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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.

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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?

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.

P.S.

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

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.