“Nothing came close to what the HEALBE actually did, like–tracking the cellular respiration. First time ever, that was not theoretical, that was for real.”Chau P., 41
Los Angeles, CA
Getting the lean look I wanted for 20 years, staying fit after a year-long world tour, and learning even more about myself during pregnancy
Chau P. is a professional yoga instructor who works with celebrities in the music business. “Impossible” is not in her vocabulary. She is a living example of “adopt early–fail fast–move on with the best solution” and “live–love–laugh” attitudes.
Life is something to have fun with,” Chau says, “It shouldn’t be serious all the time. You are here to love and have fun and experience things. Laughter is definitely one of them”. As they say, a quick glance at her Instagram account tells you more about her personality than a thousand words.
We found Chau at an important moment in her life: She has just delivered a baby boy. While learning a new role of Mom with her 3.5-week-old son in her arms, she kindly shared her HEALBE GoBe experience with us.
I was into seeing how many steps I took and then just watching things grow from there,” she says, “the estimated calorie burn. I got it based on your height, your weight, and your BMI [body mass index], but nothing came close to what the HEALBE actually did, like–tracking the cellular respiration. First time ever, that was not theoretical, that was for real.
As a fitness instructor, Chau went on a world trip with a famous pop artist. Throughout her exciting one-year global journey, she was accompanied by her GoBe tracker every day. “I went on a full year tour around the world: South Africa, South America, Europe, everywhere. It was pretty awesome,” she says. Apart from the benefits of travelling, of course, staying fit was a big challenge with all the time zones changes and food temptations on every corner.
When you go to a new place, it’s always about experiencing a new culture through the food (and it’s never the healthiest food),” Chau says, “I really would watch if I was having enough protein. The fat-carb-protein ratio–that was something I was looking at a lot, making sure I balanced it out,” referring to the calorie-intake function of her GoBe. “That’s something that helped me.
During the tour, the celebrity’s team also had fitness competitions.
She [the artist] would offer us ‘I’ll give you guys a cash prize–whoever gets the leanest,’” recollects Chau. “She needed the motivation. She would have these challenges all the time, so funny! And then she would cheat because she didn’t need the money, and we would all be serious about it, like, ‘Yes, I won a few of them!’ Which is a really nice incentive. It’s so nice she did that to inspire us.
“We were all a small group. We just tried to keep each other checking, to remind each other to go to the gym, to give each other tips. So we took turns winning. But I definitely won some,” Chau remembers with a smile.
After the tour, Chau faced a new challenge: eating healthy while pregnant. The morning nausea was especially hard, but she discovered something.
I would have really bad morning sickness, and it was so interesting looking at the wristband data,” Chau shared about the low calorie intake she could observe in her HEALBE app. “There were periods when I wasn’t digesting much, and that’s when I felt the most nauseous. And it gave me the sense, like, maybe the food was just staying in my belly.
As a self-described “data person”, always searching for a scientific explanation, Chau tried to find out what was happening in her body at the time.
“When you’re pregnant, the hormones slow down your digestion, so you absorb more nutrients. That’s what’s happening physiologically, but then the effect is it’s sitting in your body. There are more acids, so you’re getting the morning sickness. And I was like, wow, this is so interesting. I wonder—what if people knew that that’s part of maybe why they’re experiencing the nausea.”
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