Effective Things I Did to Lose Weight

DIET? Big word!
Tried to diet a lot of times but normally I fail due to lack of self control..
EXERCISE? Needs determination!
Dragging yourself to the gym is a pain in the ___.

Currently, I am struggling to lose weight but I want to share something I did in 2012 that really made me lose weight.
Maybe you already know the key points, but I just want to share what I did exactly to lose that extra fat.

In year 2012, I managed to lose 17kg in 3 months.
I had an inspiration back then and I was really motivated to lose weight.


I did the following to lose that 17kg:

1. EXERCISE

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I exercised everyday. EVERY DAY. 7x a week. Did cardio for an hour or so everyday.
I try to burn 250-600 calories depending on how long I stay in the gym.  Treadmill, Climber & Rower everyday.
For treadmill I actually didn’t run. It was brisk walking plus I used the incline function of the treadmill. I normally set it on high to make my workout more challenging.
Plug in some music or podcast to keep you entertained. Before you know it, an hour has passed.

2. EAT MODERATELY

 

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I ate moderately.
Cereals for breakfast, half cup rice and meat + vegetables for lunch and green apple for dinner.
First, before I don’t eat breakfast but in 2012 I tried to eat breakfast because they all say skipping breakfast is a no-no.
Second, as a Filipino, I can’t survive without rice. Haha. So I only eat half a cup.
Third but not the least, I thought green apple was not enough for dinner but surprisingly, I felt full afterwards. Plus, if you do this everyday you will be used to it. 🙂
Bonus: My skin improved and later on I discovered that apple is great for the skin.

3. DRINK LOTSA WATER

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I normally drink juices and iced lemon tea but not water. However, because I went to the gym everyday I managed to drink lots of water. Don’t know what exactly it did to me but I know it helped me somehow.

4. AVOID JUNKFOODS AT ALL COST

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I know I might sound extreme but yah. Before I ate chips EVERYDAY. It was like my dessert because if you read my bio, you’ll know that I don’t like sweets or chocolates. So potato chips is my thing. After eating a meal I will open my bag of chips. While watching my fave show or Kdrama, I will finish up to 2 bags of Lays or Ruffles.
But when I started this diet I totally avoided chips. No chips in 3 months. Ha! Talk about discipline. Funny thing was, when my housemates eat chips I will just smell it and feel satisfied- weirdo!
I will eat nuts as substitute.

5. NO CHEAT DAY
Okay. By now you might regret and ask why did you choose to read my blog. Haha. But seriously, the reason why my diet fails everytime is because of my cheat days.
Like I will say Sunday is my cheat day.. Then my cheat day became days. In the end I broke my momentum and failed my whole diet plan.
So, the reason I lost weight is because I was faithful during those 3 months.
Actually, the reason I gained weight afterwards was because of cheat days. Haha.

6. FIND YOUR INSPIRATION
That time my inspiration was a crush. Childish as it may sound, my crush wanted to see me because he was heartbroken and he needed someone to talk to. But, the last time he saw me was like 20kg ago. So, I always delayed our meeting saying excuses but actually, I was rushing to lose weight to see him.
If you are curious what happened afterwards: Due to my delays, we were not able to meet and he found someone else. So now, he is engaged. Oops, I think this portion should be in another category.
Anyway, my point is, find an inspiration to push you to lose weight. Contrary to my example above, I suggest that your inspiration should be yourself. If you’re gonna do this because of someone else, chances are, you will fail once that “someone” leaves or disappoints you. Please remember that you are doing this because you love yourself. However, whatever is effective for you should be fine.

7. PRAY
I know it might sound religious-y. But it is effective. When you are losing determination or discipline, pray to God and somehow it will help you overcome.

 

(Please remember that the above method was effective for me but I don’t guarantee that it will for you.
I am not a nutritionist nor a fitness trainer, s
o please consult a doctor or someone professional first.)

Okay, fast forward to 2016 and currently I am super fat.
By fat I mean way fatter than before.
If before I was 79kg, now I am 93kg.
I know.. I really lost control due to stress and my love for junk foods.

Now, I really want to lose weight.
So, whoever is reading this and wants to lose weight as well, let’s help each other.
We can go through this journey and hopefully we can share our before and after photos soon. 🙂
Please feel free to message me if you are interested.
Thank you.

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Improvised Minion Cake

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Lotus Candles are the best!

3 months ago it was the birthday of another godchild of mine (yes, I have a few).
At first I was planning to bake cupcakes like the previous one (pink cupcakes) but a few days before her birthday, my friend told me that her daughter likes minions.

Waaahhhhh..
I didn’t have the materials plus I haven’t even tried making fondant cakes!
Panic mode on but one good thing is that there are ready-made minion cupcake toppers in stores.

My problem then was the main cake itself.
I am still a beginner and I didn’t have the luxury of time to try making a fondant cake.
I had no choice but to use buttercream icing for the minion cake and pray it will work.

The problem is- I don’t have brown, silver and black food colors.
So, I decided to use whatever I have on hand- homemade marshmallow fluff, chocolates & silver cutter.
What an experience, whew!

I know my minion cake was not perfect.
But I guess the most important thing is that my godchild was very happy when she saw her minion cake and cupcakes- Thank God she is only 2 years old. 😉

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Finished product. Thank you to the minion toppers I bought and the lotus candle because they made the whole package acceptable.

 

 

 

Tulips

IMG_0409I like tulips since I was young.
I only saw them in flower shops and in photos when I was in the Philippines.

Now that I am in America, I am so thrilled to see tulips often.
I am also excited to visit tulip gardens in the near future.
For the meantime, I took photos of my cousin’s tulips at home.. 🙂

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Purple Tulips..

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Inside a Tulip Flower using Macro Lens.. Somehow it looked like a spider.. Haha..

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Red Tulips..

Christmas Theme Cupcakes

 

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I know it is already February but I just want to share my cupcakes last Christmas.
I only started blogging 2 weeks ago so I was not able to share this during Christmas season.

For the recipe- of course I used the ever reliable Hershey’s Chocolate Cake Recipe.
Frosting I used Chocolate Ganache and I added some marshmallows & sprinkles for the Christmas-y design.
(I always use marshmallows whenever I design cakes or cupcakes coz somehow marshmallows give them a sophisticated look.)

I have a confession to make:
I love designing cakes more on the baking & mixing part.
Sometimes the design will just pop into my head and you’ll feel proud afterwards.
For the preparation, mixing & cleaning up time?
Sometimes it gets too messy, haha!

Baking is such an amazing hobby.
You need hours yes, but the feeling afterwards is priceless.
When people tell you:
Your cakes have nice design- Happy!
Your cakes taste great- Happier!
Can I order a cake for my loved one’s birthday?- Happiest!

If you have an oven, I urge you to try baking..
You won’t regret it- for sure!

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Girly Cupcakes for my Girly Godchild

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It was the 2nd birthday of my godchild Roan.
I know I am not an expert baker but I still wanted to bake for her.
So I decided to bake chocolate cupcakes with buttercream frosting.
And to make it girly, I used pink as the main color with some fancy silver and pink sprinkles and a pink candle.
I also used my small teddy bear to complete the presentation.

She was very happy while watching me bake and she even got a bowl and spoon pretending she was also baking. Cute!

Okay, I’ll keep this post short.
I just wanted to share how baking can give so much fulfillment and happiness I can’t explain. 🍰

Poll: Cheating & Second Chances

Okay.
I wanted this blog to be interactive plus I also want to know how others think when it comes to relationships.
Sooooo, I added a poll about cheating and second chances.
If you have time, it would be generous of you if you will answer the poll.
Would love to know how others think about second chances when it comes to cheating.
Thank you and have a great day.