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Going the Healthy Way

Just last night, a friend of mine (who incidentally happens to be my yoga teacher as well haha) posted a link to my wall for this groupon to a vegan restaurant in Makati. Her comment: this will be a good alternative to your Chili’s [lunches]….teeeheehee..

It was funny because as I have made so many changes in my lifestyle with regards to my weight loss, there are a few things I still have trouble giving up: peanut butter m&m’s and pink fuzzy drinks from Chili’s to be precise 🙂 Granted I know they are so unhealthy, I think that having this in moderation isn’t so bad anyway 🙂 Teehee. Rationalize, Ri, rationalize.

Seriously though, I have come to realize that the reason for which I have always struggled with weight is because I have made weight loss only a temporary fix and not a long-term lifestyle goal.

I have not kept it a secret that I have struggled with weight throughout my life, right? I have tried all sorts of diets, did all sorts of exercises but I have never managed to keep my weight down. It occurred to me this past year that the reason why I keep yo-yoing up and down with weight is because I have always made weight loss just a goal, but not a lifestyle. What needs to be done, I realized, it to make changes not just for the meantime, but to make positive changes in my lifestyle. I realized I shouldn’t just work on reducing the amount of food I eat, but I must go the healthy way and make more positive changes that are long term and permanent.

I may not be ready to give going completely vegan or raw or what not a shot, I am willing to change my food choices. Granted that going organic or healthy tends to be a little more expensive (sadly so), I will still try my best. One big step forward I have taken is drinking more water. Another is introducing more healthy stuff to my body, such as green teas (and no, not just the bottled ones) and much as I dislike it, I have started taking wheatgrass juice. I still don’t like the way it tastes much, but it’s slowly starting to grow (pardon the pun!) on me.

Besides wheatgrass, I am also trying to eat more oatmeal and lessen my consumption of red meat, rice, and yes, those pink fuzzy yummy stuff in Chilis. The wheatgrass and oats are supposedly very good to detoxify the body and can be like a colon cleanser as the fiber it contains help sweeps away the bad stuff from the body.

Of course another thing I have added to my healthy lifestyle is regular yoga sessions and I have made a conscious decision to lessen my exposure to stressful situations, avoiding negative emotions (especially through chismis or gossiping in Facebook and Plurk!) and to learn to just relax.

Wish me luck.


Making Baby Steps Count

I have given up.

On searching for a quick fix or a diet pill that works to be exact 🙂 I have decided that to make positive changes in my health, and my life in general, I have to stop being so resistant and stubborn. Rather, I have to let the process take it’s course, no matter how long it takes or how hard it can be from time to time. For example, just recently I felt like I had hit a wall when I stepped on the scale and saw the numbers tip the other direction…no not down but up. Egaaad.

However, I have decided to let the baby steps count. To honor these little changes that are happening in my life. So…here I am making baby steps count. Wish me luck please 🙂

The Secret To Weight Loss

For many women, myself included, one of the most difficult things to do is to find ways to suppress appetite in a healthy, all-natural way. Don’t you agree? Losing weight is really such a challenge I tell you…it entails commitment, hard work and determination. There’s really so much more to it than searching for the best weight loss pills that work.

Let me say, though, that I’m not all for the uber skinny, waif like model thin body, but we all would like to be more fit, right?

As I was saying, one thing we struggle with is being able to control our appetites. For one, hormonal changes make us crave all sorts of things. Secondly, the lifestyle we live now, which is very fast paced and demanding, can make us more likely to crave for the not-so-healthy stuff. While appetite suppressants may be readily available, it is important to also try to keep in mind our health’s safety because at times, these supplements may pose certain risks, especially if we don’t read the fine print. Some things that can help curb appetite include acupuncture, aromatherapy and biofeedback (which technically means listening to your bodies needs and signals).

What works for me, really, is being mindful about my eating habits. It can be tiring, I tell ya, and many times, I feel like it’s so frustrating but I still try my very best to keep at it. After all, sayang naman efforts ko diba? (all my efforts will be wasted if I don’t, right?) Oh, I’ve been chronicling my weight loss journey in a separate blog, Fat Girl No More, so do drop by there soon 🙂

Under the weather

I hate it when I feel flu-ish on a weekend. It isn’t fair 🙁

It all started yesterday when I woke up from my nap with a pounding headache. I chalked it up to the heat, or perhaps due to the hot and sweaty commute I endured the day before. It was so bad that I could barely keep my head on straight. To my credit, however, I was able to finish three whole articles yesterday.

On hindsight, I think I should have just slept off the migraine instead.

This morning, I awoke with a sore throat and the usual allergic rhinitis symptoms: itchy and puffy eyes, runny nose, and bouts of sneezing. I felt a bit better after a warm bath, a whiff of my inhaler and a few squirts of nasal spray for allergy relief, but I was still a bit lethargic and woozy. Lucky for me I only had preschool classes today and no lecture at the university! I made it home early and tried to rest, but the heat kept getting to me.

I hope I get better by tomorrow.

Weight loss is a choice

Every day my battle with weight loss is becoming a more and more public one. I realized that because I used to hide the fact that I was aiming to lose weight a secret, it was harder to live up to it, so I decided to blog about in one of my other sites.

Yesterday, I was so flattered to receive confirmation that Fat Girl No More was nominated as one of the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2010!

I’m thankful to my blogger friends for their vote of confidence, not only in my blog, but in my journey towards weight loss.  Through their support and words of inspiration make me more and more motivated in sticking to my decision to make a change. I know now that weight loss is more than simply searching for the top diet pill, program or exercise. Rather, it is a choice one makes and sticks to.

I hope that in the next few months, a lot of good happens in this diet of mine! Also, if you plan on joining the influential blogger writing contest, perhaps I can invite you to consider Fat Girl No More!

A Nurturing Summer’s End at the Nurture Spa Village

A few days before my classes officially started, I was given the best writing assignment ever: covering Nurture Spa Village Tagaytay’s re-launch for The Philippine Online Chronicles, an online publication I write for. I was a bit nervous about going, to be honest, because it was going to be the first ever event I would go to without my usual group of blogger friends. As I approached the designated meeting place with a bit of trepidation, wondering how the trip would end up. I almost jumped for joy when I saw Eric, aka Byahilo, standing in the curb! That eased my anxiety a wee bit…but I was still feeling insecure and out of place since the others seemed to know each other.

Shortly after, we headed off to the Nurture Spa Village Tagaytay. It wasn’t hard to relax and put my guard down because all the other bloggers in the van were such a blast to be with! Besides the very relaxing and fabulous spa treatments I experienced, getting to meet and get to know many of the bloggers I used to hear about was a reward in itself.

my new found blogger friends with Mike and Cathy Turvill, founders and owners of the Nurture Spa Village Tagaytay

Being a spa noob (yes, despite my love for massages and the fact that I pamper myself with one almost weekly!) I never really went through the whole spa experience. I used to say it was just a glammed up massage and that spending excessive amounts on something I can get for Php 250 at home was a luxury I could live without. Plus, I would rather spend my money on a weekend at the beach rather than the spa. I recall I even quipped to one of my companions that “kulang na lang dito dagat, tapos perfect na!”.

However, after being in the calming and serene setting of the spa, I realized that spa’s were more than just good ambiance, it is really a healing and “love yourself” experience.

I fell in love with the Nurture Spa Village! While I do still place the sun, sea and surf at the top of my list, I got to feel the quiet positive energy flowing from such a soul nurturing place. From the trees to the flowers, the butterflies and even the ants crawling about, it felt like I was tapping into something so primal and true to the core. Add to that, of course, it the world class facilities the spa had to offer! It definitely is no ordinary spa. In fact, it is heralded as one of the 28 Most Relaxing Spa’s in Asia by CNN Go.

My Nurture Spa Village experience definitely ranks up there with my favorite things ever. If I may, let me invite you to read more about the spa with my article at The Philippine Online Chronicles’ Wellness section. Check out my photos of the trip on Flickr too 🙂 Watch out too for my feature on the Amu’in body products and that fabulously delicious Lychee Lemongrass Martini soon 🙂

Weight Issues, No Thesis and More Insecurities

Today brought to me a whole range of emotions…from very happy to not-so-secret regrets, as well as excitement, fear and yes, insecurity. Cognitively, I know the solution to these concerns but emotionally, it’s hard to take that proverbial first step forward. For example, losing weight right now is more than just a physical thing. I mean, it would be simple to take moyoberry supplements or undergo cosmetic surgery to enhance my appearance.

Taking that first step is really the struggle now. Perhaps the biggest and most relevant to me now is that step forward with regards to my thesis. I think this is really where all my insecurities are coming from.

While most of the day was filled with all these anxieties, on the upside, today also brought a lot of affirmation, especially with regards to my students in class 🙂 With that, perhaps I’ll call it a night and hope for a better tomorrow.

Clues to the secret of weight loss

Yes, here is another post on losing weight….as you all know, I really am trying to lose weight. After all, look at my before and after (and after again) pictures.

before and after
It hurts to see myself get fat again, especially after finally making it down to a pretty healthy size. Heck, I can even say I was hot back then, wouldn’t you agree? However, because of my hormone problems plus lack of motivation, as well as the more physically sedentary (despite the very high mental activity) lifestyle I live now, I have really packed on the pounds again.

Looking back at those days when I thought I won the battle with obesity, I realized what made me lose all the weight is not really just one thing, it was a combination of several changes I have made. Beyond fat burners, supplements and diet pills, the best weight loss formula is eating in moderation, increasing activity, and being consistent. Weight loss should not be a three-day or one-week thing. It really has to be a committed life change. Right now, that is what I’m struggling with!