Monday, November 16, 2015

Run, Forrest, Run!

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Hold on to your seats, because you guys are not going to believe this! But... a few months ago I started running. *gasp* I know! I also never thought the day would come where I'd be huffing and puffing around a park without anything chasing me. Miracles still occur, people! So you might be asking, "How on earth did this happen, Liesl?!"

Believe it or not, it all started with a teeny tiny little device called FitBit. What it is, is just a simple step counter. (You get ones with more bells and whistles though) But, to make it more exciting, FitBit has an app where you can compare your daily and weekly steps with friends and family (whom also own FitBits). My entire family and some friends have these, and I decided to get in on the action.

Now, I'm not the most competitive person in the world, but I WANTED to be at the top of that leader board. And although I already averaged about 10k to 15k steps a day, I just needed to make sure I stayed at the top. (My brother often gives me a run for my money!) 

So, one evening I threw on my running shoes, headed to the park and started running, albeit slowly and with plenty of walking in between. I don't know if it was the lovely cool breeze, fresh air, solitude, fun tunes blasting over my iPod, burst of endorphins or the fact that I reached 20k steps on my FitBit that night, but I was hooked. And I've just kept on returning to the park, addicted to that rush of feel-good hormones that flood my body after a great run.

I now run about 3 to 5km up to four times a week, which is a huge accomplishment for me and makes me feel fantastic. I don't run fast, and I don't run if I don't feel like it. For years I always wondered how people could torture themselves like that, looking like they are near death as they jog past me. But now I get it, dear red-faced-unsexy-sweaty-people-of-the-world, I'm one of you now!

Besides running, and walking a lot during the day, I've also incorporated an exercise routine I do at home about four or five times a week. I know it sounds like a lot, but it really isn't if you do it for 20 minutes while watching TV or some YouTube videos. My 20-minute routine consists of various arm exercises with my 3kg weights, squats, lunges, push-ups and sit-ups. (I'll skip the lunges and squats if I've just gotten back from running.)

I've found that just doing something active every day, really makes me feel wonderful, and it has also motivated me to eat healthier, too. Running has been great for keeping anxiety at bay and helping me sleep better, and incorporating weights into my workout routine has made me much stronger and more toned.

I'm not planning on running marathons, but it would be great to be able to run 10km in one go, which is my ultimate goal. Other than that, I just want to continue living a healthier lifestyle and taking care of my mind and body. And, of course, I just want to continue kicking ass on that FitBit steps leader board! *sticks tongue out at my brother*

Step Counter: FitBit Zip (here)

Shorts: Nike Pro (here)

Trainers: Nike Free Flyknit (here)

Earphones: Sudio KLANG (here)

Bottle: DropBottle (here)

If any of you own a FitBit or similar step counter, what's your daily average steps? Do you also compete with family and friends?

Monday, November 9, 2015

My 2-Day Juice Cleanse Experience


My body didn't tell me to slow down, it screamed it at me for weeks. My busy work schedule and jam packed social calendar have really started to take a toll on my body and health lately, so I knew it was time for me to be more responsible and make better choices when it comes to food. And so I made the decision to do 2-day juice cleanse and jump start this healthier lifestyle that I'm aiming for.

I've been interested in juicing ever since I watched Jason Vale's Super Juice Me documentary many months ago, but I've just never put a few days aside to actually do a cleanse. Until this past weekend.

I've been meaning to buy my own juicer, but I discovered a juice shop called Juicy Diary here in Taipei that delivers fresh cold-pressed juices right to your doorstep. So I went on their website and picked a 2-day juice cleanse set, and it was delivered to me on Friday evening. Very convenient!


Okay, so how does it work? Each day I was to drink one juice every two hours, totaling six juices for the day, and twelve juices for the weekend. They also recommend drinking a lot of water, some herbal teas and lemon water throughout the cleanse. As for food, if you want to do the cleanse properly, you really shouldn't eat anything, but alas, I prepared a fridge full of fresh fruit and vegetables anyway, just in case I got really hungry. I mean, I'm not trying to starve myself here, I just needed a health kick.

So this is what went down during my 2-day juice cleanse journey:

Day 1 (Saturday):

8am - Water with fresh lemon

I woke up refreshed, excited, and energetic. I've never done a juice cleanse before, and I've never gone two days without eating solid foods, but I was up for the challenge, and ready to take this giant step towards a healthier lifestyle. I drank a Mason jar of water with fresh lemons to kick-start my detox, and then I took Toby out for a 20-minute walk.

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9am - Juice #1 GREENS

Ingredients: Romaine, Celery, Cucumber, Lemon, Chia Seeds and Coconut Water

We were off to a rough start, as I really didn't like the overwhelming taste of celery in this juice. I just closed my eyes, tried not to breathe through my nose, and drank it as fast as I could. Maybe I'm just being a little dramatic now, but it wasn't my favorite out of the bunch. 

11am - Juice #2 ROOTS

Ingredients: Pineapple, Carrot and Ginger

This one was absolutely delicious and by far my favorite juice out of all the juices this weekend. If I could, I'd drink this juice every day for the rest of my life. It was sweet and yummy and totally made up for Juice #1.

By this time I was thinking about my regular morning ritual; a cup of coffee. Damn, I really craved it! Even though I only have one cup (maaayyybe two cups) a day, I missed it terribly. I did a light 20-minute workout, vacuumed the house and did a load of laundry to take my mind off of the coffee craving.

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1pm - Juice #3 CITRUS

Ingredients: Pineapple, Cucumber, Lemon, Apple, Mint and Chia Seeds

This juice tasted fine, but didn't blow my hair back. Around this time I was starting to feel  hungry and sluggish. I watched some TV and ended up passing out on the couch for an hour and a half.

3pm - Juice #4 ROOTS

Ingredients: Beets, Pineapple and Lemon

Another fabulous juice! Delicious and sweet. Around this time I started getting a dull headache, which I assumed was from not having my daily caffeine fix, or from the detoxing process. I went out with The Husband for a walk, but the headache kept lingering.

5pm - Juice #5 CITRUS

Ingredients: Apple, Pear, Kiwi, Lemon and Celery

Luckily the celery wasn't as prominent in this one, perhaps the apple influenced that. It was definitely much better than Juice #1. My headache got worse though, which made me feel horrible, as I couldn't focus on anything.

7pm - Juice #6 NUTS

Ingredients: Almond, Dates, Vanilla, Mineral Water, Sea Salt

I had no idea what to expect from this one, I mean, never in my life have I had a nut-flavored juice. It was surprisingly delicious, and one of my favorites this weekend. It was a much thicker consistency than the others, and actually felt more like a meal. It definitely made me feel "full".

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Overall Day 1 experience:

I truly thought I'd be way hungrier than what I was. I guess the nutrients in the juices satisfied my body, so I didn't feel like I was starving. I did crave my daily coffee, and thought about eating some fruit which I'd bought "for in case". I didn't end up eating any though. I drank A LOT of water throughout the day, too.

I was home by myself for most of the day, which I assume made this process easier. I can't imagine having to watch The Husband scarf down on some solids while I was sipping on a juice. I was quite sluggish and, apart from taking a couple of walks and doing some light exercises and housework, I spent most of my day on the couch.

In general, it was a good day, but the headaches really ruined it for me. I had so many things planned to keep myself busy this weekend, but the throbbing in my head was so bad that I couldn't read anything or watch TV for most of the day. All I wanted to do was close my eyes and go to sleep. I was in bed by 9pm! 

Day 2 (Sunday):

8am - Water with fresh lemon

I literally jumped out of bed with glee when I realized that my headache was gone. I guess that's what eleven hours of uninterrupted sleep would do to a person. (The Husband went away for the night with some friends, so the house was quiet.) I had water with lemon again, and took Toby out for a 30-minute walk in the park.

9am - Juice #1 GREENS

Ingredients: Romaine, Celery, Cucumber, Lemon, Chia Seeds and Coconut Water

Bleh! This is exactly the same juice as Day 1's first juice. Again, I just closed my eyes and finished it as fast as I could. I didn't crave coffee as much this morning, but I definitely thought about it.

11am - Juice #2 ROOTS

Ingredients: Carrot, Pineapple and Ginger

Again, this was the same one as Day 1's second juice. No complaints, because I absolutely loved that one. I felt great and did a 20-minute workout at home, did some housework and got ready for the day.

1pm - Juice #3 CITRUS

Ingredients: Apple, Lemon, Kiwi, Celery and Ginger

This juice was okay, neither great nor terrible. I felt a slight headache creeping up on me again, which was annoying, so I took a 45-minute nap which definitely helped.

3pm - Juice #4 ROOTS 

Ingredients: Beets, Pineapple and Lemon

Also the same as Day 1's fourth juice, which made me happy. I enjoyed it so much! I read my book and watched some TV shows, which kept me occupied for most of the afternoon.

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5pm - Juice #5 GREENS

Ingredients: Romaine, Celery, Cucumber, Lemon, Chia Seeds and Coconut Water

Damn! Another one! It took me a while to finish this juice, as I really wasn't feeling the celery. I forced it down while doing some online shopping, because it took my mind off of the taste. (There's always an excuse to do online shopping!) I took Toby out for a 20-minute walk and kept myself busy with things around the house.

7pm - Juice #6 NUTS

Ingredients: Almond, Dates, Cacao, Mineral Water and Sea Salt

And so, it was time for the last juice of the weekend, ending my 2-day juice cleanse. I thoroughly enjoyed this one, the cacao made it taste like a thick chocolate shake, and was glad to end the cleanse on a high note.

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The Day After (Monday)

Overall experience and final thoughts

Doing the 2-day juice cleanse was fairly easy (easier than what I had anticipated). I wasn't as hungry as I thought I'd be, I didn't experience any mood swings and I didn't feel nauseous. But, I didn't have a lot of energy and suffered really bad headaches throughout the weekend, which was awful.

After two days of juicing, I felt like I was only getting started and could have continued only drinking juices for probably a couple more days. So next time I'd like to try a 5-day juice cleanse. Yep, already thinking about "next time". I've decided to go ahead and purchase my own juicer, to incorporate juices into my daily life.

I feel pretty good today, and didn't drink any coffee. I ate some oatmeal for breakfast and just had rice, vegetables and meat for lunch. I do still have a slight headache, but other than that, I have plenty of energy.

I'd recommend a juice cleanse to anyone who feels like they just need that extra something to help kick-start a healthier lifestyle. If drinking nothing but juice for a few days scare you too much, you can incorporate some fresh fruit and vegetables. Also, just having one juice a day is already a big step in the right direction.

My tips for when you decide to embark on a juice cleanse:

  • Don't make any plans to leave the house, trust me, you are going to want to be close to your bathroom.
  • Don't plan on doing much, you are likely to feel sluggish, especially in the afternoon.
  • Make sure you have some fresh fruit and veg in your house for in case you really need to eat something.
  • If you don't live by yourself, encourage the rest of your household to join you in the juice cleanse.
Let me know if you have any questions about the cleanse, you can also email me at

Have you ever done a juice cleanse, what was your experience? Or have you thought about doing it? 

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Everything's Peachy


I have a thing for neutrals (basically my entire closet is an ode to denim, black, grey and white.) But sometimes, I do go a little "wild" and wear other colors; exhibit A, this peachy scalloped hem top. Isn't it adorable?!

It goes perfectly with this beautiful peachy watch from The Fifth. I've been eyeing their watches for a while now, and finally decided on two from the New York Classic collection. Also, bonus, this one comes with two bands, this peachy color and a light grey. So really, it's two watches for the price of one. And then I also got the all-black one.

For this ensemble, I also threw in my classic Ray-Ban Aviators, this stunning bracelet from UncommonGoods and the cute-as-a-button Mansur Gavriel mini cross body bag. Let me know what you think!





Watch: THE FIFTH New York Classic collection (here)

Shirt: YOINS scalloped hem (here)

Bag: MANSUR GAVRIEL mini cross body (here)

Shoes: ASOS canvas sneakers (here)

Sunglasses: RAY-BAN Aviators (here)

Bracelet: UncommonGoods jewelry (here)

I hope you've all had a fantastic weekend!


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