Progress Update: Week 10


I started working out on the week of my birthday, specifically on June 16, 2015. I always told myself I wanted to get started and that I should move more but like most other resolutions, I didn’t really manage to follow through.

Last August 22, marked the second month of my working out and I have witnessed my body move up and down the weighing scale. In order to ease my mind, I have also decided to only use scales every fortnight and focus more on progress photos as a determinant of progress. Yes, they’re cringy. Yes, I look awful in some of them (ugh!) but, yes, they help me see how much I’ve improved (or not) these past few weeks.

As a comfort for the fluctuating weight gain, I checked the graphs on my period tracking app and it showed that my weight gains were mostly during the monthly hormonal bloodshed (get it? I know, I have a terrible sense of humor #sorrynotsorry).

Also, as sufficient justification, the evident weight gain on August 17 is probably due to the fact that we celebrated my sister’s birthday that week and, seriously, I didn’t hold back on the buffet. Should I have controlled my portions? Maybe. Should I have worked harder after eating too much? Probably. Do I regret it? Hell no. ๐Ÿ˜Š My workouts demand I increase my calorie intake just to keep it balanced ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

Anyway, here’s a tolerably embarrassing video of my “progress” these past two months. Yes, it is embarrassing. I cringe but, yeah, it’s still progress.
P.S. As you can see in the video, my BEFORE photo is of July 14, 2015. Note that my friends all think this July 14 photo is proof I’ve lost so much since June 19, 2015. Just imagine how much bigger I was last June.  

  

A reminder for your Tuesday. Find a way to keep moving forward. You can. You WILL.

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eSports Festival 2016

Once again, Cebu is celebrating one of the largest gaming events in the country: the eSports Festival.   

The eSports Festival hosts the largest gaming competitions for online gaming such as DOTA 2 National Championship, The Clash of Clans Tournament – Visayas Leg, and the eSports Festival Cosplay Competition. 

 
  Organized by the Philippine eSports Organization, the event hopes to encourage the participation of more Filipinos in the eSports community as a legitimate national sport.

  
Members of the Cebu Blogging Community were invited to a press conference announcing the participation of top Philippine cosplayer, Miss Alodia Gosiengfiao, as a co-sponsor and organizer of the eSports Festival 2016 in Manila. 
As a huge fan of Alodia and of online gaming, we were naturally excited to be part of the press conference. However, due to a slight misunderstanding from the registration booth, a number of bloggers were unable to participate in the press conference. I was sadly among those who didn’t get inside the board room. 

As soon as I registered, I was given a “Media” ID but when I inquired regarding the venue of the press conference, the ladies at the registration directed me to the entrance of the competition venue which was also listed as the Cebu Trade Hall. After minutes of walking around and finding no press conference, we exited the Trade Hall and asked the ladies at the registration booth again. As it turns out, the board room for the Press Conference was closed shut and several members of the media, including the bloggers who were invited (such as us) were denied entrance. 
As such, there’s not much members of the media could write about when we’re not in the press conference itself.

Thanks to a few calls and messages to the CBC leads, we managed to get in…but it’s too late. The press conference is wrapping up and the most we could do is take photos with Alodia and receive press kits with eSports t-shirts.

   
They did invite us back into the event center where competitors for the DOTA 2 tournament are engaged in an intense fight. In the end, the Quezon City team won against the Cebu team. The Philippine eSports organization then announced their planned introduction of the eSports Festival to several more cities in the country including Manila, with Alodia as co-organizer. 

  
For the most part, it sucked that we didn’t get into the press conference but we did have front row seats and I managed to sit just a few inches away from Alodia so that helped make up for it.

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Protein-rich Banana Peanut Butter Cinnamon Smoothie

  
What you’ll need:

1 medium banana

2 tablespoons peanut butter

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3 scoops (55g) of chocolate-flavored protein shake (I used INC Diet Whey)

2 tablespoons chocolate powder (I used Herbalife Formula 1 Dutch Chocolate)

1 cup skimmed milk

  
Just blend them all together and, voila, you have your very own high-energy, high-protein chocolate shake!

It’s so easy and it tastes soooo good! It’s also perfect as a pre-workout or post-workout shake.

According to MyFitnessPal, the nutritional content of my ingredients are the following:

  
Yikes! That’s a bit high. Good thing I will be working out today. Ha! Take that extra calories!

Workout Progress Update: Week 8

Last week culminated my second month of working out.
Would you believe it? 

I actually managed for 2 months!! This may seem weird but that’s the longest commitment I have ever had. I’m an especially lazy person so just managing two months of consistent physical activity is amazing to me.

Of course, the progress between August 15, 2015 and that of July 31, 2015 do not seem like much. I admit I did go through a bit of a slump (motivation-wise) and my sister’s birthday made it difficult to control my calorie intake, but there is still progress even if it’s not major.

   
As you can see, my arm looks bigger but there’s a definite muscle growth.    
Also, my abs are a bit more defined considering I hardly do core workouts. I usually focus on arms, shoulders, back, and legs so I guess it’s true when they say that “abs are made in the kitchen” and that full body workouts provide more results than simply focusing on one area of the body.

 
I didn’t even control my abs in these photos! 

Of course, if I get too tired to work out, I only need to remind myself with this photo:   

Needless to say, progress is still progress and I’m glad I’m still moving forward (even if it’s not much) instead of going backwards. I think this may be the start of my getting into a workout plateau, so I might have to switch up my workouts soon.

I hope this post inspires you to work out or, at the least, try to focus on living healthily. It is indeed a wonderful thing to work on improving yourself. I’m not going to say it’s easy, because it frankly isn’t. It’s painful, tiring and difficult but when you keep track of your progress and see improvement, it’s more than enough motivation to keep going and keep improving.

Do it for yourself. Do it because you deserve to feel as healthy as you could be.

Most of all, do it to prove yourself and everybody else wrong. If lazy old me can do it then, yes, you can do it too!

OOTD: Malibu Barbie

My friend Janice loves to dress people up. She’s cute that way. 

So, on the day we hung out before she leaves for Manila, we decided to have a short photoshoot.

By photoshoot, I mean, she styled me up like Malibu Barbie and took LOTS of photos of me. I’m so glad my friends absolutely approve of my pink hair, no judgments necessary. 

Here are some of the photos from that “shoot”:

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Makeup and styling by Janice Maglasang.