A new continent visited with dear friends. The trip was a fitting culmination to a fantastic year of travels, recognition and accolade. Thank you, Lord, for all the blessings.
For a few years, I’ve struggled with my high cholesterol. I’m doing well in other aspects. I’m within my ideal weight and my sugar level is normal but my cholesterol exceeded the normal range.
Our company doctors would often prescribe me anti-cholesterol medication. They said give it a try for three months and see if my cholesterol goes down. I would refuse to take maintenance medicines every time. I was firm in my belief that I can lower my cholesterol through natural ways.
It was in February 2015 that I decided to remove pork from my diet. Initially it was part of Holy Week abstinence but I thought of making it my way of naturally bringing down my cholesterol. It was a huge sacrifice because I love pork, especially deep-fried dishes.
It was a slow decline and every time I would take my Panel 11 test, my cholesterol levels would go down just a few digits only.
This year, I underwent my annual physical exam in the office. I was happily surprised to see that my total cholesterol is normal! I can’t believe it! While I love that it’s already back to normal, I still want to take a Panel 11 to confirm whether my bad cholesterol is also at normal levels.
So, how did I do it? Here are some of the things I did to lower my cholesterol. I hope it inspires you to do the same.
1. Removed pork from my diet.
2. Reduced coffee intake to half a cup a day. I take brewed coffee (with a bit of sugar and cream) but I never take 3-in-1 as it contains ridiculously high sugar.
3. Add chia seeds to my coffee or iced tea (I don’t do this regularly but when I remember only. 🙂 )
4. Sleep 7-8 hours a day. I never scrimp on sleep because if I do, I will find myself stressed and bingeing.
5. I don’t drink and smoke.
6. Hit the gym. Every Monday, I attend aero-kickboxing classes for a high-intensity workout. Every Wednesday, I attend Zumba classes for a mid-intensity workout.
7. I stick to three meals a day and just 1 one occasional merienda.
That’s it! Even without the pork, I still eat normally. I don’t deprive myself of anything, whether dessert or iced tea, etc.
It’s been way too long but at least, Adele is back. And her new song is just as heartbreaking. Why?!!!
Will get back to you. I just need to compose myself. Sniff.
Yes, I’m a fan, enough said. 🙂
In our support group, I’m one of the active commenters in our AlDub threads. And reading the comments of thes women, I was inspired to write this post.
It’s quite simple, really. Husbands and boyfriends, take the cue from AlDub and make your wives fall in love with you all over again.
1. Love letters go a long way.
Today’s generation calls it fan signs. However you call it, good old-fashioned love letters still work. And AlDub is proof that love letters can make girls swoon. Don’t text or chat. Write!
2. Sing her a song.
Okay, Alden and Main use DubSmash to communicate but you get the drift. Serenading your lady love with sweet music is a sure way to make her fall in love with you.
3. Find out what your girl likes and surprise her.
Exert effort to find out what your girl likes. Alden found out that Maine likes Haw Haw and Mik Mik and he sent her those goodies. He also asked her what her favorite food is and so he sent chicken isaw. Guys, be thoughtful and send her food. 🙂
4. Relationships are hard but you can make it work.
Sabi nga ni Lola Nidora, lahat ng bagay pinaghihirapan at pinagsusumikapan. It’s a universal lesson. You have to work hard to make your relationships work.
5. May forever.
Maniwala tayo sa forever.
All photos are credited to the owners. 🙂
You know that childhood game? Appear, disappear. One-half, one-fourth. One-fourth. Disappear, appear.
Just rambling because that is today’s theme for someone who appears and disappears. He appears when he needs something. He disappears when it’s done. Shit.
And this is Iris Simpkins, my favorite character in the movie The Holiday. She was miserably in love with Jasper for three years. Three fucking miserable years! And then she finally realized that they are not meant to be (because Jasper is mainly a douchebag). Malapit ko na ding isipin yan kay Billy.
And in a moment when Iris was feeling bad about herself (because again, Jasper is a douchebag), she said this:
I’ve found almost everything ever written about love to be true.
Shakespeare said “Journeys end in lovers meeting.” What an extraordinary thought.
Personally, I have not experienced anything remotely close to that, but I am more than willing to believe Shakespeare had.
I suppose I think about love more than anyone really should. I am constantly amazed by its sheer power to alter and define our lives.
It was Shakespeare who also said “love is blind.” Now that is something I know to be true.
For some quite inexplicably, love fades; for others love is simply lost. But then of course love can also be found, even if just for the night.
And then, there’s another kind of love: the cruelest kind. The one that almost kills its victims.
It’s called unrequited love.
Of that I am an expert.
Most love stories are about people who fall in love with each other. But what about the rest of us?
What about our stories, those of us who fall in love alone?
We are the victims of the one sided affair.
We are the cursed of the loved ones.
We are the unloved ones, the walking wounded.
The handicapped without the advantage of a great parking space!
Yes, you are looking at one such individual.
And I have willingly loved that man for over three miserable years! The absolute worst years of my life!
The worst Christmas, the worst birthdays, New Years Eve’s brought in by tears and Valium.
These years that I have been in love have been the darkest days of my life.
All because I’ve been cursed by being in love with a man who does not and will not love me back.
Like I said, I’m rambling. Leche.
Do you believe in love that lasts a lifetime? May forever! 🙂 If you are getting married or you know anyone who just got engaged, please invite them to check out WeddingsatWork.com or W@W for short.
Benz and Abet are the founders of W@W. Basta anything and everything weddings, you can find here. 🙂 Benz is one of the people, who had a huge effect in my life. The support group that Benz founded is one of the reasons why I was able to transition to my new life.
So, visit na at maniwala tayo sa forever! 🙂
The second trailer of The Little Prince is out. And it’s magical! <3
You can also check out the French version, which is slightly different. And although I don’t understand French, the song used in the French trailer is one of my favorite songs. 🙂
I loved Singin’ in the Rain, the movie version. I loved it even more when we studied it in my Graduate Cinema class. The play will start its Manila run on Aug. 20 and I’m watching! You can get your tickets from TicketWorld.
Some are lucky to get it right the first time. Some are not as lucky and they become trapped in toxic and abusive marriages.
If you’re one of those who want to have a shot at second chance and you are considering an annulment (because divorce is not available in the Philippines), maybe Winning New Beginnings can help you.
To know more about this, you can visit www.WinningNewBeginnings.com.
What a stressful week!
I take pride in the fact that I have such a high EQ (ask my friends!) and I’m rarely bothered by anything. It takes a lot before I get upset. This week is different, though. Major fucked up week talaga.
The week started with unpleasantness. May makapal na tumapak sa teritoryo ko. Dude, yung problem mo, hindi ko problem, ah. Sobrang tagal ko nang hindi problema yun so leave me alone.
Then, some family issues (nothing biggie, just annoyances).
Then, that cryptic Facebook post of Billy.
Don’t ask me kung sino si Billy. Obviously code name sya kasi baka binabasa nya din blog ko. Sakit sa bangs nung cryptic Facebook post. One, hindi mapost sa Facebook yun. Two, may ganung cryptic post??? Para kanino yan??
Sakit sa batok! Lumipad talaga ang EQ ko habang naggrocery ako sa SM Megamall. Buti na lang kakatapos ko lang maglunch nung nabasa ko yung Facebook post. Otherwise, nawalan siguro ako ng gana at humagulgol ng bonggang-bongga!
Yesterday naman, I learned of the news that the baby of a Facebook groupmate passed away. Ay, bad trip talaga. We have been raising funds for Baby Mia the last few months because we wanted to her to survive. May emotional investment kaming lahat sa kanya. So receiving the news that she passed away, hay naku. Nakakapanghina.
Bad trip talaga yung week. I rarely say it but yesterday, I really said “Thank God it’s Friday.” May two days ako para magkulong sa kweba ko. Nanghina talaga ako. Nadrain ako, ate!
Hoy, Billy. Kung inistalk mo ako dito, nakita ko yung post na yun, ah. At dahil assuming ako na ako yung pinatatamaan mo, sumagot ako by posting my own Facebook status. Kung nabasa mo yun, obviously ikaw yun pinapatungkulan ko kasi sinet ko yung privacy settings na ikaw lang ang makakabasa.
Pero kung hindi naman pala ako yung pinaparinggan mo, eh di keribels. What are you doing reading my blog, anyway?
* attempting to recover my EQ *
Yesterday, I was telling MS that in a way, I’m grateful pa din even if it was a stressful week. To be honest, I don’t remember the last time I’ve had such an emotionally stressful week, the kind na lumipad yung EQ ko. So, I’m looking at the bright side kasi ibig sabihin, madaming-madaming weeks na masaya at maganda. So, thank you na din.
Yun lang. End of rant na.
P.S. Billy, kung hindi ka pa din sure kung ikaw nga si Billy, Google mo si Billy Thomas of Ally McBeal. Ano ang major similarity nyo? Pak! Yun na yun!