Plan:Eat Program Food Delivery!

The first month of being a bum is almost over, finally. August was.. well, it was definitely one for the books. I’d probably remember it as a very challenging month (which it really was,) and a month of firsts (more on that on a different entry probably.) I wasn’t entirely a bum anyway. I spent August editing a sorority sister’s textbook, and being my usual kaladkarin self. The latter part refers to me watching tons of movies and musicals, going to museums and just doing lots of random stuff!Β 

Anyway, one of the things I started doing was to have food delivered at home. This isn’t really to lose weight (though I admit, that’s also one of the reasons,) but more of to have a better eating lifestyle. You see, we have a very weird food culture here at home; everyone basically just keeps to himself/herself when eating. Yes, that means we don’t eat together as a family. Hahaha. Our helper also cooks different kinds of food for all of us during meals, and unfortunately, the food being cooked for me is almost always fried or canned.. you get the picture. I guess this is because she knows I’m not a big fan of Filipino lutong bahay.Β 

I took quite a long time deciding which food delivery company to choose, but since money is the biggest consideration for me right now, I chose Plan:Eat Program. With them, the amount you pay is same asΒ the amount of calories you want your day’s meals to contain. Because I chose a 1,200 k/cal program, I only pay PhP 1,200 a week, which includes 3 full meals and 2 snacks per day, for Monday – Friday. That’s only aboutΒ PhP 240 a day for food! Oh, but the rate does not include the delivery fee though, which they may charge depending on where you live. I’m lucky enough to live close by to them I guess, so I’m not covered by their delivery fee. πŸ™‚Β 

They have other plans too. Aside from the 1,200 k/cal plan, they have 1,500, 1,800 and 2,000. You’re free to choose which one you prefer for your desired goals. πŸ™‚ I chose the 1,200 k/cal plan because I wanted to give myself a little leeway with the calories, in case I end up getting myself some Starbucks. Hahaha.Β 

So far I’m happy with the food — in the two weeks that I’ve ordered from them, they haven’t repeated any viand yet. I’m also happy that for diet food, they’re surprisingly tasty and not afraid of rice/carbs. I actually find myself not being able to finish the rice that they include in the meals. Hahaha.Β 

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This has been my favorite food delivery day so far — forΒ breakfast wasΒ Bacon and Egg fried rice, and an apple for mid-morning snack. Lunch was a Bacon and blue cheese burger with potato chips (YUM!!!), snack was the chocolate peanut butter bar (YUM!!!), and dinner was Chicken Barbecue with veggies and java rice.Β 

See, they’re not afraid of bacon and potato chips! Yay! πŸ™‚Β 

This is what they have for next week —Β 

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So far I’m excited for the turon w/ dulce de leche dip and the salted caramel, chocolate and peanut bar. Oh, and also for the crispy chicken breast w/ soy and sesame!Β 

I’ve actually been feeling better about my eating habits ever since I started. I think now I eat the proper proportion of vegetables and my food isn’t made of preservatives anymore. Though I don’t really check my weight, I also feel lighter and less sluggish. πŸ™‚ One more good thing is that I don’t feel as deprived as I would normally feel if I’m on a diet, because I still have my weekends. Technically, I can eat whatever I want during weekends, but I keep it to a minimum. πŸ™‚Β 

If you wanna know more, follow them on Instagram at @planeat_program!Β 

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Balik Alindog, Summer Edition

Because I’ve been giving myself too many cheat days these past couple of weeks (actually, my whole March-April- early May was a whole cheating extravaganza!), I finally decided to get back on track with my diet and lose all the pounds I gained in those months. First step was for me to go back to working out with my Biggest Loser friends, Joy, Hazel and Raffy.

I’ve forgotten how fun it was to work out with them, and in a group! Not only is it more fun, but more motivational in a way, because we did it together for so long and there’s a sense of comfort and familiarity in how we do the things we need to do.

But more than that, today is my first day doing the Master Cleanse. Now, if you know me, you probably know that I don’t usually go for thing like these. But because I just wanted to go on a detox thing to rid myself of the remnants of my cheat months, I’m going on this liquid diet of sea salt flush and lemonade.

Master Cleanse Ingredients!

The lemonade in itself tastes kinda good. Like normal lemonade but with a kick, thanks to the Cayenne Pepper. What really, really, really is challenging is the sea salt flush. It tastes exactly like salt water, (duh.) which isn’t easy to take in. Hello, gag reflex.

I don’t know if its just because today was my first day, but I felt really… woozy today. Woozy in the sense that I wasn’t my normal happy and energetic self. I spent most of the day sleeping, both because I wanted to conserve energy and to stop myself from eating throughout the day. Hahaha. When I worked out in the evening, I could not muster enough energy to finish everything, which I guess is understandable.

Anyway, I’ve got like around 4 more days to go. Wish me luck! πŸ™‚

For more info regarding the Master Cleanse, this was what I read:Β http://themastercleanse.org/

The FitFil Fitness Bootcamp by Coach Leigh :)

You wouldn’t imagine how terrified I was when I was first asked by Coach Jim if I wanted to help out in this new idea he had a couple of months ago. A fitness bootcamp was all he said — something new and different, and of course, fun. (When he said “fun,” of course I had to say yes! Haha.)

I was scared mainly because despite having been in the Biggest Loser Camp, I’m still not someone you’d consider fit at first glance. Fitness is an industry where image and experience counts.. and I basically had no credentials at all aside from the fact that I was able to lose weight in around 5 months. Aside from that, I wasn’t really your typical fitness buff; actually, I’m not even really a fitness buff at all. I’m just a normal person trying to balance real life with being able to take care of my body. Never in my life have I been called “Coach” and I have never dreamed to be called one outside the corporate setting.

Long story short, I ended up working for Coach Jim Saret’s FitFil Movement. What is it? Well, it’s basically a movement to get more and more Filipinos slimmer, fitter and healthier. Together with me are my other Biggest Loser friends — Ahia Alan, Eric, Destiny, Winwin, Edden, Hazel, Raffy, JM and Ryan.

The good thing about this camp is that it combines the three things that are most important in getting fit — quality workouts, good nutrition and of course, MOTIVATION. I know how hard it is to spend lots of time in the gym, only to get minimal results. I also know how it feels to have a goal, to be fired up at first and to get demotivated in the next couple of days because of boredom, loneliness, or just because it feels like all the work isn’t paying off the way you want it to. In this camp, the quality workouts will be from Coach Jim (4 minute workouts!), the good nutrition from Nestle Wellness, and the motivation from my BL friends and I. After all, who else better to motivate, than people who have all been through it and are still going through it, right? πŸ™‚

I spent last week in Cebu for the launch of the Cebu leg of the FitFil bootcamp, and it definitely exceeded everyone’s expectations. 200 people registered, and over 200 people showed up during the first day! We grouped them into beginner, intermediate and advance and Destiny and I were given one of the beginner groups.

Team Bangon-on (meaning “to be weighed” or something like that) is a group of varying ages composed of people wanting to lose weight for different reasons. I vividly recall someone saying that he wanted to lose weight because he just had a baby and realized that he wanted to see his baby all grown up. There were also those who wanted to have a better quality of life. They mentioned things that were very true to me a year ago and even up until now. Hearing their reasons made me even more motivated to go through with my own journey, while motivating them as well.

Team Bangon-on

As of last Saturday (our first weigh in), most of them have lost between 1 to 8 lbs. Imagine, that much weight lost after just one week! Unfortunately, I had to leave Cebu and be in Manila for the other things I had to do — school, and preparation for the Manila camp. One thing I promised them though, was that when we next see each other, we will all be sexier! I definitely want to keep my end of the promise, and I hope they do too! πŸ™‚

The Manila leg of the FilFil Fitness Bootcamp will be on June 25 – July 27, 2012, MWF 6-8pm at the Bonifacio High Street Grouds. The Cebu leg started last May 15 and will last until June 16, 2012, T-TH-S, 6-8pm at the Ayala Terraces.Β  Registration is still ongoing for both camps.
For more information, please visit www.coachjimsaret.ph

Dancing the Day Away

Dancing has always been something I’ve always wanted to do, but no one seemed to believe I could do. (Hahaha. I’m not kidding! I used to always get the “Yeeeaaaah. Suuuureeee.” look whenever I’d tell them this story.) I used to do it as a kid; summer vacations in Villamor were all about dancing and performing. Three summers worth of ballroom dancing did it for me, I was bitten by the dancing bug.

But then I gained lots of weight. Yada, yada yada. You know the story. It was one of those things I stopped doing because one, I couldn’t physically do it anymore, and two, I got conscious all of a sudden. Blame it on puberty, I guess. Puberty coupled with weight gain.. Yeah. I stopped.

So when my friend Viva asked me if I wanted to try out Pole Dancing, of course I said yes. πŸ™‚

But that’s not what happened.

We couldn’t really find the right schedule for a Pole Dancing class, so we ended up spending the day at Movement Dance Studios, in Ortigas. For Php 600, you can spend the day there and join all the classes they had for the day. We tried out Zumba, Diva Hiphop and Vegas Striptease… all in three hours. Yes, three dance classes with no rest in between. Hahaha. We’re crazy.

With Russel, an old officemate who turned out to be our Diva Hiphop instructor

After our marathon dance classes, with Kate and Viva

I had previously tried out Zumba with the 30 minute circuit training at Curves Serendra. That was Zumba with a circuit, so I didn’t really get to feel what Zumba was really about. The class felt very reminiscent of the Body Jam classes I do at Fitness First, but with a Latin twist.

Diva Hiphop was more to my liking, and that’s not just because the instructor turned out to be one of my friends. Hahaha. It wasn’t your typical hiphop class — it was more of a Beyonce, Kesha and Nicki Minaj inspired dance class, with a lot of hairography and flirty steps.

Vegas Striptease was definitely a guilty pleasure. Where else can you dance to “Careless Whisper” with a straight face? Yeah. I think you get what I mean. The steps were definitely racy and sexy, with lots of hip movements that got my hips aching now. Whereas the two other dance classes were more of cardio, Vegas Striptease was more for toning. Lots of lunges, squats and sucking in of the abs for the core.

They also have ballet, hiphop, belly dancing and sexy jazz classes, which I want to try out next. Sexy jazz is supposed to be just like the dances they do in the movie “Burlesque.” Of course, Pole Dancing is still something I’d like to try. πŸ™‚

Movement Dance Studios
28F Unionbank Plaza, Meralco Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig
http://movementdancestudios.com