Posts Tagged ‘exercise’

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.

When it rains

Written on November 4th, 2011 by sassymomno shouts

It’s raining again! and I can’t help but feel gloomy. Yes, it has that effect on me. I try to fight it off by keeping myself busy and active. Just like today, it was raining the whole day and despite my hectic morning sked, the gloominess caught up with me in the afternoon, I gave in with a nap. I thought I will be energized afterwards, but it failed! So I ended up the day with a Yoga practice. That’s when I felt the energy, perfect for wrapping up the day. Now, I still have a lot of energy and after doing some reports and still have time to blog :-)

Although I love the cold weather, I guess the rains just affect me. I love the cold weather cause it’s to be a fashionista when it’s cold. You can layer your clothes and not worry about having to sweat :-)  I remember when we visited Europe, I had a grand time wearing different stylish clothing, winter jackets and even the north face jackets, which I never even bothered to look in the malls.

This is just me thinking out loud…. After all, I did not let the rainy weather affect me that much. I guess what I am saying is … You can do something about every negative feeling you are experiencing.

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.

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.

Being active is for everyone

Written on May 4th, 2011 by sassymomno shouts

No matter what you gender is and what age you are, one needs to be physically active in order to maintain good health. Not only physical health but mental and emotional health as well.

Recently, while in the company of old people, I have come to realize that ageing should not be a reason for a person to be inactive. Not only because we need it for our metabolism, but also for our mental alertness. I have seen people succumb into depression due to lack of any activity– be it physical or any other endeavor. Elder people, most especially do not only need money and company but let’s admit it, they need to be self sufficient to avoid the complications of their age.

It made me recognize my mom’s need to for company which most of the time, I cannot give because of our busy schedule. That’s why whenever possible, I send her cakes, snacks and flowers. Also, I have come understand why they become so irritable, that’s why whenever possible, I try to extend my patience in the company of elders for soon I will be just like them.

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Making a Lifestyle Change

Written on April 13th, 2011 by sassymomno shouts

Since the start of the year, I have been making lifestyle changes and I can tap myself on the shoulder for keeping it until now. It’s the 2nd quarter of the year and although it’s really hard, I have made extra effort to remain faithful to a promise …. A promise to make a lifestyle change.

I have had it with yo-yo diets, it’s really the way I eat and the activities that needs to be modified. To persevere and remain with it will be the ultimate challenge.

Ageing is part of everybody’s life and we cannot stop it yet we can things to modify the effects on our body. For instance, if I go three times a week to the gym, I help my metabolism. This way I maintain the weight I have if not shed off some extra pounds. On the food that I eat, I go for 5 small meals a day rather that 3 giant full of servings. Plus I chose to have leafy vegetables instead of going for meat. Well, of course there are cheat days especially when you are on vacation or attending a feast. I am only human!

The most important thing I have learned is to get enough sleep and sleep on time. Although people think that lack of sleep can make them lose weight, however from my own personal experience it does the opposite. There was a time when my addiction to blogging and internet made me stay up to the wee hours of the morning … and made me really fat! I have since changed my habit and I can feel the difference not only in terms of the weighing scale but of my energy level as well.

As for vitamins, I can say I have been a fan of supplements that’s including my husband. It’s an admission that my diet do not meat the recommended vitamins and minerals needed by my body. I go for supplements that I feel I need the most like Vitamin E and Vitamin C. Once I hit the big 50, who knows what the doctor would prescribe, I might be looking into testosterone cream for women to increase energy and reduce the mood swings (wink!)

Back to the Gym

Written on January 17th, 2011 by sassymomno shouts

For three weeks now, I have been hitting the gym at least three times a week. I promise myself to continuously exercise not just because I want to lose weight but more for health reasons.

No more excuses! Before I was nursing an aching knee but the doctor said I need to go back and have an exercise regimen to help my knees heal. So the lights are green and I am good to go.

I have accepted the fact that no matter which diet pills really work, I cannot lose weight without any physical activity. Diet should always be coupled with an exercise. Increasing my metabolism is a must especially with my age right now. Besides, I feel light and happy whenever I work out. I guess it’s the Endorphins that are coming out. Now, whenever I sense sluggishness, I go out and hit the gym.

It’s up to me to keep up with this regimen. Diligence is what I need right now.

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