat that much meat. she didn’t know, though, so i just ate it because she bought it for us. it was good. i was also craving fat and protein (still??? ikr), so it was fine. a bit salty, though. not a fan of taiwanese deli foods. too salty or too sweet. or msg or soy. =(

i’m not too worried about it. it was nice to go out with t-marie and her girlfriend. =] her girlfriend is a local taiwanese girl. she saw some of my old modeling photos and was very taken aback by how “daring” i was. to an american, it’s just normal. we’re a lot more open-minded about things, and my own philosophy about the body, art, and photography is just different from a typical taiwanese. even though she was unsettled by it, she was still a lot more interested in seeing all of my photos than i expected. usually, people just kind of scroll through and comment here and there, but she was legit scrutinizing every photo. i like turning people’s perspectives topsy turvy. means they are changing and evolving their minds. ;]

wednesday, 3.13.13.

4 hard-boiled eggs (in steamer), ~4 oz beef, half a spirulina bar, handful of nuts, 4 pcs trader joe’s chocolate.
IMG_8318this is one of my go-to chocolates.
IMG_8325i love this bar! only five ingredients, sprouted, clean, nutritious, and delicious!

i polished off a bag of broccoli chips, the rest of the paleo people caffeine crunch, the rest of the trader joe’s chocolate, and a grapefruit green tea. so bad. really cannot eat grain-fed beef. it completely threw off my body today.
IMG_8321 i know it’s a little weird, but i really love broccoli chips. so good!!! kind of remind me of a taiwanese chips brand called 乖乖(guai guai).

upper body 6 sets with increasing weights- 12, 10, 8, 6, 12, 12; 6, 10, 13, 16, 6
chest: dumbbell bench press (10, 13, 16, 18, 10), flies (10, 13, 16, 18, 10)
shoulders: seated dumbbell presses (10, 13, 16, 18, 10), front raises (10, 13, 16, 18, 10)
triceps: seated triceps presses (10, 13, 16, 18, 10), triceps kickbacks (10, 13, 16, 18, 10)
back: wide-grip lat pull-ups (jump, jump ‘n squeeze, jumpsqueeze’n’hold, hang), one-arm dumbbell rows (10, 13, 16, 18, 10)
biceps: dumbbell curls (10, 13, 16, 18, 10), concentration curls (10, 13, 16, 18, 10)

my work-out station:

tilapia, dill, spinach, kelp, cucumber.

ugh. i made the mistake of eating bil’s beef this morning. i made steamed egg over the weekend for my breakfasts this week, but i had put them in the freezer because i was working through the egg custard tarts first. the steamed egg did not thaw very much even though i had transferred it from the freezer to the fridge ~10pm last night. i had to quickly toss four eggs from sister’s fridge into the steamer and grabbed some of the beef bil made. after i finished eating breakfast, i was so unsatisfied and still felt super hungry, so i ate half a spirulina bar, then a handful of nuts. was STILL feeling like i needed more food, so i ate four pieces of trader joe’s chocolate. ugh, felt so sick afterwards from the beef and maybe from the eggs because my sister does not purchase free range eggs. the beef was u.s. beef, so it’s the worst quality ever. can totally feel the difference. lacking energy, not feeling satiated but too sick to want to eat anything, and completely remorseful. not going to do that again. it makes more sense to not eat my 50g of protein rather than eat all of that protein when it is not of good quality. ughhhhhhhh. as much as i would like to wallow, it is sinfully inconsequential and not conducive to productive behavior or sound mind, so i have to let go and move on with my life.

working out was awesome! i’d only done the first two sets when i felt a rumbly in my tumbly, and that awful sick feeling just up and left. and how do you like my makeshift add-on weights?
IMG_8323 this is how i convert my 10s into 13s/16s/18s.

the husby has an awesome set of adjustable weights, but, unfortunately, i cannot use them as they are in southern california, and i am in taiwan. =P i miss that husby of mine.

tuesday, 3.12.13.

egg custard tart.

paleo people caffeine crunch, roasted plantain chips from trader joe’s, half a spirulina bar.

hike up monkey mountain with girlfriend!

sushi express!

so this is the second time i’ve gone up monkey mountain with my lovely girlfriend. we made record time! roughly 25 minutes up, and that included a short conversation with an enthusiastic taiwanese lady. xD

i miss trader joe’s and whole foods. my food issues. =P something nonsensical has been happening with tj’s. i went to l.a. for lunar new year break, and i was looking forward to purchasing food to bring to taiwan. when i first moved over here in march last year (wow, it’s been one year!), i had brought a luggage and a carry-on FILLED with food. literally. i brought like three pairs of underwear. everything else was food. so, anyway. i went to tj’s to buy almond butter. i love it so much! i like their roasted almond butter with flax seed. so freaking delicious. but they were completely out of almond butter! first time that has ever happened to me. =((( i asked a girlfriend to bring some for me when she came to visit taiwan. same thing happened to her! no almond butter! and she went twice! the guy said that they’ve been selling out of the stuff in the morning. so my question is…who is hoarding all of the almond butter??? =((( i’ve tried making it on my own, but taiwan just does not have good almonds. costco is the only place that sells reasonably-priced almonds, but they are jet fuel almonds, so no.

yeah, i know, i go to sushi express a LOT. there aren’t many options when it comes to sushi here. it’s either cheap sushi express or ridiculously expensive sushi. the in between is also expensive but not very good, so…=( but i will be in japan this august, and that means lots of delicious japanese food! oishi! xDDD 

and, speaking of japan, i now have the first five hiragana characters memorized! with these, i can write the hiragana for love, picture, nephew, good, up/above/over/on top, no, house, and blue. ;D