Archive | March 2015

Today’s dose of healthy: Fishcake and monggo bean sprout

Here is my lunch today for today’s dose of healthy. It’s fish cake, monggo bean sprout, and vinegar for dip.  Yummy!

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Monggo bean sprout is a dose of healthy.  This sauteed dish with strips of carrots and Baguio beans is nutty and crispy with loads of Vitamins B, C, and K.  Plus it’s fiber gives us the fill that we need for a very low calorie count. 1 serving of monggo bean sprout which is roughly about 1 cup has 86 calories only.  What can be more amazing than that?

Fried fish cake is another dose of healthy.  This fish cake made of tiny fish, flour, and egg only has about 121 calories for 1 serving of about 50 g.  It has good amount of protein, calcium, carbohydrates, and vitamins B2, B12, and B5.   Dip it with the pleasurably sour taste of  vinegar and that’s what I call explosive!

I finished off my lunch with 2 glasses of hot water.    For little less than 300 calories, I already had a satisfying and filling lunch.

There is no need to starve to lose weight.  All we need is to eat the right kind of food with the fiber, vitamins, mineral, protein, carbo, and good fat that we need for the right amount of calories. And get our fill with at least 2.5 L of water per day to flush out body toxins.

To check the calorie load of your food, you may use this link.  https://www.myfitnesspal.com/.

Just keep on eating. 😀

 

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How my friends walked with me through my healthy weight loss journey

Today, I lost a total of 46 lbs in 9.5 months.  From 180 lbs in June 2014, I am now down to 134 lbs. Yes, I feel lighter, nimbler, more agile.

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After workout with Coach Priestess.  She led me through an intense glute-targeted workout.  It was fun.

For a long time, I was inside a 180 lbs shell.  For my 5ft and 3in frame, I was obese class 1. I was suffering with health-related illnesses. I had difficulty sleeping each night due to heartburn.  I always had daily allergic rhinitis attacks that would escalate to flu. I snored terribly loud that I would wake up hearing the sound of it.   And my woman cycle was terribly irregular, in fact at its worst, I only had 4 visits in a year.  Whoa!

A few days before my birthday, while I was having lunch with one of my friends, I read the lyrics of that song from ET.  It was the first time that I read the lyrics and I was shot into burst of tears that wouldn’t stop.  Haha.  That was a very painful song that today, I couldn’t even remember the title of the song.

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Some of my leads serenading me with the ET song back in June 2014.

But that song made me felt loved too.  The moment I came back to my workstation that night after almost 16 hours of work, some of my team leaders serenaded me with that song.  Haha. I know it was somehow a tease but it was also sincere. Though I can’t recall the title of the song, I still feel the feeling of being loved by my friends through that song.

In May 2014, during my birthday, my team leaders and cluster managers surprised me with a birthday party.  I was completely amazed by their efforts and attendance.  I felt the sincerity. I felt the tremendous amount of love.

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May 31, 2014. During my surprised birthday party with my team leaders and cluster managers. My friends. 🙂

That night, as I looked at how happy my friends were during that party and how joyful their bursts of laughter as they sang along the karaoke, I zoned out.  I heard the ET song again and I decided to start a new chapter.

My friends were very supportive of my new journey. Each time I posted in FB pictures of me sweating and all from my workout and running, they would hit like and make inspiring comments.  They would go to my workstation and give me comments of appreciation on how I looked.  Although I knew that 8 lbs of weight loss in the first month wasn’t that much,  they made me feel like I did something huge already. I was more inspired.

My friends even supported me with my new food trips.   Gone are the days when I would feast on huge serving of pasta and rice and chicken and all that I can see. Instead, I would bring them over to eat binatog and taho.  Haha.  😀

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Binatog moment in Eastwood City with some of my Team Leaders and Cluster Managers.

My healthy weight loss journey was a product of 9o% perspiration and 10% inspiration.  And true enough, my friends gave me 100% inspiration.

I am happy.

How I lost 4 kgs in 5 weeks

Yes. I did it again.  I lost 4 kgs in 5 weeks.   I was 65 kgs back in February 17, 2015.  I am now down to 61.2 kgs.

I have now shed off a total of 46 lbs, almost 21 kgs already since I started my healthy weight loss journey. From 180 lbs in June 2014, I am now down to 134.64 lbs.

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Here I am during my after-work one hour walk and run.

I didn’t think I could lose weight this fast as I only lost a little over 1 kg the month before that. Thanks to the new breakfast technique my boss and friend taught me a week after I joined our Exciting team.  The healthy weight loss is pretty amazing.

So how did I lose 4 kgs in 5 weeks?

1.  My breakfast technique.  I love coffee.  The bittersweet flavor of black coffee keeps me awake and active all day.  Plus, coffee is an excellent source of antioxidant too.  Haha. Coffee is in fact a superfood!

I drink coffee in the morning usually. It’s no secret. However, about 3 weeks ago, I started to add a teaspoon of Cadia Virgin Coconut Oil in my cup of coffee.   It tastes and smell good.  And the good fat from the virgin coconut oil makes me feel full for a longer time and I get less craving for food than when I used to pair my coffee with bread.  Now, I usually eat boiled sweet potato or I eat fruits such as banana and apple for breakfast together with my coffee-vco concoction.  Good fat plus antioxidant plus vitamins and minerals and fiber from fruits and root crops. What a combination!

2)  My lunch.  I usually eat my lunch 5 hours after my breakfast.  I would typically have fish or chicken and some vegetables.  Today, I had fried fish and chinese cabbage. The other day, I had milkfish and monggo.  I dip my fish, chicken, and beef in vinegar a lot too. Vinegar makes the body metabolism really fast and it has zero calories. 😀   If I have time to cook in the morning, I would typically cook boiled sweet potato for lunch and I spread it with 10 g of Anchor unsalted butter.  As long as I have my daily dose of protein from fish, chicken, or beef, and I have my daily dose of vegetables and carbohydrates from unprocessed food, I am all good.

3).  My dinner.  Dinner time is the lightest meal for the day.  I typically would have a piece of Empanada Iloco, a serving of chopsuey, and a piece of cavendish banana.  At times it would be pinakbet and fish.  And sometimes I would have fried chicken from the local carenderia and some vegetables.  Today I had fresh lumpia, a piece of apple, and a small piece of fried chicken without batter. As long as I have my protein and vegetables I am good.

I snack in between meals too.  I would have a small square of dark chocolate at 72% to 82% cocoa which has about 60 calories.  I would also snack with fruits such as apples, pears, and cavendish banana.  And I drink at least 2.5 L of water each day.   Ha ha.  Water is filling, flushes away body toxins really fast, and it has zero calories.

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My mango-apple smoothie without sugar and without milk satisfies my sweet tooth. Just plain mango, apple, and some crushed ice. 

Of course, I exercise too.  Although I’m busy with my work in business development, I always give myself at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. It could be walking, core exercise, leg exercise, or circuit training in the gym. Exercise makes the body work faster too.  The more our body works faster, the more it burns calories.  Haha. It’s an effective way to make our bodies work for ourselves. 😀

This healthy weight loss journey is pretty amazing. Just keep on eating. No starving.

I am loving this.

How to be successful

I’ve read somewhere in FB a meme that says “The first step to becoming successful is to make mistakes.” This meme totally sounds like an encouraging idea.  It sounds like a logical declaration of a universal truth.

I would say however, that the first step to becoming successful is not in making mistakes.

The first step to becoming successful is to dream.

Dreams define your goals.  Your goals become your reason to achieving something.  Achieving that something is your success.

I dreamed of losing considerable weight from a bulky 180-lb 5ft and 3in woman to a lady whose weight is in the healthy weight range.    Back in June 2014, I dreamed of weighing 135 lbs by March 2015.  Some of my friends and colleagues didn’t believe that I can make it.  Still I continued to dream.

That dream has caused me to plan steps on how to achieve my goal. I enrolled in the gym, I donned my running shoes, I changed my eating habits.

As of March 21, 2015 I already lost 43 lbs and I now weigh 136.8 lbs.  I am definitely on track of my dream of weighing 135 lbs by end of March 2015. I am only about 2 lbs away from achieving that dream.

I have a new dream now.  I dream of losing more unnecessary weight and to be at 121 lbs by June 2015.   That is a total of 59 lbs of weight loss on the anniversary month of when I first started to workout and control the type and portions of food that I eat.

To achieve this dream, I am doing Core workout for 10-20 min per day, walk & run  for 30 min to 1 hour at least 3x a week, workout in the gym at least 2x per week, and eat real food at the right time and of the right portions.   This will not just cut down my weight but it will also tone my muscles and strengthen my core.

In order to be successful,  I strongly recommend that you start dreaming.

Yes.  Keep on dreaming. 🙂

And since it rained

I prepared for a 1-hour walk and run around the neighborhood today. I got all geared up with my pink go run and my gray and black top. And then it rained. Whoa! Rain in the middle of the hot season here in our tropical country.

I needed to exercise today. I always walk and run every Sunday.  I need to do something else.

I remembered that workout video shared in her FB page by one of the coaches in the gym. The video was about some easy core exercises. I decided to check it out and work out right there in my room.   Wow!  Turns out that the exercises were pretty intense. I got drenched all over.   In just 20 minutes of core exercises, it seemed like I got drenched in the rain.  lol.

I love this routine. I’m definitely going to do this routine at least 5x a week for the next 30-days.  My abdomen is now at 35.5 in coming from 43 in 9 months ago.   With the 5x a week core exercises that I am now doing for the next 30-days, my goal is to shrink my abdomen down to 33 inches by April 22, 2015 and drop it further to 30 inches by May 22, 2015.

I am now 136.8 lbs coming from 143 lbs in February 17, 2015 and 180 lbs in June 2014.  With the new routines I’m doing, I’m looking forward to dropping more unwanted weight and by April 22, 2015 I shall be down to 132 lbs.   By May 2015, I shall meet my personal target of 127 lbs.

This video truly rocks.  Two repetitions of the entire 10 min video is all that I needed to drench in sweat. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=1651682521721531&set=vb.1592232187666565&type=2&theater

 

Exercise is just amazing.  Let’s get this going. 🙂

 

I officially lost 43 lbs in 9 months

It’s official. I just had my 9th official weigh in at the gym today.  I lost a total of 43 lbs in 9 months! Yes, I am now down to 136.80 lbs.  Even my bust has gone down to 38 in coming from 44.75 in back in June 2014. Lol.

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This is my official report.  I lost almost 20 kg of unwanted weight in my 9 months of membership in Curves.

Back in June 2014, my 5 ft 3 in frame peaked at 180 lbs.  At obese class 1, I always had allergic rhinitis attack every morning.  I had nightly acid re-flux. It was always difficult sleeping, what with the acid racing to my throat while lying down.  I also  snored really loud and I even wake up in the middle of my sleep only because I hear myself snore. Whoa!  It was time to make a change.

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This was me on my first visit in the gym. I just had my site tour and finished my gym consultation. I was excited to start a new journey.

Now that I follow a healthy lifestyle, gone are the daily allergic rhinitis attacks.  Gone are the heartburn.  Gone are the silly snores that used to wake me up in the middle of the night. 😀

I feel lighter now. I feel nimbler. And I feel stronger too.

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This is me this afternoon after my workout.  I took a pose with the gym coach Cha and Zumba Zin coach Liezel.

Yes, there are a lot of products out there that promise to cut your weight loss journey really really short. But it’s not sustainable.  I took the healthy living route. And on average I lost 5 lbs of unwanted weight every month.  And I didn’t experience the weight gain rebound.  🙂

I am glad I stepped foot at Curves Eastwood back in June 2014.  That decision to start a 3x a week 30-minute total body workout sessions in the training circuit totally changed my life.   The gym coaches are always encouraging.  They always have a ready smile on their faces too.   There is never a dull moment each time I visit the gym for my workout.

I used to eat practically all kinds of processed food my sweet tooth and salty taste can munch on.  Chippy and Tortillos were my favorite snacks. Cheese and all kinds of cheese were my favorite bread pair. Ham, hotdog, bacon, maling, spam, beef loaf, corned beef, sausages, canned tuna, — these used to be part of my meals.  I used to stack a pitcher of iced tea in my refrigerator too every time and I don’t finish a meal without iced tea. I thought iced tea makes the body metabolism fast. It turned out that I was just drinking calories.  Lol.

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Me, together with  Zumba Zin coach Liezel and the owner of Curves Eastwood,  Ms. Jackie Peredo.

I am always grateful with that conversation I had with coach Cindy in the gym.  She totally explained to me in a matter of 15-min chitchat how calories work. Haha.

The workout sessions didn’t just help me tone my muscles. It also helped me with my decision to totally overhaul my eating habits.   That conversation caused me to become a major advocate of eating real food only.  And real food together with at least 2.5 L of water a day truly cleansed and detoxified my body.

Curves Eastwood is always going to be a part of me.  It’s already — Family. 🙂

 

 

How I lost 42 lbs in 9 months

From 180 lbs in June 2014, I am now down to 138 lbs.  I am now 3 lbs lower than the highest end of the spectrum of the healthy weight range for my 5 ft and 3 in frame.

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My eating habit is a huge factor of my growing to 81.82 kgs in June 2014.  Now, that I follow a healthy lifestyle,  I now weigh, 62.7 kgs. That’s a healthy weight loss of 19 kgs in 9 months. 

 

For a long time, I was one of those who struggled to win the battle of the bulge. Ha ha.  The Tokyo Bubble Tea beat me.  I was a regular customer in Tokyo Bubble Tea for their variety of milk shakes. My favorite was Double Chocolate Milkshake with tapioca pearls.  Ah! That sweet cooling sensation of the crushed ice, sugar, milk, and chocolates would always persuade me to eat more.

In June 2014, when I hit 180 lbs, I decided to change my lifestyle.  I started going to the gym at least 3x a week for 30-min total body workout sessions. Then I started to change my eating habits.

Oh yes. There is no shortcut in losing weight the healthy way.  After all, I accumulated those fats through several years of sedentary and full of sweets kind of lifestyle.

I learned that our body accumulates or lose fats based on the amount of calories we take.   Calories is the measurement of the energy needed by our body to keep us going.  Every calorie that the body cannot consume for the day are stored as fats. Whoa! It’s that simple, right?

Yes it is. There is no need to be taking diet pills, diet plum, diet tea, and diet whatever.

In my new healthy lifestyle, I simply followed the following principles:

1.  Eat only real food.  Processed food are junk food.  Processed food typically triples the amount of calories in your food.  Instead of eating a pack of crackers which typically has 3 pcs on it at 150 calories, eat 1 pc of cavendish banana instead. It’s delicious, more filling, and contains only about 60 calories.  You can even eat 2 pcs of cavendish bananas and still you have taken 30 calories less than 3 pieces of crackers.   You take in more food for less calories! Brilliant, right?

2.  Do not starve.  Starving will cause you to binge. And when you binge, you take in more food to satisfy your hunger and almost triples the amount of calories you should have gotten when you eat on time.   Schedule your eating on a regular basis.   I eat 6x a day.  But I eat only real food.

3.  Exercise.  This will make your body burn more calories faster.  The faster your body burns your calories, the faster your body shed off unwanted weight.

4.  Drink at least 2 L of water per day.  I drink only water.  Water is filling, healthy, and has zero calories. Compare that with a 500 ml of ice tea which has about 180 – 200 calories.   Or compare that with a 12 oz of Coke at 360 calories.  Remember that it’s the unused calories that are turned into fats.   I always keep my calorie intake for the day on average of 1300 calories only. That’s all that a typical adult woman’s body needs.  I would rather give my body calories from healthy food instead of the empty calories from junk food.   Plus, as an extra benefit, water flushes away body toxin.  And the more water you take, the more body toxins are flushed out.  The results:  healthier and glowing skin. 🙂

4.  Think happy thoughts.   Happy thoughts releases happy hormones.  Happy hormones makes you feel good about yourself and will keep you away from junk food.  Happy hormones makes your body burn more calories too.  Smile the stress away.  Do not entertain stress. Instead, keep yourself  busy with being happy.

 

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Here I am, happy with my boss and friend and her son.  I had lunch with them in The Wholesome Table, a restaurant who serves only organic food. 

 

By April 17, 2015  I will be down to 133 lbs.  By May 2015, my weight will go down further to 128 lbs.  My goal is to maintain my weight at 125 lbs – 127 lbs.  I’m certainly on track to achieving this goal on June 2015.

One year after I started my healthy weight loss journey, I will finally achieve my goal.

I am satisfied. I am happy.   🙂