5 easy weight loss hacks for 2018

The problem with following fads is that fad fizzles. It happens in fashion. It happens in music.

It happens in weight loss journeys.

If this is happening to you, know that you are not an exemption. Other people are struggling to keep that weight off just like you. It happened to me too.

But I got out of my obesity. And for 4 years now, I kept the weight off.

  • Without struggling.
  • Without depriving myself of food that I like.
  • Without spending excessive money on weight loss diet gimmickry.

Here are 5 easy weight loss hacks you can use to remove those unwanted weight fast.

1. Visualize the results. Start with visualizing how you would like yourself to look. Post a photo in front of your workstation or on your refrigerator at home of someone with the figure you like to emulate. Yes. It helps when you actually have someone to inspire you – a workout coach or a celebrity – anyone that that can inspire you to keep your unwanted weight off.

2. Make a daily habit out of looking at the photo. Soon, you will be pleasantly surprised that you have become more inspired to be the person you want to be.

3. Time doesn’t stop and so should you. Yesterday is gone. Today is a new day. Remind yourself that time doesn’t stop. Either you continue to grow bigger or you continue shedding off the excess weight. Your choice.

4. Accept that there are challenges to take. Ice cream. Chocolates. Bacon. Hot milk. Cheese. Your favorite Bondi & Bourke Beef Burger. Ohh. Yummy!

At times you will feel lazy. You don’t want to exercise. You don’t want to walk and run. You don’t want to get out of the bed.

That’s okay. Tell yourself, that’s okay. Tomorrow is a new day. Start again. Do not stop. After all, time doesn’t stop and so should you.

4. Eat 6x a day. Binge-eating is no fun. You eat less hoping to curb your calorie intake, only to eat more calories than what you should be taking for the entire day. Binge-eating can make you grow bigger, even! Oh. No fun. I was a victim of that too, but I found a way to get away of binge-eating. How did I get out of the cycle? By spreading my meals all throughout the day!

5. Spread your calorie intake throughout the day. Make your digestive system spend more calories and work your body for you by spreading your food throughout the entire day.  Have breakfast, morning snacks, lunch, mid-day snack, dinner, and evening snack. By spreading your meals all throughout the day, you won’t feel too hungry, and you prevent binge eating.

 

 

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The secret to a healthy you

It’s not the food you eat. And it’s not the exercise.

If you want to be healthy. If you want to feel good about yourself. You have to start with making the decision.

The decision is what will keep you going. The decision is what will give you the motivation.

The decision does not happen once. The decision happens everyday, one day at a time. Until you notice that the decision is no more.

Because the decision now becomes your habit.

Go for it!

 

How Game of Thrones Season 8 will end

The 3-eyed raven cannot die until he passes his powers over to another seer and warg. As he grew old and his muscles weakened, he got attached and became one with a weirwood tree. The moment his training with Bran completed, it was time for him to leave the world and Bran becomes the new 3-eyed raven.

The Night’s King is like the 3-eyed raven. He won’t die without passing his powers to another. In the battle of Hardhome the Night King looked at Jon as if he knew him. In one season he saw Samwell Tarly and just looked at him too. Both Jon and Sam he left them alive.

The 7th season will end up with the wall destroyed. And that will be the springboard for season 8 next year.

Season 8 will be a war of epic proportions. But contrary to what most of us think, it isn’t going to be a war to end the existence of The Others or of The humans.

Season 8 is the war to end the long winter, yes. But it is going to be the war that culminates the Night King’s search for his successor.

The humans will be overwhelmed by the army of the undead. Believing Melissandre’s prophecy that he is the one chosen by the Lord of Light to end the war with the new Lightbringer sword Jon Snow who now is the lover of Daenyrys will try to sacrifice Daeneyrys by stabbing her to her heart with his Valyrian Steel Sword, the sword that Samwell stole from his father.

The steel sword becomes the new Lightbringer.

Daenyrys’ death will seem to become futile. And Jon and the remaining humans will soon find that The Others cannot be defeated. Not even with the fiery new Lighbringer soaked in Daenyrys’ blood.

Jon Snow will have a word with The Night King.

In the end Jon Snow will die yet again. But this time he will come back as the King of the Undead. He will become the new Night King. And the current Night King, beleaguered and tired of his seemingly immortal life can now take the rest he wanted to have ever so badly.

The war will end. And Jon Snow becoming the new Night King will broker peace with the humans.

The season 8 will reveal that Samwell Tarly is now married to Gilly, the Free Folk and daughter of Craster. The final season will reveal that Samwell Tarly was narrating the entire GOT story to Gilly’s son who has grown up to be a fine young man.

The Iron Throne of the 7 Kingdoms is now empty. Kings Landing is no more but a memory of a terrible tragedy of human greed.

Westeros is now back to what it has been – an island of several kingdoms ruled by different lords. Westeros is back to what it was before the dragon-flying Targaryens first landed in Dragonstone.

What about you? How do you think this popular HBO series will end?

Managing your money 101

When I started working for one of the biggest bakery franchising company in the Philippines back in my younger years, I was getting a measly sum of money as salary.

So, to make ends meet, I would save from my food and transportation. I also stayed with some friends who lived near my office. That saved me from having to pay for fare going to work everyday.

My breakfast would typically be some bread from the R&D (they always bake breads there). For lunch I would only spend around P7 – P10. Imagine that?

Yeap. I would pay P4 for utan bisaya (a mix of leafy vegetables and root crops cooked with tons of water as soup) and half rice for P3. Sometimes, when I felt like I had the money, I would buy some of those tiny fried chicken legs for P8 and rice for P5. And if it was salary day, I could buy food from our canteen and would spend some P20-P30.

That worked for me. I was skinny. And I felt light and nimble. After all, my diet was leaning towards vegetables, some portioned meat, and portioned rice. And not just that…

With a net salary of P1900 – P2100 per cut-off (around $76-$88 a month) I was able to loan money without interest, of course, to a workmate who gets paid P20,000 per month! Imagine that? I was also able to loan money to my other workmates (again, no interest, of course).

My experience taught me that it isn’t really the money that you are getting that matters. It’s the money that you spend that will help you manage your finances. #managingmoney101

The dream that wasn’t mine

Right after graduation, when I was yet 21 and jobless, my mom pressured me to get any available job in Ormoc City.

I am just a typical provincial lass from our beautiful and serene town called Baybay Leyte. I just wanted to be someone who can be smart enough to be working in the corner office in one of the big corporate offices in Metro Manila.That was my dream.

Little did I know that my mom had another dream for me.

“Anna. You should work in Gaisano Ormoc. You are pretty, fair-skinned, tall. You can definitely pass as a salesgirl.”, She would say.

“Anna. There is an appliance store in Ormoc looking for salesgirls. You should apply. You are pretty, fair-skinned, tall. You will definitely pass as a sales girl!”

Of course, I felt like “Damn. I did not hurdle the mountains of the Visayas State University and passed the exams of our terror professors just so I can be called pretty, tall, and fair-skinned. Not from my mom. Not from anyone else.”

But of course my mom was such a good sales person. She convinced me to apply as a salesgirl in that appliance store in Ormoc not because she called me pretty, tall, and fair-skinned. It was because she made me feel like I’m such one big bum!

She even convinced me to wear lipstick. Oh boy. I trembled the first time I applied those red coloured mess on my lips by myself. Haha. Did I not say I was just the typical provincial lass who was too shy to put on any make up?

Of course, I aced the test that the appliance store gave to all their applicants. Their manager even went to our house to talk to me about managing their new store that they will open in another town. At 21 years old! I got scared. Wow!

Yep. I was overqualified for the salesgirl post, he said. I was like “Yeah. My mom’s dream for me. Not my dream.”

Haha! I love you mom!

I did not become the Gaisano salesgirl you wanted me to become. And I did not work in that appliance store you wanted so badly for me. But it was good experience for me. 🙂

The myth that caused people to grow obese

I can see a lot of working adults who are are big. It’s like if you are busy at work you are expected to grow big.

It happens in my line of work too. I can see a lot of managers managing stressful call center operations growing obese. It’s like if you are managing the operations of a call center company, you are expected to be big. I was one of them.

I can totally understand the phenomenon. Managing work targets, clients, and tons of people in the BPO industry here in the Philippines can really make you stay in your workstations too long, that you become less mobile, and you end up getting obese.

The work stress can also cause you to eat a lot, too much, and eat the wrong kind of food – chips, cheeseburgers, chocolates, ice cream, fried chicken, pasta, pizza – all the good stuff, yes, just name it.

My before and after photos when I started my healthy weight loss journey in June 2014 and my photo 1 year later.

Growing up we are wired to think that when you become an adult and when you reach a certain age, you will grow big no matter what you do. “It’s the hormones”, they say. “It’s your metabolism going slower the more you age!”, others say. “It’s just nature”, others would even shrug and just accept it as a natural phenomenon.

And yes. I believed them.

Believed. That’s the nominative word. It’s past tense. I don’t believe it anymore.

Some of my new friends think I am way younger than my age. Some of my older friends think that I look way younger than I am supposed to.

One of my favorite salads. Pineapples, strawberries, and pears mixed together with slices of eggs on top. 

It’s crazy and their remarks inspire me.

I started understanding my body and how food and exercise affects my health. And yes! I got out from being obese. And I got out of it naturally.

From peaking at 180 lbs all packed in my 5 ft and 3 inches frame, I got rid of all those unwanted weight – 52 lbs shed off in just one year.

It’s been 3 years since I started the journey. I am now in the weight range of 125 lbs to 128 lbs. I have maintained the habit and the new me.

My most recent pic, April 23, 2017.

I am not stopping the healthy lifestyle anytime soon. Obviously I am not a size 0 nor am I a size 2. But I am on my healthy weight range. I am a work in progress too. After all, time doesn’t stop and so do I.

3 easy weight loss hacks to keep you slim and healthy

How many times have you seen your Facebook news-feed cluttered with social networking trends? How many times did you wish that the trend be over?

How many times did you find yourself so relieved that the trend is over only to find out that a new trend has started?

How many times did you lose some weight and then gain it back and more?

The problem with following fads is that you lose the interest once the fad fizzles. It happens in fashion. It happens in music.

It happens in weight loss journeys.

If this is happening to you, know that you are not an exemption. Other people are struggling to keep that weight off just like you. It happened to me too.

But I got out of my obesity. And for two years now, the weight has not come back!

transformed2

  • Without struggling.
  • Without depriving myself of food that I like.
  • Without spending excessive money on weight loss diet gimmickry.

Here are 3 easy weight loss hacks you can use to remove those unwanted weight fast.

1.  Visualize the results. Start with visualizing how you would like yourself to look. Post a photo in front of your workstation or on your refrigerator at home of someone with the figure you like to emulate. Yes. It helps when you actually have someone to inspire you – a workout coach,  a celebrity, or the photo of your once slim and sexy self – anyone that can inspire you to keep your unwanted weight off.

Make a daily habit out of looking at the photo. Soon, you will be pleasantly surprised that you have become more inspired to be the person you want to be.

2.  Time doesn’t stop and so should you. Yesterday is gone. Today is a new day. Remind yourself that time doesn’t stop. Either you continue to grow bigger or you continue shedding off the excess weight. Your choice.

Understand that you face different kinds of challenges as you go on with your journey. Your favorite food in front of you. Ice cream. Chocolates. Bacon. Hot milk. Cheese. Your favorite Bondi & Bourke Beef Burger.

At times you will feel lazy. You don’t want to exercise. You don’t want to walk and run. You don’t want to get out of the bed.

That’s okay. Tomorrow is a new day. Start again. Do not stop. After all, time doesn’t stop and so should you.

bondi and bourke

A photo of a Bondi & Bourke Beef Burger I had today from the Australian restaurant in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila Philippines. 

 

3.  Eat 6x a day. Binge-eating is no fun. You eat less hoping to curb your calorie intake, only to eat more calories than what you should be taking for the entire day. Binge-eating can make you grow bigger, even! Oh. No fun. I was a victim of that too, but I found a way to get away of binge-eating.

How did I get out of the cycle? By spreading my meals all throughout the day!

Spread your calorie intake throughout the day. Make your digestive system spend more calories and work your body for you by spreading your food throughout the entire day.  Have breakfast, morning snacks, lunch, mid-day snack, dinner, and evening snack. By spreading your meals all throughout the day, you won’t feel too hungry, and you prevent binge eating.

 

Do you want to lose the stubborn fat? Do you want to finally wear the clothes you like? Do you want to still be able to eat your favorite food (at times) without worrying about gaining the fat?

Do you want to know how Asians keep their bodies slimmer?

Visit me here in The Asian Diet Secret official website.

 

Ciao!

Anna