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Monday, November 20, 2017

20 Random Facts About Me

Got spare time today so I decided to update this blog with some random things about me. Don't be bored. Here we go.





1. My birth name is really Jingky. However, the office of the municipal registry decided that name should be spelled as Jingke! And gosh, they changed my birth date too!!

2. I am the only girl among 3 siblings, but  I also have a step sister and a step brother.

3. When I was a kid, I was so skinny that I had classmates calling me lizard. IKR, bullies!

4. I never liked coffee and cigarettes. Coffee makes me acidic. Cigarettes are smelly.

5. Stupid as it sounds but I dated someone without realizing it. Poor 24 year old me.

6. I speak Onhan, Tagalog, English, and a little Turkish. I can understand Karay-a, Ilonggo, Hiligaynon and Cebuano.

7. Got my first job at 21. I worked from 6 AM to 6 PM standing most of the time.

8. I let go of the person in #5 because I thought he was too young for me and I wasn't in love. Later on, I got married to someone with the same age as that person. Lol.

9. I can't go to sleep if my home is messy. I always have to do some cleaning and clearing of tables and floors before going to bed.

10. I love cooking and I write a weekly menu before doing my grocery.

11. In Hong Kong, I was once mistaken as an Italian. Actually, I get mistaken to a lot of different nationalities when out of the country. Sometimes odd, other times flattering.

12. My husband and I met through a dating site called singlesaints.com.

13. I spent a couple of semesters in graduate school. Too bad I didn't finish the course.

14. One of my close friends in college still calls me Kyle cos I used to be a tomboy and more.

15. Spice Girls used to be my favorite girl band and I was once obsessed with Mel C.

16. Red is my favorite color. I tend to dress up in that color, and black and white and blue too.

17. I started blogging in 2004 using the site xanga.com.

18. I have anxiety and I get panic attacks at times.

19. I am allergic to pollen.

20. Currently addicted to fitness. I go to the gym 5x a week.








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 :))







Photo Source:
Anytime Fitness Philippines
Anytime Fitness Shaw









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.