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Fiber Up!

For months, I had struggled with my weight that it had caused so many problems for me and my body. Last year until summer this year I weighed 56 to 54 kilograms and soon after that I began to experience back problems. According to the JD Robinson formula, my ideal weight is around 49 kg. Although 54 kg is still well within my recommended BMI, my body is apparently incapable of handling too much weight.

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This was me with my boyfriend last year. Actually, he’s the reason why I gained so much weight haha! That’s what love can do I guess. Lol (Feb 2013 – 56 kg)

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And this was me in January of this year. I probably weighed around 54 kg here.

I am a working girl, student, and blogger, which leaves me no time to go to the gym to exercise or even cook my own meal. I guess this is the problem most of us Manila girls struggle with. Just traveling to the nearest gym would take me 30 minutes to an hour (due to heavy traffic mainly), and I could already use that amount of time for so many things, like sleeping. Haha I kid! But when I was literally paralyzed for a week last summer, I knew I had to change my habits and start losing the extra pounds, or else suffer from back pains and paralysis for a much longer period. And I’m telling you, it’s not fun at all.

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Lately I’ve been trying out efficient ways to lose weight. My daily exercise consists of 50 squats a day and 30 pushups, which I do during breaks at work and a tablespoon of Psyllium fiber in my daily water drink, 30 minutes before breakfast. Doing so prevents me from overeating and helps digestion.

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This photo was taken just a few weeks ago. This is how I look sometimes haha! There are days I love pigging out which automatically adds 1-2 kg on my current weight. During good days, I would weigh around 48-49 kg, but this week my weight has been 50-51 kg due to the many dates with friends I’ve been going to these past days. But don’t you think it’s a massive improvement considering that I successfully lost 5kg?

 

MEGAFIBER is available in jars and sachets at Mercury Drug stores nationwide

There are several Psyllium fiber food supplements in the country, but I use Megafiber because it is cholesterol-free, yeast-free and gluten-free.

Megafiber is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Anyone suffering from diarrhea, constipation, or just simply watching their food intake can use Megafiber. It assists in regulating the digestive system and ensures regular bowel movement by cleaning out the digestive system and eliminating waste from the colon and intestines, which in  turn provides relief to those suffering from constipation or to those trying to lose the unnecessary. According to the product label, when it absorbs liquids, it forms a slippery film and swells by 8 to 14 times its normal weight and forms a soft, bulky mass that passes quickly and easily through the colon and acts like a sponge in the intestinal tract. It also helps stimulate the reflex needed for the bowels to empty.

Additionally, Megafiber binds with cholesterol secreted in bile acids and excretes it before it is absorbed into the blood stream, which helps reduce cholesterol and correspondingly, the risk of heart disease. At the same time, it provides a feeling of fullness which in turn helps reduce hunger pangs, and lessens the tendency to overeat, leading to weight loss as Megafiber also assists in capturing then excreting the fats in our food. [source]

Please take note that Megafiber is suitable for adults and children, but NOT infants.

Megafiber is available in all Mercury Drug stores nationwide, and comes in different sizes: 7.5g sachets at P10.75 each, travel pack of 30 sachets at P325, and in 300g jars at P430. It is also offered in half-kilo family size packs at P705. All inquiries regarding the product can be directed to the installed customer service hotlines 524-6549, 354-2208 to 09 and 09474890262. You can also visit the website (www.megafiber.com.ph) and Facebook page, or email info(at)megafiber(dot)com(dot)ph.

With the help of Psyllium fiber, diet, and exercise, I began to lose weight at a healthy rate and the back pain–although still present–is now tolerable. Hopefully I can continue this regimen until after I reach my goal weight. Wish me luck! 🙂

Step Forward

Warning: Senti post. Haha. With my birthday just a few days away, I figured I needed to blog about something more raw and personal today. How do you overcome unfortunate situations? The year has not ended yet but I’ve already experienced a series of ups and downs. Frankly, I’m surprised I’m still sane. If I were probably more weak-willed, I would have easily gone mad. But no, this girl right here has endured much more than you can imagine–and that’s not an exaggeration.

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Like most people, I get really terrible days, would lock myself in my apartment and think about why I’m experiencing such and what I could have done to prevent them from happening and what I can still do for them not to reoccur. When I was younger, however, I would get pretty self-destructive, but only for a while. I learned later on that it’s not a good way of dealing with problems. If we always try to escape every time we’re facing a huge dilemma, it will never stop. In the end, it will only create more problems.

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The past months were very emotionally exhausting, but one day, being the amazing partner that he is, my boyfriend told me the most wonderful thing. I am far from perfect but he said my best trait is I learn from my mistakes. When I was a kid, my mother would always remind me and my siblings the importance of chances, so I suppose I got that trait from her. Yes, I would often mope for a day or three, but I would certainly bounce back better and wiser. And I guess it’s because I give myself time to reflect. When we make mistakes, we are only given very few chances, if we’re lucky, of making things right so it’s important not to waste them.

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A lot of us can be quite reactive too when stressed and angry. While I do understand that it’s a way of “getting it all out there”, sometimes they cause more harm than good. You see, when emotions are high, our judgment is clouded by unpleasant things it’s impossible to be rational. So  when I’m in that situation, I would clear my mind first, ask for a time out before saying or doing anything.

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Even though I had numerous challenges this year I can say that I’ve successfully overcome them. Right now things seem to be going very well again for me. But you know, life never fails to find a way to shake us once in a while. But when you have a calm, positive disposition, you will always find a way to move forward. Keep in mind also that there are people who love us unconditionally, willing to listen and help. I’m honestly grateful for being surrounded by my wonderful family and friends. Although I usually keep my problems to myself, these people are always ready to cheer me up and support me when I need it. My boyfriend has unfailingly been my constant source of strength. This person is the only guy who took the time to really get to know me despite all the negativity surrounding us and I really appreciate that. The last time we were together was almost a year and a half ago (boy, time does fly) but we make sure to be ‘present’ for each other. I feel very lucky to be loved and understood by him. I honestly can’t wait to be with him again, hopefully before the year closes.

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My relationship with Chad and my family and friends are perhaps the only things that are consistently positive in my life. And that’s okay. I think, as long as we have love and positivity in our hearts, things will always work out. 🙂

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