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Thursday, January 18, 2018


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This year, I turn 49. 
A year shy of 50.

One more year, and I reach another milestone.
Half a century. That sounds like a lot of years.

Back then, I was excited how it would be like when I reach that age.

Now that I’m actually nearing it, I realized that it’s only exciting if you took the time to prepare for it.

As an advocate of fitness, it has been more than a decade that I have been sharing my thoughts on the subject.   

It was during the early 2000s when a realization kicked in.  I was not happy with where I was and I need to work on improving myself and my life.

Back then, at 32, and a mother of four girls, one might say that it was a bit late.

Fitness helped me out. 

35 and doing Urban Assaults
Running eased my mind and eventually, I started joining road races with my first 10k run, New Balance’ Road to Chicago nearly two decades ago. Apparently, it was my Road to Freedom without me knowing it. 

Two years after, the weight room and lifting heavy caught my attention.

This then lead to competing for adventure races at the age of 35 with my team mates, mostly a decade younger. 

This got me inspired to compete and won a few mountain bike races at 36.

After office weekdays, we rode the bus to far off places to compete, and since the sport was quite new, it felt good to bring home the medal after an event. 

At 45, I joined International Dragon boat Competitions (proud Phil Marine Corps DBT signal here!)

I am thankful that, despite considered late, I was able to be aware about how fitness can benefit a person in their lives.

45, competing with the Philippine Marine Corps Dragonboat Team

Fitness had also helped me not only physically but emotionally and mentally. 

Along with improving strength (the physique actually came in as a bonus), there were things that I realized along the way. 

These “life lessons” that I manage to accumulate, is helpful not only on the gym floor but also in real life.

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As I settle into January and start my 2018, I break ties with some of my bad old habits (I need to sleep before 12MN!), and begin to make new ones that support where I want to go this year.

My dear friends, I invite you all to revisit your goals, bucket lists and plans.

Asses where you are right now before you get swamped with things that needs to be done.

A new year is another milestone.

A new phase, a new stage, an opportunity to start new things because, it’s never too late to make your own milestone and know that the best is yet to come.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

5 THINGS TO DO WHEN YOU ARE SICK (and how to use it to your advantage)

It all starts with that scratchy feeling in your throat.
You try to alleviate it by slowly coughing it out -- surprisingly, you catch yourself sneezing.. a few sniffles, then non-stop.. a start of what seems to be a small headache, slowly developing.

Uh-oh! The pattern begins.  Every now and then, that ever familiar sickness hits us.
What do we do? All I can think of is calling my mom and drinking a hot bowl of comforting chicken soup.

Below is a list of what I have learned during my recent sickness and how to get through it like a pro.

1st, Listen to your body.

You probably had it over-worked and it needed some rest and recovery.
Even machines need to rest for optimal performance and time resting is never time wasted.
Rest and sleep is not the enemy - I always have to convince myself that it is actually part of the equation.
Take a sick day, call and visit your doctor, have someone cover for you and slow down.
Sometimes, having all these wonderful ideas floating in our head gets us so excited with LIFE that we forget the one important thing; rest/recovery cycle.


                                                       "Mother, mother, I am sick.."

2nd, Hydrate.

I remember feeling nauseous during my down-time together with chills and fever, drinking water definitely helps in clearing out the toxins, secretions and normalizing body temperature.

I had the mistake of drinking coffee when I was on my way to recovery and it was not a good feeling as the system wanted to vomit it all out -- not a good idea. 

However, broth, fruit juices, electrolytes from sports drinks and natural fruits can help a lot to maintain hydration.
                                                                     Relax and hydrate

3rd, Vitamin C.

Do you know that we humans, do not have the ability to produce Vitamin C?
While other animals can do so, we are one of the few mammals that's unable to manufacture it in our liver - that being said, we have to get our source from what we eat or from supplementation.

Linus Pauing, the only person who had won two undivided Nobel Prizes, suggested that, we need somewhere between 2,000 to 18,000 mg of Vitamin C!
However, it has been a common knowledge that the usual dose is 500 mg or so. 

With this in mind, we have to be constantly aware that, since we do not produce it ourselves, we need it in our lives. Daily. 

4th, De-stress.

Now is the time to take things slow --
Disconnect from social media and spend much needed "me-time"
Listen to relaxing music, create a wellness playlist. 

Do the things that bring you joy.  
Maybe it's painting, drawing, crochet  -- or even just writing down your thoughts in a journal.  You'd be surprise how time flies.

Play with colors, paint, or simply just have fun.

5th, Use the time to reflect on how you can make things better once you get well.

Lying in bed the whole day and the next day and more, makes me want to do so much more once I get well. Various thoughts, all these resolutions on how I should start working on a night routine, how I should do a shutdown around 10:30pm so I can sleep properly, how I should religiously be working out everyday.

Funny how being sick brings out the best (and worst) in you -- how you suddenly have all these ideas that tend to just be swept under the rug when you are not sick.

You tend to miss the things you used to do when you were healthy once you're sick.
I even reflected on how my dad probably felt during his pain when he was sick.

We should never take for granted our health and take some time to do one little thing at a time to avoid these things from happening.

What if we regularly scheduled time to do the things that we need to do to sustain our health?

Then maybe if we do so, when life calls for us to listen, slow down, destress and reflect, it would help us enjoy the life we have left and give back what we have to others.

Monday, July 20, 2015


In my personal journey, I realized that most women are intimidated with the thought of working out and being “fit”.  

My inner circle, my most loved Pinays.
The hand that can change the world
There has always been that misconception that, women will have a muscular frame if they start working on their fitness.

This of course in not true and we, as Pinays, need to be focusing on self-care in order to be able to give more of ourselves to our loved ones.

We, Pinays, can help make a difference as the “ilaw ng tahanan”. 

I want to help inform that these are just myths, along with many other myths.

I believe that, even small tweaks can make a difference.

We need to be a good example for the next generation.

I believe that the hand that rocks the cradle, can change the world.


The vision is for everyone to say that “I am the embodiment of PinayFitness”.

I envision for this site to be for like-minded Pinays helping each other reach their goals, enjoying each other’s victories, and small wins in their own sports or LIFE in general.

Imagine a world of Pinays that are Positively Independent, Naturally Active, & Youthful at any age.

How do you think the next generation would be if that was the case?


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