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People’s Pope

January 15, 2015 Leave a comment

pope-francis-arrives-philippines-visit Pope Francis ” The People’s Pope is here in the Philippines. It was really a great honor to welcome His Holiness Pope Francis as he joins the Filipino people for an apostolic visit.

This is a momentous occasion for us. We shall be in the presence of the Vicar of Christ, a man who leads the Catholic Church along the path of mercy and compassion.

Welcome Lolo Kiko.

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Size 7

May 28, 2014 Leave a comment

I went through my short pants storage and picked up a size 7. Pretty sure that it won’t fit but guess what? It did! It means that I am getting back in shape.
So damn proud that I put it on and went out for a bike.

I am just sorry for today cause I’ve got colds and runny nose. Not feeling ok but happy with the results Running and Insanity is giving me. Let’s get it on.
Also, thankful with some buddies online through FB and Instagram we were able to motivate and challenge each other for this health journey.
Loving it!

Health Journey

May 28, 2014 Leave a comment

Decide. Commit. Succeed

Just keep reminding this to yourself everytime you set a goal in your life’s journey.

My serious health journey started when a friend posted on FB asking for blood donation for a 7 yr old child who will undergo heart surgery. Without hesitation I volunteered and immediately proceed to the hospital where the child is confined. Luckily, I was able to meet the child and her mom then I hurriedly went to the blood bank section to fill out a form. I thought everything was ok cause I answered all the questions. To my dismay, when the medtech checked my blood pressure, it was high. I told the guy that I just went upstairs maybe I am tired and it is really hot day today. So he allowed me to rest for 30 mins. Time went by, still my BP is high. I insist that maybe I am just nervous cause it’s my first time. Then the guy let me relax and chill for another 30 mins. Still my BP is not cooperating and I thought something is wrong cause ever since BP is normal.

I am so frustrated that I gave up and told the medtech guy maybe next time huh.
I sent a message to my friend saying how sorry I am and I wasn’t able to help. If only I took care of my health I can help that needy child. And that begins my health journey…

I tried before to stay healthy and eat healthy but I always bounce back to worst. I can’t hardly maintain my healthy lifestyle. How can I convince myself to start this life long journey?

I ended up watching and reading lots and lots of inspirational journey from other people. Extreme makeover weight loss edition is one of them. I even watched every episode on each season. Until one day I saw myself walking, jogging and running for a month. La pieta cemetery is my running ground. Sound eerie for some but it’s the safest place near my home. I walk, jog, run there daily after work. At first it was really hard. I can feel every inch of my muscle sores. When I go home, I utter pain and glad that my son is there to give me a soothing massage. I encourage him to run but he doesn’t want. I never insist cause I know in time he will be aware of my health activities and be inspired and he will do it on his own. What I am happy about is he becomes aware of the food we eat. In moderation and healthy eating. We even eliminate soda for almost 2 months now whoaaaaahhh. I just hope that during his stay with his dad he will not be tempted to drink soda ;-)

So after a month of daily 5km walk, jog and run, I loose a whooping 10lbs. That includes healthy eating and when I say healthy that means no fast food, oatmeal breakfast, green tea-calamansi-honey in the morning and lunch, veggies and no rice, bunch of saba and bananas, avoiding sweets, crunching more fruits and smoothies. Just healthy food as much as possible.

Running becomes a routine and I realize I need to push myself harder. Running is fun for me. I enjoy every step and gives me a runner’s high. It relieves my stress and keeps me at peace. Running will be a part of my daily activities and there is this urge to add another routine…and so insanity workout emerge.

I just searched it online and it so happen that a highschool classmate is already on this program. She motivated me to start the soonest possible and so I did! We became workout buddies online. WOWY, work out with you. I was awe with my unexplained determination maybe because of the frustrations, challenges, motivation I’ve encountered during those days. I am thankful with online friends cause they also inspire me to continue my journey. I lose another 4lbs. They say it is not about the scale that makes you beautiful. Hell yeah! But all I care about is my health. I wish that I could also inspire others to have their own journey as well if not for themselves but for those people they care about. A legacy!

Plyometric Cardio Circuit

May 9, 2014 2 comments

I officially started my Insanity work out today after my fit test yesterday. Conclusion: a bucket full of sweat and heart pounding breath. It is really tough and intense. I have to rest for a while in every drill and catch up but satisfied with the first day of my work out. Can’t wait for the second day but sadly at this moment I have fever and chills. I think I loose track of my hydration and have to skip the bathroom during my 4 weeks outdoor running program. With that I think I ended up having UTI. Cranberry juice for now and urine analysis tomorrow just to make sure.

But anyhow what’s with the plyometric circuit drill…this is the first real Insanity workout after the fit test.


For 40 minutes you will be burning anywhere between 600 and 1,000 calories due to the intense lower-body plyometric exercises and some heart pounding cardio. Now that may sound like a lot, but don’t let it put you off, the really intense part of the workout only lasts 20 minutes, with the other 20 minutes being made up with warm up, stretches and cool down exercises.

One of the cool things about this DVD is that you can see exactly how long you have left overall with the on-screen timeline, providing a countdown for the current exercise, the name of the current exercise, and helpful reminders, such as keep abs tight, being consistently displayed.

You should remember that this workout programme is designed to be tough and super intense, even the warmup had me sweating buckets. I am not going to explain what each exercise entails but I will provide the list of exercises you will be expected to perform.


  • Jog
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Heisman’s
  • 123-123
  • Butt Kicks
  • High Knees
  • Mummy Kicks

You will complete 3 circuits of this sequence of exercises, progressively trying to go harder on each round. This is followed by a water break and a stretching session. Use this time to catch your breath and mentally prepare yourself for the main workout.

Exercises in the Main Plyometric Cardio Circuit:

Pro suggest using a heart-rate monitor to keep an eye on how you are doing. I don’t have that :-(

  • Suicide Drills
  • Power Squats
  • Mountain Climbers
  • Ski Down
  • Switch Feet
  • Football Wide Sprints
  • Basketball Drills
  • Level 1 Drills
  • Ski Abs
  • In Out Abs
  • Jabs
  • Crossjacks
  • Uppercuts
  • Attacks

And with that you are done. Some of the exercises are grouped together and performed in sets with water breaks at the end of each set. With just over 3 mins left of the 40 you will do some cool down stretches.

Pros of the plyometric cardio circuit

  • Interesting due to all the different exercises
  • Challenging even for extremely fit people
  • No equipment required
  • Good to see some of the demonstrators were even getting it tough
  • Cheaper than a gym membership
  • Gives you a structure and a routine to follow

Cons of the plyometric cardio circuit

  • The first time through it can be hard to get all the exercises
  • Transitioning from flat out during the warm up to stretches before the main workout was a bit strange – I would normally reserve stretches for the end of a workout.
  • You need plenty of space to bounce around and somewhere to complete the workout without annoying anybody else.

To see more the detailed step by step of each exercise get a DVD or download it online, just what I did cause I can’t make enough time to search for one.

Booohooo Fit Test

May 8, 2014 Leave a comment

For now I am done with my 4 weeks running program and time to switch to an insane program that will push me to my limits…INSANITY WORKOUT by Shaun T.

I was thinking what workout will be next just when I’ve heard about insanity from friends who really tried it and got the results they want. With so much inspiration from a friend it didn’t take me too long to convince myself. She even send me the before and after pictures and she’s been working on it for three weeks now with such an amazing results. Amazed with the results, I am quite determined that this is the right workout for me.

Luckily, even with the slow internet connection I was able to download the complete workout online. And to show how determined I am, my calendar is ready.


On Day One, there is an Insanity Fitness Test you take so you know where you are starting and can see your progress every 2 weeks. By the end of 60 days, I will have taken the fitness test 5 times. This is my first fitness test…

It was totally crazy and I always see myself lying on the ground catching my breath, groaning. Really pushing myself to the limit and felt so proud after completing the fit test.

Here’s my insanity fit test result:

Switch Kicks 75
This requires 2 kicks to equal 1 rep. Each leg is kicked in front of you with the goal to get your foot above your waist.

Power Jacks 45
Similar to jumping jacks, but instead of keeping your legs straight when your arms come down you instead come into a squat position.

Power Knees 75
Starting with your hands over your head and your left leg behind you, raise your leg as you lower your hands to your knee. Do this as fast as you can.

Power Jumps 25
Get into a squat position and jump before landing softly back on the ground.

Globe Jumps 10
This required 4 jumps to equal 1 rep. Jump right, jump back, jump left, jump forward. That’s 1 rep and make sure to get your arms moving with each jump, too.

Suicide Jumps 12
Squat, push-up position, squat, and jump. The key with this one is to make sure you don’t kink your back when going into the push-up position.

Push-Up Jacks 15
This is similar to a normal push-up, but when you go down your legs go out similar to a jumping jack.

Low Plank Oblique 28
Get into a plank position with elbows on the floor and hands clasped. Then bring your left leg forward and to the side. Repeat with your right leg.

The Workouts
The first few workouts have pushed me to my limit many times already. My legs, lungs, arms, and for that matter my whole body, is burning during the workouts.

I’m sweating more than I ever have when it comes to an at-home fitness program. The best part is that I’m loving it! Oh yes I am loving all the sweat!!!

Every Single Day

May 7, 2014 Leave a comment

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. There’s always something about every single day.


Ooooh yeah! And I miss this spectacular moment at the beach when the sun is about to set. It’s all about gratitude, hope and dreams.

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Walk of No Shame

May 6, 2014 Leave a comment

Why run when you can walk and then run faster?

It’s not a shame for me to finish a 5km run without walking. That’s the pace that I’ve been working on since I started running again for my weight loss.

For some coaches and runners, walking isn’t a sign of option but a weakness. It’s not a weakness for a newbie like me but a tool for even becoming a stronger runner. It also prevents me from onset fatigue.

The run-walk-formula helped me finish my laps around a 5-8km track in a weight loss program that I personally set in 4 weeks time.

Recent studies published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research show that passive-resting activities like walking can reduce heart rates in as few as 25 seconds. Even better, they can lead to better performance in ensuing legs of your run, allowing you to gain more ground than if you’d pounded along the whole time with no breaks.

And I guess I’m doing the right thing to successfully complete my workout without any injuries. Three more days to go and I can already say that I survived a month of daily running. I am still trying to figure out another program for my running routine.

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Wind Travel

April 21, 2014 Leave a comment

It’s my greatest dream to travel around the world. Sailing away…

Wind Travel

When I learned the history about Ferdinand Magellan’s organized expedition, I always have this childhood dream to successfully circumnavigate the world. Magellan wasn’t able to complete his entire voyage because he was killed in the Battle of Mactan but his first expedition to sail from Atlantic Ocean to Pacific Ocean became the first expedition and the passage was named to be the Straight of Magellan.

I have this warm and peaceful emotions whenever I spend time alone in the beach. I always wonder what’s life traveling with the wind for days and thousand miles along the shore. It maybe a great adventure that I wish to fulfill for the rest of my life.

While I cannot live that dream for now, I end up reading blogs about sailing and living on a boat. It gives me greater inspiration to know that there are families who successfully lived their dreams of circumnavigating. Until I came across the story of S/V Rebel Heart which gave me a better understanding on how we choose to live our lives the way we wanted it to be. Amazing how this kind of family live their dreams :-)

Misfortune comes into our lives, the unseen background. That’s how stories happen — with a turning point, an unexpected twist. There’s only one kind of happiness, but misfortune comes in all shapes and sizes.

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