Better Health: Juice Cleanse, Standard Diet

Paleo food from Denver Startup Week
Paleo food from Denver Startup Week

Last week I got a wake-up call regarding my health; amazing how a number on the scale can speak more than what it shows. I was near my heaviest last Sunday, and I knew I had to kick myself back into gear.

If you know my history, you know I have lost a lot of weight before, between 2006 – 2010. I initially lost weight in Japan (spent a semester abroad in 2006); then, I was determined to keep the weight off and maybe lose a bit more. There were periods of time between those years where I lost a little, gained a little, and so forth. 2010 I found myself at my skinniest–but not for the right reasons. I was so focused on aesthetics and pleasing others instead of caring for myself.

Well, this time around, I am focused on taking care of myself and losing the weight for my own health (and for my future children?). Over this past weekend, I participated in a 3-day juice cleanse via Pressed Juice Daily, a new juice shop in Denver. They provided me with 27 bottles for 3 days: 9 bottles per day.

I was a little nervous about trying a liquid diet, but even on Day 1, I felt fine spacing out the juices every couple of hours and focusing on that rather than my grumbling stomach. It also helped that at the end of each day, I got my ‘treat’ in the form of raw almond milk–SO delicious! I talked about my juice cleanse experience with my chiropractor today, and he said “The juice cleanse was successful for you because you are in the right mindset.” True, true, true.

I weighed myself this morning and looks like I have lost 7 lbs since last week; majority of it probably from the cleanse. Now I am slowly adding in food to my diet. Today is a salad day; tomorrow, I can include grains and legumes. And so on, so forth. Basically, I am resetting my taste buds and making sure I eat more greens and eat smaller portions. No need for any fad diets this time: Moderation is key!

In terms of fitness, I am focusing more on walking and yoga. I don’t have money to spare for a gym membership; besides, Denver has beautiful parks to walk about in, and I have the help of my friend, Jonathon, of Walk2Connect.

I am determined to lose the weight for my health this time. I’ve started tweeting about my health journey; if you want to follow along, follow the hashtag #hkhealth.

Hope you can join me on my journey!

The Knitty-Gritty of it all…

Scarf received from friend in Australia, 2008

(This post is not about the scarf in the picture btw)

I’ve been knitting a scarf since 2004. No, it is not the world’s longest scarf. More like: knitting has been an on-off hobby for me since then.

Initially, I became interested in knitting because I had a few college friends who enjoyed the art and were willing to teach me. I attempted to knit a scarf with my friend’s tools but then I gave up and unraveled that project.

The following semester, I wanted to buy my own knitting supplies and attempt a scarf again. So, my friend went to the store with me and we bought two skeins of yarn and knitting needles. I was set.

I worked on the scarf diligently for some time, but then I became frustrated and impatient. This takes forever. Why are some loops missing? Yeesh…

So then I set aside my knitting for a few years.

Time passed…nobody else around me showed interest in knitting post-graduation…

And then, my knitting instincts came back to me late last year when I met some like-minded folk through NaNoWriMo. “Let’s have a stitch-n-bitch night!” they suggested. So we did.

And my scarf has grown longer since then with my diligent practice. The skein has thinned out to the point where I can’t securely stick my needles in anymore. My parents look proud as they watch me knit away on my project, never giving up. “Just a little while longer until you can finish it,” my mother said.

So I’ve made myself the goal that I must finish this scarf before I get to Denver. I have less than a month. It doesn’t seem like such an unattainable goal anymore.

Imperfections of a Brilliant Mind

What I’ve discovered about myself these past three months is this: I have many many great ideas, but I lack focus.

I want to do EVERYTHING.

ALL AT ONCE.

Take for instance, my recent entry back into crafts. I’ll scour the web for craft tutorials, how-tos, etc. I keep collecting all these tidbits of information. And then, I don’t even know what I want to start with anymore.

On a greater scale, this happens with my career goals. I can’t *JUST* be a business owner; I also want to be a writer. I also want to be a personal trainer. I also want to…wait…

I’m sure I’m not the only one in the world to grapple with this lack of focus.

Of course it isn’t a bad thing to have many dreams, many goals. It’s great to just D R E A M.

But having too many to think about, worry about….that doesn’t help out my focus.

Daily Post Day 48: Thoughts on Meditation

I have thought about meditation a lot this month. My sister-in-law wants us to take a class/workshop together on how to properly meditate. So far, we haven’t found anything short-term.

Why do I feel I need meditation? Well, don’t we all need it to stay centered in our lives? I’ve researched online programs for meditation and…well, just need another outlet for my emotions. I’ve read in articles how meditation and prayer have a subtle difference; I wish to discover this difference for myself.

Daily Post Day 13: Things to Look Forward to in 2011

There’s much to look forward to this year, because I’d already established from the end of 2010 that 2011 is going to be momentous.

A few things I’m looking forward to:

– Moving (again) to Colorado for business school

– Spending more time with my family

– Running my first races (5K/10K)

– Submitting writing to more lit mags and contests

– Refreshing my memory with Spanish and Japanese

– Reading all my Kindle books and my business-school prep books

And so much more…a year of learning, a year of growth.