2016 Personal Theme: Health + Wealth

Instead of a resolution or a goal post, I thought of writing a personal theme post. For this year, I want to focus on health and wealth. I couldn’t pick a single theme so I opted for a double. Is that good or bad? Haha, actually, I don’t want to know. All I know is that, compared to last year, I have a clearer vision for this year of the things I want to accomplish and most of them revolve around health and wealth. So health and wealth it is!

Eat healthy, get fit, and lose weight. I got a bit disappointed with myself last year for not having enough discipline to reach my target weight. I tried zumba, jogging, and even yoga, but no visible and satisfying results were achieved. 2016 gives me another opportunity to get more serious and do better, so wish me luck, friends!

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I want to be a flexitarian.

A semi-vegetarian or flexitarian diet is described on Wikipedia as “one that is plant-based with the occasional inclusion of meat products. Lately, I’ve been thinking of adopting this kind of diet primarily for my weight loss efforts. I wouldn’t mind reaping its health benefits in the long run, too.

Types of Vegetarians
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The last time I checked my weight (just this morning!), it was 126 lbs. I’m 5’4″ tall and wear a size M, sometimes L. My weight usually goes up to 130 lbs. during weekends (when I tend to overeat!) and go back to 124 lbs. during weekdays when I get to control my appetite (most of the time, ehem). That’s been the case for me in the past months and somehow, I’m a bit disappointed with the results of my weight loss efforts so I’m thinking, maybe this flexitarian diet could work on me. Haha.

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From Baking to Biking

Last Tuesday, which was a special non-working day for Manila-based workers like me, I engaged in two activities that allowed me to think, move, sweat, be patient and have fun all at the same time. I’m talking about baking and biking. Wow, those two rhyme beautifully, huh!

In the morning, together with my ever-dependable husband, I replenished my baking supplies over at Makati Supermart – Alabang where I found out prices are somehow lower than at SM Supermarkets. Don’t just take my word for it, try shopping there some time and see for yourself.

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The Shift to Brown Rice

Last Friday, which was a holiday (Chinese New Year), we unofficially shifted to brown or unpolished rice. All our meals last weekend, except for our Friday dinner where we had unlimited dimsum at Kung Fu Kitchen in The District Imus, included brown rice. It was a mutual decision for the hubby and me (though I’d admit I had bugged him about it until he realized I had a point) and so far, we’re enjoying it.

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one of our meals with brown rice

In the three days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) we consumed brown rice, I noticed that it made me full longer. I also liked it’s texture. The cooked grains are firm but not too hard to chew. It’s like I’m eating fried rice (I love fried rice of all kinds!) except that it’s not oily at all. And another thing, brown rice is more “raised” or maalsa than your regular white rice. That’s economical because it means you get more cooked rice at a lesser amount of grains.

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New Zumba Instructor

As I’ve said in my previous post, we have a new zumba instructor. If before, we had a gay one, now we have a girl. She’s a student. When we had a little chitchat during one of our water breaks, I found out she’s on her final year in college taking up HRM.

We call our zumba instructor by the name of Tyn. Teaching zumba is her part-time job. Somehow, she reminds me of myself when I was still in college as I used to work part-time, too, to support my studies. It started on my third year. Back then, I really had to do it because my father had lost his job. But I digress.

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Zumba-ing Again

I stopped doing zumba the second half of last year because I got too busy at work. Okay, make that “I got lazy.” Actually, not so lazy because even if I didn’t do as much zumba as I could, I was able to lose weight and that says a lot about my level of discipline and determination, right? Haha.

Anyway, two weeks ago, I started zumba-ing again. Just like last year, our little zumba club does it every Tuesday and Thursday. We still use the same venue and the same old sound system though I think it would be cool if we could use something like a stagepas 500 at guitar center for a nicer-sounding music. But that’s just me.

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