Tag Archive | Wellness

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.

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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.

How I lost 4 kgs in 5 weeks

Yes. I did it again.  I lost 4 kgs in 5 weeks.   I was 65 kgs back in February 17, 2015.  I am now down to 61.2 kgs.

I have now shed off a total of 46 lbs, almost 21 kgs already since I started my healthy weight loss journey. From 180 lbs in June 2014, I am now down to 134.64 lbs.

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Here I am during my after-work one hour walk and run.

I didn’t think I could lose weight this fast as I only lost a little over 1 kg the month before that. Thanks to the new breakfast technique my boss and friend taught me a week after I joined our Exciting team.  The healthy weight loss is pretty amazing.

So how did I lose 4 kgs in 5 weeks?

1.  My breakfast technique.  I love coffee.  The bittersweet flavor of black coffee keeps me awake and active all day.  Plus, coffee is an excellent source of antioxidant too.  Haha. Coffee is in fact a superfood!

I drink coffee in the morning usually. It’s no secret. However, about 3 weeks ago, I started to add a teaspoon of Cadia Virgin Coconut Oil in my cup of coffee.   It tastes and smell good.  And the good fat from the virgin coconut oil makes me feel full for a longer time and I get less craving for food than when I used to pair my coffee with bread.  Now, I usually eat boiled sweet potato or I eat fruits such as banana and apple for breakfast together with my coffee-vco concoction.  Good fat plus antioxidant plus vitamins and minerals and fiber from fruits and root crops. What a combination!

2)  My lunch.  I usually eat my lunch 5 hours after my breakfast.  I would typically have fish or chicken and some vegetables.  Today, I had fried fish and chinese cabbage. The other day, I had milkfish and monggo.  I dip my fish, chicken, and beef in vinegar a lot too. Vinegar makes the body metabolism really fast and it has zero calories. 😀   If I have time to cook in the morning, I would typically cook boiled sweet potato for lunch and I spread it with 10 g of Anchor unsalted butter.  As long as I have my daily dose of protein from fish, chicken, or beef, and I have my daily dose of vegetables and carbohydrates from unprocessed food, I am all good.

3).  My dinner.  Dinner time is the lightest meal for the day.  I typically would have a piece of Empanada Iloco, a serving of chopsuey, and a piece of cavendish banana.  At times it would be pinakbet and fish.  And sometimes I would have fried chicken from the local carenderia and some vegetables.  Today I had fresh lumpia, a piece of apple, and a small piece of fried chicken without batter. As long as I have my protein and vegetables I am good.

I snack in between meals too.  I would have a small square of dark chocolate at 72% to 82% cocoa which has about 60 calories.  I would also snack with fruits such as apples, pears, and cavendish banana.  And I drink at least 2.5 L of water each day.   Ha ha.  Water is filling, flushes away body toxins really fast, and it has zero calories.

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My mango-apple smoothie without sugar and without milk satisfies my sweet tooth. Just plain mango, apple, and some crushed ice. 

Of course, I exercise too.  Although I’m busy with my work in business development, I always give myself at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. It could be walking, core exercise, leg exercise, or circuit training in the gym. Exercise makes the body work faster too.  The more our body works faster, the more it burns calories.  Haha. It’s an effective way to make our bodies work for ourselves. 😀

This healthy weight loss journey is pretty amazing. Just keep on eating. No starving.

I am loving this.

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. 🙂

 

 

How my twin lost 5 lbs in 9 days

My “twin” is on a roll.   From 205 lbs back in March 9, 2015 she is now down to 200 lbs.  9 days after she started and committed to pursue her healthy weight loss journey,  my twin already lost 5 lbs.  She lost 5 lbs without starving and without skipping meals.  Ha ha. 😀

Her determination  to live a healthy lifestyle is amazing. It is fantastic.

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Here she was at 205 lbs.

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Here she is now at 200 lbs.

Her story is the same as that of most of us.  She was slim and sexy years before until she started working.  A smart and workaholic manager, she would spend long hours in the office and wouldn’t exercise.  She was also a stress eater.  When work stress happened, she would eat  anything she liked with gusto no matter if the food is unhealthy.

In June 2014, she weighed 190 lbs. She grew even bigger in 2 months later to 200 lbs.  She decided to enroll in the gym I was enrolled to.  She started strong, however, work priorities consumed her time causing her to miss her gym sessions.  Ultimately, she stopped.

Seven months from the time she enrolled in the gym, her weight registered a whopping 205 lbs!  It was time to make a lifestyle change.

Eleven days ago, our catch up in Eastwood City turned into a weight loss conversation.  She saw that I transformed from 180 lbs in June 2014 to 139 lbs 9 months later.  She eagerly 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 also showed her the calorie labels of the food she was used to buying in the groceries.  “Kambal, you inspired me.  I will go through this healthy weight loss journey!” she declared.

It was obviously the conversation that changed her lifestyle.  Now she eats only real food.  And she exercises by walking for 30 minutes at least 3x a week.  I told her she would lose 10 lbs in her first month of healthy weight loss journey so long as she continues to follow the healthy weight loss tips I am giving her.

9 days after the first day of her healthy weight loss journey, she already shed off 5 lbs! She is definitely on track to losing 10 lbs of unwanted weight by April 9, 2015.  Amazing  how discipline and determination can truly transform a person!

I am delighted.  I am happy.