my #noexcuses power mac fitness entry

Most of my life I was active, but last year I encountered a hurdle in maintaining that. I got diagnosed with an autoimmune disease which held me back from keeping fit and working out. I’ve written about it here, but let me give you a glimpse of the sickness and my drive to get back in shape through my Power Mac #NoExcuses entry.

The challenge of Power Mac’s #NoExcuses contest is to share your fitness journey. This is mine, as I strive to get back in shape after an autoimmune flare-up. I got a little anxious with the thought of posting this video. I’ve been sharing a lot of my sickness journey online, but never thought I’d decide to share some of these videos/photos. I took them because I always document stuff even if I don’t plan on posting them. But when I saw the Power Mac Center #NoExcuses contest and felt the urge to join it, I knew it had to be shared.

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my autoimmune disease – from the start

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When I first found out I had an autoimmune disease, my family, Anton and I immediately turned to the Internet to see what it had to say about my condition. It’s not always advisable to do so, because what you get from typing a disease on Google almost always leads to the worst case scenarios, like death. There’s some truth to what you might find, but be wary with what you decide to take in. As expected we got different results, read about extreme cases and possibilities of death, but also remission. From these readings it was testimonies from functional doctors and actual autoimmune disease patients that were most convincing. My mom then suggested that since testimonies played a major role in educating me, I should share the experience as well.

This might be a rather lengthy post, meant for those really interested to know more about autoimmune, what the disease is and what it does, what’s being done to recover, and basic health tips anyone can learn from this experience. In case you’re interested, you can read on to learn more about it.

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room bits

Sharing some random room bits since I’ve been spending most of my time here.

I did another purge of items the other day so i’m feeling a little lighter and content with my space. It’s something I’ve been doing regularly for years since it really helps keep me aware of all the items I own. My space is also really small, so purging of clothes, bags, accessories and miscellaneous things has become a practice. It also makes my room look cleaner! Read on to see more.

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lessons in 2018

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I’d like to share some lessons I’ve learned in the past two months. These lessons are for those who might actually be going through a phase, or for those who are very well and capable of making small changes in their lives for the better.

I’m at my weakest point now—physically. I’m in constant struggle to find peace with myself and my current condition. But through this phase I’m finding beauty in it all, one day at a time.

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simple things learned the hard way

I woke up feeling extra good this morning. It’s strange because the good mornings i’m familiar with consist of a gym session, good coffee, and knowing my full day’s plan. Something productive. I love having a plan for the day, and dead time always seems like a waste of time so I find things to do in between plans, like work or an errand.

Today I woke up on the last day of a long weekend with an empty day. And it felt amazing.

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Photo: Sechu Daez

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airbnb: kuta, bali

My second visit to Bali deserved an Airbnb stay.  I went for a bachelorette, and we were about 10 people that had to share a house. We didn’t want to stay at a hotel, so we turned to Airbnb to find a place that could fit all 10 of us at an affordable price. Then I stumbled upon Charles and Ingrid’s place. The place was a rare find on Airbnb. And usually that means that the place is good, and almost always booked. Majority of the places I saw in the Kuta area for the number of people we were came out in the P9,000 and up range. But this beautiful place showed up, and it was around P6,000 a night. We booked it right away.

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