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February 2021 Personal Challenge

It’s almost the end of the month and thank you to my readers for being my accountability partners in my personal challenge. For this month, here’s an update on how I’m doing. I know it’s not my usual post but I really need to write it all down to be accountable.


  • Log all food I ate. – this is still going. (Day 146)
  • 10 flights of stairs a day – I unfortunately had to go back to Day 1 when I missed my flight of stairs on Feb 6. However, after that miss, I went back to my daily goal and have been completing it. I feel like I have a daily activity that I can achieve. It made me move a bit more throughout the day.
  • Strength training twice a week: As I mentioned to my teacher in ESMM, I don’t really have a plan for it. I just do it once on a weekday and once on a weekend. Which day it would be I can’t really say. I’m on week 6 now and still going strong. I might have to add more variety or change the weight of my dumbbell.
  • Eat salad once a week. Sad to say I haven’t been able to accomplish this. My husband is not a salad person and I can’t be the only one eating it. I love the berry salad from Kickback Jack’s (lots of calories though).
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My First Major Surgery Experience

When I heard about Tiger Wood’s accident on Today’s Show last Tuesday, I had a momentary flashback when they mentioned that he had emergency surgery with rods, plates and screws on his leg. My first major surgery happened on May 5, 2017. It was an open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) surgery of my left ankle.

Shanghai, China. It was the first day of the 3 day weekend when I decided to head to the shopping center to watch a movie, enjoy a good meal and shop for new shoes. I took a bike from my apartment to the shopping center. I remember when I got there, my legs were like jelly. After I watched a movie, I was just walking around the mall when I notice a crowd in the children’s fun area. A child fell from one of the jungle poles and hit his head. I observed for awhile but the emergency services were taking there sweet time that I moved on. I then headed to the shopping mall across the street. Since I don’t want to cross the street in traffic, I decided to take the basement route through the subway station. I remember I was holding my phone but was focus on the path I’m taking. When I reach the entrance to the mall, I suddenly crashed on the floor as if I twisted my ankle. When I tried standing up, I knew it wasn’t just a twist of my ankle but something more. The shopping center personnel said they can call an ambulance for me. As I wasn’t that familiar with the hospitals in Shanghai, I just asked them to bring me to a place where I can have a sit. I called some friends of mine who helped me pick up some clothes in my apartment and brought me to their place for me to stay while I recuperate.

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WOOP there it is!

During the Christmas holiday break of our ESMM class, our teacher introduced a new concept to help us with our SMART goals. The concept is called WOOP (wish, outcome, obstacle, plan). It’s a mental strategy that you can use to find and fulfill your wishes, set preferences and change your habits. It’s a concept that will more likely help you achieve your goal, big or small.

Here’s what you need to do:

WISH: Think about what you want to create or achieve. Really visualize it for a moment. Maybe put it into a few words.

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Legal Documents You Should Have Right Now To Help You When You Get Sick

When my mom was at the end of her life and in hospice, one of the things the hospice staff required was a Living Will or Advance Directive. They needed to know her medical wishes in case her heart stopped or she was having problems breathing. She had it all set in a folder signed and told us where it was so that we can give it to them when that happens.

I also remember when I was admitted to the hospital and a day before my brain surgery, the doctor asked us if I have an advance directive. He said that it would be best to be prepared in case something went wrong with the surgery. As they say, there’s always risk when we have surgery. I didn’t have one and I’m thankful that the surgery was succesful.

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COVID-19 Craziness

On December 14, my husband’s ex-wife informed us that she tested positive for COVID-19. She’s unsure if she contracted it from her work place. As my husband picked up his son from her place on December 13, there was a possibility that he was exposed to the virus. It was also my last week of radiotherapy and we wanted it to end.

When we found out, we took all the precautions that we won’t expose it to others especially at the hospital. When we completed the radiotherapy, we scheduled our COVID-19 testing at the local county testing site. Luckily, we both tested negative.

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