30 Off! Week 5

I’ve lost 3 lbs. since over a month ago, when I said I would eat better and get more exercise.

Have I actually done those things? Not really… I started out pretty well, but I’ve gone back to eating starch and consuming way more junk food and sweets than I normally do. And the exercise part? I’ve done Julio’s workout maybe thrice.

No more excuses, Ynez. Let’s do this right.

Current Weight: 127 lbs.


My Week in Photos #10

Given that I always post this series a week later than I’m supposed to, I thought it better to change the name of this series to My Week in Photos.

My week started with a trip to a car shop. On our way back to Manila from Baguio, we were rear-ended by another vehicle. I had to wait until the next Monday to have the damage (which was minimal) assessed and estimated by a mechanic.


This little girl is getting so big so fast!


Fried chicken and biscuits for dinner – I can’t remember where I got the recipe from!


I wonder what these two are up to…


Chicken and waffle breakfast at Pi


I wish Bea had been with me to see this train going around the third floor of Eastwood Mall


First night in her toddler bed – but right beside ours. I wish I could say she slept there the whole night. That’s still a work in progress.


Apple scones for Sunday breakfast


All dolled up for a busy Sunday!



My Life This Week #9

Julio was still sick last week but he went to basketball practice anyway on Monday. Bea and I went along with him, as he said he wouldn’t stay long. Bea decided to have some fun with a spare ball.


His co-coaches kept commenting on how yellow he seemed to be and only then did I notice it. So it was back to the laboratory for more tests and it turned out to be Hepatitis A, not dengue as we initially thought.


We had a long weekend last week, due to All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day (November 1 and 2, not sure which holiday falls on which date) so my whole family drove up to Baguio on October 31st. My parents and uncle left in the morning, and it took them seven hours to get there! Julio, Bea and I left in the afternoon and arrived at the Baguio Country Club at 9pm. I really like the stone walls.


We woke up the next day to a foggy morning.


I wonder how these guys were able to even see where their balls went.


The view of the country club from our cottage, once the fog cleared


My parents’ cottage of choice – Cottage 109


Pretty Baguio flowers


We got to Baguio too late and missed the trick-or-treating, but Bea still used her butterfly wings and wand the day after. That boo-boo by her left eye? She fell down the stairs of the cottage while trying to reach for her bottle, which her dad was holding.


Bea meets an over-friendly golden retriever


Parking lot at night. Creepy!


Eating a donut almost as big as her face.


Carvings on a tree on the road to Minesview Park.


Back in Manila, the ceiling draping at a friend’s wedding.


More in My Life This Week #10!


My Life This Week #8

Last week was pretty exhausting. I was feeling sick, and the husband was very sick (still is, actually). Although the hospital is only about 7 minutes away from where we live, I found the daily visits to be quite taxing. I guess worrying about the test results, waiting for the doctor, and wondering how to bring a high fever down does take its toll.

Waiting for a seminar to start on the first day of the week. I paid the fee the day before but forgot to send a copy of the proof of payment to the organizer, so I wasn’t on the list. No biggie. Good thing I brought the deposit slip with me!


The story of my (shoe) life.


Bought a lamp, desk and chair for my home “office”. I love the blue!


Day 1 at the hospital, waiting to see the pulmonologist


Day 2 , back at the hospital, waiting for the blood test results


After being cooped up at home (apart from the daily hospital trips) the whole week, Julio started getting cabin fever. A drive to U.P. for fishballs and a cookie, and to get some air.


Drawing in the soil


Wearing mismatched patterns for a walk around the block


Written on the wall in the bathroom of Jamba Juice BHS


Getting ready to jump!


Playing with Legos, and refusing to leave. Julio and I would say, “Let’s go, Bea?” and she would reply, “Not yet.” or “Building house.”



30 Off! Week 3

Still just 5 lbs. down. I know it’s not an excuse, but I was feeling pretty sick the first half of the week. Plus Julio was diagnosed with dengue so I was more than a little worried. We were at the hospital every morning from Tuesday to Friday so he could get a complete blood count, and he wasn’t diagnosed with dengue for sure until Thursday.


In any case, was I able to work out? Heck no. Did I eat better? I suppose I did but I went back to eating starch Friday. Worst of all, I had instant noodles for lunch today. Hopefully I’ll be able to hold out this week, even with the trip to Baguio!

Current Weight: 125 lbs.


My Life This Week # 7

Last week turned out to be my cheat week. I’ll have to get back on track and be good this week. I promise to try to eat better this time around!

Dog walking in U.P.


Mommy-and-me pink rubber shoes


Bitter gourds growing in our “garden”


Didn’t know what else to cook for dinner so I bought ready-to-cook BBQ pork chops and threw together a salad of fuji apples, corn and arugula with roasted sesame dressing. And of course, a bottle of ice-cold Corona to wash it all down.


Lunch with Julio and Bea at the new restaurant in the neighbourhood, π Breakfast and Pies. Their compost cookies were pretty good, BTW.


Eggs Benny at the same resto


Waiting at the new Starbucks at 151 Shaw (or was it 515? I don’t remember)


At a friend’s house, this amazing chandelier made out of capiz balls and roots


Dinner with some good friends after ages of not seeing one another!


Lazy Sunday breakfast – poached egg with chorizo, corn and croutons. Recipe from Serious Eats. That’s Bea, stealing a crouton from my bowl. She loves bread!


30 Off! Week 2

I’ve fallen off the wagon and gone back to my pre-diet weight.

That’s right – I gained back the 4 lbs. I lost. Make that 5 lbs., because I lost another pound sometime at the beginning of the week. Then the weekend rolled around and I gained it ALL back. I must admit, I have not exactly been eating healthily nor have I been sticking to my self-imposed one serving rule.

Bugger. I can’t believe I gained 5 lbs. in the span of just as many days! I started the week properly but began eating junk food and other no-nos by Wednesday. I did work out twice this week, so yay for me on that end. I even had a little workout partner!




Bea has her own kettlebell (given to her by one of Julio’s friends) but, don’t worry, she is not yet allowed to even carry it.

I do have to give myself a slap on the wrist for cheating (a lot!) this week. I had cake and donuts and dessert and lots of starch. Bad Ynez.

So I promise to do much better this week. More veg and NO cheating at all, since I cheated almost every day last week. Let’s just keep the McDonalds double cheeseburger and fries I had for lunch yesterday a secret, deal? Just between you and me though, that meal was not at all worth it.

Current Weight: 130 lbs. – again!

My Life This Week #6

Last week started out so slowly, then Wednesday onwards became a blur. Nothing really happened during the week, as I had to make up for work I missed out on when we were away. But by the time the weekend rolled around, I was able to take some snapshots of what I was up to.

Stuck indoors because of a rainy morning


Checked out the new mall that opened up in our area – U.P. Town Center


Tried out the new neighborhood cupcake place.


The interiors were too cute!


I do like the way they decorated the place. Very shabby chic.


Lunch with relatives to welcome home my uncle, who moved back to Manila after about 40 years in Switzerland.


Bea trying to figure out how to get in on the cousin fun


Walking in her Papa’s slippers


More adventures next week!


30 Off! Week 1

A week’s gone by since I started my diet. I lost 4 lbs. within 4 days but my weight’s plateaued since then.

What have I been doing differently? Not eating starch, for one. For someone who is used to having rice or pasta or bread or potatoes with every meal, it’s been easier than I thought it would be. I’ve cheated (quite a lot!) and had a teeny slice of cake for dessert or just one piece of chocolate, or even an Oreo, but generally I’m right on track. I haven’t been cooking with salt. I’ve also been eating things like this lentil dish. It was pretty tasteless, and on hindsight I should have probably used dried lentils instead of canned.


Or this corned beef and bean concoction with fried egg for breakfast. I know it doesn’t look appetizing, but it’s pretty darned good. After eliminating salt from our food, this one seemed a bit too salty. But it was good enough to wolf down anyway.


I know, I know. I said we were going to go on a Paleo diet. And legumes, apparently, aren’t on the list of Paleo food. But we were going the Slow-Carb route too, and I had loaded my pantry shelf with cans of beans. Julio said to just use up the stock of canned beans we have then go Paleo as much as possible. I love beans. I think I was okay giving up the starch because I could have beans. But now, no starch and no beans? We’ll see how that goes.

What else have I been up to? I’ve also done some exercise. Not much, mind you. Just twice since I started the weight loss program. We took Bea to U.P. to practice riding her Strider bike, and Julio watched her while I took a 30-minute walk.


In my first post in the 30 Off! series, I mentioned that Julio created a workout program for me. I’m supposed to do it twice a week for 2 weeks, then increase the number of workout days. In the one week since I started the diet, I’ve only done it once. And it was tough! It consists of swinging a 10-kg kettlebell and doing squats. My legs and arms were pretty much Jello by the time I was done. And my butt ached the next day. Still, I suppose I might as well stick to the regimen if it’s going to help me lose weight faster. Although I’m sure the cheat weekend didn’t do my body any favors.

Current Weight: 126 lbs.