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The secret to my losing weight

Last year, when my height of 5 ft and 3 in packed in a total of 180 lbs, obese, unhealthy, and somewhat sickly, a glitch in my brains all of a sudden electrocuted my desire to eat my favorite hot and spicy salty corn chips and removed my desire to eat big servings of Pan de Manila’s pan de coco, ube bread, and giant ensaymada.  This glitch caused me to only want to eat healthy food and shun sugar.  And as if by magic, my weight started to drop. From 180 lbs in June 2014, I shed of a total of 52 lbs in May 2015.

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Me sometime in June 2014

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Me in Tagaytay last September 2015.

Well,  I wish my healthy weight loss was caused by all that – by magic! But no.  The truth is,  the secret to my losing weight is not complicated. There was one important decision that caused me to lose 52 lbs of unwanted weight.  And that decision was …

The decision to be happy 

Yes. It was the decision to be happy, love myself, and feel good about myself that made me decide to sit down and think through what happened to me.  I started to ask myself. How did a 110 lb 21 year old ballooned into a 180 lbs 30-something?

The answer it turned out was:  sadness, depression, and sulking into the past that I could not change at all.

I was missing my smile. I was missing my confidence. And most of all, I was missing the joy of being able to wear the clothes that I like.  Ha ha. I know, it sounds so trivial, and yes, my joys are trivial. But the simple things that I was missing out are the simple things that makes me happy.

The decision that made me love myself

The decision to be happy made me realize that in order to be so, I have to love myself.  And a big part of loving myself is to make myself feel good and to pamper myself with the joys of the trivial and simple things that make me happy.  I started to pamper myself with the joy of listening to Sarah Geronimo and Janet Jackson on my MP3 player while walking or running.  I started to not care about what people say when I don my runners while I wore my black A-line dress.  I started to enjoy buying new clothes once a month just to feel good about myself.

The result of my decision

The result of my decision to be happy is the conscious choice to be picky on my food.  I stopped drinking soda. I stopped drinking powdered juices. I ditched the milk. I shunned sugar.

I started replacing rice with sweet potato. I ate lots of sweet potato and fruits. I ate lots of apples, pears, bananas, papaya, water melon, and pineapples. I replaced cheese with peanut butter. I replaced my thousand island dressings with vinegar.  I dropped the processed food and stopped eating hotdogs, corned beef, spam, bacon, and ham.

I started regulating the portions of the food that I ate. I stopped eating with my eyes and started eating with my stomach. I started to listen to my body and gave my body the pampering it was always aching for.

I started to exercise. I loved the sweat as it drenched my skin with salty waters. The sweat was the trophy of my hard work in the gym and in the running field. The sweat felt good. And the muscles on my legs taking firmer shape inspired me to exercise even more.

I lost 52 lbs in 11 months

The secret to my losing weight is no secret at all.  My decision to be happy made me lose 52 lbs in 11 months without spending money on diet gimmickry.  I dropped my weight to the healthy range without having to starve myself and without putting myself into the diet yo-yo.

I’m glad that I made that decision. I’m enjoying my healthy body now. And I am taking care of it.

I’m keeping myself — HAPPY.  🙂

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Woman on top: My 52-lbs healthy weight loss in 11 months

I did it again.  From 180 lbs in June 2014, I shed off a total of 52 lbs as of April 21, 2015.  I am now down to 128 lbs. I feel lighter, nimbler, happier. I also got the #1 spot in the Women on top board of Curves Eastwood for April 2015.  Curves Eastwood is the all-women gym that I go to since I started to love myself in June 2014.

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Gone are the days of daily allergic rhinitis that almost always escalated to flu. Gone are the days of daily heartburn.  Gone are the days of daily depression and eating unhealthy food as my coping mechanism of the depression that was eating me. It’s amazing, how a decision of taking care of myself changed my life.

It’s amazing how the decision to love myself and to make happiness a daily habit totally overhauled everything in me.   I have become a new person. One who is happier and full of life. I didn’t just lose weight. I don’t just feel good. I am healthy. I feel excellent.

Healthy living is now my way of life.

I am happy.

Where does your happiness lie?

Everyday we look for happiness. Some of us look for happiness from someone else, from somewhere else.  The elusive pursuit of happiness has become the daily purpose of almost all of us.

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Kids find happiness in every little thing they have.  My nephews playing with their puppy are happy.  My niece hugging her stuff toy dog is happy.    The boys played with a real dog.  The girl played with a stuff toy. They share the same excitement. The same happiness.

Yet adults gloat over events that happened in the past they can’t change and about the future they haven’t been.

I had my fair share of gloating too.  Ha ha. I gloat over the past and feel wary about the future.  I became depressed and hopeless. I grew to be obese and didn’t feel good about myself yet I continue feasting on unhealthy food, no-holds barred.  I would cry over a funny movie because I chose to replay the tearful events of the past than enjoy the fun of the the movie currently playing. I would always see sadness in  every humor. I would zone out in a room full of noisy and seemingly happy people.

Yet, my friends and colleagues saw me as a strong woman, happy, doing a job that most of my colleagues would like to have.  A woman who who finds humor in everything. Life is truly ironic.  Or was I a good thespian and the world was my stage?

Open palm.  I’d like to look at it as a reminder that letting go may be better than holding on. I’d like to think of it as reminder that things come and go, that we don’t have any control on the natural course of nature.  This is a curious part of our lives. It has to be felt, appreciated, experienced. Nature evolves and so do we.

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The lines and creases of my palm is a wonderful documentation of my life’s history. It shows me the lessons of the past. It shows me the path to my future.

Happiness is not in some place I don’t know where.  I realized that happiness is not with another.  Happiness is in myself. I have it all along.  I only needed to appreciate and want what I already have.  Lesson 44.  I already have everything I truly need.  God truly never blinks. 🙂

I left the gloating and hopelessness behind.  The fact that I thought I was hopeless means I believed in hope.  And because I believe in hope, I was in fact hopeful. The fact that I was depressed means there was happiness that was aching to get out. Ha ha.   The irony of life.

When I feel sad, I choose to think happy thoughts.  When someone attacks me, I choose to be calm.   When I feel terrified, I choose to fly.

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I lost a total of 48 lbs (21.82 kg) already in a matter of 10 months. The moment I chose happiness, I also started living healthy lifestyle. I shun away from processed food. I chose to enjoy real food. I chose to move my butt. Ha ha. There is no substitute to exercise. From 180 lbs in June 2014, I am now down to 132 lbs.   I feel lighter. I feel nimbler. I am happier.

Happiness is my choice.  Happiness is my daily choice.

What about you?

Over scone and latte

I have this fascination with scones since I had my first taste of this biscuit in Toorbul, Queensland, Australia.  Scone was one of the desserts that our picnic hosts, Liz and Colin Tune, served.  Since my first fill of this delicious flour-based dessert, I promised myself to find it in my home country and experience it again.

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Staying at Paddington, this is the bus stop at Gilday Street where we waited for the bus daily going to work during my almost 1 month visit in the laid back, peaceful, and beautiful city of Brisbane.

The Coffee Bean in Burgos Circle at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig didn’t disappoint me today.  They have this last piece of raisin scone for the day.  Haha.  With a cup of latte and 10 g of butter, the scone was pure bliss.

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 Today’s delicious raisin scone at Coffee Bean.

For over a year now, I’ve finally picked up and read a real book again, printed in real paper.   What an amazing feeling.  I feel my humanity again.  The last book I’ve read was World War Z which I’ve read through the e-book version, almost a year ago.

There are 50 chapters in the Regina Brett book I’ve read.  She calls it “50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours”.  She wrote it so beautifully that I felt like she was just in front of me, talking.  She is so sincere in the retelling of her life’s detours (the positive word she chooses to describe her life’s pains) and how she learned from them.

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The truth is the pain from the rejection caused by a break up I never so expected caused a turmoil in my being I thought would never end. For some time, I stayed in my little corner of wishful thinking and imagining the “what ifs”.  What if I did this? What if I did that?  What if? What if?

While I was busy thinking about the “what ifs” of my life. I saw myself feasting on all the delicious (and unhealthy) food my eyes would crave. I was stress eating, depression eating, fatigue eating, over-eating, and eating based on what my eyes would want. I ballooned to become a 180-lbs class 1 obese woman.  Food was my refuge. Or so I thought.

One of the lessons Regina Brett shared in her book says “Life is too short for long pity parties.  Get busy living, or get busy dying.”

In June of 2014, I made a life-changing decision.  It was time to let go of the “what ifs”. It was time to accept that the break up happened because it was how it had to happen. It was how it had to end.  There is so much love to give.  But I’ve forgotten to love myself.

It was now time for me to get some loving.  And who else can give me the pampering I so understand?  I realized, it was, no other, but me.

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This is a photo of me taken about 4 days ago.

Fast forward to 10 months later and healthy living in between, I shed off a total of 47 lbs. From 180 lbs in June 2014, I am now down to 133 lbs.

Happiness is my choice. I am happy. 😀

Today’s dose of wellness: Porterhouse Steak at Mamou

It was my first time to have a taste of Peter Luger Steak House Old Fashioned Sauce.  My boss had this shipped all the way from the USA to pair with the porterhouse steak.  He explained to me that he only uses this sauce together with the porterhouse steak that he enjoys at Mamou in Serendra.  I am glad that he shared this totally tasty sauce with me during lunch today.

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The Peter Luger Steak House Old Fashioned  Sauce we paired with our porterhouse steak during lunch today. 

I love the sauce.  This 125 year old recipe from the 125 year old Steak House icon in the USA, has this spicy with horseradish taste that explodes with the tender and juicy texture of the steak.  It’s awesome. Plus this sauce is fat-free and has 30 calories only per 100 grams.  Totally healthy, you wouldn’t mind dipping the steak on it generously.

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The porterhouse steak at Mamou’s was also excellent.  Mamou serves only dry aged USDA prime meat for their porterhouse steak.  Dry-aging causes the beef to lose it’s moisture and the flavors become more concentrated.   This dry-aged meat is still juicy when cooked but the taste is compounded several times compared to regular steak.

I’ve read several reviews comparing Mamou’s porterhouse steak with that of Peter Luger’s itself.  I haven’t been to Peter Luger so I cannot make the same comparison.  But definitely, the steak was fantastic.  It was the best steak I’ve ever tasted in the Philippines. The other steak that could come close is of that from Albert’s at Salcedo.

This steak is healthy too plus it only has 170 calories per 85 grams.  Totally worth it.

If you want to try Mamou’s famous porterhouse steak, you can visit them at  Mamou Serendra, 26th St Fort Bonifacio, Taguig Metro Manila Philippines (02) 856-3569.

Today’s dose of healthy: Shopping

I’m happy I’m back working at the 6788 Ayala Avenue in Makati City. It’s been a month and 2 weeks that I came back in this building.  It’s always exciting each day. I’m loving it.

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A little photo op on my break at work, yesterday. 

Today I decided to unwind and do some shopping after another productive day at work. Thanks to my boss who dropped me at the mall.   I got to save time from waiting for a cab and I got to have another productive conversation with him during the ride.  I hit two birds with one stone.  Excellent!

Shopping is today’s dose of healthy. 

1)  Bought a pair of earrings.  I love buying earrings every month.  It’s a dose of wellness for me. And I love it even better because today, I bought a blue one. Blue is my favorite color.

2)  Bought a sofa bed and a coffee table.  I’m replacing my sala with a new one now.  It’s perfect as  I do like taking naps in my sala but my current set is a little small for me.  The one I bought now is just right for my naps and for my book reading.

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My sofa bed and coffee table I bought today. 

 

3) Bought a set of bed sheet, a blanket, and pillow cases.   I’ve changed my bed cover and cleaned up my room.  I’m feeling comfortable.

 

It’s always good to unwind after a day’s work.  I’m happy.

 

 

 

 

 

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.