Catching Up

It’s been quite a while since I wrote here since my life decided to be a little hectic the past few weeks. The stalker in you might be wondering what was I doing this whole time and, since I aim to please (just this time), I’ll indulge you with the gory details.

MARCH

I celebrated my 30th last March. Nothing big. Just food and family. Truth be told, I was dreading the day I’d be 30 (because, you know, it sounds old). But, I don’t feel any different as when I was 26. Emotionally, that is.

BECAUSE, F*CK (yes, I wrote that, one of the perks of being 30) I get all kinds of pain right now just for moving a couple of paces. Though I don’t consider myself the active type, I can jog and climb mountains before but now, two flights of stairs can kill me.

APRIL

Another birthday this month. This time, it’s my son’s 4th we’re celebrating. Originally, we were planning to do the celebration at a fast food chain but we figured it would be too impractical given that my son’s birthday was during the holy week and that the expenses would be too much. So, we decided to just decorate the house and cook food for the family. Then, after the holy week, we took them out to the mall to play and eat (repeat until fade).

This month was also a lucky month for me at work because our boss gave us a bonus and I got a raise from work. Thank God for answering our prayers.

MAY

Work these days is a little bit lighter because we’re almost done preparing for the annual event that our company will be participating on. By the second week, the bosses will leave for Macau for the event and we’ll be enjoying a short break until they return.

As for me, I decided to become my personal project this month. It’s been so long since I was able to focus on myself physically, emotionally, and intellectually. So, starting this month, I’m going to work on improving myself for the sake of it.

 

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So far, I managed to cut and color my hair (again, yey!) and took a selfie.

The following weeks will be dedicated to actively losing weight and improving my health (because I’m feeling a lot of aches and pain lately plus I get cough and colds more often). Hopefully, I can post a more decent picture one month after. I’ll keep you posted.

On another note, I also just finished watching Thirteen Reasons Why. My motive of watching a TV series is to give myself a break since it’s been ages since I watched any but this one left me quite disturbed. I was thinking of downloading and watching the whole GoT seasons again but I saw the Netflix ad for this series and was curious about Hannah Baker’s reasons why she killed herself so I watched.

Don’t get me wrong. The series was good. But, I don’t know, it left a mark. Maybe it was the intention of the whole series. I don’t know. But, I wish I watched The Devil Wears Prada instead.

She Got Fat 3

Okay, it’s time for an update on my weight loss goals.

The last time I weighed in, I was 61 kg. My goal weight is 50 kg so that will require a lot of diet and exercise for a long time. I tried to reduce eating and do some minor exercises at home but I really didn’t know and I felt like it wasn’t doing much for my goal that’s why I decided to try MyFitnessPal to monitor my calorie intake. I find it helpful for my weight goals because it helps me choose healthier foods over junk.

Before doing MyFitnessPal, my “diet” is just eating less during the day. Like, for example, I skip breakfast, I eat lunch, then I eat eggs or bananas for snacks, and eat less rice at night and more meat. I was confident I was losing weight doing this eating regimen until my last weigh in.

I really couldn’t believe my eyes. I was a kilo heavier. A KILO HEAVIER!

So, it turns out I was eating food with too much calories. Add to that a sedentary activity and there’s your kilo.

It’s been two weeks since I first monitored my calorie intake and I’m trying very hard to not go beyond the limit. The first week was hard but I’m getting the hang of it. The secret to not getting hungry is to spend your calorie allowance wisely. Choose healthier foods and if you’re getting a bit over your calorie limit, work your butt and do some exercise.

The mobile app of MyFitnessPal will really help a lot with your weight goals and this post is not advertising. It’s just that I really found it helpful for me. There are also other calorie monitors and fitness apps out there but this is the one that I tried so far. I chose this particular app to monitor my calorie intake because it has a really huge food database. Even McDonald’s food have records on their database so you won’t have to guess or constantly check for labels.

Anyway, I do hope my next weigh in would be less heartbreaking. My husband and I are planning to do some medium cardio exercise soon because we’ll be climbing a mountain come March. I hope that and my constant food monitoring will yield positive results soon.

Until then!

 

 

The Tale of My Plastic Rose

The Tale of My Plastic Rose

Valentine’s Day came a bit late for me this year but it was, indeed, worth the wait.

Earlier this morning, I was woken up by my 3- and 2-year old kids, Harley and Hilary. They just got back from Nueva Ecija where they joined their Tita Mary Rose to visit the Manalo clan.

Going back to my story, Harley gave me a flower as soon as he entered our room and told me, “Mama, meron akong flower para sa’yo!” (Mama, I have a flower for you!) So, I told him, “Wow, thank you!” Little have I known how far that plastic rose has traveled before it got to me. But, I was to find out soon.

So, I got out of bed and went to our living room where my husband, his mother, and his sister are waiting together with the kids. That’s when my in-law told me the history of the “flower”. My flower.

She told me that it was when they were leaving for Nueva Ecija when Harley noticed a flower vendor at the train station arranging his plastic flowers. One of the flowers fell near his feet where he picked it up and decided that he’s going to give it to me. He had the flower all the way to Nueva Ecija where they met the Manalo clan. I expect it was a very eventful day for the little kids that day since they met a lot of people and played even more.

When they were about to go home, he was looking for the plastic rose he got for me which, turns out, they forgot to bring. So, they had to go back and get the flower so he can take it back with him and give it to me when he gets home.

When I heard the story, the plastic flower meant more to me than an expensive long-stem red rose. As I was about to leave for work, he told me, “Mama, saan na yung flower mo?” (Mama, where is your flower?) I left it in the bedroom inserted in my notebook so I took it and told him, “Eto na o, dadalhin ko na.” (Here it is, I’m going to bring to work.)

I placed the flower in my bag and saw that he was really happy that I’m bringing it. At work today, as I was rummaging inside my bag for a notebook and pen, a colleague saw my flower and I told her that it was from my son. Actually, I really wanted to tell everyone and post something on Facebook but I don’t have a phone (it got stolen) so, instead, I did this. A post remembering one of our family’s best memories.

I really thank God for my family.

Kung Hei Fat Choi

It’s been tough for the past few weeks but we’re almost there, February!

I’ll be on holiday tomorrow since it’ll be Chinese New Year. Therefore, no work! BUT, of course, work never stops for us moms so I’m planning to go over our closet over the weekend, clean the house, do the laundry, give away old stuff, and throw out things we’ll never use. Also, I’ll cook Tikoy (Nian Gao or Chinese New Year cake) for the family and do some much needed movie marathon.

The family would’ve gone to Tagaytay but, unfortunately, the kids had a bad bout of HFMD so we’re going to stay at home until everybody feels better and maybe push through with our plans next weekend.

On another note, I’ve also opened my new online shop where I’ll be selling 100% authentic and high quality products for both kids and adults. It’s still new so it’s not perfect yet but I like the way it looks and I’m so proud of it. I’m planning to launch our very own shoes but I’m still finalizing the packaging so maybe that will be my goal next month.

January felt like half a year already but I’m so glad and thankful for all the things I’ve accomplished this month. I hope you had a productive month, if not, just keep trying. Like they say,

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Happy Chinese New Year!

She Got Fat 2

Remember my post about my plans about going on a diet? Well, today wasn’t all that bad (well, not as disastrous as the previous one I posted) as I’ve MOSTLY done the tips that I read.

HOWEVER.

The coffee thing. I can’t tolerate strong coffee. You know, the kind you buy from really expensive coffee shops OR the one that comes from really expensive coffee maker/dispenser. Earlier today, I opted to get my coffee from the office pantry. It was the kind you get from a really expensive coffee maker/dispenser. So, yeah, I ended up with sweaty palms and palpitations. Maybe milk tea will be a good alternative?

The exercise thing. I haven’t been able to do the sit-ups yet since I was too busy working during the day and too tired when I get home. Also, I’ve been suffering from sharp pains on my upper back the past few weeks so I do think I should lay this part off until I get better. Just to be safe. I do a lot of walking to and from work though. Maybe it helps burn off some of the calories?

The food department. I haven’t consciously reduced my food consumption and I’m guilty of eating a lot of sweets lately. I’ve been reading and writing non-stop and munching on to something takes some of the stress away. Although, today, I resolved to drink water whenever I feel like eating. Hope it helps though.

How about you? Are there any roadblocks you encountered when you’re trying to lose weight? How did you overcome it? Feel free to share!

She Got Fat

After three consecutive pregnancies and a lot of eating after that, it’s safe to say that I did gain a lot of pounds. And when I say “a lot”, I mean “can’t-wear-all-of-my-clothes” lot. I might’ve gained 5 to 10 kilograms but that’s just a rough estimate since we don’t have a weighing scale at home.

Since it’s January, I thought I’d go on diet to lose weight so I can wear my clothes again. So, yesterday, while I was at work, I only brought 2 slices of chocolate cake for lunch and water. We only have free lunch on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and it was Tuesday yesterday so I thought I was safe from temptation.

Come lunch, I finished all of my food. I was praying I stay full the whole day but by 4:00 p.m. I am feeling irritated and dizzy due to hunger. Bad timing because my boss just handed out a Product Knowledge kit and said that I had to check it before they release it for printing.

I didn’t know how I survived until 6:00 p.m. but I did. The first thing I did when I got out of the building was to buy bread and shawarma. Nevermind the onion breath, I devoured the thing and reserved the bread for when I get home. However, when I did get home, there was spaghetti and soda and hot chocolate and cheese. OMG. By the time I finished eating, I was bursting. Therefore, diet day 1 was a total failure.

However, I’m not giving up. So, instead of starving myself to death, I decided to follow some advice on how to lose weight. Tomorrow, I’m going to implement some of the “doable” tips like drinking coffee, doing sit-ups, eating spicy food, sleeping early, walking, and hydrating myself just for starters. Then, maybe slowly work my way through the tougher ones.

I’m anticipating difficulties ahead especially when it comes to the food department (as I really got used to “pregnancy eating”) but I will endure if I have to. We won’t get that ass we want just by sitting on it, you know. How about you? Are there any easy weight loss regimen or diet you can suggest?

When Mommy Works Again

My first week at work is almost over and it feels amazing to be back! I missed everything. From the morning traffic jam to the evening rush, to eating lunch at my table and walking the streets of Makati until my feet is sore. It’s like I’m reigniting a part of myself that I somehow forgot.

I spent the last 4 years of my life as a housewife and dedicated myself to raising our children. I worked at home as a freelance writer from time to time but it’s still different compared to corporate life. It has its pros and cons though, and it did keep my writing skills sharp.

Now that I’m back in the corporate world working a 10-6 shift, I can’t help but feel excited and grateful for the chance to work on my career. I’m thankful for the challenges that I encounter everyday and the new things that I learn. I just realized during this first week just how far I want to go in this career and just how much I need to do to get there.

But, as Henry David Thoreau once said,

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So that’s exactly what I’m going to do.