Health & Wellness: Introduction

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Let me just say this now as an introduction to the health segment of by blog: I am in no way a professional nutritionist, trainer, or cook. I’ve never taken a class on nutrition, I’ve never trained with a professional trainer, and I’ve never taken a cooking class. All of my meals are all planned and prepped with trial and error, my gym routine changes every few weeks, and sometimes I over-salt my food. With all that being said, let’s begin!

WORKOUT HISTORY
I’ve tried and completed the Shaun T Insanity and Hip Hop Abs workouts multiple times in high school. I tried to continue that once I got to college, but I fell into a boring routine and I couldn’t get myself to do the workouts every day. So if you’re wondering what my workout routine was in college: nonexistent. I didn’t work out. Ever. And that’s when I gained the most weight.

I actually took kickboxing and Muay Thai classes five days a week for 6 months after I graduated college. I had to stop because the classes were just out of my budget every month, so I decided to invest in a 24 Fitness Pass. (Check out Costco for great 2-year deals!)

FOOD CONSUMPTION HISTORY
When I was in high school, it was very easy to stick to a daily routine. Fruit for breakfast, sandwich for lunch, and any small portion for dinner as long as it was consumed before 7PM. College was a different story.

I was as free as a bird in college! I ate whatever I wanted whenever I wanted and didn’t think twice about the consequences. Carne asada fries and Jack in the Box Munchie Meals at 3 in the morning, sugary drinks, alcohol, basically anything a college student could afford. The only time I ever used the stove was to make instant ramen.

MEAL PREP HISTORY
There were phases in college that I tried to change my eating habits. I’ve been meal prepping on and off for the last 3 years. It was really hard for me to stay consistent with a plan and follow a diet while I was in college because it was my first time living away from home and of course- eating out was always the easier option. Well, it’s been about a year since I finished my last quarter as an undergrad at UC Irvine,  and I’m very glad to say that I’m on the path to better eating habits!

I am officially starting my consistent meal prepping the first week of February 2017. I will keep a hand written food journal of every meal/drink  I consume every single day. Here’s the catch: I’m not counting calories, marcos, or micros. I’m simply creating meals that I want to eat that keep me full. I used to count calories when I was in high school, and that only resulted in an unhealthy obsession, so I’m personally choosing not to count any of that just for the sake of me.

BLOGGING
I’ve decided to use this blog to share my recipes with anyone curious as to how easy my recipes are. (Trust me, they’re as simple as it gets!) My focus is more on food and living a healthier lifestyle than it is on what workouts I do, how much I can lift in weights, and how much weight I’ve lost. It’s just the beginning of my journey towards taking better care of myself: a healthier me, not a skinnier me. I can’t wait to see what’s in store! 🙂