Well, Hello!

Hi, everyone! It’s been quite a while, isn’t it? I missed a lot of things and a lot of people, but I’m really at a point in my life when I want to focus more on myself first. Over the past few months, I felt a little bit lost and tired and so burned out. I wasn’t at my best, and I didn’t love myself for it. But definitely I’m so eager to bounce back and come out a way better version of me.

That doesn’t mean, though, I wasn’t doing anything at all. Moping wasn’t part of the agenda. In fact, I had never been this tired in my life! I’ve been cleaning the house for the past two days (and I’m not yet even done!). I had traveled to Boljoon, my province, twice in a span of two weeks. I’m also on my second week of not eating rice. Some frowned upon it. I mean what’s a Filipino if he or she doesn’t eat rice? I love rice, whether garlic or fried. But then, a cup has about 200+ calories. Multiply that by 3, and you have 600 calories from rice alone. If a regular person, on the average, needs to consume between 1,200 and 1,500 each day–well, you do that math. Couple it with a sedentary lifestyle, and viola! You’re packing a lot of pounds.

Bernard is back in school. He’s already on his second or third week. He’s currently enrolled in the University of the Philippines Cebu for master’s in mathematics education.

I’ve been trying my hands on more “intensive cooking,” adding more vegetables in the ingredients to make every dish more filling. I hope it helps Bernard lose the extra pounds as well.

Can’t wait to share some of my work-in-progress projects, from food to crafts. I need great suggestions and feedback from you. ūüôā

21-Day Challenge: Past Two Days

It turned out it wasn’t easy for me either. My vertigo came back for the past two days–stronger. Though it didn’t last for more than an hour, when I felt my entire environment spinning, I couldn’t do anything at all. I could not even walk! I had no other option but to take something sweet, eat some crackers, drink lots of water, or close my eyes, hoping after a short rest, I’ll be back on my feet again. It’s making me feel terrible. Here’s to hoping it doesn’t happen today because we’ll be going out.

On the upside, I’ve been receiving a lot of positive responses from friends, and some of them have been kind enough to drop by. They’ve also been very generous in giving their own diet tips. Can’t wait to try out quinoa and more salads next week.

In the meantime, here’s something I did on day 2:

21-day challenge day 2

It’s a very simple stuffed omelet with tuna, tomatoes, onions, and a dash of oregano. The cucumber was divine, by the way, maybe because it’s ideal for the summer.

21-Day Challenge: First Day

There’s good news and bad news. The good news is Bernard ate our simple salad (made up of tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce, and oranges). I think he loved the olive oil-lemon dressing I had made. It’s a huge accomplishment for him because he doesn’t eat anything that is called or resembles a vegetable (or even fruit).

The bad news is we weren’t able to let go of the rice. I couldn’t think straight. He ended up cheating by eating loaves of bread. Rather than feel extremely bad, we had to give in.

BUT we learned our lesson: right now, we couldn’t live without eating any forms of carb or grain. We just have to get it from somewhere else. I have completely forgotten about protein as well, which also helps curb hunger.

Tomorrow is second day, and we intend to do better.

Our 21-Day Challenge

Bernard and I can’t wait for April. We’ve been working really hard these past few months, and we definitely think we deserve a cool one-week break in what we call the Great Mindanao Adventure.

But we also think it would be MUCH cooler if we are better versions of ourselves then. So today we officially kick off our 21-day Challenge.

Why 21? They say it takes 21 days to form a habit. Whether it becomes one for us, we don’t really care about that for now. ¬†What’s more important is we get to honor our commitment.

What will happen in the next 21 days? Well, there will be a lot of dieting and exercising. We’ve gained a lot of weight over the past few years, and we’ve come to a point we need a change STAT. Bernard is already feeling a lot of pain on his legs. I just wanted to buy new clothes again. We’re not getting younger either. Now is definitely the time to do it.

In our home you won’t see white rice but oats, whole wheat bread, and whole grains. There will be no more soda as well. We’ll go back to juicing and introduce steaming and eating raw into our lives. There will be less meat for him and less chicken for me. Every day for 15 minutes, we’ll keep ourselves moving and cardio up. Perhaps he’ll go back to P90x and I might join him. But my mind is set on brisk walking in the afternoons, when the weather’s not unbearably hot.

We’ll learn to love ourselves more, so we’ll have a lot to give too to others, to each other.

I’ll try my best to post every day within the next 21 days just to let you know how we’re doing and to remind us we’ve got something to fulfill. You’re also free to join us.

Wish us luck.

 

Tutu in Progress

My birthday is fast approaching. In fact, it’s my birthday week. (No, I just declared that myself.) That only means one thing: a tutu.

Last year, I told my friends I’m going to wear a frilly skirt for my birthday, and around that time, I just couldn’t take my mind off this:

So yesterday, I decided to go on with it. Bought myself some pretty hard tulle and a very pink ribbon to match it. Then worked until I could hardly open my eyes. Now, it’s a work in progress:

Patience is a virtue, indeed.

Patience is a virtue, indeed.

I’M ALMOST THERE. Seriously, it’s very easy. It just needs a lot of patience and hard work, especially since I’m making this for an adult. Hopefully, before Sunday, I’m so done with this because I want to wear this to the beach!

PS: I just got the result of my Inbound Marketing certification exam from Hubspot and scored 84 percent. Not bad, since I didn’t really go through all 18 webinar classes. 6 points more, and I could have made it in the Honor’s Distinction, though.

How Was My 2012?

So how was last year (or a day ago)? I guess it would be nice if I can have some sort of a look back just to remind myself the things I accomplished:

I’ve gone to places that are not part of my bucket list. Butuan wasn’t, but it turned out to be such a pleasant experience the Husband and I are heading back there this coming summer as part of our 4-leg Mindanao tour! Plus, we went there for a very special purpose: attend the wedding of two good friends.

hannah and mackie's wedding in butuan

We went to Vigan. I’ve always loved history, so Vigan has always been one of my dream destinations. Last April, ¬†after a more than 8-hour land trip, I set foot in one of the best-planned towns in the country.

A Vigan trip will never be complete without climbing this tower.

A Vigan trip will never be complete without climbing this tower.

Finally, I got to use my passport.¬†Singapore wasn’t part of the bucket list either, but I’m happy I booked a flight. It’s definitely a totally different experience living on other people’s traditions and cultures for a few days. It gave me a different perspective about own culture and how good I actually am when it comes to backpacking (or semi-backpacking). Come August, we’ll be off to Hong Kong with my sister and hopefully another Singapore trip with the rest of my extended family.

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We opened a bakeshop.¬†It’s my fantasy to own a very charming cafe serving the most delectable and hopefully less-calorie pastries and desserts, paired with a warm cup of coffee from beans sourced out all over the country. I don’t know if this is going to happen this year (I’m just crossing my fingers!), but at least we’re already making those first steps. We opened a small bakeshop last year. So far, our baked goodies are getting positive feedback, and business was brisk last holiday season.

A lot of my friends are venturing into food as well. Hope to feature them too this year.

I quit red meat.¬†I’m a true-blue carnivore. I grew up dining on a lot of grease and chicken skin. But around a month before the year ended, I decided to quit eating red meat. I tried some during the holidays, but lechon and ham never tasted the same. For this year, I’m cutting back on chicken and definitely adding more fruits and vegetables in the diet. Difficult, yes, but necessary since I’m not getting any younger.

I became a magazine writer.¬†I am one of the lucky writers for Xync, a Cebu-based magazine that’s set to launch this March 2013. I had never written for a magazine, so it’s both exciting and challenging for me.

CBS, Cebu Book Club, GDG, and GBG.¬†These were some organizations I’m proud to be part of. Schedules had been crazy the past few months, but I’m ¬†ready to become a more active member this year. I have a lot of faith in these groups.

2012 was good to me and my loved ones. There were some pains along the way, but they were too minor I couldn’t even remember any one of them anymore. ¬†With God’s help, 2013 will be just as awesome, if not even better.

No Beef, No Pork

 

A couple of weeks ago, I made one of the biggest decisions of my life: stop eating pork and beef. So far, I’m doing just fine.

The road toward it wasn’t easy. It took months of mind conditioning. For months, I had to skip red meat when we buy our groceries. My efforts, fortunately, are paying off.¬†I no longer crave for them–not even siomai, Virginia hot dog, and humba.

But what is this doing to me? A lot of good things, really.

  • It makes me feel lighter. I don’t feel bloated every time I’m through eating.
  • It actually helps me in portion control. I loved red meat, so I always ended up consuming more than I should.
  • It allows me to explore other dishes and ingredients, such as more fruits and vegetables into the diet. It even got me back to juicing. Besides, my aunt’s tuna lumpia and rellenong bangus are to die for.
  • I feel less lethargic.
  • It’s helping me deal with emotions more effectively. I am an emotional eater, and almost always, I dine on red meat to enhance my mood. Right now, I’m channeling my negative emotions to something else, like cleaning the house or journaling.
  • I’m helping Bernard as well, since he also likes to lose weight and be healthy.
  • I definitely believe that I’m helping save my health and the environment.

I’m planning to wean myself from chicken soon too, especially after what happened to my sister (I’ll talk about this in the coming days). Hopefully even before I reach 30, I’ll be a full-fledged pescetarian or, better yet, vegetarian.

PS: I would like to thank my family for their support. It definitely helps when people around you believe and respect your decision.

 

 

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