big day brews

Never in my life have I tried any dietary supplement or diet plan. I’ve always tried to fix my eating habits on my own, because I felt it’s something more doable in the long run and it doesn’t make me dependent. To some extent it has worked, but I have to admit that it’s not exactly the strictest, healthiest diet. I’ve seen a lot of these diet plans and meal replacements online, and I was always curious about them and if they actually really worked.

Lucky for me, I got the opportunity to try Big Day Brews, a natural weight loss regimen that contains just the right amount of nutrients your body needs. It’s fresh, delicious, and even has different flavor options to choose from that serve different purposes. The best part? Each person’s Big Day Brews purchase can actually help someone in need.

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Learn more about it below.

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victory run

I’ve been wanting to make a post about this badly because of the high I got after the run, but I’ve been waiting for the results to come out so I could include it. It was my first half marathon, which I thought I wasn’t going to finish well because (1) it’s a half, and (2) the heat in Manila is crazy (between 30-35C that day). Gun start was at 4:30AM, but being on the last wave delayed me by around 10-15 minutes. Sun was up by 5:15AM and I was roasting before the clock hit 6:00AM. The heat was almost unbearable, but I, along with 3,999 others made it to the finish line.

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diet for those who don’t want to diet

I am probably the last person to want to diet. Ever. I love eating so much, it’s sinful, especially when i’m stuffed and just can’t refuse a bag of chips or a slice of cake. Unfortunately, no matter how much I exercise, the food I eat and drinks I drink will always reflect somewhere (believe me, the bloating and jiggling doesn’t stop even if you’re not big). I always used to tell myself that I exercise to be able to eat what I want, but truth is you can never eat what you want if you’re determined to get the body that you dream to have. No amount of exercise alone can give you that, and you’ll have to do some work in the kitchen to be able to inch closer towards the dream.

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skin + health care

I am a huge fan of makeup and girls who can manage to draw up a good brow. But sometimes the foundation, contouring, highlighting and lining just don’t cut it, and no matter how much makeup you put on, it isn’t enough to hide the blemishes, eyebags and unwanted marks on your skin. Sometimes I feel that girls who try to hide their marks with makeup might actually look better with the blemish showing through, and the layers of foundation and powder and primer just work against trying to look good.

I personally am guilty of this at times because I can’t stand to see pimples and allergies on my skin. Since I have eczema, I would occasionally have red hickey looking marks on the side of my face, my chest and on my back. I sometimes opt to wear lower necklines that reveal the marks and I (used to) try to hide it with a bit of foundation. I knew this was just going to make the situation worse, so I tried to find a way to fix it. Same goes with the blemishes on my face.

Here are my go-to’s when it comes to skin care

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condura skyway marathon 2016

On a gloomy Sunday morning last weekend I ran my first run for the year. I’ve been running for about four or five years now but only started joining runs last year–Nike Women’s 10k being my first one. This year I told myself I’d join more and challenge myself to better my time and increase my distance one run at a time, starting with the Condura Skyway Marathon 2016. I signed up last minute and chickened out on the 21k, so I signed up for 10k.

The drizzle that morning was on and off, and I was lucky to be spared from it during my run. Right when I got down from the skyway, the rain started pouring so I barely got to spend time in the race grounds where they had different booths, photo walls and a mini concert. Here runners can claim their hydration kits and medals, buy shirts, take photos and rest while enjoying the band/artist on stage.

I don’t remember exactly my time during last year’s Nike run, but my goal in this run was to outdo my time in the previous one. Weirdly enough I think I was two minutes longer in Condura, but I found the route to be slightly easier than that of Nike only because the roads were smoother, well lit, and the uphills in the skyway run were less by one or two.

The results.

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why workout: confessions of a workout-aholic

Before I start blabbing about workout, gym, fitness, health and whatnot, I’d just like to establish that I am not a fitness trainer nor am I a learned nutritionist, or have any legitimate background on any of the two. Just take this as a note from a few personal life experiences and observations of a regular gym rat who cares about her health and body and admires physically fit women and Victoria’s Secret Angels and continues to struggle (and dream) to be either of the two.

How it started

When I was grade five I was part of the Badminton Varsity in my school and I continued to take part in it for seven years. I got used to training schedules after class and sometimes twice a day trainings in and out of the court for those seven years. At an early age I found myself making hospital visits because of the perpetual knee pains I would get. My leg muscles were weak and my knees were suffering from it, causing my knee cap to be unstable.  Because of this I was forced to gym a lot for strengthening, and from that time on it became a weekly requirement for me.

Why workout

I love to eat. If I don’t want to deprive myself of food, I need to exercise twice as much as I eat so I can eat again.
I feel sick when I don’t exercise. It has become part of my routine to exercise a minimum of four times a week. Once I stop for several days but still eat the same amount of food, I feel bloated and weak, and especially given my naturally slim body type, I feel extra frail and unable to do strenuous activities.
It’s stress relieving and can take you out of work mode and life for just an hour or two.

About yoga

I started it just last August 2015 because I was feeling some stress and my eczema was taking over my skin. My back was filled with red marks that started mapping downwards from my nape, and it slowly started multiplying on my chest and the sides of my face. My dermatologist prescribed some medicine to help reduce it, which helped, but I felt that it was not enough to totally get rid of it. I also didn’t want to keep buying medicine to reduce it and felt that I needed to do something more natural to keep my skin from flaring.

After much convincing from my sister who insisted that yoga would help my skin problem, I started taking classes at a neighbor’s house and I fell in love with it. I’ve been doing it for months now and I have to say that it has helped a lot with my skin. I still have marks from my previous “eczema attacks,” but they don’t flare up as often as they used to. Aside from that, I started putting Virgin Coconut Oil on my skin and it has done wonders. My skin rarely flares up now and it has slightly cleared the marks that were once on my back. But more on that on another post. The exercise I get from doing yoga is different from the gym and has a lot to do with balance, stretching and still strengthening, but without the weights.

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My two cents

– Know what workout works for you. Some love the gym, some hate it. I’ve tried barre and cycling several times and I enjoyed it, but I found that I liked gyming more as a constant source of exercise so I stuck to it. Get to know yourself and your body, find out what works best for you and continue challenging yourself in it.
– Make it a part of your lifestyle. Some people go through phases of intense workout and then suddenly stop, and others treat it like gimmicks where they join the latest trend, announce it, then stop and wait for the next one to come. Exploring is a good way to start, but ingrain it in your lifestyle once you’ve found what works for you.

I found that going to the gym regularly and practicing yoga at least twice a week is the perfect workout combo for me. I enjoy both and find that they both help me physically and mentally, putting me in a better disposition to take on my day. I suggest you find the workout that’s best for you—may it be in the gym, a studio, on the field or in the court. You’ll thank yourself once you find the right one and the desire to workout will just come naturally.

Another thing I need to start working on: choosing the food I eat. Because once you’ve got the workout train going, you’ll realize that no matter how much workout you do, the food you eat matters big time.

On a sort of related note—I’m joining Condura this February. I’m taking on 10k for this one and hopefully when it’s time for the Nike Women’s run again I’ll be able to take on a 21k. Wish me luck!