Back on the Elliptical

I just know when it is time to be back working out again albeit I walk a lot for the entire 8 hours at work. Walking seems not enough for me in order to keep my belly the way I want it. Since I use a lot of energy when at work, I try to eat three times a day which creates a problem in my midsection because for some reason, the food I eat get stuck in my stomach. It does not come down to my butt and lower limbs!

Yes, a lot of people tell me I am skinny. There was even a patient asked me last week if I ever eat because of my figure. I proudly told her, ” yes, I eat a lot because I get hungry all the time. But I have a big belly.” She did not believe me instead told me back that I have a good shape. Yeah right, if only she was right. She just didn’t know that underneath my clothes, there’s an endless story, haha. Shakira’s song!

Anyway, at 99.8 pounds, I feel a bit heavy. Though I can still move fast than anyone else at work yet there is this bugging belly of mine that need to be exercised, it is flabby, soft and jiggly!

So, in order to stop that annoying fats, I decided to do something about it and the only solution is to get my elliptical back into working again. After six months of not being able to use, finally I was able to and used it for 30 minutes. Planning of doing it again right after doing my online personal blog posts!

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Hard Working and Dependable Hands

When I was still searching for a man to marry, I had high standards and I lived with it until I found the right one. That right man came along four years into searching on the internet, my ex-fiance now my husband of 12 years.

One of my criteria for in a man, he should have clean nails. If I meet up with somebody and I see his nails are dirty, I get turned off easy. When I met my husband for the first time in person, he was all but a gorgeous and a hunk, clean-cut guy. He was so perfect in my eyes and fortunately for me, he wanted me to be in his future.

Fast forward 12 years later, my man’s nails are tarnished with grease and other stuff because he loves working around the house, fix broken fixtures, toys and or anything that needs repairs and help his friend tweaking a military truck.

He came home one afternoon with nails looking like that.

Yes, his nails look dirty pictured below but I am not turned off by them. In fact, I admire him so much and truly appreciate of what he does for our family and for other people. When he helps, he helps them without expecting anything in return. Dependable is what he is. I live a worry-free life and not thinking about when is the clogged toilet gonna be fixed, as long as he is around, rest assured things are done accordingly and in no time. That’s what he is. I don’t even have to worry if my car is dirty because he will see the dirt,scratches, dents and dings first before me.

I love my husband even after twelve years later…

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How to Make and Edit a Perfect Selfie

Selfies are a great way of capturing a portrait of yourself or a group of people – but more often than not they are far from perfect. Because it is difficult to control the lighting, background and other elements in your selfie – editing it after the fact will go a long way to making it perfect.

Fortunately with Movavi Photo Editor you’ll have all the tools that you need to make the perfect selfie. Aside from letting you edit it in normal ways and improve the quality or fix common problems, it also has a range of tools that can be used to specifically improve portraits or give people digital makeovers.

To get started all you need to do is load the selfie that you snapped into Movavi Photo Editor. Once you do, you can browse through its many features and pick the ones that you need to improve it. Some of the ways in which you could choose to edit your selfie include:

  • Applying blush, mascara, eyeshadow, lip tints, and other types of digital makeup.
  • Removing blemishes and any skin imperfections.
  • Whitening teeth to make smiles more vibrant.
  • Removing red eye or changing the eye color completely.
  • Deleting any objects or people that are unwanted from the selfie.
  • Adjust the color settings manually or automatically to improve the image quality or fix poor lighting conditions.

As you can see the features that Movavi Photo Editor provides will help you to improve your selfie (or any other type of portrait) in a range of different ways. However that is really just a small part of what it can do, and you can delve deeper into its features to apply various effects and filters, replace the background, insert customizable text, transform the frame and orientation, or create photo montages.

For the most part when you want to make a perfect selfie you will undoubtedly focus on photo touch up as opposed to more elaborate forms of editing. However at times it may be nice to be creative and use the features in Movavi Photo Editor to turn your selfie into an artistic piece in its own right.

Considering you have all the tools that you need right there, it is up to you to decide how you feel like editing your selfie. At the end of the day whatever you choose Movavi Photo Editor will ensure that you can accomplish it in an easy and straightforward manner.

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Hanging Out with My Filipina Co-Worker/s

It is vital to hang out with people you’re comfortable with once in a while. I got suffocated of my daily routine, work-home and vice versa for weeks so when my Filipina co-worker asked me if we can hang out and go out together last week, with no hesitation I said yes and made a time to be out with her all day with my little girl and her son.

We went to Premium Outlets in Grand Prairie, there we spent a good freaking 4 hours of going in stores we liked plus a baby in tow. I was thankful we were able to have fun and did what we want to do with no complaints from our kiddos. After shopping for clothes and bags, we had a nice pho soup at a Vietnamese little eatery outside Hongkong Market then we proceeded for seafood and other Filipino goodies at HK market.

We did not come home until 7 o’clock. Fortunately, due to daylight savings time, we still had sun driving back home. It was a well spent Sunday with Maricor, Charles and a brief encounter with the oldest Filipina at work, Ate Rosa.

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Will Not be Remorseful Cutting You Off in My Life

When I offer help and friendship, rest assured it will be genuine and sincere. If I help, I will not expect for a payback. If I offer friendship, loyalty and good company are what you will receive. I don’t pretend, I don’t sugar-coat my words, what I say is felt from the heart and most of all, I am not a plastic person, what you see is what you get. If I like a person, it will be with my whole being and will make it known to you how much I appreciate you as you are.

BUT PLEASE, DO NOT screw me up to the point of hurting me because once you do that, I will not hesitate cutting my relationship with you whoever you are and won’t be remorseful cutting you off my life completely. You will suffer “silence and cold treatments” forever! A few people have already experienced that from me and I have NO regret at all! I am peaceful without them in my life. Could it be family (cousins, mother and siblings) and or online friends.

This Wiki game on FB I tried one night and was shocked how it precisely describe myself.

It says, “This is a woman who knows what she wants, she doesn’t let others sway her opinion and she doesn’t give second chances to anyone who has betrayed her, she knows that someone who hurts you once will hurt you forever. She ignores those who are not worth her time, leaves those who don’t deserve her, and goes to the one who really loves her and shows her affection.”


I Caught a Big-Mouthed Bass

Last weekend we had so much fun! We went for a short getaway and was really looking forward to fishing. We were not disappointed because all three of us caught some fish. It was my 5-yr old girl who caught fish first, she had a blue gill fish and later on, I caught a big-mouthed bass about 2.5 pounds!

Then my 8-year old followed, she caught 3 small size catfish after spending quite some time in the pond fishing by herself.

I was so tempted to cook it and put in the grill but Mike did not allow me to cook the fish because he wanted to wait until next year when the fish will double its size. But after that fish took the bait, it got loose with the hook still attached to its mouth which will likely cause him for his death.

OH well, nothing I could do but feeling satisfied for the first time I caught a really big fish. I was so happy and my kids were encouraged to continue fishing.

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Beautiful Country Scenery

If you want complete peace of mind, absolute quiet and away from trouble, the country is a place to be. Here are some views I took when we visited Avery, Texas last weekend. We stayed for 2 nights at a friend’s house and enjoyed the surroundings and all.

In his front yard, are tall trees. His backyard is a wide and open field where the two small and medium-sized ponds are located. The road to get to the main highway is not paved or if it is, it is too thin that you can barely tell there’s a pavement there. I find it cool driving on a dirt road, something to admire the beauty of nature.

When it’s sun rise and sunset, you can clearly see the sun rays kissing your skin and oh just beautiful out there.

First photo below was taken at 6 in the afternoon. Background are trees awaiting Spring. Second photo is of the dirt road we took from his house to the main road. You can see the trees along the road how beautifully they are lined up that makes the travel so gorgeous.

Thirdly, is his front porch view.

Imagine living in the city where there are a million people in it and moving to a country like Avery and the population is only 482!

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Achieve Your Weight Loss Goals by Cutting out Hidden Sugars

Fitness trainers would be quick to tell you that the first step to losing weight is cutting out unnecessary sugars. You cannot lose weight effectively if you still binge on chocolate chips and ice cream; rather you would be pointed towards healthier meal options like fruits and vegetables that provide your body with essential vitamins and minerals. You would also be asked to increase your protein and fiber intake so you feel full faster and remain hunger-free for longer periods of time.

However, there is still the matter of added sugar to deal with; these sugars are added to “healthy snacks” to make them taste better or to improve their shelf life, they are added to drinks to improve their flavor, they are even used in the manufacturing of flavorings and condiments. These are the ones we have to be concerned about.

What to do?

Clean out your pantry! Oh and while you’re at it, your refrigerator as well; that BBQ sauce may contain some sugar as well. Generally, you want to be looking at the product information on the foods in your pantry; foods that contain lactose, maltose or anything that ends with the suffix “–ose” has got to go. You would be amazed to see there are a lot of them. You should also look for words that end in “-ol” these are the alcohol sugars and they may not be so great for your weight loss goals either. Finally, re-stock your kitchen with fruits, vegetables and nuts. These are healthier snack or meal options.

For more on hidden sugars, here is a great infographic we found for you.

 

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Simple Family Valentine’s Day Dinner at Home

My husband is far from being perfect, he has flaws because he is human. He is a man of few words. He is also sweet, does not sugar-coat his words. Instead, show his love through his actions.

Rest assured, family comes first to him. He cares and devotes his life so much for his family and he does half of the responsibility like every parent should. When there’s an occasion, he will do something to remind us that each occasion is worth celebrating.

Like today, it’s Valentine’s Day. It is the first VD we did not go out, what he did is he take an effort to make our dinner. A whooping 3-pound steak baked in the oven, baked fries and steamed broccoli all prepared by him for this occasion. He did not buy chocolates, card or flowers but his action speaks louder than words and I am grateful. I made sure I appreciated him for what he did, it was an awesome and tasty dinner shared tonight. The children loved what was on the table.

I sure am one lucky wife for finding a man like my husband. I love my husband, I love my kids. I love my family. In every occasion, they are there celebrating with me! They are my precious treasure and a dream come true. They are my family I call my own.

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Cruel World Out There

Experiences are great teachers. Do I regret going out of my comfort zone and joined the workforce of America? No, because I now have an idea how it is to be out there, and it’s cruel!

No matter what I do and how hard I work, I cannot please everybody. When I ask for help, I get cussed at. When I do part of their job, no one notices it. When I work, I work hard. When I speak up, they’ll report me to the superiors.

I don’t know where to put myself anymore and I got questions in my mind why? And many whys???

What did I do to deserve this? I understand they don’t like me and I don’t expect for them to say nice things about me but wow, it was unexpected! I believe I got treated unfairly yesterday just because of what??? Can someone please explain to me why I deserved to be treated like that yesterday????

So hurt and it was excruciatingly painful!