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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.

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. 🙂

 

 

Fitspiration

I feel awesome today.

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The photo I posted on my personal FB page the other day got almost 200 FB likes. Some of those who liked the photo commented that my story inspired them. Some asked me what I did to change from 180 lbs to 139 lbs.  Some even asked me what food I eat. And some speculated I skipped meals.  Lol.

I did not always look fit until I decided to make a lifestyle shift.

This was me and a friend back in May 2013.  We attended a party sponsored by the company we worked for.  We call ourselves “twins” as our body figure and weight were practically the same.

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We attended the same party in May 2014 and both of us grew even bigger.  may2014

In the first week of June 2014, we both decided to get our weights measured. At 5 ft and 3 in, I weighed 180 lbs. I was sure surprised.

I always had nightly acid re-flux disturbing my sleep.  My woman cycle was uber irregular, even having 4 cycles in a year only.  I was brought to the hospital for that.   I always had allergic rhinitis attacks almost every morning when I wake up and oftentimes, the attacks would escalate to flu. I also used to snore really loud and bad. I would always wake up in the middle of the sleep because I hear myself snore. Ha ha ha.

Back in 2012 I enrolled in Fitness First, one of  the most-sought after gyms in our country.   Perhaps because the fee was too expensive if I would hire a personal trainer and I felt so alone working out with no directions, it didn’t work out well for me.

The best benefit I had in that short stint perhaps was that I got some photo ops with local celebrities who works out in the same gym too.  It was always fun posing with them and posting the photos on my FB page. 🙂

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This is me in 2012 with Jericho Rosales, a local celebrity.

One week after the weigh in I had with my friend, I decided to address my health and start a change in my lifestyle.   I enrolled in a gym for women and everything went into  the course I wanted to happen.

I lost an average of 5 lbs per month without having to starve or skip any meal. By May 2015, I can see myself being at 127 – 130 lbs.  I didn’t need to take diet pills or diet drinks or diet whatever.   I knew, taking the shortcut will not work in the long run.

Based on the healthy BMI weight range, my weight is already normal.  I am already in fact reaping the benefit of being healthy. I never had any acid reflux for almost a year now, my allergic rhinitis is pretty much a thing of the past, and my woman cycle is now monthly and regular. I no longer hear myself snoring and I get to sleep peacefully.  My friends and colleagues even commented that my skin has become smoother with a healthy glow.

I am happy with the results of my lifestyle change.

Everyone who wants to lose weight the healthy way can totally do the same.  My method is simple: Eat right, eat real food, drink lots of water, sleep well, and exercise.

Let us live healthy. 😉

 

A medium-sized surprise

I got a pleasant surprise today.  I went out to SM Megamall for some clothes and shoes shopping.  When I tried the sized L clothes in the fitting room, the clothes are too big for me.  Even the size L shirt is no longer my fit.

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Yes.  My clothes are size M now.  From 3XL back in June 2014 I am now down to size M.  That’s a real neat 5 size down. Using the US clothes sizing formula, I used to be size 14.  Now I am down to size 8.   Amazing how eating real food and exercising can do.

My shoe size also changed from size 9 to size 8. Fantastic.   I bought a 3-in high heeled pump shoes too.  I love it.

It has been ages since I last worn a medium-sized clothing.  I was always wearing size L until I started growing big.  The last time I remember I wore a size M shirt was still when I was 21.   Haha. 🙂

It seems like I’m gonna wear size Small clothes by May 2015 when my weight goes further down to 125 lbs.  For my height of 5ft and 3in, my target weight is 121-127 lbs.

I’m inspired to exercise more. I shall be in the gym tomorrow for some body basics particularly targeting my core. That will be awesome.

I continue to eat real food. No processed food, no bottled juices, no soda, nothing that’s processed.  No taking diet pills, no taking of diet drinks, no taking of diet tea. No short cuts.  Just real food and exercise.

That’s healthy, right?

I am a believer

It’s another good day today.  I had my workout in the gym and I met with a friend in Go Salads at Eastwood.  We had a real good catching up this afternoon afternoon over a healthy jeepney green smoothie.   I learned from her that for two weeks she had her meals delivered through that diet company offering 1200 calories per day diet. But she felt deprived and she didn’t see any significant improvement in her weight.

Last January 8, 2015 I was featured in the FB page of the gym I am enrolled to.  It feels awesome knowing that I have become a fitspiration for other women too.

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I was 146 lbs in January 2015. Now I already weigh 139 lbs.  By March 17, 2015 I will be at 138 lbs.  By April 17 I will be down to 132 lbs and by May 2015 my weight will go down further to 127 lbs.   My goal is to maintain a weight range of 121-127 lbs.

I’m glad that the gym is now offering body basic 30-minute  body part specific targeted workout.  They are now offering core, arms, legs, and glute-targeted workouts.  I’m loving these workouts especially the glute-targeted and the core-targeted body basics.  It’s toning my tummy and shaping my behind.

I gave my friend some tips on how to cut down unwanted weight without having to starve and feel deprived.   We also went to the grocery and I showed her the calorie count of the food she has been eating.  She was appreciative and took down notes.  She also bought papaya, dark chocolate, and anchor unsalted butter.  I’m excited about the results of her weight loss journey.

Exercise and eating right are truly awesome! I am happy. 😉