June 15, 2017

Working out and loving it!

Roll back the time, if someone says, lets exercise, go jogging or go to the gym, I would probably roll my eyes at them and make all the excuses I can think about just to escape a sweat session. I maintained my weight by refusing to eat rice, meat and all stuff oily. I won’t avoid sweets but I will cut down meal portions, (note: kitty portion) and sometimes skip it, yes not a good habit, I was being bad to my body.  I am very grateful that a year ago, someone encouraged me to go jogging, work out with me, eat right, and occasionally be OK to eat whatever I want.  Fast track to today, I never felt more active, stronger and good, and I can say I exercise and yes I love it!  Old self would cringe at the word jog, new self will say let’s go! Today let me share how I formed the habits and fall in love with exercise.


Find the right one
Ask yourself what you enjoy doing that involves having to move (a lot or not). If you love dancing, then maybe you’ll enjoy Zumba class, if you into cycling then a spinning class would be a choice, get the picture here? I get bored easily if I stay in one place so outdoor jogging works for me, I get to enjoy the scenery and come across other joggers during my 30-60 mins run.

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Ignore the scale
Before, if my digits do not decrease after a week of exercising, I won’t have the heart to exercise. Nowadays, I don’t use the weighing scale that much anymore, I just work out. Complaining of not dropping the 1 or 2 lbs won’t help, it makes working out a “must do”. Instead , focus on the benefits that exercise gives you, like energy boost, better sleep and relieves stress.

Clothes
Do you think I won’t include this? It’s also a part of forming the habit, if you’re dressed for it then 100% you’ll be motivated to act like it. It might be psychological, but it has helped me, really!



Find a Buddy
Make it social, find a friend/buddy who has the same fitness goals, its motivating to have people who can relate to your work out progress. Plus you’ll have somebody to constantly remind you, or vice versa about the routine that you must follow.

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Change, don’t over do
If you over do some exercises then it’s not enjoyable anymore, it becomes more of a chore. Find an alternative in between your routine jog. My exercise buddy would occasionally sign us both for spinning; prepare an intense 30min mix of moves with running work-outs or outdoor cycling. This way, I don’t get bored and my body gets that shock so that I’ll get that continued benefits.



Reward yourself
This method never gets old with me, and I believe applies to you too. Besides feeling good after achieving even the smallest fitness goals, treat yourself! A big pat on the back and reward yourself with that food that you’ve been craving for, just be mindful of the portion. Aside from food, a facial, manicure or massage is an ideal treat.

Have a playlist for your work-out session helps too, crank up that volume! I believe there are so much more habits that a health buff can add to my list, but for now if you’re planning to start, do it gradually, and most importantly, listen to your body, know when to stop, hydrate and eat. 

 xoxo,
Clyde

May 18, 2017

One for the Hommes: Jensen’s Lookbook

Hi guys, before the month ends I’m letting a good friend of mine take over my blog. I looked over the entries I’ve had here for the past years and noticed that I have never done a single one for the hommes.  So today let me introduce to you Jensen, who also shares the same interest for fashion and travel. I admire him for not letting his crazy busy work schedule gets in the way of planning a trip every now and then. Working, travelling, taking photos, blogging and looking good sounds a bit too much, so on his birth month, I would like to take a page and share with you Jensen’s style, take a look on how he normally would dress to impress on a daily work day basis. Below are the top 3 looks which are my favorites.

 Look 1:  White pants and floral printed button-up





Love love love white pants!, if I’m not that clumsy I would love to wear white pants always, but such a klutz and nowadays I’m always running around here and there to run errands. Love this outfit on Jensen, it looks neat, comfy and very summery because of the print.

Look 2: Neutral accessories

Pair with a white bottom, this printed long sleeves is very hard to pull-off if you think about the weather in the Philippines. But an 8hour job inside a centralized building makes it easy. The bag, belt and the shoes top with the hat looks fab.




Look 3: Bold Blue

It’s very obvious that I’m biased with a white piece of outfit, but when Jensen paired it with this blue top, it pops! I love when an outfit has this one pop of color, adds fun and energy to the whole look.





You can check out Jensen’s travel photo here

For all you Hommes out there, visit BONOBOS for a Better fitting, Better looking men’s clothing and accessories. They offer a one-on-one service that will guide you to find your perfect fit.

 xoxo,
Clyde

March 13, 2017

Not getting Cold shoulders anymore


Team OTS? (Off the shoulder). Almost all the girls I know have tried this, except for me! I’ve been holding off from wearing this trend for a while, because of body issues.  I always thought that this style is for those who have sexy arms, which I am sure I don’t have. For some reason, I swear it seems that fats from what I eat goes directly to my arms, and do you also agree that it’s a bit difficult to tone them.  Opps did I just say that? Yes it’s that one-part-of-the-body I want to fix question, if asked to change.  Gladly the girls over at Dia&Co have encouraged me to just go for it.  That push made me really consider wearing it and along the way I have discovered and will share a few things which you might find helpful when wearing this trend.

The right BRA - you need a strapless bra for the OTS look, choose a bra that has a full cup (to avoid spillage) with underwire that encases the whole breast. If you feel uncomfortable about your bra you might want to get fitted by a professional, they will help you to choose the right size and how to put them on correctly.

The fit - you might think getting a tighter one will help to keep it in place, No, it will make it more pop up quickly. Getting one size bigger than what I thought I need, was actually better. It was a bit loose but it stayed in place longer.

Happy and I must say, it’s a bit liberating to finally go for it. It made me remember about a book that I once read saying, “We would worry less about what others think of us if we realized how seldom they do.”

We all feel insecure from time to time, but as Dia&Co reminds me, we don’t need to hide our perceived flaws to avoid specific style. Head on to their site and find out more how they can assist you, they will give attention to every detail - shape, style and budget.

Have a fun week ahead ladies!

xoxo,
Clyde