Hikes, Runs, and 20lbs Down

I’ve FINALLY hit the 20lb mark of my fitness journey!! I can’t believe it!! In the beginning of my fitness journey it was nearly impossible for me to see the end results. Sit-up’s were difficult, 2min planks were painful, but one thing that was for sure was I was definitely able to see the end results of my workouts. While I work out, I overlook my exercises on what I have to do. 10 minute warm ups of 2min toe taps, planks, hamstring stretches, and calve raises. I also oversee my morning route for my run. Weather, I’m doing 3miles or 6miles, I make sure I stick with that assigned route and complete it with 100%. I usually stick with my neighborhood boroughs. I know the amount of sets/miles I have to accomplish, and in my head I begin to visualize what I will feel and look like at the end of that workout.

20lbs Down

Current weight June 18th, 2015

Along with running everyday, putting in my miles, working out, lifting weights, and eating alot more healthier and leaner; I also keep busy with combing my workouts with setting a date or outing with my friends and family.  This past week I kept busy running trails with my son (in the jogging stroller of course) hiked with my cousin who recently moved back to the Bay Area, and also hiked up Mission Peak with a local Canadian YouTube star, who coincidentally moved in a couple blocks from my parents house.

Here’s a short recap of the East Bay Regional Parks I’ve currently been checking out. All are within a short couple miles drive from my house. It’s pretty amazing. I’m undoubtedly, without question keeping in within my morning run/hike routine and putting it on rotation.

Don Edwards

Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge is located in the southern part of San Francisco, Bay Are, The Refuge headquarters and visitor center is located in the Baylands district of Fremont next to Coyote Hills Regional Park, here in Alameda County.

I’ve been to Don Edwards multiple times already within the 2 weeks of the month, and I absolutely love it! It has a great view of the marshlands and SF, though it is a bit tainted by the traffic of the Dumbarton bridge (bridge connecting Fremont to Palo Alto). The trail that I frequent is very short, but it is pretty. Overall, its a quiet park. There are a few attractions, but the flat trail that extends out the marshland is so long! Definitely a great trail for trail runners!!

(Some parts of smell kinda funky, but what can you say, Its nature!)

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Coyote Hills

Coyote Hills Regional Park is on the southeast shore of the San Francisco Bay. The Coyote Hills themselves are a small range of hills at the edge of the bay; though not reaching any great height, they afford tremendous views of the bay, three of the trans-bay bridges (Dumbarton, San Mateo Bridge, and the Bay Bridge), the cities of San Francisco and Oakland, the Peninsula Range of the Santa Cruz Mountains and Mount Tamalpais.

Its a light hike, if you are trying to get slowly getting into shape. Also, its a lovely hike, with a beautiful view… But since I’ve been quite active, I decided to do the higher and intense hikes, along with my jogging overland stroller. Luckily, I went with my cousin, who was able to help push up the jogging stroller (45lb stroller with my 4yr old 30lbish son. A rough total of 80lbs!) up the steep inclines. There are so many different routes for you to take to see depending on how adventurous you’d like to be that day – its amazing!! I certainly plan to go back!!

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Mission Peak

I’ve been to Mission Peak a handful of times, but I’m always down to do it with first timers. My trip with time around was with a girl named DebraMaye. Our story meeting is quite different from any other. This Mission Peak hike was maybe one of our first one on one meet-ups ever.  If you’re familiar with YouTube and the beginning of make-up gurus, Debra was one of the starting originals. Native Canadian from Calgary, I messaged her 4 years ago as a fan, and also reaching out to her promoting my small business of event styling at the time. Later down the road, she ended up moving in with her now husband she now reached out to me asking for help style her special day this upcoming September. So for combining a wedding meeting, and also my morning cardio I offered her to hike Mission Peak with me as a first time for herself now as an Californian.

Mission PeakAt the tip-top of Mission Peak.

Mission Peak is a public park that borders and overlooks the Silicon Valley. It is very popular with local hikers, bicyclists, sightseers and tourists from beyond for its vista and strenuous climb. It’s a full six-mile (10km) round-trip. The “Mission Peeker” marker pole at the top is the most famous geo-tagged landmark of Fremont. You can check out my last visit to Mission Peak HERE.
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DebraMaye & I at the “Mission-Peeker”

Flag Hill

Sunol Regional Wilderness is one of the best hiking locales in the East Bay hills northeast of Silicon Valley. This Flag Hill Loop is one of the best ways to see Sunol. This loop is relatively short at 3.7 miles, but it’s no cakewalk: Flag Hill summit is 1.3 miles and 900 feet above the Sunol headquarters. It’s a tough climb. The view from the top is one of the best in the Bay Area, well worth the climb. In springtime, the hills are popping with California poppies and many more wildflowers.

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So, if anyone asks how did the I get the weight off? Look above. I fill my week with active running, and hiking. Everyday. No excuses.

The most memorable days usually end with the dirtiest clothes right? Get sweaty. Get fit.

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Results

The results are in! Back in early February, I decided to take action in becoming a happier and healthier me! I made a clear goal for me to get physically fit, while registering myself in local runs. 5Ks, 10Ks, and moving up to Half Marathons. Getting fit will align my life to being happier in other aspects in life. The stars aligned, and just a few days later making this lifestyle I bummed into my old personal trainer. Since then, the rest was history.

I’ve now dropped 10lbs!!! I started high intensive workouts, as well as running Monday through Friday. I started at 142lbs, and now at 132lbs. Take a look at my before and after pictures! The left pictures are so disgusting! I feel so embarrassed that I had let go of myself once again, after a fitness year back in 2013.

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll be able to see daily pictures of my fitness journey. Now, I’m no insta-famous fitness pro, but I do take joy in inspiring others to fall into the path of a healthier lifestyle. In my JourneyTo30 mission, I’ve mentioned that 2014 wasn’t a great year for me. It was such a fall-out physically, as I slowly regressed into old unhealthy habits, something completely different then how I was all in 2013. Although, in 2014 I lost a few friends, and gained weight; I also gained wonderful new relationships with others that has literally brought me joy and pure happiness. With new friendships, comes an open mind, I’ve changed my mindset out of old ways, making myself healthier mentally. Out with the old, in with the new right?

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Here are my side by side, before and after pictures. The LEFT pictures are me early March of 2015, weighing in at 142lbs. The RIGHT pictures are me during the last week April weighing in at 132lbs.

Now, I am NO WHERE near my ultimate goal weight, but definitely feel a difference! Sit-ups are not as complicated to do, and my core has undoubtedly before stronger. Friends I’ve seen can tell the difference (which is the best feeling, when people notice the weight-loss).

So what are my goals after this half of my fitness journey? To push myself HARDER than the first time. And surpass the first 10lbs lost, in a smaller timeframe. This I can definitely do. And I’m willing to show you, share with you, and possibly help you plant the seed in your head to get focused and start a healthy lifestyle.

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Having a healthier lifestyle, a consistant strict diet, and infusing daily exercise with running everyday as make me feel better and healthier , in all aspects of my life. I wake up with ease every morning, my patience with my children has gotten better without the help of caffeine,  and multitasking isn’t as messy to this mommy. Before, I wasn’t able to alot of these things correctly. Or, I was only able to focus on one vs. the other. Since the whole fitness change, it’s changed everything in my life for the better.

Stay tuned fore more on my health and fitness Journey to 30. I can’t wait just to see how things change over time, even just within a few days.

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Spring Break Body: Featuring TheChicSite

With Spring break around the corner, pressures of having the bikini body are in the air. Target is already selling their summer swim suits, which by the way are totally adorable!) While currently working out with my personal trainer 3 times a week, and running everyday, my goals are coming closer, with losing weight, and dropping my body fat percentage! Just seeing my trainer already 4 times this month I’ve dropped 4 lbs and 10% body fat! That’s significantly faster than my first contract I had with him back in 2013!!

This time around my goals have become way more full-grown. Instead of searching for that bikini body, I’m in search of endurance, and strength in my knees and ankles to secure me from injury during my runs. Over the time of being a mom the past 7 in a half years, I’ve never really had goals to have a bikini body. The stretch marks from pregnancy have also numbed me from that goal. It was never really a priority, yet, I didn’t really have any big problem with it. Not until I saw Rachel from The Chic Site. 

Here’s her Bikini Picture that she had posted on her FB Fan page just last week. I love how she exposed her mom body, with confidence, a huge smile, while projecting complete happiness and joy, being proud of her body. Check out what she said along with the photo…

TheChicSite“I have stretch marks and I wear a bikini. I have a belly that’s permanently flabby from carrying three giant babies and I wear a bikini. My belly button is saggy… (which is something I didn’t even know was possible before!!) and I wear a bikini. I wear a bikini because I’m proud of this body and every mark on it. Those marks prove that I was blessed enough to carry my babies and that flabby tummy means I worked hard to lose what weight I could. I wear a bikini because the only man who’s opinion matters knows what I went through to look this way. That same man says he’s never seen anything sexier than my body, marks and all. They aren’t scars ladies, they’re stripes and you’ve earned them. Flaunt that body with pride!” #HollisHoliday

Rachel mentions in her blog she was considering cropping out her stomach in her Cancun vacation pic before posting it, but she’s never seen another mom on social media show off her stretch marks… I love it. All of it! Being a mother with stretch marks, with permanent “flab,” after carrying babies is something to be proud of!! Here’s a video she just posted just today on the reaction of her bikini pic:

I admire that she was a brave mom to flaunt her mommy tummy in a bikini. Its something that should be know more in the internet world. With mom bloggers, IG fitness freaks, and everything else in social media, its certainly a topic that should be applauded. I salute you Rachel!!

Are you a mommy with stretch marks and a flabby tummy, working hard to tone it? Let me know your journey, and how you were able to slim it down! Let’s support one another and hit the ground running showing awareness in how beautiful the mother body can be, and how hard it is to work it off!

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Fitnessista

Like everyone I’m on Instagram and follow my friends, creative artisans, bloggers, celebrities and fitness pros. Fitness gym accounts on Instagram, are certainly a guilty pleasure of mine. I not only use them as a motivational reminder, but also as a resource of exercises I can do at home or at the gym. (I obsess over the fitness videos!)

Celeb Gym Ladies

As I started once again with my personal trainer, we talk about fitness goals. The last time I was with my trainer, he got me into shape in preparation for a Thailand backpacking trip, and Half Dome hike. This time around, there are no future travel plans or major hikes to conquer. He suggested I register myself in local half marathon runs. He and I both believe I can do it, but I’m looking for more of greater fulfillment for myself. Not saying that the half marathons are not good enough for me, but I’m in search of something more.. FYI I did register for a local Mermaid Run.

My trainer recommended that I search up bodies, I’d like to be like and post them somewhere around the house. That evening I Googled up my favorite celebrities, but wasn’t really happy with all the red carpet photos, extravagant clothes, and beautiful photoshoots. I needed to feel more relatable to my favorite stars. Everything I was looking at was all cosmetic, and smoke and mirrors. I adjusted my search and searched up my fav celebrities in their gym outfits, and candids of them walking out of their gym. Celebrities including: Lea Michele, Jessica Simpson, Khloe Kardashian, Nicole Richie, and Jessica Biel.

Fitness CelebsAfter viewing numbers of celebrities walking out of their gyms, or walking to their current work out, it occurred to me these women make it a lifestyle for themselves to stay in shape. Why can’t I? I did once before, and can do it again, but I have to find the will power to also keep it off. And that’s how my first goal transpired.

Within the first week of March, I’ve already seen my trainer 4 times. That’s just about every other day. Our goals together are to strip the weight off within half a contract. Muscle building, correctives, and also some physical therapy. The days I’m not seeing my trainer I’m at the gym doing cardio, or my homework. 30 minutes of running, sit-ups every hour, and eating every 2 hours is just the few tid bits of my healthy lifestyle.

I was reading one of my favorite blogs: AndKathleen and she had a post on why she works out. Here’s her answer…

“Why do I work out? Because I believe if I can sculpt my body into a zombie-killing machine then I will prove to myself that transformation + discipline can accomplish any vision I set my sites on. And right now, I have some pretty big vision.

So now I have my why. I like it. But I still want to look like a zombie-slaying badass in a bikini.”

– See more at: AndKathleen: Why I Work Out

I always find fitness moms so motivation. What’s something that you had to learn the hard way with health and fitness? How often do you train now? Do you fit into a certain mold (runner, swimmer, dancer, etc), or are you a little all over the place like yours truly?

As always, I’m excited to read your comments! Happy Friday!

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Fitness Trainer

What started as an afternoon to a Boba/Milk Tea run, ended up as a moment of realization. Since Derrick and I are both stay at home parents, there are many opportunities for us to grab a drink during the day. Not alcoholic per se. But to grab afternoon coffee or MilkTea. A HongKong style beverage of black tea sweetened with evaporated milk. It’s pretty popular here in the Bay Area, since we live right at the border of the Silicon Valley, there are tons of great Asian Coffee Shops. After purchasing our drinks, we decided to walk around a nearby plaza to pick up some miscellaneous items. Right as we walk in a local grocery store, with our sugary drinks in our hands, we run into our old personal trainer.

The last time we hired our personal trainer was a year and a half ago Spring of 2013. We hired him in fitness and health preparation for a backpacking trip to Thailand, and shortly after we return hiking up Half Dome at Yosemite National Park. With the correct guidance of a personal trainer,  he was able to not only get me down 20lbs under 3 months, but also boost my confidence, educate me in nutritional meals, gain a healthy consistent lifestyle, and also rehab old sports injuries that helped strengthen those untouched muscles.

We caught up with our trainer, reminisced over our last performance on were we left off, and laughed about we’re physically where we were now. Completely embarrassed, (also because we had a high sugary drink at hand), and also having gained a couple pounds, I knew this was a sign. We ended the conversation with scheduling a meet up on a new contact. When, tomorrow.

So here we go, #JourneyTo30. I thought I was able to do this alone, but with the motivation of a personal trainer, and holding down consistency, I’m determined to lose the weight sooner than ever. Having a role model, gaining major encouragement, and having someone to push me to sweat and cry at the same time is what I need.

Let’s make my fat cry shall we?

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