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Dachshund dog

This is Hotdog, the Dachshund dog.  She is yet a puppy and the sweetest puppy I’ve ever seen. I would call her and she would run to me and feel the comfort of my caress. Haha.  It was as if we have met for a long time already.  Holding her in my hands made me realize the joy that my niece and nephews have when they play with their dogs.

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Hotdog is my childhood friend’s dog.  This short-legged, long-bodied dog belongs to the hound family.  The miniature dachshund was bred to hunt smaller prey such as rabbits. In our country, this dog stays at home and spoiled to perfection. 😀

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I traveled 3 hours from Metro Manila to Dasmarinas, Cavite to finally see and meet my childhood friend again after more than 20 years of not seeing each other.   Maria Ana used to live in the house in front of ours in Baybay City, Leyte and we used to play Chinese garter, cartwheel, barters, and jack stone together.  We also used to study basic math together.

That was back when we were 6 years old until we were 9.  Their family moved to the big city just before we started the 3rd grade.  As a child, I was totally devastated.  She was the childhood playmate that I considered as my childhood best friend too and she left for good.  I didn’t even have any slight idea if I would see her again.

Fast forward to January 2011, she added me on Facebook. My joy was overwhelming.  I was fascinated by how technology connected us. Since then I kept on plotting to see her again live in person.  It took another 4 years before we’ve finally met. But it was all worth it.

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We had a good time catching up and enjoying the food she prepared.  The salad mix of carrots, turnips, cucumbers, lettuce, tuna, and beef loaf strips in Vietnamese spring roll wrap was fantastic. I ate two of those and it was a total gastronomic treat.  We shared stories, filled the gap of those years that we missed, shared jokes, and shared photos.  It was a blast.

I’m glad I didn’t allow laziness to stop me from travelling that day.  It was the best travel yet that I did for this year.  One that connected me with my childhood friend again and her family after 26 years.

It was fantastic.

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Cheeseburgers and milk shakes at Sweet Ecstasy

Damn!  This is the best cheeseburger and milk shake I’ve ever had.  This is going to be difficult to resist.

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Ecstasy Cheeseburger and Coffee Oreo Milk Shake @Sweet Ecstasy

My boss brought his management team in Sweet Ecstasy. I wasn’t prepared for what I was going into.  Haha. It has been over 8 months since I last had my piece of a burger and over 9 months since I had a sip of a milk shake.   Damn. This milk shake is made up of milk-vanilla ice cream, coffee, and loads of Oreo cookies. That’s what I call ecstasy! 😀

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The sweet potato fries and Ecstasy fries

And the calorie overload didn’t stop with the cheeseburger and milk shake.   I had a serving of fries with all the mayonnaise and cheese splatter all over it.  To make myself feel a little better, less guilty, I had a fill of sweet potato fries.

It was a gastronomic affair, one that I wouldn’t do for a long time again. Haha.

Of course I felt so full all throughout the day. I had to don my running shoes and walked, jogged, and run for an hour and a half. It was fun. I found myself in the Mall of Asia in front of the zip line. I was in front of that line I was wanting to try for a long time but was afraid to do so.

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Me in Tagaytay City last December 2014, getting ready for the zipline 

Years back, I felt I was too heavy and the ride might break if I were on it.  I convinced myself to try it in December of 2014 when I have already lost considerable amount of weight.   I felt that when I’m lighter the line should already be able to carry me. My first try in Tagaytay didn’t happen as planned. I chickened out. I got out of the line and gave my ticket to my friend instead.

Today was absolutely different. I felt bold and courageous. Either I try the zip line now, or I will end up imagining forever of how it feels like to fly in the air.

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Me flying in the air at the mall of Asia. My first attempt at riding the zip line wasn’t bad at all. 😀

The loads of calories from the cheeseburger and milk shake and fries that I got from Sweet Ecstasy must have boosted my courage and adventurous spirit.  Today, I finally did it!

I knew I can fly. And so I did. 😉

P.S.   First, let me make this clear. I don’t advocate eating calorie heavy food. Eating this type of food should be done in moderation.  

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But  if you want to try the menu at Sweet Ecstasy, they are located in Jupiter, Makati, Metro Manila, 0916 594 1229.  This is the best burger restaurant in the City.  

For the love of coffee

Coffee is super food packed with loads of antioxidants.  With just 2 calories per 1 mug of 8oz black coffee, I enjoy my fill of coffee everyday. I usually take 2- 3 cups of coffee in a day and no more than that.  I always follow the rule of moderation.

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Black coffee on my breakfast.

I’ve found that adding 1 teaspoon of virgin coconut oil or adding 10 g of unsalted butter on my breakfast coffee,  gives this hot drink more flavor,  pleasurable aroma, and better body. Although the fat from butter and virgin coconut oil adds more calories to my coffee, I welcome it still.  It’s because 10 g of Anchor unsalted butter only has about 74 calories  and Cadia Virgin Coconut oil has 120 calories only per 1 tbsp.  These good fat cause your body to feel full and suppress craving for food for a longer period of time.

Coffee keeps me alert and awake at work too while the good fat from butter and/or from the virgin coconut oil makes my thought process more sharp.  Whether it’s brewed or instant coffee as long as there is no added creamer or sugar in it, I dig it.

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Coffee at Krispy Kreme. And yes, I didn’t get doughnuts. 

When I go out to the mall and want to relax for a longer period, I would go to the nearest coffee shop.  I would get my brewed coffee, black, with no creamer and sugar, and just enjoy it’s full flavor and aroma.  Drinking coffee while hanging out with friends makes the coffee drinking experience more pleasurable and fun too.

Coffee drinking is a force of habit that makes me happy.

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To check out the calorie count of your food, you may visit:  https://www.myfitnesspal.com/.

A refreshing treat

Lunch today was an awesome treat from the boss.  He brought his management team in 2nd’s restaurant at Bonifacio Global City.

The food was excellent too.  I had the crispy chicken fillet fried in butter, some vegetables on the side, a slice of corn muffin, and lots of water.  Water is good for the health. It has zero calories, refreshing, and it flushes out body toxins.  What is better than that? 😀

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Today’s lunch.

The waiter gave me vinegar for my dip.  I always prefer vinegar over any other dip as it makes body metabolism fast and consequently burns calories faster too.  The Tabasco sauce that came with my lunch today was also good and healthy.  It has 1 calorie only for every teaspoon, plus, it tastes really good.

“Anna, how’s your food?” the boss asked.

I rated it 10/10.  The chicken had the right crisp on the outside and juicy and tender on the inside.  The smell of the butter was perfect too.   The vegetables on the side were also cooked just right.  They all retained their crispiness and their individual sweetness.  I would also commend the baker for baking the corn muffin perfectly.  It had the right softness and crumbliness.

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Me, the boss, and the management team.

I’m excited to have my own version of this dish over the weekend using a mix of coconut oil and Anchor unsalted butter to give the chicken it’s distinct crisp and buttery aroma.

I’ve lost a total of 46 lbs over the last 9.5 months since I started my healthy weight loss journey last June 2014.  From 180 lbs I am now down to 134 lbs.  My new food choices has definitely helped me with my journey.

If you want to try the food at 2nds, you may visit them at the  2nd floor, Building 1, B3, 9th Avenue, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Philippines.

Just keep on eating healthy and keep the stress away! 😀

 

 

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. 😀

 

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.