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Good Food and Wine Show 2013 - Sydney

I had to start this post with Curtis Stone, because so many of my friends love him so much! His show was fantastic! I love his humour, and I wish I could have taken a video, but I was just into the lively show. Of course, I would like to thank Dae for inviting me to go to this year's Good Food and Wine Show in Sydney, and for choosing Curtis Stone's show.

The Priceless Five Dollars

I own a valuable five-dollar bill. It is special and I plan not to spend it. I believe that this bill is beyond the value it displays on its paper... It is very priceless. Life is good!

STEPH ADVICES: Curly Hair Problems

A blogger from NIQUEINIT.BLOGSPOT.COM asked me how I manage my hair and if I can give some tips. Read this post to see all the products I use, what haircuts are suitable for curly-haired, and how to keep your curls intact and healthy.


This could probably be the MOST ULTIMATE TRIBUTE post I've ever done, which is dedicated to my favorite 90s Pinoy Loveteam: JOLINA MAGDANGAL AND MARVIN AGUSTIN.


If you checked out my 1st entry regarding my 30-day shred results ( 30-Day Shred Weightloss Results: Round 1 ), I lost 7lbs. This time around, I lost 8lbs. Basically, my current weight is 103 lbs. Now I know that we were given the promise of losing UP TO 20 LBS., but once again, I'll defend Jillian Michaels with regards to the issue of the others who did not lose that much--like me.

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

I Failed My Self-Control A LOT of Times--So What? I Still Made It and YOU'LL MAKE IT TOO!

Thursday, July 29, 2010  at 4:28 PM

"You seem so disciplined and we admire your self-control but I must admit we feel so ashamed whenever we fail during our weightloss journey... Will we even have a chance to make it like you?" - A Fellow Blogger

It is because of this message that I'm making this post because I want to clear things out regarding the journey I went through to lose weight. I'm happy that I've been motivating a lot of you but some of my followers told me that they tend to feel bad whenever they fail because they believe that I never failed during the whole process. Well, this post's for you guys. This is to prove that I have failed many times but I still made it because I learned new things. I hope this one will motivate you more. :)

 I am proud to admit that I also fall down and give in to food temptations since a lot  of you think I'm too strict when it comes to food intake, making me look like a kill-joy FOODBUSTER (*starts singing* "When the sweets are there, and you're being tempted... Who ya gonna call? FOODBUSTER!). Guys, trust me, I still eat everything. I don't treat foods as if they're evil--only the yucky ones haha! However, I am ashamed to admit what I've been doing lately to compensate and remove all the guilt feelings I experience after eating more than my daily calorie intake goal-- I workout 4x the usual which is obviously too much (and yes my dear friends, I am aware of this problem). I'm not a perfect person and please don't even try to follow the things I do to cope up with my "fall downs".

 The last time I ate Keeblers Oatmeal Cookies was 3 years ago and my mom has some of these cookies left (since she bought this for our trip last May but she forgot to bring it haha!). Before I even started typing this, I ate one cookie and mom tried to stop me because she knows what I'm gonna do after eating a lot of those cookies. Yes, I'm gonna workout 2-3x just to burn them. I am aware that this isn't proper (and it's too much!!!) because I'm just torturing my body.We all know that our body needs rest (usually in-between workout days). This whole week, I've been eating  3-6 cookies  per day (making me have an additional 1,000 calories to my usual 1,200-calorie daily intake so I've been having 2,200 calories per day!) and the whole time, I've been working out as well. I've never done this back then, just now, and I'm telling you this not to make you guys follow my example but for you to learn something.

1. It's not evil to give in to food cravings. Nobody's perfect and sometimes you do have to give in (a small serving is enough to finish those cravings so you still get satisfied both in your weightloss journey and your cravings problem) because you're gonna crave more and once those suppressed cravings get the best of you, you tend to eat more and this will not make you feel good at all. You might even give up the whole weightloss process thing.

2. So you ate a lot, are you going to give up now? Don't. You  can still go on and eat normally after a "fall down" day. Don't eat less than 1,000 calories because that will just make your metabolism slower. Stay within your normal daily calorie intake goal and gradually compensate through your workouts but...

3. Never exhaust yourself by working out over your limits! Working out too much was my mistake because it was my way of removing the guilt feelings. I learned my lesson and I'm back on track by controlling myself again. We all know that working out is really healthy for you but if you do too much, you're just putting injuries to your body. You overwork your heart and muscles and nothing beneficial shall be gained--only pain, exhaustion, and possible injuries. We really need rest.

 So you see, I also fall down. I give in to cravings and eat over my daily calorie intake goal. I even had another fall down which was working out too much. That's totally unhealthy. The best thing is do the usual: eat within the daily calorie intake goal and workout between 30-60 minutes or if you want more, put rests in-between. It may take time because instead of burning the past calories, you're gradually burning those new unwanted calories and you might even get tempted to give up --but please DON'T. All of us fail but we learn and we have each other for support. My self-control became stronger because of the things that have happened and everything even became better. Never give up. You may have gone out of the track but you'll realize upon getting back that you're on a better road!  =) 

BTW! Thanks to everyone who liked my last Weightloss Post ! I'm glad that it has motivated you guys and this entry I made today is to prove to everyone that I also fail at certain times but I still made it in the end so DON'T GIVE UP! :)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

30-Day Shred Results: Round 2 ! | Weightloss Journey Ends From 150 lbs. to 103 Lbs.

Thursday, July 22, 2010  at 9:46 PM

After gaining 4lbs. when I arrived from a trip last June, I decided to start another round of the 30-Day Shred because I wanted to drop my weight from 111 lbs. to 107lbs.

If you checked out my 1st entry regarding my 30-day shred results ( 30-Day Shred Weightloss Results: Round 1 ), I lost 7lbs. This time around, I lost 8lbs. Basically, my current weight is 103 lbs. Now I know that we were given the promise of losing UP TO 20 LBS., but once again, I'll defend Jillian Michaels with regards to the issue of the others who did not lose that much--like me. Keep in mind that even though you may have lost a lot of FAT WEIGHT, you may have also gained a lot of MUSCLE WEIGHT (and muscles are heavier compared to fat). In the end, it would seem like you just lost a few pounds but in reality, you lost a lot of fat weight and you just became heavier due to your muscle development.

I've already finished the 30-Day Shred last February and I've posted my results here ( 30-Day Shred Weightloss Results: Round 1 ) but then I did another round last June and here are my measurements:
  1. Left Arm : -1 inch
  2. Right arm: - 0.5 inch
  3. Waist: -0.5 inch
  4. Hips: same
  5. Left Thigh: same
  6. Right Thigh: same
  7. Chest: same
Despite these results, everytime I flex my muscles, they're really prominent and everyone notices them. Compared to my first round, the results are much better now. Here are some pics from June 2009 to July 2010.

(I know that someone will comment on how the PANDA slimmed down as well. Haha!)

I started with a weight of 150 lbs. and for 3 months, I worked out at the gym with my trainer while I took care of my own diet. After 3 months, I was on my own. I made use of the different workouts found in the Women's Health magazines, as well as workout books and articles. After 2 months of being my own trainer, I decided to do the SHRED for 1 month and I finished it last February. Now that it has been a year since I started my weightloss journey, I'm happy to announce that I've lost 47 lbs. and the last round of the Shred helped me boost up that weightloss (I've had a lot of plateaus so I needed a break and the Shred became my jumpstart).

I hope this inspired you to keep on doing those healthy solutions because if I can do it, I'm sure you can, too! Being busy is no excuse. The Shred only takes up 20 mins. of your time so this can be done even by the busiest person alive. :)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Travel Amman, Jordan

Tuesday, July 20, 2010  at 9:33 PM

Jordan is such a wonderful and peaceful place which I totally enjoyed. In this entry, I shall highlight the places which you must not miss upon visiting this Biblical land.

Madaba is a town located southwest of Amman and is known as the "City of Mosaics". Because of such label, it is therefore not uncommon to see stores everywhere which sell mosaics that were created by the locals. In fact, there are schools which teach mosaic-making to help the residents in the area in creating a true masterpiece. Don't forget to visit the most famous mosaic in the Church of St. George which shows the map of the Holy Land.

Mt. Nebo is a place where Moses viewed the Promised Land after God told him that he was not allowed to enter and be with Joshua and the people he had helped to escape Egypt. This was where Moses stayed until he died and was thought to have been buried. A simple chapel has been built on this mountain and the mosaics from the past are currently on display in the buildings around the area.

One of the famous sights here is the Serpentine Cross which has been designed after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, as well as the serpent which was used by Moses during his travel in the desert.

Also visit the Memorial of Moses...

The location of the different places in the Holy Land from this certain point of view of Mt. Nebo.

This is how it looks like at 4:00 PM...

Visit the local shops to get authentic handmade Biblical crafts...

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