Week 3: Embrace a healthy lifestyle

Hi there, welcome to the third week of the Journey of Joy challenge!

Most of the time, a goal can be so big, so all-encompassing that it can seem downright overwhelming. Improving your health is no exception.

These past few months I have been wanting to make some “dramatic” changes in my life. There are so many things that I want to do: dropping unwanted weight, eating better, decreasing stress levels, improving my fitness, and so on and so forth. When we don’t know where to start, we tend not to start at all.

This past week was really a challenging one for me. I had been sick all week (*sigh) – thank God, I made it through the week without missing a day at work.

And this is exactly why I started the Journey of Joy challenge – I want to be healthy again.

Why do I want to be healthy?

I want to be healthy mainly because I want to be able to do more with my life.

I want to have that energy to pursue my passion.

I want to live longer so that I can continue to love and provide for my family.

I want to have a long and happy marriage – and enjoy every moment of it.

I want to have a happier, more meaningful life.

I want to make a difference.


This week, I am going to focus on improving my health and wellness.

With strong determination and discipline, I hope to accomplish the following goals that I have set for myself by the end of this year:

Achieve a healthy weight

I hate to admit this, but in the past couple of years, I have taken myself for granted.

I stopped doing yoga. I stopped eating healthy. I stopped pampering myself.

I have completely forgotten to take care of myself.

So I have to make some big changes to my life. I need to get my healthy weight back no matter what.

I currently weigh 144.4 lbs (ugh!) – and my goal is to achieve a healthy weight of 120 lbs, which was prescribed by my physician. That means I have to lose at least 24.4 lbs by December 31, 2018.

Eat more plant-based food

One of the things that I want to do is to be able to make healthy food choices again.

Starting this week, I will create a weekly menu that consists mostly of vegetarian dishes. I will also feature some of my favorite Filipino veggie dishes and I hope to inspire you to try them as well.

Move more – regularly and consistently

One of the challenges I face in terms of keeping a healthy lifestyle is to be consistent in doing regular physical activity, especially during winter. I have joined numerous gym memberships in the past only to find myself quitting in the middle of the winter season.

Starting this week, I will schedule daily small workouts and activities that I can break up throughout the day.

For example, I can do a 15-minute yoga in the morning as soon as I wake up. Then I will take a 15-minute walk during lunch break. Then in the evening, I can watch and follow some dance workouts on Youtube for 30 minutes to an hour.

Get enough rest and sleep

A good night’s sleep is very, very important to me. Every time I sleep less than six hours, I find it extremely difficult to stay awake and focus at work.

So starting this week, I will do my best to:

  • Set a regular bedtime
  • Prepare next-day preparations about an hour before bed
  • De-stress and relax

Feel healthy for real

Research shows that the key to lifelong good health is what experts call “lifestyle medicine” — making simple changes in diet, exercise, and stress management.

And this is exactly why I created this 90-day challenge. I truly want to be a better version of myself – mentally, emotionally, financially and physically. I realized that I won’t be able to achieve all my goals in life until I become 100% healthy.

So in the next 30 days, I am going to do the following (no excuses):

  1. Schedule workouts
  2. Break up workouts throughout the day
  3. Do exercises on a budget
  4. Drink plenty of water
  5. Make a menu
  6. Cook at home
  7. Fill up on fiber
  8. Pack own meals
  9. Get small portions
  10. Eat more fruits and vegetables
  11. Drink green tea
  12. Get enough sleep

Foods that I will avoid in the next 30 days:

  1. French fries and potato chips
  2. Fruit juices
  3. Sugary drinks
  4. White bread and rice
  5. Candy bars and chocolates
  6. Pastries, cookies and cakes
  7. High-calorie coffee
  8. Processed foods
  9. Foods high in sodium
  10. “Health foods” that are junk foods in disguise

Rules that I must follow in the next 30 days:

  1. Eat more greens and vegetables during the week.
  2. Cut back on white rice, coffee and meat.
  3. Weekends will be my “cheat days” and therefore I will allow myself to enjoy small amounts of meat dishes, desserts and some wine or craft beer.
  4. Choose organic products.
  5. Buy Canadian products and locally-grown foods.

I am so excited with this 30-day challenge and I hope you will join me, too!

Do you have any health tips that you would like to share with me? Please tell me about it through the comments section below.

With much love,


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