I THANK GOD for all my supportive friends! My Singaporean friend Puspa, whom I first met in 2010, gave me several swimsuits when I visited her a week ago in SG. This morning, I tried to fit some of it. I never had courage to wear two-piece in public so now that I'm into my fitness journey, I might just do it. 😘
Let's all be fit and healthy!
Share your #Fat2Fit journey.
How do you keep yourself motivated in sticking to your #Fat2Fit journey?! Challenge your friends too do the same and think of a reward you both will look forward to!
Yes, we're going to bring the sexy back! And what's the better way to do it than to challenge one of my best buddies, Doreen of GETS Travel.
To celebrate the 7th year of our friendship, Doreen and I agreed on a challenge --- that is to wear two-piece swimsuit on our next island getaway!
I first met Doreen when I organized special events for Havaianas and we later became the "twins" when I started working at (Bellefleur) Compagnie de Catalina in 2009. That's where our friendship also started and we've managed to stay connected even after we moved out and worked for other companies. Even before she started her travel agency business, we have already travelled together to different places though I must admit that our friendship was strengthened by the fact the we both love to travel and explore.
I can't really count the adventures and challenges we've conquered together but this swimsuit challenge is one of the things I look forward too before this year ends. We're gonna slay this one! 🙅🏻
They say that we must always watch out for the people who talk behind our back. Well, we can't really stop them from wasting their time gossiping so just let them be. We cannot really please everybody so just keep calm and continue to be happy!
Ohh by the way, make sure you live the life you've always wanted and stay #BeYOUtiful so that they have something worthwhile to talk about you. 😂
When was the last time you talked to yourself?
On a more serious note, it's not really about what people are telling you but for me it's actually more about what you're telling yourself. Sometimes you tend to listen to your inner monster and let it overpower you. Most of us lose our confidence because we let that inner voice poison our thoughts and let it talk us out of our dreams and hopes.
Next time you have all those negativity in your head, face the mirror and start affirming yourself. At first you might find it difficult to tell yourself all the good traits you have but don't give up. Just keep staring at yourself and start remembering what makes you happy... think about the people, events and feel good memories you to make you smile. Then you may try to talk to youself now as if you're talking to a friend. Tell that image in the mirror what you truly feel... You might not have all the right words to say but it's perfectly okay. As you acknowledge your weaknesses, you should also never forget to affirm your strengths.
Practicing #SSSelfTalk regularly is helpful and healthy.
How do I know it works?! I've been doing it since childhood.
Have you ever had that feeling of being stuck in a corner while the whole world moves very fast right infront of your eyes?!
Everybody seems to so busy and always hurrying to be somewhere...
Well, you're not alone. It's one of the most uncomfortable feelings I know, I know and sometimes you can't help but ask yourself why...
"Why I am just here?!" "Why I'm still here?"
Well, don't panic.
Find comfort in stillness..
Be still, knowing that you too will have your own time to get going...
You just have to use that period of waiting to grow and know more about yourself. Just because you're just in one place doesn't mean you'll be there forever. You never know, maybe others are just wandering mindlessly while you are there, in a little corner, patiently working on yourself and preparing for your right time to make the right move.
Ladies, in life and in love, it's perfectly okay to wait...
Don't be afraid to wait.
Find comfort in the Sacrament of Waiting.
Be patient with yourself.
Be patient with the world.
Here's an original song that really made me smile today. It's an original composition by Rhea Rodriguez. I hope you like it as much as I do. Let's sing along with her too!
"I call this song, LUMIPAD, para sa mga taong handa nang abutin ang mga pangarap pagkatapos ng pagkakadapa at panghihina ng loob." - Rhea
I was browsing my Facebook when I saw this video posted by Rhea, one of my college friends. We're also batchmates under Media Studies Department and way back in the university, we always request her to sing for us because of her very good voice! I really admire her talent in singing plus she's also gifted in creating original music. During our theater play, she even composed our original song "Ambisyosa" which was a first in the history of our department.
It's been awhile since the last time I heard her sing and this song perfectly captures what I'm feeling right now. Yes, we've all been through roadblocks and delays but just like the message of her song, it's time for us to wake-up from dreaming and start flying to achieve all those sky high dreams. Everything is possible, just have more faith and believe that God's blessings are on its way to lift you higher! Tara, lumipad na tayo!!!
Maraming Salamat Rhea for sharing your talent to the world. May this original song uplift other souls too!
More than just a fashion fix, it was a holistic life fix! I never really imagined that my experience during the shooting of my episode for the first season of the hit reality tv show How Do I Look Asia will paved way for a better #BeYOUtiful me. And when I say better, it goes really goes beyond the dress, the look and the fashion.
In order for you to understand why I consider this TV stint as one of my unexpected life-changing experience, here are some behind the scene photos that reminds me of the emotional roller-coaster ride I've been through plus some "Tiis Ganda" moments too.
Yes, I did it for FUN! We did it for fun but I never expected that during the taping, my emotions were be triggered by some questions so I ended up crying on TV!
TRIVIA: This "crying" scene actually happened after I heard the "cut". Yup, I was already highly emotional during the time I was trying the new collection of clothes chosen by my "accomplices" (Aja, Doreen and Zac) but I was able to really control my tears. But you know, it was fortunate that a camera was still rolling to capture this vulnerable moment because it also highlighted one of my biggest learning from the show plus I think it somehow showed the real struggles of plus size ladies in finding stylish yet comfortable clothes.
Just in case you're wondering why I was highly emotional on this specific scene, well, it's because the first set of dress (a denim casual dress) that I really wanted did not fit. Like I was soooo huge that time and that's the biggest size already for that specific style which I felt was so me; I really liked it but it can't just fit. Behind the scene, the very helpful, friendly and encouraging wardrobe team were already having a hard time looking for the right size of clothes and styling me to look better. Somehow, it just really made me feel uneasy that time... It made me feel uncomfortable knowing that people around me were having difficulty dressing me up and it's not the first time it happened so I get frustrated. Plus the fact that my cousin and friend picked mostly HIGH HEELS even though they know that I really "hate" it coz I can't walk properly! :-p
While at the dressing area in between takes, I also had flashbacks of countless shopping memories with my Mama and we had to constantly ask the sales lady for bigger size of almost everything but most of the time it's not available so we always ended up leaving the mall empty handed and with a deep cut in my self-esteem... Imagine the horror I went through everytime I hear people say "Last size na po yan. Biggest na po yan eh." or "Sorry ma'am, wala pong stretchable eh". Yes, THE STRUGGLE WAS REAL!
So what really happened to my life after HOW DO I LOOK ASIA?
I PROMISED MYSELF TO HAVE A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE TOO!
You know I never realized how BIG I was until I saw my photos from previous years just like this one... Maybe I just was in denial and somehow my "positive" outlook was off the roof to acknowledge the fact that I really have those excess fats! Don't get me wrong, I'm confident and happy even when I was this big but I'm way happier and healthier today!!!
How Do I Look Asia really kickstarted my #Fat2Fit journey and this time not just for vanity but for holistic health. Yes, I promised myself that by the time I use the Zalora gift vouchers, I want my new set of clothes to be atleast 2 sizes smaller --- I was really determined to get rid of those XXX in my dress size!
Now, I can wear most of the dress I want. I enjoy dressing up again especially now that I get to shop with just few swipes and clicks on Zalora! I'm happy that they cater for plus size ladies like me.
I'm really thankful for the opportunity and experience, but more than that, I am truly grateful for the friendship that started on the set of How Do I Look Asia! Until now, they are still cheering for me. They are very supportive!
BTS fun time with the amazing team behind How Do I Look Asia Season 1. Photo by Christina Itchon
ARE YOU READY FOR ANOTHER
I started my #Fat2Fit journey right after we shoot my episode on How Do I Look Asia and since my big reveal on that episode, I've already lost more than 30 lbs! For the first time in my life since highschool, I am less than 90 kg. Just look at my photos from the HDILA big reveal scene and compare it to my photo below. See the difference? :-)
In my next blog post, I'll share some highlights and practical tips on how you too can kickstart your healthy lifestyle as well as some key life lessons from my
How Do I look Asia experience.
For now, always remember to be #BeYOUtiful!
I've been to many places and flew to many flights this year but compared before, I felt something have changed in me... my longing to wander has been replaced with longing to be in just one place.
I guess I'm at the point of my life where I prefer to take things slowly and try to settle where God can let me bloom. Lately I've also been thinking about Where do I go from here? I mean, I just can't escape forever.
Nope, I cannot escape adulthood, now I know!
I am going to face it, embrace it!
Yes, I had too many YOLO moments and I treasure every single of it but you know, priorities change and people "mature".
To be honest, my quarter life was not just about "searching" my ikigai. Looking back, I realized that somehow I also used to escape from reality and responsibility of adulthood. I was not just ready to be an adult after being outpacing myself with too much of everything.
Some of my very close friends who knew about my personal and professional journey said that I've just had too many responsibilities at a young age so it came to a point that I missed being a young and carefree. They tried to cheer me up by letting me see a different perspective.
Well, it kinda helped me but you see, I also came to this realization that while I was trying to explore who I am and what I really wanted to do with my life, "I spread myself too thin!" Yes, I am bursting with enthusiasm but somehow it became too much, it was excessive to the point that I lacked focus and follow-through.YOLO! By acknowledging this personality flaw, I am beginning to bring focus to my life as I embrace adulthood and all the challenges that it may bring.
I've been praying for God to guide me in this journey. During the flight, I also offered a silent prayer to ask for Divine Direction and I believe He answered my prayer with these "signages" with thought provocking questions I saw upon arriving in my destination.
Thank you God for reminding me that you've already empowered me to start this journey... That I am blessed in many ways and all I just have to do is to find that courage to start somewhere without losing faith.
Yes, my Triumph starts with with you, my Lord, my God. My success starts by letting that seed you planted in heart to grow, by acknowledging that dream you've sowed in me and by not losing hope in your promise of grace and blessings most especially in times of trial.
Lord, today, on the first day of the 7th month of 2016,
I declare and claim victory all for your greater glory!
I am ready to receive your abundant blessings.
I will follow your your Divine Direction
and promise to be open to your Divine Connections
while being grateful for your Divine Providence.
Favors upon favors, intercede for me oh Lord.
Thy Will Be Done.
My heart leads me to far flung areas...
My sole brings me to different path...
My soul wanders as it wonder about life
and searches for what the heart truly desires...
Let the waves wash all the pain
and may the good memories remain...
May it continue to warm my heart
and make it stronger everyday.
Oh Dear God,
please calm my heart...
Give me peace.
Bless me with the gift of counsel
so that I may know how to proceed.
I won't stop believing in you.
I do believe in the fulfillment of your promises.
Let there be new hope.
I will keep moving.
I will keep following the path of Love.
Lead me to you oh God.
Guide me in this journey.
The 7th month is here and
I am ready to receive your bountiful blessings.
All this for your greater glory oh God.
I am moving forward with great faith in your majestic plan for me. I surrender my life to you. Take control of my wheel my God. Thy will be done.
Photo and caption from Sole Searching Soul (2012) Bantayan Island with some additions in the text this June 30, 2016
Lately, I've read some of the messages in my "other" folder in Facebook and I was so surprised to know that many people are curious about the kind of lifestyle I have. Some of them even asked how I managed to have photos with celebrities, VIPs and other prominent people even before I started my blogging career. Most of the people I met recently where also somehow puzzled about who I am and what I really do. To be honest, sometimes I also find it difficult to explain. I mean, I just have too many hats and too many stuffs on-going so maybe I'll try to explain in best way I can.
So now, maybe through this #SSSecret Life of Ms.Apple Allison blog series, I'll be able to give you a glimpse of who I am and what I do even before I became a professional blogger. I'm also considering this as part of the process of knowing myself more as I plot the next course of my personal life and career.
Check this blog every Monday for #SSSecret Confession!
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