Lifestyle Changes and Role Models

It’s been a little over a year since I started my diet and exercise lifestyle change. I didn’t make a big deal about it on my blog, especially since I wasn’t really sure how long I would keep it up. To be honest, I’m shocked I even stuck with it. The last time I went on a weight loss diet/exercise thing, it was pretty extreme and I didn’t stick with it. (I was about 138 pounds and stopped when I made it down to about 125.) My goal this time is to just be healthier and stronger…Not this:

My goal isn’t to be the skinny (and sometimes conspicuously photo-shopped) Korean ideal that Korean girls/woman try to emulate…no thank you

When I first started last year, I weighed a little over 58 kg (about 128 lbs). I decided I wanted to be a little healthier, so I stopped eating school lunches and drinking as much when I went out with my friends. I started doing cardio about 2-3 days a week and went back to eating about five times a day. I counted calories a bit, but not too seriously.

Dominique Moceanu: One of my role models when I was in Middle School; strength and flexibility = beautiful

In the summer, I cracked down on my diet. To help me out during my vacation to Malaysia, I downloaded the “My Fitness Pal” application which was awesome to help me monitor how much I was eating. Unfortunately, getting sick shortly when I returned to Korea did not help my weight—I went back to/stayed stuck around 56.5-57 kg (about 125 pounds).

Shawn Johnson: All-Around Olympic Gold Medalist 2008 and returning for 2012. A beautiful woman: I wish I could have the strength, flexibility, and even 1/2 of her gymnastic ability

When I moved to Gumi, I started a gym membership where I got back into the groove of cardio and weight training 3-4 times a week. On weekdays, I keep a pretty good diet and I limit my soda and chocolate to just 3 days a week, occasionally using myfitnesspal. I’ve switched to grape soda (caffeine free) and 72% dark chocolate (good source of antioxidants); I have also stopped drinking alcoholic beverages almost all together. A few weeks ago, I sprained my ankle which meant I had to stop going to the gym. I decided to continue exercising in my own home with exercises from various websites, and past work-outs (when I was in gymnastics). I plan on getting back in the gym this week now that my ankle feels a lot better (still some occasional-to-rare pain/discomfort but for the most part it doesn’t bother me).

think I have a body type similar to Salma Hayak...I just wish I looked as good as her.

I think I have a body type similar to Salma Hayak…I just wish I looked as good as her. (image source)

I’m currently about 54.8kg (about 120lbs). My body, as a whole, is more toned, my arms have more definition, my stomach is a lot stronger, and I just feel a lot stronger/healthier. In the past 7 months, I’ve lost 1 cm around my neck, about 3cm around my hips and 3cm around my waist. I only wish that I had measured myself last February! For everyone else on the get-in-shape train–it takes time but it’s definitely worth it!


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