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How this diet secret can boost your confidence

I always like singing. Growing up, I used to lock myself in my room and just jam to the songs of Bee Gees, The Platters, and Sue Thomson. I sang to the top of my lungs. I didn’t care. Those songs were music to my ears.

But I stopped singing when one day, when I was 10 or 11, while singing a Bee Gees song, my father yelled “Hey Anna! Are you reciting a poem or what?”

Wow! I bet my dad was being playful. But that did not turn out right. It literally took the confidence out of me. I stopped singing. I thought, “Oh well. I obviously can’t carry a tune. If my dad thinks I can’t sing, I’d better stop singing.”

The truth is I didn’t stop singing. You bet, you can’t take away singing from someone who loves it. But I never dared sing alone in public. I kept my singing in my room or in the bathroom.

I joined the choir only because it helped me with my academics in high school. But I always had this lingering thought that I cannot carry a tune. So when I’m with the choir, I try to lower my voice so that mine would just blend and wouldn’t even matter.

I also wouldn’t sing in karaoke sessions. It is kind of a letdown because, karaoke hours are a regular past time here in the Philippines. I can sing a line or two, but heck, I would not dare sing a complete song. If I would, I would have nightmares of it. I just didn’t have the confidence.

My confidence level diminished further when I started to grow bigger and bigger. I thought I wouldn’t stop ballooning.

I became sickly. My woman cycle lost its rhythm. I had regular bouts of nightly heartburn and daily allergic rhinitis attacks. I felt physically drained.

The bullies got through me. And the ugly names they gave me during those years of being obese stuck in my head. I couldn’t shake those names off. I thought I was truly the person those bullies called me. And despite me telling I am okay and that I am more than the shell of the body which encased who I truly was, I felt downright rejected. And I felt horrible! Ouch! It hurts.

This weekend, I found myself at the end of the spectrum. I looked at myself in the mirror and I saw a glimpse of confidence I did not see before.

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This is me now, hanging out with my little sis, one fine Saturday night

Hey. I can no longer see the 180 lbs obese woman those bullies called a sea cow. I can no longer see that obese woman the bullies called pig. I can no longer see that obese woman those bullies called whale.

I am now looking at a happy and confident woman who successfully went from 180 lbs to 127 lbs within months. I am now looking at a healthy me without my obesity related sickness. And this I did by simply tapping on the Asian diet secret that was just right there in front of me all along!

This weekend, I did not just sing. I even recorded the songs on video. Talk about confidence level. Lol.

“Did I do this really, or what?”

It was a fun weekend. I enjoyed driving around the metro with our youngest sibling. And I enjoyed singing with her. I didn’t care if I could not carry a tune. All I cared about is I am happy singing and I’m happy singing because I love singing. After all, I am not competing against Taylor Swift, right?

This Asian diet secret which I conveniently ignored, turned out to be the greatest gift I embraced for myself. Without starving myself. Without taking diet pills. Without taking diet drinks. Without subjecting myself to diet gimmickry.

I shed off more than 52 lbs from my body. My friends could not even recognize me from the old me. And they too are happy about my transformation that they made me their own healthy weight loss inspiration.

I got inspired by their inquiries and their desire to live a healthy life too. They inspired me to write an e-book about how I got rid of my unnecessary obesity.

The Asian Diet Secret which unlocks for you Asia’s ancient secret to a healthy and slim body is already out. Here I outlined exactly what I did to successfully get my healthy life back – the exact 4-step blueprint that I used to lose 52 pounds of weight in 11 months.

  • No starving
  • No pills
  • No supplements
  • No excessive sweaty exercise
  • No fat-burners
  • YES! You can still eat the food you love!

By the way, my publisher agreed to make the healthy weight loss journey a no-brainer for you. You can test drive the Asian Diet Secret system for 60 days, risk-free. You have absolutely nothing to lose – except of course those unnecessary bulges.

Are you ready to get rid of those bulges? Try the  The Asian Diet Secret.

Looking forward to hear your healthy weight loss story soon.

Ciao!

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From Fat to Fab: How I lost 25 kgs fast

The image of my obese and sickly 81.81kg-self back in June 2014 is still on my head. It’s still vivid.

It used to make me so awkward and lowered my self-esteem. I always wanted to lose those unnecessary fat, fast.

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Me in April 2014 with my favorite Aeropostale shirt.

It was impossible to fit in the clothes that I want.   I wanted to look fab too but I couldn’t. I always had to settle with what fits instead.  I would end up buying slacks and blouses that I would outgrow in just a few months. Heck! In my peak, my clothes sizes were 3xl and 4L. Wearing those clothes made me look older than my age.

It was also a pain riding in the FX, a transportation in the Philippines where a 3-seat row is packed with 4 people. And those FX seatmates would look at me as if I caused everyone to be packed too tight causing their discomfort!

“Common, I paid for this seat too. Stare at the driver for packing all 4 of us here. Don’t look at me.” I always wished I could give them a little sarcasm. “Hello, were you not taught that it’s really rude to stare?”

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My photo of me taken 4 days ago during our Sunday night hangout with friends.

It’s all a thing in the past now. I have successfully achieved my goal of shedding off 25kg of unnecessary fat. From an 81.81kg awkward and obese woman, I am now 56.6kg.  And my clothes size is no longer 3xl. It is now size small.

And yes, I’m more confident with myself now too. And happier.

Of course some of my friends and acquaintances would ask me what pills I took or if I took some special diet drinks and teas.  No way! I didn’t do that and I don’t plan to do that either. And so when I told them what I did, they are all too surprised.

Here are 4 tricks which I did to lose 25 kg of unnecessary weight and prevent them from coming back

1. Drink lots of cold water.  Yes. And I mean cold water not hot or lukewarm water.  It takes 9.5 calories more to burn cold water than its counterpart at room temperature. It’s a trick to make our body burn more calories for us even if all we did is just drink water.

I drink at least a glass of cold water in the morning right after I wake up. It’s refreshing and makes me feeling full. Aside from that, it hydrates and flushes toxins out of my body. All throughout the day I drink at least 6 glasses (about 1.4 L) of cold water.

2) Drink a cup of Zero sugar coffee with unsalted butter every morning.  I put 10 g of unsalted butter to my customary cup of morning coffee. Although I am not obsessed with what brand of butter that is, I have been loyal to Anchor Butter, a brand that comes from New Zealand because their cows are grass-fed. Haha. I support organic products too.

For only 72 calories all in my cup of coffee and thanks to the good fat in the butter,  I enjoy full-bodied coffee which makes me feel full for about 5 hours. Yes, with a cup of this mix, and at least I can last the whole of my morning without any cravings for other food. And I don’t feel hungry either.

But because I am a proponent of no skipping breakfast, I always have at most 4 pieces of 20-g pan de sal too. Or I would have a piece of apple or a small solo-sized pineapple for breakfast.

3. Eat veggies and meat for lunch.  The macronutrients – protein, carbohydrates, and fat –  are necessary for our body to carry its normal functions. Aside from their major functions, they are also needed for our body to absorb and use certain vitamins and minerals. That said, my lunch will always have vegetables and meat, poultry, or fish. And of course, I drink at least a glass of cold water with it too.

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My typical lunch. It always has mixed vegies and I pair it with either meat, poultry, or fish.

4. Eat lots of fresh fruits.  My favorites are pineapples, apples, banana, pears, and watermelon. They are a regular in my fridge and on my table. These fruits are high in fiber and low in calories. A cup (165 g) of chunk fresh pineapple for example only have 82 calories. And 1 large apple of about 223 g only has 116 calories.

You can eat until you are full without to worry about packing too much calories. And to top that, you would notice your skin will acquire a different kind of beautiful glow.

The results

Of course I did not lose all 25 kgs in a matter of 10 days.  I had to do it the right and healthy way. I lost about 6 – 9 lbs of weight each month in the first few months then it stabilized at around 5 lbs every month. I made it to 128 lbs in April 2015 coming from 180 lbs in June 2014. That’s 11 months from when I started my healthy weight loss journey.

You can make it too. Remember: Obesity is not a life sentence.

Being fit and fab is totally in your hands!

 

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.  🙂

How my twin lost 9 lbs in 30 days

Jen is definitely on track.  After 30-days through her healthy weight loss journey, she has already shed off 9 lbs of unwanted weight. From 205 lbs in March 9, 2015, she is now 196 lbs.

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This is my twin in May 2014.  She was 190 lbs.  10 months later, she packed in 15 lbs more and grew to be 205 lbs.

3 months through my enrollment in the gym, Jen was convinced to enroll in the same gym I go to.  She had a strong start and she was definitely having fun.  However, she got caught up with her work as a manager in a BPO company and she was not able to consistently do her gym sessions.  Finally in January 2015, she dropped the gym and went on with her daily life.

Just 1 month ago, Jen and I met at Go Salads, a green salad bar in Eastwood. While enjoying each of our serving of green jeepney smoothie made up of lettuce, pineapple, and some almonds, our catch up detoured to a conversation about my weight loss.  She told me that she was completely inspired by my transformation from an obese class 1  to a healthy 134 lbs woman. She listened to my story.

That same day, I gave her a short session on understanding calories of the food she eats.  I also encouraged her to start a healthy weight loss journey with me which includes eating real food only and drinking only water at least 2 L per day.I told her that if she would follow through the tips I am giving her, she would definitely lose 8 – 10 lbs in 30 days.

Jen started to change her grocery list and started to buy real food.  She used to be a big fan of processed food such as hotdogs, bacon, and spam.  But since then, she has said yes only to real food. She would send me photos of her breakfast, her lunch, and her dinner.  She would enjoy her vegetable and eat her fruits,  steamed chicken, fish, and beef and snack on controlled portions of nuts and banana.

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Jen’s steamed cauliflower and carrot dinner.

She would also drink coffee with 10 g of Anchor unsalted butter in the morning during her breakfast. This coffee concoction suppresses her cravings to eat more food and makes her feel full a little longer until her lunch time 5 hours later.  She enjoys eating sweet potato too.

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This is my twin, from 205 lbs in March 9, 2015 to 196 lbs 30 days later.

Jen’s healthy weight loss journey doesn’t stop with eating the right kind of food. She also takes time walking for at least 30 minutes 3x a week.  Either she would go out with her music and walk or she enjoys her walk pushing her niece’s stroller.

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Jen with her niece, Katnese, enjoying her afternoon walk. 

“Twin, now that I’ve started this healthy weight loss journey.  There is no turning back.” Jen declared with her eyes beaming with determination.

She is definitely on a roll. And she is loving it.   😀

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! 😀

 

 

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. 🙂