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The day I played basketball

Yesterday, I played basketball with some of my male and female friends. It was a thrill-of-a-game that got all of us players pumped up and hyped up. To top it all, I played a triple role: a player, the coach, and the team manager.

Me and my friends were having a good time. We were winning. I felt the adrenaline rushed all over my sweaty body. The crowd was crazy and ecstatic. It was the kind of happy crazy. I was feeling high and happy myself too.

Few minutes before the end game, the other team got ahead of us by hitting an open 3-pointer. There was a mad scramble and my teammate got hold of the ball. I supposed he must be feeling the pressure as he threw the ball to our teammate in the other court instead of passing it to someone close to him. The opponent intercepted the pass and we lost our turn.

It was crunch time and the ball was on our side now. Just one sure 3-point shot in those last seconds will make us win the game.

We only had 3 seconds left when my teammate passed the ball to me. The crowd went crazier and the screams were all over. I felt the need to throw the ball to the ring, no matter. From the 3-point line and with the opponent guards trying to block the shot, I threw the ball to the ring.

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The basketball got into the basket, the buzzer rang while the ball continued to dance inside it. We stopped what we were doing and stared at the ring. The ball danced for a few seconds more, bumping the sides of the rim. Then it got out of the basket instead of making the score.

We lost the game.

“We could have made it if that ball got in!” I can hear frustrated voices and sighs of disbelief. I felt down. I know I could have made us win if that ball got in. Depression started to creep in. The thought of the what ifs were overwhelming.

I looked at my teammates and they were not too happy either. All their hard work are gone in that one moment that I could have made that winning shot.

I felt accountable and responsible not just for my emotions but for the feelings of my friends and teammates too. As a player, coach, and manager, I am frustrated and depressed about the results too. But looking at my teammates looking all too sad and upset, I know I have to do something. This is no longer about what I feel now. This is already about what everybody feels.

I had to get out of my own frustrations and help my team feel better.

I approached my team and smiled a happy and sincere smile. I felt light actually when I smiled.

“Good job everyone. You guys did a good job today. We did good today. See we almost made it. That means, we can make it the next time. I am happy to have played the game with you. You guys are awesome!”

I felt even better when I talked to them in that manner and I saw their faces lightened up and saw them smiling and cheering. “Oh what a game!” I thought to myself. That was fun.

Then I felt like I needed to go to the ladies room. And I woke up.

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I dreamed about basketball the night after I played badminton.

Yes it was a dream. A vivid and lucid dream and all in colors. It was a dream that gave me a feeling of happiness, calm, and peace.

When I make a goal for myself and circumstances make me take a different turn for the moment, it is just like that ball which danced around the rim for a while and then bounced out of basket.  It isn’t just me whose emotions are affected by the ball getting out of the goal. The people around me are affected to.

It is my responsibility to improve on my mark and practice throwing the ball right. Those misses are a good chance to learn and to make it right the next time. It is my responsibility to get up and not allow life’s little detours to determine what tomorrow will be.

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Yesterday’s game is over. And tomorrow is another day. We will play again. And we will be better. And I will see my friends and family feeling lighter and happier because we are all in this together.

We are a team. And this is how teamwork, works.  🙂

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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.