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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Battle of the Purple Warriors Overall Champion 2017

Still. Can't. Get. Over. This.

My team, Anytime Fitness Shaw, actually won the first ever Battle of the Purple Warriors during the My Healthier Place Fitness Fest at BGC last week!




Here we are, Battle of the Purple Warriors Overall Champion 2017, from L to R, R. See, A.F. Shaw member, J. De Mesa, A.F. Shaw member, Coach Migs, Coach Kabee, and J.Kolca (that's me!).




The Fittest Club: Shaw Boulevard branch :)


 
 
 




Never in my dream that I thought of entering a competition like this. I had so much doubt with myself, worried that I would just mess up. I first heard of this event from a blogger friend and I knew it would be interesting to witness. When my coaches invited me to join Team Shaw for the battle of the clubs contest, I neither said yes or no, being totally unsure of what was going to unfold. Anyway, they told me that I could do it and it would be fun so we taped our qualifying video and sent it to the organizers.

On the day of the fitness fest, I was so busy from morning till afternoon. I had zumba in church with the Relief Society sisters at 7am, Halloween party in our community at 9am then another church activity with my daughters at 2pm to 4pm. Thus, I was quite tired the whole day.

At BGC Amphitheatre, all 9 teams were gathered, forming a big circle for a short briefing. Mind you, most of our opponents were tall and with big physique. Our team was literally tiptoeing to get a glimpse of the instructions given by the organizers. Most of us in Team Shaw is just a little over 5 feet. Then before the first round, I was already having a panic attack; heart was racing, knees were wobbly and hands were freakin' shaky. I dealt it with by doing some stretching. I guess it worked!

End of the story, my team aced the easy category with the fastest time. We got a little lost in the medium category though. We didn't know that the timer wouldn't stop after the 1st round and that we had to do the exercises 2x. Luckily, we made it 3rd and entered the final category, the difficult part. I was tasked to do the barbel squats, R. See on bench press, J. De Mesa on deadlift, Coach Kabee on weighted walking lunges and Coach Miguel to assist and spot on us. For the full video of our team's winning moment, please head on Anytime Fitness Shaw's Facebook page.

So grateful for my coaches, Coach Miguel and Coach Kabee, for believing in me and dragging me to this event. Haha. Honestly, really, I seldom look up to people younger than me, but when I do, it simply means they really worth my respect and gratitude. Again, thank you so much Coach Miguel and Coach Kabee. You guys are exceptional. I love you both! Also big thanks to my fellow team mates, R. See and J. De Mesa. We did it and it was soo much fun!! Thanks to Anytime Fitness Philippines as well. You're right, it is not just about the prizes, but also the fame and respect to which our team is very much thankful for. Lastly, great thanks to my Anytime Fitness Shaw family for the support especially to Miss Cha. Shawtime it is!!!

Purple Warrior signing off. Till next :))







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Monday, October 23, 2017

Diet and Meal Prep

Okay, I'll be honest here. If there is one thing that stops me from reaching my fitness goals, it is actually my diet. My major weakness is carbohydrates and a lot of it. I love kakanin and breads. It is hard for me to eat lunch or dinner without rice. Most of all, I used to munch on carbohydrates alone during snack time. I would go for 2 slices of bread with peanut butter in the morning, ginataang bilo-bilo in the afternoon and maybe some chips before bedtime, then I'll end up bloating.

Abs are made in the kitchen, they say, but how true is that? Well, I do not know 'cos I am still trying to prove that to myself. I have no flat tummy nor defined abs to flaunt, although I can say that my waistline and lower belly has gotten smaller already after a year of consistently going to the gym. It's true that losing weight is 80% diet and only 20% exercise. I testify on that. Truly, what you put in your mouth plays a major role in weight management. So here I am again, writing about diet and meal prep as reference on my road to achieving my fitness goals.



Above is an ideal breakfast for me consisting of oat bran with skim milk topped with sliced banana, almonds, sunflower and chia seeds, dried prunes, and granola. Part of my routine is to prepare a weekly menu and base my grocery on it. I basically cannot make a shopping list without finishing my menu first. Additional to the regular weekly menu, I am now working on a separate breakfast and snack menu. Sounds a little crazy but I am doing this to avoid eating just about anything and end up carbo-loading in every meal.



This is one of my afternoon snacks last week.. cheese and egg sandwich. When I was a kid, I would get a very bad allergic reaction when eating chicken and egg. It all started when I was in grade 4 then came major flare ups when I was in grade 5, 1st year and then again 3rd year high school. I would be absent from school for days, my feet all wounded with nasty pus, my lymph nodes swollen, folds in my legs and arms super dry and itchy; even my face red and flaky. After finally finding an effective steroidal cream and getting rid of my flares, I decided to completely abstain from poultry products. Thanks God I didn't see my allergies that bad again and I was able to eat chicken and eggs after 3 years.



A menu from 2 weeks ago: skinless herbed chicken in a bed of beans. This is very easy to prepare. Just marinate your chicken in a little salt, freshly ground black pepper, paprika, cracked red pepper, oregano and thyme. After 30 minutes marination, arrange the vegetable/s in the bottom of the tray, top it with the chicken, drizzle some olive oil and bake from 25 to 30 minutes.

If there is an important lesson to take note that I think I have not written yet in this blog is to eat balanced diet in every major meal, breakfast, lunch and dinner. And if you are weight lifting and want to gain some muscles, make sure that protein is present not only in your big meals but in smaller meals, meaning morning and afternoon snacks as well (thanks Coach Miguel). If you can, focus on targeting your macros and not just your total calorie intake for the whole day. Macro counting is hard work, I know. I still can't get the hang of it. Anyway, there is this beautiful young lady I'm following in IG that inspires me a lot. Her name is Katie Crewe, a fitness coach and social media sensation. Like her, I am into a flexible diet regimen. I give in to my cravings from time to time and I do not have a lot of restrictions. I eat at buffet or eat-all-you-can restaurants once in a while, indulge into some Korean bingsu or froyo maybe once or twice a month, also get unlimited rice and fatty dishes; all of these fall into my weekend cheat days. Take note though that I seldom drink soda or juices and I already stopped using table sugar earlier this year. If I were to sweeten something, I use either coco sugar, raw honey or dried fruits. And I am a big fan of fish, seafood and vegetables. Monday to Friday, I eat mostly boiled and steamed dishes with lots of local vegetables.



Thursday, October 05, 2017

Finally, a no bake eggless birthday cake!

Looking for a perfect cake for my daughters on their birthday can be a hassle and a bit frustrating for me. Both of my girls are allergic to eggs and the younger one is even allergic to nuts and some dairy. Apparently, most cakes that are sold in bakeries or patisseries these days have eggs as one of the main ingredients, may contain some nuts and a lot of dairy products. I tried to check my old cake suppliers if they can make an egg-free cake for my daughters. End of the story, I was not accommodated so I didn't have a choice but to take the matter into my hands.




This is my eldest on her 9th birthday with the chocolate in cream cake that I made for her. It has no egg and it doesn't require cooking or baking, only refrigeration.



Look at that happy face. She can finally eat as many as she wants of her birthday cake. I am happy and relieved that I do not have to worry anymore about my girls getting itchy after eating a cake.




I know it doesn't look perfect but definitely tasted real nice. The layers of cream with ground graham crackers, wafer slices and shaved chocolate was yummy in every bite. Everybody loved it!

Will try to improve this recipe and share it in another blog post in the future. I am planning to add some fruits and a hint of jam next time. The elder daughter specially requested no fruit in her cake so I settled with mostly chocolate and crackers on this one.

If you have an egg-free, easy to make chocolate cake or whatever no bake cake that is a hit in your household, please feel free to share your recipe by dropping a non-clickable link below. Thanks in advance! :)