Before I get into this week’s post- I want to recommend you all head over to Kimchi Bytes and check out this article by Brent Sheffield. It’s about the outdoor exercise equipment in Korea, and I am the lovely female model you see enjoying herself with the gorgeous male model- Paul Wiltshire. It was so much fun to do and I was very honoured to have been asked!
I think this will be a helpful post for people- so even though I’m leaving in less than 2 months, I thought I’d share what I’ve learned about buying protein powder while in Korea.
If you, like me, like your protein powder then you may be trying to figure out the most cost effective way to find a supply while over here.
I have tried a few different sites so I’ll give my experience and reviews.
It even says “protein bland” in the caption. I should have known!
This blog post started as me just wanting to share something, but it kinda evolved into something much bigger than that.. so read on for a look into my body journey from when I started competing back in 2010 to where I currently stand. This post is pretty revealing and I’m not really sure about posting it.. but it’s actually been kind of therapeutic for myself to go through it, and maybe it can help someone else who is going through the same thing.
But first, I just wanted to share something that is kind of exciting for me- I’m in a video and on a poster!!!
Check out the WBC Video.. you can see me for a split second at 0:56! Sorry I couldn’t embed it, so please click here to follow the link to the video 🙂
When I first came to Korea, I was pretty appalled by the yogurt selection, and price. Korea loves tiny little portions- which is fine, but when the price is double what you’d pay back home in Canada, for a quarter of the size, you get pretty bummed out. Being the thrifty person that I am, I decided to investigate making my own yogurt. Not only could I save money by making a bigger batch- but I could also control what goes into my finished product. Another problem (for me) with Korean varieties of yogurt, is that they have lots of sugar in them, which I don’t want. So, this was my second reason to opt for a homemade version.
Last year, I worked at an English Hagwon, which is a Korean private study academy. Students here go to these academies after they’ve finished their regular school day. They take classes like English, Math, Science etc… anything to possibly get them a leg up on getting into their preferred Universities once they get to that age. Even though these are elementary students, the pressure for them to perform is already very much present. I now teach at a Public Highschool, but most of the students here don’t go to a Hagwon. That’s because they go to school from 7:50am to 10:00pm. No joke. Some do go to academies after this time- I’ve ran into my students at 10:30 pm on their way to a study hall, or science academy. It breaks my heart but I’ve realized it is not in my power or ability to make any kind of change to the system. I could go on about the pressure and stress of the overworked Korean student, however that is not my goal for today. Instead, I wanted to share a convenience food that I learned about from one of my co-teachers from the Hagwon last year: Korean bodybuilder chicken.
You too can look like this if you eat my sausages 😉
I thought life would slow down a bit after my fitness competition.
I was wrong.
It’s only gotten busier! I don’t even know where all my time goes- but it’s been so hard to find the time to blog!
My workout routine has changed a little bit- now I’m going to the gym everyday. There used to be days where I would be only doing cardio, so I didn’t need to go to the gym- but now actually I’m there everyday.
The big day has come and gone and now I can get back into blogging and recipe sharing! Last Saturday, April 27th, I competed in the Universe Perfection Korea World Body Classic. Wow long name! When I registered for the show, it was actually a Musclemania competition, but there was some sort of falling out with the organizers so the name changed. Doesn’t really matter to me- when I return to Canada and compete there, I won’t be entering that federation anyways. There are many aspects of the competition that I don’t really like- namely the costume and posing. Also, maybe just because it was in Korea, but many of the women did not look like athletes- just skinny and surgically altered. Not saying that women are not skinny or surgically altered back home- but it just seemed really pronounced here. I want to compete in the CBBF- Canadian Bodybuilding Federation, which is what I did when I competed in Fitness back in 2011. What I like about the CBBF is that you start in the Amateur comps and work your way up to the National levels. Then you can qualify to compete internationally and become an IFBB (International Continue reading →
As you know, I LOVE kabocha. Love Love Love Love Love Love Love kabocha!!! Actually now, I get a discount at my local “Angel Home Mart”- just a random Korean grocery store on danhobak 단호박, as it’s called here. I told them it is my favourite, and because they like me, they say “special discount, only for you” 🙂 Continue reading →
I sort of have a love hate relationship with chicken.
It’s one of those foods that is usually safe to get when you eat out, and is pretty readily available, both positives. Also, it fits into my meal plan on both rest days and training days, so its easy for me too cook a big batch and be able to eat it every day of the week. However- whenever you end up eating something over and over and over… you can get pretty sick of it. Continue reading →
After being asked fairly frequently about what I usually order on iherb.com, I thought I would do a blog post. This by no means is a way to get you to buy from iherb specifically, nor the exact products, however, I just thought it would helpful. And yes, I do have an iherb code, which you can use to save $10 off your first order (AJO567)- however, I make like 1% or something really small, so honestly I’m not doing this to make money. And always, I’d recommend you to buy from whichever source is most cost-effective, ethical or sustainable for you- be it online or from a local store. I’m putting the prices that iherb currently lists, because that way you can compare it to whichever source you use.
Also, I recommend that you do your own research on the supplements- there’s a ton of information out there (both good and bad), so I’m not going into details about all the benefits etc on my choices. And of course- supplements are meant to supplement your diet. I certainly don’t take them expecting miracles to happen, and use them to add to my diet in case of deficiencies. Again, this is just what I use, adjust for your own goals. Continue reading →