A Green Habit

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I’ve heard so many great things about green tea and thought I should finally give it a try.

Gotta admit… doesn’t have the best taste (for me), but it’s bearable.

I only use one teaspoon of sugar in my green tea. I was gonna put like 2 or 3 just to make it taste good… but it’ll defeat the purpose of why I started it.

My office pantry offers free coffee and tea… and I plan on taking advantage of that.

Other than my plan on making a habit out of drinking Green Tea… I also renewed my membership in my old Badminton Club, Smash Arabia.

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Ate Grace about to do the “Smash of Despair” move

 

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New Shoes. Yay!

 

Hopefully my current actions will develop into a healthy habit.

Here’s to a greener and more active lifestyle!

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A Change in Lifestyle

There is no question that I am one Baskin Robins’ biggest fan & a lover of Ferrero chocolate.

As I gaze inside my fridge and see thy chocolate beauty, I swoon.

Mint Chocolate Chip + Chocolate Chip = Happy2 Tinay

My love for sweets scares me. I always find a way to get access or an excuse to eat these sweets and that scares me even more.

I came across this article by “...As You Like It…” titled “Living with Diabetes.” Everytime I hear that word (Diabetes), I cringe a little bit. We had a family friend (who was also our flatmate) who was diagnosed with Diabetes (don’t know which type) and he had to control EVERYTHING he ate and medications round the clock. I tried to picture myself in that situation and I don’t think I’d handle it very well.

Not to mention that my family has a history of Diabetes, my grandmother on my mother’s side (God bless her soul) had it. That + my current eating habits is frightening.

I admire those who are fighting this battle head on and I pray that they & their loved ones always have the strength, courage, & optimism to carry on.

Reading articles about diabetes (or any other chronic diseases for that matter) and knowing personally from friends & family it’s effects really motivates me to change my eating habits & lifestyle not to just to fit into a skimpy bathing suit but to be able to enjoy life to the fullest… go through my time where only old age can greet me in the end.

 

Goodbye, lil bump.

Today, Papa is going to surgery. It’s nothing too severe, thank God, but it’s still pretty nerve-wrecking. Poor Papa couldn’t sleep last night. He’s so adorable.

Papa has this soft lump on his right elbow. Here’s what it looks like. (Image from Google)

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I dunno why, but the first thing that came to mind was the C-word (Thank you internet).

After his MRI scan, we managed to kick out the dreaded C-word from our heads. It turns out he had Olecranon Bursitis or “student’s elbow.” Actually it has a lot more names asides from the two I mentioned.

Doctor said that a simple procedure which mostly involves a small incision and suction ought to kiss that lump good bye.

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That’s him about twenty minutes before being taken to the OR.

It’s been about an hour and a half. Nurse just came in to say they’re about to finish with Papa.

Here’s to Papa’s speedy recovery. 🙂

All Talk

And here I write… another excuse, another disappointment.

 

One of my early posts here in this blog was a “promise” to shed some pounds… live a healthier life. Unfortunately, that goal is yet to be reached. I can list down all the things that kept me from losing weight. But I have to stop kidding myself. The only thing that kept me was myself. I can’t control eating. My tummy is full but my mouth is hungry. All the midnight snacks most definitely did  lot of damage too. I didn’t weigh myself recently (‘coz I was ashamed) but for sure I gained a lot.

Being back in the nest (living with Mom & Dad again), there’s always food. Not to mention lots of fast food joints nearby our apartment. It’s not my folks’ fault, it’s not the restaurants’ fault, it’s moi.

Earlier today I was buying lunch at the cafeteria where I work and the cashier (who is Mom’s good friend & co-worker) loudly commented on my supersized physique. I don’t mind a lil criticism here & there, but does it have to be so loud & so public? It’s embarrassing. Kinda chips off my already low confidence. I just brushed it off and made a funny joke about how “food loves me so much it won’t leave my body.”

Did she comment out of concern? Probably. Did she have to announce it to the whole floor? I don’t think other people mind not hearing about it during lunch.

It hurts because it’s true.

Why is my life a constant battle between my love of good food and not getting fat?

At least!

There I was, fresh out of the shower and out of the corner of my eye, I saw what looked like a weighing scale. I got near, and it was a weighing scale. I thought to myself, “Meh, it’ll still be the same, as always.” But…

62 kg…

Wait… is that…

No…

It couldn’t be…

I …

lost…

weight….

I….

Yay!

Well, not a very big YAY, its not a very big dip, I know… but its something! After 3 years of my weight being constantly on 65 to 68… a 3kg loss is good news to me. I’ve only started eating right and drinking more fluids 26 days ago. Yes, its not THAT big of a deal, but I haven’t lost weight in a looooong time. It either goes up, or stays still. So, I’m really happy my new habits are showing SOME results.

My “movements” come almost everyday now, the longest is two days without, that’s better than 3-4 days of no #2s. I still eat potato chips (curse them for being so yummy), but only like once a month. Its hard to resist, but I am doing my best. After eating some junk food, I drink lots of water. The app I downloaded for my Galaxy Ace Water Your Body really does help me remember to drink more water. I drink up to 2.5 liters water a day. Although I really don’t like waking up in the middle of the night to pee, but nature calls.

I bought some Green Tea. I wanna try it out, I was suppose to buy some a month ago, but I keep forgetting. According to moms-opinions, drinking green tea helps a lot if you want to lose some weight. I mentioned it on one my November posts. I’m going to try it out tomorrow for breakfast along with some oatmeal and a banana (Mom would be so proud of me! Haha!). Now, for the hard part….

… I really hope I can maintain these new habits.

Its Christmas and we all know what that means…

FOOD! and guess what else?

MORE FOOD!

And VACATION!

Too many temptation to be lazy and binge. Dear God, send me some of that “willpower” I keep hearing about.

I hope I can do this! I want to do this. It feels so good to see some improvement, not just because I want to look my best, but because I want to be healthy.

I’ll update soon if… WHEN… I lose more weight. Here’s to a healthier lifestyle!

Water Your Body

One of the things I discovered that makes it so hard for me to lose weight is my poor water intake. I I noticed that the most water I drink is like two glasses a day. Other days, its even less, on some, barely a drop. I take in fluids but in carbonated drinks form. My metabolism is already f*%$d up as it is (thanks to my hypothyroidism) and I gain soooo much weight without even trying. My “movements” are irregular, like every 3-4 days. Horrible, I know. I want to change. Since I have a thyroid condition, my efforts in losing weight need to exceed that of an average person. Since my efforts are actually less than that of an average person, there is no wonder that I see no improvement in my health.

And I want to change that.

I wanna start small (if I go all out at the beginning, I tend to get tired of it so fast I end up ditching it) and begin by increasing my water intake. One glass a day is obviously not good. To help me start things, I downloaded this app called Water Your Body for my Galaxy Ace.

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It lets you keep track of your water intake and reminds you if you haven’t drunk or drunk enough water for the day. So far, my “movements” have been a bit more regular, like everyday or every two days. I feel lighter, and my skin has improved as well. Before, my skin was always dry and has a dull appearance to it, I’m a morena, and a morena with dry skin is a no-no for me (who wants to have dry skin anyway?!). Now, my skin looks a bit of a glow in it, unlike before, which was dry and depressing.

To further improve my new “More Fluids” regimen, I wanna add Green Tea to the list. Thanks to momsopinions for inspiring me! (http://momsopinions.wordpress.com/2012/11/20/how-green-tea-can-help-you-to-lose-weight/)