Maria Kang

25 Things I Don’t Do.

by Maria Kang> on March 9, 2014

Often time people want to know what I do. It gets very boring to tell others I workout for an hour five times a week and eat small balanced meals containing complex carbohydrates, lean protein and healthy fats throughout the day. So let me tell you what I DON’T DO on a daily basis.

DISCLAIMER: I’m not saying that if you DO any of these things it’s necessarily a bad thing. This article is just a guide to anyone who is seeking more answers to my lifestyle routine.

1. I don’t sleep in. Many successful people want to get their day started and their goals underway. My day typically begins at 6:30am but my constant goal is to start waking up at 5am (which is tough since I work late).

2. I don’t forget to eat breakfast. My body has fasted all night and it needs nutrients first thing in the morning within an hour after waking. Studies show that eating breakfast helps you lose weight – so start planning out your morning meal now. I typically have fruit or eggs. Sometimes I consume oatmeal or a smoothie.

3. I don’t leave the house without a water bottle filled with water, lemon (real lemons) and lots of ice. Water and lemons detoxify your body.

4. I don’t drink coffee or energy drinks. I find the foods I eat and my daily exercise keeps my energy levels up. I also think caffeine drinks can become highly addictive and negatively habitual.

5. Which is why I don’t drink Starbucks. When I do (a couple times a month) I get an unsweetened ice tea or tall soy latter (which I’m trying to cut back on soy). Anything else consumed outside of coffee or espresso has loads of sugar, fat and calories. Cutting back also means you can save some money!

6. I don’t drink Jamba Juice either. The last time I went I read their nutritional guide for a good ten minutes not knowing what to order because 95% of all their smoothies have too much sugar and calories. (I chose a small cup of apple and greens smoothie). I am not anti-smoothie (obviously, I just said I have one for breakfast sometimes) but it’s important to know what goes in your smoothie. Often times people use too much fruit. I suggest one fruit, some green veggies (I like kale or spinach) and some almond milk or yogurt (if you are tolerant).

7. I don’t eat Fast Food often. I want to make it clear that I DO eat it when I’m on the go, busy and have limited choices (and my kids are sleeping in the backseat). When I do I know exactly what to get: I get a chicken fajita pita (no cheese) at Jack n the Box, a chicken burrito fresco style at Taco Bell, a grilled chicken sandwich (no sauce and open-faced) at McDonalds and a turkey burger (open-faced) at Carls Jr.

8. I don’t (often) order special kids food for my children at restaurants. Very often they eat from my plate or they get exactly what I get at restaurants and split into two. Most foods for children have limited choices of pizza, Mac n cheese, fries and hot dogs. If I do order a kids meal, I make sure it’s balanced (some places have become pretty good) and limit the fried choices.

9. I don’t eat fried food. It tastes amazing but it makes me feel yucky afterwards. I try to think about consequences often when performing any action. While something tastes good for the moment, I always know that I will feel guilty and regretful afterwards. So I pick my battles.

10. Which is why I don’t remove my favorite foods (like chocolate, wine and bread) from my diet. (I know I said this already but I thought it was worth mentioning twice!) I believe everything is good in moderation. I’ve tried low-carb diets in the past and it made me constipated and lethargic. I’ve tried low-fat diets when I was very young – and as you can imagine, it made me gain weight (because I was eating a lot of carbs). The best diet you can be on is the one you can stick with.

11. That is why I don’t eat an imbalanced diet. My meals always consist of a lean protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats. I try to avoid eating poorly when busy by storing snacks in my car. I am in my car often: dropping kids, running errands, working, etc. So I have almonds, bars and peanuts stashed in my car at all times.

12. I don’t always eat healthy. I believe in the 80/20 rule all around. I believe you should eat well 80% of the time and 20% of the time you should give yourself a break. After all, nobody is perfect. I have gone through fast food drive thru’s but I usually choose  a healthier version despite it being a heavily processed food. I also have a weakness for desserts, chocolate and red wine. I used to have a splurge day once a week, but now I’ve opted for a couple splurge meals throughout the week.

13. I don’t eat late at night. Everyone is different but I don’t like my digestive system working while I’m sleeping. It always makes me feel bloated the next day. I have found when dieting down my body responds best when I limit my food intake after 8/9pm (I’ve pushed back the time because I sleep later now).

14. I don’t (typically) miss workouts. For me that means a good 5-6 days of 30-60 minutes of training. Sometimes I’m able to train for 90 minutes but that is rare. I don’t recommend training for longer than 90 minutes because your body will require fuel to replenish its reserves after undergoing intense training for a long period of time.

15. I don’t skip strength training. If there is one single magic pill you should be swallowing it should be the benefits of lifting weights. Muscle speeds up your metabolism, keeps you agile and makes you stronger. It molds your body.

16. I don’t let others negatively affect me. Sometimes it does happen – when a person (especially those closest) wipes out my energy – I try my best to transfer negative energy by performing a positive action. If people are negative I often write it out, run it out or talk it out.

17. I don’t have a supplement regimen. My husband encourages vitamins like omega 3’s, multivitamins and probiotics. So I will take them when he gives it to me, but I’ve never been consistent with any supplement as I have a hard time depending on things to stay vital.

18. So don’t ask me about protein shakes because I don’t take those either. I used to depend on protein shakes because I also don’t eat a lot of red meat or meat (outside of occasional chicken breasts) in general, but I started getting stomach aches after consumption. So, along with most of the processed foods I’ve cut out of my diet, I took that one out also.

19. I don’t eat artificial sugars (tummy ache), drink milk (lactose intolerant) or consume alcohol (outside the occasional glass of red wine). Studies have shown that consuming diet foods with fake sugars makes you crave sugar more. I believe it!

20. I don’t count calories (anymore). I used to have a generalized idea of what I ate in the past and I really encourage people to write their food intake down so they can see what they’re consuming – which makes them more accountable.

21. I don’t wear normal clothes (normally, lol). I wear workout clothes most of the time. It makes it easier to move and gives me no excuses for not working out at a moment’s opportunity.

22. I also don’t wear deodorant, perfume or scented lotions. I think living a ‘clean lifestyle’ allows most people to smell decent and not depend on products to mask their body’s smell. Pheromones are actually great human signals of health, vitality and sexuality.

23. I don’t weigh myself daily. In fact, I haven’t weighed myself for several months as the number on the scale can change if I’m gaining muscle, retaining water or in need of a good bowel movement (lol). I’ve lived to many years being a slave to scale. These days I track my progress based on measurements, body fat and how well my clothes fit.

24. I don’t compare myself with others. It’s very easy to do this – especially when there is a hot celebrity who has a better body than you after just two months of giving birth or eyeing a person who has long lean legs (my legs will never be long). When you compare you lose focus on what you have and your resources to improve your health and lifestyle.

25. With all this said, I have to say – I don’t’ skimp on sleep. Sleep is very important. I never realized how true this rings until I had a newborn and savored just 3 hours of straight sleep. Now I am able to sleep at least 7-8 hours each night. Remember that your fitness is not just about being eating right and exercising; it’s about all the things in-between including rest.

I DO workout with my mom club every Tuesday with my kids! Find a
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Check out my behind the scenes from my Oxygen Magazine Photoshoot!


 I still remember the days when I had a muffin top! I was very self conscious in form fitting dresses and tight tops. My vision was to confidently wear a tank top and jeans in the summertime! It took consistency, discipline, faith and patience but I finally got
rid of mines and here’s some tips on how to get rid of yours!

If you have any tips, pics or success stories to help others, please share!

1. Strength train your whole body! In order to see abdominal definition you typically need an athletic body fat percentage. So get lean (everywhere).

2. Additional benefits of strength training include more muscle, which increases your metabolism and overall fat-burning potential.

3. Limit your sugar intake. Excess carbs (esp simple carbs) that aren’t used for energy is stored as fat.

4. Don’t be scared of fat! Eat a balanced diet that includes healthy fats like nuts, avocado, olive and coconut oil.

5. Focus on exercises that focus on your transverse abdominal (TVA) – your deepest core muscle. I often perform several variations of the plank weekly.

6. Train your lower back. Your muffin top is not just the front of your body, but the back also. If you have a weak lower back (if you sit often this may be you) it will impede your success.

7. Don’t get stressed out. Be restful and practice meditation and perhaps prayer. When you are stressed you increase the stress hormone, cortisol, which promotes fat storage in your tummy area.

8. Drink a lot of water. Not only does water cleanse your system but prevents dehydration. Very often bloating and water retention occurs from lack of water intake.

9. Suck it in. Practice drawing your tummy in at all times: when you’re driving, standing, laying down… It engages your deepest core muscles and encourages better posture.

10. Perform intense cardio. High intensity interval training has proven to burn more calories, even after your workout. I usually train a minimum of 20 minutes/day 5-6 days a week.

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