Friday, October 29, 2010

Quit smoking for better sex!

So I've been trying to quit, and slowly I'm realizing how my body is changing with the benefits I've been gaining. Thankfully, the friends have been encouraging, and most importantly, understanding. Keeping my home smoke free, and best of all, I'm sure they benefited too, since they are also cutting down on their habits.

Some benefits:

Firstly, I'm able to exercise more comfortably. I've manage to complete my first 5k on the treadmill, though the timing's still a little slow, but I'm happy to have completed it for the first time in my entire life. Timing is something I'll be working on the next time in the gym.

Secondly, being able to breathe better. Its obviously a positive thing.

Thirdly, body feels warmer. Definitely a plus when you're living in a country that has 4 seasons, and that winter is here. My heater is set to a lower temperature, and I'm managing it better. Everyone's complaining that its too cold in my house, but I'm really liking it the way it is now. Everyone's piling on layers of clothes, but I'm happy in my T shirt and jeans.

Most important of all, the sex drive is up! And I think its a proven fact that I'm not the only one feeling this way. I did a Google on this, and noted that other quitters also felt the same. It seems that the improved blood circulation does help keep the body warm, and because of the improved circulation, the blood is diverted to everywhere in the body, which includes your sexual organs, which leads to better sex! Its AWESOME when you quit, and your entire body changes with it, and your marriage instantly feels renewed, because you enjoy sex so much more, and its just cause of one step you took to improve your health.

Its no doubt that sex is important to a certain extent in a relationship, but also does hinder quite a bit sometimes. Even as a smoker myself, the smell does turns me off when I go to bed hoping to feel all romantic, but the breathe smells like a stale ashtray. While I always knew smoking was bad for health, I never knew how quitting would improve my life so much.

I have not entirely quit the stick. I still indulge in a stick or 2 a day, but I'm feeling the changes, and I'm pushing myself to throw it away entirely. I don't feel the need to indulge in a stick to wake myself up, or to make a meal feel complete. But I'm feeling the need to keep my mouth busy because I keep wanting to eat more and more! I'm trying to convert my attention to exercising, and pushing my body really hard to it. Since, I'm trying to improve my health, why not go all out?

Join me will you? I'm sure your partner will love you more for that.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


So I mentioned in my previous post that I've been targeting to complete that 5km walk/jog on the treadmill, and I did! I finished 5km on the treadmill in 45 mins. I'm hoping to work on my timing now.

All of last week I've managed to cut down on my cigs, and I'm currently at 1 stick a day. Very soon, it will be gone for good. My health has improved so much. Last time, had you ask me to walk a mile, I would have died. But last Sunday, I completed a 3.1 mile walk/jog. I was sweating all over, and my face was flushing. But it was all great! I forgot to bring a water bottle, so I was really dehydrated after the stunt. I did some weights after that, and cooled down.

I accomplished alot last week. I pushed myself during my exercises. I pushed myself to quit my vices. I pushed myself to get my driving. And I did all. I went for 2 driving lessons on Sat & Sun. Finally can get over my fear of being behind the wheel. Somehow I don't know where did I find the guts to step on the accelerator, but I did. My max speed I've done so far is 65 mph and I'm working on it to get to 75mph so I can get on the highway to drive to the City.

This week, I shall continue working on Exercise, Quitting, Driving, and one more, Trading.

The main word: Determination. I shall not give up.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Birthday cakes, steaks for dinner, and my progress.

Been so long since I last uploaded recipes, but rest assured I'm still active in the kitchen, just a little lazy. Will be putting up a recipe for Carrot Cakes real soon. I did up a carrot cake with cream cheese for my friend's birthday. I also decorated it with chocolate frosting. Its quite yummy, but I expected alot more on the decor.

No, its not his 10th birthday, but his name is Ten, and he's a great friend of ours. I spent quite a bit of time on this cake. In fact, this was the 2nd time I was doing it. I did a trial run for the carrot cake before this to make sure I was having the right moistness, and the right consistency.

Its been awhile since I cooked at home, lazyness, paired with the hubs working weird hours again, made it quite tough to maintain the routine. We've been collecting the McD's monopoly tickets too. They're having the game here, with every meal bought. Its similar to the one that they had in Singapore previously.

I cooked up a quick dinner tonight, a medium rare tenderloin steak with Chicago Steak seasoning, paired with some roasted brussell sprouts. The hubs says he's gonna start liking the brussell sprouts again, since this time I roasted it awhile longer, and it really came out like chips, more than ever.

I'm still working on quitting and its been tough. Handling the frustration of trying to unwind the habit, the day to day stress and finding new ways to tackle it. So NOT easy. Its so funny that your body turns to other ways to handle the frustration, and sometimes it may be positive if you turn it the right way. Today, I only had one stick so far, and its already after dinner. I had the temptation this afternoon, and I turned it to chewing gum, and exercising. I did the No  More Trouble Zones workout by Jillian Michaels, with a pair of 3lbs weight.

I think by now its pretty obvious that I'm a JM workout fan. I think her body's awesome, and her workouts are tough. No doubt, my muscles are aching right now, but its either you go all out and leave nothing behind, or you're just wasting your time. I sweated a bunch today, but it went great. I was less breathless than before. My quitting is serving me well. I hope in time to come, I'll be able to work to jogging a 5km on the treadmill. I managed to do a 2.2 miles in 30 mins on last Sunday at the gym. 5km = 3.1 miles. So in time to come I will be able to get there, and I will start working on my timing instead. The pounds on the scale is still piling, but I'd say heck it, and just work on loving the image in my mirror.

Are you doing something good for yourself & your health?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Join me, and lets be The Biggest Quitter.

So, we've all watched and seen how The Biggest Loser contestants lose weight on their show, I want to start The Biggest Quitter. I believe everyone have their biggest vice in life, that they want to quit so much, but haven't had the motivation to. I'm no different. In fact, I do way too many things, that I know I shouldn't be, but I still do.

This is probably a post that I wouldn't want my family to see, since I've been hiding it for many years. Then again, this post should be encouraging to them, that even though I'm on my own now, with the hubby, I want them to know that, I've been looking after myself, and my husband well. And I've been pushing us, to live it healthy, and live it well. If I had to go the longer route to do things, I would, just so that we can live better.

Our life now, living 10000 miles away from the parents, and having all the freedom in the world, we have all the choice to do whatever we want, with no one to stop us. We have definitely broke all the rules we could have. Cigs, alcohol, casinos, everything. In fact, we've done it overboard, way more than we usually would back home.

I sat myself down the other day, I kept saying I wanted to be independant and live a better life than what I had. But what am I doing to help myself? I've been sleepless for the last few nights, staying up thinking what I can do to live better, be better, and be happy.

First thing on my mind, Quit Smoking. In fact, I have a whole list of things I would like to stop myself from doing, or do so sparingly. But I've been smoking for 8 years plus. And its something I'm not really proud of. I've been hiding it from the family, and its has taken a toll on my health, that I haven't noticed. I've never had the time to be active back at home, but here, I've been working on my fitness level, now that we have access to a gym. Everytime I exercise, I feel breathless, and my chest hurts, and I have to stop. Although each time I've improved a wee bit, and able to go longer, its still not enough for me.

The addiction to the habit of the continuous action, the inhaling, the holding of the stick. I want to leave it all behind. Since my last post, I've drastically pushed down the number of sticks per day. As of today, its 2 x 1/2 sticks each time. Later, I'll be heading to the super market, and I'll be buying entire stacks of sugarless chewing gum, and scattering it all over the house, in my bags, and the car. Everytime I need a stick, I'll grab a gum.

I want to quit this time, and I want to change my life for the better. Are you on your way too? I need all the encouragement and support I can get. Throw me some advice if you can, or even better, join me on my journey. Whether you want to quit smokes, or gambling, or alcohol, I'll be posting my progress here. I have a whole lot of stuff to quit to change my life the way I want it to be.

Join me, help me, give me some love, share with me your progress. I love hearing from you people. Leave me a comment, or email me at natxwang @

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The determination to quit..

I've been off my pill for a month. I've took a break from it a few times, and one of the things I hate about being off it, is that I can't control when the PMS comes, and when how heavy it gets. I was pissed this time it had to come on the day we left for the road trip, and I had it throughout the trip. However, being constantly in good company, I actually didn't have any bad symptoms, other than bad cramps the first day. The rest of the time, I was laughing and enjoying myself.

This trip reminded me, why I preferred the company of these "single" men, instead of finding "women" company in this place. I have grown so close with them, and they look after me like a little sister, so much that, I haven't found any reason to feel left out, or needing the company of women. Although attending events have been pretty awkward at times, seeing all the ladies here in their "cliques" and gossiping away, I've never felt the need to be part of a group, at least till now. I've had so much fun with the bros, all I wish for, is for this to last forever. At least, as long as we're here, and hopefully back in SG too. I know I'm gonna miss them so much if we ever separate.

Haven't really cooked since our trip. The supermarket was closed due to a long Public Holiday weekend here in the states. Only managed to get our groceries today, but it was too late to cook for the hubs, we grabbed Subway instead. Tomorrow I'll be able to start cooking again... ;) Hopefully will be able to grab some nice pictures to upload.

Did the Last Chance Workout today. Feels good to be sweating again, and hopefully this time I will be able to stay on track. I mentioned in my last post, that I'm trying to keep my fitness on track, and  we've been heading to gym for most weekends. I managed to get a couple of workout tops from Walmart for $2, and $3 each. So I'm hoping this is a good reason to motivate me to get my bum moving for the coming weeks to months.

For the love of curvy waists and tight arms. ;)

P.S. The title is for myself to remind that on this day, I'm moving towards a healthier lifestyle, and I'm quitting some vices that's pulling me back. Cutting down drastically, and hopefully to get it out of my life soon. 

Anyway, its a nice oxymoron isn't it?

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Get up and move this lazy ass!

I haven't updated about last week. I did mention on twitter that I wanted to start exercising again. I have been lazing since our San Francisco trip in August. All the muscle that I have gained pre-trip, is gone by now. Leaving behind, a layer of flab, which I have begun with. I'm by all means, happy with my body, be it fat, or not, but I want to exercise to keep myself healthier, and fitter for winter.

The snow is coming, meaning, snowboarding is in the calendar soon. I don't know whether this time, I'm going to be making a fool out of myself in the snow again, but I do know that either way, I'm going to be frost biting myself again in the mountains, while waiting for the guys to have their fun. The Hubs doesn't want to leave me alone at home, thus, I will always go with them, either waiting in the car, or the cafe.

So last Sunday, the Hubs had a badminton game scheduled, and had plans to head to the gym in the evening. He asked me if I'd be going with him, before August, I'd be nagging at him to go to the gym, as I've always been looking forward to a workout, and I've always been energetic then. Last Sunday, I was so looking forward to lazing in, as per, since after SFO. I just wanted to laze around and cuddle with him, but he had a game with his friends to play. So, either way, its either he go on his own, or I go with him.

I told him I didn't want to go, and made excuses like I had a ton of things to do at home, and asked him to go ahead. I tried to keep myself busy on the laptop, pretending to work on something. Just as he was about to leave, I decided to heck it, and changed into my workout gear and went with him. All the time, I was encouraging him to live a healthier lifestyle, change his diet, and be more active, and here I am, not leading by example. Gymming is healthy, and no cost for us here! So why am I actually hesitating? Its a good way to spend the weekend, isn't it?

So off we went, as he was hitting and smacking in the courts, I warmed up on the stationary bicycle for 20 mins. Hit up a sweat on the elliptical for 15 mins and gave the treadmill a good HIIT for 20 mins. I was sweating all over, and it felt damn good. I needed that, and I couldn't believe I've been lazing my way out of it for so long. Hubs broke out a good sweat on his games, and when we went home, I thanked him for bringing me along. It just made me feel good about working out again. And it was a great kick start. Daily workouts? I'm doing it. The plan starts next week, From lazy ass, to crazy ass.

Next week starts: More active lifestyle, and more vegetables. Joining me?

P.S. I've had an entire week of Green Monster aka spinach shake. My face is glowing, my hair is growing, and I'm feeling better than before. Just needing an active lifestyle now, to keep my body in check. ;)

Friday, October 8, 2010

1 fraud, 1 scam, 1 day.

I was very much looking forward to this week, as I know we're going to be having an awesome weekend. The photos and the fun will come later, but as of now, I haven't really been blogging, as this week just came off to a bad start. On Monday, I found out there were some unauthorised usage to my husband's card, and someone swiped off a good amount of our savings, and right now, I'm still trying to work with the bank to get back our money. I found out in the morning when he went to work, and I was doing my usual banking stuff, and noticed a huge amount deducted, which we didn't spend.

I called up the bank immediately, but was unable to access his account. Tried contacting him the entire morning, and gave up as his phone wasn't with him. I was just scared, wondering who was the one using the money, and how did it got swiped off. Luckily, I found his colleague on FB, and he went into their workplace to inform the Hubs, and he took time off from work to come back to call up the bank to cancel the card.

After the hubs left, I went to pay some bills online, and I found out our USA banks had been swiped too. We tried to buy some tickets online, but the transaction did not go through, and when I called the place up, they assured me there will be no cancellation charges, but however, my bank statement reflected that there was $50 deducted by that company. So once again, I had to go through the cancellations of cards, and submitting another dispute form to get back our $.

How unlucky can you get in a day? 1 fraud, 1 scam in 1 day? Its a bad start, and I'm just not feeling good about it. Didn't really cook well this week, didn't have the mood too. I'm just  hoping the banks will be able to get back what's rightfully ours.

On a bright note, I bought 2 books this week.

You can be sure some interesting food entries will be coming up soon... Meanwhile, let me have a good long weekend break, to get these stuff off my mind, and I will be back, with loads of pics. =D

Have a good long weekend!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Recipe: Easy Bread Pudding.

I used to dance around in buffets whenever I see Bread Pudding is being laid out. The softness of the bread, combined with the sweetness of the other ingredients, is just so comforting. The warmth of the dessert just relaxes me. I know, I'm over indulgent, and I love food waaaaayyyyy too much. My tummy shows it, and I can't help it.

I always thought that its gonna be a difficult dish to handle, to do, to make the texture, and the moistness, while being crisp on the surface. It just seemed so hard. So it just happened when I came across this recipe, seeing that it was so simple to do, and with all the ingredients available in my pantry, and 1 loaf of lousy bread to boot, I hit the kitchen and did it.

The results was just what I wanted. Exactly how I described. I loved bread puddings that were moisty and soft, but alittle crisp on the crust.. I reduced the sugar by a little, and threw in more raisins, cinnamon, and a sprinkle of nutmeg over it.

Easy Bread Pudding  adapted from Are You Hungry?


6 slices day-old bread
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup raisins
4 eggs, beaten
2 cups milk (i used vanilla soy milk)
1/2 cup white sugar (i used abt 3/4 of the half cup)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (its okay to go more on here! I did!)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
a dash of nutmeg (optional, but i did too!)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

 I know they said square, but it doesn't matter if its round right?

Tear stale bread into small pieces into an 8 inch square baking pan. Drizzle melted butter or margarine over bread. Sprinkle with raisins.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Beat until well mixed. Pour over bread, and lightly push down with a fork until bread is covered and soaked up the egg mixture.

I used way more raisins than 1/2 cup. =D

Bake for 45 minutes, or until the top springs back when lightly tapped.

Try it and let me know how it goes! Happy baking!

 As soon as the photos were taken, I just had to dig my spoon into it and grab a "bite".

Sidenote: I'm thinking of baking my own breads here, since all the breads here don't taste as like how we usually eat it back in SG. Should I? I have tried 6 brands. I want breads that are soft, taste good, healthy, and can spread my butter and cheese without tearing itself apart... Can't find in supermarket here. Sigh.