Time for A Change at Fringe Salon PH Alabang

With the change brought about by my weight loss, I have a wish to also change my whole look. I was thinking that the new look should come about when I have already lost a significant amount of weight – like reaching 50% of my weight loss goal. I have already decided that one of the first things I’ll be doing is to change my hair color. This is something that I’ve never done in my life and it excites me. Last June, an opportunity presented itself to me through Mrs. C. Cuyugan who invited me to try out this new salon at Alabang. Of course I immediately accepted and asked if I can have my hair colored. The answer was a yes and I blocked off the date in my calendar immediately.

Fringe Salon is a new and posh salon located at G/F Commercenter Bldg. Commerce Ave. Cor. Filinvest Ave. Filinvest Corporate City,, Muntinlupa City. It’s right across Acacia Hotel so even for me, who is not so familiar with Alabang, found it easily. I was very excited to say goodbye to my blah hair and finally have my hair colored.

Before Fringe

Goodbye to my blah hair, ready for an adventure!

Upon arriving at the salon, the first thing I noticed was that it was very pleasant smelling. The thing that makes me avoid most salons, even the very good ones, is the assault of chemical smells to my nose. At Fringe Salon, the first thing that greeted me was a very welcoming smile from the staff along with a very pleasant interior. I was surprised when this little lady, who looked so fabulous and who I assumed is the owner, greeted me and lead me to a seat herself. The owner, Evelyn Tagle, was very welcoming and hospitable that I immediately fell at ease in the place.

Such a clean and fresh smelling salon!

Such a clean and fresh smelling salon!

Comfortably seated and waiting

Comfortably seated and waiting

I was led to a seat where I described to them what I wanted. I said I wanted ombre and showed them a few photos that I searched for online before coming over. They recommended that I not go too light as that would totally stray from my dark hair, considering this is my first time. Evelyn encouraged me all the more by telling me to live life and be adventurous which cemented my decision to go for the hair color.

 A posh and comfortable shampoo chair.

The shampoo seat was very comfortable. I did not have to overstretch my neck to the back as in my past experiences. Theirs was truly very comfortable. Back in my seat, I was served some cookies and also asked for my preference in coffee. That was all very exciting for me because this was extraordinary service. The manager of the salon discussed the colors that will be used for my hair. I listened and agreed with what they recommended. Mostly I was just too excited to see the result!

snacks and coffee :)

snacks and coffee :)

It took them more or less two hours to finish with my hair. As I could not go more than two hours without eating something, I asked them if it’s possible to have someone buy something for me from the restaurants that surrounded the salon. The receptionist came back to me with a collection of menus for me to choose from. I just picked my choice, gave her the money and off she went to buy for me. Isn’t that such great service?

Overall, they did a great job of giving me good service. I left the salon feeling really good about myself and my exciting new look. They sent me home with a loot bag full of goodies and a small hair brush which I appreciate. It’s small enough to fit in my small purses. When people see me, everyone remarked on how the new color made me look much younger. I’m so glad I had the courage to try out something new. I would definitely go for more hair coloring in the future.

Here’s my new look. I think the color perfectly suits me. Thanks Fringe Salon PH!

After Fringe

With Ms. Evelyn Tagle and her salon manager, Mrs. C and Mish Aventajado

With Ms. Evelyn Tagle and her salon manager, Mrs. C and Mish Aventajado

 

About Fringe Salon PH Alabang:

Caters to Male & Female Haircuts,Color , Perm .
ManiPed, Hand & Feet Spa, Nail Art.
Massage, Body Scrub, Basic Facial .

The first salon in the south that flaunts and lives up to the claim of being high end and sophisticated, it serves as a refuge for those who are looking for an opportunity and a venue to relax, renew and revive themselves after gruesome weeks and notable feats.

Located at the ground floor of the up and coming lifestyle mall Commerce Center Building in Filinvest, Fringe Salon offers an atmosphere of rejuvenation and an interior design with inspiring aesthetics. Much like the furnishing from Duravit, Bose, Blum and Kenneth Cobonpue that it houses, Fringe Salon promises services that are as posh and world-class.

8080881, 0927-7897559, 0920-2193391

 

Win 2 Tickets to Educating For Life Homeschooling Conference 2014 and Bee Happy Crafts Materials

The online registration is ending very, very soon – as in  a few hours from now. The early bird rate is also over. You can still walk-in on the day itself and pay the full rate. It’s still very much worth it because of what you’ll be learning from homeschooling parents, the homeschool materials you’ll find and all the great raffle prizes and giveaways that we have for our attendees.

But I have great news for you! I’m giving away 2 free tickets to the homeschooling conference plus a pack of craft materials from Bee Happy Crafts. This will be a very quick giveaway, 2 days only, because the conference is coming up on Sept. 6, 2014.

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Don’t forget to comment your email address so we can easily contact you if you win! Enjoy!

 

My Vote for The Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2014

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I have been observing Ms. Janette Toral for about two years now and I find her so admirable. She is truly a digital influencer and knows what she is talking about. I have been able to attend an one of her free webcasts before and learned so much from her. Since then, I’ve been praying to attend her Certified Blog and Social Media Entrepreneur Program but the tuition stops me.

When I learned about the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs 2014 Writing Project and found out that joining this would qualify me to attend as a delegate to the Digital Influencers Marketing Summit, I simply couldn’t pass it up.  This is also a chance for me to appreciate some of my blogger friends who I believe are very influential in their own fields.

These are my choices for the Top 10.

1. Mommy Bloggers Philippines – Another blog created by a very enterprising and resourceful mommy blogger, Lani. She envisioned a community of mom bloggers who are united in their common goal of blogging. This is a peaceful and fun community to be in. Through her blog, she has already created her own tribe.

2. Knowing Ropes – A teacher’s personal blog whose aim is to share her personal experiences and to answer her students’ numerous questions. It’s great that she cares enough to reach more students through her blog.

3. The Dailypedia – A news site that serves the latest news to their readers making the world a smaller place.

4. Sole Searching Soul – A less-than ordinary travel blog by a blogger who writes about her travels in the country and around the world. She inspires others to love the Philippines more through her blog.

5. Nutri Facts in the Packs – Here’s a great health blog that aims to help consumers understand the nutrition facts we find in the labels of our food.

6. Eats Now or Never – A visually appealing food blog that will make you want to go out and eat!

7. Matakaw Na Bata – Another visually appealing food blog that can hold its own against the popular food blogs already out there.

8. Delightfully Desserts – A ‘sweet’ blog about sweets that will delight anybody’s sweet tooth!

9. Fervil SEO Blog – If you want to understand SEO, this is the go-to blog. His articles are well-written and easy to understand. Truly deserving to be on this list.

10. Cagayan de Oro’s Breathing SpaceIt’s wonderful that this blogger writes about the beauty of living in a city that’s not Metro Manila. By reading his articles, I am also inspired to visit CDO again.

The above are my votes for this year’s Most Influential Emerging blogs. Below are the blogs that have influenced my online life.

1. Mommy Ginger I consider her the Princess of Social Media because she makes use of her blogs and her social media accounts so well, not only in promoting her business, but also in helping to market other brands.  She is truly a digital influencer.

2. Make It Blissful – A blog by a group of mommy bloggers that was made possible by their leader, Martine. She has influenced a large group of work-at-home moms and mom bloggers to live their lives according to their own bliss. Just one look at her blog calms you down and inspires you to take hold of your dream and live it.

3. Not Your Ordinary Mum – A blog by a good friend of mine who shares about her experiences as a work-at-home mom. She is amazing as she tries to juggle her work responsibilities with caring for her family.

4. Wifely Steps – A blog started when the blogger, Toni, was still newly married and discovering what married life is. Many years down the road, she has grown and her blog has grown with her. She writes about her married life, motherhood, food and anything in between.

5. The Techie Mom – Many of us are bloggers but only a blessed few have the technical knowledge behind our blogs. That’s what The Techie Mom, Jennyfer, is to all of us. She is our rescuer when we’ve done something to destroy our blogs, our teacher when we are all scratching our heads, our go-to when we just can’t figure out how to migrate our blogs from Blogspot to WordPress.

6. Roller Coaster RideThis charming mommy talks honestly about her blended family and inspires us all to love and laugh in our own roller coaster rides of life.

7. Mrs. C’s Sugarcoated Life I truly love Mrs. C for her honest and sometimes funny outlook in life. She writes about her cooking which I have yet to try, her family and the places they go to.

8. Teach With Joy Joy’s blog is so inspiring to moms and homeschool families that she has already built up her own following. She writes honestly about her marriage, family life, and her faith and shares the lessons she’s learned to her readers.

9. The Learning BasketAnother influential blogger, homeschooler and mompreneur who advocates gentle learning and love for reading on her blog.

10. Truly Rich MomA true influencer to the Catholic homeschool community, Tina, loves to write about homeschooling and her faith. In the process, she has influenced many moms to see where their true wealth lies.

This writing project is sponsored by the following:

I enjoyed creating this blog post because it allowed me to show appreciation to all these fellow mommy bloggers. I am proud to say that though I’ve met nine of them online, I have become friends with each one of them in real life.

If you would like to participate in this project, and you only have a few hours to do it, go to the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs 2014 Writing Project to find out how.

Tips to Enjoy Our Homeschooling Conference 2o14 – Educating For Life

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Educating for Life: Homeschooling with Passion, Purpose and Confidence is fast coming up. Only 1 more week to go and we are going to be seeing each other there (if you’re one of our attendees).

Have you thought about how you’re going to prepare for the conference? If not, I’m here to tell you about the day and how you can use it to gain the most experience.

1. Plan to come early. We open registration at 8:00 am. Once inside, feel free to roam around our sponsors’  booths and enjoy what they have to offer. Discounts and freebies await those visiting our sponsors.

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2. Wear comfortable clothes. We are all families and parents in the house. Be casual, be smart, bring a jacket for the cold hall, and use comfortable shoes.

3. Bring your kids. Yes, it is a conference but this is where you’ll get to meet other homeschool families. If you bring your kids, they can meet other homeschooled kids, too. Our homeschoolers need to make friends with other homeschoolers and where else can they meet them? At the homeschool conference, of course!

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For young kids, we’ve got Gymboree coming in with their playgym and storytelling time by OMF Lit. For the Science enthusiasts, head on over to the Mind Museum and First Robotics for new discoveries.

4. Bring cash. This is the best time to buy those homeschool materials from Homeschooling Solutions of TMA Homeschool, Rod and Staff books from Philippine Menonite Church. Bibliophiles will find a small piece of heaven at GPG Bulilit Bookstore, Adarna House, Filway and OMF Lit. The Learning Basket promises a  10% discount to everyone who purchases from them from 8:00 – 10:00.

5. Bring a list of homeschool materials that you hope to find in the conference. When you are faced with so many choices, it might get too confusing for you. A list will help you zero in on what you actually want/need for your family.

6. Be expectant. Expect more from the conference because we have planned a great program for everyone. Our sponsors are numerous and we have prizes and giveaways galore! Take a closer look at our poster and you’ll get an idea of our giveaways. So better bring your reusable bags to keep all your stuff in. Tip: Don’t leave the venue during breaks (there will be food vendors for you to buy your food from) because we’ll be drawing raffle prize winners then.  You’ll have to be around when your name is called or we pick another name.

7. Come with an open mind and heart. We’ll be hearing from some of the most experienced homeschool parents around. I met them last week and even I was amazed at how much they have already accomplished. Feel free to approach any of them to ask your questions or just simply make a new friend. Bring your pen, notebook, tablets and cameras so you can document the learning and the experience.

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We are all busy, busy, busy preparing for this Homeschooling Conference. Our online chats start at 6am and end at 10pm. All of us, except for one, are homeschooling, work-at-home moms. We welcome you all to Educating for Life – Homeschooling with Passion, Purpose and Confidence. See you on Sept. 6, 2014! If you see any of us, please do not hesitate to come up and introduce yourselves, okay?

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Oh by the way, online registration ends on Sept. 3. If you want to register, go here. See you on Sept. 6!

Did I miss out on anything? If you have other tips, please share in the comment section below.

Educating for Life: Homeschooling with Passion, Purpose and Confidence – A Homeschooling Conference in Manila

I’ve had some people asking me on my Facebook fan page about homeschooling and whether there will be a homeschooling conference this year. My answer has always been that I will be announcing it on my blog.

Well, I’ve been busy the past few weeks so the announcements have been posted first on my Facebook account and my partners’ sites here and here. The happy news is that I was invited to become a part of this conference and it has got me excited but working extra hard to make it a successful event. We have been working hard to bring you the best possible speakers – people who have been in the homeschooling trenches and who can share their experiences with everyone. Apart from that, get ready and bring your wallets (with cash) with you because we have invited several homeschool providers, and a lot of vendors with educational materials and books to sell on that day.

We are also very excited because everyone attending gets the chance to receive some really great prizes that you can enjoy. Just take a good look at who our sponsors are on the poster below to have a clue what brands will be there.

So if you haven’t signed up yet, now is the time because Early Bird rates are ending pretty soon, as in by the end of this week. I don’t really know if there’s a possibility of extending the Early Bird rates, but the earlier you sign up, the better.

I really hope that all of you can join us and meet other homeschooling families. More details below.

To register for this event, go to www.homeschoolingconference.com. We also welcome walk ins on Sept. 6! See you there!

Educating for Life 2014

Restaurant Review: The Movie Stars Cafe

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Are you looking for a place to dine where you will also be entertained by a host of popular movie characters? Where the servers are also popular movie characters? Where you can feast your eyes on life-sized models of Spider-Man, Terminator, Shrek, Iron Man and many others? Then The Movie Stars Cafe is the place for you and your family to enjoy.

We were invited to try out their food and entertainment last month and may I say that our family had a blast! When we arrived we were greeted by hosts that looked like Pocahontas. My attention was immediately caught by their entrance design. Upon entering the restaurant, the life-sized characters of Batman, Iron Man and Star Wars are a feast for the eyes.

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The U-shaped dining area provided diners with a view of their stage. Every half hour there is a variety of performances. Some are interesting such as Spider-Man which was like a musical that follows the movie’s story. Others were dance performances like Iron Man and Hairspray.

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After the performances, guests can come up on stage and have their photos taken with the performers. They also walk around the restaurant and provide entertainment for guests.

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Diners can have a choice between the Dino Buffet and/or ordering from the ala carte menu. We tried one buffet and ordered ala carte for the rest of us.

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I thought the buffet was a little pricey  at P699,00 for the spread that they offered.  But upon talking to the manager, we understood that for the price of the buffet or any ala carte order, you also get to enjoy their shows for free. Looking at it that way, we decided that it’s worth it after all.

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The open kitchen made the buffet very interesting. As a customer, I like the fact that I can see how my food is prepared. The availability of the chefs to answer our questions about the food is a definite plus.

We also ordered from the ala carte menu.

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El Grande Pizza

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Karate Kid’s Burger

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A half-eaten Notebook

We definitely enjoyed being there and interacting with the characters. That was very novel. As for the food, it was very salty for us. Even before we went Paleo, we already add very little salt on our food at home. I can’t really tell if the food was really salty or it may just be our personal taste.

We spent more than four hours there and the kids had so much fun! Should you look for a place where food is not the only feature, Movie Stars Cafe is a great option.

Movie Stars Cafe is located at Seaside Boulevard, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City Philippines

For more info, drop by their website.

The Necessity of a Weight Loss Support Group – Eats Right! Motivational Meet Ups

It’s hard to lose weight, right? I should know because I’ve gone on a roller coaster of weight loss and gain through the years and I was never successful at it. Every time I try to lose weight, I begin with good intentions to exercise and eat less. As the days go by with no one keeping me accountable, I would start skipping days without exercise, or start eating my favorite foods again until I’ve totally forgotten about my weight loss goal.

That was in the past. Now that I’m dead serious about losing weight, I am surrounding myself with people who would help me go on and some who would keep me accountable. As I have written in my previous posts, one of the first things I did was to get ourselves a personal trainer. Next, I announced my goals to my community online and offline. Announcing it helped to keep me on track.

Then I started tracking my successes and telling people about it. Every time I posted an update about my workout, my weight loss, I gained plenty of support from my online friends.

The most recent thing I’ve done is to employ the services of a chef who prepares our Paleo meals at home. On the first week alone, having my meals ready to cook made it easy for me to maintain eating Paleo. Now it’s easy for me to bring food from home when I have to go out to work.

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I’ve kept in close contact with my online friend, Cheryl of Not Just Yum. Our online chats about our workouts and diet have been a source of motivation for each other.

What I’ve done is to create a network of people who become a source of encouragement for me to keep on going. Not only that, I know that everyone’s counting on me to reach my goal. All of these play a huge part in my efforts to lose weight and be healthy.

Without support and accountability, it would be easy to give up when the going gets tough. But because of the support of the people surrounding me, I am constantly motivated.

So if you want to lose weight and know that you also need help to do it. I’m inviting you to join us at Eats Right! Motivational Meet Ups.

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The Eats Right! Program is composed of pep talks and motivational meet ups that are for fit and fab femmes (single, married or married with children, etc.) who want to have a support group in achieving their health and fitness goals this year. The Eats Right Pep Talks will be a series of 5 meet-ups where the ladies will get to do different activities and will learn about different aspects of health, nutrition and fitness. Also, the Eats Right! Pep talks will have a fitness challenge component. During the first pep talk, measurements of all the participants will be taken. On the 5th (last) pep talk, the one with the biggest fat percentage lost will win lots and lots of prizes from our sponsors!

These pep talks were prepared by yours truly (Ginger of MommyGinger.com and the soon-to-be-relaunched site, ManilaFitness.com), fit and fab ladies Martine de Luna of MakeitBlissful.com and Michelle Padrelanan of BeyondSilverandGold.com.

We would like to thank our sponsors who readily believed in the Eats Right! movement. We would like to thank Coach Ian of Without Limits, Lourdes of Nanay Lunches with Love, Farah of Train Station, Aisa of Yoga Plus (love yah, cuz!), Cindy and Liezel from Curves Eastwood and my new friend, Vanessa of Go Steady (love yah, too, girl!).

Okay, the details are in the poster above so if you want to sign up, please use this form:

Padrelanan Challenge Update: Weight Loss In Action

It’s been three months since we went on our weight loss journey as a family. With respect to the other members of my family, I am only sharing my own weight loss updates and not theirs. Maybe sometime in the future I’ll talk about them but for now, I’m all you’ve got. :)

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Although I did not start losing weight in September, I chose that photo because I’m wearing the same jeans in both photos. In the September photo, I’ve had to really suck my gut in to zip those jeans. For the May photo, it now fits me comfortably. No gut-sucking involved. :)

Here are my stats:

2/28/2014 4/21/2014 5/6/2014 Normal Ranges:
Weight: 234.8 lbs 226.5 lbs 221.6 lbs 106.5 - 144 lbs
BMI: 40.3 38.9 38 18.5 - 25
% Body Fat: 50.8 49.5 51.1 18 - 28
Visceral Fat 18 (high) 15 14 < 10
Waist-Hip Ratio 0.99 0.96 Over
Basal Metabolic Rate 1490 kcal 1432 1908 - 2250
Skeletal Muscle Mass 63.1 60.2 46.5 - 56.7
Body Fat Mass 112.2 113.1 24.5 - 39.2
Body Measurements:
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Chest: 44.8″ 40.5″
Right Arm: 18.4″ 16″
Left Arm: 17.4″ 15″
Waist: 46.8″ 41.5″
Hip: 73.4″ 50.5″
Right Thigh: 30″ 25.5″
Left Thigh: 31.2″ 25.5″

However, there are a few things about this progress that bothers me. The weight,BMI and visceral fat has gone down but the % body fat, body fat mass has gone up while my basal metabolic rate has decreased. I can’t really explain the technicality of all these terms but in short, this means that I lost weight because I lost some muscle mass. This is not a good thing. What we want in weight loss is to increase the muscles and decrease the body fat mass.  We want more muscle than fat because muscles help you burn fats. So losing muscles will not help. I can only attribute this to the fact that our coach left for awhile and I was not working out as hard as I used to when he was here. He’s back again so I am going to follow through on that.

Did you see that? I’ve lost 13lbs, 4” from my chest, 2” from each of my arms, 5” off my waist and 5” from each of my thighs! I was overwhelmed with joy when I first saw that. Notice the hips? I don’t know I must have made a mistake when I took those measurements because it’s impossible that I’ve lost 20”. Happily, I can’t go back and measure anymore because I am smaller. Yippee! I’ve been shopping for new clothes and I’ve gone down 2 sizes already. Still in the plus size section but from a 4XL, I now fit a 2XL. Crazy amazing, right? I’ve never done this before in my life – lose this much weight.

A friend remarked to me how hard it is to lose weight.  Honestly, yes, it’s hard to workout like crazy in the gym. Every day that’s a training day, I always brace myself before going to the gym because I know it won’t be an easy day with my coach. I’m no longer a beginner, he says, and I know that I can expect a very hard workout. But at the end of a hard workout, I have the satisfaction of knowing that I just made my body do a series of exercises that I couldn’t do in the past. I can lift more weights, do more reps, perform moves that I used to have a hard time doing before. My body has increased in its capacity and efficiency. That’s great progress for this mom who has struggled with weight for the last 18 years.

However, the workout is only a very small part of the whole weight loss game. Because no matter how hard you work in the gym, if you don’t have the foundation of good nutrition, it’s still just as hard to reach your goal. I’ve been learning about nutrition, what kind of foods I should focus on and what I should not consume. One of the worries I’ve had in the past was how to prepare food that would not only help me to lose weight but should also be good to feed my family. It’s become easier for me to follow the Paleo diet because my family and I eat the same foods.

We do try, as much as we can, to follow the Paleo diet by focusing on protein, green leafy vegetables, and giving up foods high in carbohydrates. In the past our family can consume 6 cups (uncooked) rice per day, now it takes days for us to finish up 2 cups (uncooked) rice because only the two little ones consume it now. I love, love, love to eat bread, especially when they are fresh from the oven. But I’ve also given that up for the sake of losing weight. Potatoes used to be a staple in our diet but I no longer purchase potatoes when I learned that consuming potatoes can make my blood sugar spike.

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There are still times when I feel some grief that I can’t/don’t want to eat my favorite snacks: McDonald’s chocolate dipped sundae cone with rice crispies (see above photo), potato chips, french fries, chocolate cakes and brownies. When I walk past one of those, I can feel myself screaming and moaning “Why? Why am I on a diet? I can’t eat that!!!” But just thinking of all the weight I’ve lost, the hard work I’ve had to do to lose it, and most especially the weight I still have on me, makes it easier to turn my back on it. Not so easily because I love those foods, but I can.

Here’s what I’ve learned so far – losing weight is basically a mind game. Once I’ve set my mind to it, and not allow negative thoughts of weakness or powerlessness to creep in, I find myself more determined to do what needs to be done.  In the gym, when we are lifting heavy weights, it’s okay to scream, to let out the energy or help you push. One time when I was running on the treadmill and breathing hard, I didn’t know it but I was panting with a high-pitched voice. (Well, I do sing the soprano in choir.) My coach told me if I wanted to let out my voice, I should lower my pitch for more authority. It’s like commanding myself that I can finish the workout. My gosh, in my mind I was thinking, “He noticed even that!” Of course, I followed him and lowered my voice. Voila, it does make a difference! When my voice was high, it’s like I’m whining  “I can’t do it or I’m just a victim of this workout”. When I lower my voice, it’s like I’m saying, “This is not going to beat me. I can do this.” It makes a big difference in achieving your goals when you control your thoughts.

#NoShaveTill200lbs

This morning, a friend who is also on his own weight loss journey posted a photo on Facebook with the hashtag #NoShaveTill200lbs. He’s not going to shave his mustache till he reaches his goal of 200lbs. I have the same goal to reach 200lbs but have no mustache, obviously. So I am thinking of what I can commit myself to sacrificing till I reach my short term goal of 200lbs.

#NoPediTill200lbs? (no pedicures – this is gonna be hard)

#NoStarbucksTill200lbs? (which there should really not be, my coach will most likely give me a sermon on this)

#NoBrowGameTill200lbs? (no eyebrow shaping – this is the hardest of all because I have bushy eyebrows and I maintain it’s shape every 2 weeks)

You’ll find out what I decide to do on Facebook.

And talking about my friend, he is Chef Batch, a fellow weight loss sojourner and Coach Sani’s friend. He cooks up some fierce and tasty Paleo foods for his family and clients. In fact, I have a schedule for cooking lessons with him next week which I’ll be writing about after.

Till my next update.

Guilt-Free Indulgence: Whole Wheat Apple Cake

 

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In this day and age, it is important to stay fit and healthy as dreaded diseases are progressing as fast as modern technology. But with all the stress you get from work and your personal life, you still need to indulge every now and then.

Cake may be deemed unhealthy but there are a lot of ways to eat cake without feeling guilty about it. Aside from checking the ingredients, portion control is equally important to enjoy cake without stressing about gaining weight or consuming too much sugar. It’s also a great way to take control of your own cravings. Instead of cutting your cake into the usual eight slices, consider cutting it like a wedding cake. In this video clip, Peter Knott, M&S technologist, shows just how easy it is to cut cakes into the perfectly-sized slices:

When your cake is sliced like the way in the above tutorial, you’re not only able to get more servings, but you’re also doing yourself a favor by cutting down on sugar. For the more fitness-conscious, however, baking their own cake might be a better way to go. The best part is there’s a variety of easy and low-fat cake recipes online. Here is a recipe for Whole Wheat Apple Cake:

Ingredients:

· 4 medium apples, cored, peeled, quartered & thinly sliced

· 1 egg

· 1 3/4 cups of whole wheat flour

· 1 cup of evaporated cane juice

· 1 cup of milk

· 1/3 cup of room temperature butter

· 3 tablespoons of ground chia seeds (optional)

· 2 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder

· 1 teaspoon of sea salt

· 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Instructions:

1. First step is to have the eggs; milk and butter at room temperature, then pre heat the oven to 375 degrees. Blend together all the dry ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl if former is not available. On low setting, whisk in the butter and 1/3 of the milk until well combined. Then put in the remaining egg, milk and vanilla and mix until well blended. Mix the apple slices into the batter using a spatula. Leave some behind for cake toppers. In a prepared cake pan, pour or scoop the batter. Spread the batter out evenly and garnish the top with apple slices.

2. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes. Check if it’s cooked using a tooth pick. If the tooth pick doesn’t come out clean, put the cake back in the oven and bake for another 5-10 minutes. When it’s cooked, allow cake to cool and serve. For added decadence, you can use some maple cinnamon whipped cream as frosting.

Movie Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 by PLDT Home DSL

If there’s one thing that PLDT is good at, it is promoting family bonding online and offline. We got to experience this when they treated our family and other families to watch The Amazing Spider-Man 2 at Eastwood Cinema last week.  It’s quite far from where we live but the movie was totally worth watching. Of course, we again met the adorable Diego and his mom Lara Ledesma, the family who manages the very popular Ask Diego fan page on Facebook. Diego is a seven year old boy who gives out advice to his fans on Facebook. He’s asked all kinds of questions but his family makes sure that he is able to answer most of the questions asked by also going online to search for good answers. Here’s Diego’s Mother’s Day greeting:

 

Look at his reply to someone asking about being brokenhearted, I think he’s adorable and right!

 

Lara shares that their family is able to use all their gadgets and stay online all together because of PLDT Home DSL. PLDT Home DSL enables limitless sharing with strong, reliable family-sized connection.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Review:

We certainly enjoyed this movie. It is highly entertaining and fast-paced, never boring. I thought that this Spider-Man is more likable than its first installment. He loves his family and thoroughly understands his responsibility as a super hero. The love between Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy is palpable even as Peter tries to stay away from Gwen to stay true to his promise to Gwen’s dad. Gwen Stacy is independent, a young woman with a mind of her own who will not allow others to dictate to her. She is a beautiful role model for young women. The villains, Electro and Green Goblin, were both highly interesting and scary. The movie did not disappoint and left us wanting more. We went home happy and satisfied. PLDT was really able to enhance our family connection through this family movie.