THE SUNDAY SLIMDOWN | LONGER AND STRONGER

I’ve still got a bit of ache on me from this week’s workouts and last night I went more intense but still on the safe side of things.  Little, tender me stayed wise and went with not shocking my body with a way too major routine at 0% fitness.  In my mind, a weak core could equate to a larger chance for injury if I decide to do fast workouts too soon.  I’ve decided to slowly build strength on my core and outer extremities before stepping it up.  This plan to get fit gradually is pretty much common sense getting its game on.  Last night I ticked the intensity a notch up with these two workout videos by Fitness Blender which together will function as the main total body workout for the first leg of my return to fitness.  Mat workouts are really my favorite for re-entry because you don’t need equipment or even shoes to begin your fitness journey. 

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For some reason I prefer the quiet instruction of Daniel and Kelli for evening workouts.  The Youtube video workouts I chose to do last night were Fitness Blender’s At Home Abs and Upper Body Workout (half hour) followed by their Intense Pilates workout for lower body and core (1 hour, it sounded scary but it was doable).  Warm up, cool down, and water breaks are included in these videos.  Read on about my memories of fitness re-entry (no judgement, guys, it happens to so many) and what I plan to keep on doing regularly for at least a month before making any Cirque Du Soleil-ish attempts in getting back into shape.


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SHAPE GOALS AND A SOFT RESTART

I’ve wanted to get back onto the fitness bandwagon since last year.  Wanting and prioritizing are two different things.  We moved, then Christmas happened, and my grandfather passed away just after New Year.  In our Quezon City space, to be honest, there’s no space do a decent burpee move without an imminent concussion.  Moving North (note Maginhawa chapter) meant eating whatever you make or are given, then we had Christmas with loved ones, (even more food right), then 4 days of funeral services with more loved ones and food like every 4 hours.   A week later I’m putting on my denim shorts and upon zipping up and trying to sit I’m like “Why do these feel like the seat of a rappel harness?”.  People tell me “Julia, you never gain weight” because they see my arms, my neck, my collarbone, and my waist which are small or at least defined.  Ever since high-school if anything at all does expand it always happens below the waistline, my hips, bum, and legs especially.  In spite of still shuttling between two locations (hopefully less now) I knew it was about that time to hit the mat again no matter what the circumstances were because I never really believed in dieting from a lifetime perspective.  So, how did I restart my fitness journey today?

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Let me quickly fill you in on the first two gentle full video workouts I decided were best to ease me in.  They’re great and low impact so I don’t suffer too much the next day and risk less injury, but long enough to rotate those joints and stretch your muscles.  These beginner workouts are free, led by professionals on YouTube and all I need is myself and a mat. I hit FIT before (5 months of constant workouts 3-4x a week, no gym account, no personal trainer, you’ll see that in a bit) and I’m confident I can do it again.  Read on to see which routines I did first to get me back and see my simple first objectives and shape goals.… To full post & COMMENTS...

SAD? Spend VDay at Spectrum Fair MNL, Feb. 13-14

Oh, stop those tears!  Go to Spectrum Fair MNL, Dears!  Kick spending hearts’ day alone at the mall up the backside and join team Spectrum for the fun at Whitespace MNL, Pasong Tamo Extension from Feb.13-14, 2016, SAT/SUN 10am-9pm.  Also, my cousin’s Shape Shop #SOLAathletica activewear line I mentioned several posts ago will be there at the fair! PhotoGrid_1454983818752

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Meet, greet, and share a treat!  My cousin Ella (@ellapangilinanx) is releasing her personal activewear line named #SOLAathletica with Shape Shop there at the event.  Hope to see you there (and hope nothing in real life disrupts my plans to go LOL).  Watch Spectrum Fair Manila’s behind the scenes and see its well-loved supporters pass on the cheese.

Behind the Scenes: Spectrum Fair Manila from Raymond Teraoka Dacones on Vimeo.

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United Colors of 88 Nov.10 RUN , Last 2 Days to Register – @ Mizuno Outlets or Xavier

I owe my aunt an apology, this got railroaded by products and events and today is the 2nd to the last day for United Colors of 88’S NOV.10 RUN registration,  for today you can proceed to the following Mizuno outlets to register: Eastwood, Shangrila, or Alabang Town Center or at a special reg booth at Xavier School beginning today till tomorrow Nov.8.  The following alma maters, Maryknoll/Miriam College, La Salle Greenhills, Xavier, St. Scholastica and Ateneo have partnered to make the batch of 88 run possible for this Saturday, November 10.

If OCHO-OCHO was your batch you may see a lot of familiar faces while breaking  a sweat!  Choose from routes as short as 3.88k or as long as 21.88k!  The run will be kicking off at BGC Fort at I’ve included the race route maps by distance below.  The longest distance group, the 21.88k runners should assemble at the start of their race route by 4am, the rest of the runners for the 10.88k distance and below will assemble at 5am.

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Whether you were batch 88 or not, the run is special because it is open to beginner, intermediate, and advanced runners as well.  I was invited (but no won’t be running, keeping my sked open because of TVC shoots), and neither am I from any of the participating schools nor am I batch 88 so feel free to “gatecrash” as an outsider…but AHEM, just register before you do.  For registration venues refer to the selected Mizuno outlets I mentioned above or if you miss registering tomorrow you have one last chance on November 8 to hop over to Xavier and sign up at the Admin area, outside the AAXS office.  For more information Like the United Colors of 88 page on Facebook.

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THE Elizabeth Arden Speaks on Proper Posture – 1932 Pathe Archived Video

Most of you know of her and you know the cosmetic range that bears her name.

Watch and hear this ancient video of Elizabeth Arden herself speaking on the eradication of old 1890’s Victorian style posture and the renaissance of posture in the new century with the support of proper exercise.  What a gem of a video and I couldn’t help but giggle at the way these women were exercising on the beach, but in fairness I do want to get my splits and handstands back eventually.  Temptation Island, anyone?

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“52 Little Life Changes for BIG Weight Loss” – A Super Good Health Feature

Yeah, I’ve been bit by the exercise bug.  Admittedly, it’s an itch I scratch almost everyday now.  However I know a lot of you out there are with me on the fact that physical exercise is one of the MAJOR life changes one must adopt in order to lose weight.  It is what it is, and nothing can change that whether we like exercise or not. For many it’s not something that’s easy to make a commitment to.

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Today while researching I came across a fantastic series of mini posts under the collective title “52 Little Changes for Big Weight Loss” from iVillage.  At first I muttered “One or two are redundant, why not 50 instead of 52…” then Mom was quick to point out “There are 52 weeks in a year…”.  Ahhh.  It all made perfect sense then.

Begin with 1 little life change in the first week  and add one every week as you go.  It’s full of clever truths and factoids that sum up to meet  my  “I-didn’t-know-that” quota for the day.  It’s really very insightful and I think all these little tips together combined with a moderate, weekly exercise routine will significantly impact someone with a weight loss goal, that someone isn’t me though…I’m more about “tone, sculpt, and strengthen”.  Like for instance, did it ever occur to you that eating off blue plates might psychologically curb your appetite and that McDonalds wave red & yellow which mentally increases appetite?  Did you know that eating away from the TV can dramatically reduce your food intake by up to 40%?  Or that chocolate milk (skim milk) is one of the best natural recovery drinks out there?  There’s a wealth of health and weight loss knowledge in this online series of mini articles, 52 Little Changes for Big Weight Loss” from iVillage, just keep clicking next to go through all.  Awesome post, I’m glad it’s out there.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Dishing Out On the Workout – My First Beginner 4km Run and Pilates

I’m not planning to be a competitive runner, it’s just that I’ve made a promise to myself that my last year in my twenties would be the year I get fit.  All the years before that were impossible because of my toxic post production career that would leave me with only a few hours or even just minutes of sleep in one day.  Cardio would have “killed” me or given me a heart ailment together with my insane dose of sleep deprivation.  When it comes to my fitness goals I don’t want to be ripped as in like muscle-popping hard, just undeniably fit.  Martial arts is out of the question or any activity that could sustain trauma to the hands because as a makeup-artist I need to protect them.  I’ve made a few small efforts to begin my fitness journey.  Unlike others who have admittedly fallen behind on both the weight targets and eating healthy goals my health and fitness needs aren’t that many because I already live clean, eat healthy, and I’m not overweight.  My only real problem is I don’t exercise regularly.  That changed in May before I left for Singapore when I began the 30-Day Shred workout by Jillian Michaels. I only did it for 2.5 weeks till my mom protested that she was stressed out by the aggressive pace of the program even though it was doable and then said she preferred to walk or run.  Then there was a gap in the fitness initiative  until I began walking a lot in Singapore and felt my calves burning day in and day out.  Then yesterday, unplanned, I did my first 4km run/jog (according to my cousin, Ella)  in Laguna with my brother and my cousins.  What surprised me was I didn’t walk-run-walk as I thought I would, I actually jogged/ran straight for ’bout 3.5-4km without any trouble, then after 2 uphill climbs I felt the slight labor in my breathing (as my body properly told me my limit) and I decided to walk instead of jog back and began cooling down.  I actually realized I wasn’t as UNFIT as I thought, I was thrilled, I could actually do 4km and I wasn’t even that FIT yet.  What could that mean?!!

My cousin Ella, the eldest among her siblings, showed us a simple warm-up before we set off then we talked while we ran which I believe made us forget about the distance at one point, it was a light but lively jog.  She handed down minor tips after years of running with the best trainers in the country (Coach Rio dela Cruz, Coach Anna).  There were small tips like inhaling then exhaling on the 4th count while running “(inhale) 1,2,3,4(exhale)(inhale) 1, 2, 3, 4 (exhale)…” and keeping elbows near your rib cage at a loose right angle and your hands comfortably suspended while swinging and positioned as if you were “holding a potato chip” in each hand.  None of these tips on form were expressed to be mandatory, just recommended, but I did as I was advised.  Their family is “insanely fit” and not in an overboard way, they love playing, eating, and enjoying their naps, too.  I love how Ella and her “bunch” have really embraced the Spirituality and righteousness  found in physical fitness and taking care of your body.  Not every couple on earth can say they are both tri-athletes, have 5 children (including a 1 year old), and 4 out of those 5 children happen to be tri-athletes as well.

Post run, I walked proudly into my Tito Anthony’s house (popularly known as the head of his tri-athlete family, Team Pangilinan) and said we just did ’bout 4km.  He said “Before you know it, Jules, you’ll be telling me ‘I just did my first 10k, Tito’ “, and Tita Maricel told me to ice my legs when I arrived home because of the hills in the terrain of their village, to boost recovery and lessen pain.  Coach Dan Brown (not the author of the Da Vinci Code he says) said “As a beginner better to run every 2nd day (not daily) so that you can recover. And you don’t have to run all the way to complete it the first time.  Alternate between walking and running first, if you must, then after a few weeks or months just run and time yourself…”.  So what was I supposed to do on non-running days like today for example?  On the hunt for a new “less aggressive” but still intense workout I could share with my mom I remembered Tita Maricel did pilates.  So I researched online and came across this POP Pilates Begginers’ Workout with Cassey Ho.

Cassey, the star of her YouTube Channel “Blogilates”, suffice it to say, comes on “less scary” than Jillian Michaels (as is beginner pilates vs. the shred workout) and she is way more bubbly.  In some parts of her videos she can border on being a bit too “sugary” in the way she expresses herself but I totally appreciate her positivism.  It’s like having  a sweet, first class stewardess teach you pilates, haha (watching her intro I can’t get the life jacket demo outta my mind)!  I loved this workout not because it was “easy” (in fact it was not), it was slowly intense, more low impact, and less aerobic.  In fact there is still a totally difficult part in the middle of the workout where you lift your legs on your side and do tiny circles.  Don’t be fooled, those tiny leg lift circles, they’re MEAN tiny circles, augghh they do big things to your buttocks and you can feel it.  My leg dropped several times because of the burn in my “gluts”, I am not kidding.  Anyway, I’ve decided that this will be my in-between/substitute workout of choice when I’m not running.  I sweat a lot and feel a lot happening to my muscles in this Pilates Beginners Workout.… To full post & COMMENTS...

Begin Body Beauty with Jillian Michaels’ 30-Day Shred Series – The Sensitive Subject of Starting Sexy

Getting started is always I believe nearly half the battle in trying to set a good habit in place.  Physical fitness is the subject I’ve been most avoiding on the blog simply because I could never get started properly and be a sweating good example to you all.  I’m a bit tight financially at the moment so a paid workout program in a swanky all setup gym is just not yet in the budget range.   There was a time when I was more mobile physically, especially when I went on Living Asia Channel tours throughout the country as a writer, you can see how confident I was once upon a time in this photo taken by a fellow writer four years ago when I used to jump and flip all over the place especially at the beach.  Hello, thunder thighs.  I know for a fact that no matter how much I workout my thighs will always have some level of heft, I’m special that way.

If I could afford it, I’d go and do Barre (check out Rockwell and inside the Spa at BGC Fort) which is a stretching combination of ballet and pilates.  Pole dancing looked physically promising and it actually excited me (the actual workout) but honestly speaking straight from the heart my moral compass will never point me in that direction because of what the workout implicates too openly (no offense meant to those who pole dance, I’m a Christian, it’s really what I stand for personally).  Well, I’ve found a home video workout that isn’t new, it’s from 2008, but it works great for me and my mother so far and we happen to be a pair of NEARLY the worst couch potatoes around.  Now, we’re mashed couch potatoes.

HOW I FEEL 5 DAYS INTO IT: What I can say is the first two days made my body hurt but the tormenting strenuous parts of the routine were quite bearable.  I just finished the 5th day today early this morning and my muscles no longer hurt and my unused joints (shoulders/hips/knees) have ceased with the infrequent “snapping”, “cracking”, or “popping” sounds they were making before due to proper stretching and rotation, I’m quite excited to head towards the finish line of Level 1 and want to push myself further.

If she looks very familiar that’s because Jillian Michaels is THE original Biggest Loser coach for the acclaimed reality show.  My ultimate goal for myself was not to lose weight, in fact I believe “30 DAY SHRED” is actually a hardsell title for what is actually an awesome combo cardio-strength workout that’s been reduced to a window of a 20-minute everyday session at a new difficulty level every 10 days.  This is how simple it is and I love that you don’t need  A TON OF PROPS to get rolling with this workout.  All you need are a pair of light dumbells 1-3 lbs (mine are 3 pounds each) a workout mat, thick rug, or any mat you’re comfy lying down on, and 20 minutes  a day for 30 days STRAIGHT.  A laptop would be handy to play the workout DVD anywhere in the house where you feel comfortable to workout.  Anyone can make 20 minutes for a bit of exercise, you don’t find it, you make it.  The workout is simple, it consists of 3 videos of 3 intensity levels.  You do the first video workout for 10 days, on the eleventh day you begin the Level 2 video, and on the 21st day you begin the Level 3 video.  It’s that simple, then I believe you can continue with the Level 3 video as a regular workout routine once you complete the cycle.    For your benefit, I discovered the Level 1 Video was made available on YouTube, I don’t know how much longer it will be on there so best to check this out now while you’re interested, watch this, give it a go and show yourself how easy this 30-Day Shred workout really is…at the start.

Warning, you will sweat a lot and then be surprised at how quick it is, the only catch is you have to do it everyday, it is a 20-minute commitment ANYBODY can make.  Mom is on her fourth day of the Level 1 workout now, and I’m on my fifth, she joined me on the 2nd day.  I sourced the two other videos  but am truly planning to buy this DVD online and it’s available here from Amazon if you’d like to try another of Jillian’s 3-2-1 level method workouts you can try the more advanced and recent Ripped in 30 DVD , you can ask HouseofFlair to order it for you from the U.S. !… To full post & COMMENTS...