A Journey to Personal Well Being .. by Hao Liu

I started my journey to personal well being a decade ago when I was desperately out of shape physically and mentally.  In 2000, I was a new grad fresh out of college starting a career as a software engineer at HP in Cupertino, CA.  After years of being inactive and living an unhealthy life style, I had ballooned to nearly 200 lbs.  That was hefty even for my 5’10” frame.  I was not exactly happy with where I was physically and mentally.  After another year of partying and unhealthy living, I randomly, quite literally came in contact with Team In Training and started to train for my first marathon.  My life style didn’t really change right away, but I stuck with the goal of finishing a marathon and worked at it the best I knew how.  Four months after we started our training, I crossed the finish line at the 2002 Los Angeles Marathon.  I had lost a bunch of weight in the process and was feeling that I had arrived.  Read more of this post

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What’s Your Diet Vice?

Hello Friends,

A few weeks ago I reconnected with my old pal Bobby through his very informative and inspirational website. Bobby and I met 14 years ago in Silicon Valley at a start-up tech company. He took care of the money (thankfully!) and I took care of the marketing communications. Working with young, eager, and energetic innovators, we managed to have a great time in the workplace; and, because we didn’t have children or many responsibilities outside of ourselves, we found plenty of time to stay fit and healthy.

That life may have very well belonged to someone else. Who was that person? Somehow, I worked all day, and then taught group exercise classes at a gym in the evening. I found time to run and compete in races, including a few marathons. I even worked on my strength in the weight room—not Mr. Bluford-style, of course, but I did my share. And, most importantly, I consistently stoked the fires burning at home with the hubby, managed to be a staunch supporter of Girls Night Out with my peeps, and was a smiling presence at all family holidays, births and birthdays. A skilled juggler! Read more of this post

6 Workout Tips

In Today’s helping of Men’s Health Tips, they have 6 simple ways to get more out of your workouts.  Check it out!

You’ve heard it before, but breakfast..

DO NOT skip Breakfast!

Breakfast is still important.  Extremely important.  The most important meal of the day, in fact.  You’ve heard it time and time again.  But need more proof?  Men’s Health gives you 3 Reasons.  They also have a great quiz to help you make the best decisions when choosing what to eat in the morning.

7 Muscle Building Mistakes

If you want to build muscle you can’t smoke and you must get lots of sleep.  Duh, right?  But what about playing hoops or going for a jog at lunchtime?  And is eating right after a workout good for you?  Learn the seven biggest mistakes people make when trying to build muscle at today’s Men’s Health article: 7 Muscle-Building Mistakes to Avoid.

Interval Training- even with Weights!

HIIT- Good for Weights, Too!

I really didn’t feel like being in the gym last night.  It was a long day at work, I was late picking up the kids, and my body was still a little sore from playing basketball the day before.  So on the way to the gym I decided I’d just do a quick workout.  Now I preface that with the fact that my quick workouts have been known to last an hour or so.

But I was determined to keep my promise to myself.  Luckily, I’d just installed this cool app on my Android phone.  Called HIIT for “High Intensity Interval Training,” it allows me to feed it variables like prep time; rest/recover period; work/training period; and how many sets or rounds for each cycle-through.  The cool thing is it beeps or buzzes when it’s time to switch exercises or downshift from work to recover.   Read more of this post

All-Pro and Abs Diet Endorsements

We have three or four months before spring is here.  90 to 120 days to shed those extra pounds before we’re forced to wear shorts and tee shirts or be uncomfortably hot.  It’s also one of the last chances I’ll have to train outdoors with my shirt off without embarrassing my children— or myself— but I’ll leave that for another day’s post.

The good news is that it was about this time last year that I read two books that helped me look as good as I had probably since my college football playing days:   The All Pro Diet by Tony Gonzalez, future Hall of Fame Tight End currently of the Atlanta Falcons; and The Abs Diet by Men’s Health Editor-in-Chief David ZincZenko. Read more of this post