Cheers to Moi!

Almost dipped my paintbrush in my wine glass…. :P

Finally enjoying alone time… And actually enjoying myself.

We spend so much time and energy focused on others that we forget to recharge the source of that energy. “recharge our batteries” Which is what I decided to do tonight.. “a date with myself” Stay in, watch a movie, drink some good wine and paint! Which is something I never thought I would be good at… And I ended up really enjoying it! 

         Yes it’s great to surround yourself with people all the time, but somedays you need to just unwind, clear your mind and relax without interruption and without people around you (cellphone turned off)!! I never used to do this. I was always a people person.. quite the “social butterfly” and enjoyed having people around me ALL THE TIME .. to be honest I was actually afraid to be alone & To be really reeeeally honest since my first boyfriend I was never alone.. I would have mini relationships… three months, two months… which to many is not a normal thing to do(don’t judge)… But I’m living in this model world, changing countries every 2,3,6 months and always meeting new people..okok, enough explaining myself. Then I started dating L. which lasted a year and eight months. So I really never had my alone time.

&&It’s crazy to stop and realize that since the age of 16 most of the time I have always had someone (not necessarily a guy but a best friend who would always be by my side) I just feel like I never appreciated myself enough to have alone time.. to think, relax and reflect on everything. Which nowadays I realize how essential it is. 

Since I got out of this relationship and have been on my own for about two months now I am finally enjoying my own company.. being alone and watching a movie, having a coffee by myself.. I discovered that I love to cook! And paint! I want to learn how to speak Bahasa! I want so many things and now that I enjoy my own time I feel like I wake up excited to start my day and go on with my daily routine :)

Happy, Focused, Content with Big Dreams and a high Belief Level.




Alright Alright I have to admit something since my last post was about alcohol and working out. Well I’ve been in Korea for about a little over a month now and for a fact I’ve been out every single weekend drinking. 

Hah! It got to that point where I said to myself yesterday ” Okay Annabel… time to get back on track, you’ve had your fun.”

Anybody who knows me well can tell you that I am quite the social butterfly :D I love it! I enjoy the night life… I like going out and meeting up with people and having a good time, who doesn’t?  Here we have home dinners which makkoli always has a part, play some pool at our favorite bar called Hobar and drinking the traditional korean rice wine, makkoli haha and the of course the ocassional club then it’s vodka, jager and sometimes beer :p

Two weeks ago I went out four days in a row.. like I said it wasn’t always to a club nor did I get shitfaced all of these days buuut I guess you can say I was on the border line of tipsy at the least hahah >.<  And just the past week I drank twice. 

As I said above yesterday I made a sorta deal with myself clean eating, back to the healthy habits, cutting off completely any kind of cheat meal and alcohol. I want a good clean two weeks to get back :) On the 14th I’ll be buying myself a bottle of wine and spoiling myself with either chocolate or cookies… oooor both! :D But heeey cmon its Valentines day!!!

I have a little over two months left here before I head back to Brazil. So I definitely want to come back home with a killer body. 

Suprisingly this past month as I said I would go out every weekend and the third week here I did exaggerate a bit but I always managed to hit the gym a good four, five times a week and throughout the day. & I was having the three meals, two snacks. The thing that screws up my diet would be the binging after drinking. Im lucky this phase hasn’t made such a difference on my body.

Give me two weeks and I’ll post a before and after so you can see how much your body can change with dedication. 

Cheers!!! Wishing you all a great week 


Alcohol and Workouts

What is my opinion on alcohol and woking out? This is one the most frequently asked questions so I guess it’s about time I answer it. 

Alright there are three major facts when it comes to alcohol.

1. Alcohol is metabolized differently.

Alright so we all know that your body gets its energy from the calories in carbohydrates, fats and proteins, which are slowly digested and absorbed within the gastrointestinal system. However, with alcohol this digestive process changes. Your body recognizes alcohol as a toxin, not a nutrient.

I for one am the type of person who binges so much once I drink.. I crave sweets and junk food. So imagine me ingesting this food into my body after tons of drinks. My body won’t be able to properly break down foods containing carbohydrates and fat. So what happens is these calories which I intake directly after consuming alcohol are converted into body fat and are carried away for permanent storage on my body. A major con if you are trying to lose weight.

2. Alcohol is a diuretic 

Which means it causes dehydration.. water loss. Water loss = Mineral loss

'According to studies, drinking about 250 milliliters of an alcoholic beverage causes the body to expel 800 to 1,000 milliliters of water; that's four times as much liquid lost as gained.'

'Alcohol’s diuretic effect also increases the need to urinate, resulting in the loss of electrolytes.'

3. Alcohol is nothing more than empty calories

Alcohol offers no nutritional value.


Here is a graph I stumbled upon… I would have to say your best bet is going for the dry wines rather than the sweet ones. 

I admit it I like to drink.. I do go out and I believe that one should never be super extreme on themselves by cutting back on everything. Its different for everybody, it all depends on what each persons goals are and what they want to achieve.

"Balance is key. Figure out what works for you." This is something I always say to the person who is asking me for advice on their path to living a healthier lifestyle… If  you are okay with giving it up completely that is perfect, your results will come much quicker. But If you would you much rather control your drinking to once or twice a week that is fine as well. Just keep in mind everything in moderation. In the next post I will talking more in detail about my personal experience with drinking.