Wednesday, February 27, 2013

DIY: No-Sew Safety Pin Designed Elastic Headband

Confession: I think safety pins are versatile.

They aren't just for pinning clothes or for pinning stuff together. They can be used as accessories too! This wonder tool has been ignored and disparaged for quite some time now so I figured I'd make them shine like a diamond and make them the main characters in this pretty story called No-Sew Safety Pin-Designed Elastic Head Band. Go and read on below, I know you want to see its happy ending too.

Let's be a bit fervid about this DIY shall we, here's a very Pinterest-y summary just for you:

I tried this on as a bracelet and it works too! What other use do you have for safety pins? Go on and share in the comments box below. =)

I'll be starting with my 3 day diet again tomorrow. Due to some minor setbacks, like my husband coming home from the UK, I had to share his enthusiasm with eating Filipino food again. Oh, don't worry, I didn't overeat. That's the good thing about being on a strict diet, you can't just put it to waste. Heehee.

Keep safe everyone!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Life After the 3-Day Diet

Confession: I lost a total of 10 lbs.

{Celebration! Yayness all around!}

Yep, I lost a total of 10 lbs. to the dot, like the diet said I would. From 213, I am now down to 203. I feel lighter and skinnier (relax, it's just a figure of speech, haha!) and most of all I feel like I can do anything! Yup. ecstatic is the adjective that I'm looking for here. (For those new to my journey, come and visit these links: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3).

I did a bit of an experiment last night, just to see what the secret in being successful in this diet is, so I consumed a total of 1567 calories instead of the usual 1000 and I did not exercise. The logic behind this is this: I woke up this morning and I lost only a pound. Which makes my weight loss a total of 10. But given that I consumed more than the allowed calories per day of this diet, I didn't lose as much as I did in the first 2 days. I only lost 1 lb. Duh, right? This experiment further leads me to the conclusion that 1500 calories wouldn't be so bad at all and It will still let me shed more pounds - in my case - 1, and more if I exercise. This, then, would be applied during my days off from the diet which is today until tomorrow.

Thing is, given what I lost, I don't feel any urge to eat all. I'm scared that I might gain the pounds I lost back. I know, I know, starvation is not the answer so today this is what I'll be having:

Baked Stuffed Eggplant (no ham or any kind of meat)
Boca Veggie Burger Patty
A cup of vanilla ice cream
and good 'ol H20.

I'm probably going to weigh again tomorrow but I don't expect to lose any pound. I'll come back when it's time for me to do the 3-day diet once again - that's 2 days from now. Did I mention I feel great?

Keep safe everyone!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The 3 Day Diet - Day 3

Confession: I FEEL GREAT!

I didn't think that it would be easy for me to go through the first 2 days into this diet but it was. Ok, it wasn't super easy but it wasn't bad either. I keep thinking what made it easier for me to do it this time around and I keep going to these conclusions:

1) My husband is away for a business trip. - Him being home would usually entail a lot more cooking and meal preparation throughout the day, and since he's away I didn't have to do that.
2) I stayed at home. - Away from all the temptation to eat out and ditch the diet plan.
3) I blogged about it. - A lot of people on a diet don't usually broadcast their current weight and how much of it they plan to lose to the world. Somehow blogging about it kept me on the right track and helped me focus on my goal.

I now weigh - tan-ta-na-nan!!! 204 lbs.

Ahhh. What great motivation for me to keep losing the stubborn weight off.

What happened yesterday:
I stuck to the plan for the whole day, by the time dinner came, I felt full so suddenly that I couldn't finish the food allocated for me. I did some exercise again just to burn a few more calories (yup, the same one that I posted yesterday). I did not cheat. I swear I was so close to grabbing another banana but something in me clicked - I felt for hunger but it wasn't there. I wasn't hungry, my body was just bored. So I stopped and went back to the living room and played me some Sims. Hahaha.

I think the whole envisioning thing works just as well too. Health experts say that when you wake up in the morning, you should envision yourself stepping into the body that you have been dreaming of. And then try to do things during the day that would help you achieve that body.

So now I'm on Day 3. Last day of the diet for week 1. I wonder how much I'll weigh tomorrow. Wish me luck!

Keep safe everyone!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

3-Day Diet Day 2

Confession: 1st day of this diet is... not so bad. 

I mean it was hard to resist all the lovely sweets in my fridge but I did well. (To those who want to read the start of all this, go here.) I decided to still squeeze in a bit of exercise during the afternoon yesterday. I just thought that since I have such low calorie intake during the day, I might as well just take advantage of it and burn a few more. Heehee. I didn't do any intense cardio anyway, I just followed this.

I was surprised that I didn't feel that tired like I was expecting I am going to be. I did feel the occasional pang of hunger but it was bearable. I just kept myself busy with other stuff, watched shows that I've been saving to watch before, and just focused into getting the day done with. I also did not have additional coffee, I just had water instead. 

I weighed again before having breakfast this morning and I am now down 4 lbs. I now weigh 209 lbs and couldn't be happier. I'm only on my 2nd day but I feel lighter, better, UNbloated. I like it. 

Oh, I was a bit late in realizing that I posted the wrong image of the plan yesterday and I saw that it has been repinned on Pinterest, (sorry about that!). I'm now reposting  the corrected one right here:

So here are the tricks that I did to control myself from cheating:
1) I drank plenty of water
2) I avoided watching Anthony Bourdain
3) I exercised so I'd feel bad about myself if I cheat
4) I watched Beyonce's Life is but a dream. I'm telling you that woman's curves kept cheering for my success pre slumber. Yes, it talked to my soul.
5) I took a picture of myself, full body to remind me of the reason why I'm doing this in the first place. (I'll post that picture as soon as I have a good "after" picture to post it with, I promise.) 

So there. Day 2, breakfast is done, lunch is coming in a few. 

Cheers to Beyonce's jaw-dropping body. It makes me want to make this diet into a year long thing. Her body is insane!!! Ugh! I want one!

Keep safe everyone! See you guys again tomorrow!

Monday, February 18, 2013

The 3-day Diet Plan

Confession: I am overweight. I am 5"6' and I weigh 213 lbs.

Well, this has been my bodily issue ever since I can remember and the truth is there's really no one to blame but myself. I have been stuffing myself with junk and sweets with no regard for what's going to happen to my body for the past 6 years and I have greatly contributed to my own lack of self esteem. Read: sluggish, lazy, shy, insecure, ridiculed, you name it, i've felt and experienced it all because I didn't have it in me to discipline myself to eat and live healthily.

Now I don't want this article to turn into something that would make you grab your tissue box, I am setting my noose aside too - was that dark? Lols. I am a happy person. I know people love to be around me. I am positive most of the time. I love to smile and I know for a fact that I have a great one. But, boy, do I love to eat. I do. I love to eat. I say that with passion. I love to experience new things, taste new things. I take pleasure in every bite I make. Just like Remy in the movie Ratatouille. I swear, that rat... We share the same passion for food.

I am an emotional eater too. I eat when I'm sad. I eat when I'm happy. I eat when I'm excited. I eat when I'm stressed. Ok, you get it. To me it feels like food is my reward and it is also my punishment. I take comfort in it and I almost always feel bad after I do. I eat to my heart's content and I feel remorseful against the people around me who try to control how I eat. Because I simply think they're being unreasonable. I mean dude, I am happy this way, don't you want me to be happy? I know, BS right? Like what I said, no one to blame but myself.

Good thing is, I woke up last January 2nd and thought to myself that this is the year that I am going to make a change. Nothing drastic, little steps at a time. I now have a plan.

I started to eliminate carbs and trans fat on my diet: white rice and soda. The 2 great loves of my life. The thing is, I said to myself that if I'll start with this change and if I plan to stick to this for the long term, I won't do it drastically. Such that I won't allow myself to feel deprived because I think that this has been my greatest downfall before and why I couldn't stick to a diet. It's because I hate the feeling of deprivation. I know that the more that I am kept from eating something, the more that I'd want to eat it. Yep, I'm stubborn that way. So my plan is simple, don't eat white rice and don't drink soda as much as you can. See? There's isn't a strong NO rule on this one. Just try not to have them as much as you can. And it has worked. I admit to having them a few times but at least now I have control. I have taught my mind to control. I believe I'm into the first few steps into disciplining myself.

Next thing I did was to incorporate exercise into my life. I have commissioned a partner to walk with me at night. Again, nothing drastic. Just walking around our block for 30-45 minutes. Nothing that would make me feel like I am torturing myself and would cause me to stop. I also did Bikram Yoga for 4 straight days. It was very hard to do especially at my current weight and my sexy bulges but it was rewarding too. I have never sweat that way in my life, ever, and I feel so light and fresh after every session. I stopped, though, because the sessions were expensive for me, so I'm back to just walking.

Now, I am going to try the 3-Day Diet. I am imagining that you are now crossing the I-am-judging-you-line by a toe so before you do that let me explain why I am going to try this one out. I mean first of all, this will let me have vanilla ice cream for 3 days straight for crying out loud. And as I've mentioned before, I love to eat and this is the diet, after a lot of research, that allows me to do that. It may sound cray but this one works for me more than the master cleanse and the vegetable diet simply because I am a mother of a 5-year old and I can't just rely on juice to keep me up and about all day and secondly, all veggie and no meat? I mean, ain't nobody got time for that. I love me some meat, there's no denying that and there's definitely no eliminating that.

Ok, so where were we? Right. I need to eat to keep myself from hating dieting. I also need some sort of control to keep me on the right track. Which is why I can't, for now, have the simple limitation such as "cook and eat as much as you want as long as they are the healthy kinds" because that simple limitation for me is so wide that I will just end up going out of bounds and I don't want that. So to narrow it down for ya, the diet I am looking for is something that would allow me to have food (meat and icecream included), contain me into a system, and won't take long to accomplish.

I put it all in one image so it's easier for me to visualize accomplishing the 3 days. I am now on the first day, finished my breakfast and about to have lunch in a bit. I feel ok, nothing has changed yet, maybe I'll feel the effects later on in the day. 

The thing is, I am aware that I'll just be losing water weight for the most part of the plan but that is ok with me. Heck, losing weight is still losing weight in my book so I have no problems with that. But the logic I'm looking at is if I do this in a 3-day-on, 3-day-off pattern, then I'll be really bound to keep the weight off considering that if I continue controlling what I eat during the 3 days that I am off it. Eventually too, this will teach your body to just eat small amount of food every meal. I mean, the 1000 calorie per day in 3 days training should be enough to downsize my appetite. Also, to give me a bit more energy, I am doing this with the help of virgin coconut oil. Just 2 tbsps. per day. I should be ok (well that rhymed). 

So there. That's the plan, 3-day diet: 3 days on, 3 days off until March 15th. As for exercise, I plan to do it during my days off. Hey, I'm actually looking for people who'd want to do this with me. So if you're interested, and have done it, and if you just want to lecture me, go ahead and fire away in the comments box below. I'd love to read what you guys think. 

Beautiful smiles no matter what size you are just because you know you have a great one. See you guys tomorrow. Keep safe, everyone!