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vegan & nike training club

July 19th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

I started doing Vegan Sundays a few months back, inspired by my dream to finally lose the excess poundage I’ve been lugging around my waist, thighs, back and arms for the past 6 or 7 years.  Yes, it’s that long and I can’t believe I waited that long to do something about my weight.  But you know me, I chickened out.  After a few weeks of going vegan, I finally threw in the towel and raised the white flag.  Why?  Because I wasn’t losing the weight.  But the reason for the failure may be attributed to the main purpose. Being vegan has to be more than the weight loss.  It’s about believing in something more meaningful and it’s not just about fats and muscles.  Although for an overweight person, it could already mean the whole world to them and the only reason for it.

But now I’ve been thinking about doing it again and like I said in my previous post, I won’t be as strict about it as before.  I don’t have to do it only on Sundays, I can do it any day and even twice or thrice a week.  It won’t matter just as long as I do it at least once a week.  So I’ll do a restart next week and see how it goes.  And one more thing, have you heard about this Nike Training Club app.  it’s the coolest thing in the world.  It’s very challenging but it will really test your limits.  It’s either you love it or you don’t.  Good thing I love it and I’ve been doing it for almost two weeks now.  Best of all, I think it’s working.  Try it for yourself.


vegan sundays and bonchon

November 6th, 2011 § 4 comments § permalink

I love chicken and I love BonChon.  But it’s Sunday and I vow to do Vegan Sundays for as long as I live.

Tonight I had dinner with family meaning my siblings, their partners and children including my dad.  It was a birthday treat courtesy of my nephew Juancho who’s turning 15 this coming November 9.  By the way, he thinks he’s too old already.

birthday boythe birthday boy

The place was the newly-opened branch of Bonchon at Il Terrazo along Tomas Morato.

The atmosphere was light, fun and generous.  Generous meaning there were lots of chicken.

BonChon Chicken


We dined.  We laughed together.

bianca mendoza

It was everything I was hoping for.  No drama tonight as always the case when my sister and her husband are around.  They don’t get along well.

But everything was all alright until the chicken came along.  I was actually tempted to take a bite but I was vegan for tonight, right?!  So I didn’t.  But I saved some for tomorrow.




Quaker Oatmeal (Fruit & Nuts)



Filipino Vegetable StewPinakbet






Bonchon's Chap Chae (I didn't eat the chicken and egg)
BonChon's Kimchi Coleslaw


I love that you can be vegan in a chicken place.



Days 9 and 10

May 21st, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

I’m telling you this challenge is harder than I thought.  Well, not really in a sense that I picked the wrong date to start my 30-day exercise challenge.  I scheduled it at my busiest month of the year.  I couldn’t squeeze in just 10 minutes of exercise.  I can actually if I really wanted to but if  I do that I won’t have time to do more important things.  I’d be tired and sleepy.  You know what I mean?  I’m not saying that exercise is not important.  It is.  But it’s just a matter of timing.  Our Singapore trip is also next week so how can i exercise when our itinerary won’t allow me to.

So the challenge is an epic fail.  I might have a go at it this coming June when MG starts school and I have more time in my hands.  Her schedule, since she’d be in Grade 1 now, is from 8 in the morning until 3 in the afternoon.  So I have an hour every weekday morning to run, walk or go to the gym.

So there were no days 9 and 10.  I only did a week of exercise and that was it.  But I tried and will do it again after this busy-ness dies down a bit next month.

But I’ve been successful in the no-rice challenge.  But that’s for another post.  Happy weekend for now and have a great week ahead!  We’re off to Singapore in a few days…



day 8

May 20th, 2011 § 3 comments § permalink

I was not able to do any exercise routine on Day 8.  We left early in the morning although the seminar was at 11am.  I knew there was gonna be traffic and I’ve always hated being late.  I have this OC thing about missing out on something just because I wasn’t there.  I hate that.  So I always try to be early for any kind of appointment or meetings.  Back in school, I was never late.  In fact, I was always one of the early ones.  My friends also know that about me so whenever we have these get-togethers, they try to be at least on time or not so late.

Anyway, we left early and we got home late.  I was dead tired so I told my kid to keep it quiet when opening the gate so her neighbor friend wouldn’t hear us coming in.  I was not in the mood to nanny the two kids while they played so I told her to keep it down.  Unluckily, she was eagerly waiting for us.  She had a gift for MG.  So I felt guilty and I let them play upstairs while I tried to fix the house.

They seemed to be enjoying themselves and laughing so hard so i went to see what the fuss was about.  They were busy trying out their new toys which were hula hoop for the leg.  It was the first time I saw one so the kid in me wanted to try it.  It was so much fun that MG got mad because I was playing with the toy for quite awhile.

I handed the toy to MG and I began to realize that I was breathing and sweating heavily.  It was like I exercised.  And it was fun.  I was laughing while doing it and that must have given my lazy heart the aerobic exercise it needed.

So in essence, I still had my exercise only it was play.=)





Life and then Som


morning sweat (days 6 & 7)

May 17th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Day 6 was yesterday and there was no morning sweat to write about.  I was out almost the whole day because of errands.  I hate Mondays.  I can’t take the stress of Mondays.  That’s why when I got back home a little after lunch, I was already so exhausted from all the driving and the extreme heat.  It was so freakin’ hot.  I even had a headache come late afternoon which was alarming.  I’m quite paranoid with headaches.

Two years ago a mainstay of my diet was Biogesic.  I ate it for breakfast, lunch and dinner coz I had headaches all the time.  I would be relieved of the pain when I drink pain relievers but as soon as the effect of the medicine subsided, my headache was back on.  I was that way for almost two years.  Then one day it was just gone.  The headache left without a word but if was a happy farewell.  I wanted it to leave ever since I had it.

So I was quite paranoid yesterday.  I though my headache was back and here to stay.  Good thing it was gone by evening and hasn’t made its presence felt since.

But I surely made up for it this morning as I doubled the time of my exercise session.  I thought I was going to pass out.  I am that un-fit. But I managed and was able to finish two sessions of Les Mills Body Combat.  It was a good sweat.  I prefer working out in the morning when it’s not that hot and you’re not dead tired yet from household chores and errands.  I’m pretty sure if I postpone my sessions in the afternoon, I would not get any exercising done.

So I vow to get moving in the morning.  I must stay on track.  I have 3 more weeks.  By that time this challenge has ended, my body would be so used to morning exercise, I might not be able to survive without it.  Wouldn’t that be great?!

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