My Weight Loss Secret: Meal Prep!

As many of you may know, I’m a total health enthusiast. I’m also a serious sugar addict. If you put something sweet in front of my I just can’t control myself — no matter how unhealthy I know it is (and I know, believe me) I will take one bite, then another, and then another until the entire meal is finished.

That’s why I want to share one of my secrets to how I lose weight without giving in to the sweet temptation of sugary, fatty foods. The one change that’s had the biggest impact on my life is preparing my own meals at home and taking them with me to work, to the mall, and out to see friends.

Meal prep is something I started doing a year ago, and it’s made a huge difference to my life.

When I started doing meal prep, I would make a day’s worth of food at night and keep it to eat the next day. This worked well but the only problem is that it’s very time consuming. If you don’t have free time, it’s easy to let it slip until the next morning, then feel lazy and decide to just order your food at a restaurant instead.

Big mistake. You’ll gain unnecessary calories from the restaurant food, and you’ll feel so bad about it afterwards.

What I do now is I buy meal prep containers in bulk. This way, I have 50 containers that I can use however and whenever I want. I also prepare of my meals on Sunday so I have enough food to last for the entire week. Since a week is a long time to keep food in the fridge, I refrigerate Monday and Tuesday’s meals, then freeze the rest and thaw them out in the fridge the night before I want to eat them.

I’ve also added some specific items to my kitchen to make preparing healthy food easier:

  • A small oven for baking chicken, beef and other protein sources
  • Large skillets for pan frying lots of food at once (using healthy oil)
  • An omelette pan for preparing eggs (StylePursuits has a good guide to the best omelette pans)

This way, I’m totally in control of how many calories I eat and how much fat, sugar, carbohydrates and protein I eat. The food I make is also delicious; don’t let anyone tell you that healthy food isn’t tasty.

So there you go. If you’re like me and you struggle to resist delicious food but you really want to slim down and lose weight, give meal prep a try. It’s worked amazingly well for me.

Simple Outfit Ideas for Summer in Southeast Asia

Summer’s here, and it’s as hot as you would expect. If you haven’t lived in a tropical country before, you will struggle to think of how hot it can get in Southeast Asia from April until September. If you have, you’ll know exactly how hard it can be just to make it through the day in such incredible heat.

In Singapore, it’s not so bad because of the proximity to the sea, but it can still be a major annoyance to find clothes that fit well and do their best to reduce the effects of the heat.

Need help finding some? I’ve put together some simple outfit ideas for summer based on my own style and favorites.

Easy and simple. This type of clothes is popular with tourists and locals alike, especially in May and June when the temperature will peak. Light top and short shorts keep you cool, while flat sandals are perfect for spending time visiting malls and out and about without getting painful feet.

Perfect if you want to go hiking or exploring. I would wear this to the zoo, out for a road trip, or for any summer outdoor activities. Since the top is quite thin and might show too much, a pair of nipple covers could help here.

The belt for this outfit example is super thick — not something I would recommend for everyone. If you want something thinner, I recommend something like a Timberland rugged belt, which is, in my opinion, the best belt for jeans on the market for under $50.

Another nice alternative, especially if you prefer long pants to shorts. A good choice for at the end of summer, when it starts to get cooler and the breeze makes wearing shorts out after sunset less comfortable.

Which of these outfits is your favorite?

Ikea Names & Their Real Translations

Anyone who has bought products from IKEA before knows that the names of their furniture and home accessories are… hmm… kind of weird. I know the company is from Sweden but it always seemed as if many of the names were just made up to sound interesting on a price tag.

Well, it turns out they all have unique meanings, and that these meaning are often totally literal. Check out this list of crazy Ikea names and their real meanings and you’ll be shocked, like me, to learn that there is some method to the madness of Ikea product names.

Decorating My New Condo

Yay! I’m finally back. It’s been a very busy two weeks for me, moving into my new condo in Singapore and getting established. I have chosen here as a base for my work because it’s a central “hub” type of city in Asia and it gives me so many new opportunities to travel and discover other places.

The only downside to Singapore is that it’s super expensive. Think New York City or San Francisco kind of expenses, but in a place that’s much smaller and more dense than both. Luckily, my job is going well now and I can afford to live a good lifestyle, even in a city like this. “Good” here is very different from the United States. It means not having a car, but being very close to everything and having access to SO MUCH delicious food that just can’t be found anywhere else.

I spent the last two weeks moving into my new condo. It’s about 10 minutes away from the center of Singapore on the MRT and is super convenient. The only major problem, and it’s a common one for everyone in Singapore, is that it’s very small and cramped. 40sqm – about 430 square feet. Ouch! But this is the normal size for a one-bedroom condo here and I’m sure I will get used to it.

I spent the last few days at Ikea buying furniture and accessories, most of which I still need to unpack and set up. Here’s a picture of the condo with my new furniture, including plenty of wrapping and boxes:

It’s going to take a while to get used to living in such a small space after living in a big house for so long, but I’m looking forward to the challenge! I have a dining table that will double as my work desk for now, a big sofa and (soon) a TV and some other accessories to make living here more fun.

Looking forward to sharing some updates on my decorating, as I make more progress.