Fasted Cardio for Fat Loss

What is it? Fasted cardio is exactly what it sounds like: doing cardiovascular exercise (running, swimming, biking, etc) on an empty stomach after not having eaten for a while. Fasted cardio is typically done before breakfast.

Why do it? Fasted cardio is effective because your body uses fat for energy. Overnight, you are not eating but your body is still functioning, so your body uses glycogen (energy stored in your muscles) for energy until the next meal, breakfast. So when you wake up, your glycogen will be depleted and your body will use stored fat for energy.

This may not work for everyone, since we are all different, but if you can do it, it’s an amazing tool for fat loss. Just 20-30 minutes in the morning before having breakfast can have a huge impact! You can choose to do it every day, every other day, or however often fits your schedule. I advise starting with 15 minutes and working your way up if you are new to this. **You need to make sure your body can handle this!** If you feel weak or faint I do not recommend exceeding one hour, although even that is very ambitious.

My main point of focus right now is my abs. I want to get them really tight and flat and I’ve implemented fasted cardio 3-4 times a week to do it. I only did it four mornings before I started to see a difference so I can definitely vouch for it!

Cardio Queen to Barbell Bunny

   I started running cross country in seventh grade. I continued for all four years of high school, taking up indoor and outdoor track as well. I made a lot of friends and had fun, but it started to become stressful. I got injured many times, even getting two stress fractures. I became anxious about races so I decided I wouldn’t continue in college. However, in spring of my senior year, I decided to contact the running coach at my school anyway.

   Four months later I found myself on my college cross country team, running 40-80 minutes a day. It was too much. Though I loved my teammates, I was more anxious than ever. Not only that, but I was so determined to get lean and realized that all that cardio wasn’t doing it for me.
    I struggled with the decision for so long, but I finally decided to take a (permanent) break from the team. I hoped that I would be much happier and less stressed, and I was right. I started lifting as soon as I stopped running and haven’t looked back. I gained muscle and finally feel at peace. I believe that lifting will allow me to shape the physique that I’ve strived for for so long, the physique that hours of running didn’t give me.
    Right now I’m in my cutting phase (fewer carbs, cardio in addition to weights) and I’m so excited to see my progress!

Clean-Eating Cookie Dough


I was really craving some cookie dough last week but I didn’t want to eat something loaded with sugar or unhealthy ingredients, so I decided to make my own. This recipe uses only 5 natural ingredients and is infinitely healthier than store-bought cookie dough… which you’re not supposed to eat anyway…. hehe.The texture is similar to that of raw cookie dough and the taste is very close also. I’d say that for such a clean recipe, it’s pretty successful at mimicking the real thing!


  • 1/4 c. raw cashew butter (or raw cashews ground to a doughy consistency in a food processor)
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 packet stevia (I used Truvia brand)
  • dash of sea salt
  • chocolate (you can use chips, or chop up a chocolate bar)
  • optional add-ins: walnuts, white chocolate chips, cocoa powder, peanut butter, etc.

Mix all ingredients together and enjoy! If you prefer it sweeter, you can add more stevia. If you don’t have stevia, you can probably substitute regular sugar or perhaps honey, though as I haven’t tried it, I cannot vouch for either.





Good morning friends! I have GREAT news:

I just found out that I won Carrie’s giveaway for Tropical Traditions Organic Coconut Hair Oil!!  (Thank you so much Carrie!)
Being the person that has never won anything in her life, this is a big deal for me and it completely just made my day :)
My happy face right now:

Experiencing for myself how happy winning a giveaway makes a person, I’m thinking about doing one myself sometime in the near future… I just have to figure out something awesome to give away! :)

Are you lucky when it comes to giveaways?
Have you ever won anything?

It’s Friday, Friday, gettin’ down on Friday!

Yes, I’m sorry… I went there, I pulled a Rebecca Black. If you haven’t seen the video, you need to watch it. Either you love it or you hate it (and might want to punch Rebecca Black). Or you hate it at first and then love it. Or secretly love it and sing it when you’re by yourself while pretending to hate it… Your call!

I have good news: doctor said no stress fracture! Only extensor tendonitis… I’m still paranoid–  can you blame me? No one believed me the first time I had a SF, not even the doctor!– but I’m getting over it. I’ll be clear to run in a few days again, in the meantime I can still spin and go on the elliptical. And strength-train, of course! Although I missed a couple days from my routine so I’m picking it back up again tomorrow. After I sleeeep in, I’m exhausted after only 2 days of school!


Friday Funday Breakfast: 1/2 c. oatmeal cooked with 1 c. water, topped with Silk Dark Chocolate Almond Milk :D

My Friday Funday outfit involved these sassyyy cheetah jeans (bought ’em on sale for half-price!) which I wore cuffed at the bottom and with a bright pink top and metallic flip-flops.


Friday Funday Plans: right now I’m going out for a bonfire with mah friends!

Question of the day: Any Friday Funday plans for you??

my doctor must think i’m crazy…

So today would have been my 3rd day of school had it started the 29th, when it was supposed to… but here we are, it’s Wednesday night and due to power outages the first day of school has been postponed. Twice. Three times. BEST EARLY BIRTHDAY PRESENT EVER! I WAS ECSTATIC! until I got the message from the superintendent that we’re starting tomorrow finally. Boo.
Anyhow, tomorrow also happens to be the day of my appointment with the foot doctor. I either have extensor tendonitis or a stress fracture. And I have a secret. But before you read this and hate me immediately, or think I am insane, or ungrateful, or any other negative adjective, hear me out. I promise I’m not crazy.

So here goes:

I love running, but I absolutely hate, loathe, abhor competing. I get very stressed, very easily, so being part of the cross-country, track, and as of recently, indoor track team, does not do me any good. We compete every week, sometimes twice a week. I don’t know why I’m so opposed to competition- I mean, I love running. But sometimes competition makes me hate it, and that’s terrible! Competition = too much pressure. I tend to get injured easily. I’m a mess on race day, and usually I end up starting too fast because of nerves and blow my race… NOT FUN. And running should be!

Also, I don’t like the idea of people (read: coach) telling me what to do. I’d rather listen to my body; if I’m feeling the need for a rest day during the week, I can go ahead and TAKE IT! I don’t need permission from anyone.. as a matter of fact, I’d have to be injured in order to not practice. So I take the weekend off to avoid over-training, when I’d rather take 2 NON-consecutive days off during the week. As I said, I get injured easily and I think running 5 times a week max is ideal for me. Not 6, not 7, but 5. And I absolutely LOVE the idea of choosing my own mileage, my own workouts, my speed, my races. What can I say, I’m a free spirit ;)

So, like I said, tomorrow I have a doctor’s appointment. And here’s the secret:

Sometimes, I kind of wish it’ll be diagnosed as a stress fracture.

I am such a terrible person! I swear I don’t know what’s wrong with me!

But then I think I know why… having a stress fracture would put me out for the season. That would mean NO COMPETITION. Heaven? It would allow me time to go to the gym and strength-train, it would allow me time to do my homework on time, time to do yoga, time to relax!

Then by the time I healed, it’d be off-season and I would be able to make my own schedule, my own routes, everything.

But on the down-side, I probably couldn’t be captain. I would miss out on the socializing. I would miss the pre-race-day pasta parties.
I would miss my team.
I would miss running.

Am I crazy? Because this is the 3rd time I am going to the doctor because of stress-fracture paranoia. And by now he must think I am absolutely loopy. The first time I was right and I had a stress fracture in my 4th metatarsal. The second time I was wrong, there was nothing. How will it go this time?

Questions of the day:
What do you think of this whole situation?
Am I nuts?
Would you rather be on a team or go on your own terms?

bye Irene, hello school!

hullo! reporting back to you post-Irene! we had winds probably around 60 mph max and plenty of rain but not too bad. however, the power went out. booo :| this means I COULD NOT:

A) sleep in as long as possible (the dog woke me up around 7.30)

B) run on the treadmill for 40 minutes to finish off the first week of my new workout

C) make this heavenly-looking recipe
photo belongs to Ashley @

D) have a movie marathon

E) write a post

F) print my school assignments

G) make oatmeal in the microwave OR on the stove. I had to use a mini gas/propane flame thingy but they came out so I guess the ends justify the means.


1) took an hour nap after a breakfast of cold cereal :\

2) moped around the house. my mood tends to match the weather so, since the weather was yucky, so was my mood

3) ate most of the things in sight, including lentil-cranberry-pistachio salad from Costco, coconut butter, and copious amounts of chocolate

4) played WordScramble on my iPod touch for an unreasonable number of hours

5) ate some more

6) acted like a blob in general

But there IS some good news that came out of Irene. School was supposed to start today but, thankfully, it got pushed back to tomorrow! You don’t know how excited I was! My little sister, on the other hand, was devastated- why, I will never know.

So in honor of the first day of school being tomorrow, I’m going to share my goals for the upcoming year, the big SENIOR YEE-AH!

1) make it through the application process without me (or my parental unit) going insane

2) get accepted to any of the Ivys (preferably Harvard or Yale… my life would be complete), Johns Hopkins, or  NYU

3) finish top of my class

4) run a PR in cross country (sub-20 at the home course, sub-22 at the States course)

5) PR in track (aiming for a 5:40 mile, 12 minute 2-mile)

6) maintain going to the gym (especially strength-training) at least 3x a week

7) enjoy myself, spend time with friends & family, and HAVE FUN! after all, we only live once, isn’t that what life’s all about?

keepin’ it classy post-workout!

Question of the day:
Have you got any big goals for the upcoming (school) year?

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