August 31, 2014

How I lost Almost 10lbs in a Month

I don't know if stress is a part of it but I remember before that when I'm stress I eat a lot and gain so much weight so I'll set stress aside as a factor, so here are the things that I do to shed that extra weight.

Rough description of my body type?
I have a pear shape body type:  small face that goes wider going down so I have big hips and thighs.  I look chubby in person and people always get shocked when I tell them that I'm obese type one (there's a time that I'm a candidate for type 2).  Last June I'm at 70kg. (my heaviest).  Then end of July, I'm around 158 to 160lbs. and now I'm at around 150 to 151lbs.

So what did I do?
Did I starve myself?  Did I do insanity work-out?  Exercise to death?  Nope!  I think I just became aware of what I eat and accepted the fact that I'm unhealthy (I became acidic, candidate for heart attack etc. etc.) and need to do something; even small ones, to lose some weight and somehow be a little healthier than before.  I'll conclude my ways in 5:

1.  Don't skip breakfast.
I noticed that I binge and snack less when I eat breakfast.  I usually have a fruit or two, a small cup of yoghurt (mind you it's sweet and flavored)  and a cup of either tea or coffee and I'm good to go.   Also, after a couple of weeks, my food preference (which is usually greasy and full of flavorings) seems like the fruits did a great big help in cleansing my palette.  Of course there are times that I crave for greasy and heavy breakfast and I allow myself once in a while as long as I don't go overboard and eat like a maniac which is my habit before when I go on a "diet" (by that I mean eating much much less than a normal person would eat).

2.  I drink more hot drinks.
I became a tea drinker; some say green tea is the best, but whatever is your hot drink preference is okay as long as it doesn't contain lots of sugar and other stuff that makes your drink sinful.  I usually go for a plain tea or coffee and sometimes add milk or creamer.  Drinking tea/hot beverages makes me poop on a regular basis and also helps in filling my tummy so I eat less.  I think the warmth helps my stomach to be neutral and keeps the fats from my food "liquid"??? I'm not an expert I just read it somewhere but I don't have the link anymore (sorry).

3.  Acceptable and tolerable exercise on a regular basis.
It doesn't have to be extreme, exercise even in the simpliest form like walking on a regular basis can help in loosing some weight.  I do a 20 minute yoga 3 to 4 times a week for me to sweat and stretch because it works for me.  The key is finding the right form of exercise that you can stick to doing on a regular basis even if it's just 10 minutes a day or every other day.

4.  Going back to food, slowly lower the portion but don't deprive yourself.
August is my birthday month and I eat like a pig for almost a week to celebrate it.  After that though, I went back to my regular eating habits and would only take 3/4 of my regular portion on 1 of my meals in order for my body to just use/consume the stored energy from the food that I ate from that week.  Overall, during the course of my 1 month loosing weight thing I slowly lower the portions of my meals and snacks- I eat 3 meals a day before (2 of which are very very heavy), now I only eat 2 meals (breakfast/brunch which usually includes fruits and mid lunch and dinner) but I snack something in between like a cup of tea or coffee with some crackers or light sweet.  I didn't totally gave up on sweets and fatty-savory foods...I just lowered my portions and replaced half of it with something more light and a little healthier.

5.  Grocery shopping with full stomach.
I noticed that I grab less junk food when I do grocery with a happy and full stomach.  My mind is tricked into thinking that I don't need food :P

So that's it.  I still wanted to lose so hopefully by next week I can increase my exercise to 5 times a week and maybe after another month, make it a little longer or do some other activity (I'm thinking martial arts).  I love to eat so I'm limited with just cutting the portions of my meals and replacing it with something healthier option.

If you have suggestion on how to lose weight without going extreme, do share them with me...I still need to lose 30lbs :)

August 30, 2014

No Bake Oreo Cheesecake

Sadly, I do not have oven anymore (insert cries and woes here) but nothing can stop me from making my own sweets and thanks to Claire Marshall of Hey Claire, I made a No Bake Oreo Cheesecake some time ago like nobody's business.

I actually also wanted to have Reese's version but I ran out of funds when I went to the grocery to buy ingredients (what a fail!) but if you have some then send them to me, just may also want to use choc nut as an alternative.  I think difficulty that I encountered in making this is that I do not have a beater/mixer so I just used fork which is a challenge because it took me a while before the cream cheese and condensed milk mixed together.

No Bake Oreo Cheesecake
adopted from Claire Marshall of Hey Claire

(just eyeball everything)
around 100grams graham (for the crust)
melted butter or margarine (again for the crust) around half of the one in the photoo above
cream cheese (I used the whole package)
condensed milk (I recommend to just use 3/4)
oreo cookies
lemon juice from half of the fruit

How to:
1.  Combined the grahams and melted butter to form a crust.  Depending on your preference you can just make a big size crust or mini ones...I just use small bowls, and pressed the grahams-butter mixture into the bottom.
2.  I put semi-crushed oreos on top of the crust for some crunch and flavor.  Set aside.
3.  Next for the filling, mix the cream cheese and condensed mix until well blended.  If you have mixer then go ahead and use it so your filling would be fluffy.
4.  Add the lemon juice for some kick.
5.  Por the filling into the crust and put oreos on top (be creative on the design).
6.  Refrigerate for at least an hour or until the filling is "settled".
7.  Get a fork and fight with your brother in eating this hehehe.

Yummy!  Yummy!  Yummy!  If you happen to make this, share it on my social sites ~links can be found after the best, Arya below :)

August 2014: HAUL

Stressed?  Yes, but most importantly it's my birthday month so I allowed myself to spend on some things (not all, I have to be practical).  First stop is Forever21.  I almost got a leather jacket and another boots (which is the one that I've been eyeing in F21 US site) but I have to think thrice and weigh every pros and cons and cons won (I don't know how to rock leather in a warm humid weather).

So I pick some tops, just simple and basic ones that can be dress down or up.  I just love how the white shirt camouflages itself as formal with those texture (I remember that my mom has one of these just sitting in her closet only better when I was a kid and now I wish I kept and restore it.
I am always attracted to shirts with stripes...they just look nautical and refreshing and put together so I can't pass on the navy blue stripes shirt.  And when I got home I just realized that the two tops that I got from F21 are way pricier than my pants and was kinda a happy that I got another top (the flowery one) for just 250 pesos (that's less than $5) from a tiangge (hooray for tiannges!).

Still from Forever21, I got two black pants (although in the photo it's like dark blue) because they are on a reduced price and they almost perfectly fit me well (I can't find the perfect pants for my body type...I have weird body structure if you are wondering why).  They also already come with slim belts and I can roll the hem up (for a chic look) or down and they still look good.  They set great on my hips (not too high nor low), they have nice fabric and they are comfortable to wear!

I also bought a pair of Chucks because I miss them (I have 4 pairs before, I think) although I will only wear them on Friday's and maybe Sunday's too.  And another cheap shoes that I can use when walking going to work.

Other stuff that I bought are the plastic storage for my skincare products and makeup and them some other stuff recommended by my sister.  The A Bonne Spa Milk Salt is a cult favorite.  The Black Beauty Hot Oil with Vitamin E is my sister's happiness.  And the The Body Shop's hand cream are so light I got three (gave one to my sister) when I redeemed all my points and voucher from being ever so loyal with The Body Shop Philippines, I only paid 30 pesos, that's happiness for me!

Well, in just a day or two it's already September~"BER" months ,I can already smell christmas (why so fast!!!!).