I’m going to keep this post short and sweet. Here is my overall progress. My “before” photo is from December 2009. Once 2010 came around, I decided to actively change my lifestyle and the result was a growing love for fitness and being healthy. Overall, I’ve lost something like 50 pounds and I’ve been on the same plateau since last year. For 2013, I am determined to break through and look different by the end of the summer. I’ve set a pretty challenging goal for myself for my birthday (end of June) so if I hit that, I think I’ll be in good shape for August/September.


Of course, my love for food has always trumped my love for fitness. (Whoever said “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” did not grow up in a household that loves and celebrates food. And for the record – I think that saying is complete bullocks) Anyway, most of the time, it’s a good thing because I’m able to create and eat delicious food that is also healthy. But, sometimes… sometimes it doesn’t work out so well. Sometimes I eat a whole chocolate bar or opt for a cheeseburger instead of a salad. And that’s okay in moderation. But lately, I’ve been really slacking off. Like, 3-4 cheat meals a week and that is NOT GOOD.

So, I’ve been looking for something to jump start my spring/summer routine! Sooooo in the spirit of OPERATION BIGGER BOOTY (remember how I told you guys about that goal?), I’ve decided that I will be participating in The 30-Day Squats Challenge!


Since I already squat on a regular basis (I work out my legs at least once a week and squats are my faaaaavourite workout ever ever ever) – I will not be doing these squats with body weight. Yup, I thought doing body weight only would be a cop-out, so I will be doing these with weights. Right now, I’m thinking of just using the Olympic bar (45 lbs.) – I think I’ll start to really get scared once I get to the second half of the month. But I’m PUMPED!

If you’d like to join me for this challenge, please make sure you know proper squat form. A simple Google search will give you thousands of results, but is is ALWAYS best to consult a professional trainer because you may injure yourself (and that’s some serious sh*t) so don’t take it lightly.

What else am I doing? And what do I recommend you do?

  • Eat breakfast within 20 mins of waking up (Making overnight oats + smoothies will help with this!)
  • Drink LOTS of water throughout the day – this depends on your weight, but I drink about 3-4 L (and having a water bottle handy 24/7 helps with that)
  • Prep your meals; prep your snacks!
  • Make sure you time your meals so that you never miss it!
  • Sweat in the morning (20 mins of yoga, light jog, etc.) and sweat again in the evening (gym session)
  • No caffeine for 30 days (I regularly detox on caffeine every 2 months and it just so happens that this is my caffeine-free month) You absolutely don’t have to do this, but it keeps my caffeine intake in check.’
  • After the 30 days, I’m planning out a new workout routine for June/July/August. Will keep you guys in the loop.

Share your summer workout plans with me and we’ll keep each other in check! :)

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  • Hey Girl. You really do look fantastic and I noticed that you had lost weight – but wow, 50 pounds?? That’s a serious accomplishment to be proud of. I know how tough it is, I grew up in a Chinese family and food was for comfort and celebration so I’m really trying to be more mindful of what and how I eat as well. Way to go!

    • Hey! Thanks so much!! You girls at HUG seem to be doing a great job of keeping fit, too! Ahhh, food – everything in moderation and we’ll be okay :)

  • Maria, you’re such an inspiration! I love how you keep yourself motivated to reach your goals :) And you’re looking gorgeous!!

    Thanks for the recommendations! I’ve been trying my best to eat breakfast within 20-30 mins. of waking up but sometimes I just forget. I know, ridiculous ;P

    • Thanks Char!! What helps me is that I tell myself I can’t check my phone or computer before I eat breakfast! Because when I do that first, I tend to lose track of time and next thing you know it’s noon. lol

  • Amazing, Maria, congratulations on your progress. Obviously you and I share a love of food, and your fitness goals/regime continue to inspire me!

  • You look absolutely amazing Maria! 50 lbs is no easy feat, progress is always a process right? I’m currently doing the 30 day squat challenge too! Love me some squats! :) Good luck on operation big booty! Haha.

    Also on a weight loss journey so your tips came at a good time, needed the reminder!

    • Thanks for taking the time to comment, Jennee!! And yes to progress! A little bit adds up to a lot! You’ll have to let me know how your 30 days are going!

  • so inspiring, maria! it’s not easy being healthy with work, and just life. i’m going to try the squat challenge…my legs feel mushy after the winter. and i’ll need strong legs for soccer.

    • Soo good that you play soccer! Let me know if you end up trying the 30 day challenge! Just ending mine in a couple days so I’ll be posting about tips + an update soon!

  • Dilpreet Kaur

    So if I do this challenge. Will I lose weight. I don’t want to lose any weight. I am trying to gain.

    • I’m not sure, Dilpreet. This is but a small piece of the pie when it comes to either losing or gaining weight. You need to make sure what you’re heating and your exercise habits are aligned with your goals. When you say you want to gain weight, do you mean you want to get muscle? My suggestion is to up your protein intake and do a lot of strength training as opposed to cardio. Good luck!

  • I’m definitely going to have to try this.

    • Yay! I’m just finishing off my 30 days and I’ll be posting an update + tips soon (hopefully they’ll help people who are just starting)!

  • Stephanie D

    wow this is inspirational!

  • Brenda Penton

    I need to start this challenge again. I was half way though when we had a medical emergency with my grandmother and got side tracked.

    • I hope you’re okay! Family first, right? I’m thinking of trying it again for the end of summer.

      • Brenda Penton

        Yes, my grandmother is doing well now :) I still haven’t started again as I totally forgot all about it, but your response reminded me. I might wait until the kids go back to school and when it isn’t so hot.

        • Good idea! I want to do a proper before and after shot when I try it again so I can post the pics. Hopefully you’ll pass by the blog again and see them!

  • Ruby H.

    You look wonderful! I will definitely consider trying out your recommendations.


    Ruby H.

  • Danielle

    Wow, you look amazing! It is really inspirational to see your transformation. Keep up the great work :)

    • Thanks for the sweet comment, Danielle!

      • Danielle

        You’re welcome! I have been struggling lately with my weight and seeing your pictures honestly does make me think I can do it too. Thanks for being brave enough to show your before and after.

        • It really is a bit scary to share on the Internet, but knowing that it can motivate people makes it all worth it. Appreciate your comments very much :) Good luck on your journey, Danielle! Persistence is key. Don’t give up! Every little bit counts.