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A Good Read.

I stumbled upon this great post and sharing this to every runner out there! This is perfectly written and echoes my sentiments exactly. Sometimes, all we need is a little inspiration to keep rolling.

Thank you Amanda @Miles Gone By for posting this.


With all the hype going around, I finally gave in. I finally found the inner will and guts to sign up for my first obstacle race ….in the mud.

I am not gonna lie, the idea of a mud race scares me. But…never say never, right? 🙂

I am doing the race with my husband. We thought we’d try something different this time for a change. I’ve never done this before, so honestly, I don’t know what to expect. So, I began researching about these types of races online. I’m glad that majority of the people who have done it say it’s doable and fun.

I added a Mud-stash race countdown widget at the left side of my blog page and it says 15 days to go as of today (Aug 24). Yikes! I am both nervous and excited.

I’ll keep you guys updated. Wish me luck (I definitely could use it)!  🙂

To all hardcore mudathletes out there, do you have any tips or advice for us newbies? 🙂

How do we prepare for it? What type of training do we need to do for mudruns? What should we wear?

Do we have to be totally nuts and goofy to enjoy it? 🙂

I Ran in the Rain Today!

Yep, I ran 3 miles in the rain today. When I woke up this morning, I heard rain. I peeped through our window and it was foggy, wet and rainy. I didn’t think twice. I changed into my running outfit, wore my cap, went out and did my (scheduled) run today… in the rain 🙂

It was trash day today. I had to hurdle on some trash bins along the way.

Who knows, maybe someday I’ll have to run a race in the rain. I just kept thinking, “this is way better than snow!” – which I have yet to experience. Yikes!

I love this running quote. So true.
(source: http://fitbie.msn.com/)

I had this picture as my iPad cover photo. So that every time my iPad alarm goes off in the morning, I would see it. This photo is my motivation to get up and get moving. 🙂

My iPad’s cover photo.

My run today was really exciting! It wasn’t raining too hard, just enough to keep me cool. I loved every minute of it! I love the feeling of the cool mist on my face. It was so refreshing. It made me feel like a kid splashing through the puddles. My shoes were soaked. It was definitely a new experience for me, since I never ran, danced or played in the rain before. My husband would sometimes joke about how fun-deprived I was growing up. Lol! But seriously, running in the rain today felt good. 🙂

I didn’t take any pictures during my run. I didn’t bring my camera because it is not waterproof. I am not sure about my watch though.

Are Garmin Forerunner watches waterproof?

For my post-running meal/breakfast, I had overnight oats topped with fresh cherries, cinnamon powder and sliced almonds. Yum! 🙂

How about you? Do you like running in the rain? Feel free to share your experiences below. 🙂

Overnight Breakfast Meal

My breakfast today had been waiting for me in the fridge since I prepped it last night. I call this my “overnight oats”. This is how I made it.

BTW, Lily’s is my favorite brand of peanut butter.

You can make this too in a Tupperware or bowl if you like. I just happened to finish a jar of peanut butter yesterday and thought of this as a better way to (really) finish off the few remaining bits of peanut butter in the jar.

The night before, mix

  • half cup of old-fashioned oats (yes, raw oats)
  • 6 oz. of yogurt (I used Dannon Fruit in the Bottom raspberry yogurt, yum!)
  • half a banana, mashed
  • splash of almond milk

top with:

  • diced peaches
  • sliced almonds
  • chia seeds

YUM!!! 🙂

Cover and let the mix sit in the fridge over night and enjoy it the next day for breakfast.

This would be great too when you’re in a hurry for work in the morning and have no time to prepare breakfast. You can just grab the jar from the fridge and take it out with you.

So, what are you waiting for? You’ll never know what you’re missing until you try this! 🙂

Liebster Blog Award! Yay!

This is my first time getting this… thank you Alyssa of TrainLean.ThinkClean for nominating me! 🙂 I learn a lot from your blog and I really love reading your posts!

I talked a little about myself in my About me page and here’s more…

11 Random Things About Me.

1.) I don’t have sense of direction. North? South? East? West? Whatever. They’re all Greek to me. I can read maps just fine. If I have to navigate for someone else, I have to orient myself first then do a good job for them. BUT, if I have to rely on intuition, landmarks, general knowledge of directions, I’d be screwed. Even with a GPS, I get lost. Lol!

I’ll drive but don’t ask me for directions.

2.) I studied in an all-girls Catholic school from Kindergarten to College (pre-med).  It was a challenge (at first) to be enrolled in a co-ed school for Medicine but personally, it was more fun. I’m glad I enrolled to that school because it is where I met my husband.

3.) I am not a horror movie fan. I can’t stand them. I’m talking about the really sadistic, hardcore horror movies. Examples are Saw, Texas Chainsaw Massacre…etc. I can’t understand the appeal in watching the immense suffering and torture of people in the movie. I’m not a fan of blood and gore which is what most horror films are all about now.  Oh, please don’t invite me to watch them with you.

4.) I love coffee. I just have to say it out loud! I know it’s such a cliche’ but I really do love Starbucks! My usual order is – Iced Grande Caramel Macchiato with non-fat milk and sugar-free vanilla. I really don’t know what magical power is in it but, I embrace my coffee addiction! If coffee is considered a vice…bring it on! I can’t live without it.

5.) I don’t drink soda. I grew up without having soda in our house. My family doesn’t like it. My parents don’t buy them (due to health reasons) so, we don’t drink it. Sometimes, I would have them when I don’t have a choice, like when I’m in a party and those are the only drinks available (ugh!). I hate the way they make me feel bloated and burpy. The carbonation is painful on my throat and I don’t get how people can chug that stuff. Brain freeze arhhh I hate that feeling. For me, nothing quenches my thirst like water (I like juice and tea too).

6.) I like spicy foods. I am tingled by the spices which gives me a good challenge in eating. I love Thai, Indian and Vietnamese food. I order the spiciest green curry on the menu or ask for their highest spice level. Learn to love spicy food. Your metabolism will thank you. There are studies now that consuming capsaicin (thermogenic agent) which is found in peppers, increases metabolic activity, thus, in turn, helps burn calories.

7.)  I can’t sleep alone without a night light. I’m a wuss when it comes to sleeping alone at night. When my husband is on call and he has to stay in the hospital for the night, I will usually have the night light on for me to have a good night sleep. 🙂

8.) I never learned how to cook until I moved here in the U.S. Growing up, we had someone to prepare our food for our family so, I never really had the chance to explore the kitchen. I love cooking now and serving healthy food for my husband. How I wish I had learned it earlier. I really enjoy cooking.

My first “real” cooking experience. I cooked beef stew.
Of course, I had to document it. 🙂

9.) I love winter and snow.  My husband and I love snowboarding. A lot of people hate winter, hate the cold, fear the cold, curse shoveling the snow. But if you just focus on the beauty and stillness that surrounds you during winter, and the wonderful wintertime activities like sledding, snowshoeing, skiing, you will appreciate the season so much.

10.) I love the Project Runway show. I am a huge fan of the show. I love the ideas, the art, and the challenges. My favorite designer is Christian Siriano (season 4 winner) and I got to meet him last 2009 when I visited NYC. How cool is that?! He is so nice and I love him!

11.) I love scrabble. I admit, I’m competitive at this game. I am proud of my excellent wordsmithing skills. :p And no, I don’t consider myself a nerd. You just have to learn some strategies in order to point the luck in your favor. 🙂


11 Questions Alyssa asked me

1. Starbucks or Dunkin Doughnuts? – Starbucks because they have more variety of coffee.

2. What is your occupation? – I am currently studying for my U.S. Medical Board Exam (USMLE). During my breaks, I workout and blog! 🙂

3. What is your favorite season? – I love Winter (refer to #9 above for my Random Things About Me). I love Fall season too (not just because of my birthday) because of the fall foliage and the beautiful colors.

4. What is your favorite meal to entertain? – I usually make lasagna and flan (Leche flan) for dessert. I can never go wrong with my Leche flan. This is what I usually bring to parties. It’s easy to make and an absolute hit every time i serve it.

5. What is your favorite food? – I love Pad Thai!

This is me splurging on Pad Thai when I visited Bangkok. 🙂

6. What is your favorite physical activity?  I love running, snowboarding, biking, and playing volleyball. I love them all equally. 🙂

7. What is your favorite movie of all time? – I have tons of favorite movies – Beautiful Mind, Karate Kid, The 3 Ninjas, …etc.

8. Would you rather read a book or watch a movie? – If time allows me to, I’ll read the book first then watch the movie.

9. Where is your “happy place”? – Outlet Malls. 🙂

10. Where do you see yourself in the next five years? – Vacationing in the Carribeans with my husband and kids. 🙂 #daydreaming

11. Describe yourself with five words. -1.) asian 🙂 2.) immigrant 🙂 3.) outdoorsy, 4.)adventurous, 5.) adaptable,  6.) rule-breaker 🙂

Now, your turn guys!

Nominees I would love to know more about:

  3. Jus of JustinaWei
  4. Cindy of beyond the tortilla
  5. Candice of The Retired Athlete
  6. Lindsay of NEVER SAY NEVER
  7. Betsy of The Everyday Warrior
  8. Joy of joybrewed
  9. Stacy of Will Run For Glitter
  10. Natalie of freshlifefindings
  11. Kat of ~*~PilatesPoleKat~*~

My questions for you:

  1. What do you love most about blogging?
  2. What are your hobbies except for blogging?
  3. What’s your favorite blog that you read daily?
  4. What snack do you eat at the movies?
  5. If you could travel back in time, what era would you choose and why?
  6. Iphone or Android?
  7. If you could pick a dream profession, what would it be?
  8. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever given/received?
  9. What’s the best time to workout for you?
  10. A must have item on you at all times? (pick one!)
  11. Which country, other than your current residence, do you love most?

*** Tag 11 blogs and link them to your post. Tell us 11 random things about yourself. Answer the questions that the person who tagged you asks. Create 11 new questions for the people you tag.

Just want to say to the bloggers I nominated that I love reading your blog, your adventures, recipes and I look forward to all your posts!

THANKS and have a good day!!! 🙂

Welcome To My Little Blog World!

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to my first day of blogging. Please bear with me as I navigate this new endeavor.

I am just an ordinary girl who got off track and slowly trying to rebuild myself. I was never one for healthy eating or exercise, but I have lately developed a passion for those things. I just want this to be a well rounded blog. I plan to share anything about my life & my thoughts as I go through my journey of staying healthy & active. I’ll incorporate recipes, some of my favorite things and little bit of girly stuff (sorry guys!). I think even runner girls should still look cute, right?! 🙂 Just a reminder again that I am not an expert in any way. What worked for me might not work for you. I didn’t start out with any specific method – I JUST RAN! 🙂 I think I’m a living proof that anyone can become a runner. =)

So, stay tuned this is going to be exciting!