Favorite Items no. 6 & 7: REEBOK Easytone & SNOE Beauty Products


Favorite item no. 6: REEBOK Easytone 

Why do I love my Easytones? Let me count the reasons:

I love my Reebok Easytone apparel and shoes for its flashy, vibrant, feminine colours.

I love my Reebok Easytone apparel and shoes for its easy comfort.

I love my Reebok Easytone apparel and shoes for its flattering design and cut that compliment my form and feminine curves.

I love my Reebok Easytone apparel and shoes because they are oh-so-versatile I can wear them with just about anything.

Bikya, my Easytone boots.

No-fuss fashion.

Favorite item no. 7: SNOE 

Ask the owners and they will tell you that SNOE is a reflection of the diverse trends of its consumers as a leader in the local cosmetics industry through innovative and provocative beauty products. As a represented Filipino Brand, SNOE establishes itself as a global beauty brand through its commitment to beauty, youth,and innovation. At SNOE, everyone is dedicated to understanding the value of health and beauty and they passionately pursue to serve their consumers’ daily beauty needs. SNOE commits to continue creating new products to exceed customer expectations.

Ask me and I will tell you this: SNOE is lovingly made to cater to the unique needs of the female skin while enhancing her finer attributes. I have only been using SKIN Stem Cell Sunblock for a few days but I can already feel the difference. My skin is set to oily default and with the old facial sunblock I use, my face gets twice oily as the day wears on. But not with SKIN Stem Cell.  Another product that I have been tripping out on is SNOE Glam Jam – the collection of Lip and Cheek stain that comes in different delicious flavours. It’s very delicate, sweet, and blends well with the skin on my face that I don’t get that blotchy look I sometimes get with other similar products.

SNOE Stem Cell Sunblock is awesome!

SNOE Glam jam (scarlet) on my lips and cheeks

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Total Fitness: MIGRAINE MANAGEMENT


TOTAL FITNESS October 2011

It’s not carved out of stone but initial observation in the United States peg women to be the common sufferers of migraine – with a three out of four of the nearly 30 million migraine patients in terms of statistics. The reason may have to do with a woman’s menstrual cycle, but triggers can also include alcohol, weather changes, stress, food and lack of sleep. Ask people who often suffer from migraine and you would discover that most of them prefer herbal cure and home remedies – for a good reason. As it is, migraines are incapacitating and prescription drugs at times are associated with side effects.

Here are some remedies that you can try:

Water. The many great health and wellness benefits of water cannot be emphasized more. Oftentimes, these headaches are caused by lack of water in our system.

Butterbur. Root extracts of the Butterbur plant has been employed for medicinal purposes since hundreds of years. A research conducted in 2004 showed that the intake of seventy-five mg of butterbur two times a day appeared to be working in lessening the regularity, strength and time of migraines. Detrimental reactions to watch out for, however, are burps, weariness, scratchiness and abdominal issues.

CoQ10. CoQ10 or coenzyme Q10 is a substance manufactured by the cells of our bodies. According to Dr. Brian Grosberg, assistant professor of neurology and director of Inpatient Headache Program at Montefiore Headache Center in Bronx, NY, taking 300 milligrams per day has proven to be effective in reducing head pain. The downside: It can be expensive.

 

***For full story, grab a copy of TOTAL FITNESS October issue.

Favorite Item no. 5: LIGHTWATER


Did you know that our bodies are made of 50-60% water? Technically, that is more than half our body mass. And by keeping our body hydrated all day, we are able to enjoy peak performance in whatever we do and our skin is kept looking and feeling healthy. We need water even when sitting still and more so when active in sports or other equally strenuous activities.

When you run or engage in your preferred form of workout, your body loses electrolytes which water alone cannot fully replace. Now I’m sure you have your preferred beverage, just as I have mine – which truly is a necessity considering my active lifestyle – and I have recently favorited one: LIGHTWATER.

Water made better.

Lightwater contains the electrolytes Calcium chloride, Magnesium chloride and Potassium bicarbonate – all of which were specifically chosen for their hydrating benefits as well as their ability to help maintain the body’s nutrient balance. What Lightwater does not contain, however, is sodium because this particular element has been proven to have detrimental effects when taken in large measures.

Another thing that I like about Lightwater is that it does not have any sportdrink sweetness and salty taste. It’s as clear as and even more refreshing than pure water and there is no heaviness associated with spring water and no flat taste like distilled water.

Since I have discovered this drink, I’ve been stocking up bottles in my fridge for my daily runs and weekly Insanity workout and it’s been helping me loads in my body’s hydration needs.

 

What’s your preferred beverage?

Total Fitness: Jumpstart Your Metabolism


When I say jump, you say how high.

Published in this month’s issue of TOTAL FITNESS magazine. Grab a copy TODAY!

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Contrary to what most people subscribe to these days when it comes to losing weight, depriving your body of food is NOT the way to do it. In fact, research shows that speeding up the metabolism process is the more effective way of keeping fit and healthy – and this can be done by eating more nutrition-dense food. The operative word being ‘nutrition-dense’, this means having a good amount of protein and a reasonable amount of carbohydrates in your daily diet. Crash diet causes your body to burn muscle tissue which in turn gives visceral fat the upper hand. And as your metabolism crawls even slower, fat goes on to claim more territories in your body.

To keep your metabolism on the up and up, here are some tips to follow:

  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. It is said that your metabolism slows down whenever you are dehydrated, so drinking at least eight glasses of water every day is a surefire way of l keeping your body and your metabolism working properly. Not much of a water drinker? Start by having a glass of cold water before each meal. This will also help you feel full faster. If you want to speed up metabolism some more, drink green tea and black coffee as well.
  • Embrace the active lifestyle.  Still considered to be the best way to improve metabolism, workout in the form of cardio exercise or weight training is highly recommended by health and fitness experts. An independent research published on http://www.webmd.com, claims that our bodies burn six calories a day for each pound of muscle in our bodies, so it is very beneficial to incorporate some type of weight training in your workout routine.
  • Increase your PROTEIN intake. Most of us aim for lean muscle and why not if it makes us feel and look good and strong? To achieve and maintain lean muscle, our body needs protein. Researchers recommend that women, especially those who are into resistance training, should get an amount of protein between 0.54 and 1 gram per pound of body weight. (If you want to lose weight, use your goal body weight as your guide.) Add a serving, like 3 ounces of lean meat, 2 tablespoons of nuts, or 8 ounces of low-fat yogurt, to every meal and snack. Furthermore, research shows protein can increase post-meal calorie burn by as much as 35 percent.
  • Have resources, Go ORGANIC! Toxins from pesticides and food preservatives are stored in fat cells and interfere greatly with the energy-burning process of the body. Therefore, people with the most organochlorines (pollutants from pesticides) experience a greater than normal dip in metabolism as they lose weight. In other words, pesticides make it harder to lose pounds. But since organic produce is quite expensive and not easily found in regular supermarkets, you may opt to choose which ones to buy organic such as celery, peaches, strawberries, apples, blueberries, cherries, potatoes, and imported grapes and these produce tend to have the highest levels of pesticides.
  • Eat right! Increasing your metabolism is not a complicated matter at all. In fact, it can be as simple as eating the right types of food. Lean proteins like lean meats and fish help increase metabolism because our bodies use more energy to process these foods. Low-fat dairy foods like yogurt or cottage cheese are great snacks and can increase metabolism as well. While at it, clear your cupboard of junk food and sugar-laden snacks that only promote overconsumption.

 

CURVES BGC Promo: Save MORE, Weigh LESS


CURVES BGC's July Promo

Given the modern woman’s propensity to multitask both in her career and personal life, it is important for her to stay physically and mentally fit and strong.  Curves understands this very well, which is why this premiere fitness club for women has designed a special offer that will allow women to strengthen both their budgets and their bodies when they join. Between 1 July 2011 and 31 August 2011, the Bonifacio Global City Curves is cutting 50 percent off the initial service fee and offering the first 30 days freeto help new members save more and weigh less.

“Good health is priceless. We are here to support our neighbours and to help them on their journey to a healthy lifestyle. This promotion will allow women in the area to join Curves at a great price and hopefully motivate them to get in shape and achieve their goals,” said Fe Abrihan, the owner of the BGC club, located at 2F Serendra, McKinley Parkway, BGC, Taguig City.

Curves provides an exercise and weight control program designed specifically for women. Curves can help ladies of all ages and fitness levels establish a regimen to help them meet their goals, whether they are interested in exercise to improve their general health, or want to lose weight and tone their muscles.

“We’ve helped millions of women lose millions of pounds. Now, we’re making it even more affordable for new members to reach their fitness and weight loss goals beyond what they thought possible for themselves. If you want to make a radical change in your health, there’s absolutely no reason not to come in and get started today,” Abrihan said. For more information on Curves of Bonifacio Global City, or the 50 percent and 30 days free promotion, please contact Fe Abrihan at (02) 8280208.

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So yesterday, I went to Healthy Options for my healthy snacks + power bars and gels supply, when I decided to finally pick up a bottle of GINKGO BILOBA which, as some of you might know, is supposed to improve circulation to the brain, prevent tissues from getting damaged, and support memory function. You see, for years now, I had been complaining of diminished memory. When I was little – at 5’1, I still am ‘little’ – I could memorize a 3-page declamation piece, for example, in one day. At the age of four, I memorized Jose Rizal’s famous ‘Mi Ultimo Adios’ – yes, in Spanish – and would recite it every chance I get to score money from my Mom’s weekend mahjong classmates. In a way, you could say I was a precocious little mutt. Fast forward to today, well, let’s just say things have changed. Drastically. I’m still super smart and all but something really has to be done about my memory. Have I mentioned I’m super smart? Oh, only about a few times ya? LOL.

Hence, GINKGO BILOBA. So finally, at around 7:30 last night, I clocked out of the office to see my Victory Wednesday group at the mall. As is always the case, we had a great night of sharing before Ro closed it with a prayer. I passed by NafNaf just before the shop closed as I needed a cheap swimsuit for my weekend trip. When I got home, there was a sense of foreboding I couldn’t quite shake off. As though I had forgotten something.

My Healthy Options bag with my Ginkgo Biloba and healthy snacks! To top it all off, I couldn’t even remember where I left it! Did I leave it in the atm booth? How about at the coffee shop where I met the girls? NafNaf? Where?!?

After racking my brain for hours, retracing my steps, and trying to figure out where exactly I left the bag, I was already up to my elbows in frustration and I still couldn’t remember anything! I remember everything else that happened that day except that part about my Ginkgo Biloba.

I woke up this morning and one of the first three things that popped into my head was, you guessed it right, Ginkgo Biloba! Me and my Ginkgo obsession! It was so bad that even while doing INSANITY Cardio Recovery, my thoughts would still get interrupted by Ginkgo.

Then I went to work. Guess what was the first thing I noticed sitting prettily on top of my table?

This is how the Tale of the Missing Ginkgo Biloba came to a conclusion: on my tabletop.

To cut the long story short: I bought a bottle of memory enhancers which I had completely forgotten where I left last night.

Moral of the story: Somebody needs to OD on Gingko Biloba and that would be me.

I exaggerate, of course. I did, however, open the bottle immediately and swallowed two capsules. One can’t be too forgetful these days.

Woman, high maintenance is thy maiden name.


32 flavors and then some. That’s how old I am turning in July. Apart from the wrinkles and crow’s feet which are now starting to become more visible on my face caused by the combination of sun exposure and (the) occasional stress, I don’t feel old. In fact, and I keep telling myself this every morning when I face the mirror, I have never looked as good as I do now back when I was in my 20’s. I am healthier, fitter, more flexible and agile than most people my age – or even younger – and I always have random strangers telling me that I don’t look a day over 25! If you ask me, I think my skin has a lot to do with it.  This is the part where I suppose I have to give credit where credit is due. Mom, wherever you are, thank you! I have such an elastic and supple skin that you would never find even the faintest stretch mark on me even when I have gone as heavy as 120lbs and dropped down to 98lbs at one point. To say that I am mad for body moisturizers and beauty products is an understatement. I don’t patronize ridiculously expensive brands because, well, I can’t afford them. In fact, when it comes to body butter and moisturizers, the one brand that I love above all else is Boots – which I can only find in Thailand. It’s very reasonably priced but superlatively effective in making my skin look, feel, and smell deliciously soft and sexy.

But the wrinkles on my forehead and the now visible crow’s feet really get to me sometimes. Scrap that: All the time! I hate it especially when they show on photos and no amount of striking accessories can draw attention away from them. It’s not the thought of aging that scares me, because we are all going to get old and wrinkly at some point anyway. It is the thought of aging prematurely that causes me to do a double-take and seriously contemplate the use of anti-aging creams and beauty products. Any career-driven woman would tell you how important looks are in a cutthroat corporate jungle. Not that it is an absolute necessity for us to look ‘manufactured‘ by science, but more often, just being able to cover the basics – i.e. great skin, winning smile, manner of dressing, a 23-inch waistline, etc. – is enough to get us through the door.

Sooo, yes, ‘anti-aging’ anything is what I first look for when I go shopping for body butter, make-up, and demmit even body soaps! Not that I am attempting to defy (a)natural progression such as aging – I am merely trying to (super) slow down the process.  I have tried a few products and some of them I have grown a certain fondness for such as the Olay Age Defying series. But us girls being girls, we cannot resist the urge to try out other products – and there’s always something new that’s packaged as better in terms of performance and benefits.  And we always get hoodwinked into making mindless purchases, don’t we? But it’s okay. We’re girls and sometimes that’s explanation enough. *wink wink*

Today, I had an opportunity to try two new products from a beauty brand that’s been known and trusted for several decades now, Mary Kay. The anti-aging line is called TimeWise® and the two revolutionary products recently introduced in the Philippine market are TimeWise® Moisture Renewing™ Gel Mask and the TimeWise® Liquid Foundations.

TimeWise® Moisture Renewing Gel Mask which provides intense hydration to nourish skin whose moisture has been depleted during the day. This mask is scientifically formulated with ingredients to help quench the skin’s thirst overnight. It is formulated to add and hold in every precious drop of moisture. The skin will feel firmer, softer, healthier, and appear plumped from within.

TimeWiseâ Liquid Foundations make it simple for any woman to find her perfect match, with four shades to choose from, a choice of finishes for different skin types and the bonus of age-fighting benefits.  The foundation features two finishes – Luminous-Wear™ and Matte-Wear™ – which cater to skin that is either normal to dry or combination to oily, and a formula packed with ingredients to help protect the skin from environmental aggressors that can contribute to the visible signs of aging.

TimeWise Renewing Gel Mask and TimeWise Liquid Foundation

These two products were introduced via a special pampering event hosted for the media and selected beauty and fashion bloggers. I am not a fashion and beauty blogger, that’s for sure. What I am is a beautiful blogger. At least that’s a compliment I got a lot of earlier when I dropped by the event. And since they’re all strangers to me, I am inclined to believe and you can bet I will take every single word to bed tonight. Gullible much, yes. Now where are those ROTFL emoticons when you need them?!?

Anyway, the event was fun! Not only did I get an overdose of pink which happens to be a favorite color of mine (strawberry chocolate truffles, pink juice, pink bread sticks, pink couches, etc…) and free manicure, I also met a lot of very interesting – not to mention, beautiful – people. I remember chatting up nearly everyone that I keep missing the opportunity to have my nails done!  I even saw Hannah of Flaircandy fame whom some of you would also recognize as one of the House of Vanita blogger-models during last year’s fashion show. I especially loved talking to Jase and the beautiful event host who said she instantly noticed me when I walked into the room. The Tetchie Agbayani aura, she said was too strong to be missed! As most of the old-schoolers here would know, Tetchie, during her time, was synonymous to overpowering sex appeal. Wala talagang kakupas-kupas ang alindog ng lola nyo! Weeet weeew! Now if I had a peso for each time I get compliments like that, I’d probably be driving around a Kia. Another plate of ROTFLs, please!

With my new friend Jase

With the beautiful host whom I had one of best conversations with at the event

Hannah of Flaircandy having her make-up session

Vicky supersizing it at the manicure area

With Jase and birthday girl

Of course, I didn’t let pass the opportunity of talking about running and preaching health and fitness to the people around me. And it’s NOT just because I am now officially a Reebok brand ambassador for running (respect, earthlings, respect!) but because I am really passionate about these things. Why do you think I quit smoking and drinking cold turkey and at the same time three years ago? Why do you think I quit red meat and embraced ultrarunning and circuit interval training workouts? It’s because I love this body I was born with and if I don’t take care of it, who else out there would?

Team REEBOK.

Anyway, enough digression. All I really wanted to share was how great a day this has been for me. I met some great people whom I hope I would meet again. I brought home two great products I couldn’t wait to try. I accomplished a lot at work. And lastly, I had a great sharing session with Ro and the rest of the Wednesday Victory group. The blessings just keep coming and it feels so good to be back!

Tuesday Group.

On Going Green.


As consumers, we inevitably contribute to global warming with the electronic gadgets we use at home and our workplace; the car that we drive around or the public transportations that we take to get us from one destination to another; the flights that we take for our business or personal trips; our manic retail therapy and our regular trips to the cinema or other forms of recreation.

The question is, how much are we impacting global warming? One way to find out is by calculating our carbon footprint. A carbon footprint is a measure of the impact our activities have on the environment, and in particular climate change. It relates to the amount of greenhouse gases produced in our day-to-day lives through burning fossil fuels for electricity, heating and transportation etc.

When I took the online carbon footprint test sometime in February this year, this is the result I got:

Your footprint is 8.43 metric tons per year The average footprint for people in Philippines is 0.97 metric tons The worldwide target to combat climate change is 2 metric tons
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Your Carbon Footprint:

0.03 metric tons of CO2
3.96 metric tons of CO2
0.00 metric tons of CO2
0.00 metric tons of CO2
0.02 metric tons of CO2
0.00 metric tons of CO2
4.42 metric tons of CO2

Total = 8.43 metric tons of CO2

To offset some or all of your carbon footprint, click the sections you would like to offset in the list above, and click the Offset Now button.

Total To Offset = 8.43 metric tons of CO2

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The results of your carbon footprint calculation
  • Your footprint is 8.43 metric tons per year
  • The average footprint for people in Philippines is 0.97 metric tons
  • The average for the industrial nations is about 11 metric tons
  • The average worldwide carbon footprint is about 4 metric tons
  • The worldwide target to combat climate change is 2 metric tons

Although today we live in a technologically-advanced world and everyday discoveries seem endlessly exciting, it’s still the day-to-day actions and the habits you cultivate that matter most especially when it comes to doing Mother Earth good.  By changing your thinking, you are effectively changing your life. Adapting to a greener lifestyle is worth it for all kinds of reasons and you’ll be surprised that it’s not all about the planet. Green habits often save you money and improve your health and life, as well.

That is why from fit and healthy, I have decided I am now going green as well. And looking fabulous while at it.

I cannot build a green house like one of those multi-million solar paneled houses featured on TLC,  but I can certainly help make a difference by adapting to a lifestyle that does very little harm to the environment. I don’t own and drive a car, so that’s several points off my carbon footprint. I do, however, travel a lot and that’s where the bulk of my carbon footprint comes from.

At home, I hardly use airconditioning – unless I have someone over, which happens very rarely. Such is the life of a recluse. *cough, cough* Unless absolutely terrified of ghosts or bad dreams, I sleep with all the lights out. On workdays, I hardly ever watch the telly. Except for CNN or TLC in the morning while I get ready for work and again when I come home from work. And since half the time I’m not in town anyway, my electricity consumption is minimal. Very minimal, in fact, that I sometimes only pay a little over one hundred pesos a month. But no, I am not open to taking in board and lodgers. hahaha. Most of my clothes do not need ironing as they’re made of soft fabrics – just the sort that fabric conditioners can take care of.

That's my old favorite Tesco Green Bag for only RM7. Got it in 2009. I think they have new designs now.

When I do my weekly grocery shopping at the supermarket, I make it a habit to bring my own reusable, environment-friendly bag. Last year in Malaysia, I found this really nice recycled bag from Tesco for only RM7. I was so happy with the design, the size, and the overall usability of the bag that I used it not just for grocery shopping but for also for trips to the mall, cinema, or the beach. For months, I had been looking for something to replace my Tesco bag as it’s looking completely depreciated – what with the amount of stuff I put in it most of the time. The gods of environment-friendly bags must have heard my silent prayer because just the other day when I was at SM Megamall, I saw this orange reusable bag which had the word SPARK emblazoned across the front and it’s being sold for only P35!  And just when I thought it was all there was to it, I saw 3 other colors with words BREATHE, RENEW, and FLOW and I knew then – I have to have all four!

Later on I would find out that these are the SM Eco Bags made of recyclable material and can be durable enough to last up to two weeks of use. As for the size, it’s fairly large enough to hold my junk. I haven’t actually used to it to go grocery shopping but I have used it to carry some of my books and caboodles to work.  Like this morning, I used my SPARK and RENEW bags to carry my Grand Fiesta race kit which I picked up from ROX and my copy of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl Who Played With Fire and some organic chips (as healthy substitute for Lays and Cheetos!) and a bottle of Bragg ACV with honey which I picked up from Healthy Options today as well. And let me tell you, these Eco Bags can carry a load!

SPARK and RENEW with SM Eco Bags

The beauty of bringing your own recyclable bag to the supermarket is that you cut down on plastic bags. Now it may not be possible to eliminate plastics totally from our purchases because let’s face it, most of the products available everywhere are still packed and sold contained in plastics. But at least you lessen the use of plastic bags. That’s good enough a start. Not all of us have the means and resources to take drastic measures in saving the environment but we can start right at home. And if there’s some way that we can do this without losing sight of our unique fashion sense (and without paying incredible amount for it), then what’s keeping us girls from getting involved?

SPARK(LE) with me.

I say, let’s BREATHE, SPARK, RENEW and FLOW starting NOW!