Friday, April 7, 2017

Healthy, not sexy

In early 2016, I weighed the heaviest that I'd ever been. I was still far from being obese but I hated how being that heavy made me feel. I felt sluggish and lazy, my clothes were too tight, and, being in my early 40s, it made me worry that one of these days I'd find out that I already had hypertension or something. I desperately wanted to stay healthy and well for my family.

I didn't make myself any promises but I began by making little changes to my diet. 2 cups of rice became 1 cup and lesser, I avoided taking second helpings, started choosing fruits to snack on instead of bread, cut down on the 3-in-1 coffee (my guilty pleasure, sorry!), and drank more water. After we moved, I became more active since I had to do many things around the house by myself. In about two months, I noticed that I'd lost weight. From 67 kgs, I dropped down to 62. It made me feel inspired to lose some more to reach my target weight of 60 kgs.

To reach my target, I started going to zumba sessions during the weekends at the park near our house. Instead of taking the car, I chose to walk the kilometer or so distance. I also started doing hour-long walks through the hilly park in the afternoons, about 2 to 3 times per week, with my good friend Olga. By the time December came, I had reached my goal weight and felt so much better than I ever had in a long time.

Now that summer has rolled in and our schedules are a bit looser, my friend and I have decided to step it up a notch and transition from just walking to running. Another good friend of ours, who runs marathons, has been trying to convince us to train for a while now and we've decided to give it a go. Hopefully we'll be able to to a 5K run before summer ends.

I think it's a good thing that I focused on becoming healthier when I wanted to lose weight instead of focusing on how I was going to look afterwards. Thinking of good health helped me make choices that were good for my body and mind. I wasn't overly concerned about dropping the weight as fast as I could but instead I slowly learned to enjoy the journey, to appreciate the results of the work and dedication that I put in. So, cheers to a healthier me and here's to hoping that this becomes my lifestyle.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Still here

I've been feeling nostalgic lately for the good old days of blogging. You know, those days when content was king and really connecting with your readers was what made your day instead of how much web traffic your posts generated. I miss the friends I made during those years.

Anyway, after being away for so long, I decided to take another stab at blogging again. I often find myself wanting to write about something that has happened to me or what I'm thinking about but always end up with nothing to show for it, haha.

So, here I go again. Let's see where this nostalgia takes me.

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Sunday, November 8, 2015


I did something today that I've long thought about and have wanted to do but the time just never seemed right. Taking the first step made me feel hopeful that today will go down in my personal history as the first day of a journey that will become a great big part of my life.

It's been a long time coming.

Listening to: Brand New Day by Van Morrison
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Monday, January 5, 2015

2015 Goodreads Book Challenge

Last year, my goal was to read 75 books and I'm happy to say that I not only met my goal, I even exceeded it by 6 more.

And these were the books - except for one because it wouldn't fit the frame - that made me laugh, cry, think, and get lost in:

I'm glad I was able to mix the genres up a bit instead of sticking to my favorite science fiction and fantasy (talk about escapism!).  

For this year, I upped my target to 80. I know it sounds lame because I only added 5 more books compared to last year's but if you look at the big picture, 80 books in a year is no mean feat.

I'm already excited about where my 2015 reading challenge is going to take me. And if you have any recos, please feel free to share them with me. :)

Listening to: Paperback Writer by The Beatles
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Thursday, January 1, 2015