Back On Track

I am ready…

My body is ready!

There is no more pain that feels like its ripping my leg off.


Dammit, I’m tired of feeling like crap!

So after some long lecture from my doctor I jumped right back into my routine.

I did my research.

Read a whole lot while fully resting. Did my physical therapy, did the swimming part. Avoid sitting down for too long. Even took a whole month out of work to rest.

Contacted some fitness experts asking for advice.

Some never reply – hey they are famous – I get it.

So when Laura London took her time to actually wrote back and letting me know she got my message on Facebook and will reply soon? I was uber happy! She’s not only awesome but she is genuinely sweet!

Armed with her suggestions, the list of stuffs I compiled online, doctor’s advice. I know my body is ready.

I am ready to get out of the root.

People thinks I’m crazy. Heck, my own mother can’t stop lecturing me. One of my aunts wanted to confiscate all my workout clothes because she said I shouldn’t workout anymore. Don’t worry, as much as I love her I told her flat out that I am not quitting.

Few days ago I stumbled on some old pictures that I haven’t seen in ages and seriously it made me realized why I don’t want to give up. I have come so far! I’m not willing to give up!

On Saturday I got my body fat measured – caliper style – which is more accurate than the online version. I’m on 23%. Not too bad considering I was 22% by September. After over a month of no workouts, eating a bit off the tracks plus quit smoking, surprisingly my weight linger around the same number 61 kg (134 lbs).  The biggest changes in my body would be in how I feel (endorphin makes you happy!) and how my mid section looks like.

What they says about  abs are made in the kitchen is so true! I let my clean eating slides. I ate a little too much of deep fried foods – hey those shrimp crackers are delicious! – munch a bit too much chocolates. The results? My stomach feels and looks flabbier than they were before. Sigh.

I’m Back!

Monday morning came and to me it felt like Christmas.

I strapped on my heart rate monitor. Laced up my shoes then hit play.

Chalean Extreme…I am back! Granted, my back caused some delay in finishing these DVD but I couldn’t be happier to be back.

48 minutes of Lean Phase 1 (the third month) that kicked my ass.

Laura London taught me to respect my injury and work around it. To listen to my body. To use good judgments. Chalean Extreme do a lot of squats which I love but unfortunately that is one movements that I have to stay away from for now. So instead of squats, I modified them by doing standard curls.  I modified some other moves that put strains on my back.

With modifications I still got a good workout, burned pretty good calories.

As I’m typing this, I could barely lift my arms over my head. I am that sore! The lunges hurts my quads, hamstrings, and glutes  in a good way.

Ah, how I missed those delayed onset muscles soreness.




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  1. November 21, 2012 / 4:36 pm

    Good for getting back to your routine! When you feel good, you look good. Period.
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    • Mo
      November 23, 2012 / 10:13 am

      Thanks Alison, that’s so true when you feel good it will shown 😀

    • Mo
      November 23, 2012 / 10:14 am

      It’s almost been a week and I’m still quite sore but so loving it lol
      Thanks Ana!

  2. November 21, 2012 / 8:58 pm

    It does feel good to exercise and OH MY GOSH you look so very very beautiful.

    Proud of you, dear lady, you have spun gold this year.

    • Mo
      November 23, 2012 / 10:15 am

      Aww thanks Alexandra! This year I’ve found something that I love doing and that’s been a blessing.

  3. Di
    November 21, 2012 / 9:06 pm

    Hey, so glad to hear that you are back on track. Reading your healthier life journey has always been an inspiration for me, so if you can get back to your routine, why I should delay mine?
    Your story has encouraged me to actually start doing what I should’ve done so many years before, so now I try to find a program that give me good outline and can be done, and yes I found it, now trying to sticking to it.
    I keep waiting for your progress to remember why I also should keep going.

    Thank you for being such great inspiration and encouragement 🙂

    • Mo
      November 23, 2012 / 10:18 am

      Thank you Di, you have no idea how touched I am by your comment and kind words.
      I wish you nothing but the best in finding that one program that you can stick with, that you will love and actually enjoy so it won’t feel like too much of a pain to do it. That’s how I feel with Chalean Extreme although I am seriously thinking about going back to the gym because I have to modify a lot of movements and maybe the gym will help compensating in working those areas that I can’t really do because of my injury.
      If I who used to hate to sweat can do this, anyone else can too and you will too, girl! 🙂 Keep me updated or email me if you want.

  4. Emmy
    November 21, 2012 / 11:19 pm

    YAY for going back working out ! I am so proud of you Oyen ! Your determination really inspire a lot of people. Keep it up girlfriend !

    • Mo
      November 23, 2012 / 10:19 am

      Aww you’re my forever sweet dear friend. Thank you Em!

    • Mo
      November 23, 2012 / 10:23 am

      Thank you Maria. I found that old picture on an external hard drive that was broken, just got a store fetched all the data out and I saw that picture. Seeing that really opened my eyes 🙂

  5. November 22, 2012 / 7:15 pm

    Hot damn woman.
    You’re smokin.
    I have a really really really bad back…not to say that mine is worse than yours…but I take long walks every day. It may not be much but it goes to show you that it can be done in any way.
    I’m so proud of you for pushing. You’re a strong woman xo
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    • Mo
      November 23, 2012 / 10:26 am

      Ugh the back pain is a biotch isn’t? You are doing great, girl!
      Walking suppose to help too a whole lot! I’ve done a lot of power walking before I got into lifting weights.
      Thanks so much, mama! Hugs!

    • Mo
      November 23, 2012 / 10:27 am

      LOL thank’s V! I’m hoping I won’t lose my commitment.

    • Mo
      November 23, 2012 / 10:28 am

      Please call me Maureen/Oyen 🙂
      Thank you, Rina!
      For me you just gotta get up and do it. Waiting for the right moment might not help much because then we would come up with so many excuses not to start. That’s just my two cents.

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