Saturday, May 10, 2014

Weight Loss Stories and Inspirations


Sometimes in order for us to have the courage to lose weight is to see someone who successfully fulfilled their goal. Losing weight is hard especially if you don’t have the motivation to do it plus thinking there is no other person who can help you other than yourself only is kinda frustrating sometimes. A support from a friend, family or a personal coach is really helpful but what about those who don’t have, where can they possibly find the strength to push themselves into losing weight or find a confidence that if others can do it sure they can also.

For a starter I am actually motivating myself that I am not getting any younger and a few more years from now surely I can develop any disease inside my body and I don’t want that to happen because my son is still young and we are still planning to add kids in the family. Being healthy aside from physique of our body is the best motivation for starter but reading stories from others who already get through with it is definitely more inspiring too. You may read here my calorie counting diet for my starting point in weight loss journey.

I have been reading weight loss stories recently and I am moved by their struggles to finally been able to defeat it and be successful in the end. Their stories of losing pounds every month or even years is awesome thinking if they can make it why not me. Usually I wanted an instant and immediate result in my transformation but it doesn’t work that way. It just came to my realization that I never been unhealthy or overweight in an instant same as to being healthy or losing weight, it will take time too.

Two of the sites that I always read for successful weight loss stories is from and the stories in this sites came from real people with real results plus you can see their before and after photos which can encourage you to lose weight like they did. You can also pick up some tips and their lifestyle while in the process of their transformation. There are other weight loss stories on the net but this is the only sites I see that is always updated with pictures. If you have any other recommendations please feel free to post it in the comment section. 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Calories Burned in Horseback Riding


Many of us are afraid to ride horses, thinking it will make us fall or it will just cause us an accident. But aside from the thrill of excitement that we may experience from it, there are also some other benefits of riding a horse.
  • It can relieve some stresses and can be therapeutic while moving around and enjoying the view while the cool breeze of fresh air keeps on touching your face. 
  • It can burn calories of approximately 200 calories per 30 minutes of just riding around. 
  • It can develop a good relationship with the nature and animal by taking care of it. 
  • Of course this is the great moment to donned your horse riding outfit like your hat, pants, white polo, equestrian tall boots and vest. 
If this is your first time to ride in a horse, have someone who is expert to accompany and assist you.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Calorie Counting Diet: Is it effective for weight loss?


There are so many reasons why we gain weight, becoming overweight or obese. Probably most of us are irritable when someone see us with a greeting of “Oh you gain weight today” or “you look fat today than before”. Of course we all love to lose weight but just like me, you just didn't know where to start and you are also tired of all the promise from miracle drug and those fitness experts that will let you exhaust first before seeing result. It’s like it was easy for them to give an advice but doing it is so freaking hard.

I've been there before I lose a huge amount of weight when me and hubby are preparing to get wed in Catholic Church, the thought of I wanted to be slim on my special day motivated me to lose weight and I did. I try to do it again after years that I put it back in me, but it’s getting harder for me now because I always get tired due to ageing or maybe because I had no reason or motivation to lose weight. But this time I am trying again with calorie counting diet but without starvation plus light workout.

I learned that some successful people in weight loss just eat healthy and count calories that they put in their body. They don’t do vigorous exercises because just like me they feel exhausted after minutes of workout and exercising. In my experience I cannot exceed 20 minutes on elliptical, it gives me so much pain on the lower part of my body and it feels I am going to passed out while exercising (I blame it on ageing lol).

According to Google our body burns 2000 calories everyday doing our usual routine. The problem is we usually put more than 2000 calories a day in our body. And if we reduce the calorie food intake to our body we can also lose weight just by doing nothing. Expert says, if you want to lose 1 pound of fat you need to burn 3500 calories, but this is not for 1 day only, it may take time before you burn those 3500 calories, and the safest is from 2 weeks to 1 month. Same also if you want to gain 1 pound in weight you need to increase more than 2000 calories a day in your diet. The safest calorie intake in losing weight is 1200 to 1700 calories and taking lower than 1200 is putting your body into starvation mode which is not advisable by expert. Although Dr. Willie T. Ong said eating fewer than everyone else is good than overeating.

It’s hard if you just starting this calorie counting diet especially if you are not familiar with the calorie content of the food. But you can always search it on the internet while some food packages already have it on their label. Or download an app that can calculate calories for you, I use myfitnesspal app and has a food diary on it, which is easier to track my calories intake. So far I already lose 4 pounds with moderate workout in 4 weeks of calorie counting, I don’t starve myself because they said my metabolism will be slower than before and will put back the weight I have lost that sometimes has a revenge of doubling its number. My verdict says this calorie counting really works for weight loss because it uses science as the basis of reasoning.

Just a tip: vegetables and fruits have lower calories yet can make you feel full and not hungry for the next 3 hours, based on my experience.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

What to know in MERS CoV or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus

I've been hearing this virus called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus or MERS CoV even last year when my husband came home from Qatar. I first heard of it from the doctor we see when my hubby goes for check up because his cough never go away. The doctor’s reaction when he knew where hubby came from is alarming but glad that it isn't the virus he feared of.

I heard that there death toll is slowly increasing because of this virus and the patients only last in 10 days after it was confirmed to have MERS CoV. Currently this virus is reportedly hit the Middle East country and in some parts in Asia including ours.

How MERS-CoV is transmitted

According to Wikipedia transmission of this virus from person to person is very low. The cells MERS-CoV infects in the lungs only account for 20% of respiratory epithelial cells, so a large number of virions are likely needed to be inhaled to cause infection. The World Health Organization is now warning that the MERS-CoV virus is a "threat to entire world." However, Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, stated that as of now MERS-CoV "does not spread in a sustained person to person way at all." Dr. Fauci stated that there is potential danger in that it is possible for the virus to mutate into a strain that does transmit from person to person.

And just like any virus you can get it by mingling to people who is infected with virus, droplets from coughs or sneezes, or skin contact and transmitted it inside your body.

Common Symptoms of MERS-CoV

Difficulties in breathing
Most Patients had pneumonia
Or any related respiratory issues

Currently there is no known cure or medication for MERS-CoV and the treatment only is to keep the virus at bay by boosting the immune system of the patients. Patients who suspected to have MERS-CoV should be quarantine immediately or it will infect his whole family and love one. The best thing to do right now is to buy a dozen pieces of face mask, wash hands frequently and take your vitamins to strengthen our body’s resistance against this virus.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Zac Efron Won MTV’s Best Shirtless Performance Plus His Workout

Zac Efron at 2014 MTV Movie Award 

It’s no doubt that Zac Efron will win the MTV Movie award for the “Best shirtless performance” for he had amazing abs among the nominees in that category. But his acceptance of the award made the crowd go wild when Rita Ora stripped his polo on the stage. Zac Efron really had discipline in maintaining his awesome body. I’ve seen his movie”The Lucky One” in HBO yesterday and it seems he never changed his physique from that movie yet he is more gorgeous now.


isn't this hot?

Zac Efron workout

Zac Efron physique change drastically when he prepares for the role in “The Lucky One” movie. He trained at the Navy Seal to be fit for his role as U.S Marine. His workout is to constantly switch between cardio and strength training. This workout forces his body to physically change to cope with the vigorous workouts. Zac Efron’s 3-2-1 workout is to make his body in totally exhaustion from workout. Instead of running on a treadmill for 40 minutes, they did a traditional power lifting workout. Of course Zac Efron must have a nutritionist for him to develop and maintain his muscles especially his upper body, together with the good gene and discipline.

And if you want to have that body as Zac Efron does why not join the Navy now and spread awesome body lol.