SHAPE IT OFF


To burn is to relax

To burn is to relax

For a year and a half, I was a terrible coach potato; moved less, consumed more. Until finally a weight scale slapped me with a result that I have become slightly obese. I have never been this heavy in my entire life. My family, friends, co-workers bombarded me with questions on why I could gain that much. The background behind this weight issue is I acted as Queen Bee after getting married. I didn’t do any workouts, I woke up late, I dined out a lot with my husband, I ate finger foods so often, I did less household chores since I have people helping me at home. I totally enjoyed my life with my husband, forgetting the true purpose of life which being HEALTHY.

I realized what I have done to my life and body is foolishness. So I decided to make my program to shape my body off bit by bit. I did some research in the internet on how to lose weight and most health experts share the same tips. So I decided to devise my own tips to shape this body off; here are the tips, based on my research and experiences:

1. Get a partner

I persuaded my husband to become my workout partner because I need someone to move along with me, giving motivation and encouragement to stay healthy and fit.  It was darn hard to ask him to exercise; it took me two months to finally dragged him out his comfort zone. Recently we’ve been so active doing some workouts.

2. A whole package of RWJ 

RWJ means running, walking, and jumping-rope. This is my complete package. Everyday I should run, walk, and skip. Every morning I run for 25 minutes without rest or pause, maintaining a balance pace. I walk for at least 1000 steps in a day. I do jump rope for at least 10 minutes to have cardiovascular endurance and coordination. Basically, the secret of losing more is to move, move, and move a lot.

3. Water the Plants

I don’t use hose to water the plants, no calories burned. What I do is to fill a bucket full of water and carry it with my own hands then place the bucket far from my garden so that I could walk one at a time to get the water with a pail to water my plants. I tell you it isn’t a piece of cake carrying a bucket full of water.

4. Rake Dried Leaves.

I have a little garden that needs to be taken care of because almost everyday dried leaves from trees scatter on my garden giving messiness to it. Hence, I should rake the dried leaves and thrash them away so that my garden looks lovely as always.

5. Hang Clothes

After doing my laundry, I place the clothes basket far from the clothesline so that I will make effort by walking in order for me to hang every piece of the clothes.

6. Watch Food Intake

My husband and I decided to eat steamed or boiled food at home but once we are outside the home we can choose our favorite meal; for example, pizza, ramen, potato wedges, and so forth. On a daily basis, we consume more fruits and vegetables. However one thing I believe that no matter how hard I do workouts but if I can’t hold my lust on food, diet will just be in vain.

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7. Do weight-lifting

I do weight-lifting in a fun way unlike what people have at the gym. I use books, bricks, even coconuts to do my weight-lifting. It gives lean muscles and some tone. So, find something and lift it up.

Coconucho-lifting

Coconucho-lifting

I should be healthy because if I’m healthy I will be a better spouse to my beloved husband, mother to my future children, teacher to my students, and friend to hangout. Implementing my program, I have lost some weights. Well, it seems slow but I am pretty sure the final result will be awesome. This program isn’t just helping me to shape it off but it also teaches me to be perseverant that nothing is easy in life. I should work hard to achieve something best. In the future, I will share this experience to my offspring. So, let’s shape it off!

To burn is to relax

Trim down

The joy of Gardening


I shared about how amazed I was with my Friend’s wonderful garden in one of my posts entitled ‘Randomly Captured: I am ‘HUT’.’ That triggered me to decide to have my own garden. My main purpose of having a garden is to create an outlet to release stress or tense after being so tight with work. The joy of gardening is beyond comparable; I am attached to the creator of nature. Every time I wake up in the morning I get to see colorful things and what I love the most is I am able to relish those butterflies’ dances as they drop by to smell the fragrance of my flowers. Those flowers are like my babies to drool over, where my eyes land on them every day. Not only that, having this small garden, I can do workouts to burn some calories: picking wild grass, raking dried leaves, shaping the plants, watering them, and doing many more. I fell in love with those flowers the moment I planted them because I am sure that plants provide secret pleasure to enjoy what life offers. You won’t believe me, if you don’t make yourself a garden.

I had someone help me make this garden, his name is Pak Ayi. He taught me how to plant the seeds and fertilize the plants. Well, I haven’t gained the basics of gardening yet I know that plants need water, shelter and food like human being does. They need gentle care and a loving heart to bloom and shine. One thing I learn from gardening is I truly know how to appreciate life even more. I do not spend my time radiating negativity; my time is wisely managed and hence I am full of gratitude.

Here are some pictures of my artistic garden for you to enjoy:

Before planting

Before planting

Still in the process of growing

Burning some calories

Burning some calories


enjoying every morning.

patiently waiting for them to grow blooming

Months later, The flowers have grown so beautifully. I frequently pick them and put them in recycled bottles to be used as home decoration.

Freshly picked from my garden

Freshly picked from my garden

Your White Cure is My Love SOUND


My husband finally reached his fascinating DOUBLE THREE; in case you are wondering, yes, I am five months older than him yet I look much younger (in an honest pose). On his birthday, I couldn’t give anything he desires but a simple poem that may remain forever in his heart. Here it is . . .

YOUR WHITE CURE IS MY LOVE SOUND

It was WHITE and pure

even with pain and tear

but everything seemed clear

that you are my absolute CURE

You offer me hope

to journey our unique LOVE

as we capture the time

 Your presence cleanses

my doubts and sorrows

I sense patience beneath

your sweet irony

those crazy jokes you present

are the cello SOUND of my joy

the look you give in your silent

is the symbol of your intimacy

You, forever I respect

 With a birthday cake, this framed poem, and over tone birthday song, I (with my two cousins) woke him up at midnight. He was so surprised, being clueless of what was happening. He heavily opened his eyes, making sure that there was nothing harm with the noise. Finally after some minutes he was able to compose himself. Smiling sheepishly he blew up the candle; later I gave him this framed poem. He began reading it then whispered, “Thank you, Sayang.” The surprise went on as planned.

Happy Birthday once again, my love. Let’s get older together as we witness God’s wonders.

Lack of literary appreciation

Literary Appreciation?

BEAUTY TALKS


Audrey Hepburn is such a beauty legend; simply put her fabulous signature has never faded. Plenty of celebrities put effort to overtop her beauty but still she remains charming as ever. I, even up to now, admire the simplicity of how she presented herself. I love the way she pursed her lips and enjoy how she dolled herself. Her effortless poses accentuates her unique elegance. There are times I imagine of having a body, face, smile, and eyes like her. I admit this is woman nature, an inevitable desire of a lady–to look adorably beautiful. One obvious fact about women’s effort in beautifying themselves is they purchase variety brands of cosmetics to enhance their beautify; ever since, fashion market has always been profitably increasing. Women try many ways to maintain the beauty with a purpose to rejuvenate and the terrible part is plastic surgery is listed as a common thing to do. I guess beauty does talk!

I started learning the power of make-up at the age of 22. At first I was reluctant to spend money on cosmetics for I knew it was such a waste but as I learned the power of beauty enhancement, I took baby steps of introducing cosmetics to my skin. First thing I purchased was a blush-on from REVLON. I admired the magic of blush-on on my cheeks; I looked reddishly blooming. Next cosmetic I bought was dark colors eye-shadow to accentuate my eyes. The power of eye-shadow amazed me even more. My eye-shadowed eyes brought me such a glamour which added dimension. I was afraid to buy lipstick because I didn’t want my lips to turn dark for using lipstick too much. But lately, influence a friend also, I began to fall in love with different colors of lipsticks. Lipstick gives huge effect on one’s look. I didn’t even care if it would turn my lips darker; in love I was. Then one thing that gave the most prominent look is an eye-liner. I tell you, this thing knows how to do its job. I adore my eyes if they are lined perfectly. Putting make-up on, I always enjoy seeing my final touch, I always do. From then I never forgot to put my make-up on because it’s one thing that boost my confidence up.

However one time I was engrossed in a conversation with my relatives. One of my relatives shared something about cosmetics. He said women should let their skin breathe by not putting makeup on and substituting it with olive oil. An oil? how could I go around with oil on my face when my face even produces oil? I kept asking myself questions after hearing that statement. It was like an option : to eat meat or to eat vegetables. I guess I am just too in love with how makeup accentuates one’s beauty. I didn’t just ignore that suggestion. Lately I put simple makeup on my face on workdays, I only put heavy makeup on special occasion. On Sundays, I don’t wear makeup and let my skin breathe. My skin somehow feels light.

I have learned that Actually cosmetics doesn’t emphasize the real you. It’s just enhancing what you already have. Every single woman on earth is perfectly awesome for she is wonderfully created by the absolute truth; no one can argue that. What matters the most is our make-over character not the make-over look.

Allow me to show you faces of me with makeups on. PS: this is not merely a ‘selfie’ issue.

Believe me, with makeup on you feel confident but one thing you should know  the real you is what matters.

Believe me, with makeup on you feel confident but one thing you should know the real you is what matters.

When I fell in love with . . .


The incessant sound of rain made me linger in my reading room. I combed my bookshelves and found a very shabby old notebook of mine, it might be ten years I guess. It kept special memory when I got seriously involved with English. I once loathed English and yet somehow time led me to the moment where I finally fell pretty much in love with this Uncle Sam’s native language. I began writing words, phrases, sentences I found from movies, books, magazines, journal, and so forth.  I loved searching difficult words that I need to wisely decipher. Bringing myself back to this memory, I would say that this might be the foreshadow of why I love writing so darn much. Therefore, I’d like to share with you statements I quoted from several sources, the following is a soul-soothing statement I got from a movie:

Some people show off their beauty because they want the world to know

others try to hide their beauty because they want the world to see something else.

Isn’t it lovely to hear? Have you ever heard this? I wrote it on this notebook but never had a chance to share it to others. Another lovely quotation I got from a book which I forgot the title:

Give a sincere compliment because a compliment need not to be grandiose; it should be

sincerely directed toward some efforts to the person.

Awesome quotation, right? Here is another one that lifted up my soul high to the gate of heaven; I got it from reader’s digest:

We still tremble in fear, though our guardian stands next to us.

We still try to snatch food off the table of life, though God has promised to provide it,

We still worry about our future,

though God has promised to take care of us.

I raised my hand and said, AMEN out loud. It was good that I stumbled upon those lovely quotes I got from different sources. Word is a powerful weapon to inspire, change, or motivates someone. I will always fall in love with words.  I smiled, giggled, even laughed reading all words I kept inside (wait! this is not a diary). This notebook will be my lifetime legacy.

I would keep this notebook and shared it to my children even up to my grandchildren.

I will bequeath this notebook to my future children

LETTER OF GRATITUDE: Double Three


Dear Readers,

Two days ago I earned my fascinating DOUBLE THREE (33). I felt blissful because I’ve recovered from the illness of my self-denial stage. Indeed, I’m getting old yet flourishing in various skills and pleasant experiences. I’ve tasted different flavors of life; I believe that the Father above has bathed me with maturity, confidence, simplicity and resilience.

On my birthday I didn’t expect any surprise for I knew I was too old for surprises. Yet, at dawn, my husband, relatives, and sister woke me up with birthday song. With my sleepy eyes, they dragged me to the dining room. When the dining door was open, I was startled to see the room filled with plenty of green balloons, harmonized with green tassels. All set in green, I guess they know that I am fond of green. The prepared birthday cake was a  collection of my favorite delicacies: sushi, De crepes, Oreo, surabi, clapper tart, and Auntie Anne’s. I was deeply moved with what my husband had done on my birthday; he tried his best to make my birthday special. I thanked my relatives and little sister, too who were involved preparing my birthday surprise. An hour later, my parents in law and a relative came to greet me on my birthday–they added the bliss.

In the evening, a bunch of students came to my house to give me a surprise: a two-level noodle omelet as the birthday cake. Unfortunately, I wasn’t at home because my husband and I had to bring my mom-in-law to the dentist. Since I wasn’t around, they left me a heart-moving note next to the omelet then they recorded a video for me, rendering birthday song, Later they tagged that video on my Facebook wall. They are batch 2012; this batch never fails to surprise me. On my 32nd birthday, they, with other batches, surprised me with yummy fermented cassava cupcakes; on my wedding day, they gave me a photo frame full my photographs collection. This simple action is what makes a teacher’s life colorfully alive.

I am utterly thankful for another year God has bestowed upon me. I am grateful to have such wonderful families, friends, relatives, siblings, and students to celebrate my significant milestone.  I expect for more years to come because I can see the bright side of my next life phase.

ps: allow me to share some of my birthday photos 😀

Green loves

Green loves

Husband's creativity

Husband’s creativity

Kidlike happiness

Kidlike happiness

 

Birthday Kiss

Birthday Kiss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

students' surprise

students’ surprise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sincerely Yours

The birthday Lady