2016 recap

As 2016 comes to an end, I can’t help but reminisce about all the ups and downs of 2016. I started this blog and allowed myself to be vulnerable. I lost some loved ones, had a mini panic attack along with the majority of the country, but I also grew a lot as a human and definitely pushed myself to the limit. Ran 1 full marathon, 2 half marathons, and total of  557.8 miles this year. I advanced my work career twice this year, and I’m not stopping until I reach the top! Here are some highlights of my 2016. *Warning* Lots of photos!

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Visited Big Sur for the first time on New Years 2016. Experienced the majestic views from the Pacific Coast!

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Took a class on Modern Calligraphy just because it’s been something I wanted to do.

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Ran my first marathon on Valentine’s day at the LA Marathon and received an extra bonus medal for completing both a Ragnar race and LA Marathon.

Hiked Mt Baldy with team Tender Greens and the Hero Project!


Ran many miles while our boyfriends were asleep with Aileen G.


Visited Ensenada, Mexico via a booze cruise to eat Tacos.


Played with a baby Leopard in Ensenada.


13.1 miles along Ventura


My cousin got married! ❤fullsizerender-3

Busted a big mission to go visit the Albuquerque, NM Hot Air Balloon Fiesta!


And drove to the White Sand Monuments to recreate a Boyz II Men music video.


Almost died hiking Bridge to Nowhere with Peter, Ben and Kevin…


BFF trip to Seattle to hike, boxing, run, and eat!

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Visited Hong Kong for the first time in April and fell in love with the city!

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Celebrated Tender Greens’ 10 year birthday!

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celebrated my 6 year anniversary with PK

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Fell in love with Flywheel spinning!


Ran my first Rock n Roll race with the whole city of LA on Halloween!


Added to my weekly mileage with my running twin Beccafit4life!

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Drove from Salt Lake City, Utah, and visited The Grand Teton National Park. Crossing off 2 states!

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My favorite BaoHaus finally opened in LA!


Ate delicious Japanese Beef. SO YUM.

Looking forward to 2017 where I will be running Chicago Marathon! My goals for 2017 is to train for Chicago, take extra classes in a community college, and to eat cleaner!




I wanted to share a photo I came across because it really gave me a sense of pride for myself. It made me realize how much I’ve grown in the 27 years of life here on Earth.

As a young girl, I had self esteem issues, I wasn’t very confident, I was indecisive of what I wanted to do, was scared of the future, and was a people pleaser.

Fast forward to present day, I’m a go getter who isn’t shy to say no to things I dislike or speak my mind whenever I feel the need to. I now try new things before I say I say no to them, and challenge myself every day for the better.

When I was younger, I needed someone to tell me that it’s okay to be myself. And that although someone hurt you emotionally, it’s okay to forgive them. Because grudges are not only tiring, but that you’re only hurting yourself in the end.

This girl grew up to think positive, to be selfless, generous, and to put herself into another’s shoes.

A couple of weeks ago, I was waiting in line at a store. While waiting to pay, I overheard a girl say something about someone’s weight, and told her friend to turn around to look. That girl turned around and looked at ME. Instantly I felt an overwhelming anger and sadness fill me up. But after that, I realized, that the girl who felt she had to talk about someone else’s appearance must’ve been really insecure about herself. And so I secretly forgave her and actually felt bad for her. Because society has made it really hard for females to be confident. Society makes young girls feel like they need to look a certain way to be liked and accepted. I was one of those girls, but grew up to not care about what other’s say. I grew up to live for me and to love myself for me!

A scared, low self esteem girl became a woman with goals and a positive attitude to help achieve them with the help of girl friends and role models who bring me up everyday!

New Year, New Goals

Happy New Year! Working out might be one of your New Years Goals and I thought I’d share some of my tips. Something I struggled with when I changed my job is motivating myself to workout in the morning, especially because my new job required me to go in earlier than my previous job which means I had to adjust to a new schedule. But I really do like working out in the AM rather than the PM because I’m more of a morning person. Morning workouts may take some time to get used to, but it seriously has changed my body and mind for the better. Especially now that it’s Winter in Los Angeles and it gets dark by 5pm, it makes it harder for me to fit my training schedule in.


Benefits of Morning Workouts:

-Get it done & out of the way
Have you ever had those days where you’re at the end of the work day, and you’re just feeling way too tired to workout? So you end up just going home and plopping down on the couch and watching Netflix. I’ve encountered so many of those nights. But by working out in the AM, you get it done and you’re less likely to make excuses!

-Empty AM Gym
If you’re a gym go-er, you know that after work at 6pm-10pm is prime time for the gym. Everyone gets off work at about that time and they all have the same idea about working out after work. The gym is more enjoyable in the AM because there’s no need to wait to use the machines, and that smelly guy you always see at the gym? Yeah, you won’t see him.

-Mood Booster
We all know that working out releases endorphins (aka the happy chemicals) from your body, which gives your mood a major boost! If you have a long work commute like me, you’re less likely to get road rage and mellow out. Yes, even if that D-bag cuts you off for no reason.

Ever have that awakeness after your night time workout that makes it hard for you to sleep? Well imagine you had that alertness in the morning!  You’ll be pumped and full of energy, ready to tackle the day!

Tips to becoming a morning person:

-Make sure you get enough sleep!
Sleep early! If you’re planning on waking up early, you will need to make sure you get a good amount of sleep so you’re not still tired and end up making excuses to sleep in. *A good amount of sleep differentiates with everyone. For me, it’s 7-8 hours.

-Get dressed!
To save time, I sleep in my workout clothes so I can just get up in the morning, brush my teeth and get onto my workout. That way, you can maximize the time you can sleep, but also have enough time for your workout!

-You Snooze, You Lose!
Set a realistic alarm time that will have you get up in the morning. Snoozing the alarm will not only make you more tired because you’ll go back to a half sleep and wake up even sleepier when that alarm goes off that 2nd or 3rd time.

-You’re half way there!
Move your alarm to the opposite side of the room, preferably near the door on the way to the restroom so you’re half way to the restroom and you’re more likely to get ready and go about your day and out the door.

-Before you go to bed..
Prepare everything you need for work the night before so you have one less thing to do. If you go to the gym and head straight to work, pack your work clothes, shower caddy, lunch, and shoes into your gym bag so you can grab everything at once on your way out.

-Set Goals!
Set a weekly workout schedule to follow. That way, you’ll know how much time you’ll need for the day to accomplish the workout, and it also it doesn’t leave you wondering what workout to do for the day.

-Fuel up!
Pack a pre-workout and post-workout snack the night before! If you’re like me, I need a little bar or apple to hold my stomach until the end of my workout. I’ve noticed that I’m more likely to cut my workout short if I’m hungry and thinking about food during the whole workout. I also tend to over eat afterwards, which totally defeats the purpose of the workout in the first place!

-Hydrate hydrate hydrate!
Do it before bed, right when you get up in the morning, during your workout, and after your workout! You have no idea how many times I’ve struggled through my workouts and end my workouts early because I’m not properly hydrated. It’s dangerous too! You don’t want to faint!


Hope that was helpful! Let me know if you guys are Morning Birdies or Night Owls and what helps get you motivated?

What is a LiWo?

Hello! Thanks for visiting my new blog!

My name is Lisa, LiWo is what some of my friends call me. The two letters Li are the first two letters of my first name, and Wo are the first two letters of my last name. It was created after a few of my friends were laughing about how dumb city names become shortened with that same word scheme. For example, South Beach (Miami) = SoBe and Santa Monica = SaMo. And thus, LiWo was born.

I am a California native, born and raised in Los Angeles. Currently still living in Los Angeles County in a little suburban city just 10 minutes from Downtown LA. I believe that Los Angeles really is one of the best cities to live in. It’s close by to the beach, has great food, and entertainment all within a short drive.

So I’ve been wanting to create a blog about my fitness/travels for a while now. And finally, here it is.

I became a runner in 2013, and ran my first ever race in in September 2013 in Ventura, CA a city about 35 miles from Santa Barbara, CA.  Before that, I never really did any type of sport. I grew up in Orchestra and Marching Band, which required little to no physical activity. In college, I was fed up with my unhealthy lifestyle and took some classes at the campus gym and fell in love with running and kickboxing, but never thought I would ever do any real competitive running. I eventually met my now boyfriend, which got into running about a year into our 3 years into our relationship. I decided it would be fun to do a race as well and it was all history from there.

Running helped me learn determination, dedication and allows me to clear my mind. It’s ME time whether I’m on the treadmill or on the streets. Since then, I’ve done 10+ half marathons, a handfull of 5k and 10ks, and currently, I’m training for my first full marathon. Some of you might have heard about it, The LA Marathon happening on Valentine’s Day, 2016.

Besides running, I love spinning, and yoga. I had the chance to explore the different type of fitness studios around the Los Angeles area through ClassPass, in which you pay for membership and it allows you to choose to take hundreds of different types of partnered classes.

When I’m not running, I enjoy traveling, as well as checking out the new restaurants and shopping.

I invite you to join me as I blog about my fitness journey, difference places I’ve traveled to, product reviews, and my favorite restaurants.