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Being a full time parent

Written on February 12th, 2013 by sassymomno shouts

When I hear about stories like teenage pregnancy, substance abuse and even too much partying among teenagers nowadays, I thank the LORD for guiding me through my decision of being a full-time Mom.

The bond between me and my kids are so strong that even though their Dad now takes them to school and I am back to working, they still come to me for everything. Admittedly, I get irritated at times when they have spent the whole trip to school with their father and still not say a word but when I think about it, I feel really guilty! That’s when I realize that it’s easier for my kids to approach me anytime cause we have spent more time together when they were growing up. How can I not understand that?

The other night Hubby and I were already at the brink of argument because my daughter comes home from school very late because of her PEP Squad training and her being part of a production in the school play. I had to remind my hubby that it is better that our kids are involved in school activities rather than in some other unproductive and life-destructing habits.

“Ninety percent of American high school students report that some of their classmates are using illicit drugs, including alcohol and tobacco, during the school day, a new survey found.

When asked to estimate how many were involved, these teens reported that about 17 percent of students — roughly 2.8 million — are abusing drugs during the school day, according to the survey.” – US News Health

Alarming indeed. That’s why there are a lot of facilities that cater to Drug Alcohol Detox Rehab, but what if you cannot afford one? I am sure those facilities like drug rehab los angeles can cost a fortune.

That’s why the responsibility falls on parents like me to keep these children away from the harmful vices and from peers who can influence them. Prevention is still better than cure.

Playing Outdoors

Written on August 3rd, 2012 by sassymomno shouts

In this day and age, when our children are addicted to console games, glued to the boob tube and just busy tinkering with their tablets. It’s refreshing to know that there are development intended to promote outdoor play like the Terra 28th Park at Bonifacio Global City.

I have seen the place, and planted a smile on my face when I saw a spot where kids can play Patintero, “Piko” or hopscotch and Luksong baka. There is a play areas with colorful swings and slides. It is mostly for kids but it is also a runner’s haven, you can jog around with rubberized jogging paths. There is also a picnic ground and an ample open space to play. I wonder if we can play Frisbee there, that would be great especially when you have your personalized frisbees in tow.

What’s good about this is that right across that street will rise High Street South Block– the newest residential development of Alveo Land. We are now selling the second tower — Two Maridien. When you invest in that High Street South, you will be assured that your children will not be cramped up in your unit but you have a nice park right across the street where they can enjoy the outdoors. Isn’t that great?

I would love for you to see our showroom for better appreciation, call or text me at 0917-8523843 (Salen Trillanes).

 

 

Proud to reach the finish line

Written on March 23rd, 2012 by sassymomno shouts

Yes, I did it! I reached the finish line.

It was my first marathon, and I was competing with myself. Aside from nursing an injured, I wanted to know if I can run that long. Never mind if it was only 3km and my time was not that competitive, all I know is that I finished the run and it’s a good way to start. A pat on the back also for my son, who finished almost 10mins ahead of me.

Now, I can say that I can pursue running as an exercise regimen. No matter what the lab scale says, I still need a lot more exercise to keep myself fit and healthy. And aside from yoga and the stationary bike, I am seriously thinking of adding running to complete it.

Good luck to me. I hope I can continue it.

Will I reach the finish line?

Written on February 22nd, 2012 by sassymomno shouts

Last week, I decided to register for my first running event. I did it mostly for my son, whom we think needs to have some kind of physical activity rather than always staying at home and play his console game. Everybody is into running nowadays, I guess I wanted to try it out for myself despite the knee trauma I acquired a coupled of years back. The doctor told me it should not stop me from having any physical activity. So I got the courage to register. No worries, it will only be for a short distance of 3km. The question is … Will I reach the finish line? Teeheehee. My son would surely have a good laugh if I didn’t.

Yesterday, I tried running with my friend and I only lasted for half a kilometer and the rest was just brisk walking. Now, I can feel the panic setting in but I am trying to set my mind. I do not intend to win any trophies or medals. I am doing this for my health and for my son.

I will not pressure myself knowing that I tried my best whatever the outcome may be. :-)

Busy as a bee

Written on November 24th, 2011 by sassymomno shouts

My schedule is so crazy nowadays that I do not even have time to take a pause and indulge in some relaxing massage or a facial. I remember the last time I was this busy was when I was working and started selling baked goodies on the side. I go to work feeling like a zombie, because I need to finish my baking at 2am. Now, I feel like I look like a zombie, :-) My hair color is starting to fade, my face is starting to break and my nails…arrrgh! But no worries, I shall have my “ME” after the Holidays and de-stress myself. Good thing, I still find time to squeeze in my exercise regimen, which I feel is the most important of all.

Even with all the toxicity, of course, I still don’t forget to look Fab :-) I try to put on make up even just a hint of blush, a lipstick and of course, my mascara. Good thing I am blessed with a good skin type and naturally long lashes, teeheehee. Once I was asked by an office mate if I was putting on fake lashes and even inquired about the best eyelash growth product I was using. “Oh, this is my natural lash. I just placed mascara,” I replied with a smile.

Working in front of people has taught me to dress and look good even when I am busy, it gives me no excuse to look hideous. Oh that’s not me at all. Others tell me that when you are a SAHM (stay at home mom) that gives you a good reason not to dress up. I say No! I probably wouldn’t be wearing my usual office attire but I certainly wouldn’t wear anything crappy. You always need to look good, whether you are working or not.

Overcoming Stress

Written on October 22nd, 2011 by sassymomno shouts

It’s been a hectic 2 weeks for me and I guess it took its toll on my health. I was bed-ridden the last weekend and it was the first time I have felt the kind of pain in which my muscles ached so badly, I literally cannot move.

Hubby said I was stressed! Yeah, but it was a different kind of stress. I am comparing the stress I had when I was in the corporate world. This “stress” gave me fulfillment .. which make me feel the need to still get up and do more. I believe it is when you love what you are doing that you overcome stress. Not to say that I did not find satisfaction when I was working as an employee, I did! In fact, I loved how I was able to deal with different people but at some point, when you can no longer enjoy the time and you’re all tied up at work… it will get you thinking. Is it all worth it?

Now, I added a little zest into my life, taking some risks and after all the setbacks, I am back on my feet. Life would be so boring if you don’t take chances once in awhile. Your body will always look for that adrenaline rush, and so just like some people who add flavor on their swisher cigars, I had to venture into something new.

My physical body has always been weak, but when your spirits are high nothing can put you down. I enjoy what I am doing now, I have my own time which enables me to spend more time with my kids.

And so, I move on! Even when I still have a funny voice (due to colds) and coughs every once in a while, I still got up Monday and did the work that had to be done. I couldn’t say that stress is no longer there…. but I can easily overcome it. It’s all about managing it!

My Fitness Journal

Written on October 1st, 2011 by sassymomno shouts

It’s been a month since I started my yoga practice and I have been practicing three to five times a week. This is the start of my journey to a fitter and a healthier me!

One month into the practice and I feel that I am already reaping some of its benefits. For one, I feel the happy hormones are always present, I am more energized every day, the grumpiness has lessened, much to the content of my kids and of course, my hubby :-)

Fitter by the day! As I deepen myself into the practice, I am discovering that my body can do a lot of stuff that I have not tried before. It’s liberating to undergo such thrilling poses that I never thought I can do, especially with my age now. I have felt the change when I go up and down the stairs and even just walking a mile… I am pleased that I don’t grasp for breathe or even if I do at times, it will take a lot of time to do so.

Weight management was my ultimate goal when I enrolled and I have been quite successful in doing so. Thus, it is in the maintenance that will pose quite a challenge but with discipline, I know I’ll be able to do so.

No more diet. My metabolism is faster now and I can eat whatever I want as long as it is in moderation. The exercise makes me eat less and I can even live with only yogurt for dinner… Can you imagine that?

More “Me Time”. Yoga practice is about creating your own space and every time I go to shavasana (corpse pose), I find time to relax and free my ever worrying mind. If there’s one thing I find it difficult to do is just to let go. Yoga has introduced calmness in my mind. Just by practicing Yoga is enough “me time” for me. I don’t even look for a great massage at the end of each session :-) Even though I feel some sore in my muscles every now and then, I don’t really dwell on it.

I look forward to practicing yoga every day and even if I still cannot perfect the pose, I don’t get intimidated. Besides, I have only been practicing for a month. Yoga has taken all my anxieties away, given me a clearer mind to think of what is NOW and let go of what the future has in store.

The old me would probably still be anxious about my ultimate dream (of having our own house) but now I just let go… Now, I would look at the elegant tubs at bathsofdistinction or the furniture and fixtures in the mall with much content for I know that I am blessed. And as long as hubs and I are working hard and giving it our best, we will soon reap the fruits of our labor :-)

Discovering Yoga at Urban Ashram Manila

Written on August 25th, 2011 by sassymomno shouts

I was doing my grocery when I stumbled upon a poster of what seems to be a newly opened Yoga studio. The advertisement was quite small that I didn’t take the time to really stare at it, all I know is that they are offering Free Trial classes and what I did was just memorize the contact number… 377-YOGA. It was not after a couple of days later that I decided to call and inquire. Apparently, they are already fully booked with the free classes and they instructed me to book online, so they can squeeze me in with the other classes that they are organizing. It seems that a lot of people have shown quite an interest in Yoga Classes that they needed to add some more class schedules for their “Open House’.

And so through an email confirmation, I was finally scheduled for two free classes.

Last night, was my first class and it was under Ms. Maricar Holopainen. As Maricar explained, the class I attended was an FNR class (Flexibility not Required) with more of the Vinyasa poses, which means “breath-synchronized movement. Hmmmm…. that’s why she instructs us to move from one pose to another with an inhale and exhale :-) . I find the FNR class fit for beginners like me. Honestly, I though it will be quite difficult but I was actually surprised at how I can follow the instructions and the poses, although I have to rest a couple of times and do the “Child’s pose”, especially during the planks. Planks are my least favorite even when I had my fitness trainer years back :-) . The morning after was not even a problem for me, no muscle pains at all. It was probably because I prepared myself for the worst that’s why I didn’t feel it.

At any rate, I am so glad that my search is over… I finally found a Yoga Studio that is so strategically located and very much accessible to Moi. I have been itching to try out Yoga ever since I felt the strain on my knee, in which the doctor said that I had nothing to worry about that the best cure is to go back to having a fitness regimen, although not hi-impact especially on the knee like the treadmill or running. Yikes! So Yoga it is.. I have read the many benefits of yoga and it’s not only one of the best fat burners but what I like about it is the “serenity” — wherein you can focus and have peace of mind. For someone who is a worry wart like me, this is probably the best thing I can do for myself.

Urban Ashram Manila is located Level 3, Brixton Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig. It’s very near Pioneer Center Supermarket and along the street of the new opened Ace Water Spa in Kapitolyo. Their building does not even have a name yet. If I remember it right, it used to be an old warehouse and now the owners have converted it to commercial spaces for lease. Urban Ashram is the first tenant to open in that building, so expect some works on-going as you go up to the studio.  It has 3 generous studios that can fit in 20 students each and can be combined for larger classes of 60 students.

Now, I am discovering Yoga at Urban Ashram Manila. You too can join the Yoga Revolution, you can visit their website at www.urbanashrammanila.com to book your classes and check out their well-trained Yoga instructors.

Namaste.

Unsolicited comments

Written on July 13th, 2011 by sassymomone shout

I have been feeling good about myself lately, in terms of my weight management. I am able to control my food intake, do my regular cardio exercises, and most of all I can now wear clothes comfortably without having to worry much of the bulging tummy. I even had the guts to tuck my shirt and I haven’t done that in ages. Even hubby notices the change.

And just when everything seems to feel good, you hear an unsolicited comment comment from someone in the family telling me that I get fatter each time she sees me. What the …. ???? I have been working my ass out and that’s what I get. I did not even resort to pills, no matter how safe diet pills are.

I told hubby about it and he just laughed. Good thing I have quite a strong personality that I can handle these kinds of negativity but how about other people who easily get affected by these blunt comments?

People can sometimes be so inconsiderate. Blurting out words without regard for the rights or feelings of others. I guess the reason why Hubby laughed is that he is just as tactless as anyone can be. I often remind him not to start a “small talk” with anyone by saying something negative especially if its a female. My tips are not to talk about age, weight, and waistline when dealing with girls. It’s such a touchy subject.

In short, if you don’t have anything to say, just keep your mouth shut! Am I right?

Breathe in and breathe out …. I still feel good about myself and no one can take that away.

Oh well! This is me venting out… I am just human, ya know????

Should I try Yoga?

Written on June 13th, 2011 by sassymomno shouts

yogini on exercise ball Ever since I watched Kung Fu Panda 2, my fascination in yoga have been revived. One should find their “inner peace” according to Master Shi-Fu. I have been a member of a fitness club but my interest seems to always fade. One reason maybe because the boredom is setting when I am alone and second, I cannot do any hi-impact exercise because I have to take care of my knees. I need to find something that will be less stressing and with interaction, and Yoga is one of the things I can think of.

I have seen my blogger friends like Yogini from Manila live the benefits of Yoga. I believe Yoga can help me de-stress. It does not only increase flexibility but it can also tone and strengthen muscles though proper breathing.

Okay, okay! I think it’s time to look for a nearby Yoga studio and hit the yoga mats. Wish me luck! (wink)

Photo Credit : photo remix: Yoga woman on exercise ball – flickr_enthusiast_rocks_Nilmarie_Yoga-001 by adria.richard on Flickr. Some Rights Reserved.

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