Why I Love Online Shopping

I can still remember those times when I would waste so much time checking out every stores inside the mall or my favorite independent stores looking for the best deals for certain things I need at home. It is seriously energy draining! Imagine two to four hours of walking, browsing and falling in line at the cashier when shopping! The thought of it alone is already exhausting me.

online shopping advantage

Then came the era of online shopping! Imagine my happiness when it became the thing! I have to admit though that I was skeptical at first because it’s basically online and everyone is susceptible to fraud! It took me really a while to trust the process and went ahead and indulge (no, not like the indulge, indulge! :D). I just love that online shopping gives me limitless options and I don’t have to wait for an item to be available at our local stores. At this point I can say that I am an absolute online shopping fan! Here are some of the reasons why I love it!

Convenience – I don’t have to waste a lot of energy walking (though it’s a good exercise) around to look for the items I want to buy. And I can shop ANYTIME because it’s online and the stores are open 24/7.

Endless Choices – I love that I have a LOT of choices online! There are dozens of stores online one can choose from for a single item. For example, I have been looking for a skater skirt that best suit me and I tried checking out from our local department stores and boutiques but couldn’t find one that I love. With online shopping, I have tons of shops just a click away as options. After few clicks without exhausting myself physically I finally found what I wanted from the ZALORA Skater Skirts collection. Zalora is actually one of the trusted online shopping place I go to.

Information and Reviews – This is one feature that I love about shopping online. I get to see reviews from customers about a certain product. We all have this moments where we bought something but ended up disappointed. Having this review feature definitely helps in deciding whether I will buy a certain product or not since these are coming from real people who actually have purchased the same item.

The Best Deals – Yes! online shopping gives the customer the chance to quickly seek out deals for items or services with many different vendors.

Those are just few of the reasons why I am inlove with online shopping. Just a quick reminder though, make sure that you purchase from a trusted website. Do some research or ask first before making your purchase.

Have some online shopping tips? Drop me a line! :)

 

 

The WoMom Fitness Journey

For those who know me personally or shall I say closely, you probably know that I have been trying to get back in shape since 2012. I am among those women who are not really pleased with what they see when they look at the mirror. Well not that I hate myself but I just know that I can do more to look better. I love fashion, I love to dress up and somehow with me literally bloated I just find myself so limited. Maybe I am just not as creative as I am supposed to be and got stuck with the fashion ideas for the small-medium frame.

Well anyway, I started trying to get in shape by doing Insanity – like craaaazzzyyy Insanity by Shaun T. It’s a super intense HIIT workout and yes, I shed off couple of pounds after few weeks and looked a bit better but on my 6th week I had to stop because I suffered from vertigo (self-diagnosed). I get dizzy even by just shifting my head from left to right so I knew I needed to rest. I had myself to blame for it as I was really lacking a lot of sleep (4 hours of sleep, 5 hours the most everyday) while I was on it. I wasn’t able to go back after that “rest” and ultimately I gained the weight back.

I didn’t give up, I was alternately doing a lot of home workouts, joined some fun runs or run somewhere. I wasn’t consistent though and didn’t really pay attention to my diet. There was also a time where I joined the herbalife weight loss challenge on one of the Nutrition Clubs in the city and again, I wasn’t that persistent perhaps and I ended up not completing it. I lasted two weeks, lost a total of 5 pounds and then stopped again, then back to gaining it all again and maybe even more. I remained bloated! :-/. But hey! still, I did not stop! Is it obvious now how clueless I was?

home workout

Working Out From Home

Fast forward to mid of 2014, I became more determined and motivated to really really shed off the extra baggage so I started doing home workouts again. I alternated Insanity, Jillian Michaels Shred and other home workout routines I could find in youtube (there are super plenty of workout routines you can follow in youtube, like a LOT!). I also made the decision to look into my food intake so I kind of got into the diet thing but I wasn’t really consistent with it but in all fairness to me, I was pretty consistent with the workout. I do 4 to 6 days a week. Sometimes I would take the time to workout away from the comfort of my own home so I would join a friend’s dance class or run at the Sports Center. I also stumbled upon the No Excuses Moms group and was even more inspired to press on seeing those moms achieving their weight loss goals. They really look amazing! By December of 2014, I must say I had a little success. My arms were smaller but still that mid section could use a lot of help. For some reason, my weighing scale isn’t as friendly as I expected it to be after all my effort! LoL! I started to think it was busted as it wasn’t moving! (**facepalm**)

coach moy

Coach Moy

A fitness instructor friend introduced me to her coach who did a great job in helping her shed off those extra weight she gained. I wasn’t really solved with the idea of going to the gym because I deem it as a waste of my time (I just hate the idea of wasting time traveling to the gym). But anyway, yes I gave it a try and met with the coach and tried his routines. I think I went a little overboard on my first time as I got sick 2 days after (hahahaha! okay wait, they didn’t know that!). Well anyway, after almost 2 weeks of resting, I decided to go back and work with Coach Moy (because I saw Fitness and Nutrition is really his cup of tea. He pretty much explained a lot of things and I was impressed!), that was last week of March 2015. I was more determined and understood that losing weight is not just busting your butt at the gym or at home doing all the tough workout. You need consistency AND change the way you eat. The plan was to workout 3 times a week with coach Moy (again because I didn’t wanna waste my time traveling). But the 3x a week became an everyday routine. We started following a meal plan also and since I was committed to succeed this time, I religiously followed it (and please! the effort and muscle pain are too much to ignore! – it was a constant reminder of the reason why I am into this thing they call working out). I started to shed off pounds week by week. I started at 70.3 pounds and every week or two I get so thrilled to see it going down.

I don’t usually post pictures of me showing my tummy because I honestly think it is such an awful sight! But I took the courage to post it here because I want to inspire Moms like me and to help them believe that with perseverance, getting back into shape is possible. So here’s me!

Fitness No Excuses

The picture on the left was taken late October 2014. The picture on the right is my recent photo (June 2015). Took it after working out from home since I was too busy to go to the gym.

This weight loss journey have taught me a lot of things. These tips below (or whatever you call it helped me a lot) so I hope this will also help you jumpstart your fitness journey.

  • Seek for God’s guidance and strength as you go through your own fitness journey. Offer it to Him because after all, He wants us to honor our body and one way of honoring it is making it healthier.
  • A guidance from someone who really knows fitness is a huge help! Get a coach or ask for a help from someone who definitely knows fitness and nutrition
  • Don’t be afraid to lift weights! Trust me, they will not make you muscular. They will instead help you lose weight faster. I highly recommend strength training
  • Do not deprive yourself from food. One of the things I love about my coach is he does not believe in food deprivation. I just love cheat days!
  • Train seriously. Think positively and know that your muscles are stronger than you think they are!
  • Be consistent and have a clear picture of your goal but do not be too hard on yourself. Take time to rest if you have to.
  • Do not give too much emphasis on the weighing scale. Those are just numbers. What’s important is the changes you feel (at least physically). You will definitely know when you are improving when those shirt or pants becomes too loose.
  • Workout with friends – it’s more fun that way. But always keep your goal in mind so when or in case they’ll stop, you will still continue
  • Join a support group. Joining Moms group who are into working out kept me motivated. I actually created one for my local moms :). If you can’t find any, at least find a friend with the same passion/goal.

No Excuses Mom

December 2014 vs. June 2015. I know I have a long way to go. I am not there yet but seeing all my hard work paying off, I am more determined to move forward. I know there will be challenges along the way. I just continue to pray to God for strength and determination because I cannot do this by myself. To all mommies out there, let’s continue to move! We don’t need to have those badass six pack abs, we just need to keep moving and be active to be healthy not just for ourselves but for our family.

The WoMom is Apollo Snacks Ambassadress

Have you heard about Apollo Chocolates? Apollo is a top brand and a leading manufacturer of premium chocolate snacks, confectionery products, and layer cakes based in Malaysia.

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apollo chocolates summer selfie

Apollo chocolates are distributed in several Asian countries including Philippines. And I am glad that it is finally available in Cagayan de Oro City! So in relation to that, last summer, Apollo Chocolates launched this Summer Selfie contest wherein the winner will become this year’s Apollo Snacks PH Ambassadors. I posted a selfie for fun along with a Groupie pic with my boys (because we enjoyed Apollo Chocolates so much) and I was surprised that it was chosen to be among the final entries of the Summer Selfie contest – forever young category (ehem! okay fine, I am no longer THAT young! lol!). I actually didn’t take it seriously as it was a “like” contest through Social Media. But my ever supportive and persistent friend a.k.a campaign manager Ruby of pinaymommyonline insisted that I should win. So I did! credits to her.

apollo chocolates selfieMe accepting my Apollo Chocolates award on stage with Apollo Philippines distributor Alejandro Eduria.

apollo chocolates ambassadorsThe Ambassadors with Sir Alejandro Eduria

apollo chocolates ambassadorSealing the deal! Exciting events ahead!

apollo chocolates contract signingThe rest of the crew! Thank you Apollo Snacks Philippines! We are all excited for a fun-filled year with you.

Good news to chocolate lovers, Apollo Chocolates is available in all leading convenience stores in Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City. Also, you can check them online at apollosnacks-ph.com/ to see all the chocolate varieties they offer (My favorite so far is the Waffle wafer with black chocolate filling).

What I’m Feeling Right Now

This pretty much sum up everything that I am feeling right now. This song lifted me up this very morning. If you are reading this and you are in the midst of unexplainable pain, if you are going through life’s blows and trials, be comforted that we have a God who is a comforter. See Him through the lyrics of this song. Come to Jesus and lay to Him all your pain and your burden. He will lift you up. Cry a river if you must but do not give up. Sing praises to Him as you go through this painful phase in your life. You are not alone.



“Steady My Heart”

Wish it could be easy
Why is life so messy?
Why is pain a part of us?
There are days I feel like
Nothing ever goes right
Sometimes it just hurts so much

But You’re here
You’re real
I know I can trust You

Even when it hurts
Even when it’s hard
Even when it all just falls apart
I will run to You
‘Cause I know that You are
Lover of my soul
Healer of my scars
You steady my heart [x2]

I’m not gonna worry
I know that You’ve got me
Right inside the palm of your hand
Each and every moment
What’s good and what gets broken
Happens just the way You plan

You are here
You’re real
I know I can trust You

Even when it hurts
Even when it’s hard
Even when it all just falls apart
I will run to You
‘Cause I know that You are
Lover of my soul
Healer of my scars
You steady my heart [x2]

And I will run to You
And find refuge in Your arms
And I will sing to You
‘Cause of everything You are

You steady my heart [x2]

Even when it hurts
Even when it’s hard
Even when it all just falls apart
I will run to You
‘Cause I know that You are
Lover of my soul
Healer of my scars
You steady my heart [x2]

I’m not gonna worry
I know that you’ve got me
Right inside the palm of your hand

Freedom Run 2015

And yet again, I had the opportunity to run for 5k last June 14. This time it’s more special because for the first time, I ran with my eldest son, my teenager and my best buddy. Though I have been working out since last March, mostly strength training (weights and functional), I love to run from time to time for diversion. Thanks to Circle Production Inc. for never failing to have the annual Freedom Run.

5k run started at around 5:30AM and I was thrilled at the same time to be running with my blogger friends and the famous Kulas (becoming filipino). It was truly fun! It’s a shame though that we have to leave early and didn’t wait for the raffle or for everyone (my blogger friends) to arrive at the finish line as I needed to be at church early for my GLC 2 graduation.

freedom run 4My eldest son NJ – Though he’s no stranger to running since it’s a usual thing for him with his basketball playmates, this is basically his first fun run.

Freedom run 3Finishing 5k in 42 minutes

freedom run 2With my good friend Mai! There have been other fun runs where we both ran but never got the chance to see each other. Great to finally see her at the finish line.

freedom run 2015Here we are! 5k finishers, Mom and son tandem. He finished in 42 minutes while I was able to complete the race in 38 minutes.

cdobloggers fun runCheck it out! The CDOBloggers with Kyle Jennerman a.k.a Kulas of Becoming Filipino. Thank you Circle Productions Inc. for the opportunity to join this year’s Freedom Run.

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