• My 1st week on Keto diet

     

    I was hesitant to try keto diet until my diabetic educator friend recommended and explained its role on weight loss. Keto diet has its share of controversies relating to it’s effectiveness, safety and health benefits. I can’t speak for everyone who tried this, but after one week on keto, I am liking my overall results.

    In layman terms, keto diet uses fat as energy source, when carb intake is lowered. A diet plan which is high in fats, moderate in protein and low in carb is recommended to achieve the results.

    My beginning weight is 74.6 kg. To keep track, (not into much specific measurements) I kept a food diary.

    Day1
    Breakfast:
    boiled egg and coffee with butter (sugarfree)
    Snack:
    roasted almonds
    Lunch:
    cucumber lettuce with cheese dressing and
    chicken adobo
    Snack:
    roasted almonds
    black coffee decaf (sugarfree)
    Dinner:
    lettuce tomatoes cucumber with dressing
    roasted chicken
    (coke zero)
    Water consumed  at least 1.5L
    I felt weak and had some sugar cravings
    Day 2
    Breakfast:
    1 boiled egg and coffee with butter
    Snack:
    salted cashews
    Lunch:
    buttered beef, sautéed vegetables, fish and beef stew
    Snack:
    peanuts and cashews
    Dinner:
    squid adobo, beef nilaga, pork belly
    Snack:
    diet 7up and spicy peanuts
    Water consumed atleast 2L
    I had weakness, sugar cravings, headache (tolerable) and brain fogginess
    Day 3
    Breakfast:
    Scrambled egg, salad with dressing, Longganisa (sweet sausage)
    Snack :
    shrimp and cabbage , black coffee (sugarfree)
    Lunch:
    tuna with mayo
    Snack:
    peanuts and rootbeer (light)
    Dinner:
    chicken skin and hongkong style fried chicken
    Water consumed atleast 2L
    Still had weakness, headache and more sweet cravings
    Day 4
    Breakfast:
    coffee with butter and almond milk
    scrambled egg with grated cheese (fried)
    Snack:
    salted peanuts
    Lunch:
    chicken adobo and lettuce cucumber with dressing
    Snack:
    leftover lettuce cucumber with dressing
    Dinner:
    beef broccoli and coffee with almond milk
    Fatigue and headache (keto flu)
    Day 5
    Breakfast:
    Keto pancake (egg with cream cheese add 2 drops of vanila extract fry with melted butter) add  maple syrup (sugarfree), coffee with butter and almond milk
    Snack:
    burger patty with cheese and salted peanuts
    Lunch:
    chicken adobo and garden salad with dressing
    Snack:
    salted peanuts
    Dinner:
    garden salad and bagnet (pork belly), salted peanuts, 52% dark chocolate sugarfree
    Water consumed atleast 3L
    I had decrease cravings, had a pounding headache and fatigue 
    Day 6
    Breakfast: 
    keto pancake and coffee butter with almond milk
    Snack:
    peanuts and dark chocolate (sugarfree) and sunflower seeds
    Lunch:
    fried chicken and coleslaw
    Snack:
    salted peanuts
    Dinner:
    tuna lettuce cucumber with cheese and dressing
    Water consumed atleast 3L
    No cravings, no headache just dizziness after sudden movements,  feeling a lot better than the past days
    Day 7 
    Breakfast:
    bacon with asparagus and hotdog, coffee with butter and almond milk
    Lunch:
    chicken, chicken liver and garden salad with dressing
    Snack:
    left over asparagus covered with bacon
    Dinner:
    shrimp,  sautéed mixed vegetables
  • On Blessedness

    Why do some people seem to have it all together. They are the ones that lead a productive life, excellent skills, music, sports, career, looks, family life and all. They travel, have fun and seem to have an easy life.  There are times that you look at yourself and you barely can make it out of the bed. Are you less blessed than others?

    Then as you walk by the corner street, you see a beggar rummaging through the garbage bins for something to eat. Here you are, dressed for work, a full stomach and a change to spare. Are you more blessed than the other person?

    Your situation may not look good for now. But there is always room for change. Your sufferings may be seem unending. Because of the adversities in life, we remain to be grounded. We are more compassionate to the ones who are less fortunate and fragile because we once helpless. We are happier when we earn the fruits of our labor because we understand value of hardwork.

    We freely receive God blessings daily. We become self-centered when we don’t acknowledge that God is responsible for everything that we have. We tend to hoard and accumulate worldly things and material wealth, in the process, we become insensitive to the needs of other. We always wish for something more than what we have and forget that God is already supplying our every need.

    We derive our existence from God and living in continuous dependence on Him. He is gracious to us because  He first love us. No amount of good works can make us grant his favor. Being sinful doesn’t mean that God will stop bestowing His mercy and grace to us. Jesus Christ already has paid the price for the consequences of our sins. Because of His loving grace, we received the gift of salvation and eternity with Him. What more can we ask for?

    In what aspects of your life are you thankful for? Would love to hear your insights on the comments section.

     

     

     

  • When life hands you lemons

    There are moments that I wished to tap my heels together and transport to a happy place to escape reality. To wake up and to know everything is only a dream. When you think your life is in going smoothly, unforseen events such as sickness, misfortunes or tragedies happen.

    The proverbial phrase coined by Elbert Hubbard when life gives you lemons is truly inspirational. Every day we face problems and trying situations. A problem is a problem if it is something that has a solution , if the situation cannot be changed then, t should accepted. Most problems that we face are of financial matters. Money, certainly as an impact in our decision making. Not having enough money to make ends meet is a constant challenge of everyday living.

    Worrying and anxiety can be pressing. Every one that struggles financially has a desire to be rich. Having more money to most people equates happiness. Until our health fails, relationships fail or even death happens, no amount of money can change the circumstances.

    What do we do when life hands us lemons? We turn something sour or unpleasant to something great and unexpected. We can reframe our minds that something positive can come out of a negative situation. A loss of a job can open to new career. A form of sickness can bring family together and heal relationships. Going through trials that are beyond our control is a humbling experience. God’s power is magnified in the lowest point of our lives

    Ultimately, the problems that we have can either tear us down or build our character. We can play the blame game or we can handle the stressful situation with optimism. We derive strength from God and that in every situation, we rely on him. Having peace in our hearts in times of trouble brings hope that God is always in control.

  • A Better Health

    As I scroll my IG feed, I cannot help but admire the before and after pictures of people who underwent extreme weight loss either thru diet, training or weight loss surgery. What brought them to have the courage and perseverance to reverse or change their lifestyle and dietary habits?

    As defined by World Health Organization (WHO), health, is a state of complete physical, mental and social well being, a dynamic condition resulting from a body’s constant adjustment and adaptation, in response to changes in the environment for maintaining an inner equilibrium. Genetics, amount of physical activity, clean environment ,nutrition, emotional stress, lifestyle are some factors that determines good health.

    What keeps us from engaging in an active lifestyle? Why do we choose to grab a sugary pastry instead of a celery or carrot for a snack? We are armed with knowledge on the benefits of healthy eating and regular exercise but still we end up making wrong choices. We tend to indulge in sumptuous meals and give in to mouthwatering cravings in return for added weight. A snooze in a comfortable bed is more tempting than a day at the gym.

    Procrastination teaches us to wait for tomorrow to start a meal plan or an exercise regimen. Years of unhealthy eating and sedentary lifestyle adds up and as we know will lead to a lot of health problems. An ounce of prevention is better than a lengthy stay at the hospital for a blocked artery or kidney failure.

    Everybody has to write their own story.  The before picture is a part of our life that serves as a motivation for our after picture. The confidence lies in accepting our own body image and not giving in to the society standard of magazine-perfect- body image.  Our journey a progress in the making. We may stumble, fail or give up, The true test is to get back standing after we fall.

    The bottom line is that we have to take responsibility for all our actions and decisions. Having a healthy lifestyle, balancing career, rest and activities, handling stress can add years to our life but having a God driven purpose and a positive attitude will add life to our years.

  • What do we use social media for?

    Social media as defined by Merriam-webster’s dictionary, are forms of electronic communication ( such as websites for social networking ) through which people create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, etc.

    Social media, has become a new religion, for some. Its’ popularity has skyrocketed, almost everyone using it is hooked to it. For Facebook users, what is the first thing we do in the morning? Do we grab our phone and start scrolling to see whats on our newsfeed? Do we anxiously check, how may likes or comment we got on our Instagram?

    Humans, by nature are “social animals”, according to Aristotle. Naturally, we seek for attention,  interaction and relationships that would give us instant gratification.  We get to share a part of our lives to people that we barely know, through social media. The content that we post about ourselves, becomes the perception of the readers.

    Social Networking is indespensible because of its’ uses in communication, education, businesses, and information. The disadvantage is when it becomes the sole source for communication and for acquiring  information.

    What does a day, week or month without social media like?  Does a time goes by without the compulsive urge to look at the phone for post notifications? Do the thoughts of (FOMO)Fear of missing out ensue after a while?

    What are your thoughts on being Facebook free for a week ? The challenge is difficult but it can be done. Would like to hear your insights on the subject.

  • Hunter for Target Collaboration Review

      Hunter for Target Kid’s Packable Raincoat in silver
    Hunter for Target Adult unisex Packable Raincoat in Silver

     

    Hunter for Target Women’s Waterproof Pink Ankle boots

      I was ecstatic that the British brand, Hunter, in collaboration with Target,  has released the limited edition collection this spring.   Featuring their signatured iconic rain boots, stylish raincoats, waterproof backpacks, super cute clothing and accessories,  the collections are trendy, colorful and affordable.

       One of my favorite piece on the collection is the unisex packable raincoat in silver. It features a water resistant material, full front zipper with a target logo zipper slider, attached hood and snap side pockets. What I like most is the shiny material which looks like it’s almost reflective. I also like the versatility of the color, it is easy to wear it with a short skirt, dress or a romper paired with a colorful wellie.  For $40, similar coat style would cost $195 at the hunter website, i think it justified my purchase.

    The kid’s version of the coat is so adorable. It is  perfect for unpredictable rainy adventure trips. It can also be pack compactly in the included storage bag. The jacket is both functional & stylish, although $35 is a bit splurge for a kid’s raincoat, in my opinion.  The jackets also come in a variety of styles & color.

    The short rubber rain boots ($35) features waterproof construction a soft polyester lining and a pull- on design. The fit is great and comfortable to walk it. For the price, the quality is okay compared to the original ankle boots. The boots come in yellow, orange, olive, navy blue, orange. The bright colored boots will surely be a statement piece of an outfit. Nearing my forties. I think I can still rock a millennial pink boot!

    I hope you enjoy this article.  What do you think of the Hunter by Target collaboration collection? Do you think they live up to the hype? Would like to hear from your comments below.

  • Decrapification Plan

    One of the baggage thats cluttering in our lives is uneccessary crap. This are the things that we keep and that are not beneficial to our well being.

    What usually consuming most of our thoughts on a daily basis? A clear mindset help us focus on the things that are more important. Getting one task accomplished is better that several different tasks that is unfinished. Keeping a journal and having a checklist of things to do will help to remind us of our priorities and goals. The most difficult task is to make the first step. One my mid life goals in a household is a clutter-free life. It makes life a little less stressful, coming home to an organized place and a household with a system.

    The organization begins in ourselves. We all have bad habits that we wished to change. Time spend idling is lost time. Checking social media and using gadgets all the time deprive our family and jobs of our attention. Family meals rushed, dinner conversations are ignored, paper works half finished. We can’t deny the importance of technology but we can always use it to our advantage. We can’t substitute instant messages and virtual hugs to the real things.

    Sometimes, worries and anxiety we bring it on to ourselves. The paper bills, papers and junk mails that we ignore for years is now piling up in the drawer. The photos in our smartphones that now gone because we forgot to have a back up. The unhealthy snacks and half opened vitamin supplements of are taking over our pantries. The piles of clothes hanging on a treadmill that was only used the first year we bought it. Life happens. The things that we need to do or change remains unchecked.

    We often neglect the things that we have and focus on the things that we want. A bigger house, a newer car, an Instagram worthy family. As I stare at my closet, I realized I accumulate a lot of material things from unworn clothes with tags still on, never used purses in their dust bags, gym shoes, yoga pants and sports bra that has never been to the gym. These items that I am saving for a special occassion to wear, the promise of going to work out, a cruise that I planned in my head. Memories that I wish to make. And some things that take up precious space, Some things we hold on to, that either has a sentimental value that we need to discard, toss out or donate and find a new home.

    A Simple and content life is living within our means, putting our time and energy on more important things in life. These are our relationships with our spouse, our children, our families and friends and most importantly with God. Decluttering our minds on unnecessary things material and thoughts. Being content of the stuff we already have and having a cheerful and thankful heart that is willing to give. These are the choices in life we make.

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