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New Year, New Beginning

“We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives… not looking for flaws, but for potential.”

~ Ellen Goodman

Another year has begun. I’m pretty sure your social media feeds are littered with page 1 of 365 posts, New Year’s resolutions, goals, bucket lists and so on and so forth.

I, for one am also excited with the fresh start the new year has to offer. Clean slate. 365 blank pages. New challenges. New lists of t0-do’s and goals to fulfill.

I hope everyone will stick to their goals and resolutions until the next New Year celebration. Let’s make this year our best so far! ❤

Happy New Year! 🙂

 

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New Year, new hobby! Practiced my handlettering with markers and a sign pen.

 

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10k Steps: On My Road to Fitness

I admit, I’m not a health buff. I grew up in a family who takes daily house chores like washing the dishes as exercise. The usual reasoning is, “I’m not fat, so I don’t need to exercise because I’ll only get thinner.” – which, I have come to realize later in life, is utterly wrong. My father used to be the only one who is blessed with excess weight, but he took a considerable lifestyle change when he opted to cycle to and from his work. This resulted to him losing weight and he admitted that he felt lighter and freer to move.

I, on the other hand, continued to be the lazy girl that I am. I think I just started having some physical activity when I studied college in the University of the Philippines Diliman, where walking is the primary mode of getting into classes because it’s so much faster than riding the jeepneys. I can say that I’ve exceeded the 10,000 steps daily target in my whole stay in the university.

Being a full-time employee working on an eight-hour graveyard shift five days a week for over four years, I find it even harder to find time for exercise. I spend most of my day sitting: in front of the computer in the office, while commuting to and from work, while eating meals. My physical activity was limited to a little walking from my workstation to the floor’s comfort room or pantry and little chores at home. Very sedentary I must say.

“Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death.”

~ Dr. James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative

I began to be concerned when I came across an article saying that sitting is the new smoking. I’ve also noticed that I get too tired easily, and I get sick more frequently lately. This got me thinking that I should take my health seriously, especially now that I have two kids depending on me.

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As if on cue, my teammates and I were having our lunch break early this week when our conversation drifted to health issues. We then came up to an agreement of using the stairs instead of the elevator when going home. That means we’ll go down 11 floors, from 14th floor to 2nd floor (our building has no 13th floor).

We started last Wednesday morning. The night of the same day, I felt my legs ache whenever I use the stairs in the office. The weird thing is, the pain felt good. Quoting John Green from his novel The Fault in Our Stars, pain demands to be felt. Indeed. I then decided to take the next level: the 10,000 steps challenge.

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I downloaded a pedometer app in Google Playstore and started tracking my daily steps. I’m not surprised to learn that I only average 1,000 to 3,000 steps daily, with the sedentary life that I have. An opportunity presented itself last Saturday though. My boyfriend and I were deciding where to eat breakfast. It was only past 9am, and the nearby malls in our office building were still closed. UP Diliman is just 15 minutes ride away, so we decided to eat in Rodic’s Diner, a famous tapsilogan inside the university premises. Since we’re already there, we spent time walking around the 2.2-km Academic Oval. Guess what? I’ve exceeded the 10,000 steps! 🙂

It’s just the beginning. With the kind of life I’m so used to, I know12304046_10153796333672287_5334934896600891431_o I still have a long way to go to be healthy: eat healthier, drink more water, exercise more, sleep 7 to 9 hours a day.

As cliché as it may sound, health is
wealth. We have to take care of our body before it’s too late.

 

Stop Waiting Until…

In the world we are living in today, we get caught up with so many mundane tasks, the frenzied life that we are brought up to face every single day. May I ask you, have you paused for a moment and asked yourself: What am I living for? Is this the life that I’ve dreamed of living?

When we’re young, we’re so excited to grow up thinking that life would be so much better. When we’re already adults, we wished for those days that we’re still young and have nothing to worry about but eat, play, sleep. Then we start waiting: waiting for Fridays, for summer, for Christmas, for holidays, for paydays, for the perfect moment. Why? Because during those times, we can escape from the rat race temporarily. Reality hurts, right? But it’s the bitter truth many of today’s generation are experiencing. Most of the time, we forget to live because we’re so busy making a living.

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So, do you have to wait for the perfect moment to be happy, to work on your dreams? Because if you are, then you’ll be waiting for the rest of your life. The truth is, there’s no better time to get started than right now.

Waiting until Monday — or waiting for any time you feel signifies a “real” starting point — to work on your dreams, passion, or to just live the life you want only does you a disservice. If you’re ready to create something better for yourself, quit waiting for tomorrow. Quit waiting for some indeterminate point in the future. Quit telling yourself, “someday.”

Someday is not a day of the week. Start now, with who you are, what you have, and where you stand. It’s time to decide: are you waiting until Monday, or are you going to show up and get to work now?

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So stop waiting until you finish school,
until you go back to school,
until you lose ten pounds,
until you gain ten pounds,
until you have kids,
until your kids leave the house,
until you start work,
until you retire,
until you get married,
until you get divorced,
until Friday night,
until Sunday morning,
until you get a new car or home,
until your car or home is paid off,
until spring, until summer, until fall, until winter,
until you are off welfare,
until the first or fifteenth,
until your song comes on,
until you’ve had a drink,
until you’ve sobered up,
until you die,
until you are born again

to decide that there is no better time than right now to be happy…

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Make today matter.

“It’s never too…

“It’s never too late to be who you might have been.” – George Eliot

I left the world of blogging not long ago because of time constraints. Now, here I am starting all over again. It’s about time I return into doing what I love most: writing. I know I’m getting rusty and I hope that by taking the Zero to Hero challenge, I hope to jumpstart my blog and make it the best thing I’ve ever done in my whole writing career.

But starting over is not just about me going back to writing. It’s practically about me going back to life itself. When I had my first unplanned pregnancy only months after I was accepted at my first job and before I was even regularized, I felt like my dreams shattered into pieces. I was left out. My colleagues are busy spending their hard-earned money in things they love and I would have loved doing also: traveling, partying, and having the best times of their lives. And just when I thought I could bounce back again and catch up from where I’ve left off, I had my second pregnancy.

Sometimes I think of all the “what ifs”, but whenever I look at my two beautiful children; all of those what-if questions would just disappear. I would never, ever exchange them for some things temporary and worldly. After much thinking, I realized that real happiness depends solely on you: the way you see the world, the way you live your life, the way you define happiness itself.

So now, I’m catching up with life. I’m starting again to live the life I’ve always wanted: doing the things I love with the persons I love most. I have now with me two of my most loved persons in the whole wide world with whom I want to discover life together: my daughter Yessa and my son Yael.