Losing Weight Doesn't Have to be Expensive

9:59 AM Lee 0 Comments

When I started to think of losing weight I carefully chose which diet delivery program to consider. There are numerous door-to-door diet delivery services here in Metro Manila that varies in calorie count, delivery charges, delivery time, service area, and of course the price. These are the things you want to ask when inquiring about diet program from the providers. Considering the factors, I started asking several providers to find the one that will fit my needs.


Plan:Eat Program is my choice from all of the service providers for the following reasons:

1. They provide a range of calorie count, which starts at 1200, next is, 1500, 1800 and 2000 calories (per day) depending on the right nutrition your body needs. 

2. Calorie Count = Price for your order (Meals for 5 days exclusive of delivery charge). 

3. Cheap delivery charge. This may vary depending on your area. (Here in BGC it’s P100 delivery charge for 5days)

4. Complete set of meals. You’ll have your meal for Breakfast, AM Snack, Lunch, PM Snack, and Dinner

5. Healthy balanced diet. Usually, I get to see in my order a rice meal with meat & veggies, pasta, muesli/cereals, fruits, and sweets (yes you read it right! Sweets!). Get to enjoy different meals everyday!  

6. Food allergy friendly. You can tell them any concerns of food allergy so it will be carefully considered. The good thing is, when you specify your food restrictions they will make a substitute meal with no extra charge.  

7. Hassle-free payment. Use your BDO/BPI mobile banking app to transfer payments to their account. A screenshot or online receipt will do.  


Why consider a diet delivery service?
Working in Philippine Stock Exchange Ortigas, I don’t have the jolly-jeep option like in Makati. Yes, there’s a canteen. Canteen usually costs me around P80+, and on the canteen at the other wing costs me about P50+ but gave me stomachache. Either that, or go to a fastfood or restaurant. I’ve been doing that for 3yrs., gives me the dilemmas of what to eat at lunch then end up eating Shanghai Rice or Burger Steak

Why not prepare your own meals?
This is case to case. If you have the luxury of time in the morning, maybe it will work for you. Can also be done at night, but considering the hassle of transportation here, you’d rather want to rest. Factors like time, effort, and knowing how to cook, it might not work for most of us. Better assess your capacity and resources first to know what really works best for you. With my work and lifestyle, this won’t work.

Every week I order PLAN 1500 for my 5-day meal and I regularly pay P1,600 (inclusive of delivery charge) for my plan.  Considering my expense when I didn’t have food discipline (Read the story here: The Fitter Lane), I’m way over budget. But now that I’ve been with Plan:Eat Program for 6 months I get to manage my expenses wisely, eat healthy, and l have sustained my weight to normal.
Values on "w/o diet program" are based on my previous lifestyle.

Note that diet program is portion control, meaning the amount of food served is in small servings, which is calorie-counted and not your usual pig-out food. 

If you're stepping to healthy eating and want to change your lifestyle, I would definitely endorse Plan:Eat as your guide to a diet meal program. It will definitely help you with your weight loss, and the one that’s perfect for your budget! 

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Plan:Eat Program
Contact No: +639173055510
Email: planeat.program@gmail.com
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Healthy Salads That Won't Leave You Hungry

8:30 PM Lee 0 Comments

Let’s say you have an upcoming dinner, can’t decide on where to grab some healthy eats. Well, here’s a treat for you! 

Just at the ground floor of Alveo Corporate Center on 28th St. is a restaurant owned by Erwan Heussaff. The Fat Kid Inside shares his healthy recipes on Crisp on 28th. Along with my college friends, we had a despedida dinner on such a welcoming restaurant. A great place for yuppies I must say! 

I personally like the typography design of the menu, which also delivers a great selection of salads! And so yes, let’s go green! My pick was Chipotle Chicken Quinoa Salad
Chipotle Chicken Quinoa Salad (P215) - Crisp on 28th
Healthiness (5/5)
Taste & Food Quality (4/5)
Value for Money (3/5)
It has organic quinoa, cherry tomatoes, fresh onions, beets, olives and perfectly grilled herb chicken. Just the mix of everything makes it deliciously rich! Tomato is not really my preference, but having it with beets tastes different in a good way. Definitely I’m including it on my fave list!

Here's the salad menu:
Prices are not updated (Photo Courtesy: Zomato)
Another find is Craft Salad at the food court of SM Aura. I didn’t know that there’s a salad bar there! Did not notice at first but as I went around, I saw these freshly prepared greens in a stall at the corner. They have this “make your own combo” at P250 but for a first try, I’m more towards the Salad Specialties on the menu.

Have a look on the menu:
Craft Salad Menu


Vitamin Boost Salad (P230) - Craft Salad
Healthiness (5/5)
Taste & Food Quality (4/5)
Value for Money (3/5)
Typically, I’m a balsamic vinaigrette lover. But I chose the Vitamin Boost salad because it’s…duh, VITAMIN (Haha! Joking!). I’m interested to taste the orange cranberry dressing of Vitamin Boost that has fresh lettuce, cucumber, quinoa, mango, red onions, oranges, dried cranberries and walnuts. Not your typical dressing, but it’s really good! Having the fresh onions makes it even balanced. Fab taste!

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G/F Alveo Corporate Center, 28th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Telephone: +63 917 584-6883
Instagram: @Crisp28ph
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Craft Salad
SM Aura, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Telephone: (02) 824 7821
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The beauty of Sumilon and my Whale Shark encounter

10:20 AM Lee 0 Comments


Going to Cebu is not my first time, probably my 5th visit to the island. I’ve been there for city trips and weddings. This time it’s special because I get to see the whale sharks for the first time. I’ve seen a lot of these gentle giants on television, websites, and social media however I don’t feel the thrill unless I experience it myself.   

Together with two of my closest family, we booked for a 3-day trip to Cebu with loads of activities in mind. Of course, lechon is part of the itinerary along with the local favorites otap and rosquillos. Listed to our schedule is a visit to a laid-back island, appreciate a stunning falls, and snorkeling with the whale sharks (butanding).

First day of the trip is to relax and chill. We decided to check some food spots but to our dismay some establishments were closed since it is Maundy Thursday.  Good thing I read about Escario Central, a small place where Zubuchon has a branch. I only had a little taste of our orders since I cannot over eat. Probably of all our orders, the lemon grass cooler was surprisingly good. Not much for this day, mostly rest and a quick visit at the grocery.

On our second day, we had to wake up at 4:00AM to catch the Ceres bus at South Bus Terminal going to Bancogon, Oslob. It took us 3hrs. ride to reach Bluewater Sumilon drop off point. Upon arriving at their guest hall, we were asked for our names for the day pass package. The package includes: boat transfers, lunch buffet, use of swimming facilities, kayaking, trekking, and snorkeling for P2,000 (peak day rate).

Together with other tourists, it was just a quick boat ride going to the island and a very pleasing staff at the island welcomed us. A calm beautiful surrounding greeted us with welcoming facilities for us to enjoy in a day. Lunch was served on the beach side opposite to the lagoon where we also enjoyed kayaking. All meals were delicious! 
Chillin' while waiting for our lunch
The best experience of visiting Sumilon Island was snorkeling. We went snorkeling first at the Marine Sanctuary (which is a public area since the sandbar is situated there) with our slices of bread to feed the fishes. It was a great encounter with the colorful marine life! But the best area to snorkel is at the beachfront for there are bigger fishes (real BIG!!!) that might scare you at first, yet the spectacle is so fulfilling!

For our last day, another early rise time for us but this time we have a private car to pick us up at our hotel. I pre-availed the Oslob Whale Shark Watching package from Island Trek Tours, a 10-hour duration inclusive of entrance/watching fees, pick up & drop off, light breakfast, lunch, whale shark watching, side trip to Tumalog Falls and a tour facilitator.

Tumalog Falls
By bus, you can just take the Ceres bus going to Oslob. Since our flight is at 9:00PM we opted to get the package to avoid stress catching our flight. That day, it was chaos in Oslob since there are so many tourists arriving. Cielo, our tour facilitator came in handy for she managed everything for us and all we had to do is wait for our turn to be called (Thank you Cielo!).  

No GoPro or underwater cam? No need to worry! There are underwater cam rentals in the area for P500 and a CD will be given after. There were also rash guard stores and canteens if you plan a DIY travel.
Ron with the Butanding
Whale Shark Watching
The feeling of excitement and numbness seeing these giant creatures is a little terrifying to be honest. The tourist boats were tied up together circling around the whale sharks where one boat feeds the giants. Every time it passes, we dive our way under the sea to see the butanding in it’s composed swim and stunning fins. We dive again, and again, and again until we have the best picture (but sadly for me I didn’t have one. Haha!). But hey, definitely an extraordinary encounter! 

The night came and it was all goodbyes for this trip, but we had all our smiles and stories on our way home. I hope we continue to take good care of our environment for it bonds us with the best experiences of life. ‘Til my next adventure!

(More photos on my Facebook account) 

Recommended Tour Guide:
Cielo0933-114-4254

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Here's my itinerary during our trip. (Since most of the schedules were not followed, you can use it as a guide).

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Good Find: Kakanin / Biko (Rice Cake)

8:49 AM Lee 0 Comments

I visited a friend at Paco to pickup my vinegar and “bagoong” from our province (La Union). Abruptly, I wanted to eat something I have missed from our home: “kakanin”.  When you’re on a food-restricted program, never over eat on a cheat day. So though it is one of my best-loved I can only eat a little. (To indulge is never a bad thing!) :)

I don't remember the name of the stall where I bought this, but it's in Robinson's Paco


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Travel Photo: Perdana Botanical Garden

7:30 AM Lee 0 Comments


"Only those who row the boat make waves"
- Christina Dodd

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Photo of the day: Tic Tac Minion

6:54 AM Lee 0 Comments


As I spend my Sunday afternoon with my chores, I decided to draw a Minion to a Tic Tac candy I found in the grocery. Creativity hits so I made two photo drawings.

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7 things to keep in mind when starting a healthy YOU

6:42 AM Lee 0 Comments

The day I started to focus on losing weight I saved some notes in mind that I would like to share. Start is never easy but as you have these pointers in mind, the progress will lead to your goals.

1. Begin with defining your goals
the short-range ones are the best to start with
2. Trash your usual fast-food meals and look for a diet program that fits your need
remember that not everyone is tailored to be successful in diet programs, but you can at least try
3. Office treats are good but never for your goal
skip and resist the influence
4. Choose white meat, greens, and fruits 
you get invited to a dinner and cancelling is not an option, so be mindful of your order
5. Rice and junk food (tsitsirya) is not an option during dinner
in my case, eating these at night gave me a belly bag
6. Stop drinking sodas and other fruit juices 
these drinks are high in sugar which makes it more sinful than fat
7. If you crave, taste a little
sometimes it’s difficult to resist, bear in mind to just have a portion
Whatever your age start caring for yourself. 

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The Fitter Lane

8:00 AM Lee 0 Comments

I was overweight. At 5’6” I weighed 169 lbs. last December 2014 during our Annual Physical Exam. I don’t usually check my weight but knowing that time was a shocker. Then came the realization of what I eat, the burden of a heavy mass to a sedentary lifestyle, and the pull of social influence. The things like eating too much fried, filling your fridge with processed foods, munching junk food at night, heavy rice loading during dinner and the post-lunch Starbucks fad. These were my turns that described who I was for the past 2yrs. Mary (officemate) & I used to say, “We will grow fat together”.

Then, I stopped at 30.

Last February of this year, a month before my 30th birthday, an officemate of mine introduced me to a diet program that provides healthier meal options. Okay, so I signed up! The goal was to reduce my weight and have proper food discipline since the meals are portion-controlled. I got headaches, was grumpy, and became woozy during my first 2 days. The challenge was real. I drink liters of water every time I feel hungry. Ignored all the office treats to keep me focus on my goal. No rice and buffet on weekends, just greens; salad. There I was, and after a month I finally lost 8 lbs. Yaasss! It feels good to hit that goal! 

Last May 31, 2015
March is my birth month, thus a new goal for me to achieve. I hired a professional trainer and started going to the gym. So I was excited! I went at Move Fitness to buy gym gloves & yoga mat. There was a free assessment of PBF (Percent Body Fat) so I didn’t hesitate to hop on to the machine. An even greater test was waiting for me! Joel, a PTRP convinced me to take their 90-day fitness challenge. Goal was to reduce 15% of your body fat in 90 days. (Bring it on! Challenge accepted!

From then, I woke up every Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6am for my intense training, plus cardio on weekends at the same rise time. I get sleepy at work, even hungrier than ever, and body aches all over. But what makes it particular was the feeling of being lighter & better. On my 67th day of training, Cholo (my coach) was confident that I already shredded a measured amount of fats. I then visited Move Fitness to finally have my result, there was no second chance on this, there’s just failure or achievement. 

Initial Assessment (March 11, 2015):
Body Fat Mass: 50.9 lbs
Percent Body Fat (PBF): 33.1%

Result (May 16, 2015):
Body Fat Mass: 37.5 lbs
Percent Body Fat (PBF): 26.0%

Bliss, the perfect feeling of hitting another goal on my list. Friends, officemates, and others were so proud of what I’ve achieved. But this doesn’t stop here. I continue to eat healthy and find new goals to beat. Thus writing a blog of my life story is part of that list, so everyone who have the same dilemma and need motivation, I hope this post will inspire you to always choose the fitter lane

Here are some photos of my journey:
  • Percent Body Fat Assessment
  • Percent Body Fat Assessment
  • Percent Body Fat Assessment
   

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