This post is long overdue, but better late than never! At the start of 2021, and for the month of January, my sister and I completed the Blogilates 21-Day Tone Challenge with Cassey Ho. Normally, I’m pretty active with a routine workout schedule but I know my sister has been struggling with maintaining one since the pandemic hit, so I suggested we do this challenge together virtually.
Disclaimer: Yes, I am naturally thin. I am aware and have never complained about my weight or the way my body looks. That said, I have been active and eating healthy for YEARS and maintained my fitness. Plus, there are plethora other reasons to eat healthy and work out regularly in addition to weight loss and vanity.
Every day for the 21 days, we video chatted each other, and we did the day’s video together, each one focusing on a different area of the body. Admittedly, even as fit as I am, some of these videos were challenging, but it honestly felt great to feel the sweat dripping onto my workout mat and the burn in the muscle areas. The best part? Knowing that you put in the work to take care of yourself is incredibly rewarding.
This week has been INSANE. There is so much going on, and I’m starting to struggle to keep up. I… may or may not have had a few cheat meals this week and skipped some workout days…
But anyway, here are the tasty meals I enjoyed, made by me, friends and family:
Kimchi soondubu jjigae
What I learned: generic grocery store brand kimchi is not as effective or flavorful as authentic kimchi from Asian grocers.
What I learned: READ the recipe and don’t mix up your frying oil LOL
Gumbo | Canteen & Cocktails virtual cooking class
What I learned / note for virtual chefs: A word of advice if you are teaching a class: please consider your audience. Sure, there might be cooks among the class, but there might also be those who don’t cook often. Not pictured are baked oysters, because I threw them out. They really out here telling me to take good, ample care of fresh oysters prior to cooking them AND THEN cook them right? That’s a lot of responsibility.
Fancy ramen | made by a friend
Korean BBQ feast with family
It just dawned on me that the theme for this week’s dishes was TRYING NEW RECIPES! Aside from the not-pictured cheat meals I treated myself to, every day I was cooking food I hadn’t tried before, aka the jjigae, tofu and gumbo. These are much more involved recipes – not fit for just one solo person – so I probably won’t have them in my regular meal planning rotation, unless I know I’m cooking for people 🙂
So far, 23 days into January, I’ve kept up with a consistent workout and healthy meal plan, and I want to start documenting them on my blog to track the progress and potentially provide anyone with new ideas for cooking!
Right now, during the COVID-19 pandemic, I’m only going to the grocery store every other weekend, so I’m meal planning for two weeks. Wasting food makes me sad, so what I try to do is look at recipes that have overlapping ingredients so I’m utilizing the most of my groceries – namely produce. It can be challenging, but it’s like a puzzle that you piece together!
This week, I cooked these dishes:
Guacamole, salsa and paleo chips
Spinach tofu stir fry
Veggie spaghetti with homemade spinach pesto
Salmon, avocado and rice
Ribeye steak, broccoli and rice — my parents got me a new iron skillet for Christmas so I HAD to try it out on the steak!
Almond milk chocolate chip pancakes with fresh strawberries and honey
Admittedly, I had more rice than I usually eat. For years, I tried to cook and genuinely enjoy cauliflower rice, but it never appeals to me, and I end up not eating my entire meal.
Whoops! My brain goes a million miles an hour that it completely slipped my mind that my first published book, Saudade, turns three years old today.
Edit: It occurred to me I cannot math. I thought it was four years, but it’s been three since the book’s official publish date.
WOW. Three. Years. Old. It’s been that long already.
Saudade holds a special place in my heart. In essence, the book is about mental health – riding the scary and unpredictable rollercoaster of anxiety and depression. The truth behind the words was born from years and years of my experiences navigating through a dark place but eventually finding light in the end.
AHHHH! The moment I’ve been waiting for – my grand return to voice acting. Voice acting has been a big interest of mine for a long time. Growing up, I always wanted to entertain, however, I knew I would be a terrible actor so I chose my voice to be my vehicle – first singing and now voice acting. It’s utterly amazing to hear so many voice actors change their vocal tone, range, acting ability, and they truly inspire me to pursue down the path.
Anyway, one of the SIMs content creators I worked with back in college graciously offered me a role in his drama series, “Davenporte,” and today – episode 4 – my voice made it to the screen! See the video below:
I’m so incredibly thankful for the creator’s support and for giving me the opportunity to entertain again. And I’m thrilled to see in the comments, people are engaged with the show and don’t hate me – yet!
Make sure to follow the series on YouTube and catch up on all the drama 🙂